Saturday, December 31, 2011
2. She's a master seamstress(she sewed my Prom dress)
3. One thing she regrets is not being able to spend more time with me and my sisters
4. She had five kids (with big heads)
5. She loves to watch Bones with me
6. She introduced me to the movie The Christmas Card
7. She doesn't yell at me and my dad when we whisper in church
8. She puts up with the tons of Christmas lights on her house
9. She makes the best buttercream frosting I've ever tasted (and there is no way I can replicate it)
10. She is also the oldest child
Friday, December 30, 2011
2. He taught me how to play baseball and use tools
3. Even though he denied it (and will continue to deny it) he watched Alias with me
4. He wants to see A Very Potter Musical
5. Even though he is not big into politics he voted for the last political candidate because I was passionate about the candidate
6. He introduced me to the Three Stooges and Get Smart
7. He whispers with me during Church
8. He likes to go nuts with outside Christmas lights
9. He laughs at my Simpsons impressions
10. He doesn't get mad when I steal his leftovers from the fridge
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Overview of the Book:
Ashlyn is a 17 Upper East Side New Yorker. When she was a child her nanny kidnapped her and threatened to kill her. Since her return to her parents, Ashlyn has been under 24 hour surveillance by her parents (mostly her overprotective father) and bodyguards hired to live in the house and keep tabs on her every movement. At the beginning of the story Ashlyn is assigned a new bodyguard, Collin. Collin is an old childhood friend who used to tease and taunt Ashlyn. Based on those memories Ashlyn initially resents and hates Collin. But the couple gets closer and romance blossoms.
Critique of Plot:
I had several problems with the plot. First of all, the narrative seemed rushed. Character development is rushed so that many characters become stereotypes. Ashlyn's mother is a cliche character straight out of "Real Wives of ...". Even at the end of the novel when the mom's character developed and changed I was not invested enough in the character to care.
Along with character development I thought the hatred Ashlyn felt for Collin and the resolution to be contrived. First, I didn't believe that anything Collin did to Ashlyn would warrant strong hatred (chasing someone around with a live crab at the beach isn't enough for me). Second of all, Ashlyn only had to see the "gorgeous" Collin to forgive him.
Another major problem with the plot was that it dealt with some very dark issues (suicide attempt, kidnapping, attempted rape, stalking, adultery, unhealthy parental control which I felt became abusive) in a casual manner. Overall, the book failed in trying to be a light beach read because of all the dark plot points, but it also failed at being a book I could take seriously because it seemed so rushed.
Another aspect that made the book seemed rushed was the complete lack of editing. As I was never the model English student I try not to be too critical about grammar mistakes. However, as I read Overprotected I came across many continuity errors. While describing the weather Jennifer Laurens skips between November and January. A party (and significant point in the book)originally takes place on a Friday night but in the next chapter when the characters are discussing the events of the night refer to it as Saturday. This editing mistakes are something I would expect in a manuscript but not in a published work.
I think there was some good potential for Overprotected but it wasn't fully discovered. There were some unique devices that Jennifer Laurens used to signify a shift in Ashlyn's attitude, but they were overshadowed by the problems she had in the book.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
2. Truth about Santa (about how he's real)
3. How to take a tequila shot (this took longer because I couldn't pronounce it)
4. How to back a car out of a parking space (I had my license for over 4 years before my sister taught me)
5. When to use who and whom (though now I need to learn the difference between the subject and object of the sentence)
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Today I got about six pages of writing done in about 30 minutes. The reason I got so much done was because I was sitting behind a desk bored out of my mind. Being bored at work has always been a source of inspiration for me. Especially when my job includes sitting and waiting I have free time, writing becomes the only way for me to stay sane.
Friday, November 18, 2011
1. Personal Boundaries don't exist
2. Silence must be investigated (especially when little boys are involved)
3. Chase is the best game ever invented
4. Meaningful conversations can take place in person, over the phone, on facebook, or on skype
5. You can have an entire conversation of movie/tv quotes and the Simpsons impersonations
6. Even though we're raised by the same parents, siblings can be completely different people
7. After making your sisters act out the 5th play you've written and directed, they become hostile
8. Don't ever video tape the plays you wrote, directed and made your sisters act out
9. It doesn't matter if your little brother is half your size, he still thinks he can beat you up or at least flip you over his head
10. When your sisters insist you read Harry Potter listen to them, when they insist you read Twilight ignore them
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
1. My smartphone. I've only had it a year but the thought of not being able to check facebook continuously gives me hives.
2. Cable. Now I have more channels to flip through when I'm bored and nothing is on.
3. Pens and Notebooks. Ideas must be written down whenever I want to.
4. Water bottle. Doesn't matter what the bottle is made of as long as it hold water.
5. Hair band. There are a lot of times when my long hair needs to pulled away from my face.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
1. Ireland--aimlessly drive through the entire country, picking up all the sights and culture each county could offer me
2. London--since it's my favorite city in the entire world I'd have to at least stop here to ride the London Eye, walk down the Thames River, and catch a West End show
3. Mont St. Michel, France--tour the town, take a bunch of pictures
4. Salzburg, Austria--take a "Sound of Music" tour (this technically doesn't exist, but with endless resources I'd hire the cast to show me where they filmed and maybe sing a couple songs)
5. Rome, Italy--toss a coin in the Trevi fountain, gain 50 pounds from the food and then walk it off by climbing the Spanish steps
6. Greece--swim in the water off the coast of Greece
7. Germany-visit Neuschwanstein Castle
8. Moscow-take picture in front of St. Basil's Cathedral (always loved how it looks)
9. New Zealand--take the Lord of the Rings tour because I'm a nerd
10. Hawaii-Relax on the beach, take a nature walk, and tour the memorial at Pearl Harbor
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
On the way to the ceremony my dad's car broke down. It was scary how fast the car died, never have I gone from no problem to car won't move. With some help from strangers we were able to push the car off the expressway ramp and parked it on the side street. This was a new experience for me, I've never pushed a car while in neutral and never in a skirt suit and 2 inch heels. Once the car was parked we faced our new challenge, we were only 5 minutes into our hour long ride and now stuck without a car. We walked a couple blocks (luckily I had sensible heels on, at least by my standards) and hailed down a taxi (again lucky since we were in a neighborhood with few taxis driving around). My mom, sister, and I took the cab into the city, while my dad walked a mile to get back to our house and pick up my mom's car. While driving in the cab, my blood pressure rose higher than when I took the bar exam. Thanks to the extremely reckless driving of our taxi driver he made our hour long drive into a 1/2 hour drive. I luckily got to the ceremony with some time to spare so that I could sign my oath and get seats. Better still, my dad was able to drive as fast as he could and thanks to my connections w/ security at the convention center (thanks Katie! Love you so much) my dad was able to park right next to the entrance so he could sneak into the ceremony and see me swear in.
Overall, today will be a day I won't forget anytime soon. Not because of my bad luck but for my good luck. Yes, there was one horrible, blood boiling experience but there was so much that went good.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen--this is one of my favorite books, absolutely love it. If I were to ever have a daughter I'd name her Jane Elizabeth after the Bennet sisters.
2. Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie--most surprising ending I've ever read in a mystery series.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee--read it in grade school, first time I ever liked a book someone told me to read
4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott--favorite book from childhood. I hated that Beth died, but loved the Jo's strong character
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling--the book that introduced me to the series. For ten years I craved each new book.
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Friday, November 4, 2011
That being said here is some unsolicited advice to NaNoWriMo writers this semester: try your hardest to finish what you start. Even if you don't hit the 50,000 word mark persevere and get it done. Do whatever you can so that you can share your book.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Revising is my least favorite part of writing. I love expanding and changing the story, what I hate about it is finding a stopping point. I can be very critical of what I write and will never think it's done. I'm of the philosophy that editing is a never ending process since there is always room for improvement. In order to get around this problem I have to set goals for myself.
The latest goal I've set for myself is revising the sequel to My Not So Normal Life. My goal is to have the sequel done and self published through Lulu.com by Christmas. This will be a surprise for my brother and cousin who have been eagerly anticipating the next book since they finished reading it. So hopefully, by Christmas I'll have a finished second novel. Now, just to get through the last stage of revising.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I will talk about the novels I'm working on in later posts, but for now let me talk about my first novel. My Not So Normal Life is a young adult novel that revolves around the life of Lily Gemorski, a native Chicagoan recruited to work for a secret government organization.
I wrote the book when I was in high school when I was REALLY obsessed with the television show Alias. Throughout my young life I had always been interested with spies, people who seemed to be boring average citizens but had a secret life with secret abilities. Being a spy was like being a superhero. What frustrated me as a high schooler who loved spies was being unable to find spies that I could relate to. Sure, you had Sydney Bristow and James Bond but they were adults, they didn't have curfews or chemistry class to worry about. And I hated that the only teen spies I found in books or television shows were more concerned about having a cute outfit or breaking a nail than the actual mission. So, unable to find a superhero spy that I could relate to, I took it upon myself to create her.
So, if you're someone like me who is looking for a relateable spy, check out my book at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LizLaz