Archive for February, 2011

Trials

Posted in Something that got me thinking on February 28, 2011 by Julie Mangan

During the last few months I’ve heard people talk about trials and tribulations a lot. Even more than food storage. It’s been said that trials are given to us to make us stronger. So my question is (and forgive me if it irritates someone) what if you don’t really have any?

I’ve wondered this before. I’ve looked at my life compared to others and I marvel at how lightly I’ve gotten off so far. And whenever I think this I instantly become paranoid, waiting for the axe to fall. But so far it hasn’t. Why, I wonder. Obviously the Lord has blessed me and mine. I don’t dispute that at all. It’s not that I want horrible things to happen. I just wonder what I’ve done to deserve such blessings, or conversely, why the Lord chooses not to utilize trials in strengthening me thus far. Why do some good people have such horrible things happen while people of questionable ethics and morals get everything they’ve ever wanted? And then there’s me, far from perfect but hopefully far from horrible as well. Just like a lot of other people I know, going through life-altering challenges.

What makes me so different?

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books vs tv adaptations

Posted in Something that got me thinking on February 26, 2011 by Julie Mangan

I’ve read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies, and it never fails to astounded me how one can be so much better than the other.
The example that got me thinking on the subject is abcfamily’s pretty little liars, named after a book series by Sara Shepard. I’ve watched the show from day one, have had my issues with it, but nothing bad enough to turn me away. Yet in the first ten pages of the novel I was so irritated by the writing, the premises, and what I knew to be coming, that I put it down, with no intention of returning to it. And it wasn’t that I knew bad things were going to happen, it was more in the way the writer portrayed the characters as seventh graders. Now, anyone who’s watched the show can tell you these are not the type of activities seventh graders should be up to. So I have to wonder, why did the author choose to make them so young while engaging in such self-destructive behavior, and why did abcfamily choose to place them as juniors in high-school instead?
Imo. Abcfamily made the right choice, which in and of itself is a miracle considering current tv tends. But what about Ms. Shepard? Did she hope for a wider audience by making the girls so young, or is this simply insight into the type of skewed childhood she led? Or is it something else turning me away from the book, some personal preference?
Are these really great books, and I just can’t see it because of the age issues, or is it just a great tv show despite its disreputable origin?

Revising

Posted in Writing on February 25, 2011 by Julie Mangan

I’m on the last 40 pages of an 85,000 word novel and I’ve decided that revising is not my strong point. I’ve really got to work on that. This is just the first revision, and according to David Farland I’ve got at least five more to go. Eek! The very thought makes me want to cry. Still, who am I to argue with someone like him? So I’ll press on, do my next five revisions and hope to high heaven it doesn’t need another after that. By that point, I’ll probably be ready to toss the book in the fire.

As for my next project, I can’t decide what to do. Shall I go with vampires, YA romance, or LDS chick lit? Somebody, please make the decision for me.

My first ebook experience

Posted in Something that got me thinking on February 23, 2011 by Julie Mangan

I just finished my first ebook and had a few thoughts to go along with it.

First, the person who invented the concept of ebooks should be filthy rich. Rolling in money. Blowing their nose in hundred-dollar bills. They deserve it. I loved it. Loved. It. Since my eReader is also my phone I always have it with me anyway, so why not throw a few books on there for when I’m standing in checkout lines, waiting for dinner to simmer, sitting in traffic (don’t tell my mother) or pretending to watch TV with the kids.  Genius, I tell you. Absolute genius. My purse has never been lighter.

Second, the book: The Dark Divine, by Bree Despain was the chosen novel, and over all I felt impressed. It’s YA paranormal romance (I think), along the lines of Twilight. You can tell Mrs. Despain is a Team Jacob supporter, and some of the situations **cough, cough, running, cough** are highly reminiscent of Stephanie Meyers brain child, but it’s done well enough to not be annoying. Also, the heroine, Grace, is whinny as all teenage girls are, but nothing like Bella. She’s more… the square root of Bella where whining is concerned. So a big thumbs up for The Dark Divine. I think I’ll move on to The Lost Saint, to see where Mrs. Despain takes us from here.

Bedtime Stories

Posted in Something that got me thinking on February 23, 2011 by Julie Mangan

Tonight The Boy and I read Mickey and the Beanstalk before bed. Summary: Mickey and his friends are starving so they decide to sell their cow for food, rather than everyone going out and getting jobs. Mickey sells said cow for beans, Donald throws a tantrum and everyone goes to bed hungry. The next day Mickey climbs a beanstalk to the clouds, commits burglary, and tells his friends about it. The next day he climbs a beanstalk to the clouds, commits burglary, and tells his friends about it (again). On the third day he climbs a beanstalk to the clouds, commits burglary and murder then tells his friends about it (yet again). They all live happily ever after on the bounty of their ill-gotten gains, never lifting a finger or caring that they were the true villains.

Does this seem odd to anyone else but me?

The Edge of the Earth

Posted in Something that got me thinking on February 20, 2011 by Julie Mangan

Turns out the edge of the earth is somewhere between Stansbury Park and civilization. Driving past it as often as I do, it was inevitable that I’d fall off. But I’ve climbed my way back on, shaken myself off, and rediscovered that which was lost. Hopefully, I won’t fall off again.