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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Four!

1. What am I reading? I'm sad to say I've given up on two audiobooks I was listening to this week. They were from the library, and were both coming due. I listened to them about 1/3 of the way into each to see which one I wanted to renew, but it turned out I didn't want to renew either. I'm always disappointed and sometimes even feel like it's my fault when I give up on a book. Does anyone else feel that way?

I have been reading another book I've been enjoying, though, and I recommend it for any writer who has ever struggled with frustration about the business of writing and publishing. It's called THE WRITER'S BOOK OF HOPE by Ralph Keyes. Lots of wise words in here, and any book that makes a writer feel less alone is a good one I think.

2. What am I writing? I'm just finishing up a read-through of MAKING MIRACLES. To be honest, all through the last revision I was second-guessing myself on most of the changes I was making, but now, reading it over, I think I like them! A good sign, but I also know that sometimes we as writers don't have a lot of great perspective on our own work.

3. So...I'm looking for some early readers for this book. It doesn't matter whether you're a writer or not, I just need a couple of readers who enjoy reading fiction, are willing to be open and honest about their thoughts, and want to have a hand in shaping the final product of this book (it is still a work in progress, so there's a good chance I will still make some changes). I'm looking for people who can give feedback on a variety of areas: miracles and traveling ministry, high school life, high school sports, a setting in the southern states. If you think you can lend some wisdom to any of these areas, or just don't mind reading about them, I'd love your input. Plus, I have some very specific questions about whether things I've implemented in this latest draft are working or not. If you're interested, please email me at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com

4. It's my husband's birthday this weekend. We normally celebrate by attending a huge bodybuilding competition in Seattle. This year we just found out the competition was moved to a later date when my husband will unfortunately be out of town. (I'm not exactly crying my eyes out about this, but don't tell my husband that). So...looking for something to do instead, we discovered that Comic-Con is on in Vancouver this weekend. I've never been to a Comic-Con, but I'm kind of excited about checking it out. Maybe I'll even dress up!

What are you up to this weekend? What are you reading? Anything good?


  1. I'm currently reading THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. :)

    About that "it's not you, it's me" feeling when we're disappointed with a book...I think it really is me, sometimes. When I know a book is right up my alley and I should totally love it, but then I can't get into it, I think for whatever reason it's just not the right time for me to read that book. Books like that--that I *should* love--I always try to come back to in the future and give them another chance.

    I seem to have reading "phases", and if I hit more than a couple books in a row that I can't get into, I just accept that I've hit the end of another phase, lol. The good thing about that is that my reading phases are in a cycle with writing phases, so it usually means I'm on the verge of writing a lot of words!

    1. I've heard good things about the Cameron Post book, Shari. You'll have to tell me how you like it!

      Yeah, sometimes it is definitely my mood with books. But other times I honestly think things like this "I'd probably enjoy this book more if I was smarter/less ADD/more astute/etc."

      But then I remember that not every book is for every reader...