Monday, January 31, 2011

Special Post on Lazy Days by no other then me!

Hello,
Well I thought I'd just give you a brief (I wish I wouldn't always say brief, I hate being brief!) update and tell you all that I did a guest post on a blog called Lazy Days! How very exciting, though you should know, the girl who runs Lazy Days is in actual fact, my older sister, Lili! So it was actually not by her choice that I did a guest post, it was by my choice! Though I don't think she minded too much! To read my post go to Lili's Lazy Days!
 That's my sister! And her daughter, Edie; I adore them both! Indeed, just to show how very much affection I hold for them I regularly look after Edie for short periods of time (and long, not really by myself...as in Lili will be there too) and at the moment I'm entertaining her with Katy Perry's song Hot and Cold running through the computer to settle her! Strange choice I know, but it's quite a long story and it's the ONLY Katy P song I like.
So yes, I spammed Lili's blog with my words, pictures, descriptions and quotes! How lovely! Apparently I'm quite similar to Luna Lovegood and Emma Watson's new haircut! Oh yes!

Now, my writing, yes of course! Well gussess of guessaronie I have started yet another story! It's a detective series, each novel is planned to contain 3 short storys staring a young girl secret detective; I came up with the story idea with my brother and finally got around to writing! For now I will call it The Case Files of Prunella Spikes! How do you like it? Prunella because she's soft and Spikes because she is alike spiky! And Guess what! (Again!) I'm writing it on my New glitzy (vintage in fact) typewriter! (New because I've just gotten it a few days ago from Ebay! Not because it's actually new!)
I adore writing on it, it's so different from hand or computer (which I don't like at all), and I'm going smashingly! And I've also got a special writing hut! We've transformed my old Cubby house into my Writers Retreat and I love going out there and writing for ages at a time!
So now, I have 2 typewriters (both old and lovely), one from Ebay and one from the under $100.00 dollar ads in the newspaper! YES! AMAZINGLY GREAT!
And here they are!

And lastly before I have to go into town, I'm currently reading the most amazing, funny and pretty much classic book ever! My family, and other animals by Gerald Durrell; it is amazing! 
Love,
Romi.xxx






Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sunshine by Norma Klein and Love Story by Erich Segal reviews...

Firstly, before I begin, this is a special review, I have decided to do a joint review of two very amazing and rather old books that I feel sure should be widely read and so I want to get the news of them out to you out there!



What I thought:
They are both brilliant books and I am so so very glad that I read them because I think they are the sort of book that needs to be read by as many people as possible.
The story may not be happy or pleasant at all times they are so truthful, so real...
Both films have been made into films and in Sunshine Kate mentions seeing Love Story and how angry it made her feel, because it was so unreal to how she was feeling...
I really liked both of these books, though I dearly wish that Sunshine was, like Love Story, just a novel and not true.


Keep reading and writing and believing;
Lovingly,
Romi.x
P.S. I just finished Bedknob and Broomstick! It was a terrific book, let me tell you!
R.x

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Things I love... a list! YAY!

Ok, this is a sort of list of things I love- sort of because I will probably most likely (a new word! PML!) think of heaps more later, so Probably most likely is a good thing for me to put down!

*My family.

*Beda, the orang-utan I adopted.

*Writing.

*Cooking.

*Reading.

*Swimming.

*Being Happy.

*My blog.

*Everyone who reads my blog. ( :

*Inspiration.

*Music.

*Camping at home- we're doing it this weekend!

*Grand movies.

*Animals.

*Nature.

*Books.

*Creativity.

*Eco stuff.

*Vintage stuff.

*My pen pals.

*Originality.

*A new thought.

*A new story.

*Thoughtful art.

*Rainforests.

*The thought of helping animals.

*Having my novels published.

*Taylor Swift's music.

*Dappled light.

*Recycling.

*Talking.

*Old fashioned words.

*Cool words.

*Mail.

*BBC Masterpieces.

*Pretty unusual pictures.

*My Life.

*My characters.

*Things that make me happy.

*Vintage bathing suits.


There, nice and lengthy!

Romi.xxx READ AND WRITE...DON'T FORGET!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Orang-Utan!

I've officially adopted an Orang-Utan! Her name is Beda and she lives at a place in Indonesia where she is lovingly looked after; she sounds like the dearest little thing, so sweet and funny and she looks just adorable! I'm so so so very happy about adopting her, I think it's been something I've wanted to do for quite a while but this last year I've become more personally involved in protecting animals and nature...
I don't know why Beda stood out to me, but I just adore her!

Here is a link to the Meet the Orang-Utans page, there you'll be able to read about all the others up for adoption!


Well, I suppose I shall finish here,
Let me know what you think!
Romi.xxx P.S. I've been writing like quite a mad thing, so my Fox tale (I was only working on that) is going smashingly!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My writing update.

Hello Poppies! (Just another strange old fashioned like word I partly made up!)

My writings going well, I have almost finished my story with the gods (it's turned out to be more short novella like I think), well I think I have, it's probably going to surprise me though, just because I said that!
My Fox story is going well, I need to write some more of it though! Along with my diary series! I haven't done that for an AGE! (An Ice age in fact!)
And the other story (set in 1800s to early 1900s) is almost done as well! I'm so pleased with all my work, and I (of course) am still having heaps of ideas coming in ; I even thought of a song the other day, I'll see what I do with soon (ie hopefully today so I can have that done) !
And I also am a quite obsessive snail mailer, so I have two letters to reply to at the moment! I adore being busy! But not too busy, then I may get slightly stressy and headachy; which isn't good... at all!


Ok, now here is some colossal news for you... (those dots represent a dun dun dun in a deep rumbly voice, please read it again so you can get that particular vibe through) I'm going to be adopting an Orang-Utan!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so so so so so so so excited about it! I'm doing it through The Australian Orangutan Project and it's only $55.00 AUD per year!
It's something I'm very passionate about, and I'm thinking when I'm older that I might do something with animal re-hibilatation (as well as writing, I never want to completely give that up) and working with orphan animals... so I've finally found a good website and now I just have to choose which one I'll adopt; I'll put a picture up as soon as I choose!
Ok, must go now and choose,
Love,
Romi. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie...

Synopsis:

Cassia lives a life ruled by the Society, they decide where she works, where she lives, when she dies, who she loves and she has always accepted it, no one goes against the Society's wishes.
But after Cassia is Matched to her best friend Xander but sees anther boy's face on the chip she is given after the Match (it holds all Xander's details) she slowly finds herself wishing against the Society, living her own life, and falling in love with another person...



What I thought:
Matched is brilliant! At some points I thought it was a little bit slow or confusing because it switched back through time every now and then, but by the time I had finished it, I was so glad I'd read it! I loved the story, the characters.... I loved it! And there is a book 2 as well! (Not out yet)

Keep reading and Writing!
Romi.xxx
P.S. I've been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award! The award was given to me by the very kind Brittany from Hills and Corkscrews, thank you Brittany!
So I am now "Officially" a stylish blogger! I'm so excited!!!!! (More sparkly lights please!)
Romi.xxx

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A fantasticly terrific Q&A with...

You should know by now that I love keeping you in suspense, I just adore suspense!
Well, this fantastic Q&A is with YA author Steph Bowe, author of Girl Saves Boy; thank you ever so much for this Q&A Steph, I loved doing it with you and reading all your answers was great!
Ok, here the awesome Q&A is! Enjoy!

*How long did it take you to write Girl Saves Boy?
Around six months on my own, then quite a few more months of editing with an editor.

*Did you use an agent?
I did! I sent query letters to a few agents in the US once I finished writing my book and signed with one from Curtis Brown in New York.

*How long did it take to find a publisher?
Within a month of going out on submission the Australian rights sold at auction to my publisher.

*Who would you have star in a film version of Girl Saves Boy?
Oh gosh, I don't know. I'd like it as a cute little indie flick with a folky soundtrack and no budget and teenage unknown actors. None of this twenty-somethings playing teenagers in my film!

*What inspires you?
Everything! Life and films and books and music and overheard conversations and funny anecdotes. It all just mashes together in my head and crazy ideas come out.

*How long had you been writing on your blog for before your book was
accepted by Text Publishing?
I started the blog in April 2009, the book sold in November of that year.

*How excited were you at the thought of your book being in print?
Very! It's still crazy to think people I've never met are reading my words and seeing in their heads a story that started in my head!

*Do you want to be an author as your profession?
I'd love to be, but I'm being realistic and trying to figure out a 'back up' career. But writing is my passion.

*What is your  favourite part of writing?
When it's flowing really well and I have lots of ideas and I'm happy with what I'm writing and everything seems alive and magical and writing feels worthwhile.

*How are your other books coming along?
I just submitted a second book to my publisher! I've had lots of false starts and I'm working on a few things at once, but it's all going quite all right.







*What would you say to any aspiring writers?
Go for it. Write, write lots, get feedback, edit, submit your work. You have nothing to lose, and you have worthwhile things to say. Your writing is important, is significant. Write, write, write and don't let self-doubt or the naysayers dissuade you - if you want to be a great writer, you absolutely can. Just go for it.

*What is one of the most important things in life to you?
Family.

*Are you in contact with lots of other young authors?
Yes! And they're all wonderful and supportive and it's a great, welcoming community both online and off.

*What is your goal for Girl Saves Boy now?
That as many people read it and enjoy it and get something positive out of it as possible.

*Who can you relate to most in your novel?
I think there's a little bit of me in all of them, and I can relate a bit to each of them... I think I relate to Little Al most, he's the most like me.

*Has anyone walked up to you in the street and asked for an autograph or
photo?
No, but that would be funny!

*What is the most amazing thing that has happened to you since you started
writing?
Oh wow, it's all brilliant. I can't pick a single thing. Meeting so many amazing writers, and speaking to big groups of kids (a big deal for me! I'm very shy), and hearing from readers how my book affected them. It's amazing, and I'm so honoured to have been able to do all the things I've done. Let's hope there's more adventures in store!


I hope you all loved that as much as I did asking the questions for it!
Love,
Romi.
P.S. Don't stop writing!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Luxe by Anna Godbresen review...

Synopsis:
It is 1899 and in the lives of Elizabeth, her sister Diana, their maid Lina, wealthy bachelor Henry Schoonmacker and Elizabeth's so called best friend Penelope Hayes, life is mayhem.
Elizabeth is forced into a loveless engagement with Henry when she is in love with another, Diana suddenly realises that she has found her muse, Penelope is out to cause trouble and is ready to get Henry at any costs, Lina is in love with the boy who drives the carriages but he doesn't love her and Henry isn't in love with Liz at all... It will change the way these people think of 1899 forever...






What I thought:
Well I love the cover first of all, the dress is so big and it looks sort of mysterious...
I loved it! I found it very enjoyable and the description was brilliant, I love the clothing, the balls... it's all so perfect for the era, it's like it's not even a book at all, you're actually there!
I'm looking forward to reading Rumors which is book 2 in the series, book 1 really had a cliffhanger ending!


Other books by Anna:
Rumors- a Luxe novel.
Envy-a Luxe novel.
Splendour-a Luxe novel.
Bright Young Things- not a Luxe novel.

Romi.xxx

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Aren't these the absolutely amazing creations you've ever seen?

My brother made these for me from an old paper magazine I had, and I have hung them up on my roof, they are so cool, whenever it's slightly breazy in there they flutter all around the place! I adore them! So I thought I'd show them to you too! (I know, thoughtfulness is my middle name!)


Romi.x

More inspiring photos...finally!

Sorry for the long............ wait, I sort of forgot to put up the second part of inspiring photos!
Well, now that I'm a tad more organised, here they are! And at a wonderful time for me too, as I'm quite unwell (tonsillitis isn't any better and I'm on antibiotics now, which I don't think my body is liking, at all.) so some inspiration will be just the think to perk me up for a bit I think!
Ok, here we go! Enjoy!
Oh, and I just had a brainflash (that's probably NOT what it's called, but anyway) I'm going to put some of my favourite quotes interjected between the pictures! Cool!

"You know you've read a good book when you turn to the last page and feel a little as if you've lost a friend." Paul Sweeney.

"If I read a book the impresses me, I have to take myself firmly in hand before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer." Anne Frank.

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." P. J. O'Rourke.

"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow."Charlotte Bronte.

"My inner bird just doesn't feel like chirruping today." Kate Knapp.

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." Anatole France.

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I have a strong impulse to have it tried on them personally." Abraham Lincoln.

"Dr. Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or gotten any worse." Louis De Bernieres.

"I have this little sister, she is small and Very funny." Lauren Child.

"All children, except one, grow up."


Well I really think that was lovely! I hope you enjoy it!
Oh, just one more thing, has anyone here heard of the online (and amazing) story, Etsy?
Well, my mother, sister and I have a shop on it together called Once Upon a Time for you... and you can see all of the bits and bobs which we've put up so far by clicking the above Once Upon a Time words; let me know what you think!

Keep reading and writing,
Romi.xxx

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amazing Q&A with an Amazing author...

Sulari Gentill, author of the terrific YA novel Chasing Odysseus has done a Q&A with me for this very blog! How terrific is that? TERRIFIC that's how terrific!
As you're all dying to start reading her answers and not my chatter I'm sure; here it is! Enjoy and thank you ever so much Sulari!




*How long did it take you to write Chasing Odysseus? (From the beginning and then once you had the whole idea)

Chasing Odysseus took me about 12 weeks to write, start to finish.  I write very quickly and quite obsessively, once I have an idea.  Of course I’ve changed bits and fiddled with it several times since then, but the first draft came together in a bit of an explosion.

*Did you always want to be a writer?

In a way…I’ve always wanted to write but I think for a long time I wasn’t sure that I could.  Being a writer was, to me, a bit like being a movie star…yes of course it would be wonderful but it didn’t seem a realistic ambition.  When I did start writing however, I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.  It was what I was supposed to do.

*How many times have you read the Odyssey?

It’s hard to tell…from start to finish – maybe just once at least, but there are bits of it that I’ve read over and over.  I don’t tend to re-read entire books…I just go straight to my favourite parts and re-read those.

*How long did it take you to find a publisher?

A Few Right Thinking Men, which was my first published work, was signed by Pantera Press about nine months after it was finished.  There were other publishers interested in the manuscript but Pantera was the best fit for me.  They really are an amazing publishing house.  I was phenomenally lucky, both with my publisher and the time it took me to find one…there are authors who spend decades looking for a publisher…it just so happened that I found my way to Pantera within a year. 

*Did you use an agent?

No…I did try to get an agent.  I was rejected by almost every agent in Australia and a few in New Zealand as well.  It was horrible.  No matter how many times I’d been told not to take it personally, I was hurt and embarrassed every time…but I kept submitting, because writing is not a job for the faint-hearted.  When I had exhausted every possible agent, I decided to just go straight to the publishers. All of a sudden I was receiving letters of interest from all over the place.  I chose the publisher who shared my vision for the books and who I could see myself working with for a long time…and who had a sense of humour…I don’t think I could cope with people who couldn’t see the funny side of things.

I still don’t have an agent.  I do have a really wonderful working relationship with my publishers.  I have input into every aspect of the publication of my books, which is surprisingly unusual.  Being a lawyer by trade, I can deal with the legal contractual side myself, and a year and a half on from actually signing, I couldn’t be happier.  I can understand how an agent would help some authors, but in my own particular situation, I’m happy without one.

*What is one of the most important things to you in life?

Other than my family and friends…my animals, who I suppose are both friend and family. Writing can be really consuming and animals are completely undemanding in their companionship.  My novels have all been written with a dog on my feet.  You may have noticed that Chasing Odysseus is dedicated to my sons, but also, to my dog, Oggsford.  She was tragically killed last year, just after my first book was launched.  One of those things…but I still miss her. 


*What does your family think of you being an author?

  • My sons want parts in the movie.
  • I think my husband is still a little stunned by the whole thing…it seemed to happen very quickly…poor man thought he’d married a lawyer.
  • My Dad’s pretty chuffed…he starts conversations with perfect strangers by asking “Do you read?” …just so he can tell them about my book.  It can be a tad embarrassing but it’s kind of sweet.
  • My sisters are watching to see what mad thing I try to do next.

*What was one of your first jobs?

When I was in high school I was a Christmas casual for Australia post.  I worked the midnight shift sorting mail.  It sounds horrible but at the time, it was fun.  You meet some quite interesting people on the graveyard shift.

*Are you excited about Chasing Odysseus being published? Are you counting down until the 7th of March?

Yes, I am.  But I’m trying to be grown-up about it and not jump up and down too much.  I’m a little nervous too.

*What tips could you give to anyone who writes?

Don’t be afraid. 

*What are your favourite books?

The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
The Anne of Green Gables series…especially Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
The Illiad and the Odyssey…both originally by Homer
The Year God’s Daughter by Rebecca Lochlann…it hasn’t been published yet but one day I think it will take the world by storm.

*What inspires you the most?

Funny things…life’s little absurdities.  Loyalty, courage, and small acts of kindness.


*Who can you relate to the most in Chasing Odysseus?

Pan.  In another time, I think I would have been a follower of Pan.

*How is Trying War coming along? Are you working on anything else?

Trying War is going well.  I’ve really started to focus on it in the last week or so…I’ve just sent off the third manuscript in my other series so the decks are cleared to really concentrate on Trying War.  I’m hoping to have the manuscript substantially drafted before Chasing Odysseus is launched on the 7th of March.

I’m also playing with a notion I have for a ghost story, and another ancient Greek series as well as thinking about the third book in the Hero trilogy…and some new idea will probably come to mind next week.   I’m easily distracted.

*What does the D in S.D. mean?

D is my middle initial…it stands for Dharshini which is a Sanskrit name (To tell the truth I hate it).  It means “beautiful” I think…Nobody names their daughter “ugly” I guess.

*Why did you choose to have your name written on Chasing Odysseus as S.D Gentill and not just Sulari Gentill?

At the moment I write in two really distinct eras and styles.  The Rowland Sinclair series is adult crime fiction set in Australia in the 1930s.  The Hero series is young adult, mythical fiction, set in Greece over three and a half thousand years ago.  Using the slightly different versions of my name just helped me compartmentalise in my own mind these two aspects of my writing career…that’s the sensible answer anyway.

To be completely honest, it was a bit of a whim.  I liked the way S.D. Gentill looked on the cover.

*Did you do the artwork for the cover of Chasing Odysseus?

I had a lot of input into the cover brief for Chasing Odysseus but the artwork itself was done by XOU Creative in consultation with Alison Green, the CEO of Pantera Press.  My favourite part of the publishing process is seeing what the designers come up with for the cover, and I particularly love this cover.  XOU also designed the book internally…though I think the motif of Pan has been derived from one of my original drawings.  I did all the artwork for the trailer.


(This is the new cover, where as the old one was blue water colour; I love them both!- that's from me ie Romi)



Chasing Odysseus comes out on the 7th of March and you all must get it and read it as fast as you can as it is fantasticly amazing!
Thank you so much Sulari, I loved reading all of your answers!

Keep reading and Writing,
Romi.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Briefest of Brief (though it probably won't be all that brief) updates...

I just wanted to give you a "brief" update on my writing status! Ooh! How positively exciting!

Ok, well I'm in between 4 (four) different projects at the moment;

*My diary series, which I haven't worked on in an age!

*My one involving the gods, which has turned into a more novella/picture book length I think.

*My story about the fox and the girl, which I need to write some more of!

*And a New (sparkly lights please!) item as well! I went away with my family to our beach house and walking back on the beach after swimming one day I had the idea for this new book!
It's quite utterly secret at the moment, but it is a totally new era style for me and is also very different to my other writings!

Well that is all; I hope you're all having the best of best holidays!
And I also have some more exciting news in the making, but that's still in the... making, so I'll let you know more when it's a bit more full of sureness! Suspense is my one weakness!
Romi.xxx

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke...

Synopsis:

The Inkworld series is a trilogy of 3 books; Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath (slightly morbid a name, but oh well!) they all have the coolest covers (which I will show later in this post) and are the most amazing series of books!
They are centred on Meggie & her father Mo, Mo is a bookbinder with a secret, a secret that would turn Meggie's life upside down if she knew.
Mo can read characters out of books, but there is a hitch, something has to go back into the book that the character comes out of and when Meggie was only a baby, her mother was taken into a world far away from her; a world which Mo has been in search of since then, a world in a book, a book called Inkheart.
And of course, as Meggie's mother went in, some people out of Inkheart came out, including a man who used to be a fire tamer and another who used to be the henchman to a man called The Adderhead (he comes in in books two and three if my memory is correct) and who is now making his mark on the world outside ie. our world.

Well that's the basic just of the first book, it may sound a tad confusing, but it's not at all, I probably haven't done it justice at all because it is just amazing! But I won't tell you about the other two in the series, it would wreck the whole series!




What I thought:
The whole series is just AMAZING!
My favourite book is either Inkheart or Inkdeath, I found Inkspell a bit slow, but I stopped in the middle of it for a few months so that didn't help!
I have to read the series again, it's so magnificent!


Other books by Cornelia include:
The Thief Lord.
Igraine the Brave.
Reckless.
Princess Pigsty.
And more!


Keep reading and Writing!
Romi.xoxo