November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo Success!

One month. One novel. One very happy novelist.
Also, bragging rights.

November 29, 2010

Movie Review: Life as We Know It.

Starring Katherine Heigl and the oh so sexy Josh Duhamel (take me now. Oh shut up, I know he's married to Fergie) play in the squishy, baby-loving movie about love and, well, a (surprise) baby.

Heigl plays her usual single, mildly successful (but love lorn) self and Duhamel plays his usual muscular, mildly successful, cad self.

They're the two best friends of a couple who gets married, die in an accident and leave their baby behind. You're introduced to the obviously-going-to-get-it-on-at-some-point pair as they are set up on a blind date by the couple in an attempt to hook them up. The date goes horribly with Josh being a complete ass and Katherine hating on him forever more.

So they end up getting thrown together with this baby who they're the godparents of because the couple appointed them as the guardians. Add in some cutesy baby moments, the inevitable arguments, another man and a job offer and you've got yourself a movie.

What's the verdict? Well, predictable- yes. If you've seen the preview that's pretty much the movie. I thought it was a sweet movie, with some genuinely funny scenes. Josh made the movie for me, I'd watch him mowing the lawn (or doing pretty much anything) as long as his shirt was off.

ps. in case you were wondering- yes he does take his shirt off. <3

November 27, 2010

Book in Review: Love Letters (Katie Fforde)

I'm not usually one for romance novels, I prefer the romance to be a side story in an action packed adventure, but I put aside my pride and picked up this book from best selling author Katie Fforde. I have to say that the cover art for her books is quite pleasing to the eye, unfortunately I've been unable to snoop the name of that person.

But to the storyline: Single, white, virgin (Laura Horsley) meets the experienced and sexy, Irish author (Dermot Flynn). Laura struggles to overcome her shyness, grows up a bit by taking on the responsibility of a book festival and takes the fancy of the delicious author who just happens to have writers block.

It's predictable, like most romance novels, the main character is kind of pathetic and the leading man is the typical love interest. Throw in a gay male friend and a rock star female friend and you've got yourself a book.

Okay, so maybe I didn't put my preconceptions aside. But before you roll your eyes and shut down the tab I will say that I read it from start to finish (which I couldn't do with The feast of all saints by my favourite author, Anne Rice) and even though I knew what was going to happen I still wanted to read about it happening. So all in all I actually enjoyed it.

I good fluffy read, I'd recommend it for a relaxing weekend.

November 25, 2010

Book in Review: Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Anonymous

I guess I'd built this book up in my mind as immensely dirty and graphic because I'd watched a few episodes of the TV show starring Billie Piper (you may remember her from Doctor Who) and as a result was slightly disappointed by the quantity of sexytime scenes in the book (That's right, I admit it). 
The author is a London call girl who has a university degree and tries to hold down some soul destroying jobs but finds that she can make more money, in a way that she prefers, having sex for cashola.

She lets you in on some of the secrets of the industry and you'll be constantly entertained with stories about clients and her blunt approach to sex (which is frankly refreshing) but I found I was wanting a bit more when it ended.

So while I enjoyed the book I would suggest that, if you are left wanting, to look into her other works, including her blog. Brooke Magnanti came out in 2009 as the author of the book and now has several others. You can read her side of the story here. She's a fascinating woman with a healthy (though I believe some would disagree) view of her own sexuality.

Book in review: Dexter By Design (Jeff Lindsay)

The fourth Dexter book by Jeff Lindsay has restored my faith in his writing abilities. While shorter than some of his previous adventures this one is simply too good to put down. As per usual Dexter is pitted against a single enemy with his own dark passenger, in this book that enemy is Weiss, a man who uses the dead as part of works of art. When Dexter kills his partner things get interesting and Dexter finds himself trying to save his own dark children from the clutches of a madman.

It's filled with a healthy dose of gore, murder, titillating descriptions, kidnapping and suspense. Worth the wait, worth its weight. 5/5

Ring a Ding Ding

Gold Bow Ring

Silver Wings

 Just thought I'd post some pretty pictures of some newly attained jewellery. They're both from Diva, the gold bow was a gift for my bestie and the silver wings were a self gift.

I'm at 25000 words on my nano, five days remaining!

Happy Friday!

November 23, 2010

NaNoWriMo Struggle

Just passed the 15000 word mark and only a week left to reach 50 000, that's a lot of words. It looked like it was going to be so much easier than it is. Not to mention that I hate the beginning, I don't know where it's going and it's in serious need of a heavy handed editor right now.

November 22, 2010

Nanowrimo progress report

Damn damn damn exams! That's my excuse. Currently I'm up to 7633 words when I should be past 25000 by now. Gah!

Currently it's a story about time travel, parallel universes and life outside of Earth. I'm stuck in a paradoxical time travelling debauchle which I can't think myself out of. But no editing is allowed until December!

Never mind. I shall keep you updated.

Go here if you want to watch my progress bar