Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Book Blog Hop

Fridays and book blog hopping seem to go together don't you think? Especially with the fantastic book blog hop is hosted by the wonderful Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books.com. She has friendly, well informed, helpful bloggers who post their fascinating blogs, a warm, generous site and square dancing books with feet for her book blogging icon to welcome you in. i don't think you can beat smiley faced, square dancing books with feet.

This was the first week I boldly listed this blog as "old" as I now have more than fifty followers--yipee! I am no longer writing for just my mom and the five animals--although they are still a wonderful and responsive audience.

In other book=y news I am again reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morten. I shamelessly put it down and forgot about it when I switched handbags two weeks ago. I left it in the lovely green bag my mom gave me that has been setting off every security alarm in Los Angeles--I think the trouble is in the fancy, heavy duty, magnetic close? Now I am using a more utilitarian and much less fancy canvas bag from Whole Foods. But now I have put Kate Morten's lovely second novel in it and it is much classier.

I am also reading Roald Dahl's Matilda (for my ten year old student), Gone With The Wind (for my sixteen year old student), and six different research books for The Second Novel. Not sure why I am squirrely about discussing the subject of this novel. Maybe it is really the same process as when I was writing the first one. Last time around I did not admit to writing it for the first year I was writing. It was too out of focus, too un-fleshed out to talk about. Maybe this is the same?

The good news is I am nearing the fifty page mark. This seems to be the neighborhood where characters sort of shake themselves out and tell me exactly what they will and won't: eat, wear, walk, read and say. This one will only write letters in the morning. That one likes to smoke in the bath. Good.

45 comments:

  1. Good luck with your book. Visiting via the blog hop.

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  2. Hi Priya! Thanks for visiting my blog, especially because this way I discovered yours! Wow! I only read a couple of posts so far, but I already love your "voice", if your writing style is anything like your blogging voice than your novel will be fantastic! :-) (no, I'm serious!)

    So I became your newest follower and can't wait to hear more from you! :-)

    I LOVE Mathilda, can't even remember how many times I have re-read it (even well after I was over my teenager years)! Gone With the Wind is ony my TBR list, but it is the typical novel you can only read in the summer when you ahve at least a week off, you have to be submerged in the story, it's not a novel to be read 20 pages at a time on the bus on my way to work, so it's on the list, waiting for the occasion when I'll have that much free time to read :-)

    Sorry for rambling, and also sorry for any typos, was typing too fast to re-read myself.

    Have a great weekend!

    :-) Stella

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  3. WOW I have to agree with Stella, thank you soo much for taking the time to stop by my blog, I am now following you, and though I have only read a few posts I too love your voice, I cant wait to hear more about your upcoming novel, though historial fictions are not my "normal" thing I do like to break out of my box - so I cant wait to learn more!

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  4. thank you stella and jenn! that makes me so happy!

    my novel is written in a paper trail of paper that might have been left behind but wasn't so it is all first person. i hope you like it!

    your blogs are fantastic! i am trying to figure out how to put them on my visible blog list so other people can get to them easily but am unsurprisingly grappling with technology once more.

    i am so glad you left comments!

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog via the BBH! :-) Good luck with the book! :-)

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  6. yay for your 50 followers!! i'm blog-hopping by!!

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  7. thank you! thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Just bouncing through on the hop. Here's ME.

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  9. thank you! i am off to visit your blog now! i should be writing, researching... but this is so much fun!

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  10. Thanks for visiting my blog from the Book Blogger Hop! I am already in love with yours! Anyone who blogs about books and bags is okay with me! I switch purses at least once a week so I can understand how you put down a book for a few weeks or so. Just last year I lost my iPod for over 6 months in a purse. I will be back often.

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  11. Thank you for dropping in today...I am returning the visit and will be dropping in again and again!

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  12. I absolutely loved Gone with the Wind and have read it numerous times. Just finished Kate Morton's The House at Riverton today. Really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden and Riverton was as enjoyable.

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  13. thanks geri! i was wondering about the house at riverton. is it chronologically broken like this one? i hope so as i really love that style! thank you for stopping by!

    umm beth... i think you just found my lost nano for me... thank you!

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  14. Hi Priya. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. You're heading off to London to do research? OMG that's so cool and I'm so jealous! :-)
    I'll be making a short visit there this summer.

    I've got to come back and look at your site more closely. I'm an aspiring author of YA, so I'm very interested in your literary journey. I'll be watching you closely! I'm following you now. Check you later.

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  16. I was born in Honolulu! Hawaii connection! :) Love your fam's "plum bean" saying and your writing style. Glad to have found you through the Hop!

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  17. hi june! i lived in the uk for 14 yrs and did not really plan to move back here--i just got addicted to the sunshine of home and never went back. so my clothes still live in london and my research stuff is all there and i am going back to asix months there/six months here life. it is hectic but good! what do you write? are you over there for research? summer is the best time in london! go swimming in the serpentine on a really hot day! have fun!

    kris! i am having sever trouble being off island now that the weather is turning noce and the ocean is flattening out--i am afraid of big water--i know, terrible. thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Sorry I had to re-post, but just to let you now that I like the way you write and am looking forward to your book. I am new to blogging and has ventured on it as a way to look for really good books.

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  19. thank you! your blog is lovely! bel canto is one of my favorites!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by :o) Good luck with your new release!

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  21. Thanks for the follow, I'm following back. This is my first time doing the Blog Hop, it's great finding new blogs!

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  22. Hi Priya! Thanks for visiting me and I am hopping back to you. Congrats on your upcoming debut novel! We will be excited to here more about the release! I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden although as I recall I had set it down and picked it back up too!
    Have a wonderful week.

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  23. Just hopping by! :)

    I hope you are having a lovely Friday!

    xx,
    E.J.

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  24. thank you everybody for stopping by!

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  25. hey Priya, i saw your post about GONE WITH THE WIND. Guess who kills Rhett? The Death Of Rhett Butler www.deathofrhett.blogspot.com

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  26. i will check it out! although rhett for me is frozen in time at the foot of the stairs at twelve oaks...

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  27. Congrats on the increase of followers :) I hope you have a great weekend Priya!

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  28. Priya, thanks for visiting me today from the hop. Thought I'd come by and visit you also and, WOW! Am I impressed!! Congratulations on the publication of your first novel and GOOD LUCK as you write your second. I've got to be a follower so I can keep track of your writing journey and these wonderful books you are reading. :)

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  29. Hello Priya, I'm stopping by on the Book Blog Hop. Your writing and your blog design are impressively clean and readable. Come visit me at http://bibliophiliac-bibliophiliac.blogspot.com.

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  30. Wow, you've had a lot of visitors today! Well, I'm your newest follower! I have to say I'm a bit jealous of you. Hawaii and London?! No fair! And congratulations on getting a book published! It sounds like your life is very exciting! I look forward to reading more of your blog!
    Candace
    http://candacesreadingblog.blogspot.com/

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  31. hello! thank you for stopping by and leaving lovely comments!

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  32. Hi Priya! Thank you for hopping by to see me....it is so nice to meet you! I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great weekend!

    Missy

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  33. Thanks for Book Blog hopping over to my Blog it is appreciated and I now have a new Blog to follow:)
    I liked both the Kate Morton novels, think only two so far? My Reviews if you are interested.

    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5880940
    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6182610

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  34. Well done on your 50th follower and becoming one of us oldies. An impressive reading list, how do you find the time to write such interesting posts?

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  35. Hey, thanks for commenting on my post. Just hopping by! I like the name of your blog too.

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  36. jeannie:: thank you! i am excited about the book! i love your blog!

    candace: i know! i am so very very very pleased! i have been doing this for ages for just my friends and family and i am so excited to be meeting new people--that sounds like i don't adore my friends and family but i do! i am just excited about meeting people as nuts about books as i am! but then my friends and family do that too... i am just happy!

    lindyloumac: i just fell in love with the forgotten garden ten minutes ago--before that i was on the fence. i will definitely come and check out you reviews!

    petty witter: thank you! i never think i spend enough time writing them so thank you for that confidence boost! i only recently discovered the spell check button on the posting thingy so before that all was a bit iffy!

    missy b: thank you for stopping by! i love your photo!

    book buffet: thank you for leaving a note! that is the cutest picture!

    muse in the fog: thank you thank you thank you for coming back!

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  37. Thanks for leaving a comment on my Blogger Hop post!

    Scary being in a new country, how are you enjoying the UK? I'm hitting two years in Canada come October but I'm starting to get homesick for the UK a little bit :(

    Great blog, I'm following, looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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  38. I loved the uk. i did part of my undergraduate and then all of my postgraduate work there and then i moved to london and just came back two years ago to write and i miss it!

    i am going back to the half there half home life soon ! it is messy and totally inconvenient but i miss it!

    are you originally from the uk or canada?

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  39. @Priya - That's awesome, don't think I would have the courage to pick up to study in another country!

    I'm originally from the UK, Wales. Though I did live near London for a bit, well an hour away at least lol. I moved to Canada over a year ago with my parents and brothers, I don't think I could have done it without them. Scary, but I'm still finding my feet and trying to get settled, but it's fun, definitely a learning curve.

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  40. both times i did it (once to study at oxford and once to study at the university of edinburgh) i thought--this is it, you have totally gone nuts and made a giant mistake. but i loved both places, stayed for years, moved to london and was super happy!

    it is totally what on earth am i doing scary! i can't imagine doing it without the built in structure of a university. that must be so hard!

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  41. That's kinda how I felt when I went to Uni. At the time I was living in England with my parents but I decided to move back to Wales for uni. Three days in, and even though the rest of my family lived in Wales, without my parents around I really thought I'd made a huge mistake. But I can't imagine how it would be like to go study in a whole different country. That's amazing! Never been to Oxford, heard it's really nice there though.

    It's kinda weird, it's a whole culture shock. Even something simple as trying to find a job is alien to me. Back home I know what to do, where to apply etc. Here I feel like I'm totally out of my depth.

    Though, as scary as it is, and even though I get really homesick. I know if I didn't give it a chance I'd be sorry.

    Though I think it's amazing that you haven't let anything stop you from traveling and doing what you want. Because I don't think I'd be as brave as you.

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