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My Writing Desk
My desk is in constant motion. From my gym shoes to the living room couch, it rolls with me as I go about my day. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom, I squeeze writing in between carpools and and chores. The first place where I write is the kitchen table. My laptop is always there in the morning, waiting for me while I gulp down a cup of coffee, fix breakfast, and prepare lunches for the day.
After my family is off to work and school, tennis shoes becomes my desk. At the gym or power walking, I use exercise time to do my contemplative work. Do my characters need to be adjusted? Is the plot on track? What sentences need to be tweaked? When I'm in exercise mode, I always have my headphones on. Music inspires me. The lyrics tell a story, and I think about how they get their point across.
At home, my laptop moves to the office, which is my favorite place to write. It has A real desk, a comfy office chair, and I often get lost in my writing. Later, the computer follows me back to the kitchen table. My daughter is home from school. Homework needs to be done, and I return to cramming writing in between homework help and dinner chores.
After dinner, my desk moves to the living room couch, although I rarely get anything done. The TV is on. But I like to have it near me in case an idea strikes. Before going to bed, I put my laptop back on the kitchen table, where it waits for me. No way does it come into my bedroom! That room is off limits.
About The Author
She currently resides in Tampa with her husband, daughter, and two cats. When she’s not reading, writing, or taking care of her family, she likes to exercise.
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The Undiscovered Novelist by Sarah Bridgeton
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Format: eBook - 115 pages / Kindle - 237 KB / Nook - 362 KB
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
My Book Review:
The Undiscovered Novelist has two interwoven storylines: it is about a young woman's journey as an undiscovered novelist to get her first novel published; and the dynamic of the estranged mother-daughter relationship that the young woman has with her mother.
Jordyn Simmons is a twenty-seven year old paralegal who dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist. Two years ago Jordyn, her attorney boyfriend Tyler, and their little boy Elijah, relocated from New York to Tampa, Florida, to open a new law office for the law firm they both worked for. The night before they moved, Jordyn and her mother Debra, who have always had a rocky relationship, get into a heated fight about Jordyn and Tyler's unmarried status and her decision to move to Florida with Tyler. Debra has never liked Tyler because he isn't Jewish, and she thought that they had rushed into a relationship. The heated fight turns their complicated mother-daughter relationship into a two year estrangement via the silent treatment, and where both vacillate over who should take the first step at reconciling their relationship. After two years of living in Florida taking care of her family and working full-time as a paralegal, Jordyn completes her manuscript and the journey to become a published novelist begins. Will Jordyn's first novel be published, or will she remain an undiscovered novelist with a dream of making the bestseller list? Will Jordyn and Debra take the first step to reconcile their mother-daughter relationship, or will they continue to silently mourn the loss of their relationship?
The Undiscovered Novelist is a lighthearted and intriguing novella about a young woman's journey to become a published novelist, while also looking at the dynamic of the estranged mother-daughter relationship that she has with her mother. The story's setting alternates between Tampa, Florida and New York, and is cleverly written in an alternating fashion between the first person narrative by Jordyn, and the third person perspective of Debra. The author introduces the reader to Jordyn and Debra, their individual stories and their perspectives on their relationship. I found the alternating choices in narration to be intriguing, but I must admit that it did take me a little bit of time to switch gears as the chapters changed from first to third person narrative, but with that being said, I did enjoy following along on Jordyn and Debra's journey.
Rich in detail and descriptions, the author provides a fascinating look into the reality of how tough it is for a writer to break into the publishing industry. Obviously providing an insider's look into becoming a published novelist based on her own experience, I really loved how the author shares that rough road with her readers, it makes you appreciate even more the books that they create for our enjoyment. I also loved reading about the realistic dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship, I sure could relate to the ups and downs of this relationship! I think the author does a wonderful job of weaving both plots together into an engaging journey that culminates in a satisfying conclusion.
The author has created a cast of characters who are realistic, complex and engaging individuals that the readers can easily relate to. I really could relate to both Jordyn and Debra, I found their mother-daughter relationship to be realistic, who hasn't had the ups and downs that come along with being in that type of relationship? I could also relate to their individual struggles and how they dealt with them. The supporting cast of characters: Tyler (Jordyn's boyfriend), Naomi (Jordyn's fraternal twin sister), Maxine Cohen (agent), Cameron Miller (freelance publicist), David Marcinletti (President / CEO of Kingston & Knox Publishing Company), and Kate Young (editor at Kingston & Knox), all had an engaging personality that added to the storyline, I loved how their interactions and dialogue with Jordyn and Debra made this story an even more entertaining and enjoyable read.
The Undiscovered Novelist is an enjoyable novella that is geared for the true book lover. If you want an engaging storyline that weaves the realistic journey of becoming a published novelist with the dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship, than this enchanting little story is the one for you!
RATING: 4 STARS ****