Nanowrimo 2012: On target so far…

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Write, Kim, do not even think of looking at J.Crew…

 In case you’re wondering about the creepy penguin, I thought this little guy could stare at me and remind me to keep working on Maybe Baby instead of the usual distractions–like the latest batch of handbags on J.Crew’s website or pondering whether I should give in to my teenage obsession with John Taylor from Duran Duran and order his autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran. So far, the penguin is working. And since I like penguins, it’s good to have a creepy-looking one urging me on. 

So, as the title of today’s post suggests, I am on target. I’m writing Chapter Two of Maybe Baby and will start Chapter Three soon. I’ve been able to meet my daily 1667 word-count target and the story is beginning to take life and even go in directions I hadn’t really planned. I love when that happens! I love letting the story unfold the way it wants to instead of trying to force it to do my bidding. I try to stick to the outline just enough so that I finish but I am not a slave to the outline in any way. 

But this post wasn’t meant to go into details about how I write, it was meant to let you know that I’ve updated my Nanowrimo 2012 page here on kimtalksbooks. You can know read a synopsis of Maybe Baby and check out Chapter One in all its rough, unedited glory. 

Happy reading (and writing)! 

Reading the Romantics

Cover of "The Romantics"

I just came home from a two-week trip to the US and, as always, I stocked up on books. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough room in my suitcase (thanks to buying too many things on sale at Macys, the Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew and West Elm) to bring all of the books with me. My mom is going to have to send a CARE package with my books + some items I love but cannot buy in Sweden.

Anyway, one of the books that fit in my suitcase was The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer. I blame J.Crew for my buying this book–not because the book is in anyway awful (it’s not, I was sucked in from the first page) but because of their Romantics spread in the September catalogue. I went into J.Crew only looking for a new pair of ballerina flats; I left with several scarves, some socks, no ballerina flats and a determination to find this book ASAP. Why no ballerina flats? They didn’t have my size left in the three patterns I wanted–but that’s another story.

So I ended up in Borders on Avenue of the Arts/Broad Street and found The Romantics, bought it and sat down in their café with a triple-shot latte. The story is nothing new: two frenemies and rivals in love with the same man. One is Laura, who is Jewish and both longs for and hates the WASP lifestyle of her friends; the other is Lila, the golden girl who stole Laura’s boyfriend in college and now, ten years later, has asked Laura to be her maid of honor. The story then follows what happens when Laura and Lila’s friends gather in Maine for Lila’s wedding to Laura’s former boyfriend, Tom. Allegiances shift, Tom doesn’t seem to be sure whether he actually wants to marry Lila, old jealousies come to the surface. It all makes for a pretty captivating read.

My only complaint about The Romantics is that I felt the cast of supporting characters was indistinguishable. Names were mentioned, but because their personalities were so similar, it was difficult to see any real difference between Anna or Tripler, or Pete or Jake or Oscar for that matter. I think more could have been done with them. Also, Niederhoffer has the characters speculating over Oscar’s sexuality without ever clueing in the reader why they think he’s still in the closet. It seemed superfluous to me. What was the point of having Tripler say that she knows Oscar is gay when it has nothing to do with the rest of the story? Well, who knows?

The film based on The Romantics was released in the US last week but I didn’t get a chance to see it. It stars Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel, who are featured in the J.Crew spread wearing lovely outfits that made me drool. Katie Holmes plays Laura but when I was reading the book I envisioned Rachel Weisz.