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Hobby Horse

I have had something of an awakening regarding my pursuit of publication. The Dysfunctional Diva, a member of my writer's group, made a comment regarding the fact that she was a writer, rather than a hobbyist. She said that if you do not write every day—if you do not work to be published on a consistent basis—then writing is your hobby. After some consideration, I found this to be true, particularly after reading a nice post by YA author Natalie Whipple. So after reflecting on my frequency of writing and my goals for future publication, I realize now that writing is my hobby—and I'm fine with that. I don't believe I have the temperament to ever be a full-time writer. I need a regular job. I need a boss and deadlines and dirty looks from colleagues if I talk too loud or too long on the phone when I should be working.

I like editing. Editing is my job and, in some ways, my passion. Writing is my hobby, my outlet, something I enjoy very much. But when I don't feel like w…

Review for Shocking Pink

Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought Shocking Pink at a second-hand bookstore five years ago. It had a great cover and an alluring blurb, so why did it take me so long to read it? Who knows? But now I have finally read it and ultimately I am glad I did. The story starts with one of those fantastic prologues that hooks you right in to the story. A body is found in an empty house. She is young, beautiful, and the cop working the case knows who she is. Then the story flashes back to the 80s where we meet three friends, Andie—the sensible friend, Raven—the risk-taking, over-protective, abrasive friend, and poor Julie, who is from an overly religious emotionally abusive home and has the emotional problems you would expect. We follow these girls through their respective troubled high school lives, and we see them stumble onto some very naughty S&M taking place in an empty house in an in-progress housing development. The three girls react very differently to t…