Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Untitled Book

When I grow up, I want to be an author. I love to write. I'm pretty picky about what I like to write, though. Essays? Sure. Research reports? Okay. Free writing? Even better. But a newspaper article? Absolutely not. I'm not sure why I can't stand it. Maybe because I like to have my little bit of creativity. I don't want to be pressured into writing something I don 't agree with. I like to speak my mind.
At the moment, I am writing a book. I'm actually writing two books, but only one is progressing the way I like. I have plenty of ideas, though. Sometime in the future, I hope to have finished the two books I am writing (a fantasy and a children's fiction) and to have written a historical fiction novel about my great-grandma and a murder mystery. (Very loosely based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.) Right now, my fantasy novel is going pretty well. Only one person has read all that has been written, and that is Mr. Lance Owens. I wouldn't want anyone else to read it. I want my friends to read a published copy and be genuinely surprised about what happens. (Even my mom hasn't read it yet.) To be honest, I haven't even given it a title. I've been too busy being concerned about the inside.
My one wish for the book is that people will read it. I would rather not have it published than have it be a book that bookstores put in the "half-off" bin because no one will buy it. Imagine having written a book that you spent years on. (I will have been writing this book for two years this October.) Then imagine walking into a Barnes and Noble to get some books you need for your British Literature class and seeing your book, that you put so much of yourself into, in that cursed bin. How would you feel?
Anyway, I can always count on my family to read it. I don't have to be a millionaire like J. K. Rowling to know I have written a good book.
Since this is all about books and writing...what is your favorite book? What made it so special?


  1. Nice blog. I also must say, that if you find your book in the bargain bin, all that says is that you wrote a book that was good enough to be published and the publishing company did a poor job of letting people know that. (I should know. Some great books have come from those bins.) I reveal my favorite book with a word of warning: This is an adult book. There will be some things that some may find objectionable. That being said, the best book I ever read was from the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. Mr. King has got a reputation for horror and gore and other disgusting things, but this series is different. The fourth book in this series, Wizard and Glass, is the best book I ever read. This series grabs you from the first line ("The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.")and you will not be able to stop until you have finished. Mr. King portrays time and dimensional travel with unbelievable vividness and clarity. OK, I'll shut up now.

  2. I think my favorite book of all time is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I loved the way the hero(Trotwood/David) overcame all of the obstacles in his way to become successful in love, in life, and in his dreams to be a writer. He makes me want to "press on" even in tough times! Mr. Peggoty's love for little Emily also reminds me of Christ's love for me - unconditional and sacrificing. What a real LOVE story should be!
    I also enjoyed reading Anne of Green Gables with you - I think of all the books we read together, that was my favorite. We grew to really love and care about Anne (with an e) and we just had a good time with it.
    Oh, and Big Bird's Busy Day would have to also be at the top of my list, because that was your absolute favorite when you were a toddler. I can still recite it by heart. Love you, Mom

  3. I really do love To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have read it several times and I still laugh at the funny little tomboy, Scout!

  4. Bear-I will keep that on my list of things to read. (When I'm older of course.) :)
    Mama-I LOVED reading David Copperfield with you! My favorite character has always been Agnes.
    Lizard-To Kill A Mockingbird has always been on my favorites list! I need to tell you about the time we went to see the play...very amusing story. :)

  5. Emily, I love your blog!!! I didn't know that you want to be a writer!! That's wonderful. You can do or be anything you want to be with lots of hard work and determination. I know you can do it! You have great parents, not to mention a most extroidinary great aunt, who loves you and supports you in all that you do!!! My favorite book?? Hmmm...that is a tough one! I love so many books!! Let me do some thinking and I'll get back with you...
    I love you, sweet girl!! KK