Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Butterflies!

Wow. My life is full of all sorts of awesomeness lately.

(BTW, Word recognizes ‘awesomeness’ and yet ‘Bekah’ is too crazy. Hum…)

I’m going to California this summer for my brother’s wedding. One thing on the addenda is staying a few weeks extra to attend the SCBWI conference. I’m so crazy happy about this because I’m rooming with the two of my best peeps, Suzanne and Mandy. We’re going to have so much fun!

So in the middle of all the nice/life-changing things that are happening, I got an email from Suz with the room confirmation. It makes it real now!

I have butterflies!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DON’T. GIVE. UP.

I’d like to say that every writer will find an agent with their first (or even second or third!) finished manuscript… I can’t.

I'd like to say that the first agent you sign with is your one-and-only… I can’t.

I’d like to say that publishing is fair. That the amount of time and effort you put into it is proportionate to the success you will have… I can’t.

I’d like to say that even though you dearly love your friends, and wish them all the success in the world, that you’ll never just be the littlest bit sad that it’s not happening to you too… I can’t.

I can say, without continuing to try you will never succeed. And I also know it’s about the journey. I have learned so much this last year about writing, desire, determination.

I accepted an agent offer today. I am so excited I can’t stand it.

I’ve been in this place before. This time is different. This time I KNOW. This time I’m pushing through.

And I will not give up.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Snail

This is a blog post about my writing – for once. I know! Snazzy.

I joined a group writing 30K in 30 days. See the progress bar on the side? – Yeah, I’m not doing very well at the moment. Heh. Life is distracting! My life is distracting. I don’t mean that necessarily in a bad way… just busy. *shrug* Things happen. Like the trip to the ER or the ceiling falling down:




[I haven’t called anyone to come and fix it yet because it’s still wet - the air conditioning unit upstairs leaks between the two floors.]

One of the big reasons I’m lagging on this manuscript (and have been since I started this book) is because I’m writing it by hand. It’s not that I haven’t tried to type it out. For some reason the words won’t come when I’m on the computer! It’s frustrating!!!

Rather than not make any progress at all, I’ve been handwriting at night and then each morning transcribing it into Word. That makes for slow progress. Not only because of the extra time it takes to type it, but because I have no way to gauge of how much I’ve written for the day.

Daily word count is not necessary, but without it the manuscript will move at a snail pace.

me = snail

And the writing is sort of scatterbrained too! I spend my morning typing it only to realize that it’s out of order to how it should go. And that I’m missing huge chunks of what should be there.

*Make notes… Switch paragraphs… Tighten up… Switch more paragraphs… Switch sentences… Make notes*

Only to stare at a white screen again.

It only compounds the problem that I’m 24K in and I don’t feel the story is even reaching the halfway point yet. Not that it’s lagging at all. The pace is really good (actually, it’s the best manuscript so far at the 1st draft point). I’m concerned, though, because how long is book going to be?! It’s YA so it can only be so long, you know?

Add to that the fact that I fully realize that I’m going to have to go back and add sub-plot. I tend to write the entire book with a singular plot and then, when I’m finished with the first draft, I go back and add plot points.

*shaking head*

And yet, I love this book. I just hope that by the time I finish the 30K challenge (and I’m closer to a 60K manuscript) that I’ll see an end.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Night-re-Cap

I'm missing margaritas with my girls. *sadness*

Steven has to work tonight. I was all set to go, with the babysitter lined up and everything, when Bekah got sick. And she is really, really sick, poor thing. She doesn't even want to play Wii or eat popcorn! And now she's asleep at 5:30. That places somewhere near death, I think.

I guess the universe is telling me that I need to finish the never-ending-rewrite-of-the-novel-of-headache (NERNH). With that in mind, I decided to listen and sweat out the pages this weekend. You know what? I'm kicking NERNH's butt! I'm almost done. If I can buckle down tonight, I should be finished by Tuesday.

Um, yeah. That's it. No margaritas, sickness, and writing.

And I've eaten an entire bag of sunflower seeds in a day and a half.

UPDATE: Bekah woke up. The Tylenol is not helping to bring down her fever. I put a cold cloth on her forehead which she left on for approximately 10 minutes before she declared that she couldn't wear it because it made her "shibber." Then she asked for sushi for dinner.

Not going to happen. However, I am quite proud to have corrupted her enough that sushi is her comfort food. She asks to have it for dinner nearly every night.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Little Of Nothing

It’s Saturday, right? The days are running together with frightening swiftness. Are we a week into March?! Already?

Wow.

What have I done lately?

I purchased the trip package. We’re officially going. The kids are jazzed. They keep asking every time we leave the house, “Is this China?” Uh, no.

Flashy Fiction is off to a good start. Man, I’m having fun with it. It gets my writing juices going when I write a piece of flash every morning. That’s part of the reason I blog, to start putting words together… those first couple of the day are always stressful.

Of course, I also use the blog to procrastinate – LIKE NOW! :D

I’m rewriting what I am now calling the never-ending-rewrite-of-the-novel-of-headache. Only this time, I’m having fun with it. At least, I’m trying to have fun with it. We shall see. It is far too soon to make that prediction. I’m stuck at the moment thinking: is this beginning big enough?

And can I just say, I have the best friends a girl can have. They rock. Every single one of them. I got so lucky. So lucky.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's a bird! It's a plane! No.... It's a BLOG!

Yea! I have a new group blog. I'm so excited about it.

Introducing: FLASHY FICTION!

Here's the 411. Basically, it's a blog that offers flash fiction prompts. We provide the prompts and you leave flash fiction in the comments. How fun is that?!

There's 7 of us giving prompts:

Monday - Patti Tucker
Tuesday - Casey McCormick
Wednesday - Trish Doller
Thursday - ME!
Friday - Suzanne Young
Saturday - Christy Raedeke
Sunday - Amanda Morgan

The first prompt was just posted. Come by for the fun!

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