Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 7


Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

First 5 chapters are revised! I should have more done but I did have to write two completely new chapters and change a ton to the other three. But I did read 3 books.

2). My goals for this week

Revise as much as possible. Still not putting a number goal because some chapters need more than others. And read 1-2 books.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Small scene between my MC and her older brother.

          "Bout time," Shawn says as he walks into the bathroom. "Oh, and Mom's looking for you. Someone's in trouuu-ble." He snickers as he leans against the door jam. At eighteen, he's a year older than me but still acts eight.
"Grow up, Shawn."
"What, it's not every day my baby sister gets sent to jail."
I shove his shoulder which throws him off balance. "I wasn't 'sent to jail'."
"Semantics," he says with a grin.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

Being tired. For some reason I couldn't get enough sleep. It would be time for bed and I wouldn't sleep and so the next day I'd be tired and it's hard to write when I'm that kind of tired.

5). Something I love about my WIP

 See above scene. Ended up changing a plot so MC is arrested....I've had to ask a HS friend for help because I have NO IDEA what happens when you get arrested. Which, I guess, is a good thing for me but not my writing. HA!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 6


Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

My CP sent notes on my MS. She's brilliant. Her ideas, while overwhelming, are awesome. It's so nice to have fresh eyes on a project you're so close to. I sorted through them and have a game plan for revision. I've written a whole new chapter and jotted down notes for the rest of the changes. I haven't been focusing on my second WIP for NANO. I think this is my last go at it, camp or regular nano. I'm not good at writing that much, that fast. I was able to read 2 books thought.

2). My goals for this week

Revise, revise, revise!

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Gramma always said I was made of salt-water and seaweed, a child of the ocean, just like her. When I was little she’d tell me salt water ran through our veins instead of blood. And I’d believe her.

New opening line...not sure I'm sold. We'll see.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

Coming up with a plan for what needed to be changed, moved or deleted.

5). Something I love about my WIP

That with a little work it's going to be even better than it was before. Or...so I'm told.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 5


Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

I'm still waiting on notes back from a CP. She gave me some over all great ideas but she's going to be more specific with notes in the MS. I can't wait because I'm super excited to get started on this revision. Weirds me out to say that. I've written the first two chapters of my nano project. I read two or three books last week...so I'm good on that goal.

2). My goals for this week

Hope to get notes back for When The Wind Blows so I can focus on revising. Write as much as I can on my nano project, What If I Was Nothing.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Friendship.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

Balancing between the two ideas I'm working on. I usually don't problem but wanting to revise WTWBs is keeping me from concentrating on WIIWN.

5). Something I love about my WIP

 Kyle. He's my MCs best friend and he's all kinds of fun to write.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 4


Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

So so. I finished the book map for When The Wind Blows and finished going over notes from a CP. I only met my writing goal for Camp NANO two days so far. But all I have to do is up my word count from 500 to 600 a day and I should be okay. Didn't make it to the beach but did spend a lot of time out doors. And ready well over 2 books this week.

2). My goals for this week

If I get notes back from another CP, go over those and work on revisions. Until then, working on What If I Was Nothing for Camp NANO.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

From the (first, very rough draft) opening scene of What If I Was Nothing. My MC, Dani, is a bit of a trouble maker. But for good reason, of course.

But before I could try to explain any of this to Mr. Wells, not that I’d actually give away every detail—the what I did, not why—the fire alarm goes off. I may or may not have dropped a piece of burning paper inside a trash can on my way in. I figured if the thermostat didn’t drive him out of the office I needed a backup plan.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

My Camp NANO novel. It takes me forever to get into a new project and this one is no different. Usually takes rewriting the intro two or three times before I'm happy with where it's going.

5). Something I love about my WIP

The names of my main character and her brother, Dani and Drew Flowers. They're twists on mine and my brothers' names/middle names. Also, that it's sibling centric.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What's Up Wednesday?! In Which I Start Box Camp

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk as a way for writers to keep in touch by sharing what they've been up to. Be sure to link up on their site if you want to join in on the fun. 



What I'm Reading

I finally finished I'll Give You The Sun. It was just as good as everyone has been saying! I can't wait to read it again. I also read Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (very cute) and That Summer by Sarah Dessen. I've decided to do a monthly recap of all the books I read each month and I posted June's yesterday.

What I'm Writing

You can see what I'm writing on my Ready? Set. Write! post this week here.


What Inspires Me Right Now

Jaime and Erin had an awesome idea about using this section to say what inspires us and what we love about YA. I thought it was a great idea so I'm getting on board.

The diversity and acceptance. I don't read a ton of adult books but I feel like what I do read there isn't as much diversity as there is in the young adult books I read.a And I think that's important for any age, not just young adults. Everyone needs to learn what it means to be different and how we can work together and be better as people.

What Else I've Been Up To

Box camp. Or cross fit I guess. It's called Box Camp but does a lot of cross fit stuff. But basically a group workout. I've been to three classes so far and sort of love it. It starts with a mile or so of walking and a few exercises followed by the workout of the day and then a cool down. Each class is different which I find to be a good thing. Keeps me on my toes and keeps it entertaining. It's hard work and, although its at 4:45 AM (yes..AM!) it's still HOT! Gotta love Florida!

Kiddo and I had a busy weekend while my husband worked. We went to the post office and library on Saturday. He got to play learning games on the computers for a while and then checked out a few books. Then Sunday the two of us went to the beach early in the morning before stopping at the spray ground park and then heading home.

Other than that it's been work and reading and writing.

What have you been up to?

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Reads 2014

I've been thinking of a better way to come up with a way to keep track of all the books I've read this year and what I thought of them. Hope Katy Upperman doesn't mind I borrowed her idea! I finally went back and created a (short) blog post for each month this year showing which books I've read and briefly what I've thought about some of them. Going forward I'm going to try to do a small review of each book in one monthly post.

I started out reading a ton at the beginning of the month but toward the end I was getting so close to being done writing my latest novel that I slacked off a little. Total for June is ten. I'm half way done with another book but have no drive to finish it today.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21863930-one-two-three

 The first book I read this month was a debut novel by my friend Elodie Nowodazkij .  If you're a fan of the movies Center Stage and Save The Last Dance (which I so very much am), then you'll love this book. It's full of forever friendship, sweet romance and a bit of family turmoil and mystery. Elodie did an amazing job with this book. I couldn't be happier for her in her quest to make her dream come true.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16143347-we-were-liars
Not much I can say about We Were Liars without giving anything away. Except that E. Lockhart did an incredible job weaving this story. If you want to know more you have to read the book.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8492825-where-she-went
I've had If I Stay for a few years but for some reason I never got around to reading it. But the preview for the movie played before The Fault In Our Stars and I knew I had to read this book ASAP. And it blew me away. The whole book is one gut wrenching page after another. And I completely fell in love with it. I couldn't wait to read Where She Went (which had arrived a few days prior to me reading If I Stay). I didn't think I would like it as much as the first book but in the end I loved it more. There aren't many series/sequels that turn out better than the first but that's not the case with these two. Where She Went is by far one of my favorites this year.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5821978-the-summer-i-turned-prettyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8680278-we-ll-always-have-summerhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6584188-it-s-not-summer-without-you

The Summer Series is actually a reread for me. I read it two summers ago and fell in love with it. Ginger at GReads Books wanted to revisit Cousins Beach this summer, so I joined her. I planned to pace myself and, while I spread the first book out over a week or so, I read the last two books over the weekend. This book will always hold a place in my heart. As will Conrad Fisher. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17948607-the-treatment
I was super excited for the release of The Treatment after listening to the audio book of The Program last month. And it didn't disappoint. Such a great ending to a very exciting series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7943654-i-ll-give-you-the-sun

I was VERY fortunate to get to read this book before it's release. A very dear bookish friend let me borrow the ARC she received at BEA and I can't thank her enough! It truly held up to the hype surrounding it's anticipated release. I read The Sky Is Everywhere earlier this year and it completely captivated me. This book, though completely different in style and voice and execution, did the same. I sent a text to a friend I that's read the book telling her I finished the book. She asked what I thought and I sent a jumble of emoji's. She said that should be my review. I tried to post it to GoodReads but it keeps deleting it. Oh well, this book is awesome, I'm sure no one doubts that.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18525657-broken-hearts-fences-and-other-things-to-mend

I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson's books so I was super excited to hear about this book under her pen name Katie Finn. Though her Morgan books are still my favorite, this was a fun, cute beach read. And I am dying for the next one already.

Ready? Set. Write! 2014 Week 3


Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.

1). How I did on last weeks goals?

I'm half way through notes on When The Wind Blows from my main critique partner (Jessica) and half way done making my book map for it. Once those are done I'll see what I need to add and where. I've already planned two chapters that need to be added in. Query is sitll a no go because I hate them.

I also finished reading two books AND took kiddo to the beach today.

2). My goals for this week

Finish Jessica's notes, finish book map, send MS to other CP (Joy) to get her initial thoughts/reactions. Start new project (What If I Was Nothing) for Camp Nano on Tuesday. I've set a goal of 500 words a day for that. Think about a query letter. Or maybe actually doing one.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

"You're pretty amazing when you don't try to be perfect." Kind of forgot I wrote that until Jessica pointed it out as a favorite line of hers.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week

No motivation in the beginning of the week and lack of time when the weekend came around. Don't need that to happen again.

5). Something I love about my WIP

 All of the ideas that are jumping out at me today to add in as I sat on the beach or read over the notes from Jessica.