Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up To My Elbows in Edits

Hey Everyone!  I just realized (with a jolt) that it was once again Wednesday, and I have been missing in action for the last couple of weeks from our friendly neighborhood blog hop!  What's Up Wednesday is a fun way for authors to connect.  Find out more on Jaime Morrow's blog.

What I'm Reading:  I just finished UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman, and I loved his MG voice.  I thought the plot was clever and the characters were fun. Some of the Goodreads reviews said that they felt like gifted students were being stereotyped in this book (no social skills,  Starwars fans, etc.) , so that is something to consider, but overall, I really liked it.

What I'm Writing:  I am deep in the editing trenches for the next couple of months y'all.  I have three manuscripts that need work, so that is what I'm writing.  Not very exciting, I know...

What's Inspiring Me:  I have really enjoyed the twitter community and support surrounding Pitch Wars.  For me, it's a little bit like buying a lottery ticket.  Your chances of actually winning aren't that great, but the weeks of dreaming are worth the price of the ticket.  I did get pages requested from one of my mentors, so I consider that a win already.  At least it means my query and first chapter aren't total crap, right?  Not so inspiring is Writeoncon for me right now.  I have had some comments that were a little harsh, I feel.  But I guess all of that helps me get better, right?  

What Else is Going On:  My daughter started Kindergarten, and so far she is loving it.  I miss her during the day, but not as much as my two year old son does.  The two of us have had a lot of one on one time lately, so that is good.

Hope you all have been keeping busy!  Let me know what you've been up to!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Revisions and... More revisions

It's time for What's Up Wednesday, a blog hop sponsored by Jaime and Erin.  You can look here for more information and how to play along.

What I'm Reading: I just picked up GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff at the library, but I haven't even cracked the cover yet.  I'll let you know what I think later. Here is the the Goodreads blub:

It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.
But they don't.
This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other's lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn't belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren't in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.

UPDATE:  I actually DID start reading this yesterday and it is pretty much ELANOR and PARK meets READY PLAYER ONE, two books I adore, so I am pretty into this one!

What I'm Writing:  Hopefully this category will be pretty boring for a while because I finished my draft of MARTY PERKINS (my Mary Poppins remake), and I have two (okay three) other drafts that need serious editing, so that will be my mantra for the next several months.  Although, I do know what I want to write next and it will be hard to resist...

What's Inspiring Me:  PITCH WARS!!!! Oh my gracious, if God would smile on me and have one of these amazing mentors choose my manuscript to critique I would SMILE SO HARD.  And jump up and down!  Maybe even pee my pants a little, who knows?    

What Else is Going On:  My teeny tiny baby daughter is starting Kindergarten in just a few short days!  Mom is not okay with this.  Not okay at all.