Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gods and (MG) Godesses

Hello, my lovelies!  I promise, I wasn't just slacking off the last few weeks.  I have been uber-busy with Nano (see below)!

What I'm  Reading:  I finally finished AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman.
This was the first adult book I've read in a really long time, and boy were some parts adult.  Haha.  But it was a great read.  Awesome characters and mind boggling research.  I give it the Niki seal of approval.

What I'm Writing:  Editing up a storm over here, and I should have a polished MG Fantasy by the end of the week.  I had some major plot bunnies to fix, and I am really happy with the structure the story has now.  I'm going to let it rest while I draft my new shiny, and then send it off to CP's.

What Else is Going On:  On Saturday I am going to a SCBWI one day intensive on writing MG!  It will be taught by Candice Ransom, author of over 100 children's books.  I am REALLY looking forward to this day of talking about methods and plotting.  I'm reading FINDING DAYS BOTTOM right now, to familiarize myself with Ms. Ransom's work.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Guest Speaking Debut

It's Wednesday (although, there isn't much left of it), so here's the update on me!

What I'm Reading:  Well, I just reread Harry Potters #1-3.

 They are, of course, some of my favorite books of all time, but I hadn't reread any since I began my writing journey.  I am deep in editing mode (see below), so I actually got pretty excited whenever Jo used the word "was" or accidentally word echoed, or (gasp!) used multiple exclamation points per page!!!  It just goes to show that telling a great story trumps all!

I am also reading BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott for my Reading for Writer's group.  We will meet up and discuss this awesome book about writing in a few weeks.

What I'm Writing:  I am RE-writing.  My goal is to finish revisions for my MG Fantasy by the end of the month.  I am also querying my MG sic-fi on the side.  I like to have several pans on the fire, so to speak.

What Else is New:  On Monday night I got to be the guest speaker at my local library's writer's group (with my CP Jennie helping me out)!  I talked all about query letters.  It was fun and scary, but well received.  I just love being a part of the writing community.
(This is my local library.  It is seriously so beautiful.  I want to live there.)

Happy Reading and Writing to you!