Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lies and Kombat

What's going on, Wednesday Writers?  
Let's catch up...

What I'm Reading:  I just finished LITTLE BIG LIES by liane Moriarty.  It was SO GOOD.  It was stay up until all hours of the night good.  Read it.

What I'm Writing:  I started drafting my contemp MG, which is currently titled SMALL TOWN HERO, but I am 100% not keeping that name.  I am having so much fun listening to my MC, who is a little rough around the edges. :). I got around 10K written so far, and hope to be done by the end of July.  

What Else is Going On:  I'm participating in Query Kombat this week with my MG Fantasy.  Cross fingers, toes, and any other body parts for me!

What have you been up to this week?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Swap, A Plot, and A Workshop

Hey Writer Friends!  Hope all is well on your end of the bookstore.  I thought I would catch you up on what's going on over here.

What I'm Reading:   I just finished THE SWAP by Megan Shull.  This was a fun take on a Freaky-Friday-like switch.  The concept was interesting enough to keep me reading, but the dialog...  was lacking.  I am around middle school kids frequently and I have NEVER heard anyone talk like they do in this book.  So bad.
I also just finished STORY ENGINEERING by Larry Brooks.
This was a GREAT guide to story planning, but pants-ers beware; Mr. Brooks is pretty vocal about how you are wrong.  LOL.  Since I am an outlin-er myself, I liked the thorough explanation of story beats.  It got my gears turning, that's for sure!

What I'm Writing:
I am still planning a story that I hope to start drafting next month.  It will be a MG contemporary (a first for me).  So far so good!

What Else is Happening:  Last weekend I went to a one day intensive workshop with my local SCBWI branch.  It was all about MG and chapter books, and taught by Candice Ransom (author of over 120 children's books).  I love getting to spend a day with other writers learning new things!