Sunday, March 31, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

Yes, with 12 minutes to spare, I have decided to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge once again.

And once again, I will try to do a story told in 26 parts.  I've slowed down a bit in blogging, because I've been writing, but I am back with a vengeance.

CP and I have been doing this short story thing where each month, we come up with a prompt and we both write a short story based on the prompt.  We've been doing it for two months now and it has been really hard but also very rewarding.  I have two short stories I'm pretty proud of under my belt!

This month, I'm going to try and combine this A to Z challenge with the April CP Prompt.  Ambitious for me.  I'm doing this on the fly (i.e. I have nothing written) so I run the risk of writing myself into a corner.  But that's why I'm doing some kind of fantasy story this time.  That way, I can wave a magic wand or something and have it all be good! lol

Off to go think about this a bit.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

The description from Amazon.com:
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
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This book is amazing.  It hooks you from the first chapter and keeps you up reading all night!  From a writer's perspective, I would think it'd be very hard to not get boring writing about waking up in a different body every day.  I'd say by the tenth day, I'd be hard pressed to think of something new to say.  This author never falls into this trap.  And he's skillfully woven two storylines that always move the story forward.  And I never once guessed how he was going to resolve everything.  But the ending made perfect sense. 

Go read it!  Five stars





Saturday, March 2, 2013

Back in revise land.


I've been absent a while, and here's why.  About a month ago I finally decided to do something about this novel I've been writing for what seems like forever and decided to go the self-publishing route.  Why?  Mainly because I can't write a query letter for the life of me and Amanda Hocking is my hero and now Tamara Webber too. 

So I found myself an editor who I paid to do an in-depth critique of my work. 

Late late Monday (or early early Tuesday) I got my notes back.  I read over them and every single thing she said felt true, and the examples she gave me crystalized the problems for me-- even though I didn't want to hear it.

Then I looked at the marked-up manuscript she sent me, and turns out because of her background (what she does when she's not editing) was extremely helpful in particular scenes.  Basically, I was getting expert opinion on the job function of one of my characters.

Finally, I chose this editor because she's still a teen herself, and she caught a bunch of mistakes I made about high school because, frankly - it's been a while since I've been there. My critique partners are past high school age so I knew I needed a teen perspective.

I'd highly recommend Kate Coursey of TeenEyesEditorial.blogspot.com if you're writing YA . 
Best money I ever spent.

Now my dilemma is this.  I am truly sick of this book.  I was sure I was done.  But now, it looks like another month (at least) of re-writing.  And then I was going to self-publish - hire a proofreader and a cover artist, format, and upload.  But there is just enough encouragement in the notes to think, well maybe I should try to get the interest of an agent (if I work on writing a might-be-passable query letter).  Then I wouldn't need to worry about finding/hiring more people to work on my book.
A-u-g-h!  What to do?  Hold off on spending more money on cover/proofer to see if an agent might be interested? Or stop wasting time and just self-publish the dang thing already?

Anyway, I'm back in re-write land. AGAIN.  And not loving it...