Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

I'm going to jump on the bandwagon, with a snippet from Shattered Ice. It's not going to be a super long one. But enjoy!

[Teaser gone]

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eek it's been too long...I fail.

My weeklong vacation to my parents' house has caused me to badly neglect my poor blog *strokes blog*. So I'll just make a joyous list of things that have happened between the last blog entry and now:

-SI is still with some betas, and I've had feedback from others. I like that I've given myself space from it, because aside from looking at the comments betas have made, I haven't looked at it since I sent it out. Which should give me a fresher eye when I go in to edit. My mind has already formed the idea of a pretty decent edit on the last chapter, though. And smaller edits elsewhere, to clarify and strenghten things. I look forward to it--editing is fun! But I'm procrastinating doing it a little bit, mainly to finish with the last of my beta projects (or the last for the moment, at least) before I distract myself with getting wrapped up in it again.

-I've been working on rewriting Ignited, which is still very fun. I'm finally doing it the way I want to instead of the way I feel like it's supposed to be, and it's making it a lot better. I've also made it less linear, less obvious what's going to happen. Because who doesn't like surprises? Not sure exactly what I'll do with it after I'm through, but I don't care. I love it, that's what matters to me.

-New story idea, which I mentioned in my last post, has taken form. I wrote the first few pages of it, then a rough outline, and finally a pretty specific outline (minus names for a lot of characters. Names have become my nemesis...grr.) So I guess I'm going to write it. I've set myself up perfectly to make it my project for that JulNoWriMo thing, but I haven't decided whether or not I'm actually going to do it yet. Because I sort of wanted to write this one nice and slowly. We'll see how I feel on...Wednesday haha. I think it'll be fun to write, anyway.

-Query letter: I FINALLY WROTE IT. It sucks, but it's written. My goals for this week are to a) make it better enough that I can show it to others and let them critique it without dying of embarrassment and b) write a synopsis. I'm almost as bad at synopses as queries. However, I actually think SI will be not that bad to write a synopsis for. Look at me, with the optimism.

-And most importantly: I blogged today on YA Highway, so...that of course needs to be read. Hehe. But no, actually, everyone else's posts are amazingly awesome, so if you have wandered across my blog and haven't made it there yet, it's a way better read. And we've now made it super easy, the 'follow' option is up on the side so you can become a follower with just one click. That sounded like an infomercial. Maybe I have a hidden talent?

Anyway, when the rambling starts, the blog entry needs to end. So...it's ended.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The wonder that is writing

Ok, so it's really hard to come up with interesting blog titles, seriously.

I have Shattered Ice out with betas, so I'm trying my hardest to ignore it for right now. For at least another week, even though I'm already starting to get it back from some of them. I'm pleased with the feedback so far--fixable problems! There's always the terror that someone will send it back to me with no comments except at the end in giant red writing, "This sucks and I hate you for making me read it."

So what am I doing in the meantime? Having the best time ever rewriting Ignited. Making it my own fun experiment. And I'm really enjoying the result! I am sometimes surprised by my own brilliance. No, just kidding--I'm not really that cocky. But I wanted to get rid of one aspect of the story (FYI for those people who don't know...which is 99% of the world, Ignited is book 1 of 4) that only comes up in this first book, and never plays a role again. It made me have to change several other aspects (mentally--I haven't gotten that far yet on my rewrite) and I think it makes the whole thing a lot trickier, and a lot more awesome.

And then there is my new idea. I want to write it and really, really don't want to at the same time. It's wicked annoying. To be honest, I think I'll probably break down in a couple weeks and play with it a bit, because besides having a currently fuzzy ending, it's a pretty firm idea. And I like it because it involves the afterlife, and I have a weird obsession with writing about afterlifes, or things that take place in afterlife locations (hence the Demons living in Hell from Ignited).

All of this is my way to procrastinate writing a query letter for SI. Which I WILL do sometime this next week. I will. If I don't have a draft, I don't have anything to edit. So I have to just do it. But ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Yes, it needed that many h's. I am no good at making my stuff sound interesting in one paragraph.

Oh and as a last note, I have been so blessed with the things I have gotten to/am getting to beta read. Serious awesomeness, and that's all I will say.

Friday, June 5, 2009

I felt like I should.

It's been a week since I last posted, so I figured I should. I don't have all that much to say. Done writing Shattered Ice, done editing it (at least for a little bit!) I have the strong feeling that I should write a query and a synopsis for it now and just get them both out of my way, but I really don't want to. I actually tried to earlier, but I opened my document, opened a blank document, and then thought 'there's no way in Hell a synopsis is coming out of my brain right now.' Oh well. I will force myself to do it eventually!

I've read a bunch of books over the past couple weeks--The Hunger Games; Forest of Hands and Teeth; Wake; Evernight; Stargazer. And I liked them all. Wake (by Lisa McMann) was entirely different than I expected, but still good once I got past feeling misled by the blurb on the back of it. Forest of Hands and Teeth (by Carrie Ryan) was ridiculously action packed, and it impressed me a lot. The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) is now on my list of favorite books ever (I even got my boyfriend to read it, and he LIKED it. This is monumental. If you knew him, the person who refers to fiction as "fake books," you would understand.) Evernight and Stargazer (by Claudia Gray) also are now going on my favorite books ever list, particularly since I thought Stargazer was even better than Evernight, when I often feel that second books can fall flat. Definitely not the case with this one. My faith in there still being good vampire books is restored. I think actually that I'll write a review of Evernight and all its amazingness (and maybe something else, at some point, if I'm not lazy--I'm all written out at the moment, need at least a couple days off), but I'll do that at YA Highway rather than here. Since I haven't done a book review on this blog yet, why start now?

Oh, and yes, that was a subtle hint to wander on over to the YA Highway blog if you haven't yet. For all your moose/writing needs.