Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just Read...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Overall, a pretty good and entertaining book; although it wasn't anything like I expected. BR to come soon.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Yay, Freakin’ YAAY!!!

Just a quick stop in to tell you all, I HAD AN AGENT ASK FOR MORE OF MY BOOK!!!! I know it's not much, but it's the first "more please" that I've had on this project and it's a refreshing change. J There, I feel better sharing the news. Here's to her falling in love with it and asking for more.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Freebee Friday!

It's a little late, I know, but this only now showed up in my inbox, and it was perfect!

Enjoy, my friends, and HAPPY FRIDAY! I'm off to see Dream House tonight. I'll let you know how it is.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Breaking News: Re-writing Queries Renews Writer’s Hope!

I send my queries out in batches. Usually about 10 at a time, and because of my hectic schedule, it can be anywhere from 3-5 weeks between batches. In however long I've been doing this, I've found my secret for getting through the disappointment of the no's and the dreaded "no responses". It's this:

Rewrite the query.

Yup, that's it. Nothing else. Somehow, re-working the query allows me to find a better way to pitch my story, a new direction to come from, a better voice to tell it in. And, it renews my hope. It gets me excited again. I finish a new draft and think: This is the one.

And chances are, it probably isn't. I'll probably have to do a few more versions to get it good enough to start getting a "yes" instead of a "no". But, for the moment, this is good enough. The hope and positive thinking this may be the draft that my agent falls in love with is enough to get me through.

The fact that every other writer on the face of the planet has gone through/is going through this process just like me helps immensely.

Oh, and the over sized bowl of buttered popcorn. Can't forget to mention that. :)

Happy Thursdays, my friends! Friday is almost upon us!

Just Read...

Torment by Lauren Kate

Okay, so I started this book when it first came out (2010?) and stopped reading it with about 10 chapters to go. Don't know why I stopped, to be honest, I probably lost interest. I have the third installment, Passion, and I read about two pages of that before I said, "Nah. I wanna read Ransom Rigg's book, instead." (Good choice, by the way).

BR to come.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Random Thoughts

I'm sitting here at my kitchen counter, putting off what I should be doing and thinking about all the things that I need to do. Typing up a random blog post is part of my procrastination. I have a really yummy cup of coffee in front of me and I'm telling myself this post is a good distraction and will not keep me from all the things I need to do.

My writing goal this weekend (which included Friday) was15k. Honestly, that's not bad. I can easily do 5k in one sitting. The only problem is, Friday was so busy (with work and then the football game at our house) that I only got around 700 typed. I'm trying not to laugh. But, I think (or I'm going to try, at least) to hit that 15k mark between now and Sunday night.

The only problem is, I have a crap load of junk to do. Take the dog for a run, clean up from the aftermath of our ritual football party, the dreaded laundry, planting some bulbs before the first freeze blasts us, try to find and kill this blasted fly that's been buzzing around since the dawn of time, rock it at our performance today and a slew of other little things (like try and watch another episode of Merlin, watch the Supernatural I have recorded along with TVD--yes, I've fallen into the trap, and then try and find where I can watch the first episode of American Horror Story I missed.).

So to you I say toodles. I need to go and hunker down for the long haul, seeing how many words I can write between now and when I have to leave. Wish me luck!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011