Sunday, August 30, 2009

Run This Town

I have a few things to blog about - forgive me if this post feels scattered.

First, I'd like to share a few of my favorite songs of the moment, complete with links to the videos. I will list them in order of love:

1. Run This Town: Rhianna, Jay-Z & Kanye
I can not get enough of this song and I like to play it (and sing it) at full, ear-bleeding capacity...in the car. It's just so good. And the video, well, unbelievably cool. Jay-Z couldn't get any more cool. I don't know what it is about this song that makes me feel powerful. Maybe it's the lyrics. Or the video. All I do know is, I love it.

2. All the Above: Manio & T-Pain
Now, I am not a T-Pain fan per say, but I really like the lyrics to this song...sort of inspiring...and funky, all the same time. I like that. I also like the hook and it gets embedded in my brain for hours. Beware.

3. Language: Regular John
My brother in law, from Australia, turned me on to these dudes - they're Australian too. We've been playing them a lot 'round here. They rock, and they are fun to blast loud.

Second, I finally started my new job and let's just say, LOVE IT. I had to do a two day workshop, with 36 4th and 5th grade teachers...alone, just me and them. Needless to say, I was beyond nervous. But, I work with the 10 most supportive and brilliant women around and they lifted me up, told me I could do, and I did. Once I got up there and started talking, and making them laugh, all was well - really well. All 36 of them clapped for me at the end of the first day (unsolicited of course) and then, the best part, at the end of my second day, I got a standing ovation and cheers like I was Elvis reincarnated. I nearly cried.

Happy. Love new job. Happy.

Third, I sent my first query for my new book. I sent it to an agent that still has the first 50 of my first book. We actually exchanged some fairly personable emails this past spring - so I'm trying to entice said agent. We'll see. I actually just got a partial request for my first book today, which took me by surprise. Again, we'll see.

I will never give up.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I. Am. Done. until revisions, that is...

Back on August 19th, five days ago to be exact, I made a bold public pledge over on Literary Rambles. I pledged to write 15,000 words by next Tuesday, the 25th.

Good news friends; here are my stats...

Day 1 - 3,002 words written
Day 2 - 4, 131 words written
Day 3 - 4, 506 words written
Day 4 (yesterday) - 4, 976 words written

Let me do the math for you. That's 16, 615 total words in...FOUR DAYS... can I get a "What-What?"

And the best news of all is that I finished my latest YA book. Finished draft one!! I love this book so much, and I can't stop thinking about it and my characters. I may have a problem. No I don't, I'm just kidding. But, I seriously adore this book. Maybe even more than my first and second books from my sci-fi trilogy. That's big news, for me anyway.

I can't wait to get some feedback and get knee-deep into revision. I love revising. Then, comes the querying of agents, and I am actually excited about it.

One step at a time. One step at a time...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Me & Coldplay Are Best Friends Now

I know it's been a good day writing because my butt hurts from sitting so much. I'm sorry, but it's true. I'm not kidding either, I have been in this chair for the past four days nearly non-stop. I am smack in the middle of writing the big ending climax and...yeah, I'm blogging. Go figure.

To say I love this book would not be strong enough. To say I love my two MC's would not be enough either. But, well, I guess love is the highest right? How about I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE them? Better.

Let me tell you a little bit about it. I know you didn't ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. It's called, Everything's Not Lost. For any of you long-time readers, you know how much I heart Coldplay and this is the theme song for the book. I have wild dreams of that song ending the movie version of this book and meeting the band, having a cappuccino with Gweneth - we'd laugh at how crazy-popular the book and movie are, and then Chris Martin would tell me he cried when he read the book, and I'd swoon and tell him I cry every time I hear him sing Trouble because it makes me think of my sister in Australia and he'd tell me he loves Australia, then Gwen (I can call her that now because we're tight) would invite me and my family over to England for the movie premier over there, like, to stay in their mansion, I'd tell her we'd love to and then...

What can I say? I'm a writer; I have an overactive imagination.

Introducing...in a total casual sort of way. Don't worry, I'll clean it all up for my query, when I'm ready.

Everything's Not Lost

It has two 16 year old boy MC's and the book alternates back and forth between their voices. Its written in first person, which is a new thing for me, and I like it. A lot. I really got into their heads.

The one boy, Victor, is a tortured dweeb of a kid who has the most self-absorbed parents alive. They ride him about everything. Like when he only gets a perfect SAT score on the math, they lose their minds and uninvite him from their upcoming European vacation, so he can stay back with a tutor to get his reading and verbal parts up to, you guessed it, perfect. His life sucks.

The other boy, Bull, gets the crap beat out of him by his alcoholic grandfather. His mother had him when she was only 17 and is still just as clueless. He likes to take out his anger on Victor. Always has. He's brutal. And yeah, His life sucks, too.

Insane circumstances throw them together and it gets ugly before it gets better, trust me. But, there's love and hope and tears and light in both boys. They just don't know who they are...yet.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Online Crit Group?

Before I left for Australia I asked if anyone would be interested in starting an online crit group. So...anyone interested?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Carrie Harris Blogoversary Contest

Carrie Harris, one funny person/writer/blogger, is celebrating her Blogoversary by having a contest over on her blog.

If you want to laugh out loud, have the occasional moment of crossing your legs to avoid wetting your pants, call people over to read her hilarious posts, well, then, visit The Wonder That Is My Blog.

Trust me, you'll like it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ten Pictures of Whateva. BPV Told Me To Do It.

So, my blog friend, Big Plain V had Ten-Pictures-of-Whateva over on his blog. He challenged his readers to post ten pictures of whateva from their computer. The rules were that the pictures had to already be on the computer and they could be of anything and you're not allowed to explain the photos. He put up photos that represented his current WIP.

Here are my ten Photos of Whateva. I took every single one of them.

Try and guess where these were taken from?????

Come on, you are so good at guessing...
















Oh, and I'm doing 11 Pictures of Whateva, because I couldn't leave this one out...



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Leaving

We leave Australia tomorrow and my heart is very heavy. Tears are ready to escape at any moment. I can't believe I've got to leave my sister, my brother in law and Scarlett, my new niece. I won't see them in person till next summer.

The tears have arrived.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Australia 09


We made it - that is one heck of a flight. We've been having a fantastic time - as you can see from the photo I took on the Sydney ferry, on our way to Sydney.
My new niece, Scarlett, is precious and perfect. Sister, Christina is doing very well too.
**I wrote a bit on the plane and am on page 124 for my new WIP - my sister Nikole printed out the first 120 pages and read it on her LA to Sydney leg...and loved it. She can be a tough critic and she had nothing but good praise. That makes me really excited to keep writing. I can't wait to finish it and see how it all ends.