Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WiP Wednesday

I have come to the conclusion that I'm very slow at editing, although I have absolutely nothing/no one to compare this to.

Today I spent 5 hours today looking over my MS, mind you I was having an Alias marathon as well (Season 3 to be precise), and I got around 4 pages edited. I'm satisfied with those 4 pages though (for now), and I've edited the first 16 pages altogether. That's the first 4,209 words. I'm happy with that.

The other day when I was editing, I kept starting at the beginning an reading over everything I had already changed, just to find something else I wanted to fix. It's locked in now though so I won't be going over it another half a dozen times. Hopefully I'll pick up some speed though once I get the 1st chapter finished. If I can get the foundation laid then things will go easier, right? I sure hope so. Besides, the beginning has always been the roughest part anyway.

On a different note, though slightly related, I have a Shiny New Idea. Now technically this idea has been festering in the back of my mind for a solid three months now, but it's really starting to drive me bonkers. Yes, that's how anxious I'm getting. Bonkers. The problem is that I promised myself I wouldn't play with said SNI until I was finished with the book I'm working on. I might die if I take too much longer.

My goal was to have ROTP finished and query ready by graduation in May 2011, I think I'm going to have to bump that day up. If I have to go another year and a half without so much as writing an outline or a character bio, I might snap. It's going to be great though, I hope, when I start fiddling with it.

I'm just so excited, both for ROTP and Shiny New Idea. And I'm working in the library at school this next semester so hopefully I'll be writing during work. It's going to be fantastic. :)

How are your WIPs or MS? Anyone out there have an agent yet? Anyone querying?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Finally Editing (Again)

I started book 2 of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy and about halfway through it I just got the urge to start working on my MS. Don't get me wrong, I like the book, but for some reason it just made me want to get to work.

I've been trying to do other things this break. I've been cleaning, and hanging out with all my old high school friends who went off to college in other states, heck I even busted out the horn and started working on my recital pieces! But I haven't gone near MSWord for fear of getting sucked in. And I get halfway into The Subtle Knife and suddenly I can't stay away!

I knew that I wanted to work on it over the break, but I wanted to get in some reading first! I'm so deprived of the books I want to read for me. *sigh* But I guess that's just how it works. For 3 months I managed to keep my MS on a leash and it obeyed, but now it's ready to play and I'm super excited to oblige it.

Hopefully you all had a lovely Christmas and stayed safe while driving/flying. And I hope if you're reading or writing that you're having as much fun as I am!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!

Hope you're all having a wonderful time with family and friends. :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When I grow up...

I want to work with books. As much as I would love to be a published author and do absolutely nothing else but write, I'd also really like to help bring other people's books into the world. The problem is I'm from Arkansas and have no car and very little money, so taking off for a summer internship would be virtually impossible at the moment. Which really sucks.

I want to get experience. I want to learn. I want to know what it's like to be a literary agent or an editor or to work in a publishing house. All take any of those three careers. That's what I want. And aside from going to Grad School, I have no clue how to get there.

I've tried searching internships, but most of them seem to require you to be in New York for however long. Which would be absolutely fantastic if I could pull it off. *sigh* I don't know what to do, but I'm going to keep looking. Maybe I can get some networking in through blogs. How awesome would that be? :)

Have you ever known what you wanted, but had no clue how to get it? Is there anything you're doing right now that makes you feel completely lost or confused? Is life an exciting adventure? Or a scary dark cave?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's A New Post!

Hello, My Friends. It has been 2 months since my last real post, and I've missed you all.

School is finally on break, and I'm so incredibly thankful. I managed to survive a 21 hour semester with 5 English classes, and I only got one B. So don't think I was just blowing you all off for a social life or anything, I was busting my butt writing papers and trying to keep up on the constant reading (none of which was for myself ( by the way). :(

But Christmas Break is here, and I finally get to sit down and read your beautiful blogs, and hopefully get some writing/editing done as well. Seeing as how this may take a while, I'd like to go ahead and ask if anyone has had anything happen to them in the last few months that I probably missed.

Has anyone landed an agent? Gotten a book deal? Or had any major life changes? I'm dying to know everyone, what's new with you??


During my seriously long time away from the blogosphere I was given the lovely Superior Scribbler Award, and I'm just now getting time to dedicate a post to it.

A HUGE thanks to Karilynnlove (Thoughtful Confessions) for the awesome award!! I appreciate it. No really, it made me happy. :D

Now to pass it on. The Rules:

  • Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  • Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  • Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.
So, on to the winners (2 months late)... Also, there are, because I had a hard enough time narrowing it down:

Jade (again) @ Jade hears voices (there's never a dull moment on her blog and she's pretty awesome)
Natalie @ Between Fact and Fiction (though I'm sure she's gotten one before because she's just that amazing)
Michelle @ Michelle McLean's Writer Ramblings (because she's always a good read and her Friday Funnies never fail to make my day)
Lady Glam @ The Innocent Flower (her posts are always interesting and helpful)
Icy Roses @ From Elysium (she's pretty cool and always writes about interesting things)

Thanks again! And I'm sorry it took so long for me to pass it on to all of you lovely people. :)


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