Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February Progress Report

February Progress Report

It's time to see what I've been up to this past month. I can't believe I actually read that many books this month. Crazy! And March is looking insane with the number of books releasing that I want to read.

Writing/Editing:
Barely There - Edited Chapters 11-27 I've finished draft 2 edits. Now for the polishing stage. I've already gotten through chapter 10 in the polishing stage. I'm hoping that I can get finished with this round of polishing by Friday, March 9. Then it's off to Beta Readers and I can get editing a different manuscript. I'm antsy about this part.  

Read:
One For The Money by Janet Evanovich (finsihed)
Bloom by Julie A. Lindsey 
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (3rd time)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes (started)

Books Purchased: 
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
The girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Existence by Abbi Glines
Paramour by Margaret Ethridge

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blogging Fail

I feel like a total blogging failure these days. I used to have my blog completely under control. I used to have my posts written and scheduled to post days in advance. But, lately it seems I'm writing a quick blog the day it is supposed to go up and usually later than I'd like. I'm not sure what happened. I'm not at a loss for words, I have plenty of ideas and things to say about where I'm at in my process. I do feel like I've been more consumed in my writing and editing, though. Maybe that's what happened. I shifted my focus a little more to the writing and not so much to the blogging.

But, I'm determined to get back into my old grove and have posts scheduled and not miss days because I forgot it was blog day. Guilty of that one just last week. I was so busy I didn't realize until Wednesday that I didn't blog the day before. *headslap*

I've also been slacking on visiting other bloggers sites. Not that I haven't read them. I completely understand this fail and I really need to work on it. Back in the fall I learned about Google Reader. I installed it on my iPhone and have been much better at reading more blogs. Problem is, I don't comment. It's not easy to comment from the application. I feel better making comments from my computer. So, what's the problem? I turn on my computer, write/edit, and then I turn it off only to realize that I forgot to go comment. *headslap* I'm working on that one. In fact I think I'll go leave some comments as soon as I upload this post.

So, that is why I feel like a blogging failure these days. I am determined to fix this issue, though.

Your Turn -> Do you find it difficult to keep up with blogging on top of everything else you do?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

That Antsy Feeling

Lately I've been antsy about what to work on next. It's kind of thrown my concentration from Barely There, but I'm still plodding through. In fact I hope to be done with my round of edits on Barely There tomorrow. Then I just have to have my wonderful online CP take a look at the chapters. Once she's done that I will make changes accordingly and then be looking for beta readers. I've even enlisted my daughter as a beta reader. She's thrilled now that she has a Kindle and she'll be able to read my manuscript before anyone else on it.

But being so close to the end of this round of edits has made me think about what's next. What do I really want to do next? What needs to be done next? The answers to these two clash drastically, for several reasons.

First, My original plan was to finish edits with Barely There by the end of January and move on to my NaNoWriMo novel from this past year, Masquerade. But, I don't feel quite ready to tackle that edit right at this moment. I know what needs to be done on it, but I just don't feel like it's time for that one.

Second, I've been thinking A LOT about my first manuscript, Stone Magic, the one that I rewrote about three/four times before I finally started from scratch and rewrote it again for NaNoWriMo 2010. I like that version, but something wasn't quite right with it. I shelved it and have been waiting patiently for that light bulb to turn on and know what it needs. The light bulb flickered plenty in 2011, but the light went on a couple weeks ago and I know what needs to be done. It won't be easy and will take time and patience. For this reason I'd like to wait. I want to have a manuscript out in the query process, soon.

Finally, that leaves me with Midnight Raynne. That manuscript is the closest, I feel, to submission. I could be wrong, though. I've only handed the first couple chapters over to my critique group, so they haven't seen much. I've learned a lot about my writing, though, since I last edited it. I know there needs to be some cleaning up on it, majorly. Plot and character wise, I feel fairly confident not too much needs to be done there.

These three other manuscripts have had me completely distracted from finishing those last few chapters on Barely There & are driving me crazy. However, I've come to a decision. I think I'll tackle Midnight Raynne next, then deal with Masquerade, and then finally with Stone Magic. I need to get a book out and into the query process, my overall goal of 2012. Once those four books are in the query process I look forward to writing something fresh and new. I have several ideas bouncing around in my head, a couple I've already written a few first chapters for.

Your Turn -> Do you get antsy at then end of a project? Do you waffle about what you want to work on next?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Expert Advice

So it happened that while I was busy editing I realized something. I have absolutely no idea how a police station works and my characters just waltz right on into one and begin going about their craziness.

This is a problem.

What to do? Call in for a favor. One of my sister-in-laws best friend is a police officer. She and I have known each other a while through my sister-in-law and are friends on Facebook, so I sent her a message the other day. She said she'd love to answer all of my questions. This morning I sent off that email with all of my questions.

If I didn't have that line of help? I have no clue what I would have done. Maybe gone down to the police station and asked someone to help, but I'm sure they would have laughed at me and given me strange looks. After all, I'm not yet published. 

It also gives me someone outside of my family and writing world to thank in the acknowledgements section of the book when it finds the perfect agent and publisher.

Your Turn -> What do you do when you need expert advice on a particular aspect of your manuscript?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Releases

This month's list of releases that I'm excited for is considerably short compared to last month. But both books on the list are must haves for me. I already have both of them requested through my library. :-) 

Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano (2/21/12)

Why -> I really really enjoyed the first book in the series, Wither. I have been anxiously awaiting this book to see how things turn out. I don't want to give anything away if you haven't yet read Wither, so I won't say anything more. It looks so good, though.



Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver (2/28/12)

Why -> If you read Delirium, the first book, then I don't have to say anything more. The cliff hanger ending with high stakes was enough to make me scream in frustration that I had to wait a whole year to read the next installment. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to patiently wait until Pandemonium was released, yet here I am still holding on. I have already checked with my local library, they've ordered it, and I'm number 2 on the wait list. I will be at the library the day I get the message that it's there.

Your Turn -> What are you looking forward to this month?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

January Progress Report

I finally decided that I would in fact do a monthly progress report to keep myself accountable with my writing/editing time. I also thought it would be fun to add my reading endeavors as well.

Writing/Editing:
Barely There - Edited Chapters 4-10 Considering I had hoped to have the entire manuscript completely edited by now, this seems rather pathetic. My goal for February is to have the entire manuscript edited through and have a couple CPs opinions. I hope to be able to send it out to a beta reader or two by the beginning of March. 

Read:
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver 
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting 
Everneath by Brodi Ashton 
One For The Money by Janet Evanovich (started)

Books Purchased: (Yes, I do plan on reading all of these, soon! lol)
Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout  
Bloom by Julie A. Lindsey