Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Five Part Blog

First of all, I'd like to wish a huge Happy Birthday to my partner in crime Jen! She's having a birthday giveaway on her blog, so be sure to stop by and tell her Happy Birthday! (And try to win a free book too, of course.)

Secondly, I gave in and got a Tumblr. To be honest, the reason I got one was because John Green and Hank Green recently got one (Y'all know I'm an obsessed Nerdfighter), so I thought it was time I gave in. I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm still learning how to use it, but it's neat. It's kind of like an in between blog and Twitter. If you'd like to follow me, click here.

Thirdly, the Literary Lonestars are featured Sweethearts on the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels blog! We were so excited when they contacted us to be interviewed, we feel all famous and stuff! If you'd like to read our interview, click here.

Forthly, I am, and always will be, a Harry Potter fangirl. Like, to epic proportions. Today I will start my Epic Harry Potter reread where I plan on rereading all seven books before the movie comes out July 15th. I would love it if you joined me! I think it would be fun to get a group together, no? Please let me know if you're interested! (Hufflepuffs UNITE!)

Fifthly, How's the writing going, you ask? Well if you read my previous post, you'll see that I finished my first round of edits and I'm now taking a bit of a break. I plan on printing out my manuscript sometime this week and doing another round of edits on it because my eyes are shot from staring at it on a monitor all day. Taking a break has been... weird. I've done a little brainstorming on The Shiny, but other than that I haven't done any writing work at all. I think it's been good for me, but I'm also itching to start to work on edits again. I want this thing DONE.

I think that's all I have for now, sorry for the random assortment of thoughts. For some reason I'm not able to think very cohesively today so my thoughts came out a bit like a list. Hope everyone's having a great start to the summer, the heat index is supposed to be 101 here in Austin today. So not looking forward to the summer heat!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Race to the Finish Line

I haven't officially crossed the finish line, but I'm inching my way closer. Slowly but surely, I'm making my way there. I finished my first round of revisions on Always Tell Me Goodbye today and I am so, so excited to be done. I've been working on it pretty much nonstop for the past two months and it's nearly killed me, emotionally and physically. (I've been having to limit my computer time because I've been getting these weird neck aches and eye twitches and my hands go numb.)

I know I've pushed myself a little too hard. I was so ready to get to the next point along the path that I nearly went crazy and almost burned myself out. I didn't allow myself to work on any other projects for fear of getting side-tracked by The Shiny. Literally all I've done for the past two months is work on revisions and read. I mean sure, I leave the house (sometimes), but not often.

What's the next step for me, you ask? Nothing. I'm going to take a few days to rest and spend some quality time with my husband. Next week I'll start brain storming in a major way on my historical YA I have sort of worked on for the past year, but I'm keeping ATMG where it is for now. I need a break from it something fierce. Once my break is over I'll print it out and do another round of edits on it and then maybe give it to a few people to read. Scary.

I have also been challenged by Jessica Lee Anderson to work on my query letter. This scares me more than the actual writing process. Query letters seem so cut and dry, I'm scared to death of doing something wrong. Like what if I accidentally indent a paragraph that I'm not supposed to? Or what if I send my manuscript in to an agent in a format that he/she doesn't like? What if nobody likes me at all? I know my writing isn't the best, I've come to grips with that. I just hope that somewhere out there somebody is willing to take a chance on me and see what a great writer I could be with a little help.