Friday, February 17, 2012

Recovery TBR List & Seven Minutes in Heaven

Well Folks, we're looking at 48 hours until my surgery. At this very moment, I'm experiencing a rainstorm of emotions; fear, nervousness, excitement, giddiness, contentment, joy, and frustration. I'm not so excited about:
 -IV needles :( 
-or being intubated :(( 
-or having my carotid artery shoved out of place:(((
But, I will *fingers crossed* no longer suffer from this relentless shoulder / arm / hand pain.

While I'm away, don't forget about me!

As promised, my recovery TBR list includes, but is not limited to:

-Finish up craft book, Thanks, But This Isn't For Us by Jessica Page Morrell
-Crack into craft book, Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Mass
-& craft book, Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

And for fun:

-Finish Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost
A Southern Witch novel 

-Finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (omg! this one seems to have it all)

-Bossypants a memoir by Tina Fey (Hubby picked this one up for me since, I too, am a bossypants.)

-Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo (Yeah, I know her! She's my good friend from She Writes!)

The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (No sparkly vamps in this one!)

Blood Will Tell by Roland Yeomans

The Bear With Two Shadows by Roland Yeomans 

The Legend of Victor Standish by Roland Yeomans

Rites of Passage by Roland Yeomans

***Much gratitude to the super-awesome-generous, Roland Yeomans for gifting me so many wonderful reads while I'm recovering!!! IF you haven't seen Roland's blog, you must! You can find these great reads and more @ Writing in the Crosshairs

 That concludes my TBR list.

And, if Seven Minutes in Heaven caused a double-take, I didn't mean the teenager's party game. (Oh, and for the record, the ONE time I did play as a teenager, I sat in a dark closet, with a boy, and we decided to pretend we'd kissed. Instead, we sat in there and talked about who would kiss who!)

I've been listening to The Power by Rhonda Byrne. She also wrote The Secret. Before anyone says, "Whoa! Trigger, don't get all preachy on us!" I promise not to. :)

May I just say here, I adore her accent!

However, one of the most profound things on the entire audio book I've heard so far, is when you desire something, you should *imagine* having it for seven minutes a day. Sounds simple, doesn't it? My #1 desire is seeing my work in print.

So, (when I'm not riding on my cranky horse of recovery) my plan is to imagine being a published author, for seven minutes daily. 

Each day, I will designate a few short minutes to feeling like a published author. I will imagine the touch of my very own book. The scent. The image. The overwhelming sense of accomplishment, gratitude and love for the art of writing. I will imagine book signings, hugging my adoring fans, school visits, interviews on NPR, rubbing elbows with fabulous authors (yeah, I went there!), walking down the street and hearing, "Is that her?", and sharing the wealth of information and success with all my writer peeps, so that they too can touch their dreams.

While I'm away from the blogosphere, know that I'm still around, I'm just crawling inside my healing bubble (imagining it a billowy pastel pink) and getting better. Know, you'll all be on my mind. And, who knows, I may bounce back quickly and be back online in no time at all. :))

~xoxoxo my writer friends!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Popping up from the Burrows of Revision

Howdy, folks! I'm just popping up for a quick hello. I've been tunneling my way through the cobwebby burrows with my YA novel revisions. This is my first dig into the 1st draft. Can I just say, PHEW! The revision process is exhausting, but so worth it.

I'm 38% done with my first round of revisions. Here are a few of the big issues so far:

  • Tense switches back and forth between past and present (ugh!).
  • Passive voice (mostly in the first pages).
  • Fragmenty *thought* talk. In the first quarter of the book, I explain waaaayyy too much thought!

I'm using a couple of books to help me through the revision process (one is still on order). Thanks, But This Isn't For Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected by Jessica Page Morrell. If you invest in one book to help you write / rewrite a fantastic story, this would be a great addition to your writing tools! I'm only on page 83 and I've learned a wealth of information so far. Jessica Morrell also blogs at:

Check out this book!
The Writing Life Too

Who wouldn't be intrigued with chapter titles such as:
Chap. 4     Striptease: Stirring in Suspense
Chap. 5     Blood, Roses, and Mosquitoes: Writing from the Senses

Check this out!
The other book, which I'm waiting patiently for is Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. I'm excited to read what this award-winning author has to say about revision. He actually has quite a few books on writing. Check out his website for more information.
James Scott Bell
*Both of these books can be found on Amazon (click on link below book images) and most major bookstores.

For now, while I stumble my way through this first round of revisions, I decided to come up with a color-coded legend. This could be done on a hard copy of your ms with colored highlighters or on the computer using the highlight function in Word. 

My first round of revisions will consist of reading and marking what doesn't work. Cutting / changing / editing text will come with the next round. This one is just for red flags. I'd like to share my legend with you:

Pink: cut or delete text
Blue: move X [quick note about where]
Green: add more here
Yellow: caution! Something is not working here
Orange / Red: Awkward word, phrase or tense issue

So far, it seems to be going smoothly. My inner editor, which usually has a loud mouth is wearing duct tape at the moment.

How about you? Any preferences when it comes to revisions? Care to share?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February's IWSG Post

This month in my post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group I was going to offer a supportive message, then I was going to spend the rest of the month hopping around offering support to others on their blogs. But, alas, something popped up (yes, an insecurity) and it has to do with writing / blogging, so I better fess up.

I'm terrified that after I have surgery on Feb. 20th, I won't be around much in the blogosphere, and all of my followers will leave me. :((  Pitiful, aren't I? I'll try to get on the computer as soon as I feel up to it, but in the back of my mind, there's a shrill voice squealing, "Nobody will care that your gone!"

Okay, that's it for my insecurities. Now, if you want to read an inspirational / supportive post, see my post from Sunday. :)) 
Stay Positive My Writer Friends

Then, if you want to read a bit o' fun, check out my Twitter Dialogue post: 
Twitter Talk

To everyone in Alex's Insecure Writer's Support Group, and all my other followers, write on! my friends. :)