Thursday, February 23, 2012

Diving In...

Diving into my new work-in-progress reminds me of the first time I stood on the high board at swimming lessons. The water seemed so far away. I worried about doing a painful bellyflop. But I tipped off the board anyway.

And there were bellyflops, ear infections, and green-blond hair, but with practice I improved and moved on to trickier dives. That's how writing works too, I guess. Yesterday I bellyflopped my first chapter, attempting something too flashy, trying too hard to impress on the first page. So today I'm starting again. The water seems so far away, but I'm tipping my toes over the edge...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Send A Paper Valentine

I'm wishing you all a virtual Happy Valentine's Day, but I hope that you'll take the time to send someone you've been thinking about--maybe that friend in high school who could always make you giggle on a bad day--real mail.

Nice notes don't last long enough these days--emails get deleted, tweets fleet every few seconds. But a real, handwritten note is different. We can read it over and over again--even years later.

Give someone a real treat--a friendly note in your own messy handwriting!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Blogging Elsewhere--About Love Interests

I'm over at YA Outside The Lines today. Our February theme is how real life love influences our fictional love interests.

My post is up:

Let's just say that I'm always getting myself in trouble by "borrowing" real life guys for fiction.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Setting Aside a Work-in-Progress

I've decided to do something I've never done in my writing life. I'm setting aside my WIP to start something new. Why?

I scrubbed my refrigerator instead of writing on Tuesday.
Yesterday I spent my writing time filling my notebook with poorly-written poems.
Characters sparked by reading a newspaper article a few weeks ago won't stop chattering at me.
I've been trying too hard to write a book with a BIG GIANT SKY HIGH concept. And it's just not me.

Part of me feels like a quitter, putting aside something that I thoroughly researched & outlined with the fast-paced precision of the 4th sequel in an action movie franchise. I pounded out 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo. But I have to acknowledge that the story is not working. And I'm not working. Even my family is growing suspicious about the cleanliness of the house. Matched up socks? What?!?!?!

Maybe the marketplace wants novels that can be decorated with dark, doom and gloom covers with pessimistic views of the future. Someone else can write those books. I've got to stay true to myself & tell this new story about real people with real problems, not that having vampires in my backyard wouldn't be a problem...

I'm excited!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Contest Winners!


Bethany C you've won FANGTASTIC by Lucienne Diver (please email me your address).

Felicia! You won a copy of UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook!