Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week! Here's my follow up
on WRITING/REVISING: I’m plugging away at that Black Moment. Still two parts in major need of a tune-up before I send it off to CPs, but I’m getting there. Truth be told, I’m working on the part after the Black Moment…the Dark Night of the Soul, when my mc feels lost and hopeless and oh, it hurts my heart. Anyway, I’m kind of feeling a little of that lost and hopelessness too. Not with my story…just with the time I have to work on my story and still do the fifty thousand other things I LOVE TO DO. Rebecca Behrens and Barbara Watson posted some brilliant, beautiful words about this earlier this week: finding balance and hope amidst life’s craziness. You should totally check out what they have to say.
Anyhoo, I’m getting there. Most importantly, I’m ENJOYING the journey. And I enjoy sharing it with YOU.
PS—gihugic thank yous for all the kind words on my story premise! (Wednesday’s RTW) Very encouraging and very sweet and I am super blessed for all my fabulous blogging friends!
Where are YOU with your writing?
on READING: I don’t know why it took Alison SO LONG to finally sit down and read ON WRITING by Stephen King. I know many of you have read it, but if you haven’t, stick a bookmark in your current read and find this book NOW. J Seriously, you won’t regret it. BEST CRAFT BOOK EVER. I’ll be sharing Stephen King wisdom Monday. Stay tuned.
Also, I will note that I want to add every Stephen King book to my TBR now.
What have YOU been reading?
on TRENDS: I’m blogging about smoking over at YA Confidential today. You can check it out here.
on FAMILY: My daughter continually asks me this
which pretty sums up the Miller family this week. CRAY. CRAY. Soccer games. Soccer practice. Dance. School. Work. More work. Oh, and my husband’s been dressing all cray cray for spirit week. Heat miser wigs to ref Powder Puff Games. Rolled jeans on Twin Day. Mullets and pleather pants on Decades Day.
He goes ALL OUT.
So, how have YOU been acting all CRAY CRAY?
on BOOK CLUBS: Do you belong to a book club? Mine is AWESOME. I love my book club ladies (non-book conversations are the best—brazilians, Fifty Shades…I think my group needs an R rating), and they get me to read tons of awesome books outside my preferred genre (The Help, Room, Bossypants). Anyway, I’m hosting next week and it’s my turn to put up the books for the next month! My choices always involve some YA love (already got them reading Hourglass and Hunger Games—I have to broaden their horizons too!) and I thought I’d ask you to help me narrow down my choices. Here’s my way too long list (that I need to shorten to THREE):
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Looking for Alaska by John Green
And since I’m really supposed to choose books I haven’t read before,
Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
I try to choose books that the library has several copies of so that factors in a bit, and maybe you have some I should add to my list. Help. Please. Which books would you offer up if YOU were hosting book club?
on OTHER STUFF: Last Friday, my school’s football game was postponed due to inclement weather. My boys played Monday night—way too hard for this busy chick to see, and UGHHHHHHH I am SO SAD I missed that game! The score was 17-20 (we were losing) and with 22 seconds left in the game, one of my kids, on a quarterback sneak, pushed in three yards for the win! He actually scored the last two touchdowns of the game, and I hate that I missed it! a) because I teach so many football players and I want to be out there to support them and b) umm…last second touchdowns, miracle finishes? I WRITE ABOUT THIS STUFF!!! Missed a perfect research opportunity. *facepalm*
But I’m certain there’ll be other opportunities to watch great football.
And speaking of football, did anyone else see this?
6’4” Brent Celek hurdling Ed Reed in the Eagles ugly win over the Ravens last Sunday. Celek’s been my favorite Eagle for a while now. This just makes me heart him SO MUCH MORE.
Happy Friday! And have a WONDERFUL weekend!