Wow. It's been a while. I hope you've had a fabulous few weeks! Here's my follow up
on WRITING/REVISING: Still revising. Still working on the back end of the manuscript. Between work and tutoring and soccer games and practices and everything else, I sneak in moments when I can. It’s frustrating not to write for hours on end like I could in the summer, but as I always tell my children, “It is what it is." I’ll finish this round of revisions. One day.
Currently I’m readying pages for CPs, and then I’m onto the finale. Then another round of revisions to flesh out some big issues. Then another round. And then maybe I’ll feel like it’s not too horrible to send to beta readers. Maybe. J
Oh, and my fabulous friend Katy tagged me in this Next Big Thing post last week. It’s actually really cool and I LOVE reading about what all my blogging friends are writing, bu-ut the super vulnerable chicken in me is experiencing a little anxiety about participating. But it looks fun. And cool. And I may just have to get over my fears of sharing and post a little more about my WIP on Monday. Stay tuned.
When do YOU squeeze in writing time?
on READING: So, the major CON to reading the first book in a series you love,love, love? You have to WAIT A WHOLE YEAR for the sequel! Grrr. But um…this book?
Hmm...how to describe? Supernatural. Mystery. Adventure. Troubled boys with even more troubled pasts. Psychic predictions and premonitions. Ravens. Eerie, chilling yet beautiful prose that made me feel prickly and goose-bumpy and like I was actually inside Monmouth Manufacturing or Blue’s house or the TREE. Forbidden love and love triangles not quite like anything I’ve read before. Shocking twists. Rather often too. And Gansey. I have to wait a-whole-nother year for more GANSEY.
But it’s good. So, SO good. Like one of the best books I read this year good.
I also just finished
I read CATCHING JORDAN (football story with a kickass female quarterback) earlier this year and enjoyed it, but, even though I am not a huge baseball fan, I actually liked this one better. It dove pretty deep into some very real issues and I could very much relate to Parker’s struggle with her church and with God and with trying to do the right thing. Also, after reading, my vegetarian self suddenly has a wicked affinity for corndogs. Read it. You’ll definitely see why. J
on IRLs: Two weeks ago I got together with my amazing CP and friend Alexandra Shostak for the first time EVER. We text and email and chat all the time, but I got to meet her and hang out with her and write and watch Avengers and well, I just had an awesome time!
Have YOU met any of your CPs (ya know—In Real Life)?
The Kindness Project blog (brainchild of the awesome and super sweet Carolina Valdez Miller) is up and running and I am SO honored to be a contributor! Check it out here and spread some kindness with us!
on AWESOME NEWS!!! My fabulous blogging and writing friend Rebecca Behrens book WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE will be published by Sourcebooks in 2014!!! I am so excited for her and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! You can read all about her success story here.
on FAMILY: The Miller house has had its share of visitors lately. First Alexandra (yay!) and then my mother-in-law stayed with us last weekend which was super nice because we haven’t seen her in two years! (I know—WAY too long) The kids got to hang out with Grandma Tish and she got to see McKenzie play soccer and watch Dave coach and experience Aidan charades. It was a wonderful weekend. J
on OTHER STUFF: This week was Spirit Week at my high school. It’s fun. It’s crazy. It’s crazy to try to get anything accomplished. But I love it. I love spirit week and I love dressing up with my students. And so, as I always do, Tuesday I wore my Winnie the Pooh costume (Disney Day) to school. For the last time. Ever. A little weird and a whole lot bittersweet, but after twenty years, I’m ready to hang up the Pooh costume and try my hand at something new. Like writing. And full-time motherhood.
Just the thought of what I’ll hopefully be doing this time next year makes my heart sing.
What’s made YOU smile this week?
Happy Friday! And have a WONDERFUL weekend!