Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Be Back Soon

The other day I posted about my New Year’s resolutions—how I typically don’t make them, how I like the word GOAL so much better, and this year one of my goals is to look for the silver lining—even when things look utterly black and hopeless—I will X-Ray vision that dark cloud and find some silver lining.


And as far as GOALS go, it’s always been important for me to set realistic writerly ones. One of my goals this year: finish this crazy Franken-novel I’ve been working on and query the beast. I started draft three back in October and am not at all satisfied with my progress. SO in the New Year I RESOLVE to get crack-a-lackin on revisions—supersonic style. And for me, that means some uncomfortable decisions.

With a full time job, tutoring on the side a few days of week, my kid’s practices and homework and dinner and bedtimes and OH WAIT there’s my poor neglected husband, I used to set my alarm for four so I could get up and write. Now, I find that in the hour and a half I have before the rest of my house stirs, I don’t work on my WIP. I read, I respond to emails. I blog. And when I have twenty minutes here, ten minutes there - it's much easier to peruse a couple blog posts or fire off three quick emails than crack open a doc. What I’m not doing as much as I need to: writing. And since I'm a writer, that’s what I really need to be doing. What I want to be doing. I love spending time with my story, my characters. And well, I want to devote some quality time to them.

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE blogging. I’m not a devoted tweeter. I get on facebook for maybe ten minutes a day, but man, I can spend some time blogging. I could seriously sit and read and comment on blogs all day long. And writing one? Easy. Peasy. I’ve been trying to stick to a schedule since last summer, and have been doing really well with it. Unfortunately, almost too well. Because that seems to be my mornings. Evenings. And everything in between.

And so, I'm going on a litle blog hiatus. Like a cold turkey blog hiatus.

Zoinks.

I thought about cutting to once a week, just doing the road trip, but I know how that will work out for me—I’ll see all your awesome posts, want to revisit all the time, share on my blog about amazing contests. You know how it goes.

And the hardest part of the cold-turkey-blog-stop decision? YOU. Dude. The friendships I've made through blogging - IN-freaking-VALUABLE. And I think that's why I've postponed this decision for SO long. I am going to miss reading about your lives, hearing amazing news, participating in epic contests.

I will feel very much in the dark.

But my silver lining? My writing. Sorry, guys. I’m going to be a little selfish this month. And devote time to Franken-novel. I know. I’m a bad blogger friend, but he needs me. He needs A LOT of time from me. And I’m resolved to devoting some serious time to him.

So, I’m leaving you. But just for a little while. I’m going to ALA midwinter (CAN’T WAIT!) and will hopefully have ARCs a plenty to giveaway. I’ll be back in February with some super cool contests, an interview, and hopefully a gihugic progress update.

And if you REALLY miss me, I’ll be posting from time to time over at YA Confidential. Or just pop over there anytime Monday through Saturday. There’s always something super fabulous going on.

Okay, that’s all for January. I’m off to revise the WIP.

As Fagin and his gang of Oliver Twist fame would say

BE BACK SOON!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Silver Lining

The Wednesday before Christmas, I got rear ended. Stopped at a red light, eight cars in front of me, this dude’s not paying attention and slams into my back end. No worries. I’m fine. It was fine. I mean, yes. My back end is toast and it was a little inconvenient, and I probably could've spent my Christmas break cursing the injustice of it all, but I didn’t. I was weirdly okay with it.


Here’s why.

1) Everyone was fine. My kids, my mom. Everyone in the other car—FINE. Could have been so much worse.

2) It happened while I was on Christmas break. I didn’t have to go to work the next day. I didn’t really have to go anywhere. And I had the time to make necessary phone calls, take the car to the body shop, get a rental. Had this happened any other time of the year, I might be a bit more stressed about the whole thing, but it happened at a most convenient time.

3) And I know this is horrible to say, but if my kids have to experience an accident, this is the one. Yeah, they were scared and crying and I HATED that, but now they sort of know what to expect.

4) I had my accident on a Wednesday. Did not pick up a rental car until Tuesday. I went six days without a car and lived to tell about it. In the near future, I may find myself without a car. Great lesson in living without. And I learned I don’t really need a car. Well, not too often anyway.

5) And the rental car? Town and Country with all kinds of cool goodies and gadgets and heated seats and ohmygosh HEATED SEATS. It’s amazing what little things will make you feel like the Princess of Euphoria.

Yeah, okay. So the accident was a little inconvenient. And it was not at all my fault. I could’ve been all Negative Nancy about it but really, people. What good does that do? And as I was thinking about the New Year’s resolutions I always make and break, I decided this year to try what was so easy for me over the Christmas holiday: find the silver lining. Some times this will be easy. Many times this will probably be my most challenging resolution yet. But I’m going for it.

Happy New Year, peeps. May you have a wildly productive and successful 2012. And may you be able to look for the silver lining. Even when everything looks dark and dingy and completely and utterly black, the silver lining's there somewhere. See if you can find it.

How about YOU? Make any New Year’s resolutions this year?