What I'm Reading: Recently I read this
This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her.
Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…
I really enjoy Miranda Kenneally's stories—they've got great messages, but also light-hearted stories with extremely relatable characters. And they're easy reads (I read this one in the car on Mother's Day) I very much liked CATCHING JORDAN (it's about football—what's not to like?!) and loved STEALING PARKER (which, btw, if you read TICF, you get to spend a lot of time with Parker and Will again!), but I think out of the three—I like this one most of all. And while I was not a big Kate Kelly fan in the beginning, she grew on me—BIG time. Her story (and that of her crush Matt) is HUGE—thought-provoking, swoon-worthy, and well…it hit pretty close to home. I'm certain this one will stick with me for a long time.
Currently I'm reading this
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
I've been wanting to read this novel for a while and when my book club put it up for selection, I was all over that choice. I'm only 30 pages in but WOW. I want to drop everything and finish it tonight!
What I'm Writing: Tweaking my synopsis (they are pure evil) and editing the front pages of my unnamed SNI. Yes, I did say UNNAMED. Which is okay—I know this—BUT I have nine other projects on the backburner and they all have names. They may not have formulated plot lines or even strong premises right now, but they have titles. This is just a little weird for me, that's all.
Regardless, I get wicked excited about this little no-named WIP every time I work on pages or think about parts of the plot. I comment to myself when I edit or reread. There are
Also—just so you know—I am not a funny person. Seriously. Comedian would be the LAST choice on my personality profile, but I can do funny in stories. Last week, while sitting in the doctor's office with my daughter (boo ear infections) I edited pages and couldn't stop snickering. I'd share one of said funny passages, but um…Alison's a little afraid you won't think it's funny. But I at least make myself laugh.
Don’t you love the giddiness of new WIP relationships!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Why? Um, well the entire soundtrack constitutes the SNI playlist.
I've performed in the stage version twice, helped choreograph the show for my high school, and my daughter's musical theatre group is currently performing songs from GREASE this year. About a week ago, we went to Myrtle Beach for a dance competition and her troupe performed it. They were absolutely incredible! And my writing heart was all allegro while watching, just thinking about elements of my story.
Am I making you want to gag with my SNI gush yet? Yeah, probably. I'll be quiet now. ;)
This has served inspirational purposes too
Yep. NINE more school days until I give my last exams. The rumor that I'm leaving the hallowed halls of teaching has taken off exponentially and my kids are all mad at/disappointed with/happy for me. But they get it. And they really are happy for me. Actually, most of my students this semester are seniors and we're all ready to GO!
But if there's one thing about the job I will truly miss—it's them. June 10 will be rather bittersweet.
What Else I've Been Up To
Um, so you know that little Writer's Voice contest I entered?
CUPID PICKED ME FOR TEAMCUPIDLC13!!!!
Last week was exciting and awesome and all kinds of exhausting, but it was such an honor and a pleasure to work with some other amazing writers as we tightened up queries and first pages and man, do they have some killer stories! Our polished entries are up on Cupid's blog this week (here's mine if you want to check it out) and agents will vote on them Thursday and Friday. I'm
And I just totally sounded like a legit VOICE contestant. But it's all true.
Sorry if I sounded all gaggy and gushy. It's been a whirlwindy two weeks.
So…what are YOU up to? Let me know in the comments!!!