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What I'm Reading: I finished this
My dear friend Karen Amanda Hooper wrote it and my awesome CP and friend Alexandra Shostak designed the cover. GORGEOUS writing inside; beautiful cover outside. Oh—and the story is heart-wrenching and page-turning from the get go and breath-taking throughout. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
Currently I'm reading MY LIFE NEXT DOOR (Huntley Fitzpatrick) and I am IN LOVE. With George. With Jase. With EVERYTHING.
What I'm Writing:
My goal this week was to write 5K on the new story. I wrote 7K. BUT before you gasp and clap and yell WAY TO GO! please know that I write VERY crappy first drafts full of lots of CRAP.
Okay, really it's not THAT BAD, and there are definitely some diamonds in that crap, but I know…I just know I'll probably only end up keeping half those words. This is how I have to write, guys. I have to force the inner editor into sleep mode (REALLY HARD, btw) and just WRITE. It's forward progress. Nonetheless. J
Last week I shared a little and I wanted to thank you for all your kind words! It's very scary to share work period, but I'm getting braver. And, um…I'm going to share again! *hides*
And just in case you missed out on my little (haha) excerpt, my story centers around seventeen-year-old twins Alexandra and Axle Reed whose interests (and personalities) are about as connected as baseball and the theater. Perfect twin Alexandra is the glorified virgin of Titan Heights; Axle's the celebrated punk. Last week I shared a blurb from Axle. This week I thought I'd share a little excerpt from Alexandra, my wannabe drama diva. In this draft, at times, she feels a little too on the surface, so I have a lot of notes to myself about going back in and layering her, giving her more depth, (which is weird because she is so much like ME), and making her slightly more likeable. But this part I'll share shows a bit more of her vulnerable side (I think)…
Okay, so I will just shut up and share already. J
On my way to study hall I have to pass by the auditorium again and that wretched callback list disparages me from its spot on the auditorium doors. Cassidy French stands in front of it—back to me—and I wonder if this is the first time she’s bothered to look at it all day. I would like to say that I keep right on walking, force my chin up, and ignore her and all her glorious beauty, but I’m frozen several feet away from her. I’m drawn in by her leather mini-skirt and her knee-length boots and her flawlessly teased blond hair and it dawns on me how much she looks like Sandy at the end of Grease. My heart falters. She’s stolen my future husband and now she’s going to steal my part.
As if I’ve stirred her thoughts, she turns around, sees me staring, and flashes me a condescending grin before strutting toward me and offering me a “congrats” through popped gum. She even sticks out her hand. Dramatically. Like it’s a challenge. Yes, like I’m going to shake her hand. No telling what she’s been doing with it.
And then my mind zips to Michael Titan and yes, I do know what she’s been doing with that hand. She probably snuck into the in-school suspension room and gave him a hand job during lunch. My eyes well up with tears, my breathing escalates to embarrassing rhythms, and it’s all I can do to not run away from her. Instead, I gurgle out an awkward “thank you” and beeline for study hall. Normally, I’d take solace in the fact that I get to see Michael at the end of my day, but not today. Today he’s in in-school suspension, getting hand jobs from his girlfriend, and not thinking about me.
Poor Alexandra. L
This week, I want to write another 5K. I'm in the Fun and Games section of my story and um…I'm having some fun with my crew (insert maniacal laugh). How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
OH—and just a few things I would encourage you to think about as you post your goals for the week
1) please make sure you sign up on the What's Up Wednesday linky. (go here!) That way we can all stay connected and hop around and share with each other!
2) If you get a chance, we would love it if you could surf the RSW link list (click here!) and try to comment on a few new blogs each week, since the whole point of Ready. Set. Write! is to meet new writers and support each other in our goals. Who knows—you might find your writing soul mate and new betas or critique partners by branching out and visiting new blogs!
3) Join in with us on a twitter writing party. Or host your own! They're so fun and SO productive. I think Elodie has most of us in a group list now. Just visit the group or hit up the hashtag #readysetwrite to see when we'll be hosting another one!
What Inspires Me Right Now: So, last week I said YOU and it's still YOU. All these inspiring progress reports on twitter! I truly believe that's what motivated me to such a great writing week! I can't wait to blog hop today to see what you've accomplished!
What Else I've Been Up To: The husband had minor heart surgery last Thursday (I know…WTH?!?!). No, it's fine. I mean, he has a weird heartbeat (I know... double WTH?!?!) It's not like a regular arrhythmia (forgive the oxymoron), but he still has a weird thing going on with his heart every now and then. His doctor was going to try to do a heart ablation (apparently a pretty common procedure), but wouldn't you know his heart decided to work PERFECTLY that day and they couldn't find it. BUT since then, he hasn't had an episode *knocks on wood*and has been out coaching soccer and doing his normal thing. So…
Outside of that, I've got nothing. We're in the calm before the storm—ya know—relaxing before all the vacations and camps and soccer-related trips start up. And it's very, VERY nice.
Also, Sara and I were sharing pics of our "rewards" the other day on Twitter. I filled up my new "retirement" gift (courtesy of the fabulous hubby!) and posted this
*sigh* I love summer. J
What's up on YOUR Wednesday? Are you participating in Ready. Set. Write!? What are your goals for the week?