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What I'm Reading: This week I read
All very poignant and powerful. All stories about loss, betrayal, romance, growing up and discovering oneself, hope, and most importantly—kisses. Of the steamy and awesome variety. Everything I love, love, love about YA.
I just started The American Heiress (Daisy Goodwin), this month's book club read. It's an adult book. Historical fiction. Not something I'd typically pick up. But it does star a very sassy eighteen-year-old and I'm enjoying it so far.
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
Despite two days of road trips and vacations with family, I still really wanted to keep with my goal of five thousand words. I didn’t write anything until Saturday, but then thankfully I kicked it into gear and wrote six thousand words this week. I can't tell you how much Ready. Set. Write! and the Twitter parties are helping! I feel accountable and I don't want to disappoint you or myself!
A couple weeks ago I shared a few excerpts from my new story and um . . . I'm going to share again. If you want a little insight into my two stars, you can check those excerpts out here and here. Also, as you read, neurotic and anxious Alison would like you to please keep in mind that
a) this is a ROUGH first draft
b) my boy Axle is a little on the uncouth side. As his sister might say, there might be some unpleasant words
c) this is a ROUGH first draft
Okay, here goes. Enjoy!
“Grace Adams? Grace. Adams? Really, Axl? I was outside the auditorium for twenty minutes waiting for you. Can you not keep your . . . your thing in your pants for five minutes?”
I laugh out loud, and Alexandra huffs and makes a dramatic show of turning her entire body to the passenger window. Whatever, drama queen. “I can’t help it if I can’t keep my dick in my pants. I’m horny. I have needs. And I can’t help it that your inability to say dick, penis, schlong, (she gasps on each word) or anything remotely related to sexual genitalia makes me laugh. Or that your vagina’s (loud, dramatic gasp) frozen over because you’re saving yourself for a guy who will never look at you.”
“I am ignoring you. I am in too good a mood, correction—I was in too good a mood—and I am not going to let you and your sexual exploits and your hurtful words spoil it.” She straightens, flips that damn ponytail, and taps her fingers on the console, clearly waiting for me to ask why she’s in a good mood. I won’t.
“Just so you know—I had callbacks this afternoon and I was incredible, thank you very much. Fonda even pulled me aside after everyone left and asked me if I was up for a challenge this year. That he’s going to need me to step outside of my usual box. That he’ll be giving me an opportunity to grow as an actress.” I don’t need to glance at her out of the corner of my eye to know that her face is beaming, that she’s dancing her entire upper body while she tells me her stupid story. “So, I know. I just know I’m getting the lead. I mean, why else would he say all that to me, pull me aside when everyone else is gone, swear me to secrecy.” She pulls down the passenger side mirror, primps her ponytail, and sings, “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee—”
“Lousy with virginity,” I mutter. “Yep. You’re certainly perfect for the part.”
Did I mention this is a ROUGH first draft?
This week I want to plot out the rest of the fun and games section to the midpoint. There are several scenes that need to be in there and I'd like to figure out their placement before I write them. And I want to stick with my 5K goal as well. *crosses fingers*
How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now: Exercise. Music. YOU. My family. The inordinate amounts of rain have intruded on my beloved sun time so guess what I've been doing more of these past few weeks? Yep. Writing. So, we'll add that to the inspiration list too.
What Else I've Been Up To:
the time suck also known as #MSWL Anyone else spend
two five hours on that?
The YA Buccaneers! Have you checked it out?! Erin, Bridgid, Erin, Jaime, Ghenet, Sara, and several others have formed the awesomeness that is this new group blog and it sounds fun and informative and their pirate pics are crazy awesome. I'm excited to see what the future brings for this blog and this group of amazing ladies. Also, I'm excited for the word sprints. #justsayin
Hanging out with family. BIG family reunion in PA last weekend which was tons of fun and just really nice to catch up with relatives I only see
once a year every few years. I love living in NC, but sometimes
I wish I wasn't so far away. I was also able to spend the afternoon with my
sister-n-law and her family and surprise my mother-n-law with a visit from the
grandkids on the way home! It was an exhausting week, but an amazing time.
What's up on YOUR Wednesday?