Thursday, June 28, 2012

At That Place Again...

Okay, so yesterday I was struggling with one scene. I couldn't figure out who's pov to write it from, so I just went for it and wrote it. It didn't turn out nearly as dramatic as I'd hoped. It may not suck, but it's not good either.

Aaargg. But I'm worried about my word count. This is the one thing I can usually rely on not having to worry about. My word counts are typically above 100 and i have to cut, cut, cut. I think I'm probably more than half way through the book and I'm sitting on 25k. That means I need at least 25k more to have a book, and I think I've past the half way point.

*Bangs head. Bangs head*

My prose is not pretty this time either. I think it's funny I've seen a billion blog posts about how much easier it is to write in the present and it's killing me. I decided to write this book in the present because you see so few YA books published in the past tense anymore and I figure if you can't beat them join them. But it's killing me.
Now back to the writing.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Future of Us Book 16

In 1996, Emma and Josh stumble onto their future facebook accounts, and find out what will be happening in their lives in 15 years.

This was a really good story, and it's a real love story. Emma and Josh were best friends before the book started then something happened to make things awkward between them. But they are still there for each other. This isn't a book of gushing romance like Twilight, but it does have a HEA, even the HEA you're waiting for the whole time.When I finished the book, I just thought it was a more realistic love story, because it's all the ups and downs that make them so strong.
This is an interesting read with alternating narrators who actually sound like two different narrators. This impresses me, because I think usually, you have to rely on the names at the top to know whose head you're in.
But I don't remember the 90's being that archaic. I have to say I'm from a poor town, and from the poorest neighborhood in that town. And even there in 1996 every kid in my class had used a computer and knew the basics of the internet. I think a lot of people still didn't own computers, but A LOT of people did. The only other thing I didn't like about it was that there is a subplot involving Emma's best friend Kellan that is never resolved. I really want to know what happened with that, and with the way this book ended I'm not expecting a sequel. So I will never know!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Life... it's about time. And lately I'm finding I don't have enough, but the irony is since I have ABSOLUTELY no time, I'm writing more. It's kind of a phenomenon. I don't pretend to understand it, but in 2010 I worked full time. Some weeks I worked way over 40 hours, because I had more to do than I could get done in the normal day. I wrote 2.5 books that year.  In 2011 I quit my day job, because we moved to Wisconsin. I didn't start working until July, and when I did start working again it was part time. I didn't accomplish anything the whole year except being depressed and mad at the world.

I felt that lack of motivation pour over into 2012, and I couldn't allow it. So I decided to take a class, because it would force me to write. It did. But before my baby was born when I really should have had a lot of time, I'd written only 19 pages in 5 weeks. Since my baby came home, and I have NO time (seriously none at all) I've written 28 pages. I have to steal minutes to do it. Let my husband take care of the baby for a couple of hours while he's home on the weekend. Use her nap time. I don't get more than an hour at a time. I don't get an hour every day, and still I'm being more productive.

But other writers have told me they got more writing done while they were working a day job. I just want to know what about you? Do you work a day job and still get a lot of writing done? Do you not work and get a lot of writing done? Do you write more when you have more time or does it go the other way?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

When You Were Mine Book 15

This is a modern day Romeo & Juliet told from Rosaline's pov.

So most of you know by now I LOVE romance. It's hard for me to like a book without a lot of it. I expected to LOVE this book. And it was good, but I'm not sure it will live up to my all time favorites list.

I don't know that the romance was quite as strong as I expected, but I enjoyed the book. I wasn't sure I would like the voice. The book started out with a strong voice, but lots of sentences were followed by sentences that absolutely didn't matter. A lot of people talk that way, but it's annoying to read, and I thought I would get tired of it. However after the first couple of chapters I didn't notice it anymore. I don't know if that means it changed or that I just got so involved with the story I didn't notice. And it is a strong story. I thought at first from some of the things that happened in "Act 1" that this was going to be more like a "true story of Romeo and Juliet" where Rosaline makes a villain of Juliet. It's not. It's a good story. You should read it. I like it a whole lot more than the original, and I really like the ending. 4 stars

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

I'm hoping to submit some revisions today. That's enough to make any writer insecure. Other than that my major insecurity is just finding the time to write, because people look at housewives and think "Wow, lucky you. You don't have to work." but taking care of a new born is more work than just going to work.

I managed to write 15 pages Sunday night while holding my baby. I've found an easy solution. You just put the baby's head in your elbow and your other arm under her legs, push the lap top back far enough there is room for baby on table and lean into it. You can type and if baby rolls, it rolls into you. Ha!

I think I'm more of an insecure mother than an insecure writer today. Because if I only pick the baby up when she is crying does that mean she's not getting held enough? (Although, she usually cries when she is awake). Or am I a bad mom because I can't sit and hold her all day? I love my daughter, but I have so much to do. It's just not possible.

So that's where I am today. Looking forward to your insecurities.

As always IWSG is hosted by Alex. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

ELF (My Baby) Is Here

So I haven't been around much lately, and this is why.

Emily Lace Fred
We were in the hospital for a week, and things at home have been hectic this first week due to my limited mobility from the stitches (c-section) but as Emmy and I get used to things, I should be around more.