WHAT I’M READING
I finished The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t love the books. There were too many places where it felt like I was being told the story instead of feeling it. And I wanted MORE, so I could understand why so-and-so was in love with you-know-who and vice versa; since the books were set during the summer, there were only glimpses of the connections that were made during the rest of the year.
I think my main issue was that I didn’t like the MC. She was juvenile and selfish and even when she felt guilty about the bratty (and at times downright cold-hearted) things she said, it seemed like she only felt remorse for how it affected her – not “Oh, I hurt him,” but “Oh no, now he hates me. ME!”
There were things I enjoyed, like the friendship between the moms and family dynamics. Also the theme of traditions, because it gave the books a bittersweet feeling and I could relate to the pains of growing up and the difficulty of moving forward.
Plus, Laurel. She was such a badass, cool mom. I totally <3ed her.
WHAT I’M WRITING
The rewrite I’m working on is a WIP I started years (and years) ago. I’ve got tons of cut scenes in a file and right now I’m doing that patch/paste thing, while also writing some new stuff. So basically my WIP is a mess, but a happy mess.
So far I’ve completely rewritten the first and second chapters and I plan on working on the third and fourth (and hopefully beyond) this week.
I REALLY need to step up my game b/c the other day I stumbled across my 2013 New Year’s resolutions and I wanted to have a query-ready draft done by the end of the year. Hmmm…not sure it’ll be query ready, but I can definitely knock out a(nother) first draft of this book.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Completing a fitness challenge for my YA Buccaneers dare!
Here’s the website that explains in more detail: http://www.adultfitnesstest.org/
I’ll start off with my cardio results, since I’m slightly ashamed of them. Not because of the time, but because I wimped out and did the walk instead of run. But summer is hot and the shoes I was wearing are pretty much shin splints just waiting to happen and (insert various other excuses here), so I walked a mile instead of running a mile and a half.
Don’t worry, I will remedy my sad little self in three months, when I plan to retest.
Now onto bragging rights!
Half sit-ups (in a minute): 51
This only put me in the 85th percentile. Wow, there are a lot of people my age walking around with crazy fit abs, apparently.
Push-ups (in a minute): 53
Even my husband was impressed with this total – he didn’t know I was so monstrously strong! Keep in mind I was doing “girl” style, though, on my knees. I *maybe* could have gotten 10 standard ones.
Sit-and-reach: The instructions said to have the 12″ mark by my heels. I got to the 25.5 mark, which is 13.5 inches. Ouch. This test seemed way easier when I was a kid. Go figure.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Since I didn’t post my WIP Love List the other week, here it is for JULES (better late than never):Crazy, caught up whirlwind love Softball girls BFFs Wannabe psychologist brothers Uncle Scott’s cop look Dads who burn waffles The Macken brothers Boys who love animals Old-school arcade games Driving too fast Ducky Park Games Hanging out at Pizza Palace Playing air hockey Sir Captain Tiger Passing notes in class Matchmaking Inside jokes Study groups Unrequited love Missed chances Snuggling under blankets Dreaming about the future Living in the moment