WHAT I’M READING
ONE, TWO, THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij. I’m not too far in, but so far I’m enjoying Natalya’s love of dance. The scenes where she’s practicing a move over and over, dreaming of dancing again, are heartbreaking. Plus, her friend, Becca, rocks. Yay for friendships in YA!
I’ve also been working my way through GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens and it’s more interesting than I anticipated. When I read A TALE OF TWO CITIES for school, I wasn’t thrilled, although some of the “eh” may have had to do with the fact I was 17 and didn’t want to deal with a stodgy classic over summer vacation.
One of my local libraries posted this reading challenge. I’m going to read like I normally do in 2015 and I’m curious how many boxes I’ll check off. I’ll try to remember to post progress updates.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I finished my read-through of JULES and after 7,239 words cut, I’m ready for the query trenches! To celebrate, I’ve come up with some new titles. The fabulous Alison Miller tagged me in a challenge a few weeks ago and the rules are simple:
Scroll through your manuscript and stop in random places. Whatever words/phrases the cursor lands on becomes one of eight terrible titles:
- Random facts
- The answer to that question
- But only if you’re naked
- Not that she believed me
- Trying to put distance between us
- There was no way they knew I was drunk
- No going back
It’s weird how many of my titles sound like Afterschool Specials or 1990s Lifetime movies. And #3 – Coco. FAME. I’m still traumatized for her. But don’t worry, the line from my book is not delivered in an icky way by a creepy person.
I’m not making a goal for this week because I’m taking a short writing break, but I’ll be back soon to rescue EMMA and her family from their prolonged camping trip.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
You know when you’ve been working on the same WIP forEVER and you begin to hate all your characters and every word, etc., etc.?
Taking a break doesn’t always work for me because I know I’ll eventually have to go back to the MS, even if I’m still feeling ambiguous toward it.
When I get to this point, I pull out drafts of other books. Sometimes they’re cringe-worthy, but there are usually a few lines that aren’t too bad and I start getting excited about writing again. I remember my love of it.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Remember in 2013 when I was going to macramé a purse and I was totally psyched and I was DOING THIS and it just never happened? Well, I’m trying it again! Here is a picture now and maybe in another year it’ll actually resemble something.
My husband and I went for one final scavenge at our local Kmart store which is closing permanently in a week and a half. It’s just a store, I know, but one with a lot of memories for me. It was my first real job and I was there for nearly three years. This was the late 90s, before there were any other big boxes in town, and I was part of a refurb to change it from a regular “K” to a “Big K.” Fast-forward years later and it’s my younger brother’s first job. And his first layoff. Which sucks.
In other news, my word of the year is:
I’ve mentioned my love of Rocky once or twice or a million times and one of my favorite quotes from the movie series is (in part):
But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
Any fan of Rocky knows (especially in the original movie), winning is not so much about “winning,” as it is about giving your all and going the distance.
So FORWARD reminds me to be persistent and to try and to not let setbacks keep me down.
I anticipate 2015 being a very Eye of the Tiger year (yes, I went there).