The school year is coming to an end. And that means only one thing: SUMMER VACATION. Summer vacation = more reading time. It’s simple math. To kick of the first ever summer reading edition of Reading, Writing and Chocolate I have a couple of my most anticipated books this June.
Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs- June 1, 2010
(A little side note I am officially a member of The Splash Team. If you want to learn more and get cool tattoo and bookmarks check it out here http://tinyurl.com/2vl4jp2)
(My super coool Splash Team kit!)
And finally the fourth installment to the Bestselling Immortals Series
Dark Flame by Alyson Noël- June 22, 2010
I have been following this series for a long time. The cliffhanger endings are nuts (but I LOVE IT!)
I can’t wait to read these. I will read them and give you feedback this June. What books are you looking forward to next month?
I have raised the dead. Well just in my manuscript. I recently finished rewriting my manuscript and there were a lot of changes made to it. Before I started rewriting I wondered why no agent wanted it. So I stopped my insane query quest and took a look. When I reread it I noticed it was way too corny and a lot of parts were just bad. No wonder no one wanted it. So I stopped and looked the next thing I needed to do was listen. I had to listen to what my characters wanted to say and what they needed. So I made some big changes.
Things I changed
1. How the MC meets her love interest. When I read it I felt that the meeting was too forced and that the love interest’s character didn’t his first scene.
2. Added witty dialogue. It needed it. Badly
3. Dream sequence reboot. It was way too cheesy. Seriously it had to go.
4. Entire subplot change. It involved me raising the dead, ‘nuff said.
5. Toughened it up. It was too nice. It needed a real life reality check.
So in the end, even though I thought I wasn’t one of those newbie writers who make stupid mistakes, I made the biggest newbie mistake of them all. I queried before I was really ready.
I can honestly admit that I have never won a writing contest. I’ve been writing for years and I’ve won nothing. (I don’t count that poem I wrote in the third grade that got in like a children’s poetry book because I didn’t know what it was for.)
It’s very sad.
The worst part of the matter is that I never find out I didn’t win until I look up the contest winners on the website. There was this one contest that I entered every year since the eighth grade. This year I was determined to win. THEY CANCELED THE CONTEST. I was heartbroken, it was my senior year, I had a great story and my writing skill had improved tenfold. (See I used the word tenfold. I would have never used that word in the past)
My most recent loss was for a novel writing competition part of this big art and writing contest. There are pros and cons to this matter.
Pro- I don’t have to worry about the two year copyright if was recognized
Con- I wasn’t even recognized
Pro- I can finish writing it sooner
Con- I could have finished it with a chance of publication
It’s pretty much Even Steven. Well, I’m not really going work on finishing it much. I’m still rewriting of my finished novel. I have a lot of work to do.
Hey hey hey it's Mother's Day! (Sorry I did not mean to rhyme.) It's that time of year when you get to show your mother how much you love her more than usual. So for today's segment of Reading, Writing and Chocolate I would like to say thank you to all of the mothers out there for being awesome.