Sunday, December 14, 2014

Looking at the Positives

I didn't finish NaNoWriMo this year and I fell behind on blogging. What's new?

Sometimes I'm too hard on myself when it comes to things like that. But I just have to move on a look at the positives. So here's a list of all the good things that happened to me in 2014.

1) I graduated college. Huge deal for me. Four years of blood, sweat and tears and I came out stronger for it. I made some incredible life long friends, majored in something I loved and managed to stay sane (mostly).
2) I finished a novel. It might not have been a part of November NaNoWriMo, but it was completed during Camp NaNoWriMo during the summer of unemployment. I barley looked at it since then, I might revise it.
3) I moved. I packed my bag and started a new path for myself in a new city and state. I've been away from home for about five months and I miss my family, but I made the right choice.
4) I got a job in my field. Thank God.
5) I bought new laptop. It was long overdue.

This year has had it's ups and downs, but 2014 was good for me and I hope 2015 is even better.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 11/5/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.

Super short post because of NaNo.
 
What I'm Reading: I started Heir of Fire but I'm afraid to get into it or else I'll spend all day reading.

What I'm Writing:  Working on my NaNoWriMo novel. I keep falling behind, but today it the day to play catch up. Either way, I'm enjoying writing. I started my first NaNoWriMo blog post yesterday. Check it out here


What Works For Me: Night time writing. With the exception of last night, I've been doing most of my writing two or three hours before bed. It works for me, but I know I need to get more writing done earlier in the day. Last night I fell asleep around 10pm and got very little writing done. I can still write at night, just not too late anymore. I have to remember that I'm not in college anymore. I have a job and responsibilities.

What Else I've Been Up To: Nothing, work, writing, watching Supernatural.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 NaNoWriMo Chronicles pt. 1

The NaNoWriMo has finally arrived, and boy am I tired. Let's recap:

NaNo Swag
Day 1: I start off strong. 1500 words by 1 am. Later in the afternoon I meet up with some writers in my region for a Write-In. We mostly talked, but so I didn't get much writing done, but that was expected. I felt comfortable enough with my word count at that point. By the end of the day I'm at 1800 words, which is a great start. I wanted to do a Google Hangout with some writing buddies, but my computer crapped out and I couldn't do it. Lucky for me I backed up at the Write-In.

Day 2: A little difficult. My entire day was booked and by the time I got home, I was too tired to get much writing done. At the end of the day I was at 2680 word, just a few hundred words shy of the word count goal of 3333 words.

Day 3: I managed to get a good chunk of my writing done in the evening before bed. It may have something to do with the shiny new toy I bought. Let's just say, I won't be having many troubles with technology for a while. (Who am I kidding? It's a new laptop, you all saw this coming). By the end of the night I managed to hit the 5000 word count goal.

Day 4: After a long day at work, I am ready to get some writing done. The goal tonight is to be at 6,667 words. I know I can make it. I've got a good support group online and in real life. I'm in a good place with my writing.

The story is coming along nicely. I've set myself on a clear path and I am excited to see where these characters take me. Writing contemporary is not as bad as I thought. Don't get me wrong, I'm still tempted to add in a ghost or some magical element. Oh well, despite being behind, I'm having a blast working on the story and being active in the NaNoWriMo community.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 10/29/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.

What I'm Reading: Reading break to prepare for NaNo. I have to return my library books.  

What I'm Writing:  NaNoWriMo is only a couple days away and I have my plot drawn out and my character sheets done. I am so ready for this. Throughout the month of November I will be posting about my journey with small excerpts on Tuesdays.   


What Works For Me: Qlep.

What Else I've Been Up To: Little bit of this, little bit of that. I'm actually enduring a great Supernatural binge. So. Many. Season. I started almost two months ago and I am a third of a way through season 7.  I might have a problem. I know I have to slow down in November if I want to get any writing done.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 10/22/14

What's Up Wednesday 10/15/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.
What I'm Reading: I'm still reading House of Hades by Rick Riodan. It's a library book so I have to finish it soon because it's a due next week. I've been crazy busy at work so I've been reading on the bus mostly. I'm also tempted to start Heir of Fire. I bought it yesterday and I really want to crack it open. I need to make more time for reading.

What I'm Writing:  I finally plotted my NaNo novel. It's definitely going to be a challenge because it's contemporary. But isn't that the point of NaNoWriMo? I've proven to myself that I could write a novel in 30 days, now I need to step out of my comfort zone.


What Works For Me: Quite time. When I'm alone with no distractions and no internet I can get a lot of work done. Unfortunately I don't get that kind of time often because... the internet. I think I need to find time once or twice a week to get out of the house with pens and paper just to write. It's really refreshing to get away from the computer for a while.

What Else I've Been Up To: Work has been fantastic. I have another event this weekend and next week I have to give a seminar on stage management to local middle schoolers. We're basically teaching the kids about tech theatre so they can do the stage management, lighting and sound for an artist we're bringing to their school in January. My coworkers and I will supervise them, but they're basically running the show. It's actually pretty cool.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 10/15/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.


What I'm Reading: I'm reading House of Hades by Rick Riodan. Book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Blood of Olympus just came out so I don't have to worry about waiting a year for the last book.

What I'm Writing:  Revision and outlines. Nothing special. I am going to write the contemporary next month. We'll see how that goes. I need to challenge myself. 


What Works For Me: Not stressing out, that seems to work. I'm failing hard right now, but that's life. Lately the process has been getting to me. Those doubts set in and it's becoming difficult to work on a new manuscript. You hear other peoples success stories and triumphs, and as happy as you are for them, it just eats away at your brain. I have to keep pushing forward and telling myself that my time will come. Maybe not today, or with this novel or even the next one, but someday. I can't give up and I can't let this get to me.

What Else I've Been Up To: Well my new job is awesome. I worked a festival last week and the first concert of the season is on Saturday. I've been itching to get backstage. I've been in the office too long.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 10/1/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.


What I'm Reading: I'm reading Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I bought it the other day and I'm enjoying every bit of it. Hats off to any writer who can write high fantasy. I can never write such a complicated world with it's own history.
I also took a trip to the local library yesterday. Not the best selection of young adult fiction, I had to request Isla and the Happily Ever After. Grr, I needed to read that like a month ago.
Not pictured: Maze Runner, which I gave to my cousin


What I'm Writing:  Since it's officially I month before NaNoWriMo, I'm going to start outlining my next NaNo Novel. November is going to be a very busy month for me at work, but if I get enough enthusiasm for the project then I'm sure I can do it. I'm torn between the magical realism twin body swapping novel that I've been sitting on for years and the theatre contemporary I thought of last week. Both have their pros and cons. I feel like since I haven't had the momentum to write the body swapping novel, I won't complete it. But I also have no idea what the theatre contemporary will be about. Maybe it won't be contemporary. I just don't know. I have a whole month to think about it.  

What Works For Me: Knowing the ending. I say I'm half-planner/half-panster, but if there is one thing I know for sure is how I'm going to end the novel. It gives me somewhere to go when writing. Sometimes I stray from my original plan, but the essence is still the same. It works for me, so if I am going to write a theatre contemporary than, I should start thinking about the ending.

What Else I've Been Up To: This weekend, me and a couple of stage managers I knew on the internet launched a group blog on tumblr. The main focus of the blog was to brings stage managers and theatre technicians blogger together. We basically listed over 200 stage managers and theatre technicians on tumblr and created a master list of their blogs. It took a lot of work, but it was worth it.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 9/24/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.


What I'm Reading: I'm still reading Underworld by Meg Cabot. But my mind is one so many new releases, that I don't own yet. (I'm talking to you Unmade)

What I'm Writing:  I just finished up the revisions. I'm going to give it one last look. This time for real. (although, it's never the last revision.) I got hit with a SNI (shiny new idea) the other day. I'm setting it aside for NaNo, but that doesn't mean I can't outline. The best part is, it's going to be a contemporary about theatre- tech theatre. I don't write much contemporary, but I know a lot about theatre. I don't know much right now, I just need a plot, conflict and some characters and I am good to go.

What Works For Me: Actually writing during the revision process. Sometimes I can't just take a draft take it a part physically with note cards and post-it's. That just drives me crazy. I just have to write and write one the same document (obviously re-saved and numbered) until I finish the draft. I know it's unorthodox, but it works for me. At least for now. I'm trying to change so maybe by draft 3 it will be good enough for CPs and Betas vs draft 5. I get stuck in my ways often and I'm working on it.

What Else I've Been Up To: Working, the real job. This week is all about meeting and learning the ropes. Other than that, nothing's new.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 9/17/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.


What I'm Reading: I started Underworld by Meg Cabot (book 2 in the Abandoned Trilogy). Funny story, I won a signed copy of the third book Awaken last year, so for about a year I had book 1 and book 3. I just never got around to purchasing it. I did a couple months ago and I'm finally reading it. I'm trying to finish all the trilogies I own.

What I'm Writing:  I've been plucking at those beta reader notes. She's sending them in sections so I can work on them while she reads. There aren't many because I've been through so many drafts and she read an earlier draft before. I like this revision much better, I'm learning so much more about my characters. Hopefully this will be the one.

What Works For Me: Still figuring it out.

What Else I've Been Up To: Just started the new job a couple days ago. It's going well. This week is just paperwork and figuring out more about the job. Hopefully, I can get in a grove and get some writing in after work.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 9/10/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.


What I'm Reading: I finished Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard a couple days ago. And I picked up my new signed copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I read that sucker in 2 days. I'm not the biggest fan of High Fantasy, but this book hooked me. Now I'm dying for the sequel to both books, but my wallet is crying.

What I'm Writing:  While I wait on feedback from my beta reader, I decided it was time to finally dig into my Camp NaNoWriMo novel for revisions. I read through the whole thing and I want to cry. God, it's terrible.
But, I have to constantly remind myself that writing is rewriting. There are characters, lines and plot lines that I really love. But there's a lot of junk in there and it's super short. I wrapped it up at 50k, and I want to get it to around 65k. There's more to the story and characters, I just need to dive in there to find it.

What Works For Me: This is a new question that threw me completely off guard. While I'm glad I won't be haunted by the the inspiration section from now on, I am kind of peeved because I actually had something inspiring to share. Don't worry, I put it under What Else I've Been Up To.
Honestly, I don't know what works for me. I wrote more in the summer months because school consumed my life. Now that I'm out of school and I start my job next week, I have to figure out how this is going to work. I want to have a career in theatre, while still continuing my publishing journey. Hopefully with this new section added to the blogs I can get some ideas and finally set a writing pattern. :D

What Else I've Been Up To: 
Me w/Sarah J Mass
Last week I went to a book signing with Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, Liz Norris and Tiffany Schmidt. Wow, I was in awe, listening these writers talk about their book and publishing journey was really inspiring. I think what gets me the most was that these writers were where I am today. They all faced the same doubts and the fears entering the business. And look where they are today. It gave me that final push I needed to finish the revisions.
Two years ago, Susan and Sarah hosted a NaNoWriMo word battle on Twitter. I participated, and honestly, without them I wouldn't have completed NaNo, which meant no Suspension of Disbelief. I let them know how much that meant to me and Sarah gave me a hug.
Hopefully we'll meet again. Who knows maybe things will be different.
Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, Me, Liz Norris 












What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 9/3/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.

What I'm Reading: I'm reading Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I bought it and tried to start it last, but my nook exploded and I'm just now getting around to reading it. I'm going to try to finish it today because I may or may not be meeting Susan and Sarah J. Maas and other YA writers today. Cross your fingers that everything works out.

What I'm Writing:  A surprise round of revisions. Making some changes for the better. I want to finish this round by the end of the week to send to my beta. Then I can finally crack open Bring Me Your Dreams. I haven't touched it since July and I'm itching to start rewriting.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
The overwhelming support I get from my friends and writing buddies (who are my friends, but through the internet). And the online writing community in general. Wow.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
I GOT A JOB!!!
Post college employment dance.

Yeah, I'm excited.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 8/27/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.



What I'm Reading: Nothing, but queries, and sample pages on the WriteOnCon Forums. Don't know what WriteOnCon is? Check it out here

What I'm Writing:  Critiques. I'm going to try to read more 5 page samples today on the forum. It's hard for me to read these because of various reasons such as: format, my short attention span, or it's not the genre I'm interested. I'm going to try to get at least 5 done by the end of the day. Wish me luck.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
WriteOnCon. There are many great writers, it can be overwhelming. Not a peep from a Ninja Agent, I'm not terribly worried. What happens, happens. I'm just glad I can be a part of such a wonderful writing community.
Because I've accepted the fact that I am a thirsty writer, here are some links to my forum posts. Let me know if you'd like some lemonade.
Query
250 Words
5 Pages

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
Good thing are happening in the life department. I don't want to jinx it so my lips are sealed. 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ready, Set, Write: The End

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.

Wow 12 weeks flew by like crazy. I've had such a great time following everyone's journey.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I did not get any chapters done. I got distracted by WriteOnCon. It's fine, I'll figure something out.

2.  recap of overall writing progress this summer
Holy cow what a summer. I checked back to my first post this summer and I said I wanted Suspension of Disbelief to be query ready by the end of the summer. Well, I've been keeping this hush, hush, but it is. Just in time for WriteOnCon.
I also wrote a freaking novel in 30 days! What? It'a a piece of crap and I'm probably going to burn it, but I did it.
Everything about this summer has been crazy and wonderful. I don't think I could have done any of this without everyone's support.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
Nonexistent

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: Motivation. yeah, I sucked this week. But WriteOnCon...

5.  Something I love about my WIP: 
Um, I love in Unremarkable that I have a mind reading character. So my MC talks and thinks really fast and the mind reader just laughs at her randomly and she doens't know why (until she finds out, of course). I'm contemplating switching the present tense to have more stream of consciousnesses thoughts in the narration, but I'm still debating.

Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the summer. I hope to see you all during What's Up Wednesday. If you want to stay in touch follow me on Twitter @laboyden and I'll follow you back.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 8/20/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.



What I'm Reading: I took a break from Endlessly I love the trilogy and Kiersten White's writing, but I needed something new. So I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and HOLY CRAP it's so good. I finished that bad boy in a day. Definitely a change of pace from what I've been reading. It's dark, and has more of a thriller/horror vibe than most of the paranormal romances I read. AND I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S HAPPENING. I need to get the sequel ASAP.
Also I desperately need to read Isla and the Happily Ever After. I'm not the biggest contemporary YA fan, but Stephanie Perkins has me hooked.

What I'm Writing:  I'm working on that old WiP and I'm debating on where to begin. When first started writing it, I started in the middle of the "happenings" so to speak. But I scrapped that early in the process, and my original opening became chapter 6 or something. I'm probably going to go back and start it how I originally intended, We'll see.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
Reading? Writing? Chocolate?

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
Real life. It's weird dudes.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Slow Week

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman. I will be checking in with Jaime and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.

I can't believe it's almost over summer's gone by so fast.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I read through some of Unremarkable and it's not pretty.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:
This week I want to start rewriting and get at least two new chapters done.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
Since I didn't write anything here's a bit from the craptastic Unremarkable

“Christopher said, and I quote, ‘it’s Val what’s not to like’.” I began to dance around her singing: “Val and Christopher sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G—”
“Knock it off,” she shoved me. “Sometimes I wonder why we’re friends.”
“Because I’m awesome and you love me.”

“My tolerance of your antics grows weaker with each passing day.” She laughed.


4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: Reading through an old abandoned MS is rough.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: 
I love how friendship is the center of Unremarkable and not the romance.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 8/13/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and Erin Funk's blog to sign up.



What I'm Reading: I haven't touched  Endlessly by all week. I'll get to it eventually. I had so much more free time before I moved...

What I'm Writing:  I took a much needed break last week. I'm bringing an old unfinished MS back from the grave. That's about it. I'm not touching my NaNo project for another three weeks. It's for the best.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
Oh look over there...a thing! **scurries and hides from the question**

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
It's weird seeing all of my college friends post about heading back to campus and getting ready for the start of the school year. I'm not saying that I want to be back in school, the thought of that give me chills, it's just different. For as long as can remember I've always gone back to school in August. Now it's just real life and IT'S FREAKING ME OUT. 
I'll be fine, once I get a job and figure out this life stuff. 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Break's Over

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jaime and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I had no goals last week, but I am proud of myself for not looking at Bring Me Your Dreams. I want t

2.  My goal(s) for this week:
This week I want to read through Unremarkable and take notes on what needs to change so I can start the rewriting process.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
Nothing, sorry :(

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: Not working. Breaks are hard.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: 
I need to fall back in love with Unremarkable first.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 8/6/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.



What I'm Reading: Still reading on Endlessly by Kiersten White. It's been a slow week.

What I'm Writing:  Last Wednesday, I finally finished my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. Right now I'm taking a wee break from writing, then I'm going to attempt to rewrite my old WiP Unremarkable, I kind of threw it aside to work on Suspension of Disbelief back in 2012 and I haven't picked it up since. I love the concept, but it's executed poorly. It's only halfway done, but if I start fresh, it might give me that push I need to complete it.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
Blerg

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
Still adjusting to the move, trying to find jobs and stuff. Not much else is going on in my life. 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Brain Freeze

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jaime and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I FINISHED!!! The 50k and the novel. It's surprisingly short, but I hope to add another 5-10k in revisions.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:
None this week. I'm recovering from NaNo. I'm going to let this sit for a month while I figure out what my next project is going to be. But for now. I rest.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
I know I've been doing single lines, but since I finished I will share a little more. It's rough, but I liked this bit between Lucinda and Xander.


Xander stumbled out of his cage. “Lucinda, I’m so sorry. I was caught outside a portal and dragged here. I’m sorry I ruined your prom night.” Xander collapsed in my arms. “I’m okay,” he groaned.
“I don’t care about prom,” I said. “Okay, I’m lying, but I came for you, didn't I? You were in distress, my little damsel."
“So you felt it,” he smiled weakly. “Sucks doesn’t it?”
“Yeah, I felt it,” I said as we touched foreheads. “Never do that again or I will personally set fire to your car.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: Finishing before my brain melted.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: I said earlier this summer that my goal was for my MC Lucinda not to change at the end. Well I caved a bit and changed the ending I had planned. It actually works, don't worry, Lucinda's still very

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

50,000 words (told through gifs)

So this happened.



Finishing: 


After reading through the first couple pages:

I have a lot of work to do, but first:

What's Up Wednesday 7/30/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.



What I'm Reading: I finished Just for Fins this weekend. Perfect ending to the series. Now working on Endlessly by Kiersten White.

What I'm Writing:  "So close to the finish line. Less that 2,500 words to go.

UPDATE: This happened

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
So. Close. To. The. End.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
So, I moved this weekend. I wasn't having much luck looking for jobs and internships and Indiana was just not the place for me. My aunt offered me a place to stay in a city with a better theatre scene, so I took it. It was difficult to say goodbye to my parents and childhood home, but I had to make that step sooner or later if I want to make my dreams come true. I don't know what the future holds, but I know I'm heading in the right direction.  

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Nearing the Finish Line

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jaime and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I yo-yoed this week. I was on a hot streak early this week to prepare for the couple days I knew I wasn't going to be writing. I'm almost finished with the draft I'm over 45k. So close.

2.  My goal(s) for this week: 
Yes, I'm going to knock out these next 5k and then take a well deserved nap.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
“Fine, I’m cheating on you, you’re cheating on me,” I screamed. “Are we still going to prom together or what?"

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: There were quite a bit of challenges this weekend. More on that on Wednesday.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: The romance between my two main characters is slowly forming into something I can smooth out during revisions.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 7/23/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.



What I'm Reading: Still working on Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. I haven't had much time to read because of Camp NaNoWriMo. But I'm sure I'll finish it this week.

What I'm Writing:  "Bring me Your Dreams" is coming along nicely. I'm playing catch up right now. I'm over 39k in. I'm nearing the end.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
I am so close to finishing. It's really inspiring me to get this novel done.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
A little bit of this, a little bit of that. More details next week.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready, Set Write! Distractions

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jaime Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jaime and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I've fallen behind a little this week. When I say "I've fallen behind", I mean I'm on schedule. I just like being two days ahead. Right now I'm a little over 32k.

2.  My goal(s) for this week: My goal this week is to not fall behind. I'm just going to write as much as I can this week. And stay either on schedule or above my word count goals.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
“Two things you need to know about me. One: I lie to a lot of people, you’re not special,” I said. “Two:  it wasn’t my news to share. So I’m not apologizing for not telling you.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: I got distracted with a shiny new phone. Plus my computer keeps freezing. :(

5.  Something I love about my WIP: The novel's getting to the juicy part. I finally figured out one of the main antagonist 120 pages into the story. It's going to be fun.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 7/16/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.



What I'm Reading: I bought a couple paperback books as a treat to myself last week and they just arrived the other day. They're all a part of unfinished trilogies I own. First up Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs.

What I'm Writing:  I'm work on my Camp NaNoWriMo Novel, burning away the midnight oil. I just hit 29k and I hope to stay a few days ahead. I'm really enjoying writing this. I try to make myself laugh often.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
Writing.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
Still working with that girls program. It's draining. I just want to sleep all the time. It's just for a couple more days, I'll be fine. Also new things are happening in my life. But I'll let you know in a few weeks. 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready, Set Write: In The Groove

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I'm still going Strong with my Camp NaNoWriMo Novel. I just reached 25k words, which is my halfway point. :D

2.  My goal(s) for this week: My goal this week is still to write at least 1,667 words a day for "Bring Me Your Dreams."

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
Lee rolled his eyes. “Come on, you and Jason? I’ve seen more chemistry between a goldfish and a plastic mermaid.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: I've been volunteering with a girls program. It's really draining me working with 70+ girls for 3 hours. But I'm staying on top of things.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: I love my MC Lucinda. She's pretty horrible and terrifying. At the very beginning of the novel she rigs the nominations for prom queen, but she keeps talking about her nomination as if she earned it. Her friends Lee and Xander have to keep reminding her that she cheated, but she just doesn't care. I love that. (cheating's bad kids)

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 7/9/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.

This is going to be a short post, because, I don't have much to talk about.


What I'm Reading: Still working on Reboot  by Amy Tintera. NaNo's taking over my life.

What I'm Writing:  Still working on my Camp NaNoWriMo Novel. I'm over 13k in, I was a couple days ahead, but I fell behind during the holiday.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
Trees, idk. Someone give me some inspiration.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
I've been volunteering with a girls summer program for the past seven summers. The program started up again, and I've been spending 3 hours a day with 70+ girls between the ages of 6 and 12 (but there are some 4 and 5 year-olds mixed in.) It's been taking a lot out of me as well.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Post Holiday

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I started off great. I was cranking out 3k a day up until the holiday. I slowed down a lot because I was out with my family all weekend, but I'm still two days ahead.

2.  My goal(s) for this week: My goal this week is still to write at least 1,667 words a day for "Bring Me Your Dreams."

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
“I remember when Henry Ford invented the first automobile,” Jed said. “I thought I would never get in that crazy contraption. Now I have six cars and two motorcycles.”


4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: The Holiday. I was in a grove, until I had to leave the comfort of my own home. It through off my grove.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: I love learning more about my MC. Sometimes it feels like I'm writing just to get the word count for NaNo. It is what I'm doing, but every once in a while, I get this nugget of golden character development. I love discovering new things about my MC as I write.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: 7/2/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.


What I'm Reading: I finished The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White and I'm starting Reboot  by Amy Tintera. I probably won't get much reading done this week because of NaNo. We'll see.

What I'm Writing:  Camp NaNoWriMo started the yesterday. I'm putting the pedal to the metal. I'm determined to finish again this year. For more info on my project check out my RSW post here.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
 Word wars with my cabin mates. I love word wars and sprints. Free writing is so relaxing I don't care about grammar or spelling, I just write. I don't get stressed out about how pretty or grammatically correct a sentence is. I just pour out story. (I'll leave the editing for later)

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
I have a cold. That's about it. Oh, I started posting again on my NaNoWriMo themed tumblr. That's been a lot of fun. http://lifeduringnano.tumblr.com/ 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Preparing for Camp

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I didn't touch my synopsis. I'm not worried though. I won't need it for a while. I did finally work out a ending for my July NaNo novel and it has a title: "Bring Me Your Dreams." So that's good.

2.  My goal(s) for this week: My goal this week is to write at least 1,667 words a day for my Camp NaNo novel. If you want to stay updated on my project and progress go here.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
“Humans are not your playthings," Xander said. "There’s a balance, an order.”

“Hop off the soapbox Golden Boy, you’re sounding like my father.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: The biggest challenge this week staying focused. Once I was away from the computer, I had my best ideas.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: I started working on minor characters for "Bring Me Your Dreams" and I really enjoyed coming up with backstorys for my MC's six brothers. Since she and her family are immortal, her brothers were born in different time periods and countries (Ancient Greece, China, England, France, India, and America). Lots of research ahead.

What are you're goals this week?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Reading, Writing and Brownies

So I realized I only blog when I'm doing Ready, Set, Write! or What's Up Wednesday. I love the community behind it, and it's great motivator to blog weekly. But it's time for me to branch out on my own and write posts for me. Monday and Wednesday are still Ready, Set, Write! and What's Up Wednesday. I just want to try my own thing.

Used to do a recap in reading, writing and chocolate. RSW and WUW kind of already cover the first two, but I'll try not to rehash things I've said before.

Cluttered bookshelf
In Reading: I used to be a very avid reader. In 2009 I read 100 books in a year. Then I went to college and that spark for reading disappeared. I guess I was so overwhelmed by classes and college life, I just forgot what I loved about reading. I gradually got back into the game. I want to go to the library, but I own so many books I haven't even cracked open. I'll read them all eventually. Lord knows I have the free time.

In Writing: I was talking to a writer friend and I mentioned my attempts to query my first novel when I was 17 years old. I wish 22 year old Leslie can slap 17 year old Leslie and tell her to not focus on trying to get published.I made many many many query fouls. i.e. I opened with a rhetorical question, the plot was everywhere, I wrote a bio about what I wrote in high school, etc. the list goes on and on. If I knew what I know today and wasn't so full of myself, things probably would have been different. The novel still sucked, don't get me wrong. It was beyond redemption. Five years later I've learned from my mistakes, and I'm a better writer for it.

The brownies
In Chocolate: I did a mean thing the other day. You see, when my mom bakes brownies, my older brother always claims the center piece. I didn't know what I was missing until he went to college and I tried the precious center piece for myself. Life changing. Anywho, now that we're all back under the same roof he thinks those same rules apply. Nope. He was out with his friends while mom and I baked the brownies. When they were cut, I took the center piece. Was that a jerk move? Yes. Do I regret it? No.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 6/25/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jaime Morrow's blog and sign up.


What I'm Reading: I'm still The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. Has it been a week already? Wow, it doesn't feel like it. I'm also reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. Hilarious, of course.

What I'm Writing:  Still working on that synopsis. Camp NaNoWriMo is in a week. I'm exciting to get back into that groove and work on my new story. More details about my week here.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
 I got some feedback on my MS from a friend this weekend. We basically spent the entire weekend texting each other about the story and characters. A lot of it was positive feedback. I had to clarify some of the pesky details I skimmed over in the MS. You know when you have a vision in your head about what you want your novel to be. Then when someone else reads it and doesn't understand, you have to explain it to them. That's really an eye opener. So now I have to take those explanations and add them into the novel.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
I did a thing...


What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ready, Set, Write! Finding the Spark

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I did okay. The synopsis didn't really change, but I've found working on a new story refreshing. I jotted down a few ideas and some scenes for my July novel (is that cheating? eh, I don't care)

2.  My goal(s) for this week: Finish Camp NaNo outline or at least figure out how to end it.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 
“I was Prom Queen once,” he said, “in the nineties. You’re not missing much."

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: The biggest challenge this week was the the internet. Rewatched every episode of Teen Wolf before the new season airs today. It was mainly a distraction

5.  Something I love about my WIP: I mentioned last week how I loved how vicious my MC was, and how she wasn't going to change by the end of the book. That's still true, however in outlining I discovered I still need my MC to show some development or else what's the point of the book. She can't be one layer of mean. So I'm giving her flaws and mistakes that she can learn from, while still maintaining that lovable maliciousness. It will defiantly be a challenge that I'm up for.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 6/18/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jamie Morrow's blog and sign up.


What I'm Reading: I stated The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. It's really good, very different from Kiersten's other books. There is a lot of Egyptian mythology mixed in there. I know some basics thanks to my theatre history class and the TV show House of Anubis (don't judge me.)

What I'm Writing: As I mentioned earlier this week, I finished my edits and set them off to a beta reader. While I'm waiting, I'm polishing my synopsis and outlining my Camp NaNo novel for July.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
 I'm just really excited to be working on this new project. One of my characters is from 17th century Japan. So I'm doing a lot of research on kabuki and the male performers for my character's backstory. I don't know how much will get in the novel, but it's just nice to know where the character came from.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
Boredom. Sheer boredom. 

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready, Set, Write: Moving Forward

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin FunkAlison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week. It's a great way to stay motivated and it might just be the kick in the pants I need to get my life in order.


1.  How I did on last week’s goals: I rocked it. I finished my edits and sent it off to a beta reader. I spent a
few hours to work on a two paged synopsis. I also started my outline for my Camp NaNoWriMo novel.

2.  My goal(s) for this week: I'm keeping it simple this week. I'm going to continue on the outline and work on the synopsis.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: This is the funniest mistake I found in my manuscript:: "I fell to the ground, the knife still impaling me abdomen."

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week: The biggest challenge I faced was defiantly the synopsis. It forever to boil down the main plot point. Now I need to make sure it makes sense and add a little voice.

5.  Something I love about my WIP: Since I stated outlining my new WIP I really started to love my MC. I'm really interested in creating a main character who is malicious and doesn't change at the end of the novel. She's still going to be likable, but her actions and intentions throughout the novel aren't exactly pure.

What are you're goals this week?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 6/11/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jamie Morrow's blog and sign up.


What I'm Reading: Does Tumblr count? haha. Um, yeah, I've been slacking on the reading portion. The edits are all I can think about. I bought several ebooks on sale and I'll start reading when I finish these edits. I promise.

What I'm Writing: I had a burst of motivation yesterday. While working on my edits I on a whim decided to restructure an entire chapter. I cut 1500 words, but the chapter flows much better now. Once that was out of the way, felt motivated to continue with the edits. I only have a couple chapters left!
Since Ready, Set, Write started the other day, I felt extra motivated. It's so great to have a community of writers cheer you on.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
 I kind of hate myself for this, but I've been reading up on Query Shark these past couple days, just because. I am in no way shape or form ready to query. But reading these makes me feel better about myself. There were a lot of people who did't know what they're doing. I wish I read these when I was querying my first novel. I made so many rookie mistakes, I felt embarrassed. But the past is in the past. I'm inspired by the people who have used Query Shark to perfect their query letter and find representation.

What Else and I've Been Up To: 

For those of you who don't know. I'm a theatre kid. I majored in theatre in college and I love, love, love musicals. Sunday I watched the Tony Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman and I loved it. I just want to see all the shows. NPH killed it during his performance from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I've been watching this on replay at least twice a day. 


What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ready, Set, Write: Goals

Ready, Set, Write is a weekly writing intensive hosted Jamie Marrow,  Erin Funk, Alison Miller,and Katy Upperman.
Over the next few months I will be checking in with Jamie and the gang to answer a few questions about my writing week. It's a great way to stay motivated and it might just be the kick in the pants I need to get my life in order.

The questions are:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals
2.  My goal(s) for this week
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week
5.  Something I love about my WIP

This first week, we are just stating or goals.

Week 1: Goals
Finish SoD edits before sending it to beta reader.
Start synopsis
Outline Camp NaNoWriMo Novel

Overall Goals:
Have SoD query ready.

Check back next week to see what lame excuses I come up with when I don't finish these edits.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 6/4/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jamie Morrow's blog and sign up.



What I'm Reading: Oops. I didn't read this week. I've been so busy with these edits and stuff, I just kind of forgot...

What I'm Writing: I'm so close with these edits. It's defiantly taking longer than I thought. I'm adding bits and smoothing out transitions. I knocked out a large chunk the other day and then the next day I barely dented it. It's really a mental thing. I honestly need one more day like that. But I am participating in Ready, Set, Write, that might be the kick in the pants I need.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 
 I've been chatting with some writers around my age  from Camp NaNoWriMo. We met through the forums and really clicked. It's great talking with writers and bouncing ideas off them. They're really going to help me with the

What Else and I've Been Up To: 
I'm not as bored now that I have my writing group. I still miss, you know, human contact, but it's nice to have people to talk to. We've been sharing book recommendations and It's great to talk with people who are in the same age group that have a serious love for writing. Especially ones who understand the stress of college and writing. I'm excited to see what's in store.
I'M GOING TO SEE THE FAULT IN OUR STARS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!
I bought my ticket to The Night Before Our Stars and I'm super excited. I'm going to ugly cry during this movie. I'm glad I'm going by myself because I don't want to cry in front of my friends.I'm so grateful that the fans are lucky enough to have this experience. I've been following John Green's vlogs throughout this journey, and if he loves the movie, I'll love the movie. A lot of book-to-film adaptations suck because they loose the essence of the books when translated to the screen. I don't care if scenes happen in the wrong place or "that's not how that line goes." As long as the movie understands the story it's telling and the impact it has on so many lives, than it will be fantastic.

What's up with you? How is your week going?

Happy Reading!