Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The roller coaster of change

It seems to me that the old cliche about change being the only constant in our lives is very, very true. Careers change, friends come and go, people move, they start families, we lose people we love. Nothing ever stays the same. At least not forever.

And that's not necessarily a bad thing because with change comes the New, the Unexpected, the Exciting.

This year especially has been a turning point year for me. Lots of new, unexpected, exciting things.

And lots of change.

Most of it amazing. Some of it overwhelming. But mostly it's all been such a whirlwind I've had a hard time keeping up with all the shifts and adjustments. And I know it's only the beginning. Next year is sure to bring even more incredible, unbelievable, chaotic things. And lots more change.

Honestly, I feel like I'm on that point in a roller coaster where the chain is slowly pulling my car up the steepest hill. Any second it's going to release and I'm going to be in for one heck of a wild ride. Which is awesome and scary all at the same time. But I'm committed either way. I just have to hold on tight and get ready to scream my head off.

So I wanted to take this moment and say that I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful I'm not doing this alone. I'm SO THANKFUL I have you guys.

Sure, my following has changed. It's grown. It's shifted. Different people stop by for different reasons. But you are all amazing, inspiring people and I'm thankful to have each and every one of you. As a group, you guys are my constant. You've proven to me time and again that you will be there in surprising and incredible ways and I couldn't ask for a better support system.

So thank you. Now I don't have to be on that crazy roller coaster alone. I have you all right there with me. And we can all scream our heads off together!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Congratulations Karen!!!

It's not every day one of my friends has their first book release--so when I found out Karen Amanda Hooper's novel TANGLED TIDES was coming out today of COURSE I wanted to take part in the huge celebration she has going on.

Karen's organized a massive underwater web war between the sea creatures--and I've chosen to side with...


(I mean, really, like there's any other option. As a kid Ariel TOTALLY convinced me I wanted to live Under the Sea.) :)

Wanna join in on the fun? Go check out the details at Karen’s BLOG. She's giving away a signed copy of her book and some other sea creature themed prizes. 

There's also an underwater web war on Twitter. Tweet which sea creatures you’re rooting for and if you include the hashtag #TangledTides--you could win!!!!

But before you go, here's a little info about TANGLED TIDES:

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans. 


*massive Sparklefetti toss*

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Writing "like me"

You know that feeling you get when you read an amazing book by an amazing writer and you think: DANG--I wish I could write like that!!!!!!!

Yeah... I have that feeling all the time.

But I do my best to shake it off, because I don't actually think it's a healthy feeling to have as a writer.

Sure, I can admire someone else's writing. I can be awed by the way they string sentences together, or impressed by their solid world building, or laugh myself silly at their wonderful use of humor--or even be inspired to push myself in new directions. But I can't let the feeling go any further than that, where I actually let myself WISH I could write like them. Because I can only write like me.

And sure, I can (and should) grow and learn and improve my craft in many many ways with every word I write. But I will still always write in MY voice and tell stories MY way.

Which is actually why I always fall SUPER behind on reading when I'm drafting, because I often can't read when I'm trying to crank out a rough draft. I read all the pretty, revised-and-edited-a-million-times words by authors who write very differently than me and think: MY DRAFT SUCKS BECAUSE IT IS NOTHING LIKE THIS!

So this week (and weekend) I'm going to get some serious reading done. I've met all my deadlines--and I'm about to dive into writing book two (AHHHH!!!), which will mean I won't be reading as much. So I'm taking the time now to crank through as much of my TBR pile as I can. And I've got some AWESOME ones in there guys. It's going to be a good, GOOD week!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ever have one of those weeks?

I gotta say, the whole back-to-back deadlines thing is... well... EXHAUSTING. 

It's partially my fault. I let my husband book a vacation at the beginning of the year--before my book sold and I knew anything about deadlines and whatnot--and the trip officially has THE WORST TIMING EVER. So I'm scrambling, trying to get everything done before I leave on Friday and, well... 

So, *heavy sigh* I think I have to duck away from blogging again. Probably until Monday, November 14th, when I get back.


I'm so going to miss you guys. But I'm crashing and burning here so... it has to be done. I may pop in if something important comes up--or if I suffer too many blogging withdrawls. (And I still have some winners to post--I'll make sure I don't miss that).

Otherwise I'll see you guys in about a week and a half. And I promise I'll be back with a contest or something to reward you for  your long-suffering when I get back!

Have a great time without me!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chapters of DOOM!

Maybe you're luckier than me, and don't have this problem. But every book I've written has at least one Chapter of DOOM!



*ominous music*

No matter how many times I rewrite it. No matter how many different ways I revise it. EVERY time I get revision notes I have to go back to that same STUPID chapter and rewrite it all over again.





It's so ridiculous that even my CPs know my Chapters of DOOM!, and as soon as I start to say, "would you mind taking a look at a chapter and telling me if I'm finally on the right track with it?" they reply back with, "it's chapter X, isn't it?


So, it's probably no surprise at this point that I'm battling a Chapter of DOOM! at the moment. And I am not exaggerating when I say it has been absolute and total DOOM. 


But after several weeks of stressing/panicking/going-emo-tastic-and-shoving-my-revision-notes-under-the-bed, plus SEVERAL lengthy emails to my amazing editor filled with what if??? and but then... and HELP!!!!*--I think hope am-ready-to-promise-my-firstborn-child-to-the-forces-of-the-universe-so that maybe, MAYBE I have FINALLY figured out what the problem is and will actually GET IT RIGHT this time.

It is far, FAR too early to tell--and I'm sure I will probably still be making small tweaks to this cursed chapter right up until text lock (and then probably crossing things out and scribbling in the margins of the finished book). But I am REALLY hoping this will be the last major overhaul. 

Please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please let that be the case. 




So wish me luck, everyone. I'm going in!!!!

*NOT recommended author-editor communication style. *is very lucky her editor is so stinking awesome*