Monday, February 24, 2014

Writer Recharge: Update #3

Writer Recharge is a month-long motivational challenge to get you through the dreary February days with a little (or a lot!) of progress on your current WIP. For many of us, a little accountability goes a long way. Join in by posting your progress every Monday and linking it here, and don't forget to join in on Twitter with #WriterRecharge! Your hosts and cheerleaders: Katy UppermanAlison MillerElodie Nowodazkij, Sara Biren, and me. Learn more here.


Wow! Can you believe it's almost the end of February already? I guess it's a good thing. We've finally had a few beautiful days here, so I'm not complaining.

I've made a lot of progress this week, and I'm officially on submission because of it! I rewarded myself with this baby (and a bottle of wine):


Here's where I am on my goals for the month:

  • Revise my query letter.
  • Read through my post-beta-edits draft.
  • Make any necessary changes.
  • Revise my synopsis.
  • Revise my query letter again.
  • And if all that gets done...
  • Query!
  • And start outlining book two, because Lord knows it's going to take some time.

Adding a manuscript critique to that for this week--one that I'm terribly excited about :)

How are you doing on your goals?


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Badass Books: Infinite

The end has come. I preordered Infinite by Jodi Meadows for my Kindle.Then I went to a book signing event and got a signed hardcover of the book. Then I waited. I wasn't ready for this series to end. In my typical fashion, I started it on a plane on Tuesday. Then finished it off the plane later that day.

I'm leaving out the summary because I don't want to spoil the series, and I'll make the review as spoiler free as possible.

From Goodreads.
Why I Read It: I started this series about three weeks after the first book, Incarnate, came out, and I've kept up with it ever since. The story is intriguing, the characters are deep and interesting, and the writing is beautiful. Swoonworthy. I can't wait to read what Jodi does next.

ZOMG Yes! Once again Jodi brought out the romance that I loved in Asunder (book 2 in the series). You'd think maybe I'd get tired of the kissing. Nope. Not even a little bit. There is a lot of kissing in this book and it's all yummy.

I loved that we got to see a lot more of the sylph (one of the creatures in this marvelous yet terrifying world that Jodi has created) and actually a lot more of this whole world. I really enjoyed getting to see Ana--the Newsoul--interact with the different parts of this world almost fearlessly. Okay, she was afraid, but she did it. Something the Oldsouls would never do. And of course, Jodi answered all the questions that I had enough that I feel satisfied as a reader.

And then there's the end. Perfect. Flawless (now I have Beyonce stuck in my head).

Kthxbai If you haven't read this series, and you're looking for fantasy (plus a little sci-fi, really) to get into, check this one out. You won't regret it.




Monday, February 17, 2014

Writer Recharger: Update #2

Writer Recharge is a month-long motivational challenge to get you through the dreary February days with a little (or a lot!) of progress on your current WIP. For many of us, a little accountability goes a long way. Join in by posting your progress every Monday and linking it here, and don't forget to join in on Twitter with #WriterRecharge! Your hosts and cheerleaders: Katy UppermanAlison MillerElodie Nowodazkij, Sara Biren, and me. Learn more here.



Good news, everyone! I met my goals this week. I didn't think I would make it, but last night I finished up my read-through with notes. I can't believe I'm so close to the end of this book. I'm trying not to think about it, because if it does go anywhere, it's definitely set up for a sequel. Writing that sequel terrifies me.

I'm so thankful for all of you and your #WriterRecharge love. I've been following along, and it's kept me accountable to me goals, and of course I love writing with you guys.

Goal for this week is to work through the changes I marked and finish up revising my synopsis. I also need to refresh my agent list...but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

So here's where I am on my goals for the month:
  • Revise my query letter.
  • Read through my post-beta-edits draft.
  • Make any necessary changes.
  • Revise my synopsis.
  • Revise my query letter again.
  • And if all that gets done...
  • Query!
  • And start outlining book two, because Lord knows it's going to take some time.

How did you do on your goals this week?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Badass Books: Dangerous Girls


I started—and finished—Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on my flight to Vegas last week. First, let me say that this book went beyond my expectations. It was a very, very good read. Second: who has read it? I need to decompress with someone, please. The end? If you’ve read this and have thoughts, please DM me on Twitter.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined...




  
Why I Read It: This book showed up a lot during the 2013 YA superlatives, so I decided to add it to my list. The cover above? Does not do it justice. It makes it seem like a girls-gone-wild-spring-break-gone-wrong book. It’s so much more than that.

ZOMG Yes I only have this title here because it’s in all my reviews. But after finishing Dangerous Girls and having all these feelings and being confused, it doesn’t feel appropriate.

What made this book good?

Everything. All of the characters—the intricacies of the relationships, the suggestions of motive, the depths they’d go to get what they want. The mystery. Like I said—still need to talk about the end. To process it. The way the book was written: Anna’s narrative, the evidence, the transcripts, the phone calls.

kthxbai If you like murder mysteries, check this book out.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Writer Recharge Update #1


Writer Recharge is a month-long motivational challenge to get you through the dreary February days with a little (or a lot!) of progress on your current WIP. For many of us, a little accountability goes a long way. Join in by posting your progress every Monday and linking it here, and don't forget to join in on Twitter with #WriterRecharge! Learn more here.


First, let me say how excited I am to see so many people participating! Sorry I wasn't very active last week. I was at a trade show for work, and by the time I got back, I was wiped out. But no fear! I'm here now, and I'll try to make the rounds tonight.

Despite all that, I still made some progress on my goals. I did an initial edit on my query letter and tinkered some with my synopsis. Big goal for this week is to do that read-through I mentioned. So here are my goals as they stand:
  • Revise my query letter.
  • Read through my post-beta-edits draft.
  • Make any necessary changes.
  • Revise my synopsis.
  • Revise my query letter again.
  • And if all that gets done...
  • Query!
  • And start outlining book two, because Lord knows it's going to take some time.

How did you do on your goals for the week?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Your Invitation to Writer Recharge 2014

January is in the books and you've had to deal with:
a) polar vortices
b) ice storms
c) mountains of snow
d) gray skies and general malaise
e) all of the above

We thought our writer friends might be in need of a little boost. A jump start, if you will. A recharge.


This lovely graphic was created by Sara Biren :)

We'd like to invite you to join us for Writer Recharge 2014, a month-long motivational challenge similar to last summer's Ready. Set. Write! So many of us benefited from setting goals, connecting with other writers, and social media-based accountability. So, hey, let's do it again! Whether you're delighting next to the crackling fireplace of a Shiny New Idea with a warm cup of tea and a sleepy puppy at your feet or spinning out on the ice-covered roads of revisions in an attempt to avoid the snow-packed ditch, we want to write with you! What do you want to accomplish this month? Hit a daily word count? Revise a certain number of pages or chapters each week? Complete a draft by the end of the month? Let's get this party started!

Writer Recharge 2014

Your hosts and cheerleaders: Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Sara Biren

The timeline:

  • First week of February: Post your goals for the month on your blog, website, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #WriterRecharge. Link your blog post at Sara's blog.
  • Every Monday in February: Update your progress via your blog or twitter. Link your blog posts at Sara's Monday posts.
  • Throughout the month: Use the hashtag to connect with other writers, have writing parties, and cheer one another on!
  • February 28: Post your final update via your blog or twitter.
  • Anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win one of five query or 3-chapter critiques.
My goals:
  • Revise my query letter.
  • Read through my post-beta-edits draft.
  • Make any necessary changes.
  • Revise my synopsis.
  • Revise my query letter again.
  • And if all that gets done...
  • Query!
  • And start outlining book two, because Lord knows it's going to take some time.
Sound easy enough? Set your goals and get started! We'll see YOU at #WriterRecharge.