Monthly Archives: October 2007

Writing Life

I love CPA, but it’s totally screwing with my writing time on Tuesdays.
We didn’t do the SWAT meeting this week because of conflicts, but we DID learns about gangs and drugs.
The drug stuff I knew.
The gang stuff floored me. I’ve known about our gang problem, but I had no idea it was as bad as it is. I also didn’t realize the sagging pants problem. Gangsters carry guns in the sagging pants. Multiple guns. ACK!

I’m closing in on the end of revisions for the first request! Woo Hoo! I can’t wait to finish it. It won’t really be done though. I can tell I’m rushing the final scenes, so I’ll go back through and make sure every word counts.

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Rejected, Requested, Rejected, Requested

I came home today to a rejection from SRS for the book I got the request for full on for SSE on Friday.
First time that’s ever happened.
ACK! The rejection came from Patience Smith, so I suppose the EA passed it up and knew she’d rejected it for that line.
I’m so thankful I’m working on the end of the other full revision right now before I tackle that book. I’ve decided to make the book the best I think it can be, send it in, and let whatever happens to it happen. On the bright side, I can’t really be totally dejected by the rejection when the request is still here.

Revised to add: I’m almost done with revisions on the first book. It’s been through critique once, so I’ve asked a reader to look over it before I send it in. I haven’t done that in years, but I think it will help. I changed my villain’s motivations and two minor characters became major players AND I cut three characters. One was a baby, one a grandma, the last a mom. Mom’s now dead. G’ma and kid don’t exist. They made the plot too busy at the end. I think the new end works a lot better without getting too crazy.

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Character Arcs and Rachel Vincent

While revising today, I noticed a MAJOR character problem with my hero in the middle of the book. It takes place over two chapters. His motivations and responses were polar opposites from one scene to the next. Interestingly enough, it was easy to fix. I just deleted the end of every scene in his POV and problem solved.
I’ve revised this book three times before, and I never noticed the problem. Heck, it’s been sent to a publisher and rejected, and I never noticed the problem.
This revision is WAY more re-writing than revising. I desperately want to add a secondary POV to the subplot that runs through it, but there aren’t enough words for it in category.
I love secondary POVs in the category books I read–especially when they show a secondary romance, but it seems like I only see them in Supers and not there very often.
I’m going to tag the places the secondary POV would work and see if I can make it work if I have enough word count available. Maybe I’ll go ahead and write them and hilight them so they’re easy to take out if necessary.

Rachel Vincent spoke to my local chapter today and she was amazing.
I liked Stray when I read it the week it debuted, but, I was one of those romance readers expecting a lot more, well, you know. She talked about that and how urban fantasy differs from traditional romance and how that created problems when Stray hit the shelves. I’ll definitely be picking up Rogue when it comes out next April.

I can’t wait to see how Faythe evolves over time. Vincent has certainly developed a conflicted character.

WOO HOO!!!! Requests

I earned a request for full from the Ticket to Write contest AND when I got home today, I had a request for a full from an editor. I sent it in aiming for SRS, but she wants to see it for Special Edition.
WOO HOO!!!!

UGH

I’ve had this cold forever. I’m so tired of coughing!!!!
And I have parent conferences tomorrow.
And we start yearbook sales.
UGH!
On the bright side over half the book is revised.
On the not so bright side, I’ve hit the part that needs a TON of work. The bright side of that: The revision is fun. 🙂

Revisions

With Nobody’s Hero revisions I’m getting rid of a kid. He never really fit, but I’d started the book with the idea that the heroine should be a single mom and I wrote the whole thing that way EVEN though it felt off the entire time.
Funny how easy it is to get rid of him.
Made me see something VERY important. If the character doesn’t add to the story in some REAL way, get rid of them. They’re cluttering the plot.
Period.

I’d forgotten how much I love this story. 🙂
Revisions aren’t killing me now. I’m having fun with them. I HOPE I’ve made the plot a little less complicated.
I have no idea if the book is more Intrigue or SRS. I thought it was Intrigue. But the romance is central so I thought it was SRS. But the mystery is the driving force of the romance so I thought Intrigue.
I HATE not knowing the true distinctions between the lines. I read both, and every time I think I’ve figured it out, I read a book that shows me I really have no clue.
But that’s okay. I’m writing, I’m having fun.
Even though the stupid cold is still here driving me crazy.

AND
I’ve totally blown it as adviser for both publications this year. I really think I’m going to have to give one up.
It’s KILLING me to think about that. But I don’t think I can advise both and have them be great. They can both be decent, but not awesome. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to proof, coach, inspire, edit, and all the other things that go into advising.
WORST part: I have no idea which I’d give up. I’m a newspaper girl and have been for over half my life. But I love yearbook too. I’m thinking about admin again too. I wouldn’t spend any more time than I do at school now. I really have no clue what I’m going to do.

TV

Desperate Housewives is back and better than ever. I said I was giving it three episodes to get good again or I was turning the station. It’s been great both times it’s been on. Brother’s and Sister’s is AMAZING! I was afraid tonight’s would be an anti-war political diatribe, but it wasn’t. It was as real as TV gets.
The new show Pushing Daisies is wonderful. Out there but fun.
Our DV-R’s been out of service for over a week, so my TV time has been cut severely, but that’s okay. I’m writing again, even though this stupid cold won’t go away! I’m a little over 1/4 of the way through revisions on Nobody’s Hero. LOTS of fun.

Our first paper of the year went out and yearbook is starting to get in full swing. DD and I are doing Weight Watchers. Today life feels very good. I hope I still feel like this in a month when deadline hell is in full swing.
DH doesn’t really get the nature of my job. He’s always counting down to Christmas and he doesn’t get why that makes me crazy. How when he says 11 weeks and gets happy, I think 140 pages and go crazy!

Three of my former staff kids came to see me Friday. One is managing editor of her college paper. (If you’re reading, Hi Brittany!) She and her mom are awesome. I hated when she left, but I hope she’ll start coming to the local writer’s group. She’s an amazingly talented writer. Another is ads manager for the college paper. She write a great news story about a sexual assault after a frat party. As I read the story, I couldn’t help but be proud. Adviser to adviser, we talk a lot about the courage it takes to be a reporter. That story was amazingly courageous.

I wanted to pick up New Moon today at Wal-Mart, but it’s only in hard back. I loved Twilight, but not enough to put down hardback $$ for the next book in the series.

If you pray, please say a prayer for my sister and her family. They’re in the midst of real crisis.

Um, yeah

I think I’ll be getting the flu shot this year.
I’ve been sick as a dog AGAIN.
I even missed school–first time in five years!
UGH!