Yes, I’m way off schedule. Seriously off schedule in fact.
Yes, Sherlock. I am.
I only really have an “excuse” for the last couple of weeks.
See I went on this interview and was so excited and nervous about it that I couldn’t think about anything else. I mean, it’s the perfect job, and the more and more I thought about it, the more I REALLY wanted it.
It’s in the field I already have some knowledge of and want to grow in.
The position itself has growth potential.
The people who I met in the office were really nice and professional.
It’s close to home so no more hour long commutes.
There really are too many positives to list.
(No, my fellow authors, it’s not getting paid to sit at my computer and write my books all day.)
However, I was so excited about how the interview went, and the possibilities this could give me, I obsessed over it. I was truly excited at the potential.
It took a few days, but I got the call back and was offered the job.
/DANCES AROUND HOOPING AND HOLLERING
Since then, I’ve been mentally wiped out with everything I need to do at my current job all the while trying to curb some of my excitement for the new professional adventure I’m going on.
Then, Sunday …. all the energy was fully drained from my body. I’m just exhausted by about 11:30 in the morning. Yesterday, I woke up with a head so clogged up, I couldn’t breathe out of my “nose holes” as the daughter unit calls them. Last night I ended up falling asleep on the couch a little after 7:30 and finally just got up and went to bed. I promptly slept till my alarm went off at 6:30 the next morning (45 minutes later than usual) .
So I’m obviously fighting something off.
I have been actively using the red pen, and making notes for changes in both The Five Angels trilogy and Chloe’s Ghost. Don’t worry about that.
Much love to everyone and I’ll catch you soon. I just need to get this cold gone, and I’ll be back.
PS: I apologize for the errors in sentence structure, grammar, spelling, etc. in this post. I’m so tired, I can hardly see straight, but wanted to give ya’ll an update.
As you know I re-wrote the first Chapter of TFA. I knew that there were going to be some changes that had to happen due to those changes, but …
little did I know how much I was going to take my red pen to the manuscript.
I’m scared, because I have a couple of Agent Queries out there. What if lighting strikes and they ask for the manuscript? I thought it was ready at the point I sent them out, but then … ya…
The Five Angels is a WONDERFUL story, and I’m almost done with the tweaking. I’m just holding my breath.
I can’t wait for you to be able to read it.
It will happen. You know why?
PS: I’ve been listening to a lot of Peter Hollens on YouTube. If you haven’t checked him out yet, DO IT! He is amazing. Just Click HERE!
I feel like I have so much time on my hands now. I guess I didn’t realize just how much time I was spending helping my Mom out. (Please don’t read that as me resenting it, because I don’t. Not. One. Bit. I had fun, Mom needed it, and most of all she APPRECIATED IT!)
But now, I feel like I have so much time on my hands. It’s allowed me to get back to my writing, my mind to really explore story lines, and IT FEELS WONDERFUL! I didn’t realize how much I missed writing.
It all started with last weeks revelation of how to “fix” the first chapter of TFA (The Five Angels). Since then, I’ve been editing, writing, editing some more, and brain storming on both TFA and Chloe’s Ghost.
I feel so creatively free right now. Inspiration has struck and even though sometimes I struggle to find the “right” words to use to make the sentence flow like a river, I can always go back and edit it. Right now it is about getting the ideas and the basics of the story down.
So here is to the Fairy Night Riders, Darkness spreading across the lands, smells of fresh baked bread, and … oh, well I guess none of that would make sense to you right now would it. Sorry.
(This is a bit of a long read today. It was quiet an adventure of scares.)
Friday night my tummy didn’t feel very good, and I threw up my dinner.
Saturday morning, Mommy got up and let me sleep, which was a good thing, because I still didn’t feel good.
So I slept some more, but I woke up hurting.
When she came to get me, I was laying on the edge of the bed, whimpering.
She reached over and picked me up. OH IT HURT!
“MOMMY IT HURTS. MOMMY THAT HURTS! ” I screamed over and over again. Can she make it stop?
She carried me into the living room and sat on the couch and started looking me over. I just kept screaming at her. Why wouldn’t she stop touching me. Doesn’t she understand that I hurt?
I guess I told her enough times, because she did finally stop touching my tummy, hips and back end. She held me close and held me while I whimpered. OH how it hurt.
Mommy and my human sister were talking in worried voices and continued to give me some lovies.
When Granny came to pick up human sister, I barked and wanted to go and say hi to her, but it hurt to much to move. I just barked and whimpered. I think Mom really started to get scared, because then she started talking about taking me somewhere to have someone figure out what was wrong.
Before we left she carried me outside and asked me to go potty. Well I’m such a good boy, that I wanted to do what she said, but, like I said, it hurt to move. I looked up at her again and she asked me to go potty again, so I squatted down and went poop. It did make me feel better to go poop, but I still hurt. When she picked me up I let out a little yelp because I HURT, but she carried me back inside and then out to the car.
Doesn’t she understand that I hurt? Why are we going on an adventure when I hurt so much. Can’t I just go back to bed Mom? Plus it’s raining. You know how much I don’t’ like to be in the car when it’s raining. Those scary things crossing the window, the noises the water falling from the sky makes. It hurt to much to bark at the sounds, and hurt too much to attack the things going across the window, so I just curled up in my bed and whimpered under the blanket.
Well when she stopped the car I jumped up, and started getting very excited, until she picked me up out of my bed and my tummy hurt again. I told her all about that, don’t you worry. I needed to get it through her thick blonde head that I hurt! She just needs to make it all better!
Then we walked into this big scary place that smelled funny. THEN.. THEN … it got very dark. Everyone started running around looking for light sticks, and talking about a “generator”. Whatever that is. Mom filled out a bunch of paperwork and I just huddled as close to her as I could.
Why would she bring me to such a scary place when she knows I hurt?
We went and sat down on a bench and eventually some of the lights came back on, but not all of them. However there was this nice man who came and asked us to go back to a room that had a very scary looking table on it. He just talked to Mom and gave me a few pets. Then Mom put me on that scary table and he stuck something up my butt. I whimpered a little bit, but Mom gave me lots of lovies and told me everything was going to be ok.
THEN this lady came in wearing a white jacket. She talked to Mom some more, then started pushing and poking me in places. She talked to Mom some more, then the nice man came in and stole some plasma from my leg.
Apparently it was very important to Mommy that I be a good boy during this, so I tried to stay still, and was a good doggie. After all my tummy wasn’t hurting so much anymore, and I was feeling better already.
The lady asked Mom to take me outside and see if I would go potty while they checked out the plasma they stole from my leg. Boy! That sounded like a good idea. I really did need to go potty, and now that it didn’t hurt so much to move and walk, Mommy let me walk outside. BOY! Did it feel good to go potty. I was excited, because I didn’t think we would have to go back inside, but then Mom took me back into the scary room and waited. What was she waiting for? Oh right. They were checking my plasma.
The lady in the white jacket came back and talked to Mom some more and then I heard her tell Mommy that I was to only eat boiled chicken and rice.
CHICKEN?! I perked up my ears and cocked my head in what Mom calls my cute face.
“Mom did that lady just say that you HAVE to give me chicken?” I wagged my tail lots at that. Wall-E’s LOVE chicken. I beg for it anytime Mom and Dad make it for dinner. Yummy CHICKEN!
Apparently I have a little bit of an infection, and the lady in the white coat thinks that it gave me a really bad upset stomach, so she wanted me to eat chicken for dinner that night, and to take it easy this weekend. They gave me a shot of antibotics and told Mommy that if I couldn’t keep it down that I needed to come back.
I’m feeling much better now and am back to my normal Wall-E self. Whatever it was, it’s gone now, and I just want to play.
It was an adventure, but it wasn’t an adventure I wanted to take.
Well at least I got lots of lovies and CHICKEN!
Mom’s Note: Wall-E was such a good boy during the whole thing. I think between the infection, and possibly being backed up (because boy he pooped WAY more than he usually does over the following 10 hours), it was causing bloating and pain in his tummy and intestines. Once I took him out to do his business before we left for the 24 hour vet hospital, he slowly got better from that point on. That being said, since he did have a little bit of an infection, I think it was still a good thing I took him in. We got that taken care of before it turned into anything serious. I was just scared he had eaten something in the yard at my Mom’s house when we were there Friday night, and that was was making him so sick. One piece of wild animal poop could have made him seriously ill. However, like Wall-E said, he’s back to his normal self.
Yes, You just got the image of fingers flying across the room because of that one commercial where the guys fingers are fly off behind his laptop.
What I meant was that my fingers were flying across the keyboard!
I found a way to re-write Chapter 1!
As you know, I’ve really struggled with it. Once I identified what I felt the problem was, I was able to start brainstorming ways to correct it. There were several ways I could tackle the problem. The first few just felt strange when I was typing it out, so quickly went the way of the delete button. Then there was one I kept, which was ok, but not wonderful. The last one, once I got into writing it out, it felt right. I knew that was the direction I needed to go. So I wrote, modified, corrected, and wrote some more. I only extended it one chapter, but it already has made a HUGE difference to the general feeling of the book.
There are some things I’m going to have to change in the manuscript as currently written to coincide with the changes I’ve made, but I’m very happy with the start now. It doesn’t seem to pushed or rushed. It feels more “natural”.
There is some things I may iron out, which would extend the beginning a bit more, but I’m still thinking it through. I have it with my trusty “beta reader” ( aka Mom ) and once I can talk to her and get her thoughts, I can then bounce the idea’s off her. She has had an eminence amount of patience with me. She’s read this story so many times I think her head is spinning. (THANK YOU MOMMY!)
I also have a little more time to dedicate to writing again, and thus, I should be able to resume my normal blogging schedule.
I’m thrilled to be able to dive back into this and get back on track with my goals. I will see this book published. It’s a story I can not let go and I want to share with the world.
I really haven’t had much time for new writing, but I have been busy with the red pen and editing. I’ve been sitting in a doctor’s office for a couple hours at a time and so it was great way to kill some time.
I had mentioned before that while my query letter is ready to go out, I needed to make some changes to Chapter 1 of The Five Angels. It’s rough, and I know it is the weakest chapter in the book. It really doesn’t do well for me when I send out a query letter and the Agent has to read the weakest chapter in the story to be sold on me.
Chapter 1 moves VERY quickly into the story. Basically, by the end of chapter 1, as written, you are already in Nalrin, and that may be the problem. So I’m thinking about expanding Chapter 1 into at least 2 chapters in order to get CJ to Megan, the relationship advancing, and the catalyst for her teleporting them to Nalrin. That is where the story REALLY takes off.
I’m just worried that if I do that, Agent’s won’t be excited enough about the project because well, it’s all “set – up” and not enough action.
BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS!
I’ve been doing a bunch of audio books since I’m spending so much time in the car. Don’t worry, my Kindle is still getting use.
First: I finished …
My verdict: I LOVED IT! It was full of a ton of twists and turns at the end and just when you thought there couldn’t be anymore, or everyone was just going to die, there was another twist. There were things about the character that I didn’t like so much, but I understand WHY she was that way. To be fair, I think you would be a little lost in Mortal Heart if you hadn’t read Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph.
Second: I went back through and read / listened to the first two in the His Fair Assassin series, and re-reading Mortal Heart, so it was like one long story. (I’ve done this multiple times with the Throne of Glass series too.) This is a series listed on my Recommended Books in the sidebar. Each book focuses on a separate character, so you could read them as stand alones, however, it is a much more complete story if you read them in order. To be fair, I think you would be a little lost in Mortal Heart if you hadn’t read Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph.
I picked one up that had been on my “To Be Read” shelf for awhile:
Verdict: Well .. I … humm..
Here is my problem. I didn’t love it, which is why I haven’t picked up the 2nd book in the series, but I didn’t hate it either. In fact I couldn’t put it down, and I’m still thinking and dreaming about it. I’m not sure what my hesitation or “issue” is about this book. I may need to re-read (aka listen ) it to get another view on it. I don’t know if it’s because her feelings were sort of all over the place, or what. One thing I did like was that she wasn’t your typical “Snow White” drop dead beautiful princess. She starts the book out overweight, the shunned one, the 2nd in line to the throne, married off for political gain, etc. (or was she?). She does quickly grow into her own, and you can slowly see her turning into the princess she should be. —– See, there were things I really liked about it, and obviously Rae Carson got the story under my skin, I … I just don’t know.
A story placed far in the future after the 4th World War, it followed a very different story line along the lines of Cinderella. Marissa Meyer very cleverly follows the storyline, without it obviously being a Cinderella story. I will be picking up the 2nd in the series Scarlet, but I’m willing to wait for it become available through the library instead of purchasing it. I’m not sure how I feel about how the story ended. I’m sure there is a reason for it, but when I read the synopsis for Scarlet, I’m appears I’m not even going to see how Cinder gets out of the prison. Meyer builds up her abilities, and then we don’t get to see how she uses them consciously? I don’t know, but I will be reading the next one. The story is a little predicable in some ways, but in others it does surprise you. I do suggest reading it.
What am I reading now?
I barely loaded this one up, so I’ll have to let you know next month what my thoughts are on it. It is part of a large series, and I have high hopes for this series. It was very highly recommended to me.
My husband needed a book series to listen to while commuting and I gave him the Legend Series by Marie Lu. He just finished the last book. One day when he came home he was like 2 or 3 chapters from the very end, and he was so frustrated and confused and mad. I told him to just finish the book and then come talk to me. I laughed so hard at him because he looks at me and says, well that was better than the way I THOUGHT they were going to end the book. So Yes, it has lots of twist at the end and I do suggest reading that one also.
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts?