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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Four!

1. I figure since I'm not blogging any other days lately, the least I can do is come up with four tiny things to talk about on a Friday. Oh, was that number one? Oops, I guess it was. LOL.

2. What am I reading? I started ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway at least a month ago. I was really enjoying it, but then a bunch of library books came in for me, so I put it aside. Then my awesome friend Shana sent me a box of books from BEA, and I realized I could put this book on hold forever if I'm not careful. So I'm back to reading it, and laughing out loud here and there. It's kind of like Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, except I'm finding it funnier.

3. What am I writing? Thanks again to Shana and her notes, I'm hard at work again on FINDING HOPE, the companion novel to LOSING FAITH in Tessa's point of view. Trying some fun timeline jumps to see if they work. I'm tempted to put the novel into Scrivener for this purpose, but Scrivener always seems to screw up some of my formatting, so I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle. I always seem to go back and forth on this one, between "I LOVVVVVEEEE Scrivener" and "Is it worth it?" What do you think? Love it or is it worth it?

4. I'm going to a formal eighteenth birthday party for one of the girls I dance with this weekend. It is so seldom that I get dressed up formally, I'm actually a little nervous about it. And I haven't even decided on what I will wear yet.

5. Number one was lame, so I'm adding a number five. But don't worry, it's just about the weather. Apparently it's supposed to "feel like" 104 degrees here next week. I live in a humid climate, so the thought of this seems unbearable to me (even though I usually love the heat). I guess we're moving into our basement.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Four!

1. What am I reading? You may notice I've added a new book (actually, I've added THREE new books) to my twelve awesome books read this year (right sidebar). I just whipped through the audio version of Jenny Han's summer trilogy this week. I actually read it out of order by accident. I read the second one first, but then I re-read the second one in order. Even though I LOVED it the first time, I thought it would be so much more powerful after I read THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY. I was right. I highly recommend these to anyone who loves YA contemporary. I'm taking suggestions for the remaining five slots on my awesome books list. Read anything really good lately?

2. What am I writing? I just finished up my revision of LIVING OUT LOUD. I received notes from my agent on the weekend on MAKING MIRACLES (she loves it, but suggested some further character development). So now I'm busy on that. My revising brain is having ups and downs these days, but I'm pushing through.

3. I sent in a few more proposals for different writing and book events for this fall and next spring. If you have a writing conference or book event held in your area that is particularly good, I'd love to hear about it. I hope to do a little more writing related traveling next year.
Happy first day of summer!

4. Well, it's the first day of summer. The rain has let up for the moment, but it's still pretty gloomy and wet here. (Still, nothing like Calgary, which I hear is buried in water! Hoping everyone is okay there). I hear next week is supposed to be sunny, so that will be nice. (I always wonder if people in Phoenix or Texas look at a pic like the one above and sigh, thinking it looks so nice. Probably not.)

Anyway, happy weekend, all! Don't get too wet. Or sunburned. And Calgarian friends...don't drown.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I Miss You, Dad

This is another bittersweet holiday for me. While I have been super-blessed--I have a great husband who is an awesome dad to my son, and I grew up with the best dad ever--I also really miss my dad this time of year. I lost him just over two years ago, and still have many moments when I wish he was around to ask a question of or talk something over with.

Whenever I picture my dad, I still picture him with a smile on his face and it reminds me to live my life with joy. I love this picture of my son with his grandpa.

Many kudos to those of you out there who are working hard at being a good male role model to some young person in your life, whether it is your own child or not, and many hugs to those for whom this is a difficult day. I wish you much joy.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Four!

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)

1. What am I reading? I just finished up CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy. If you're in the mood for a gritty and raw and honest read, this is the book. I read it in two days--it was gripping.

2. What else am I reading? I've had "The Summer" books by Jenny Han on my TBR pile forever. I never seem to get around to them, but the other day I found IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU on my library's audio site. So I'm listening to the audio version and wondering why on earth I didn't read these books sooner. I also didn't realize they were connected (all an actual series with the same characters) so I'm actually reading in the wrong order, but I don't care. I'm loving it anyway and can't wait to read the others.

3. What am I writing? Thanks to some awesomely-helpful feedback from a beta reader, I'm back at work on LIVING OUT LOUD. I love those revisions where you know exactly what to do and can envision how the changes will make the book SO MUCH BETTER.

4. My son and I are meeting with my homeschool support teacher today, so as of this afternoon, 4th grade is officially done! My son and I do school year round (lighter and more fun in the summer). I let him start on the next grade through summer so he's actually kind of excited about it.

We're supposed to get a weekend of sunshine and then rain rain rain next week. So I'll be outside for the next couple of days. How about you?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Four!

1. What am I reading? I'm beta reading for a writer-friend this week. It's part of a series that I've beta read, so I'm enjoying being back with the characters. On deck, I have two books I'm excited for: CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy and 17 AND GONE by Nova Ren Suma.

2. What am I writing? Nothing, and it's driving me crazy! I'm waiting on notes from my agent, and in the meantime I feel like I'm kind of in limbo. Hopefully the waiting won't go on much longer...have I mentioned how grumpy I get when I'm not writing?

3. A local restaurant (Earls) gifted my husband and I with what they call a "Chef's Table." This week, we were able to bring six of our friends in and they spoiled us with a sampling of appys and meals and drinks from their menu. I LOVE sampling, so this was such a fun thing to do, and the food was amazing! If you haven't been to Earls and tried their spinach/cheese dip, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

4. My husband is busy at a seminar this weekend, so it was supposed to be a writing weekend for me. But, alas, see number 3. I do have a lot of marketing stuff to catch up on, so I'll likely keep busy with that. Just a little afraid of falling out of my writing/revising rhythm.

What are you up to this weekend? The sun is shining here, so who knows, that could lure me away from my computer altogether!