Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July weekend to all my U.S. readers! It's supposed to be a hot but gorgeous one here in the Northeast. Hubby and I are going away for the weekend with another couple, and I'm still debating whether or not to bring my laptop. Part of me wants to unplug...part of me wants to work on my YA project!

Do me a favor: when you listen to the national anthem, really pay attention to the lyrics. They still give me goosebumps.

I'll see you back here on Monday with some pictures from our weekend...until then, enjoy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Mentionables: Summer Vacation Begins!!

“Sometimes it pays to stay in bed in Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code” ~Dan Saloman

First off, a big congrats to my cyber-writing comrade, Charity, whose YA novel The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading was a winner in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest! And how do I know this? I was flipping through my latest issue of Romance Writers' Report when I saw the full page announcement of all the winners. I love seeing fellow writers recognized nationally!


Second, dance of elation because today is the FIRST official summer vacation for Yours Truly! (Well, I mean, school ended last Friday, but I don't count the weekend. Today was the first weekday I didn't have to get up with my alarm clock!)


Third, I'm making decent progress on my YA novel, tentatively now titled All the Girls. I abandoned the idea of making the heroine psychic, even though I really liked the idea and it's requiring a lot of rewriting to get rid of all those bits. But after some serious thinking, I decided I did want to go more mainstream/contemporary, without the paranormal aspect - even though I know paranormal is still hot-hot-hot!

We'll goal is to finish my second revision this week (a lofty goal, but I'm on page 60 of 114, so it's possible) and to then finish a third revision and send out query letters by the end of July. I really want to see what kind of feedback I get from agents and editors, because I really have no sense if what I'm writing is marketable or not...

OK, I'm off to write and revise. Happy Monday :)