Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday #3 Wherein My Friends and I Literally Show You Our Trash, and I Use Far Too Many Parentheses

Wow, what a week!

I went to a writing retreat over the weekend, and it was awesome.However, I was so stuck on part of my plot and couldn't figure it out, because my brain was mush, my daughter was sick at school and I had to find her a ride home (THANK YOU, JENNIFER, IF YOU'RE READING THIS! I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!). I was nearly in tears (okay, I actually did cry a little) by Friday afternoon because I was on a Monday deadline for the book and I couldn't figure out how to fix the end, and my awesome super-talented friend L.T. Elliot talked my plot out with me for well over an hour, and then I deleted and rewrote thousands of words over the next two days.

I came home (after taking gorgeous pics of snow-covered fall mountains, you can see them on Instagram) to sick kids. My poor eldest son came down sick at his first HOMECOMING. How awful is that? Yet they still had a fun time.

My latest book is now at the editor. I sent it in on Monday night, so we're that much closer! After half a week of craziness, I was chuffed to bits (my hero says this, so now I do too) to get to have lunch with some of my favorite people. L.T. had to leave, so she didn't make it in this video, but Charlie Holmberg and Caitlyn McFarland are with me today to say a quick hello. What we didn't get that we should have? Me serenading Caitlyn and Charlie with "You'll Be Back" from the musical Hamilton. I turned my van on with the doors open so Caitlyn's cute daughter wouldn't get too warm. The music blasted immediately, so I couldn't help myself. Charlie even joined me in some chorus-line kicks. She'd be a fantastic Rockette.

These ladies are fabulously talented authors, so if you haven't read their books, DO IT. You can find them here: Caitlyn    Charlie

This video is short, real (no second takes, and that's obvious), and very awkward. But you get to hear Charlie sing about that a little, so all is not lost. Thanks, girls, for being the highlight of my day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What's Up? Wednesday #2 Them's Writin' Words: The Importance of Receiving Critique

Hello! We're a little late tonight, but I'm squeaking this under the wire here in MDT. I had some issues with my computer, but it seems to be working now.

This WUW is a little longer than last time because I'm talking about how it feels to take critique when you might be slightly terrified. :) This applies to anything you might need help with, not just writing. I didn't want to go longer than this, and I know I only mentioned a couple of people I talked to today, but there were actually four I discussed some changes with after the one person made her brilliant suggestion. She also made other brilliant suggestions, but talking details about plots of books you haven't read would probably bore you. I'm also going to chop some off of the end. Of the book. Not my hair. Well, not for a week or two. But guess what? I may reveal those chopped-off parts on the site later on, as deleted scenes. Again, not my hair, because that would just be weird.

Sorry you're kind of all up in my grill with this slightly shaky camerawork. I'm learning. But if I wait until I can do it perfectly, it'll never happen!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What's Up? Wednesday #1: Of Mouse and Woman

Welcome to the first installment of What's Up? Wednesday.

Every Wednesday I'll post a short video on my blog and say hi to my readers. I'm not used to filming myself or being on camera, but that's okay. I'm me regardless of what I look like, and writing is about taking chances and connection, after all.

I was entirely distracted from the craziness going on inside my house, and what I meant by meeting people in person was that since it's so cool meeting online friends in person, that I thought I'd be brave and show a little of what I'm like behind the keyboard. This coming from a girl who would dive behind a table in order not to be captured on film. Unedited, not worrying much about makeup ("much" is all you're going to get, ha, ha), and even if I sniffle on camera. Which I did. :)

If you have any questions for me about anything at all, ask away in the comments and they may be answered next time.