Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writing Update #1

I don't have a clever title for today's post, but that's okay!

I'm deep in the throes of another revision for my novel, "Silent Beauty". I really am seeing progress, with the help of my amazing critique partner, and I'm falling more in love with the story. She really knows how to fix the little things and it's like she can see what I'm talking about and help me put it on paper correctly. Seriously, without her, I'd be so lost and I love her for all of the help she's given me.

I started the year with three big rejections for this novel, that's why I'm pausing to revise it again and to rework my query, which I admit is probably awful. I'm awful at summing up my book in less than 300 words, making it clever, and marketable. It's something I just have to keep working on.

Let's see... I've started two novels this year. Meaning I have two first pages done and nothing else. I haven't really decided what I want to write and stick with yet, but that's okay. I always feel like I have a little bit of a hard time starting the new year with progress. How's your writing going? :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Sarcasm, Snark, and Sass Blogfest!

 Today is the Sarcasm, Snark, and Sass Blogfest, hosted by L.G. Keltner in honor of three years of blogging! Congratulations Laura! :)

The rules are simple! On Friday, January 9th, 2015, give me a post that celebrates something sarcastic, snarky, or just satisfyingly sassy. You can give me an example from real life, a favorite film or book, or you can give me an original piece of fiction. The sarcasm can either by well understood, or hilariously misunderstood. Some people are in desperate need of a sarcasm sign, after all.

I'm going to be sharing a scene from my novel, "Silent Beauty". Two of my main characters, Alanna and Jared are very sassy and sarcastic people. This takes place toward the beginning of the novel.

I wiped the counter and plopped down on the stool. Saturday nights at the coffee shop were always slow, and tonight was even worse than usual. Jared moved around the room, picking up an empty cup from one of the three customers. He carried it to the bin and set it inside. I returned my attention to the open math book, groaning as the numbers blurred. Staring at the numbers and letters was giving me a headache. But I had to figure it out. I’d only scored 54 out of 100 on the exam Friday. I rested my chin on my hands.

“You need to move the first digit to the second column to be able to find the answer for X.”

I glanced up at Jared. “And then if I just fold on the middle line, I’ll be able to make an origami swan.”

Jared’s smile reached his eyes as he picked up the tub of dishes. “That takes quite a few more folds,” he said over his shoulder as he carried it into the washroom.

“Okay. If I did that, how would I finish the problem?” I called after him.

Jared’s head popped around the corner and his blue eyes caught the light. I dropped my eyes back to the paper. He came to stand next to me, grabbing the glasses hanging from the front of his apron. I hadn’t even noticed he wore glasses. Jared pushed the black frames up his nose and leaned over, putting his elbows on the sticky surface.

“You move the X over, divide for Y and take it times the multiplier to get the answer.” Jared picked up the piece of notebook paper. “Or you could do this.”

A smile crossed my face as I watched him fold the paper until it resembled a flying bird. He handed it to me. It was really sweet. No one had even given me a paper bird before and though it was silly, I liked it.

“See, it’s a swan.”

“It looks like a duck with beak issues.” I deadpanned.

“Okay, I guess I’m better at math than I am at making origami animals. My paper airplanes win awards, though.” Jared let his glasses slide to the end of his nose as he looked at me over the lenses. “Is it safe to assume you’re the one Mr. Reed said needed a tutor?”

“Umm… only if it is safe to assume that you are the one who already took the AP calculus exam?”

He nodded. “Yep.”

My heart beat a little faster at the thought of getting to spend more time with Jared, but I forced the thought away. It was just tutoring. “Yes. Well, I guess this makes it a little easier for Mr. Reed. You really understand this stuff? I just can’t get it.”

“Yeah, I guess I do. I’m actually going to be majoring in mathematics, with a teaching minor next year. I’d like to teach math.”

I pushed my book in his direction. “You can start now.”

“We have so many customers through.”

The old man drinking decaf at the closest table coughed loudly and then continued reading the newspaper. I raised an eyebrow at Jared. His laughter filled my ears and I let out a girly sigh before blushing. The woman reading a book in the back booth came up and put her mug in the dirty bin before leaving. There were only two people left.

“Fine, but I want to make a deal.”

* I'm currently querying this novel, so you can't read all of it yet. :)

Congratulations Laura on three years of blogging! :) Be sure to visit others on the list and celebrate sarcasm!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG - New Year

Today is the first meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. The awesome co-hosts today are Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!

Today, we've been asked to introduce ourselves. (So, I totally forgot about this the last two months and now I'm back on the bottom of the list, but hopefully I can do better posting my IWSG posts this year.)

Hi, my name is Krista. I work as an educational assistant in a preschool, along with a retail position during the rest of my weekly hours. I'm not married and have no pets. I'm a serious Trekkie and obsessed with the Lord of the Rings. My writing genre is YA Contemporary Romance and YA Fantasy. I have one self-published novella called "Breathless".

I thought I'd also give you a little more info on places to "find" me! I say a lot of silly things on Twitter and I do have an author page on Facebook where I post a little about what I'm working on! So, feel free to stalk follow me there!

Due to -34 degrees wind chill, I have a snow day today and I'm off to try to get some cleaning and writing done! Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Goals

It's a new year! I can honestly say that last year didn't really go out the best since my parents forgot my birthday. I now know how the girl in Sixteen Candles felt, but oh well. It's over and it's a new year. They also said they'd try to make it up to me.

It's time for an update in monthly goals! I make overall goals for the year, but I also try to post my monthly goals for accountability.

Here are my goals from December:
* Work on revisions for "Somebody to Love"

* See "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies"

* Spend Christmas with my family

* Create new yearly goals for next year

Three out of four completed - not bad! I didn't finish the first goal, but I did get a chance to read through the novel and I think I do have some potential to fix it, but for now I'm going to shelve it while I work on other things. I did do quite a bit of reading and I finished with 60 books for the year! :) This is what I read last month.

Remake by Ilima Todd
How We Fall by Kate Brauning
Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett
Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny
The Trouble with Faking (The Trouble Series #3) by Rachel Morgan

My stats were pretty impressive! I read 16,461 pages! Whew!

Goals for January:
* Query 5 agents with "Silent Beauty"

* Complete first round of revisions for "Nothing Left to Lose"

* Finishing writing Fanfiction story, "The Nature of Evil"

Happy New Year! Good luck with all of your goals! How did your goals from last month go?