January 21, 2013

Currently...

{I'm borrowing this "Currently..." idea from Katy Upperman, who got it from Kate Hart, who got it from somewhere else.}

Loving
• Homemade chocolate chip cookies. I've made a couple batches while my husband has been home. Not healthy, but so tasty.
• Researching for a YA Historical/Time Travel that I'm dying to sit down and write. I've been finding some really interesting stuff, some of which gives me the chills because it's just so perfect and kind of a creepy coincidence. Can't wait to write it!

Reading 
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I've really been digging YA fantasy lately. I credit Graceling with getting me hooked, but I've read so many good ones since (Throne of Glass, Shadow and Bone). I'll have to do a post for fantasy-lovers and those who don't yet know they are.

Watching
Some time back, my husband and I were big into watching Battlestar Galactica, but for whatever reason we didn't finish all four seasons. We'd been meaning to start at the beginning, and then happened to find a super sweet Black Friday sale for the entire series on blu ray. So we've been working our way through season one again. I really want to know how it all ends!


Thinking About
My WIP and my query. All the time. Every minute of every day these days. I think I've gotten my WIP pretty close to where it should be (I'll have to see what my CPs think.), but my query rewrite is still at the blank page stage. The only way to stop thinking about this stupid thing is to just sit down and write the stupid thing, right?

Anticipating
NEW YORK. NEW YORK. NEW YORK. Can you tell I'm excited? There are only eight more days until we fly to New York for the SCBWI conference with some days tacked on either end to check out this amazing city. As an added bonus, I'll be meeting one of my writer friends, Jess Silverstein. We're hoping to meet up with Ghenet Myrthil and Rebecca Behrens too! I am very, very excited about this. There will be Books of Wonder, cupcakes, The Lion King on Broadway, the usual must-see locales, and maybe even a trip to Serendipity 3.

Listening To
The usual patchwork quilt of the following awesome musicians: Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Snow Patrol, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, and this song ("Home" by Phillip Phillips):


Wishing...
• the snow would just start melting already. We've had snow since before Halloween. Dear Snow: You're no longer welcome.
• my query letter would magically write itself. I've gotten great tips from Jess, but I'm avoiding the work like the plague.
• that I lived somewhere way cooler than where I do. Ideally, this place would be situated much closer to my sister.

Making Me Happy
Last night I had the privilege of attending a Burns dinner, a celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. This dinner took place at our local chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion (a nationwide organization for vets), which is where I take snare/side drum lessons (so I can join the pipe and drum band). I kid you not, you haven't lived until you've experienced the piping in and toasting of a haggis. So crazy and fun! There was plenty of bagpipe music, Highland dancing, and of course recitations of Burns' poetry. I met some really friendly people—other band members and their spouses—and had a great time.

Hey, Hot Stuff. I bet you looked good in a kilt.
So what have you been up to lately? Is there anything that you're currently loving?

22 comments:

  1. Ooh, that new project sounds like fun! It's such a cool feeling when the research just clicks along like that.

    Also: you totally just described the contents of my iPod. I love that popular music is taking a turn for the folk-influenced right now--and also Taylor. I can't not love her. It doesn't make me feel super cool, but when have I ever felt that way, really?

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    1. New project is totally fun. :) I know I should be working on ANNIE, but I'm sort of distracted right now. I think I'll set myself a schedule where I can work on both.

      Why am I not surprised that we listen to a lot of the same music? Not surprised at all. I'm really loving the folk-influenced stuff so much! And I feel the same way about T Swift. :)

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  2. Oh, I love Kristin Cashore's books and loved ToG and Shadow and Bone - How is Falling Kingdoms so far?
    I think about my WIP every second of the day too. Sometimes I feel I'm obsessed in a non-healthy way lol
    NYC, you say! Invite me too! I live only 2 hours from there! I want to meet y'all! hehe

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    1. I liked FALLING KINGDOMS, but I didn't love it nearly as much as GRACELING, FIRE, THRONE OF GLASS, or SHADOW AND BONE. I think there were a few too many viewpoints (perhaps the author is a fan of GAME OF THRONES???) I'll definitely be reading further in the series, but I kind of wanted a little bit more from it. :)

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  3. NYC! I am jealous of the trip ! This is a great post so much to comment on. Write the query! Do it! Submit it to one of the great sites who do tips if you like ?

    Burns night, fun!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to going for so many reasons! As for the query, I know I just need to sit down and get the stupid thing written once and for all. I think I'll skip the sites where people can critique it. I took part in something like that once and really didn't like just how critical some people ended up being. I'll make sure to run it past my CPs and maybe find one or two other trusted people to have a look at it. :)

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  4. We got about 3 inches of snow last week, but it's already melted. I couldn't do months of snow. Bleh.

    I never watched BSG, big as a sci-fi fan as I am, but I've heard so many good things about it. Time to find a copy :)

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    1. Months of snow is ROUGH! I'm so over it. Bleh.

      BSG is totally sci-fi geeky, and we totally love it. It's not without its cheese and faults, but there's much to love. We just need to finish the darn series once and for all! :)

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  5. Aah! I'm so, so envious of your trip to NYC! Sounds amazing, and the fact that you get to meet Jess and Ghenet and Rebecca... I want to come! Will you at least take plenty of photos to share?

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    1. I'm super excited about this trip for SO many reasons. :) I'll make sure I take plenty of photos and share them with everyone.

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  6. I couldn't get into Falling Kingdoms. The prologue really turned me off. Too long-winded. In fact, it inspired my most recent post. I look forward to hearing what you think of it after you finish it.

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    1. It got better after the prologue, but I did feel a bit put off by the multiple viewpoints. I understand why the author chose to do it, but it did make it tougher to get into. I liked it, but didn't love it nearly as much as Kristin Cashore's stuff, SHADOW AND BONE, or THRONE OF GLASS.

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  7. I´m with Katy...hope to see LOTS of pictures from that NYC trip <3
    I´m sure you´re going to figure out your query letter! And if you need me to take another look at your MS, let me know :D
    And YA Historical/Time Travel? Ohhhhhhhh exciting!
    Hmmm and your chocolate chips cookies sound delicious!
    Hope you´re having a great Monday!

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    1. I'm sure I'll be taking tons of photos to share with everyone. :) As for my query letter, I'm sure it will sort itself out (once I force myself to sit down and write it), but I've made so many attempts at it over the past several months that I'm really starting to get frustrated with it. We'll see what I come up with.

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  8. I wish I could go all these awesome places like NYC and meet awesome people...but money :/ Take lots of pictures so I can live vicariously through you! :)

    I'm not super stressed out about my query anymore (which I'm sure will change when I start sending it out), but I still need to write a synopsis, and I'm really freaking out about that. Ughhhhhh these things do need to write themselves!

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    1. This trip is starting to cost a little more than we planned, mainly because we extended it. There just wasn't go to be any way that we could see what we wanted to see, so we tacked on a couple extra days. I'll make sure to take lots of pictures. :)

      I thought I'd figured out my query letter, but I ended up scrapping it and plan on starting all over again. I just need to come up with a really good plan and tackle the thing once and for all. As for synopses—Gah! Tried that too and found it super frustrating. You're not alone. O_o

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  9. Seriously, I need to call you just to comment on all this good stuff! Wish we lived closer too and then we could discuss it all in person. :)

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    1. I wish we lived closer together too so we could sit down and having our 'writing conferences' in person. That was VERY helpful back in the fall. :)

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  10. Oh, I am SO jealous about your upcoming trip! I hope you have a wonderful time! And I know the feeling of having the WIP on the brain all the time. Personally, I love it. Good luck! And have fun!

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    1. I'm really started to get excited about NYC. It's barely more than a week away now! As for my WIP, I'm currently distracted by newer and shinier ideas, so thinking about that first WIP is less exciting than I'd like. I just need to get my query rewritten and get this thing sent out again. That would free up some time to work on new idea! :)

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  11. Yay, I'm sooo excited to meet you next week!! :D

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  12. I'm with everyone else who's totally jealous of your trip! I'd love to actually meet some writer people in person and hello, New York?! You're going to have an amazing time, I can tell. (So jealous!)

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