June 30, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 4)

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time writing and less time blogging. You can sign up at any of the other host blogs (Alison's, Katy's, Erin's) every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info about Ready. Set WRITE! and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.
  

{Again, please, please, please remember to keep your posts BRIEF. Thanks! ☺}

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
Kind of poopy, actually. I only managed to add 2100 new words to IN THE END instead of 3000, and only ended up revising one chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT instead of two. The hubs got home from Texas this week, so I've been crazy busy. (I kept a record here.)


MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
• add a minimum of 3000 new words to IN THE END
• revise ONE chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT 

ONE PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE

It may be cliché, but: ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. (Crappy, crappy consequences.)

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Like I said, things have been really busy with my husband coming home. Because of that, I didn't get much writing in this week.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
There are so many places I can amp up both the emotion and the humour in this story. I love  that! Oh, the possibilities...

HOW I DID:
Monday --» no writing/revising
Tuesday --» no writing/revising (It was Canada Day so...)
Wednesday --» added 3000 (!!!) new words to IN THE END
Thursday --» no writing/revising
Friday --» no writing/revising
Saturday --» added 1050 new words to IN THE END
Sunday --» added 2250 new words to WATCH OF NIGHT (as part of my rewrite/revision)

Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!

June 26, 2014

ONE TWO THREE Book Blitz + Giveaway!

I'm so very honoured to wish my CP and friend, Elodie Nowodazkij, the happiest of Book Birthdays! Her debut novel ONE TWO THREE makes its way into the world today! I've had the extreme privilege of reading it in its earliest stages and then watching it evolve into an even more captivating story. So I know I can say without a doubt this was a labour of love, folks. And speaking of love, you know what? Elodie chose June 26th especially because today is her parents' 40th anniversary. How perfect is that?

For those of you who don't know, this is what ONE TWO THREE is all about:

{Add to Goodreads}
When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.




Where you can purchase a copy of ONE TWO THREE:
Amazon (US)Amazon (CAD)Amazon (UK)Barnes & NobleiTunesKobo
(Also in paperback through Amazon US and Barnes & Noble)



ONE TWO THREE...FOUR Questions For Elodie
 
Question #1 --» YOU'RE FRENCH AND LIVE IN GERMANY...BUT YOU WRITE IN ENGLISH. HOW COME? 
I lived in the United States, in Maryland, for quite a few years, first as an “au pair” and then as a university student. I’m a proud Retriever and a proud Terps J, having received a BA from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and my first Master’s from the University of Maryland at College Park. Writing in English just seems to be more “natural” for me. But maybe one day, I’ll write a novel in French too.

Question #2 --» WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR ONE TWO THREE?
I used to love dancing ballet as a kid, and I won a writing contest to go see the Opera de Paris. We saw the dancers train, it was magical. Those moments stayed with me. Then, one day, I was talking about the movie Center Stage on Twitter and Natalya’s voice came into my head. At first, all I knew was that she was seventeen and an accident had killed her hope of becoming a professional ballerina...The accident turned into a car crash that also took her father’s life. Natalya’s voice was sad and broken, but full of want. From there on, it became her story.

Question #3 --» THE FAMILY FROM NATALYA, THE MAIN CHARACTER IN YOUR NOVEL, ORIGINALLY COMES FROM RUSSIA. HOW DID YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH?
The name of my main character was actually inspired from my mother-in-law, who moved to Germany from Russia about 20 years ago. My husband, who was born in the Ukraine, still speaks Russian with her, and I learned a lot from them. His family is the one who taught me there’s a Russian proverb for every situation, and some of Natalya’s favorite food is also mine. 

Question #4 --» CAN WE EXPECT MORE BOOKS TO COME WITH NATALYA AND TONIO?
Yes. But I’m not planning a sequel. There will be at least two companion novels to One, Two, Three. The first one will be published in November 2014. It will focus on Emilia, Nata’s friend at the School of Performing Arts. It’s entitled ALWAYS SECOND BEST, and you can already find it on Goodreads. The second companion novel will be focusing on Becca, Nata’s best friend. Publication will be in early 2015.



And to tide you over until you get the chance to read ONE TWO THREE, here's an EXCERPT from Chapter One!



ONE TWO THREE Blitz-wide Giveaway:
(Open to US/CAN and goes until July 8th)

• ONE signed copy of ONE TWO THREE
• PLUS $50 to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble
• PLUS a $25 donation to the literacy project of 
your choice through DonorsChoose.org
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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AND I get to give away an additional e-book copy of ONE TWO THREE to one lucky person!
If you wish to be entered to win, tweet a Happy Book Birthday message to Elodie (@commutinggirl) and 
be sure to include my handle as well (@MorrowJaime) so I can throw your name in the hat!

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About Elodie Nowodazkij, author of ONE TWO THREE:


Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

June 25, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***And please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We really appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! 



WHAT I'M READING
I finished up THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine this week, and while I wouldn't say it was amazing exactly, I definitely enjoyed it. I've read complaints that the MC was too quiet/boring and the LI too cocky/arrogant, but I wholeheartedly disagree. I could completely relate to Wren and while Grayson was cocky to begin with, he changed believably over the course of the story. It's called character growth, you know? It's also worth mentioning that the author nails teen guy voice and dual POV.

Speaking of characters named Wren... I picked up THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle and was...sort of irritated by it. Let me preface this by saying I loved SHINE, so you could say I'm a disappointed fan. Without going into detail, I will say I felt like the steaminess crossed into facepalm-inducing, 'this reads like a racy bodice-ripper' territory, and Wren (the MC) came off as seriously manipulative. Which, given certain key plot points, was a little bit infuriating. So, yeah. Not really a favourite. *

I'm about to start reading CAMELOT BURNING, a YA Steampunk by Kathryn Rose. It will be nice to switch gears for a bit.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Last week was another great week on the writing front, which feels fantastic! I added 4000 new words to my YA contemporary WiP and revised two chapters of my YA sci-fi WiP. I'm gaining momentum, folks! Here's a more detailed update on my progress.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Still sharing stuff that I love (and what inspires me) about YA...

Beautifully written stories that move me to tears, worm their way into my mind, 
and leave me thinking about my own life long after the last page is turned.
(Or, as in the specific case below, after the final credits roll).

Warning: If you haven't read TFIOS beware of spoilers.

I have watched this video and listened to the song an obscene amount of times over the past few days. What really stands out? Four little words that pack a whole lot of punch, that I absolutely can't stop thinking about: DO MORE THAN EXIST.

{A little HAM and CHEESE.}
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
As I alluded to already, I finally saw THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in the theatre, and holy wow. There was a point in the movie with an important landmark, stairs, and sound bites... I was a goner from then on. I didn't stop crying until I walked through my front door. After walking all the way home. Eek. Like I said, I've been thinking about it ever since. Well done, Gus and Hazel. Actually, well done, Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. You absolutely blew my mind.

In other news of the less ugly crying variety, yesterday my husband Todd and I celebrated 8 years of marriage. (Hey, look. If you tip the 8 over on its side, it's a "little infinity"--»  Gah!) Anyway, Todd doesn't get home until tomorrow, so the celebrations have been postponed. I'm so looking forward to seeing him (it's been 6 weeks) and going on a long overdue date!


After the fact add-on because my brain is total mush:
I totally forgot to mention that I whipped up a #YAPhotoADay challenge for the month of July. If you love YA and love taking pics of your favourite reads, you should totally jump in. On Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, your blog...wherever! Here's the graphic with the topics:


Well, that's it for me.
What's new with you?


* Disclaimer: I try not to post negative reviews of books, but this one got so badly under my skin, I felt I had to say something.






June 23, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 3)

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time on writing and less time on blogging. You can sign up at any of the other host blogs (Alison's, Katy's, Erin's) every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info about RSW and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.
  

{Again, please, please, please remember to keep your posts BRIEF. Thanks! ☺}

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I didn't end up actually writing on all five of the days I planned to this week, but I did surpass my overall word count goal by adding 4000 new words to IN THE END. As for WATCH OF NIGHT, I met my goal of revising two chapters. (I kept a record here.)

MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• add 500+ words, five days this week to IN THE END or a total of 3000 words for the week if I can't do all five days
• revise two chapters of WATCH OF NIGHT and make a few other tweaks

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
This is totally rough, but here goes... "I nod once, refusing to elaborate on the very thing keeping me awake at night, gnawing me open from the inside out like that gnarly as frak chestburster in Spaceballs." (from my WiP, IN THE END)

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Trying to figure out where to start on Part II of my WiP. I have an outline, but it wasn't detailed enough, so I felt a bit blocked.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
The setting. Definitely. It's based on Petoskey, MI, a lakeside resort town my family visited frequently when I was growing up.

{I suggest muting it. Unless you like tourist bureau voice.}

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HOW I DID:
Monday --» added 1000 new words to IN THE END
Tuesday --» NO WORDS
Wednesday --» revised a chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT
Thursday --» added 1100 new words to IN THE END
Friday --» NO WORDS
Saturday --» NO WORDS
Sunday --» NO WORDS...I suck :-/

Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


June 20, 2014

#YAPhotoADay Challenge

I've attempted Photo A Day Challenges on Instagram a number of times, but my follow through is kind of crummy with most of them. So, I decided to come up with thirty-one YA-themed topics for the month of July. As a great big ole lover of YA, I know I can up with a photo for every single one of these. If you're into this kind of thing, you should totally join me! It'll be tons of fun!



* For those of you who have seen this a million times already, I promise I'm done spreading it around the interwebz like jelly. ;-)


June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help writers connect. With that aim in mind, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! And don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***Please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We'd really appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome! And thank you for joining us! 



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WHAT I'M READING
I finished WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It took a bit to get into, but all said and done I really enjoyed it. A lot of people are saying they liked her debut, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, better but the two are such different books I find it hard to even compare them. Next, I read my CP Elodie's book ONE TWO THREE (out on June 26th). It was great to see how it has evolved from when I first read it into this captivating story you will all get to read soon. I think you'll love Nata + Tonio! I'm currently (re)reading Erin's MS (ENVISION) and loving it! You guys, this is some seriously good YA sci-fi! Just started THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine. Not much has happened yet, and I'm not sure if I like the (slightly arrogant) LI, but we'll see.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I've been doing a bunch of drafting, some outlining, and some revising. Here's what I did this week: Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Like I mentioned last week, for the next little while I'm sharing something that I love, that inspires me about YA:

With very few exceptions, the YA books I read (and love) aren't pretentious, preachy, or indulgent.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
• Taking part in the lovely Liz Briggs' Book Blitz for her debut MORE THAN MUSIC. There are teasers, a Q + A, and giveaways!

• Taking time to smell the roses lilacs. My jerk neighbours' lilacs hang over the fence into our yard. I may have snipped some.

• This past Friday, the pipe and drum band I'm part of took part in the annual Relay For Life, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society. We played as we led the survivors (and local members of the RCMP and military cadets) in a march around the grounds where the event took place. It was pretty special to be able to do this as my father is a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor.

Lilacs + cobalt blue glass = two of my favourite things; kilt + sporran; last year's Relay For Life (no pics for this year yet)

• Other than that, I've been spending most of my time writing (a lot), watching disaster movies like Deep Impact and The Day After Tomorrow  (they're relevant to my WiP), and passing out from (mostly) routine bloodwork because I'm cool like that. #not


SO, THAT WAS MY WEEK.
HOW WAS YOURS?


June 17, 2014

MORE THAN MUSIC Book Blitz + Giveaway!

First of all, I'd like to wish a very Happy Book Birthday to the lovely Liz Briggs! Now, let's get to the even more fun stuff, shall we?

What MORE THAN MUSIC is all about:

(Add to Goodreads)
Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. 

Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star. 

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real. 

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.



Where you can purchase a copy of MORE THAN MUSIC:
Amazon (US)Amazon (CAD)Amazon (UK)Barnes & Noble
(in e-book or paperback formats at most of these sites)



A LITTLE Q + A WITH THE LOVELY LIZ BRIGGS:

Where did you get the idea for MORE THAN MUSIC?
I went to high school for a short time with Adam Levine and Maroon 5, back when they were called Kara’s Flowers. They played at our school dances and I sat behind them in class and was completely in love with them. Of course, they had no idea I existed! Many years later I saw Adam Levine on The Voice, and had the idea of a geeky girl joining an up-and-coming rock band at her school and going on a show like The Voice, and the book grew from that.

What kind of research did you do for MORE THAN MUSIC?
Most of the research I did was on the music in the book, because I really wanted to get that right. I play the guitar but I’m not great at it because I don’t have time to practice regularly. Still, I tried to learn many of the songs that Maddie performs so I could describe the way it feels when you’re actually playing them. I studied a lot of guitar tutorials, live performances by the original bands, and covers by other bands. I also watched documentaries on what it’s like to be in a band, especially in high stress situations. And of course, I watched many episodes of The Voice!

How did you pick the songs in MORE THAN MUSIC? (Check out MORE THAN MUSIC's inspiration playlist HERE!)
I tried to pick songs that are well-known because I wanted anyone who is a fan of rock music to recognize most of them by name (especially since I couldn’t include lyrics due to copyright issues). I also chose songs that reflect what the characters are experiencing in the book, so that each song is like background music for what Maddie and Jared are going through.

The show in MORE THAN MUSIC is obviously based on The Voice, but were any of the characters based on particular celebrities?
None of the characters were based on any particular celebrity, but many characters were loosely inspired by them. The most obvious one is Jared, who was named after Jared Leto, the singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars. Both Jareds are flirty, talented, and hard-working, but also pretty down-to-earth – and both have brothers in their bands, too. And the mentors on the show were inspired by lots of different musicians all rolled into one. For example, Dan was loosely based on Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, and Chris Cornell, but also had a little Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in him, too.

What’s next in the Chasing the Dream series?
First up is Kyle’s prequel novella, MORE THAN EXES, set at the Battle of the Bands that leads to the gig at the beginning of MORE THAN MUSIC. Next will be Hector’s novella, set a week after MORE THAN MUSIC at Comic-Con. After that, I’ll be writing books about Maddie’s best friends Julie and Carla, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for info on those, sorry!



Until you get your hands on a copy of MORE THAN MUSIC
check out these awesome excerpts from the book!

EXCERPT #1  •  EXCERPT #2  •  EXCERPT #3



MORE THAN MUSIC Blitz-wide Giveaway:
(Open internationally and goes until June 24th)

• ONE signed paperback of MORE THAN MUSIC + bookmarks
• ONE paperback copy of FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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AND I get to give away an additional e-book copy of MORE THAN MUSIC to one lucky person!

If you wish to be entered to win, tweet a Happy Book Birthday message to Liz (@lizwrites) and 
be sure to include my handle as well (@MorrowJaime) so I can throw your name in the hat!

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(Click on collage to BIGIFY these super swoonworthy teasers!)


About Elizabeth Briggs, author of MORE THAN MUSIC:

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She plays the guitar, mentors at-risk teens, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of small, fluffy dogs.




June 16, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re new this year and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, or planning like crazy, plus a way to keep each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines tops per heading) to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. You can sign up on the linky at any of the host blogs every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our buttons, go here.
 
{Please, please, please remember to keep your posts BRIEF. Thanks! ☺}

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I surpassed my daily word count goals, adding 5000 words to IN THE END, and I now have a rough outline for the second part of this WiP. I also revised a chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT and figured out where to move this particular chapter. (I kept a record here.)


MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• add 500+ words, five days this week to IN THE END or a total of 3000 words for the week if I can't do all five days
• revise two chapters of WATCH OF NIGHT and make a few other tweaks

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
Tattoos, disaster movies, and hand-holding…oh my.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Getting back into a routine of writing almost every day, even when I did NOT feel motivated. But I'm getting there, so go me!

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP
I love being inside my MC Nova's head. She’s witty (I think/hope) and crusty, and I just really love her voice.

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HOW I DID:
Monday --» added more detail to my outline for IN THE END
Tuesday --» added 1600 new words to IN THE END and sorted out some plot issues (Thanks, Erin!)
Wednesday --» revised a chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT
Thursday --» added 1050 new words to IN THE END
Friday --» worked on character arcs for IN THE END
Saturday --» no words (saw TFIOS then was useless the rest of the day *sigh*)
Sunday --» added 1375 new words to IN THE END and revised a chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT


Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


June 11, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***Please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! 




WHAT I'M READING
This week I didn't read as much as I'd like, but I definitely liked what I read: PUSH GIRL by Jessica Love. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I encourage you to give it a read. Right now, I'm reading WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'm not very far in, but I'm hoping I'll like it as much as I loved her debut. Sadly, my reading time always takes a huge hit when I'm spending more time on writing. (Boo.) Next up: ONE TWO THREE by my CP and friend, Elodie Nowodazkij. (Available June 26th!)

WHAT I'M WRITING 
This has been a fairly productive week for me on the writing front. FINALLY! Erin and had another one of our Skype writing sessions, during which I got some words down. And then yesterday, the first day of Ready. Set. WRITE!, I surpassed my goal of 500+ words with a total of 1500 new words added to my WiP. I'm off to a great start, and I'm pretty darn ecstatic about that. :D

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Adults who love YA and DON'T feel even a little bit embarrassed about it. (Take that, Ruth Graham!) For the next little while, I'm going to use this section to share what I love, what inspires me, about YA. Feel free to jump in and do the same in your posts! *

I love that even though I'm all grown up (well, most of the time), 
I always find things that resonate with me in the YA stories I read.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Writing or thinking about writing. Connecting with many of you through Ready. Set. WRITE! Babysitting (I'm done after this week), substitute teaching for a 1/2 day (surprisingly, lots of fun), going out to lunch and visiting with my parents on their 40th anniversary, catching up on Game of Thrones because I'm tired of having to dodge spoilers on the interwebz (spoilers suck), feeling cranky from the fall-like weather we've been having (grrrrr), absolutely LOVING getting back into a writing routine...

And taking time to remember the sacrifices made on our behalf by those past and present. Feeling so, so grateful...
Wearing a poppy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day (this past Friday). Honouring the 3 Mounties who were killed this past
week in Moncton, NB by flying flags at half mast across Canada, keeping their families and all of Moncton in our thoughts.


WELL, THAT WAS MY WEEK.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


* Only if you want to, of course.


June 9, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 1)



Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you’re looking forward to another productive summer! If you’re new this year and wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, or planning like crazy, plus a way to keep each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines tops per heading) to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. You can sign up on the linky at any of the host blogs every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, go here.




My Goals For This Week:
• complete an outline for Part II of my YA contemporary IN THE END 
• add at least 500 new words, five days this week to IN THE END
• revise at least one chapter of my YA sci-fi WATCH OF NIGHT

GOAL FOR THE SUMMER
Finish drafting IN THE END and maybe, just maybe, start revising it as well.

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HOW I DID:
Monday --» added 1500 new words to IN THE END
Tuesday --» added 550 new words to IN THE END
Wednesday --» DAY OFF
Thursday --» revised one chapter of WATCH OF NIGHT + added 700 new words to IN THE END
Friday --» DAY OFF
Saturday --» added 1150 new words to IN THE END
Sunday --» added 1100 new words to IN THE END


Here are the headings for next week:
1. How I did on last week’s goals
2. My goal(s) for this week
3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write, the siren song of SNIs)

5. Something I love about my WiP  


Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!