Friday, February 19, 2010

First Line Friday!

I have just started revisions, and what better place to start than at the beginning, right? I thought I would share my first line with you guys.

"Night time is never a good time to go out alone."

I would love to see your first lines! Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 15, 2010

First Hurdle - Cleared!!

Guess what? This weekend I finished the first draft of my first novel ever!

WooHoo! I've been smiling ever since.  :)   (See?)

Oh, I know that it's a major piece of poo, but it's my poo! I did it!

I started this novel SEVERAL months ago. (I'm embarrassed to admit how long ago.) I have learned so much since I started writing. I've been reading craft books like Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, other YA books, and also other blogs. But I did not go back and try to fix things. Otherwise, I might still be on Chapter 1.

So, how flawed is it? Let me count the ways.
1) Several areas - like characters and settings - are underdeveloped.
2) I have entire scenes, as well as snippets of others, that are missing. On the other hand, I think I have a scene in there that I knew when I wrote it that it wouldn't make the final cut.
C) My dialogue resembles talking heads.
4) I have too much show, and not enough tell.
#) How do I describe this problem? It's told in first person, but I don't think I really let her share her thoughts or opinions enough. Does that make sense? This may fall under number 1.
AND finally...
6) I have a prologue! (The horror! I can hear your screams from here!)

And those are just the problems I can name off the top of my head. I'm sure there are scores of others I haven't even noticed yet. That's okay! I'll fix them as I find them (or as someone else points them out to me).

Now I'm off to cut out a prologue and figure out how to weave in that pertinent information. And I'll be smiling while I do it.

Y'all have a great day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Have you seen this?

 It did what it was supposed to do, at least for me. I really want to read this book, even more now that I've seen the cover. It seems like the mockingjay is breaking free and flying away. I certainly hope she does! Come on, August!

Another item in the "Have you seen this?" file for today: A 15 year old girl in Japan wrote a novel on her cell phone. With her thumbs. Her thumbs, people!! Apparently, cell phone novels are somewhat popular. I had never heard of this before. Have you? This girl has sold over 100,000 copies and has made over $600,000. Hmm. I wonder if my thumbs are up to it... 

And one more for the file: This morning I saw a commercial for "I Can Be" Barbie playsets. One of the playsets is a "potty training Kelly" set. I caught a glimpse of the toilet. It "flushes" and, well, let's just say your child doesn't have to use her imagination. Eew.

What will they think of next?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

When Will It End?

I. Am. So. Tired. Of. Power. Outages.

It makes me cold just thinking about it. I may go hide in my bed until spring. Maybe I'll take a flashlight, pen, and paper in there with me and finally finish my first draft. It's so close I can feel it - if my fingers weren't numb, that is.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Breaking News from ICE LAND!

Technically, I am not in ICE LAND (also known as Oklahoma) anymore since it has all melted now, but today is the first day I have been in my home since last Friday! Oh, internet, how I missed you!

I was planning to post last Thursday afternoon, but our power went out due to all the ice forming on the power lines and tree limbs. (I guess I'll save that post for later!) SIX DAYS LATER, we got our power back on. I wasn't really surprised it took so long, even though we live in town. The blackout was massive. In fact, there are communities north of us that are still completely without power.

It's amazing what an extended power outage can do to your frame of mind. I spent part of this past week with my parents, who only went two days without electricity. While I was there, they lost power two more times, but only for a few hours each time. I didn't realize how much it affected me until it came back on the second time. My mood instantly lifted and I started hopping around, happy to do some housework! What was that about?

So anyway, I'm happy to say I'm home! I'm warm! I have internet! I don't think I can possibly catch up on the blogs, especially with a mountain of laundry and dishes calling my name. And I haven't written a word in over a week. (Feeling more than a little guilty about that, but that's another post.)

Here's to getting back to life! (As I know it!)