1. Pretty Little Liars Box Set, Sara Shepard-she's coming to the Barnes and Noble where that girl once got arrested while I was there writing...yeah that one! So I thought I'd get prepared to meet her:-)
2. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen (audio)-because I hate to admit it, but I've never read a Sarah Dessen before (please don't throw rocks) and I'm going to meet her on November 22, so I'm getting ready!
3. Lips Touch Three Times, Laini Taylor (squeee!)
4. Fallen, Lauren Kate super thanks to Joanne for sending this!
Whew! Pretty epic week for me:-)
So Shannon over at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and I are now exchanging our WIPs. I think it has something to do with the fact that we are both not receiving proper fall weather in our respective sides of the US, and I have a December goal of finishing my revision and she has January and we are both doing The Intern's unoffical Nanorevismo that brought us together,
and she might be insane for agreeing to work with me, but mostly because we clicked:-)
Let me tell you, if you can get Shannon to look at your WIP, OMG....she is hardcore and will point out every little thing you were hoping to sneak into that long sentence, sprinkle with fairy dust and pray that your future agent/editor/reader/electrician would just look the other way and not see.
Adverb? Huh, what adverb? Me? There? Nooooooooo.
Adverbs of the world beware.
Shannon will find you. Hopefully my extensive adverbolism won't traumatize her too much. I'm trying to quit I really am. There's twelve steps and...oh whatever. She's kicking my butt and I'm simultaneously taking deep breathes and feeling wowed and excited to make changes.
It's interesting that she is now pointing out some things that my newest critique partner Kelly is finding. Apparently every reading has it's own issues, because my alphas never said a thing about these things-go figure. I guess that's why we need the alphas and the betas and the gammas and please God don't let me need anymore after that.
So anyway my goal is to finish my own revisions of chapters 11 and 12 because then I will have gotten to the moment of the imaginary curtain call. If my book were to be transformed into a play, the end of chapter 12 would definitely be the moment for intermission, so for my own sanity and because that means I finished chunk 2 of 4, that's my plan for this week and then I'm going to go back and start applying Shannon's changes. Woooooo. But you know what, I'm getting there.
And I have to say that despite the deep breathes, I'm kind of surprised at the backbone I think I developed, or is it thick skin? Whatever you want to call it (just don't say I have a thick head, no one likes having one of those), I think a year ago I would have been traumatized by these comments, but right now I'm just like "Ok, let's go! Bring it!"
Remember my meltdown a few weeks ago that I like to bring up all the time, when Atiya said that a scene wasn't working and the FNC concurred? Well that scene is like 1,000 times better than before and so is the portion of chapter 10 that I hacked. So I'm feeling pretty good, because I know that everytime I'm forced to go back and cut, the book only gets better.
Also, I saw Paranormal Activity tonight, dragged by my BFF kicking and screaming the whole way, and luckily it didn't scare me! So now I'm going to go to bed and enjoy my extra hour.
Oh and if anyone was wondering about my costume.
Let's just say I donned a certain faux leather jacket, tall boots and my hair long dark and straight. Any guesses?