Sunday, April 26, 2009

Driving, Books, and Movies, oh my!

I've been pretty busy lately. Writing, driver's training, editing, etc.

1. I had my first on-road driving yesterday. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I have the inexperienced driver mistakes: speeding, braking too late or too soon, trouble driving in a straight line. But I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do. Don't drive again until next Saturday in the morning. This time we're doing some city driving.

2. I stopped reading Misery by Stephen King. Got rather...disturbing so I gave up on reading it. Then I went to the library on Thursday and got a whole bunch of books. I started Before I Die by Jenny Downham and just finished it today. Awesome book! I'm going to post a formal review later.

3. I didn't get any writing done this weekend. After my driving lesson I went to my cousins' house and didn't get home until this afternoon. Assassin's Wife is coming along slowly at the moment.

4. Right now I'm watching Bolt. So cute! Review for that later too. But I need to finish it first. :D

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Random Thoughts

Wow it's been 9 days since my last post already? Oh, no wait today's the 21st. That's ten days... I've been so busy lately; the time just passes so fast.

I've started driver's training. Yep, started yesterday. No driving yet, but we might start Thursday and definitely this weekend. Sometimes I've excited about that and sometimes I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack from nerves. In fact, that's where I'm going in a half hour.

On Thursday I saw the new Harry Potter trailer. Three letters: O. M. G. If you love Harry Potter and haven't seen it, GO WATCH NOW! It's the best trailer yet and I've seen them all. It made me want to drive to Hollywood and beg continuously to see the movie now. It's also coming out two days early. I'm trying to get my mom to take me to the midnight showing on opening day. :D So far it looks like she's going to say yes.

Updates on my writing next:

Andra - Received my 10th rejection yesterday.

Black Diamond - still on hold. I'm going to edit it...someday. I now have two less hours a night to work plus the time that driving is going to take up on the weekends and occasional weeknight for the next three weeks. :(

Shipwrecked - First edit done! I sent her out to betas and am now awaiting their replies.

Assassin's Wife - My new WIP! Yeah, I know. I was going to start Thieves, but this idea just wouldn't shut up. It's such an awesome idea! I'm actually aiming for the adult market. It would be possible to tone it down and go edgy YA with it, but for now I'm just going to write and see where she goes.

One sentence summary: When Rebekah is married away at the age of 18, her new husband isn't the average working father; he's an assassin employed by rebels to murder the king.

He's also an evil SOB. If anyone knows how to make an extremely evil person somewhat human, then let me know. I'm having some difficulty finding some place to put the compassion in his evilness.

Okay that's pretty much it... My kitten is laying on me and I need to go take two aspirin and get ready to go.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Great News!

I finished Shipwrecked last night. :D I am ecstatic! Final word count is 50,000 words. It's on break for a while so I can catch up on my reading and editing. No new projects until I get Black Diamond edited. Unless hits me over the head like the magic idea frying pan. Then I might start something new.


Andra - Being submitted to agents. 7 rejections so far. (No I won't tell you who they're from. Do you really need to know?) I've got 6 more out that I'm currently waiting on. The rejection isn't actually that bad. In comparison to the waiting that makes me want to rip my hair out and check my inbox every hour. Ah, well. Only takes one agent to say yes, right?

Black Diamond - Was on hold while I was writing Shipwrecked. Now that that's done I can go back to editing him. Even though he probably will never see the light of day.

I am not really sure what my new project will be after I finish editing BD. I have a list of ideas, but nothing that's grabbed me by the throat and stuck in my head like a burr until I sit down to write it. Andra did that, Black Diamond did that, and Shipwrecked did that. Now I'm just waiting for something new to grab me.