Friday, July 29, 2011

In My Mailbox 2

In which I talk about several books I've acquired in the last two weeks.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I have been such a terrible blogger lately. I'm sorry for that. Here's a quick update on what's been going on:

First, I quit my job at the Enterprise. Without knowing what I was going to do next, I was getting ready to move out when I got a job offer from the Great Falls Tribune. Needless to say, it's kind of my dream journalism job, so I was floored. Funny thing was, I hadn't applied for it for more than a year. Right before I graduated college last year, I applied for the job and was chosen second for it. The first girl accepted, so I didn't get the job. They said they would give me a call if anything turned up. Four days after I quit my last job, something came up. Go figure, right?

So, I spent a gruesome week packing up my entire house hold (no easy feat to do all alone, mind you). Then, I spent one day actually moving, one day recovering from moving, and then I spent a week traveling to visit college friends, since I was evidently not going to have time to visit them since I was going to have to start work. At the tail end of my trip, I went apartment hunting, and then went home Sunday night.

Okay, I wasn't doing anything on Monday that prevented a blog post from being written. But after nearly two weeks of not writing, I kind of just completely spaced it.

So, I'm back to blogging. And I have some news, people! Other than I got a job (which is nice, don't get me wrong). I'm going to be redesigning my blog with Jeremy over at Novel Thoughts and Jeremy West Designs. I don't know how long it will take, but we shall see. I'm thinking no more than a month, as long as our schedules don't get bogged up.

So I leave with a question: What do you want to see in my blog, my blog design and my blog content in the coming month? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Revising is HARD

Okay - here is the deal. The title really says it all. Revising is tough. I've had things to work on for over a week now, but I haven't gotten anywhere.

Revising is a tough process. You have to take something that you've already put so much time into and kind of start all over. At least, that's what it feels like to me. That's also why I haven't gotten further than writing the first line of my second chapter that used to not exist.

It's been really hard for me to focus on what I should do moving forward. This is my first large-scale revision, so it's been fairly troublesome.

So, I'm going to ask from you guys: What do you do when you run into these kinds of problems?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mini Book Reviews

Some other books I've read this year.

Also, my second vlog ever.

I hope you guys liked it! Please let me know how I can make my vlogs better for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Writers are Tough-Skinned People

A word of advice: You're going to need to have a tough skin when it comes to being a writer in any way, shape or form. I'm constantly subjected to people telling me my writing sucks or I got something wrong or just plain telling me how to do my job at the newspaper. You have to get used to it, because it never stops. This weekend, though, I experienced a new type of hell. Critique.

See, I'm pretty proud of my manuscript that I finished last month. I know it's got some issues. Big issues, if I'm being fully honest. I know it's going to take a ton of work to whip it into shape. And, that's going to be painful, because I know how much work it's going to take.

This last weekend, though, I got my first comments back from my critique partner. It was all constructive, it was all good. She made fantastic points and I love her because I know that if I apply her advice, I'll have a much better story in the end.

That didn't stop it from hurting a little. This was the first time I have ever shared anything of this length with anyone else, and I wanted her to like it. And she did, but she knew it could be better just as I know it can be better. And while agree with pretty much 99.9% of what she said, it was hard to hear. It was emotionally draining. And, I couldn't write after we were done talking, even though I sat down and tried.

It's a tough business. When you write, you're putting your work out there to be judged. People are not always going to like what you write. You will never have everyone agree it's fantastic unless you show it only to your mother.

You have to remember it may not be because you're bad. People have different opinions, and not everyone is going to like the same things. Even my CP and I disagree on tastes when it comes to books. That's the way of the world. So, you're going to need to grow thick skin to be in this business.

Tell me, have you ever gone through critique like I just did? How did you react? What's your advice/fears/questions about it?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

There's always more

Sorry for no post yesterday, guys. It's was a holiday and I wanted it off from blogging. But, I'm making up for it today, no worries.

This weekend, my critique partner went over her notes with me on how to make my manuscript better. I'll talk more on the whole thing Wednesday, because there's this little thing nagging at me because of it.

Remember my nice three-part post on world building I did a while ago? Yeah, well guess what? I'm still not done with it.

I thought, after a full week of nothing but world building and pulling things together and jotting down notes and amazingness I thought I had, that I would be done. Boy, was I wrong.

What my lovely CP told me is that I need more. That prompted the inevitable, "World building sucks." But even so, I know she's right. She taught me there can always be more work done when it comes to your world. You may not necessarily put all of those details in, but it's good to know it.

Now, I get to go back to my drawing board and figure it out. I'll give you a little something: It involves trains. *le sigh* Now I have to get back to work.

Any of you writers wandered into this problem before?

Friday, July 1, 2011


So, I have a Facebook fan page. You can find it here. But I'm a little skeptical.

I'm not too big on Facebook. I don't have anything against it, mind you, and I give it a glance every once in a while. Especially since I graduated college and I want to keep in touch with some college buddies. But for two and a half years during college, I never thought about Facebook. I got annoyed when all the games and stuff started to get big and I was getting 15-thousand requests a week. It's less annoying now, but it's not where I spend most of my time.

So I want to ask all of you: please, please, please tell me what your thoughts on Facebook are? How often are you on it? What do you use it for? Do you "like" authors pages? Who or what do you connect to on it? Or, do you ignore it completely? Also - what would you want from an author's page if you were to fave it?

I'm really curious about this. So if all of you could help me out, I would love you forever.