The Silver Lining | Updates!

So the first 100 pages of my retelling have left the nest and are patiently waiting for my agent’s feedback. She likes to read hard copies, and I stupidly thought the fiance could handle the simple task of mailing a manilla envelope for me because I couldn’t get to the post office during business hours last week. He was technically capable of mailing said package, but listening to directions? Not so much. I specifically said to him, "Don’t send it overnight, but also don’t send it 7-10 day." I just wanted something in between that would be a reasonable price and wouldn’t take a ridiculous amount of time. He apparently only heard the word, "Overnight."

Doh.

I hope she doesn’t think I’m super antsy for her to read. I’m not in a rush! Though I am excited to hear what she says. I’m feeling good and confident about what I sent, and I hope she enjoys it!

In the meantime, I’ve started outlining the changes I need to make for to the rest of the book. It’s in first draft form, but a lot changed during this round of revisions so I want to make sure it all lines up and uses the least amount of scenes possible. I can’t tell you how much I love outlining. The goal is to get the rest of the draft in beta-reader shape by September 17th, so I can have my wonderful crit partners hack at it with their awesome suggestions while I head over to Spain for 10 days. I have been practicing my Spanish. I can now say, "Pollo no queso." "Donde esta el bano?" and a few of the colors. I can also count to 100. I’m like a two-year-old.

This weekend I spent in a Blood Promise-induced haze. I held it in front of me like a shield, trying to use it as an excuse to get out of cleaning the apartment. "Just one more chapter, honey! Then I’ll clean the toilet!" It worked on Saturday, but then on Sunday the fiance used bribes to lure me away from the book. That was very evil of him. But the meals he cooked in exchange for my maid services turned out to be well worth it. And because I spent so much time with the book, I had VA related dreams. Dimitri in a dream? Not a bad thing.

I have much to say about the book, but I fear I would give away spoilers. Has anyone read it? Let’s discuss! This is by far one of my favorite YA series, if not the favorite. I love when authors take risks that the reader isn’t expecting and may be angry about (such as the Shadow Kiss ending cliffhanger). Anyway, I am itching to talk about it! And unfortunately, there is no bribe in the world that will get the cute boy that lives in my apartment to read. I can’t even get him to read my books! But cookbooks? He devours those.

Today is my reading day off before I slip into a Catching Fire-coma.

I’ve had a really good reading week. Just before Blood Promise I read Hush Hush by

and I loved that one too. I’m in the middle of drafting a review that will hopefully go up this week. I’m thrilled because I had been in a reading slump for a bit so I spent most of August re-reading books I had already read and loved (also preparing for BP and CF releases by re-reading their predecessors) in hopes of getting out of the slump. And then I scored three awesome ones in a row. W00t. Well, I’m assuming CF will be awesome. How can it not be?

So that’s what’s going on in my life. What is going on with yours?

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  1. I love outlining, too, but I’m having such a hard time with the current wip. Argh.

    I’m thinking good thoughts for those 100 pages that your agent is reading! YAY!

    And hooray for Spain! That’s pretty cool.

    • Oh no. I’m sorry you’re having problems with your WIP. Trust me, I’ve been there. This retelling nearly made me want to quit writing several months ago. But I’m glad I stuck with it!

      Thanks for the good thoughts! I’m sending some your way for your WIP!

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