Friday, July 31, 2009
It's our final report. Now, we know that July has been a bit less-focused version of the Summer Revision Smackdown, but that doesn't mean Holly and I have been any less impressed. Heck...she and I both completed our revision projects this month. And, from what you've told us, many of you have, too! (Or met your goals. Or did more this summer than you anticpiated.)
So, just because the smackdown is over, doesn't mean you should stop visiting. We would miss you. And here's the good news: Holly and I have loved this so much that we think it MUST happen again. A yearly event. Summer Revision Smackdown will live on and back again in full force June 2010! Smack dat!
Will you put us on your calendar? But don't forget to report in comments first!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
So, if you didn't read yesterday's Monday Moment then do that first.
All right, now I'm feeling that maybe I don't have as much to say as I thought I did yesterday. But, here goes...
As I wrote out that Monday Moment, not only was I thinking about the moment and how it could relate to our characters, but also about dialogue.
That it's-a-small-world experience came from dialogue, as most would. But so much does. Dialogue can take a character anywhere. It can turn a scene on it's heel. It can reveal amazing surprises. It can seep with emotion. And dialogue is typically what readers enjoy reading most!
So, in your revision work today, or in your draft work today, what does dialogue reveal in your story?
Monday, July 27, 2009
I started in the salon with Kai (the girl who puts pretty streaks of color in my hair). As we were chatting it up, she mentioned to me that Lauren (the girl who would be cutting my hair) was getting married soon. Naturally, that conversation came up when I got into Lauren's chair. Where that conversation would take me took me completely by surprise. I simply asked if she was getting married in the area or somewhere else. And her response was that they were but it was hard to decide to do that or get married in Montana where she grew up.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I think I wrote somewhere (at some time) that I finished my revision. I FINISHED MY REVISION. Wheee! And now that I've passed it on to trusted readers, I'm already thinking of other things that I need to do.
But I cracked the whip. I accomplished my goal. And that makes me feel I have super natural whip crackin' power. Oh yeah!
The Strange Supersonic Whip Lash!
How appropriate. And hubby just said, "Hey, that does look like you." But I had to remind him that my tummy will never look that tight again...you know, having our two babies and all. But I do hope I cracked the whip with firm yet angelic care.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Need yet another reason to be jazzed you're going to the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference?
Are you still on the fence?
Lee Wind has a fab interview with keynoter Holly Black. Check it out.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Okay, this whole sunshiny-ness may not be a big deal to some of you (in fact many of you may get it all year long) but for us here in the Northwest, we are having a summer like never before. It's so very lovely. Like, I need my sunglasses on a daily basis. See, typically, summer doesn't start for us until after July 4th and then it's spotty, at best. We so deserve this summer. So for those of you in the PNW...way to go on meeting your writing goals (or producing at all). If you are at all like me, it's been a challenge to not be out under that golden warmth all day long.
But now, it's accountability time! How are you doing with your July goals? Tell us how you did this week. Share it all...the sunny, the cloudy, and even the gloomy reports.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
SCBWI Conference in LA! Will you be there? It's right around the corner and there's still time. So, so, so excited about being part of SCBWI Team Blog. Alice Pope posted about the conference and conference blog--including how to find each of us on Twitter so you don't miss a thing. Lee Wind is counting down, too!
My pup! Because Ben said I should post pics of my pup. The funny things is, I've just realized that she ALWAYS blinks. I can't get a good picture of her. So, my pup isn't always cool, she's a 7 month old puppy and does puppy things that make me crazy. But one thing that is cool, this dog has the LONGEST eyelashes you have ever seen! I wish I could capture them in a photo, but so far, impossible. They have to be well over an inch long. Crazy.
My garden! It's been so pretty this year. Here are some of the pretties right now.
Lavender and Lilly lovin'!
Crocomia in front of a Butterfly Bush. I love the purple and the red.
The hummingbirds are very happy. Oh yeah...so are the weeds.
Better get to work on that revision (or the weeding)!
Monday, July 13, 2009
This one’s personal.
I think myself a confident person, that said, I’m super self-conscious and can be insecure about many things. It often makes me think, if I wasn’t confident, then how would I feel? I’d be like a total paranoid nutball!
But really, I think it’s part of human nature. You know, when you find yourself thinking, Does that person really like me? Maybe they’re just being nice or putting up with me.
So, here’s something I’ve been dealing with: to add or not add my followers on my blog. Want to know why I haven’t added them? Because, if I only have a handful, then I might look like a very sad, little blogger. But then I think, if I did add them, maybe more people would declare their love of Cuppa Jolie. Would you? Would you help me with my total lack of confidence about this issue?
But, a BIG shout-out and thank you to all of you who already follow. Kisses!
After I got to thinking about that, I had another situation bring about my flattened confidence (actually I think it’s a bit more about fear). A really awesome writer-friend asked me to swap books as we’re both at the “finish-line” point of our revision. GULP! Doulbe-gulp! But I can’t say no, because it’s too cool and I’d LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this person’s feedback.
You know, the world is a big, scary place, especially the people who walk about it—particularly the ones we like and want to like us. (You like me, right?...how very pathetic!)
All right, all right. Since I’m admitting all this right now, I will now expose my followers and hope they grow in size. I think sometimes you have to pretend you have bigger bazoongahs than really do…guess that’s what I’m doing.
How about your main character? Tell of time they struggle with confidence or the feeling of insecurity.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I know! It's already Friday. How'd that happen? No, really! I want to know.
Time to CHECK IN! Head over to Holly's and tell us how you did this week!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Well, of course...and Holly has a whole, big round-up of goodies at her blog. GO CHECK IT OUT.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Rockin', huh? Go HERE for full details and to apply!
Friday, July 3, 2009
But first, I think we need a theme song to get us in the mood:
One month, one book, one moment...
Are you in the mood now, Smackdowners?? Because we have some whip-lashin' awarding to do!
First, we have the Honorable Mentions:
For her sheer force of revision output, we dub Helen Landalf our first honorable mention. Helen completed a major revision of her YA novel, and with the guidance of her agent, has embarked on her final polish. Yay, Helen!
For revising both writing and illustrating and learning much through the process, we dub Realm Lovejoy our second honorable mention. Realm completed a graphic novel revision, wrote 80 pages of a new WIP, and completed six illustrations. Rock on, Realm!
For balancing illustration revisions with a mentor program, we dub Kjersten Anna Hayes our third honorable mention. Kjersten completed nine illustration spreads as well as the first phase of her mentor project. Woot, Kjersten!
And finally...the name you've been waiting for...our WHIPLASH AWARD recipient, who will be showered with our praise not only for her own considerable writing accomplishments this month (which she humbly did not deem award-worthy), but also for her encouragement to several other Smackdowners (you know who you are!) as well as flying across the planet for a family emergency to save the day....
Martha Brockenbrough! We hereby bestow THE WHIPLASH AWARD!
continuing saga of the Summer Revision Smackdown!!!!!!!!!