Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ready. Set. Write! on a What's Up Wednesday

It's all happening!

Check out Jaime Morrow's post for the full scoop on Ready. Set. Write. The other hostesses include Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij

Please join in! It will be so awesome!



What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Join by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I'm Reading
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. It's all about the history that's not included in history text books in America. Fascinating! I'm just diving into stories on Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson. All I can say is: you would be surprised. 

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty. I love everything she writes so much. This is no exception! I also adore seeing characters from her other books making an appearance, like the unstoppable Bindy Mackenzie.

In Search of Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus. A writer after my own heart-- Angus combines her love of insects with art and writing. Um. Were we separated at birth? Will the cosmos explode if we ever meet in real life? Probably. I am loving this book about a boy named Henri who speaks to insects!

What I'm Writing
My goals for Ready. Set. Write! are as follows.
1. Write my tenure packet, 75 pages of unrivaled fun (that's partially sarcasm, partially fear talking).
2. Go through 1-2 rounds of editing and polishing on my YA manuscript THIRST.
3. Completely re-write my MG STUNG. I mean trash it and start over. It was my first full length book and it has serious, serious problems that I believe cannot be addressed simply by editing. Looking forward to hacking it into something interesting!

I'm going to work on these all at the same time, because I think the creative writing will be a good balance for the intense tenure packet.
   
What Inspires Me Right Now
Umm, honestly it's Ready. Set. Write! I am thrilled to connect in a new way with the writing community! I love the concept and am so happy to join in! I'm also enamored with the idea of balancing my work load with creative writing. I have found it's the best possible thing for my mental health. 

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  1. I'm really excited for Ready. Set. Write! too. And interested to know what LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME says about Woodrow Wilson. My senior-year government teacher told the class some pretty interesting things about that guy!

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    1. He may have read the same book, Jennifer! Interesting is the word!

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  2. I'm in the middle of trashing/rewriting my first book, also a MG. It's going to be rewarding when I'm done, but it's so hard to chop up the first one, right?
    When will we hear the Uncommon Goods results?!

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    1. I agree Rebecca, for me it's deciding what direction to take it in. I know it needs a big change, but there are so many potential options... I did not make the top 5 with Uncommon Goods, so I'm not going to the next round. But I was so thrilled to be picked and to get more exposure!

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  3. I LOOOVE Jaclyn Moriaty's books. Oh my goodness. Love them! Good luck with your goals - you can do it!

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    1. Thanks Rachel-- YES! Moriarty is so good, and her sister Liane is amazing, too!

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  4. I've owned Lies My Teacher Told Me for many years, and couldn't recommend it more highly. I'm assuming you have one of the more recent editions, as I know mine, from the late Nineties, has been republished with some new material since then. Good luck with your writing goals. It's challenging but worth it to rewrite a book from scratch.

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    1. Oh, so great to hear another rec on LMTTM. I'm enjoying it so far, and yes, it's the newest edition. Yay for kindle! I'm looking forward to the re-write-- thanks for the positive words.

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  5. Those are some great goals, Kat. I think balancing out the tenure packet with some creative writing is a great idea. Good luck with your rewrite! It's tough, but worth it. That LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME book sounds fascinating. I might have to check that one out. Happy Wednesday, Kat! :)

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    1. Thanks Jaime! Yes, I think the combined work/creativity will lead to optimal mental health. Which is important! :0)

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  6. I have yet to check out Lies, might need to do that now. Great Ready.Set.Write goals! Good luck!

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    1. It's fascinating so far, Prerna. So excited about R.S.W! It's going to be amazing.

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  7. So glad you're joining us for Ready. Set. Write!, Kat. I think it's going to be a fantastic summer, and it sounds like more than enough to keep you busy. Best of luck with your tenure packet (yikes!) and with your manuscripts.

    Oh, and LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME sounds very interesting. I'm off to the library today, and I'm totally going to see if they have it on the shelves.

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    1. Cool, Katy-- let me know if you find LMTTM and if you like it. It's fascinating to me, so far.
      Yes, I am thrilled you guys came up with R.S.W! I can't wait to dive in!

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  8. Good luck with ready, set, write and your goals! I haven't read any of the books you mentioned. I may have to check some of them out.

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    1. Thanks Sarah-- are you joining in?? No pressure, just curious. :0)

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  9. 75 pages huh? Ouch! Good luck! Hope that and everything else goes really well!

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    1. I know, right? 75 boring pages. No, I will try my best to keep them interesting. Thanks for the kind words!

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  10. And we are so thrilled you're doing this with us! Sounds like you have some awesome goals set up! Now, go write, write, write!

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    1. Yay, Alison! Thanks for the cheerleading-- I love it!

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  11. Oh, I LOVE Bindy! I'm a couple books behind on Jaclyn Moriarty, I think, so I really need to catch up. I adore her writing :)

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    1. Isn't she just the best? I love how her books are never ordinary.

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  12. Good luck with all of your R.S.W! goals! You're going to have such a productive summer! :)

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    1. YAY! Can't wait, Ghenet! You will too, I think!

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  13. Wow, Lies My Teacher Told Me sounds really interesting, I'm going to have to check it out. I love the stories of historical figures that people don't know about. I find it so fascinating. Good luck in "trashing" your novel. Sometimes it feels so good just to start over!

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    1. Yes, Amy-- agreed! The story behind the story is much more interesting.

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  14. Looks like you have your work cut out for you this summer! Good for you for rewriting your MG story from square one! I love to hear that people are digging out old ideas and polishing them up. I'm sure a lot of these stories deserve to see the light of day! Good luck with your writing goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I love the premise of this story and I'd hate to waste it... but I'm not sure yet that it can be saved!

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  15. That's a lot of reading!
    Good luck on your goals!

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    1. Well, who knows how long it will take me to finish them all. :0) Thanks, Juliana.

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  16. Sometimes having a mixture of projects really helps me be more productive. I always end up having to completely rewrite after the first draft because my first drafts are so airy and explorative. It's like I have to get all the ideas out first, and then I can focus on what the story is really about.

    Good luck on your goals this summer.

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    1. Exactly, Kari Marie-- I agree. I'm more productive when I can move between projects. Thanks for the wishes of support!

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  17. I love Jaclyn Moriarty, have you read A Corner of White yet? It's amazing. Her sister, Liane Moriarty, also writes really good adult books, I adored WHAT ALICE FORGOT.

    Good Luck with your R.S.W goals.

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    1. Ooh Alexa- I have not read A Corner of White, but I did read Liane's book. I loved it. What a talented family!

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  18. Tenure packet?---> *faints*

    I agree though, balancing one kind of work with another helps move productivity!

    Good luck with everything! Thanks for stopping by, and I can't wait to get to know you more! :)

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    1. Thanks, TIf! Great to get to meet you! I agree- looking forward to getting to know you more, too!

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  19. I've been meaning to read Lies My Teacher Told Me. I actually heard about it from one of my high school history teachers. It's so interesting to see what sort of spin things get based on who's interpreting events. That's why I'm so glad there was such heavy emphasis on primary sources when I got to college - we could come to our own conclusions instead of being told what to believe!

    Good luck with your writing goals! (Tenure packet? Ick. That sounds gross! But a necessary evil, I'm sure.)

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    1. Nice, Stephanie-- sounds like you had great teachers! I try to help my students read things with a critical eye. It's just a great life skill. And, well said-- necessary evil is the right term. :0)

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  20. I love your header :) And those books you are reading so wonderful - thanks for the recommendations! Good luck with your writing goals and have a great summer!

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    1. Thanks Amy- A friend who is a graphic designer made it for me. She rocks! Good luck to you, too.

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  21. Having to trash and re-write can be the worst but it's also very inspiring, I decided to do that for my wip and it has allowed me to come up with so many great ideas for it. Good luck with your writing :)

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    1. Cool Patrice-- nice to hear that it has worked for others!

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  22. You've got some great goals - good luck! A balancing act is a good idea!

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    1. Thanks Sara-- Yes, balance is key. Easier to plan than to do, though. :0)

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  23. I'm excited to write with you this summer--sounds like you have a lot to think about. Good luck!

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  24. I'm going to look up those books.

    My current MG project is something I'm rewriting from a drawer manuscript that I put away years ago. Yes, sometimes it's necessary.

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    1. Agreed! I can't stand throwing things out. I'd rather remake it than trash it completely. :0)

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