December, 2011

Torment Tuesday: Revising the suck

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Yeah…not the most uplifting title, is it?  But that’s the way I feel this morning. I really don’t know what else to write about, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I chatter on and on.  J/K.

Anyway, I’m deep into revisions and seriously I feel as tormented as my characters. I’m at that lovely stage where I just want to throw my computer at the wall because I’m pretty sure I’ve just written 86k words of crap. 

Sure my CPs don’t agree, but I’m looking at the words I’ve written and wondering how I ever thought that this train wreck of a MS was a good idea. 

Okay, that’s probably a bit harsh.  I’ve got some great things in there AND it’s really technically only the first draft, but I hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. 

So, you’re asking, if you hate it so much, why don’t you delete and start over? 

Well, you see, that’s how I ALWAYS feel at this stage. I’ve done it with absolutely every book I’ve ever written.  And I know, deep down, it’s not nearly as bad as I think it is, but it’s like looking in a mirror and seeing yourself as fatter than you really are. 

No matter how often someone tells you, you look great, you don’t really believe it.  It’s the same with my MSs for me. No matter how often my CPs tell me it’s great, I only see it’s flaws. 

Only after revising it to the point that I feel if I fix even one more thing I’ll vomit, do I consider the fact that it may be all right. And then, that’s when I send it to my agent.  So she can help me make it even better, and then to my editor, who will hopefully love it and make it practically perfect. 

So, question for you?  How long does it take you fall back in love with your manuscripts?  Do you ever get to that point?

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Winner’s Announced for Book Deal Celebration Giveaway!

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Yay! It’s the 5th of December! Which means I get to announce the winners of the two prize packs.  Unfortunately I didn’t get enough entries to add the super sekrit prize with the prize packs ( :[ ) BUT that just means I get to give them away with one of the blog hops or other giveaways I’ll be doing in the future.  (:])

However, in the meantime, thanks to all who entered, spread the word, congratulated me on my deal and help me celebrate this momentous occasion!  I’m very excited to get to work with Mel and all the fabulous people at Tor and I love that I get to share that excitement with all of you.

Now, onto the reason for the post.  And what I’m sure you’re dying to know.

Congratulations to the following people!

The winner of the Writer’s Prize pack is:

                                                  Matthew Morgan!!!

The winner of the Reader’s Prize pack is:

                                                  Kate Haggard!!!

I have sent you both an email with further instructions, please make sure to check your inboxes.  Thanks again for entering and congratulations!

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t worry because I’m participating in a blog hop now.  And another in January, not to mention I have a whole slew of different things planned for each step of my wonderful journey. Just make sure to check my CONTEST page at the top to see what’s coming up and when.

I hope you’ll keep stopping by and commenting on the blog and keep doing everything all you wonderful people have been.

Again, thank you!

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Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop

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The Holidays are just around the corner and even though I’m already giving away a TON of books here.  I have a few more I’d like to giveaway, so I joined in with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and entered her BOOK LOVER’S Giveaway Hop to do this juicy giveaway.

I’ve had the priveldge of being friends with the fabulous Jaclyn Dolamore and I have an autographed copy of BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY and an autographed ARC of MAGIC UNDER STONE to give away.

All you have to do to enter is fill in the form below.

The contest will run from Dec 2nd-Dec 6th.  Winner will be announced sometime on Dec 7th.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

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Happy Book Birthday

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And I have ANOTHER book birthday to celebrate this week!  This one is for fellow apocalypsie and debut author Miranda Kenneally and her wonderful CATCHING JORDAN.  I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds great and I can’t wait to get my copy. 

Happy Book Birthday, Miranda, may this just be the first of many.  😀

And now for the important stuff:

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though—she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team…and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

You can find Miranda at her website, twitter, and facebook.

CATCHING JORDAN can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Indiebound, Powell’s, Target, or at your local bookstore.

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