I have now hit the freak out stage of editing. Beware. I know that there is such a thing as over-editing, but I don’t know how to tell if I’ve hit it yet. I’ve read through my draft several times, … Continue reading
I know I should have done this yesterday, but because this was my most non-traditional end of a year ever, I was in an airport most of the day. I saw this though, so that was cool. Also, I feel like it … Continue reading
It’s weird what you learn about yourself when editing your own book. For instance, I put a lot less on paper than I actually think about. In case that doesn’t actually make sense, let me give y’all an example. One of my handlers is Asian. I know this and this is how I’ve imagined her, but while reading through my draft, I realized that I never actually said that. It took me two edits to realize this. Granted they were a spell check edit and a grammatical edit, but still. During my content edit, I can fix this.
What are y’all’s weird editing things? I know it can’t just be me.
I was at Barnes and Noble with my mom today and this woman passes me and says, “These are good books, right?” and I politely reply yes and she starts giving me a sales pitch.
Her name is Charlotte Fairchild and she tells me her book, Murder on the Silver Comet Trail is free on Kindle, which upon further research means KDP not Amazon. The link to the book is below.
So we have a long conversation about Agatha Christie, because she says that the book doesn’t have any blood and guts in it, which I thought was weird because murder generally involves blood.
Then she tells me about this button she has, which I found out later was part of a non-profit. Link to it below.
We talk about self-defense and women in tech for a while. She was an extra in two movies and didn’t think there were enough women working tech. I don’t know which movies.
I didn’t get the chance to ask, because her sister comes up to her and tells her they need to go. That’s when she tells me her name and we talk about the movie Sabrina.
It takes guts to cold sell someone in the Young Adult section of Barnes and Noble. I don’t think I could do it. I get nervous calling people I know.
What do y’all think? Could you ever coldsell someone in a book store? Do you think it’s a good strategy? Has anyone read this book?
I finished the first draft of my book!! I actually finished it in May, but I’ve started the editing process now and want to keep y’all updated. This hopefully means that I’ll remember to post more.
I thought about doing all of them in one post, but that would be long and disjointed, so I’m going to do two in this one and the other one later.
First thing: I’ve graduated college! Because of that, I need a new name for this blog. Any suggestions are welcome.
Second thing: I got an award!
Thank you L.E. Hunt The Palace for nominating me! Check her out because she’s awesome and she’s getting published soon.
So here are the rules.
1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs (with under 200 followers).
5. Notify these blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.
I don’t understand the fascination with 11, but here goes.
- What’s an interesting place you’ve been? My family went on a cruise to Greece and Italy as a celebration of my graduation. It was ten days and it was fabulous. I even found out I can sleep on a boat.
- Strange childhood obsession? Warriors by Erin Hunt. It’s a series about cats that a friend and I were into in middle school.
- Favorite book genre? I’m going to go with YA, both because I write it and because so many other genres can fit under it.
- If given the chance to be immortal, would you take it? Heck no. When God decides he wants to take me, I want to go. I’m not trying to be morbid, Heaven’s just better.
- Can you whistle? No.
- Was there ever a time you preferred the movie to the book? Yes. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
- Do you have any pets? Technically Lizzy is my mom’s dog, but yes.
- If you could have another ability, what would it be? The ability to refill things.
- What place do you want to live the most? Probably Middle Earth.
- Favorite Disney movie? I’m going to break this down into two categories: Disney princess and non-Disney princess. My favorite Disney Princess Movie is The Little Mermaid. My favorite non-Disney princess movie is Peter Pan.
- What is the best thing ever? Chocolate.
Now to the 11 random facts about me. I’ve always been terrible at these, so sorry in advance.
- I have broken four bones.
- I love dogs
- I hate cats and they hate me
- I’m terrified of down escalators
- I don’t like whipped cream
- If I had my way, I would never have roommates again
- I sleep like one of the dead, so it’s likely unsafe for me to live alone
- My favorite color is blue
- I watch violent movies on Valentine’s day
- My first phone was a pink Razr and it was indestructible.
- I’m incredibly unathletic, but not for lack of trying.
Most of the blogs that I follow are ginormous and don’t need any help, so I’ve only nominated six.
These are the 11 questions I want them to answer.
- Who is your favorite superhero?
- Favorite Disney sidekick?
- Favorite non-Disney animated movie?
- What do you do when you have writer’s block?
- If you could pick one mythological being to be real, what would it be?
- What’s the best vacation you ever went on?
- What’s one unpopular opinion you have and why do you have it?
- What’s your zombie apocalypse plan?
- If you were a fictional character, what kind would you be? (hero, sidekick, villain, henchman, etc.)
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Sci-fi or Fantasy?
I have one question for everyone. Had you ever heard about this award before now?
Confession time. I have never had an actual job. I volunteer for a lot of things, and I have been paid for a devotion that is going to be published next month but I have never had a legitimate job. Needless to say that when my latest project turned out to be either answers for job interview questions or a cover letter and resume, I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone. I chose the first option because I could write it in essay form which I understood and can work.I mean, it only had to be two pages double spaced, how hard could it be? Now for the sake of applicability, I had to find an open job that I would actually want to apply for to use as a template for these questions. After I finish college, I want to be a writer. In order to avoid living broke in a ditch somewhere when that time comes, I should acquire some professional experience. I found a freelance writing job on Elance.com to use. The person was willing to pay a penny a word for the first 3,000-5,000 words and, depending on reviews and such, get paid on a 40% royalty basis. Since then, it has been awarded to some incredibly lucky person, but when I saw it it practically screamed my name. It was exactly the job I wanted. It is a tad bit difficult to answer things like what do you know and like about our organization when the person did not give out much. Just like novels, you have to be creative when faced with certain types of issues. Focus on values that you have in common etc. All in all, it was good practice for when I actually do apply for a job.
So what were y’all’s first jobs or dream jobs? Any suggestions for a newbie?