Revision Mode:

Well people, after picking up and putting it down about a dozen times since I’ve moved back to Texas… a few weeks ago I decided to start revising my novel again (round three). I kind of lost some passion in the midst of all this lovely transition I’ve been dealing with. Not for the story so much, for revising because dang it’s hard. But once I got back into it, I was all like:

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I’ve been working on a  re-write of my first chapter and it was really difficult for me. After a few FULL re-writes, I finally found something that works and it’s really lifted the block I’ve had with revising the entire thing!

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I still have more tinkering to go, but I’m finally back on the wagon! I will whip this novel into shape, along with the help of my amazing CP.

I revised the first half in two separate chunks, focusing on each character arc. Then I went back through and made sure they mirrored each other well until they merged at the middle point. Then I’m revising the last half in chronological order.

I may even order one of these to keep distractions at bay…

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Side Effects May Vary Bucket List Bash!

side effects-1I’m super excited about a new book that is just about to come out. I was lucky enough to win an ARC from Epic Reads and I also get to go to the book release party tomorrow!

The author Julie Murphy is hosting a bucket list bash and so I wanted to participate by giving my bucket list!

1.  Sleep in a treehouse hotel in Brazil

2. Get published

3. Take my family to Disney World every other year till my youngest is 18 🙂

4. Buy a house I live in for 15+ years

5. Visit all 50 states

These are the first five that came to mind, but I’ll be thinking more about it since this list was not my finest work.

When you think of a list of things you want to do before you die, it definitely puts things into perspective. I mean, you never know when life could be over for you. I could die of a brain aneurism right now….

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#sighofrelief

I’m still here guys.

But honestly, life isn’t guaranteed and so I want to live it to the fullest every day. It’s so easy to get tangled up in the monotony and focus on the negative things that are happening around you.

I think in the end, it’s not about what you accomplished, it’s about your legacy going forward and the memories in others you leave behind. In the sage words of  Ralph Waldo Emerson that I have been trying to live out: “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”

Take this day to celebrate the awesomeness of your life and be grateful for the things going right!

ALSO,

Don’t forget to get a copy of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy and if you life in the DFW area, stop by the Irving Library tomorrow at 2:30 to get a signed copy (you’ll be able to get it a few days before the official release! Fancy!)

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IndieBound: www.indiebound.org/book/9780062245359
B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/side-effects-may-vary-julie-murphy/1115554719?ean=9780062245359
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Side-Effects-Vary-Julie-Murphy/dp/006224535X

Summary:

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Delirium: Lauren Oliver

I had heard a lot about this book as it really made the rounds in the blogging circles as the author/publisher wanted to get the buzz out.

That said, I sort of hesitated to read it because it seemed a little blah.

You guys know that my genre of choice is Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, and this is right up that alley, but the premise of a society that cut out the emotional section of their brains at 18 seemed a little silly to me.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not the best I’ve ever read, no. But I enjoyed it and it kept my attention and actually had me wanting to read the sequal. SO?

I give it a wobbly 4 stars (though it’s more of a 3.5 stars) and I do recommend it.

Summary:
Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure. In this powerful and beautifully written novel, Lauren Oliver, the bestselling author of Before I Fall, throws readers into a tightly controlled society where options don’t exist, and shows not only the lengths one will go for a chance at freedom, but also the true meaning of sacrifice

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061726826