I cannot believe that May is already over. Didn’t I just write one of these posts?!?
Read: 9 (heh. Beat myself).
War in the Wasteland by Douglas Bond.
Defy by Tricia Mingerink
My own book (again. Kill the typos!)
*Squeee!!!!!!!* Those books were SO good!!! Well, I’m getting rather sick of reading mine, but the other two were absolutely fantastic.
This section should be titled “editing” this month. I pulled several late nights finishing applying my beta-reader’s comments before sending the book to my editor. Since my mother is a fellow night-owl, she comes in and takes photos of me while I’m working. So excuse the messy room. It was 2am and I had been working for 6 hours.
After eleven absolutely glorious days of NO MANUSCRIPT, during which I moaned and groaned and wandered about aimlessly not knowing what to do with myself. It was a serious problem. I didn’t want to dive into another project for a mere couple of days, but I was LOST without one! My family laughed at me. I laughed at me. I guess I depend on writing more than I thought. :)
When the manuscript returned from my editor, applied her comments and printed the monstrous thing to read out loud. (It helps me catch some of those little errors that are easily glossed over while reading on screen.) My mom asked if I could read it to her.
*CRINGE GASP FACEPALM*
I hate reading out loud. I am embarrassed to share my stories with people in my family (don’t ask why though…I have no idea!!!) Enticing much willpower and summoning up a gargantuan amount of courage, I read out loud. To my mom.
We made it. I did it. The entire book in 3 days.
AND SHE TAKES PICTURES OF ME. -_-
Yes, I am wearing two pairs of glasses. Long story.
Well, some pretty exciting things happened this month blogging-wise. I revealed the cover of my book. I wrote a letter to my book. I got to participate in Jaye L. Knight’s blog tour for Samara’s Peril. I opened sign-ups for MY OWN blog tour. SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!!
Also, I realized that the post for my blog tour just happened to be my 100th post! How cool is that?!?
From other folk’s blogs:
This post from Chelsea Bontrager really struck me and made me think. I encourage you to check it out.
They are all lovely books. I cannot wait until they are out in the world for all to see. :)
Ugh, lots of life this month. Not all so great, either, but hey…life never promises to be pretty.
- I am sick and tired of my book. There, I said it. I cannot wait to be done with this thing. Note to self (and to all of you who will be publishing): book needs to be completely ready to publish 2 MONTHS before release date. Take my word for it and spare yourself some sleep.
- I graduated high school. It wasn’t much of a big deal; I graduated on Friday, college classes started on Monday. :) Yes, I am going to have a party, but it will be in July when the weather is nicer for a day at the lake/backyard BBQ. We will be celebrating my graduation, my 18th birthday, and I will be getting baptized.
- As afore mentioned, I started college. It was a bit of a rocky start, seeing as I had all of three days to complete a week’s worth of assignments. And I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. BUT. I survived. :)
- The reason I had only three days to complete a week’s worth of assignments is because my family took our very first camping trip of the year. We went with some close family friends for three days of fun, ATV riding, and fellowship in the mountains. And guess what? It rained. The entire time. (FYI, we have a nice cozy motorhome, and our friends had trailers, so everyone was dry and warm.) But honestly, I think it was one of my favorite camping trips ever. Maybe because I so desperately needed the break from work, technology, Wi-Fi, and cell service. Maybe because it was fun to have nothing better to do than play Dutch Blitz for hours. Maybe because I needed to be able to read for hours upon hours without feeling guilty for not doing something else. I don’t know…whatever it was, I had an absolute blast.
It. Was. Awesome.
- The day after arriving home from the soggy camping trip, ALL SIX of my siblings came down with Scarlet Fever. All of ‘em. I held out not catching it for three whole days. Annnndddd I then I got it. However, I was lucky enough to get the more adult version of it, called Rheumatic Fever. Also not fun, but at least I could still functioning like a normal human being.
Funny note—Clara gets Scarlet Fever in The Old River Road, so I was able to make sure I had everything accurate watching my poor siblings in agony for those few days. And I was better able to describe the horrid rash. :)
~Goals for next month~
- Get better.
- Survive college.
- Read 9 books.
- Plan and execute my next binge writing session. (Blog post forthcoming on that topic)
- Send out ARC’s of The Old River Road, order the proof copy, and organize the blog tour.
- DO THE VLOG!!!! (I haven’t forgotten about it! As long as my voice comes back and the Rheumatic Fever rash on my face goes away, I’ll film it this Saturday. Send any questions you might like me to answer by FRIDAY, June 3rd.)
- Get 20 followers. Y’all can help me with this one… :)
How was your May? How warm is it where you live? Have you ever had Scarlet Fever (or Rheumatic Fever)? Maple bar doughnuts or chocolate-iced crème-filled?