Friday, March 23, 2012

A quick Friday update

It's Friday! Woo-hoo!

I've had a productive week. I edited and submitted my newest short story, "George and the Dragon." My writers' group liked it and my critique partners helped iron out the rough edges.

I only have four chapters left in my first round of revisions of my WIP. I can't wait for the torture to end. Of course, once the first round is done, there's the second and third and fourth to how many it takes to get it right. I'll be rewriting the first chapter again. This was inspired by Les Edgerton's Hooked. It's a fantastic book on beginnings. It's now my top book on the craft that I recommend to other writers. It makes everything so clear.

I'm reading Laura Jospehsen's Rising Book 1: Resistance. Intriguing story. I don't know who to trust or what's coming. And the quality of her writing is phenomenal.

I'm also reading Cherie Reich's Fighting Gravity, the second novella in her Gravity series. This one is packed with action and edge-of-your-seat tension.

I'll be reviewing both books next week.

Just over a week until April and The A to Z Challenge! I hope you're getting a head start on your posts if you're participating. Have you seen the linky list? Over 1100 participants! It's going to be an awesome month.

Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. It will be an awesome month!
    Only a few chapters left to edit - you can do it!

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    1. Thanks! I hope to finish it this weekend. The first round of revisions is always the hardest. Have a good weekend! :)

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  2. Good for you on the edits, Christine!

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    1. Thanks! Revisions are difficult because I love writing first drafts. If I could do only that, I'd be so happy!

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  3. Ooooh, you're so close to finishing your first rewrite! That's so awesome! I know how exhausting the rewriting and editing is--sometimes it's more exhausting than writing the book in the first place!

    Thanks again sooo much for taking the time to read Rising. I look forward to seeing what you think of it. ^_^

    I'm excited for the A-Zers. I had been going to do it, but had to withdraw since I'm on a deadline to finish Rising2 in April. But I bet there will be amazing and creative entries for that!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I love writing first drafts, but revisions are hard for me. Yet I know it's part of the job! I don't mind you're missing out on the A to Z as long as you get out Rising 2 soon. ;)

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  4. Good luck with your submission and the revisions!

    Hope you have a great weekend. :)

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  5. Ugh. Revisions, edits, hell. I wish you well. Looks like your doing a good job of plugging away at it.

    I read Defying Gravity a few short weeks ago, glad the next installment is here.

    Good luck with your submission.

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree with you about revisions. I think you'll like the next book in the Gravity series. I like it better than the first one.

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  6. Wow! You have been busy. I've been working on revisions, too, but I'm nowhere near finished!

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    1. You'll get there. I thought I'd never get near the end!

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  7. Yay for having a productive week! Mine, no so much. Enjoy Cherie's book! It's on my TBR list.

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    1. Cherie's book was fantastic! Better than the first.

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  8. awesome! You've been busy. Keep on going, you're so close to finishing your WIP.

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    1. Thanks! I hope to get through it this weekend.

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  9. I loved Rising 1, and yes, she really keeps you guessing.

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  10. You've got your hands full... and being very productive... well done. I'm plugging away on my rewrite / revision... it might very well be sucking the life out of me..hehe

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    1. It was a good week. I just hope I can keep it up until I leave for my trip. Hope you're getting what you need done before your trip too! :)

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  11. Wow, so much work you've accomplished. Way to go.

    .....dhole

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  12. looking forward to your reviews! how do you find the time to do all that stuff?
    a to z will be great! love that there are thmes this year!

    and thx for th craft book rec, i needed one and this is like the 3rd time ive seen it lately, so it must be good!

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    1. I have maybe three or four hours a day to myself. IF the boy naps! I'm excited for A to Z too. It's cool so many people are doing themes.

      HOOKED is awesome. I can't say enough good things about it. It was like I knew nothing and suddenly everything is so clear.

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  13. Impressive, congrats on your progress. Cherie Reich's novel sounds interesting too.

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    1. Thanks! Cherie's book is fabulous. I just finished it. It's better than the first one!

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  14. Good luck with your WIP. Stephen King says he only goes through his WIP like four times. Incredible!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, to be able to do it like the master Stephen King.

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  15. Wow! You productive woman...well done. I'm counting down to the A to Z challenge too. Can't wait to see what folks will come up with...

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    1. Thanks! Just one week until the Challenge begins. :)

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  16. Definitely looking forward to the A to Z Challenge too - it's going to be so much fun! Have a great weekend Christine! :)

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    1. I'm excited and nervous! I can't believe it's almost April already. I'll have a two-year-old in less than a month! Eek!

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  17. You ARE busy. A-Z is around the corner!

    Teresa

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  18. Looks like I'm going to have to go find Les Edgerton's Hooked.

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    1. You won't regret it. It's a fantastic book.

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  19. Wow, that's a lot of people doing the A to Z challenge! Congrats on finishing your short story! Sounds like a productive week! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm keeping up the pace this week. Looks like you've got a full plate too. :)

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  20. Congrats on the productivity. I'm excited for the A-Z challenge. I started blogging in the middle of it last year so I didn't participate, but this year I am all signed up and ready to go.

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    1. Thanks! I'm eager for the challenge to begin as well. It's going to be phenomenal!

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