Rededication – what works for you?

Summertime.  Kids are out of school.  Carnival is in town.  Pool is open.  BBQ parties.  Kites.  Camping. Bike rides.

It is getting harder to find time to write.

I am not complaining.  My family and my life beyond my writing desk come first.  But anymore I get itchy when I am not writing daily.  After last week’s attempts turning into Seven Days of Nothing, I have just now sat at my desk and opened my calendar and slated some time this week just for writing.  Most of it these slots happen after 9pm, and that is perfectly fine.  But I find that only after making it official by adding it to the calendar as my time for writing, am I able to make good on my promise.

Last week was a series of missed time.  I woke up every morning and said out loud that I would give myself an hour to work through this scene, that area of rewrite, or that new chapter in my head.  Every night last week I went to bed without even opening my manuscript.

I am hoping to see some change tonight, now that it is official and all.  I’ll let you know tomorrow how I do.

What helps you stay on with your writing?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (a review!)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
How far would a parent go to save their child?  How far should they go?  Who gets to say?

Jenna Fox wasn’t supposed to survive the accident. But she did.  Well, not on her own.  When she woke from her coma (was it a coma?) she had nothing.  No memories, no history, nothing.  But was it really lost?  Does she want her past back?  Does it matter?

This book reaches into very uncomfortable places to explore who we are, what makes us who we are, and where our essence (our soul?) lives.

I liked this book very much.  The story is told with stark and lonely feelings throughout as we walk the steps that the new Jenna takes after waking.  The relationships are real, the situation is believable, the thoughts ring true, the grandmother is awesome.

As a parent who has lost a child, much of the parents’ thoughts resonated with me through the story.  I have been in that place wondering what lengths would we take, could we take, should we take…

A must read. Thought provoking. Real. Unreal.

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Break by Hannah Moskowitz (a short review!)

Break Break by Hannah Moskowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book knocked my socks off.  I don’t even know where to begin because all I want to say is you need to read it.

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body, because everyone knows that broken bones heal back stronger and he needs to be strong.  Everything else in his life is absolute chaos.  He has one brother who is allergic to everything, a baby brother who doesn’t stop crying (literally), parents who seem to be hanging on by a string, and friends who have no idea why he is doing what he is doing.

The “voice” in this book is exceptional.  The pace of the story is fast and intense.  One thing that I took away from this story was the devotion the brothers had for each other.

Really loved it.  It was hard to read another book right after because everything else felt slow in comparison.  I had to take a couple of days off to get into another book.  *truly*

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Share-my-work-a-phobia

How do you feel about posting parts of your ms online?  I was on the QueryTracker forum and started a new post in the “first five pages” board.  I was so excited, I copied and pasted my pages… and then I sat there.  For a long time. Then I deleted it.

I tried it again later… *delete*

What’s up with that?  

I am not afraid of critical feedback on my work, truly.  I have shared my YA ms with load of friends and a couple of YAs.  I have received feedback both good and bad, and taken some of the advice and changed some things.  So, I don’t think it is fear of critique.

Is it fear of theft?  I am not under the delusion that my stuff is so fantabulous that someone will immediately see the genius and abscond with my first five pages, but then again I can’t bring myself to post even a blurb here.  Any psych majors out there care to chime in?

Do you post parts of your WIP online?  How much do you share?  Or do you also suffer from share-my-work-a-phobia?