Monday Memo – 5 things I #amdoing for the week

Hello friends!

1. #amwriting I has a shiny new WIP! (That’s a work-in-progress for my non-writer blog friends.) I have struggled with my old WIP since I started it and couldn’t really get to the bottom of my problem. So, I procrastinated and I tweeted and I wrote a lot of craptastic pages.  And then one day, I woke up with witches and ghosts in my head.  It has been flowing really well and I am just so happy!

2. #amreading I used to be a one-book-at-a-timer.  But anymore, I am reading two books, and a third on my Kindle, and listening to a fourth book on my iPod.  It has been interesting because when I sit down for my little block of reading time I have a little battle with all the characters to see who stand tallest at the moment. I tend to jump in all the way when I am reading and fall in love with everything and everyone in the story, but now they are being compared apples to oranges… and I find myself being so much more critical of the stories. Do you experience this?  I am not a book blogger, so I don’t usually spend time teasing apart the details of the books I read as far as the craft goes.  Like watching a movie, I can suspend my own opinions and get sucked in. Or not. I either love it or I don’t. So this analytical eye I am using these days is rather strange to me.

3. #amblogging  I was on the tweeter last month or so and saw this blog challenge called #SHINEonline where you see if you can make a commitment to blog more regularly.  I have to say that this challenge has breathed new life into my blog.  Not because I am *that* competitive, but because of a single piece of advice that changed everything for me and blogging: Keep a blog calendar.  I have an old unused month-at-a-glance where I can jot down the topics that I am planning to blog about ahead of time.  But a printed web-calendar will do. I don’t usually write my posts ahead of time, so this has been especially helpful.  Also, when I have signed up for a blogfest or other commitment to post on a certain day about something specific, I have not missed one yet.  Thanks to my calendar.  So, if you’re struggling to stay on top of your blog, and hoping for a more orderly way to track everything you do blog about… consider a calendar.  It’s been a wonderful addition to my blogerly life.  What other blog advice do you have for me?  I am all eyes.

4. #amdownloading Movie Short Subjects.  Last night on the Oscars, there were the winners for the short subject movies.  I had seen one of them, Day and Night.  But none of the others. During his acceptance speech, the creators of “The Lost Thing” mentioned that you can find them all on iTunes.  So I am going to treat myself and download them all.  If you go to the iTunes store you’ll see a “And the Winners Are” gold and black box under the features.  “The Lost Thing” was lovely, and at the price of an app… so totally affordable.

The Lost Thing: 

5. #amlistening This week I am in love with Amos Lee and his album Mission Bell.  Just had to share… it is such a pretty album. I’m always interested in your music recommendations, so bring it on!

Friday Full of Awesomeness!

There are several awesome things going on FOR YOU that I just have to share.  Contests and giveaways and just general fun stuff.  Read on:

THE LIAR SOCIETY (go now and watch the awesome video trailer, it’s ok, I will wait here.) is the debut novel by Lisa and Laura Roecker and there is a twitter and blog party going on next week to kick off the Blog Tour Of Awesome! (did you see my button?!) —-> And there is a CONTEST for 10 lucky winners to receive signed copies of the book!  Are you on twitter seeing pink hair in unlikely places and wondering what in the world is going on? Well, wonder no more. I have all the details!  Go HERE TO ENTER and read the details, and then go TO ELANA JOHNSON’S BLOG and grab your very own blog button.  Tweet #liarsociety and this link: http://bit.ly/hMkWUk (starting Monday) to your followers and get entered all next week!  Pinkify your twitter hair and get an extra entry!  Tell ’em Miss Corinne sent ya!

THE HATING GAME by Talli Roland is coming out in paperback and there is going to be a Bookosity Giveaway of Awesome Proportions going on at her blog.  If you read the list you’ll find that I’m giving away a new copy of one of my favorite books: LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Catherine Ryan Hyde at Talli’s blog.  Go there, mark your blog calendar, and get in on the action.

Speaking of contests… I won two this week!  I know, right?! One of them means good for YOU!

As part of the agreement I made when entering, I will be hosting a contest of my own here to keep the blog-chain going.  I am excited to get my eyes into THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson.  I won this over at Paula Kay’s blog (which you should follow because its gooood) and hope you’ll come back and enter my contest in a week or so.  Here is a Mr. Linky (at the bottom of this post) (Thank you Casey!) to track all the contests happening through this chain.

I also won a copy of PLAYTHINGS OF THE GODS, and anthology of Greek Myths retold by several authors, including Lisa Gail Green who was hosting the contest.  Part of this win gets me a 10 page critique, which, next to Samoas Girl Scout Cookies, is probably my favorite thing in the universe to receive these days.

And in my final installment of awesome for today:  I woke up this morning with a brand spanking new idea for a story and have been ON FI-YAH all day!

Have a fabulous weekend!  Come see me @corinneoflynn because I can’t ever write for THAT long without brain breaks.  ;)

Peace.

On writing book number two.

When I wrote my first manuscript, it seemed to just fall out of my head.  The idea had been fermenting in my brain for literally ten years before I put fingers to keyboard.  Writing it was still an epic amount of work, and took a year and six drafts, but the flow was endless.

Writing my second book is a completely different experience so far. This new book is unrelated to the first and having trashed my first draft, I am now about 1200 words into draft two. The opening scene keeps changing for the better.   But I’m having trouble pantsing this time around and it is killing me! After two scenes I realize I need to stop writing and start plotting.  I am realizing that I don’t understand my characters’ motivation deeply enough yet. 

So of course, I am stalling.  Last night, I wrote a page and then baked a batch of cupcakes. (they tasted fabulous and are even better for breakfast.)  But shortly after eating that tasty trio I was falling deeply into a sugar coma and off to sleep.

So, I am here to promise the I will stop dissing my book and get back to work. There, now I have guilt, which is fuel for the desperate writer.

If any of you have some insight to jump start once again… I am all eyes.

In other news:

I won one of the four contests I mentioned on Monday!  That’s right!  Paula Kay McLaughlin was one of the bloggers hosting an awesome Give-It-Forward (click here for a list of the other contests as they get added) contest for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. And now that I am winner, you know what that means?  That’s right! I’ll be giving away a copy on my blog within a few weeks of me receiving the book. *throws confetti*

Monday Memo – 5 things for the week

1. I have a Word Peeve:  Anxious vs. Eager – I can be a bit of a word freak, I admit it.  “Details are important,” she said as she ruined her prose with bad grammar. I also understand that nobody is perfect. I, on one hand, am a comma freak and cannot be relied upon to accurately edit for grammar. But when it comes to word choice, the devil is in the details, my friends. My ears begin to bleed and my innards curl when people write things like “your” when they mean “you’re” or “here” when they mean “hear”.  But sometimes, in the heat of the moment, those can be more of a typo and not really an error. (read: I’ve done it and shrieked as the tweet moved through the scroll.)  But the use of “anxious” when you are actually “eager” for something to happen just irks me. This is not a typo, it is a mistake. Let me ‘splain.

If you are anxious about something, you’re worried about it.  Fretting! As in:  “I am anxious to hear if I got the part that I auditioned for.”  As in: *nibbles on nails*. 

In contrast, if you are eager, you are looking forward to something with excitement and happy feelings. Yearning!  As in: “I am eager to start receving some of the books on my Amazon pre-order list.” As in: *squee* 

2. Speaking of word peeves, my Word Peeve #2 for today relates to the use of Should have vs. Should of. I can’t believe that people even make this mistake but I have seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. There is no explanation really. In part this one makes me sad because I worry that the person doing it doesn’t read for pleasure. People who read a lot tend to have a better grip on words than those who don’t, and when I hear that a person doesn’t like to read that makes me sad. #sigh

3. Coke or Pepsi? I am a Coke girl, through and through. I love soda! With lots of ice! Preferably sans straw so the bubbly goodness can tickle my lips as I imbibe. I surmise that because it was kept from me as a child I went off the deep end when I gained my liberty and started consuming it with zeal. Zeal! Meals don’t taste right without a Coke. With foodies in my family, I have developed my palate and have been known to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with food, but I usually end up with an array of glasses surrounding my plate and crowding the table because I should have just ordered a soda to start.  So, you’ll understand how unhappy I am to be giving up soda. This is a big deal and I have been weaning for months. I am committed to break the habit. Last night, while I was out buying a new keyboard (mine stopped producing anything in the asdf area all of a sudden) I stopped at the WalMart to pick up an iced-tea machine.  $18.98 later I actually am enjoying the supply of iced tea but we misses the bubbles.  We needs it.  #weeps

4. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson – Casey McCormick has come up with a fabulous blog-contest-chain for this book, and I think I am entered in all of them so please let me win one. The contests are straight forward, but they all have a catch: The winner of the contests MUST do the same giveaway on their blog.  So… there are two going on right now that I can find as I write this.  Check back as I will edit to add the others.  The book sounds wonderful – I hope to be giving one away on my blog in the future as part of my contract with the contest!

5. My Amazon Pre-order list mocks me. I wish I could spin forward in time to receive these babies, but I have a HUGE to-be-read pile and think that maybe, just maybe, these books will arrive right in the nick of time.

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver – this has actually been released already, but I have ordered it with free shipping along with:
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth – which I cannot wait to get my paws on.  Which leads me to:
THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab – who is currently in Liverpool for a long stint #colormejealous and then the lovely:
POSSESSION by Elana Johnson – whose cover has captured my imagination along with:
INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moskowitz – whose other book BREAK really blew me away.

Time, it ticks and tocks and I check the mail box.