Category Archives: rewrite it

The Writing Resolutes ~ February Check-In

Well, so far so good this year. Yesterday, I completed a second draft of book four (Me & Johnny) of the series I’ve been writing, Human Touch.

Not Human Torch, nor is it Johnny Storm related, purely coincidental…

I somewhat apologize for my ridiculous puns.

Not really.

Anyway, I am so happy it’s complete. Then someone was so kind to print, comment, make notes, and check edits of the newest, best, and last edition of Human Touch (which I swear auto-correct on the new laptop is worse than auto-correct on my old laptop). I finished that out yesterday, too. Two stories done, ish. Still waiting for others to comment or notate on that one, because I might have missed something else or I like to have a consensus…

The problem I have is what to do with it once the final/final is done. Wattpad always sits in my head as one of the top options. Self-pub? Maybe. I’ve also been considering doing podcasts with it…as in the whole freaking series! (Over nine books either written or planned at this point.) Something along the lines of Welcome to Nightvale! But, those microphones can be expensive. And I’ll have to find a place to record along with people to play the parts. That last one would be the easiest thing to accomplish on that short list.

On the agent front, Love, Darrows is still with an agent. Not sure if I should poke and prod for info there or not. I don’t want to be pushy, but at the same time, it’s been months since she’s responded to me…

Sync or Swim is being edited and prepped to send to an agent who has said they wanted my next contemporary LGBTQ book…so fingers crossed that I get it done and off soon.

In the meantime, I am always searching (BIG THANKS TO kiTT FOR POINTING OUT PUB OPPORTUNITIES) for the next submission…

So far this year, I might not have gotten my foot in the door yet, but I feel like I am getting stories done. Which is always a good thing to someone in the authoring process. IMO.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

all gifs found on giphy.com

Leave a comment

Filed under amwriting, aspirations, Chris Evans, diversity, human touch, i resolute, LGBTQ, love carter, love darrows, my opus, query, random blathering, rewrite it, sync or swim, the fangirling has made it here, write

Je suis fini.

Wings is now a final draft. A job VERY well done, if I say so myself. I am over the moon thrilled with it. THE best RomCom I’ve written to date. I just need a long summary at this point in the game…and I’m fully ready for Pitch Wars or copyrighting and posting this somewhere.

(hey, tonguetwied, Shelly…look in the back ground of that gif. Notice something? ΖΘ…? O.o!)

It’s sorta nice to be back on the tail end of a story. Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Though I know boredom is lurking around any corner, ready to strike. She’s never any fun, that one. I’m hoping to avoid her this time.

Between 4:00 and 4:30 this morning, I had an epiphany about  the opus, Human Touch, and a way to placate the readers en masse with an exciting opening while keeping my need to start the story with them–Nikki & McClane–because it ends with them. (It’s my reason that makes no sense, but perfect sense.) Meaning another rewrite is looming closer. (I’m sorta happy about this, because my “flashback heart” loves this idea.) And if I get stuck there, I’m thinking of pulling out the other [what I call] Romances in New York stories and rewriting those–Life Imitating Art & Life Inspiring Art, & If Only in my Dreams…though this one is a script, I want it in novel form. Then, there’s Darrows. I still don’t know what to do with him. I’m leaning towards copyrighting him and putting him out there to see how he flies. Plus, I’m also working on two projects to go along with the Captain America arm warmers I finished about a month ago. The best way of keeping busy until the next story slaps me in the face and demands to be written.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope inspiration finds you!

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

This post is filed under: Happy Happy Joy Joy!, Wings

Bonus points to the person who can tell me why I have to include Doc Hollywood in this post…

all gifs found on giphy.com

Leave a comment

Filed under editing hell, happy happy joy joy, having fun, human touch, keeping entertained, my opus, publish it, random blathering, rewrite it, romance can't be antiquated, romcoms are my peeps, screenplays, wings

Happy New Year!

It feels like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.

Maybe it’s because it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.
I mean November 17th feels like a lifetime ago thanks to the busyness and family over the holidays.

Old News:

I didn’t finish my tale in time for NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on it when time is gifted to me. It’s just over half way…maybe two thirds of the way complete. And I love it now more than ever! My Charlie is a total “To *sigh* for…”

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens … No spoilers, promise. I just have to say I saw it Thursday the 17th of December. I had tears and goosebumps and I LOVED it so much as well as deciding to pen a scathing email to JJ Abrams about why I LOVED it and not… It was amazing. I have theories upon theories of what’s to come, including Rey’s history. We have our teams here, too: Pro Han/Leia, Con Luke… And Kylo Ren…Ugh. BB-8 is the most adorable droid. I’ve always considered Artoo a toddler, and now I consider BB the adorable dog… Just so much to say…but again, I am going to keep this spoiler free.

Holidays were a blast, and so busy, and stressful, and just some good [and yet puzzling, literally] times.

New news:

Hoping everyone’s new year is off to the greatest of all starts. So far, this is a fantastic year! Even if I started off by getting sick for Christmas and am still trying to rid the bug. But, being bed ridden means I got to fulfill a promise I made to a youngling and have been binge watching PLL. Finally, right?

Pretty Little Liars, thanks to Netflix….I’m trying to think of why I hadn’t watched this show before. Currently halfway through season 3. I know the first A. Thanks to a spoiler addict, I know the second A, but that didn’t stop me from screaming at the screen when I saw Toby in a certain type of outfit at the end of an episode… Don’t think I’ve yelled that much at a screen since Breaking Dawn part 2…when certain things happened. (Sadly or not, that’s entirely true.) So, please, if you are ahead of me, no spoilers, I beg of you.

Onto…

I Resolute:

I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but (1) I like the way it sounds/looks up there, and (2) I always make up my own words for things so it wouldn’t surprise me if it is wrong. I don’t typically share my plans for the year, but then I typically don’t make plans for the year…Not that I’m lackadaisical, I just don’t. But, for some reason, this year I did make a few to share. (Maybe it’s because of the nine theme I’m going with for the year.)

  1. Finish Wings. Pretty easy as it’s almost done. Will I publish it, though? Meh. Probably not. I’m totally writing this for myself because I have had a Dickens of a time trying to find a sweet, typical-yet-different romcom to read…hell, to watch since most I’ve seen about a million times over and am craving something new.
  2. Write, write, write. I have another story idea that seems to want to bloom…so okay. That one may be a “publisher” when all is said and done. Then HT seems to be invading my daydreams lately…so I may pull out the opus and work away on it again.
  3. Put more of my works out there. Whether it’s sending to agents, putting them here in some capacity, on the road to getting published, or even taking it to self-pub or free site levels. In some way, this needs to be done before 2016 is out.
  4. Read more, review more. 100 books to be exact. At least according to my Goodreads reading goal challenge I filled out a few days ago. Already have one book read. 99 left to go for 2016.
  5. Blog more. Why? Because maybe I don’t do it enough [according to the internet rules for authors]. Although if I am blogging more, I’ll definitely be blathering on about either something fangirly or something on my mind…which might not be as good as I think.
  6. Eat pizza again. Stupid to resolute that, but I miss food. Sulphite (Sulfite) allergies SUCK! And I am so starving to death, though I may not look like it. PIZZA! PLEASE! Plain cheese…I’m even desperate enough to do rice or gluten-free crusts…just YES!
  7. Help kids/pets more. I do already help out with kids through a school, but ever since I heard this story of this toddler being left alone at Children’s hospital because his family couldn’t stay with him…i still cry…it’s the saddest thing that they had to leave this toddler behind…and I want to go up there, play and talk to them because they need to know they have someone on their side. My biggest problem is finding enough time in a day. I’m seriously thinking of forgoing my yearly trek to San Diego for Comic Con this summer and hanging out with those kids instead. It would definitely be more fulfilling. A child with a smile you gave them is better than all the panels and autographs in the world. Pets…I want to help at the animal shelters…if only I could move past the attachment thing I do with animals. Ask my mom about the snakes, turtles, crayfish, dogs, cats and whatever other animals I’d find in the street and bring home to either set free as it should be, find a home for, or even find the owners of…I’d have kept them all if she had let me.
  8. Try to lose weight again. After the sulphite (sulfite–I keep doing this because no one can agree how to spell it, though I’ve noticed the ‘ph’ is more abroad than US) scare last September/October, I haven’t done any exercising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t want to go to the hospital because I can’t breathe again or wind up with a reaction so bad, I look like a horrible creature crawling from a pit of lava–again.
  9. You think for this last one, I’d put something major, something awesomely philanthropic, or something life-altering. It is to me, though no one else would get it…but I know I’m close to this…and maybe this is my year. But it is a very private, a soul-searching thing…I resolute it, but I won’t say it here.

No worries, though. If 9 does happen, I think I’d blab it here third…after my friends and something…maybe.

I do hope this new year brings about happiness and prosperity for all of you.
Just remember: There’s nothing like a laugh and a smile.

HAPPY 2016!

*~*~*~*~*~*
all gifs found on/made by giphy.com…

Leave a comment

Filed under aspirations, finding myself, having fun, i resolute, inspiration, kismet, my opus, NaNoWriMo, on the book shelf, random blathering, rewrite it, romance can't be antiquated, the fangirling has made it here, write

Still in Query mode…

Two more form noes. Sent off another, revamped and hopefully improved query for Love, Darrows. It’s come so close three times now. The full/partial MS requests…so Awesome! This is the furthest I’ve ever made it to getting an agent! I’m still in shock at the warm reception by agents, though I will say readers seem to like it more than the agents…which might be a problem if I want it published. Anyway, still searching for the one that gets Darrows enough to rep him.

need to pet on Lucky Kitty.

And I still need to decide if I’m going to let Darrows out to play in Pitch Wars. I mean, I’m up for it. In the same breath, I think I’m either way ahead of the curve or way behind the curve with Darrows. Most agents (now) are looking for sci-fi stories. That’s the current trend…Sci-fi. SMH. I don’t know. I mean, I LOVE STAR WARS LIKE NO ONE I KNOW,

and yet sci-fi stories and I don’t really get along well. For the most part. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. As for writing one, it’s not in me. not now anyway. I could take Human Touch, put it on another planet or spaceship in the far future. Same with Darrows. I can stick my Cupid on Neptune. Not a problem. Except a major problem. They’re not the stories I wrote. I’m not changing what they are for any reason. Wait…I could pull out Last Man Standing, though that’s more dystopian…You know what? No. I won’t change to fit what’s popular. They are what they are, no matter.

Even if it means I never get published. So until this sci-fi trend dissolves in the space shuttle’s afterburners somewhere as it passes Planet Nine in the Xennon District of the Nexula Galaxy, I feel sort of stuck for getting my stories published. One thing for sure, when contemporaries make it back in fashion, I’m golden! Or ghost stories! Or myths! Or dystopians!

In the meantime, I’m writing SoS. I have four other stories competing for my attention and trying to grow, too…thanks to the afore gif’ed mention of muse… a person, though, not the band. Mostly as I type out the one, I’m writing out notes, ideas and chapters in journals for the others. Add in the critique groups I’m participating in and I’m working hard at hardly working.

At least I’m at the tail end of vacation catch-up. Finally. So it’s all looking good from this side of things.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

This post will be filed under random blathering.

2 Comments

Filed under book boyfriends, learning lessons, love carter, love darrows, my opus, Pitch Wars, publish it, query, random blathering, rewrite it, self-doubt, write

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Anyone remember that movie?

It came out about the same time as Powder.

Both movies made me weep crocodile tears and kill off about thirty trees’ worth of tissues. They’re both one of those movies that I could only watch once, but I remember vividly and has yet to leave my mind.

Anyway…That’s the reference. The actual story for this post is this: I’ve decided that Human Touch may very well be my Mr. Holland’s Opus, but instead of creating the most beautiful piece of music, I’m trying to create a saga type tale along Harry Potter lines, minus the wizards, add ghosts, demons, but still witchery and religion mingling in a rom com YA.

Yeah, I still need a lot of work on finding the perfect genre for this sweeping series of stories that I would love to finish, that I want to share with other people, that I know is supposed to be out there in the universe somewhere rather than sitting in various Word docs and Scrivener files…and sitting in my brain.

This story has been ___ years in the making. The story idea started in my head in 2010, written out in a short “Note to Self” post-it on my computer–a literal post-it stuck to the laptop lid. 2011 it was a passing thought as I couldn’t figure out the story, the hook. 2012 it clicked when I was at Comic Con…and I was literally seven to ten people (depending if I let the others in my group go before me or after me) away from meeting someone while camping out for the Thursday Hall H opener. And after, I sat thinking, as most of the line was going to sleep…this is how my ghost would feel if this guy just missed her. She would be super bummed, like it should happen, but she’s a fracken ghost in love with a human…

And everything just became a waterfall. Possible names. Possible places. Events that go on in a high school senior’s life, things my ghost would have missed out on, the things that have changed from the 1980s to the (then) present day of 2012.

And this tale started spilling onto journal pages decorated with birds and trees. And when I had a rough plan, I began to type and type and type. Through tired fingers, tired brains, and temporary carpal tunnel as I’ve never typed that much before in a single sitting. Nikki and McClane came to life. The only thing I didn’t have, was an ending. Did I want to go typical HEA or did I want to go with reality?

I opted for HEA with a twist, leading to another book, then another, then another, then plans for two more just on their story, plans on four others for stories of other characters, then the alternate ending story which, truthfully is a book within itself (and almost completed in first draft now).

Spring 2013 – I had the first three books of Human Touch series typed. I call this first half of the series my baby, though it’s been said to never call it that. But in my eyes, it is. July to April to complete the three (very long) books in first draft. Nine long, learning filled months. The amount of time for a baby to grow and be born. My baby.

Fall 2013 – The first work was edited and formatted and re-written…a few times…then voila! I considered her done. Researched queries…which admittedly is still a weak point of mine…and sent them out. No after no. I’ve had about four personalized noes, feels like a thousand form noes, and a few that said it was great, but the genre was falling apart and they were taking less Paranormal Romance YA…which, this truly is being about ghosts…not that Vampire/Werewolf stuff they say is Paranormal. (THOSE ARE SUPERNATURAL!)

So fine. I put it away for a bit. Made some changes. Wound up expanding on the story. to over 150,000 words…and it still doesn’t cover everything.

And after taking out what was considered “non-essential” I had it down to 126,000…but it lost so much to me. Nikki’s personality was gone. Events that run through all six books, some through three, gone. Nothing made sense anymore. I hated it.

Summer 2014 – Queried that version. Again, the same amount of noes. pretty much just like that first list. So I put it away. Very far away. I even have drafts in a folder labeled: NEVER LOOK AT THESE AGAIN

Seriously. Those drafts are horrible. I hate them, but I refuse to delete them. Reminders of how terribly things can go wrong when writing.

Fall 2014 – Started another series, Love, Darrows. (As if I hadn’t written Last Man Standing, Life Imitating Art, Life Inspiring Art, and an untitled novella in there.) And it took a while to find my style and voice. I am pithy. I am also very verbose. (150,000 + words for one book!…*looking at Order of the Phoenix and wondering the comparison on that.*) I don’t like info dumps, though everyone critiquing my story (except the BFF and someone whose opinion on writing I trust more than Honest Abe) kept harping on show don’t tell. But I was showing. Maybe not in long-winded descriptions like most authors seem to do, like most agents seem to like as these books/stories are published. I think it detracts from the story. (see also The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo) I think describing bits and pieces that are important works with all of the events going on in the story. You’re getting the story. You’re getting the descriptions. You don’t need to know that McClane is in a western style shirt that is blue plaid with small black lines broken up with white and a t-shirt under that came from some band Nikki thinks is fake because Thirty Seconds to Mars makes no sense, though DeLoreans going 88 mph to time travel makes perfect sense, and how those items pair well with his tight denim jeans then the boots, cowboy not work, but I’ve seen some places where even the color of the shoelaces have been described just to paint the complete picture.

I hate it.

So it would go with me that Nikki would notice the worn jeans that are just right tight. She would jaw drop at those old boots of his, as though he’s been riding out on the range all day and is just now swooping into town all dusty. But then they talk… He says, “Hey, Kitten. You ready?” as “Hi, Cowboy,” wisps from her in a quiet breath. She can’t think of an answer to the rest. That hours later, during a hug, Thirty Seconds to Mars must make some great music. That t-shirt has been worn a thousand times, because it’s the softest thing she’s rested her cheek on. McClane’s football-sculpted chest rock was hard though. Then during their moonlight stroll, he offered her this cowboy shirt that was blue, plaid, and thin when she was shuddering from the cold breeze swarming them.

Something like that. That’s not even a part of the story which is how easy those characters are for me to write.

So here we are. 2015. Summer-ish. The story has been put away for a year now. One whole year–with the small exception of formatting a chapter for self-pub(?) here and there as writer’s block hits or I am too tired and it’s easier to type what I see than think. . And these characters are screaming at me. Like taking Cruz, Tyler, and Jamie–three guys from the newest story I’m writing–and shoving them to the side as though they aren’t important. McClane, Nikki, and Jaden are screaming at me, “Pay attention to us!” And a thought hit…what if I took my longest draft to date (the 156,000+ one) and kept the events the same, because they are perfect, and used my way of show not tell, only highlighting the most important things to these characters instead of painting out every little detail like I have.

And yesterday, since it was bothering me and I couldn’t go to sleep until I had it done…

I took chapter two…the real, almost original start to my story, the moment I love…it starts with him and her and it will end with him and her…and typed it out as though Nikki was talking through Quentin with less poetry. So far, I’ve condensed 2,505 words down to 1,600, and divided two-thirds of a chapter into two smaller chapters.

I rather like it. This is just a smidge more Nikki from the first drafts then the rambling long-windedness I hate.

So I’m now toying with writing the rest like this. Like Quentin without the poetry, but with the voice on an 18-year-old girl from 1989. Like it was. Taking this format that a few agents have liked enough to ask for full drafts of Darrows…That maybe there is a light to the end of this Human Touch tunnel

My Opus.

3 Comments

Filed under author woes, editing worries, finding myself, human touch, learning lessons, love darrows, my opus, paranormal, rewrite it, self publish, self-doubt, supernatural, write