Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Brain-Fried Five

I'm prepping for a long week next week. With the start of the Blogging A to Z Challenge, celebrating an amazing friend's book deal with a two-day extravaganza on Writers' Ally, posting four days next week because I committed to a blog tour, getting ready for Easter, and catching up on my own writing, I'm going to make today's post quick, easy, and hopefully fun for you.

~ I haven't done a personal progress report in some time. Here's a quick view-over:
  • After working with a professional YA author/editor, I've applied her awesome suggestions to over half of my YA novel. GOAL: finish by April 13th and then start querying.
  • My two MG stories are on hold, still brainstorming after writing over half of each.
  • In the PB department, I'm still working on my two most promising stories.
~ Because of the 12x12x12 challenge I'm involved in, I've joined the most amazing PB critique group!! I've been looking for one for the longest time. The ladies are fabulous. So excited.

~ My eight-year-old son read STINK and the Midnight Zombie Walk, a lower MG book, in just over a day. So proud of him. Psst...he's going to give us his thoughts about the book in a few weeks. He is too cute about it!

~ I've been having trouble sleeping, lately. Every experience that? Any idea what it means? You know, like when your palm itches it supposedly means you're coming into money. :D

~ Lastly, I am a bonehead. I get my first story published in a real, live (yes, it's living to me) book, which was released in November, and I never take a photo of myself with it. So here it is. 

Happy Weekend All!! May The Force Be With You....


26 comments:

  1. Yay for closing in on the end of your revisions! And NICE photo of you and your story!

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  2. Congrats on your real live story. Nice photo! Yay for finishing up revisions and setting a goal to query. Best of luck!!

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  3. Congrats on your first publication! That's awesome. :)

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  4. Congrats on your story! How awesome! Sounds like you've got a lot going on. My daughter's birthday is April 13th so I know it'll bode well for you if you finish your book that day.

    I suffer from insomnia big time. In fact I'll be going to work today on 3 hours of sleep. I find a lot of times worries or too much going on that causes stress triggers it. I take a sleeping pill, a mild one, trying to get on a better pattern of sleep. For the most part, it's working.

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    1. OMGosh! Seriously? Two of my blogging buds have daughters with that b-day. I am surely going to have to finish now. :D

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  5. Took me ages to get a photo of me holding String Bridge :o) And I don't think I ever posted it either! LOL So don't worry ...

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  6. Yay! Belated congrats for the belated photo of you and your published work! I don't know what no sleep means- I hear when the moon is full some people have trouble sleeping. Lately I've just been having this anxious feeling in my gut a lot where i feel like something's going to happen or has happened and I can't put my finger on what. Not a great feeling but thankfully it only lasts a day or so and then I'm fine...for a few days:) Congrats on your goals met!

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    1. Makes you kind of think about the year being 2012, huh?

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  7. Congrats on your story publication! And, yeah, I remember when my sons forst started reading like crazy. It was so very exciting!

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  8. Congrats all around, Sheri! And, yes, you will have that YA piece ready by April 13th because that is my daughter's birthday. And only good things will happen that day! :)

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  9. Woohoo! Congrats on getting your work published! That's awesome! I wish I had some good advice on the lack of sleep. All I know is that I hate when that happens. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. Yeah, sleep is a precious commodity. Blah...

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  10. I'm glad you took a picture with that book! :D

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  11. oh, yes, I know all about trouble sleeping. Congrats on your name in print :)

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  12. Congratulations on the published story!!

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  13. That's an award winning smile. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. Have you ever taken a bad picture? :)

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    1. Um, absolutely. Believe it or not, having my picture taken is one of my least favorite things to do in life. Seriously. When I had to have my portfolio taken for the pageant, it took forever because I was so tense.

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  15. @ DL - from the photos I've seen, I just don't think that's possible :-)

    As for what you've been up to lately, wow! You've been the busiest thing bouncing about with so many projects, juggling them with proficiency.

    Looking forward to your son's review of the stories he read :-)

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    1. Aw, Angela, so nice of you to say.

      I'm pretty excited about my youngest wanting to share his thoughts. Love hearing what kids have to say about reading.

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  16. Wow, lots of exciting stuff going on in your world. No wonder your mind is spinning.

    Congrats on your first published story! That's a lovely photo.

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    1. Thanks, Talli. Yes, life is a bit busy right now. Looking forward to summer. :D

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  17. My goodness you sound so busy! Good luck with finishing your YA novel by 13th April!!

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