Friday, May 31, 2013

An Interview and a PLAN *Buwahahahahahahaha*

So Marcy over at Maine Words interviewed me and asked some GREAT questions. I think the answers weren't so shabby either... largely about my writing journey and cozy mysteries, so I'd love it if you'd come over and see us!

Also, TOMORROW is the first day of BuNoWriMo... and I have some challenges this year, so I feel the need to commit to specific goals, since they aren't the normal 50K in 30 days goals these things are.


1: Daughter graduates from high school Tuesday so I have family in town most of the week.

2: On June 23 (my birthday) my family is embarking on our first ever cross-country road trip. (so I will be partially off line, though I do plan on taking a computer... but what we rent MAY not have in car charging (and I get carsick if I don't watch the road)... So I am 8 days SHORT on computer time...

My PLAN *Buwahahahahaha*

Between the two, I don't think 50K is feasible... So here is my hope:

40K before June 22. And then I will take A Shot In The Light with me (hard copy) to decide where I need to break and what needs to be added/cut to release it as a serial next fall... it won't be the actual editing, so much as a read/reminder and rethinking so I can revise efficiently when we get back mid-July.

(with the door open to keep writing this book


This is a brand new, less than a week old idea that was sort of a convergence of thoughts but I haven't SEEN it and I think I can tell this story well, as I LIVED pieces of it:

Title: Also Appearing...
(YA Coming of Age or Finding Self)

Leah XX feels like a bit player in her own life. A supporting actor. An 'also appearing'. She is the 'nice friend' of the popular girls who never gets the guy. The shadow of her pretty outgoing sister. And the afterthought of her parents' summer plans. But the forced summer at the lake isn't all bad. She meets Trey Schreiber, who makes her feel pretty, interesting and wanted. She feels like a new self is born in her summer romance. Sadly, back at home, her friends all see the same old her. Reliable, boring Leah.

She tries to fight her way back to the feeling of being someone special, trying all the tricks at hand: alcohol, sex, a little recklessness. But as her attempts spin out of control, she begins to wonder if it wasn't all an illusion. Maybe she just wasn't meant to stand out in the crowd.

That is what I can share... I have more figured out, but it sounds too spoilerish as I write it... it is a self-discovery of sorts...


Old Kitty said...

Oh noes, scary laughter! Pants off now!! Down with pants! Yay! LOL!

Just come from your fab interview with the marvellous Marcy!! Yay!!

Oh wow you have A LOT going on!! Huge congratulations to your daughter! And your birthday is coming up and you have this fab wip going too! Phew. And it's Friday! Yay! take care

Karen Jones Gowen said...

As usual you have a whole LOT going on (love the manic laughter!) I won't be doing BuNoWriMo this year, even though June is my favorite month for writing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Even if you don't hit the 50,000 mark, BuNo will still be a success. (I didn't quite hit it two years ago, but it got me to finish my third book.)
Enjoyed your bit over at Marcy's.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I think taking the hard copy with you is a good idea - I plan on doing something similar later on this summer. I find that when I look at my words on paper as opposed to on the screen, it brings a new and different perspective.

Jan Morrison said...

I like your way of working the plan! I took a copy of Bright Angel to Cuba and found it very easy to spend a bit of time a day on it. I wrote notes on it like I was another person. So atta girl! Now I'm inspired to make my plan. I am so tempted to start another book after last year's great results. But aaaaagh! So many sitting around waiting for a final polish.

Teresa Coltrin said...

No matter what, you'll meet the challenge. You are good at that.

Congrats on your daughter graduating. Let me tell you that IS a celebration. (I work in a school district.)

mshatch said...

Interesting new idea and thanks again for coming by :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Congrats on your daughter's graduation. And enjoy your trip...I've always wanted to do the cross-country thing.

And I love the concept for your book. Good luck with it!

Sarah Ahiers said...

ummmm...i absolutely LOVE the "aslo appearing" line. PLEASE make sure that makes it in the book because it's awesome

Shaharizan Perez said...

I would love to do a cross country trip. From New York City (my hometown) to Seattle WA. :D

Helena said...

Congrats to Daughter for her impending graduation, and may you have lots of fun and no car sickness on your road trip.

I really like the sound of your new YA story. The feeling of being a supporting actor in your own life, of being the nice girl/guy who is pretty much invisible to others -- boy, do I know that feeling! And so do countless other people. You've got a strong base for an exciting new story, Hart darlin'.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Hi Hart. I just found out about your blog from Michael DiGesu. I live in Ann Arbor too! Congrats on your book and your daughter graduating. Mine is in 10th grade. I'm a new follower.