July 25th, 2011
As The Schedule Turns

I’m still trying to adjust to having a schedule. I imagine it will take a few weeks before it becomes like second nature. Editing for the YA continues to go smoothly. I know that won’t last because I vividly remember struggling through later chapters, so I’m enjoying the process while I can. 🙂

Tomorrow I have a hair appointment and my monthly writers’ meeting. Really hope to come home energized from it, since the new YA has hit a snag. I know it’s only temporary. I need to do more brainstorming, so I can get a better feel for the lead character. He’s slippery.

For those not following me on Twitter, I’m still really enjoying The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. I bought it in paperback because it was such a good deal. (A rare thing for me.) I know there’s a bit of controversy surrounding the book, but so far I haven’t had a problem with the author’s choices. The story is thoroughly engrossing. It’s definitely a Steampunk novel, but it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I really like that. Nice change. I can’t wait to see how she wraps the story up.

A few people have been freaking out about the change in the App store regarding other bookstores/sales sites. (ie Sony, Nook, Kindle, etc.) You can now no longer buy directly through your App. Is this a pain in the arse? Sometimes. Okay, really only at night when I’m reading an excerpt under the covers and decide to buy the book via my phone. In other words, not often. Personally, this is only a bit of an inconvenience. Instead of clicking buy, I have to go to the web browser and dial up whoever I’m trying to buy the book from. Will it take longer? Yes, if that’s your main way of purchasing reading material. Will it change my life? No, since I purchase most of my books while surfing on my desktop. Again, it’s only one extra step. I don’t blame Apple for doing it. They were losing business. I love Apple products, even the iBook shelf, but they aren’t really who I buy books from and that’s unlikely to change. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.

I have already bought my tickets for Cowboys vs. Aliens. YAY! Four o’clock on Friday cannot come soon enough. 😀

One of the things I’m doing with my schedule is working my way through a craft book. I haven’t designated a set amount of pages to cover a day, but I have given myself a time limit. Today, I read a couple of pages that I hope will forever change the way that I write. It was a section on ‘Filtering words’ and ‘Linking verbs’. I’ve struggled to take my writing to the next level. Can I sell a publishable book? Yes, but today was the first day that I found some real tools on how to make my writing BETTER. Every author knows (or should know) what their writing weaknesses are. I’ve known for a long time, but I never knew how to fix them. I could identify how my writing was different compared to the people I admire, but that was about it. Today, I nearly wept when those two concepts were explained using examples. (I am the type of learner that REALLY needs examples, if I’m to get a concept.) I will have to read through those pages several times and fight old habits, but now I actually have the tools to do so. SUCH A MASSIVE RELIEF!

4 comments to “As The Schedule Turns”

  1. Ooh, sounds helpful – what’s the title of the craft book?

  2. What Tez said; title, please! And yay for you. Also, Cowboys Vs Aliens looks totally badass and fun.

  3. Tez, The book is called ‘Word Painting’ by Rebecca McClanahan. It is fabulous.

  4. Charli, I can’t wait for that movie.