Don’t Hate Me! I’m Still Here and I’m WRITING!

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Hey! Hi! Hola! Remember me? I’m that person who used to write on here all the time? No? Hm….

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Wait…

*runs to find memory boost-speration*

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It’s all coming back to you know, isn’t it? Phew! *wipes brow* That was close, I know…Well, HELLO!!! Oh yes,  I have missed all of you awesome blogs-o-phere peeps. A couple months ago–was it a couple months ago?–I attempted leaving some form of update through a random, “If We Were Having Coffee” post. I had every intention to come back sooner and blog more frequently and well, clearly, that didn’t happen. What did happen?

Well LIFE, my friends! That happened. Ugh. It’s been a crazy, difficult, emotionally numbing year of unexpected staleness. Dramatic, I know. My time back home hit a wall a LONG time ago. I came back to help my family with their business as well as take care of some health issues that I couldn’t do financially or time wise if I were on my own. In that time, reading and writing became my solace.

My book was coming along slowly, with a few bumps on the road here and there. Finally, I determined myself that life wasn’t waiting around for me and so, in turn, I couldn’t sit around and wait for life. If I want change. If I want my life to look different, be different, I’d have to be the one to make it happen. I know, that sounds like self-explanatory common self but it only is in theory. Life, is far more gray and complicated than a simple, “Just Do It” campaign.

A few recent developments have come into play, hence, I’m back!

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I’m moving to California with my best friend! After…four years apart–living in separate states–we are finally going to be living in the same city! This was a crazy, spontaneous, rambunctious decision and I’ve never been more excited! I live in Florida. I’ve been an East Coast girl all my life. Even when I lived in the Midwest (Missouri), I still felt like an East Coast gal. This…well, this is definitely going to be a change. We’re aiming for March 2014, so until then, there is MUCH to plan and do.

This new venture has put some fire under my butt to get a few things done and taken cared of before the move. I could sit and wait around forever for things with my health to present itself, take it’s course and magically disappear but I’ve waited five years for that and life is slipping on by. Time to change course.

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I jumped back into writing! And I’m talking about full force, with vengeance! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but I connected months ago with Julie who is a part of True Blue Editorial. These awesome people offer Editing services that are, I believe a great investment before the querying process. What she’s going to do is an In-Depth critique of my entire manuscript. She’s going to help me clean it up and make it all shiny before I toss my baby (my manuscript) out to the wolves? Happy unicorned fairy godmothers?

Her and I have an appointment next week to begin the process, meaning, my draft for Book One needs to be completed. I hopped onto this writing sprint journey to finish the remaining 25% of the Book. It’s been a crazy two weeks.

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So, guess what? I’m about two chapters away from finishing this Book One Draft…*gulps…then LOUDLY SQUEALS* This is SO surreal. Do you understand HOW surreal this is? I have been working to finish this official first draft for a year now. Technically, this is the third draft, second concept but officially, this will be the first completely draft of this book! I’m so nervous about that. Yes, I have a second book to write on for this duology, so the story isn’t over. I don’t have to say goodbye to my characters yet and then of course, there’s the longer journey of querying for an agent and publishing house, then the long journey of Revisions. The story is far from being sent on it’s happy trails. But still, it’s weird to think I’ll be finished writing out the story.

I’m nervous about handing my babies over for some professional to critique and tear apart. I want everyone to love this story and even more, love my characters who I have become so invested in. I know them now. I see them. I understand them in a new way I hadn’t in the beginning when we were all still acquaintances. When I wanted them to do one thing, sometimes, they chose to do another. It’s been such a cool journey to see a story take it’s own shape which may sound mad to non-writers but IT’S TRUE! Sure, you’re their “God” but these little suckers have a life of their own and they will surprise you.

I stumbled upon this tweet from author Trish Doller (“Where the Stars Still Shine”)

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The bestie read my recent chapters last night and encouraged my insecure heart. Gosh, I do NOT know what I would’ve done without her during this entire writing journey. She’s been available till the wee-hours, reading chapters out loud with me. She’s blunt to a fault and I’m so lucky to have her. She says, she’s brutally honest and picky because she doesn’t want to see me fail. She genuinely believes in my story and wants the world to have it one day soon. Last night, she complimented the growth of my writing. The writer I was first concept, first drat to the writer from the first half of this draft to the writer I am now in this last half of the draft are day and night. I too, have notice a shift in my writing.

It’s true what they all said. The way to become a better writer is to write. Write and Read. Write tons. Write often. Read tons. Read often. It marks you. It drives your pen differently with time. It took 29 years to come to terms with a desire, a home that was always there but I never had the confidence or courage to believe in myself enough to pursue it. Writing is my home. Reading is my solace.

Here are some twitter highlights in the last two weeks since I’ve been finishing my book: 

(WordPress is being a bung-hole. For some reason I can’t embed any tweets or instagram posts on here visually so I had to screenshot these suckers….and…ENJOY!)

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So there it is folks! I was tagged to do a “My Writing Process” blog post. That will be going up before this Sunday, so stay tuned for that! I’ve been reading tons lately as well but haven’t kept up with sharing that on Goodreads or anywhere really. I’ll get back on that, soon…for real this time! I know, I said that last time and didn’t, Sheesh! DON’T MAKE ME FEEL MORE GUILTY THAT I ALREADY DO!!! *winks* 

Happy trails, my friends! Blog with ya soon. *tips hat*

11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A Writer

missdreamymarie:

Love this! I got 8 out of 10! It’s reaffirming. :)

Originally posted on Catherine, Caffeinated:

Yes, things have been a little quiet around here lately, but that’s only because, first of all, I was so busy there for a few weeks that I couldn’t even think straight and then, second of all, once the busyness was over, I awarded myself a whole day off—I didn’t even check my e-mails—and instead curled up with Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother, and that felt so good that I gave myself another day off, and then I started feeling light-headed and strange and had to come back here (here being The Desk), and get back to work. So while I play catch-up with the 391 e-mails from people who still don’t seem to understand that I don’t review books, my lovely blogging friend Laura Pepper Wu is going to entertain you with a guest post I’m sure we can all relate to: 11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A…

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11 Inspiring Quotes from the World’s Best Writers

missdreamymarie:

Inspirational quotes for those bad writing days! This is a great post!

Originally posted on Catherine, Caffeinated:

The last time we had a guest post from Laura Pepper Wu (11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A Writer), things went a bit nuts, with her post getting nearly 100 comments and being shared nearly 200 and over 400 times on Twitter and Facebook respectively. Today she’s back to share news of her new app, Write On! Daily Kick-Ass Writing Inspiration: 365 Tips & Quotes from the World’s Best Writers, and 11 of her favorite such quotes for those self-doubt-filled, motivation-lacking, no-amount-of-coffee-can-get-this-going bad writing days. Welcome back, Laura!

‘Having a bad writing day? Read (and bookmark!) these 11 quotes.

We all have ‘em once in while – awful, dragging, low writing-motivation days. The last thing you want to do is open up that folder on your computer, the one marked ‘WIP’.

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Sometimes it helps to know you’re not alone (you’re definitely not), and that this too…

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Summer Book Wishlist

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Well hello folks. Summer is here! How do I know? Is it due to the sun blazing through cloudless blue skies paralleled to vibrant, rich and lush green grass parks as the laughter of little kiddos splash around community pools that sparkle like diamonds? …

NO! I live in Florida which means, Hurricane Season so it is freaking stormy, raining, lightening, and thundering, simultaneously threatening to cut off our dish cable and internet every thirty minutes! *breathes into paper bag* (by now, you may know my theater background aids in these momentary dramatics)

I live in a state where Summer is all year long, so unlike the popular consensus, I hate Summer. Oh yeah, I said it. Sorry Olaf (Frozen), I can not joyfully sing along to your ignorantly blissful dreams of “Summer”. Anyway, enough bashing, back to what this is about…BOOKS! I decided to put together a Summer Book Wishlist of books that are currently available right now that I have REALLY wanted and need to get my hands on, ASAP. There are MANY more that could have been added to this list but they haven’t been published yet so I did not include them.

Interesting enough, my little Summer Wishlist holds a ton of Fantasy/Sci-fi/Adventure which are one, not my go to genres and two, not your typical Summery reads. Well, here they are! Now “Dammit Billy” (book I recently read inside joke…now I’m debating doing a Book-Talk about it: Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels – Adult RomCom), as I was saying, where is my long lost rich uncle who generously wants to give me an Amazon gift card for $500,000 so I can buy ALL THE BOOKS!!!?

On with the BOOKS!

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas 

First, let me just say that I am SO glad they redesigned the covers for this series. They look SO bad ass now. When you follow the link for Goodreads for book one (Throne of Glass), you’ll see the previous cover with an actual cover model. Normally, I’m weary of covers with people on the cover because they tend to be REALLY chessy. Sometimes, I am not too fond of people on the cover that were digitally drawn because those too end up normally looking really chessy. (I’m such a cover snob, I know. It’s horrible) These look great. I have heard endless praise towards this series from the beginning. I am ITCHING to get this series in my hands, immediately. Look at that cover below…I want that outfit and I want to look that freaking awesome in it!

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Crown of Midnight (goodreads)

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2. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (goodreads)

At first, this book fell into the, “Hmm…this looks interesting. Mark it to be read someday.” Then one my friends from Page to Premiere (Yaunna shoutout! *Hugs* girly - Check out her Entertainment News Website: TrulyLuminary) read it and even fan casted it. Check out this great post she did on Page to Premiere. If you’ve read it, even more so, you can appreciate it. Fan Casting: Who Should Lead the Teenage Cast of ‘Love Letters to the Dead’?

She gave me a premise of the story and raved about it. I instantly felt I connected with the main character’s (Laurel) journey of working through her grieving. Not to get into anything personal, but I am still working through a close family members death and feel this book may be very therapeutic for me.

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3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (goodreads)

Well, I don’t have much to say about this other than it has been HIGHLY recommended…yeah…that’s all I have to say about that.

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4. For Darkness Shows the Stars series by Diana Peterfreund

So here’s a little tidbit about me…usually anything related to stars, I’m a sucker for. Books with them focused on the title or theme somehow, my eyes target them fiercely. The moment I saw the cover and the title for this series, I knew I needed to have it. I heard the girls from Epic Reads rave about the series as well so I’m very much wanting to delve into this world. I heard a book tuber mention a favorite book quote of hers was actually the title of this book. It made me ponder on it, “for darkness shows the stars”. Ah, the ‘philosophical’ discussions could go on and on. Same thing I’m going through right now after re-visiting ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ now that the movie has released. Lots of deep life thinking…

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Among the Nameless Stars – prequel (goodreads)

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Across a Star-Swept Sea (goodreads)

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5. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (goodreads link here)

Cue the fangirl flails and squeals…Yes, ladies and gentlemen, apparently Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn for her New Adult books) is wildly known and loved. I mean, this woman means business. Within the last four years, she has written something like 20 books. How is that even possible?! Some of us have speculated that she is not human. She is either part cyborg or alien because, damn. I wish my writing was that disciplined.

The Lux series is a supernatural/paranormal young adult sci-fi? Not entirely sure yet but I have been urged that it is necessary that I read these pronto. I had yet to hop onto any of the Jennifer L. Armentrout bandwagon until I stumbled upon her New Adult series “Wait for You”. Yep. I’m a fan. Supernatural/Paranormal themed books are not my usual go to. My interest usually goes towards Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic (my favorite), Contemporary, then perhaps Sci-fi/Adventure. All must have a Romance element in them. (my personal reading requirements) Once in a while, I’ll embark on some fantasy and in this rare case, supernatural. I’ve heard Daemon is scrum-deli-ocious…so, well, yeah. Gotta check him out. ;) From the Wait For You series, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. She writes young adults honestly, no cliches. Excited to finally embark on this journey.

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6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Another Epic Reads highly recommended series. So, I hear I am to acquaint myself with Hector because “swoon”. I have yet to read it (hence it’s on this list) but I can already tell this may be one of those under the radar series. The series is already completed which I love because then I can binge read it and not go through lack of closure episodes of withdrawal.  If people whose book tastes I trust are telling me I need to meet this new book boyfriend, well then…I’m in. I have been wanting for this series since forever!

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The Crown of Embers (goodreads)

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So there it is. I was looking through my bookshelf and wondering which books that I currently own, I’d want to tackle next as my Summer TBR list. In that current list we have:

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1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (also have heard great reviews on)

2. Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

3. Perfect Chemistry (book 1) and Rules of Attraction (book 2) by Simone Elkeles

4. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I’ve been stalling majorly on this one. Haven’t been emotionally prepared for this yet)

6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (again with the stars…had to have it and the cover is GORGEOUS)

Also before I go. Remember me mentioning the cyborg/alien awesomeness that is Jennifer L. Armentrout? Well, to give you an idea of how much she’s written and published, check out this seriously Ha-Mazing chart I Heart Big Books created of her work for her birthday. (Both her YA – Young Adult – series and her New Adult/Adult books) 

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Her and I may be about the same age but I still say that I want to be like her when I grow up. haha Hoping to get all these stories and character voices in my head out sooner than the pace I’m doing currently. I love writing stories and creating characters. I always have, only it took me many years to put two and two together. My years and years of SIMS game obsession makes sense now. Ha! Anywho, that chart of her work is pretty impressive. Inspires me to cut the crap with the procrastination and get my ass to writing already. Geez!

What are some of your Summer Wishlist books? 

Monday Memes

Hola friends! Happy Monday, she grumbles.

How is your Monday coming along? I decided to add this as a new feature.

“MONDAY MEMES”

Why? Well, because I tried to think about what to write and well, my brain has shut down so then I thought…”Hmm, everyone likes gifs and memes!” Alas, here we are.

Let’s do a CURRENTLY list:

Watching: 

Katytastic BookTube episode: Impromptu Q&A

Reading:

Just finished this weekend a third book in a New Adult series, “Let Love in” by Melissa Collins. The third is a standalone companion novel, “Let Love Heal”. I enjoyed following the first book’s main character’s best friend and her story.

Listening:

To my bestie asking for through FaceTime chat book recommendations as she skips along through different bookstores.

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Making:

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Feeling:

Exhausted, like I could crawl back into bed any moment.

Planning:

On having a Writing Week where I am going to enter a cave (metaphorical one, not literal. Desiree don’t do that) and excuse myself from the world as I focus an entire week back into my novel.

Loving:

Not a lot today. (haha) Weekend flew by too quickly and wasn’t prepared for Monday to slap me in the face.

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And that concludes my “CURRENTLY” list. Now, let us bask in the Manic Monday blues, shall we?

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Till next time folks! 

When Young, We’re Fearless

 

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This week, I wanted to share a story. One of the besties and me reminisce about this moment often and we laugh comparing our natures when we were younger and now that we’re ending the decade of our 20′s. It’s so interesting, looking back at how we processed life, our surroundings, the boldness we displayed on taking adventures–big or small. You look back and mourn a little, that girl you used to be.

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When we were nineteen, twenty, it was late at night–probably ten-thirty, eleven-thirty–and we decided we wanted to spontaneously go to the beach. We live in Florida, so it wasn’t a far fetched plan. The thought was magical, it seemed. It was three girls and two boys. Without even thinking, we got in the car and just drove. No pre-planning, just off the beach we went. At night. We arrived and found parking in a secluded, dark area, then headed off toward a corner opening that led to the sand right next to the ocean. We laughed, walked around, split up, plopped on the sand, passed strangers, gazed at the stars…we were young…and fearless.

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Let us fast forward ten years…

It’s late at night and the same bestie from ten years ago and I decided we want to be spontaneous.

“Let’s go to the beach like we used to when we were young!”

We got our happy butts in the car, blasted the tunes and headed off to the beach at roughly the same time of night we did all those years ago. We park in a secluded area, double check doors are locked, look around at any suspicious activity then head off to an opening onto the beach. We walk through a long enclosed brush after passing two hotels and reach a rounded area with a stretched wooden walkway. We sit on the concrete separating this area from the sand and ocean up ahead which you can hear but can’t see from the darkness. The area we’re sitting in is lit with hazy yellow light posts and suddenly, my ‘I have watched too many Lifetime movies’ spidey senses tingle. Vane is facing one direction and I, the other. I see a couple men walking past and though we’re talking “casually”, my eyes are checking out every angle.

This isn’t how we remembered it when we were younger?

We’re chatting, the two men passed us and then…I notice over her shoulder two other guys walking along the sand, heading our way and there’s another walking along the ‘boardwalk’. I make eye contact with her and begin,

“Ten and Two,” I mutter through clenched teeth. “Ten and Two,” I say with a bit of urgency.

Now, you may laugh because looking back, so did we, but at the moment…so not laughing. Vane got up and faced that direction and confirmed the uneasy feeling I had inside at these two men, specifically who were heading out way. Her and I start heading towards the long brush. We start walking at a brisk pace and I take out my phone, prepping it for ’911′.

One second, these guys were still a good distance away, halfway through the brush, where no one would witness, we hear them RIGHT behind us. We start power walking. For them to have gotten so close to us required them to practically run to close the previous gap. Now, things were really not funny. We pass the brush threshold and head towards the hotel entrance with people and valet workers still outside–thankfully! We reach the hotel and stop to rest. We look back and the guys stop abruptly at the brush threshold. They linger at the threshold for a bit, then sit at a nearby bench with us still in their view.

“Oh, hell to the no!” I thought. “We refuse to be the star of our own Lifetime original movie” we said, then laughed through our nerves.

These guys meant us harm. We were dumbfounded. How the hell did we do this when we were younger? We didn’t consider the bums lying down on the sand that we walked past or the couple, who knows what they were doing on the sand. We were so oblivious to the big bad world when we were younger, hence making us–Fearless.

It was a bit sad, losing that naivety. Now that we’re older, we have no excuse. We’re more aware of the world. We’re wiser and now know that venturing to the beach at almost midnight, to walk along the ocean shore–that was the plan–in utter darkness while all sorts of drunk, drugged or wrong motive men lurk in the dark corners, mayyyyybe isn’t the smartest plan. Literally, two minutes of lingering and the guys got up and walked back towards the beach.

But Oh, How I Miss Being Fearless

There, of course, I believe is a balance to that–being fearless. I’m older. When we get older, we become more aware of the world around us, the joys and dangers of it alike. We learn we’re not invincible, but it shouldn’t hold us back, cause us to hide out like a hermit, afraid to take risks.

The moral of the story here? Learn to ‘Be Brave’. ‘Be Fearless’. It’s been my motto this year.And with that, let’s up the cheese and finish it with a relevant Tay Tay track.

Hit it Taylor!

(technically, you have to press play…right…)

 Have you been Fearless today? Be Brave.

If We Were Having Coffee: I’m Still Here!

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Hey! Hi! Remember me? *waves* Yeah, I know. It’s  been forever. I barely remember me. Talk about a blog hiatus, which by no means was on purpose. It was hard to figure out what or how to even approach this come back post so I figured doing a “If we were having coffee” feature seemed appropriate. It’s like we went out, sat at a cozy coffee joint with our yum yum drinks in hand, in the relaxed atmosphere, music lulling in the background and played catch up together….which we are…only virtually…and slightly one-sided. Okay…entirely one-sided but you get the point!

So what’s been going on, some of you may be curious to know, while others, I respectably understand, could give a crap. ^_^ The last you sporadically heard from me, I was going to ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ movie tour that stopped by my city–the first stop of the tour. From then on, things have been a whirlwind of craziness. So let’s get to it…If you and I were having coffee, I would share:

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Oh dear, goodness me, where to start? After ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ tour, a very pleasant surprise showed up in my inbox about two weeks later. It was an email, asking to confirm me and a guest for an early screening of the movie! At first, I wasn’t sure if the email was real. It didn’t look legit or formal, but a friend and I (who both received an email) researched some and for the most part, confirmed it was legit. Well, come the following Wednesday, Vanessa (who graciously came to wait in a line outside the theater with me–she’s not a fangirl but at least was interested in seeing the movie) and I went and had the privilege of seeing this movie weeks before it releases into theaters.

Can I just say, Bra-Freaking-Vo Josh Boone (Director of TFIOS<~~~fandom name)! The movie was the Book! The casting was PERFECT. The approach to the movie, the cinematography, the music, the direction they took, was outstanding. Seriously, maybe a couple nit-picking things I would have “liked”, but really, that’s just over analyzing at this point because it was just SO good. Of course, we ALL cried. The room cried, sobbed, shamelessly. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I plan to see it again and most definitely, I will own it as well. Go see THE FAULT IN OUR STARS! June 6th! Seven more days, people!

This story and book means a lot to me because I read it during the time I was grieving from my other big brother’s unexpected death to cancer. I was and still struggle with grieving through it. Though time has passed, the wound feels recent, and fresh still. I was being strong for my entire family. I was people’s shoulder of faith and strength at the time so I held myself back from fully feeling, experiencing the loss. I believe, at the time I read this story (might have been a couple weeks after we lost him–what possessed me, I have NO idea. I knew the premise of the book. lol ), it helped me grieve a little. It helped me confront those feelings. Face the truth of the situation. I needed to. I tend to hold things in, keeping it to myself for a very long time.  Seeing the movie, brought some of that back, but it was good.

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Page to Premiere reporting! I have been loving the experience of news writing for this amazing entertainment website focused on book to movie adaptations–especially of the YA genre. It’s a site about fangirling/fanboying run by fangirls/fanboys just like you, so it’s been great connecting with the community. It combines two loves of mine: Books! (which for me goes hand in hand with Writing) and Movies (which goes hand in hand with my passion for Acting and the process of Film making–bringing stories to life).

If you want up to date news on all things books to movie adaptations, check out Page to Premiere’s social networks:

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Writing my book… *huffs a breath from the corner of my mouth, blowing my bangs off my face, exasperated* Yeah, so…I’ve been avoiding my book. Ugh. And I know why. This isn’t just one of those random, you can’t explain it, procrastination writing lulls–no. I’ve been slightly intimidated by my book and overwhelmed at the same time because of certain things I’m becoming picky about. I had returned to writing–I believe I shared this–I needed to go back and up the tension between my two main characters. So I spent about a week going back into my manuscript and revisiting every interaction between them. Finally, got to my most current page and I was excited to get back to the creative writing part, since the past week felt like revision of sorts. Ha. Yeah. Fat chance. I avoided the manuscript for a bit again. Suddenly, ALL these thoughts and ideas started coming. Aspects about my two main characters started bothering me which meant, I was going to have go back in and do that whole process again, only it’s going to be more complicated. A part of me just wants to finish this draft already. Just finish telling the freaking story, THEN go back in and do the nit-picky work. That’s what revision is for!

*sighs* Yeah, that pep talk hasn’t done diddly squat for a month now. Ugh. I think I won’t be able to just go back in and finish unless I address these things bothering me. Meh. I wish I had and knew how to handle the monster called Scrivenger. Would make going back and forth between certain scenes easier, or so I’m told.

Anyhoo, I plan to get back on that, ASAP. I need and want to finish this draft. I have the entire story already. I even have book two’s premise put together. I need to stop procrastinating and tackle this sucker. My characters want to move forward!

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Reading. Oh the books. I’ve been in a funky mood lately. I will not get into it, but tons has been going on with my family, plus my closest friends have been going through really difficult, dark times and then my own personal stuff has been weighing heavy so it’s been just one big fat suckage the entire month of May.

Why May? Why? What did I do to you, dag-blammit?!

I’m sure all that suckage mood sucker has aided in the writing halt, which in turn has also explained my poor blog being abandoned. I made myself sit down on my fanny today, open up a blank draft and think of something, ANYTHING to put out into the blog because it was just ridiculous already. This poor thing was being over neglected.

*soothes blog* “I’m so sorry I abandoned you…no, no. It wasn’t you, it was me.”

During the transition time of all this funkage, my reading became complicated. I was about to dive into “If I Stay”. I went out determined to get the book and I did. I began to read it and got maybe 10 pages in then stopped. I noticed I wasn’t emotionally prepared to read that story. I’ve been too emotional. I’m just not ready, so I put it aside. Then I attempted a few others, but nothing was sticking. Then “The One” by Kiera Cass came out, which was the ending to the trilogy. I NEEDED to know how that story ended. I truly enjoyed it. After that, I went on a New Adult binge on my kindle because I was able to get a few new books either for free or extremely inexpensive. I dove into the Jennifer Armentrout/J. Lynn<~~~New Adult genre pen name~~Wait for You series. Loved. It. SO. Much. Cam and Avery. They’re my favorite. I heard so many in the book community gush over Jennifer Armentrout’s writing and this New Adult series specifically.

WaitForYou Amazon

 

Synopsis:

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

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So there it is folks, in a nutshell! *wipes brow* “Phew!” I did it. I finally wrote a new post since FOR-EVER!

What are you all reading these days?

Have you read the Wait for You series?

Coffee or tea?

How’s YOUR writing coming along?

It’s great hearing from you all! Whether on here or Twitter! (@dreamymarie) Happy reading, writing, and living everyone! Till next time. I intend to get back into posting my book talks and hopefully news on writing as well.

Till next time! *tips invisible hat*