Jan 2, 2014

Happy 2014 and WIP news

Happy New Year! It's the year I've been counting down to since 1996 - and one I never thought would really arrive - and here we are. The year my oldest graduates from high school. *blinks rapidly* How did I get so old?

Anyway, in between teaching, hockey, volleyball, Battle of the Books, more hockey, house cleaning, shopping, and general life stuff, I managed to finish a draft of a WIP that's totally out of my comfort zone. It's a fantasy with dystopian elements...and a lot of fun. One thing I've noticed about YA lately is there's very little sense of humor involved. Everyone takes themselves so seriously.

Which I get is a teen thing but c'mon. If there's one time in life when you need a sense of humor, it's when you're a teenager.

Anyway, I'm almost to the point where I need a reader. I realize probably nobody is left reading these posts out there but if there is someone who has some time to be a first reader, please message me. The blurb is under 'WIPs in my life' if you're interested.

 I'm open to swapping pages and I do hereby swear to be less like this:

And more like this:

when I'm critiquing. (This is actually my one-and-only New Years' resolution, in response to the many critters who never speak to me again after receiving my crits.)

Have a great winter/spring!

Aug 9, 2013

Aug 5, 2013

What I Did This Summer

Tomorrow I go back to the classroom. I can't believe summer is over but here in Alaska, August is generally when the clouds roll in and the temperature drops. We haven't had termination dust yet but it's only a matter of time.

My summer highlights:

Got a new wood floor in our house

Turned a nice shade of brown and peeled a few times

Grew a bodalicious garden that is keeping me hopping picking, preserving, weeding and freezing

Watched my youngest child grow two inches

Replaced our deck 

Visited several colleges with oldest child and began to feel panic over Last Year At Home

Found an agent for my YA mystery

Read this awesome ARC: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, which comes out in Feb. and is MIND BLOWINGLY AMAZING

Wrote a semester's worth of curriculum for this fall

Began a revision for my YA sports contemporary

Visited six states in the Lower 48, plus a Canadian province, and nearly melted in Washington DC

Lolled on the beach

Lolled on the couch reading everything I could get my hands on. (I won't reveal how many books I read...it is embarrassing.)

And now, it's back into the fray!! I can't wait to meet my students, to invest in their lives and watch them grow, and meet all the challenges this next school year holds.

What are your summer highlights? Have you read anything great lately? 

Aug 1, 2013

Friday funnies - Aug. 2

It's August already!! Where did this summer go? I have to go back to school in less than a week. *sob*

Found this one captioned: Authors awaiting replies from
the publishing industry (actually, it said agents but I think it applies across the board.)

Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/279293614364460552/

When Chuck Norris is your teacher:

Last words...

Source: http://bizarrocomics.com/2013/07/28/last-words-2/

Simon's Cat has reached 2 million subscribers. And this was the one that started it all: 

Have a great week!

Jul 25, 2013

Friday funnies - July 26

Filed under cutest thing this week:
A tree frog uses leaf as an umbrella (© Penkdix Palme/Newsteam/SWNS.com)

source: Penkdix Palme/Newstream/SWNS

Cats v. dogs

Cat vs. Dogs
source: lolcats; http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/

And this, because one of my kids is addicted to Angry Birds:

Source: fanpop.com

And finally, Kay & Peele's take on those reality chef programs:

Have a great weekend!

Jul 18, 2013

Friday funnies - July 19

And another from Simon's cat - do check out their site: www.simonscat.com

And the always hilarious: Convos with my 2 year-old daughter.

Have a great weekend!

Jul 16, 2013

Summer update and the new non-schedule

We have returned! Sun-burned, slightly fatter and a bit morose at facing the last few weeks of summer. I'm back in the classroom on August 8 but planning for next year begins much earlier...in fact, I'm already obsessing about schedules, curriculum, field trips, etc.

But FIRST: an announcement. Last month I signed with agent Marcy Posner of FolioLiterary Management for my YA mystery set in Alaska. She's incredibly experienced and has a lot of enthusiasm for this story. I can't wait to benefit from her awesomeness.

You're probably thinking: wait. What? You have TWO agents? Si. Deux. One-two.

Well, how will this work? you may ask.  Who will get what?

To which I say: I have no idea. We'll take it one story at a time.

Speaking of the business-of-writing, signs point to next year being a particularly challenging one for me, both professionally and personally. Between work, family and my writing goals, it's clear I'm not going to have time to juggle this blog as well. I will attempt to keep up with Friday funnies but there will be weeks when I cannot. I LOVE visiting all your blogs and keeping up with everyone's news, but I'm resuming lurker mode...with TWO exceptions.

One: I will eventually need beta readers for my newest WIP, a YA sports contemp about an elite diver attempting to qualify for the Olympic trials. It's waiting on a revision but it'll be ready for eyes eventually. I'm happy to swap as long as you 1. have a thick skin because this isn't your first MS and 2. it isn't more than 90K and 3. you aren't in a big hurry. 4. it isn't paranormal. I especially love mysteries, thrillers, adventures and anything set in a foreign land so if that sounds like your MS, send me an email at rewrighter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Two: if your book birthday is nearing, drop me a line. I'm happy to promote as best I can! We need to stick together! I'll continue to promote books I love on GoodReads - if you use that site, be sure to friend me, okay?

Happy summer,