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!


Elizabeth Seckman said...

My #2 son is graduating this year :(

I agree...where did the time go?!

I'd happily swap pages. I'm a little slow and probably not nearly as professional as you, but I like to think I have a few brain cells firing. And I can take criticism...better a critter partner than a reviewer later.
email me if you want my humble opinion: eseckman(at)ymail(dot)com

Tez Miller said...

I read your blog :-)

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I'll also take a look at your WIP if you're interested. Like you, I'm a teacher. The good part of that is I read a lot of YA and I'm around teenagers for most of my day. The bad part of that is it might take me a while. I'm also working on my most recent WIP. I'm only 30 pages in, but I'll need a keen eye when it's complete (which I'm hoping to get done by the end of the summer). I'll be happy to swap for an IOU. ;) If you're interested: gabrielkt920(at)gmail(dot)com

Jess said...

Good luck with your oldest child's final year of high school! We sent our oldest to college last year, and it was hard, but ultimately good for everyone :) I'm a little slammed with life lately or I'd offer to read your WIP!

Jolene Perry said...

I'd HAPPILY read for you ;-)

Also. I wanted to tell you that I FINALLY rewrote that wishes story you read for me.

I passed the MS on to Allie Brennan along with your notes, and she took over the girl, who is now Rupashi and the book is unrecognizeable. So. Yanno. Your crits work ;-)
Well, at least I have something that I feel proud of.

Krista McLaughlin said...

If I weren't so busy, I would help you out! But I'm swamped with life that I can't even find writing time.

I hope you can find someone!

Emily R. King said...

Sounds like you have some great picks already, but let me know. I'm always up for swapping pages. :)

Happy 2014!

LisaAnn said...

Congrats on your new WIP, and I totally dig your GIFs. I could use someone following me around and telling me I'm awesome pretty much all the time! ;)

Chris said...

Hi Melodie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Deana said...

Congrats and hugs to your graduating kiddo! It's been so long since I've stopped by to day hi:) Hi! I hope the wip is going as great as it sounds!

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