The Girl Who Was On Fire

I know, I know, haven’t blogged all week! But don’t worry, I’m not about to drop off the face of the planet again. 🙂

Finished reading Mockingjay last night at midnight, but didn’t go to bed until one-thirty, as I found I needed some processing time. I’m still processing. Not going to say anymore because I refuse to spoil it for anyone, but look for a review sometime soon-ish.

On a side note, I’m never pre-ordering anything again. My Mockingjays weren’t in at Borders on Tuesday like they were supposed to be, so I ended up buying two different copies so’s me and the roomie could actually read them on release day! The other copies still aren’t in yet, and I’m not looking forward to the fun ordeal of returning them when they do show up. *sigh*

You’ll be shocked to hear that in amongst devouring Mockingjay, I actually did some writing! About halfway through Chapter Seven, and it’s going well. So far I’ve added nearly 9,500 words to the novel in Draft #2. This is frightening. I feel like Draft #3 is going to be all about finding things to cut cut cut cut cut. And here I was all excited that I finally wrote a short novel!!

I will leave you with a couple pictures taken in the new abode’s LIBRARY. Yes. It’s okay to be jealous. 🙂

My bookshelf against the freshly painted walls!

Tea in the library! And yes, that’s a TARDIS teapot. 🙂

Hanging in my comfy green chair, about to get some noveling done!

It’s Frrriiiidayyyy!!

And to celebrate you get a smorgasbord of random links:

First up, the YA Fantasy Showdown, where characters from YA fiction are being pitted against each other in fictional battles, the outcomes of which are decided via voting. Currently about to delve into round four, my beloved Eugenides (from the Attolia books) and Howl (from Howl’s Moving Castle) are still in the game!! I will be awash with glee if they both make it into the final round, although I’ll have no idea which one to vote for…

Next up, the plural of “octopus” is explained.

Next up, I was invited by the lovely Irene Pynn to write a guest blog, and after some deliberation penned my heartfelt—albeit entirely unscientific—thoughts on How a Book is Like a Piano.

Next up, Nathan Bransford’s excellent How to Write a Query Letter.

Next up, Gail Carson Levine discusses POV shifts in her latest blog.

And last but not least, author Maggie Stiefvater noodles on a childhood that shaped her as a reader and writer.

Have a good weekend everybody!!

P. S. I FINISHED CHAPTER SIX!!!!

In Progress

Look at me, three posts in a row! 🙂

Yesterday I:

  • Worked a bunch on the elusive Chapter Six of my novel—it’s soooooo close to being done now! SO CLOSE! Ideas are spilling out, and words too, and it feels absolutely marvelous to be back working on it again!
  • Finished The Silver Branch which I quite liked, though it wasn’t quite as inspiring as Eagle of the Ninth. I want to read the third book in the loosely-connected series (The Lantern Bearers), but the library doesn’t have it, so I see special ordering in my future.
  • Started re-reading The Hunger Games in anticipation of Mockingjay next week. I find that when you read two books in the space of four days, not-quite-a-year later some of the details tend to fade, so I intend to remedy that. I’m just about to start Chapter 6.

Today I will hopefully:

  • FINISH Chapter Six of Seer.
  • Read more Hunger Games.
  • Drink lots of tea.

I’ve already gotten one cup in on that last item.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and keep up the good work!!

There’s a Viking in the Building!

I’ve been out of college for five years, but I still feel like the year really begins in late August, not January. Fall semester! New stuff to learn! Autumn! Jeans and converse and long sleeves and socks!

…That is if you happen to live in a state where you have autumn and can wear the aforementioned jeans and converse and long sleeves and socks before the end of November. But I’m quibbling. Hopefully us poor Arizonians will get out of the 100s sometime soon and at least down into the 90s. Hopefully.

But that’s really beside the point. What I’m saying is, life has been completely crazy this summer. I’ve moved across town, nearly tore the bumper off my poor car by backing into a pole, painted a room, learned how to cook chicken, watched all seven seasons of Buffy, spent a week in Georgia eating ridiculously amazing watermelon, continued staunchly refusing to eat raw tomatoes (because I don’t like them, okay??), and got a grand total of absolutely nothing done on that novel revision I started back in March. Not to mention I haven’t been blogging, either.

What I’m saying is, it’s time for the fall semester, which means a new year and a new beginning and a new chance to dive back into noveling and blogging and getting stuff done. I don’t have to wait for January! The time is now!! I am novelist, hear me RAWRRRRR!!!!

**puts on a horned helmet brandishes a battle-axe, and hollers like a viking**

Erm. Anyways. Guess I’d better get to it then, right?