Thursday, January 19, 2012

WIP Day - Ding Ding, Round One

Hello Thursday.
How was your Wednesday?

This last week has been a week of busy.  I finally got my writer butt in gear and finished my first read-thru of ITB.  I have to admit: It wasn't as horrible as I imagined it would be.

Yes, I have tons of editing ahead of me.  Yes, most of it is a complete overhaul/rewrite (including writing the last few chapters that were some how lost over the last couple months...) Yes, I am tired and slightly overwhelmed.  But man, am I stoked.

Reading through ITB.  Seeing the improvements I have already made in my writing.  Seeing where I can still go... Man!  I love writing!

So now I have noted the rough arc that ITB decided to run along, brainstormed ideas to add in and change, and made a huge decision.  I am officially changing the tense from past to present.  I kept bouncing back and forth between it.

Past is more accepted and easier.  Present gives more personality.  Past is like sitting across from a friend as they tell you their story.  Present is like becoming that person as every moment happens.

After much bouncing, I decided that I wanted to stretch myself once again.  Present tense it is.  I am very, very, very excited people.  Honestly.  When I think about it.  When I plot new scenes and changes.  My heart hammers and my mind reels and I just can't resist the urge to type.
Good sign, yes?

*Resists urge to stop blog post mid-sentence and day dream about ITB*

Oh.  Um.  Hi.  Still there huh?

What's next?
Well, writing duh!  I am in the middle of reading the MS of a writeshove buddy.  Along with catching up (as always... when does it end?) on photo editing.  Amidst it all, mixed with being mommy and attempting reading time as well, I am starting in on stage two of ITB edit.  Busy!

PN Update:
I ordered more stock of my book.  Decided to check my UPS tracking number to make sure it was still on time for its projected Friday delivery.  Only to find that the current status was "train derailed."

Wait... What?  

Sure enough, after Googling it (okay, what was life like before you could say that you "Googled it?") I found that was just what had happened.  The train that my box of PN copies was traveling on had hit a semi in Montana... and derailed.  Luckily it looks like no one was critically hurt.  Thank goodness.  Still, it means that I have no idea when that shipment will get here.  (And yes... the very next worry in my mind was "But... are my books okay?")

I like to say that my book is so awesome, it derailed a train.
Just let me think that, alright?

Oh, and you know me.  I love sharing photos, and can't resist it when I have a few new ones to show off.  To those of you who have read it and reviewed it... you are so awesome.  Really.  You are.

My totally gorgeous sis-in-law Nikki showing off the very cover she helped me make
Heidi with her copy and awesome humor
How has your week been?  Any updates?  Do share!

Happy Writing!


Lady Gwen said...

LOL, Jenni. I wrote the whole first draft of my MS in 3rd person, then changed the whole thing to first person! It was a huge job, but I found first person POV had so much more personality. Like you, I still have editing to do, but I'm am so much more excited about the novel now! Good luck on yours:) P.S. I'm putting Prison Nation on my TBR list! So happy for you<3

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Well as long as no lives were lost in the derailing of said train...I'm all for writing being that amazing!

Trisha said...

I've reviewed it, but I'm going to write up a spoiler-less one for my blog :)

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Sounds exciting! Thank you for your exciting post - I've been so out of it from the injury that finding the motivation to jump back in has been hard. Thanks for the jump start!

And yes - your books are awesome enough to derail trains :P

Oh! And I loaned my copy of PN to one of my best friends and she loved it :D This is a girl who consumes books like food too.

Abby Minard said...

Wow, how odd that the train carrying your books derailed! Crazy! I'm writing in first person present tense for my new WIP and it's awesome, I have to say. I started in past and it just didn't seem right. It felt stiff and dry and just...blah. But then I changed to present and BAM, I knew that is where it had to be. I've never written in present, so we'll see. So far so good ;p Good luck and I love that feeling of daydreaming and being excited about a current WIP!


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