Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekly Goals 8-2-16

Still revising people...  I have 8 more chapters to go, although I think there are some pretty big gaps in a couple of them, so it may be 9 or 10 by the time I'm through.  My goal for this week is to get through four chapters whether that's just revising, re-writing or adding new material.

Do you think I can do it?

I think I can.

What are your goals for this week?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Celebrate the Small things 5-2-2016

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

Long weekend!  Yes, tomorrow is Waitangi Day, New Zealand's national day, and for the first time, the powers that be have decided that if it falls on a weekend, we get to have the holiday on Monday.  So three day weekend ahead!

I'm making some good progress with my revisions.  I'm heading into the section of the book I know is the sketchiest, so there is definitely still a fair bit of work ahead, but I feel good about it and am pretty sure I'm on track to finish by March 1 which is my deadline.

I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to work on once this revision is over.  I have another book sitting there, waiting to be revised, but it feels like such a long time since I wrote anything new, I might leave that to rest a little longer and write something fresh before I attempt another long, painful revision.

I don't have many plans for the long weekend, but I'm going to have dinner with friends tomorrow night, and hope to get at least two if not three trips to the gym in.  Plus some writing and the inevitable housework.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Books I've Loved: For the Record

I really enjoyed this book. Having lived a lot of my life with people who are constantly on tour, the whole experience felt really authentic and the problems Chelsea had with fitting into an established band were realistic ones. She was realistically naive and I loved that she let the relationship with Lucas drag on long after even she knew it was not working out.

I also really liked the focus on friendship and how even close friends can hurt one another, sometimes intentionally, but more often unwittingly.

Even though a lot of what happened was predictable, there were enough twists and surprises to keep me turning pages, and really, who doesn't dream of getting plucked from obscurity and given the chance to shine on stage in front of the whole world? 

If you don't believe me, here's the blurb:

If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Goals 1-2-16

I've been lazy, I'll admit it.  I have not been working as hard as I should have been on my revision.  But that changes today.  School starts back today and I finished watching Making a Murderer over the weekend, so no more excuses not to work.

I need to get back into the routine that worked so well for me last year, and this week is all about that.  If I don't knuckle down, I'm not going to meet my March 1 deadline...

My oldest son starts middle school today.  I thought he would want me to come with him, but he doesn't.  And my younger son doesn't want or need me to come with him when he starts on Wednesday.  They grow up so fast...

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrate the small things 28-1-2016

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

It has been a busy week despite being shortened by Wellington's Anniversary Day. 

My blog was Blitzed on Tuesday which was awesome! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!  I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get around all your blogs to comment in return.  But I did it, so I'm feeling quite accomplished!

We had two films at Sundance, both having their world premieres and the reviews have been fantastic for both.  One of them already sold in a really good deal too, so everyone is very happy at work.

I managed to fix the things my CP pointed out weren't working in my WIP, so now I can move on.  I'm still aiming to have this revision done by the beginning of March, so hopefully there aren't any more huge issues that need fixing (although I know there are).

Kids go back to school next week, so everything will settle back into a routine.  Hopefully...

What are you celebrating this week?