February 28, 2010

A Completed First Draft

First draft complete! (Doing a little dance) 82,600 words. Its tentative title is Five Islands and it is a YA fantasy novel.

Now for the part that I absolutely hate--editing. I like to be creative, not technical, so editing doesn't come easy for me, but on the other hand I am looking forward to having a polished manuscript that I would be proud to send to an agent. My goal is to have it polished by the end of March and to start sending out query letters in the beginning of April (after exams).  I need to get a move on because I have six weeks of clinical this summer, either after exams or at the end of the summer and I know that if I get the first session for clinical I will not have the time to be bothering with the letters and research I will need to do. Anyways, I will think about all that later. Today, I am just going to enjoy the fact that I am done, done, done!

February 24, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me

Yesterday was my birthday; I am 33 years young. Wow. I never thought I would be in my thirties. I got several books that I had been eyeing as well as some tulips from my children and a bamboo plant from my husband. Cacti and bamboo plants are about the only type of plants that I don't end up murdering. I was never bless with a green thumb and my front garden suffers for it. 

I have been writing all week and I feel like I am getting places. I scrapped a big chunk of my book last week and was left with only about 25,000 words. I am now at 46,000 and I feel like it is finally going where I want it to go. 

My book is tentatively called Lifebond, and is a YA fantasy about a girl who finds her soulmate when she least expects it while she tries to get through an incredible amount of personal baggage. As soon as I figure out how to add a playlist I intend to add it to my blog. My husband hates my tasted in music, but I think all of the music I listen to matches the scenes that I write. 

Some of my favourites are James Blunt (who coincidentally shares the exact same birthday with me), Pete Yorn, Damien Rice, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Blue October and the Killers. 

February 18, 2010

Spring Break

I feel like I haven't blogged in forever, and in actuality it's only been a few weeks. I have finally finished my clinical for the term. I really enjoyed it, but two days a week plus full-time classes and labs were just too much for a mom of two. I still can't believe how badly second year sucks in terms of workload, but I suppose it will be all worth it in the end.

This summer I was have six weeks of full-time clinical at one of the local hospitals followed by several weeks at, most likely, a military hospital. I like working at the military hospital but what sucks is that I have to wear dress pants, a shirt and polished shoes for most of it. I LOVE scrubs. I would wear them every day if I could.

There is not much to report on the writing front. I am still struggling with a novel I started last year. I stopped at 50,000  words and moved on to something new. It's funny because I keep using the same characters in similar, but different story lines. So, that being said, my characters are pretty well developed but I can't seem to decide what story is theirs. If only I had some time to hash it out. Oh, wait. I just started spring break. (doing a little dance) I have work to do, for sure, but I intend to do some serious writing this week as well. I am hoping (fingers crossed) that I will have a novel that I could query by the beginning of the summer. I am confident I will be there in the near future, I just got to stick to a story. I think once I have that, the rest will just fall into place.

So, off to start my break with Angels of Destruction by Keith Donahue. I'm told it's really good. I'll let you know.

Oh, one last thing needs to be said because my husband reads my posts. This is how we communicate because we don't do face to face communication well--I'm teasing, sort of. Bobble head hula girls are not cool. The have never been cool--not even in the eighties--and they will never be cool. What's even less cool, is that one of these wonderful gems have found their way into my husbands car and she shamelessly wiggles her ass off when I borrow my husband's car.