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I read WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller) which was beyond amazing. Here's the good reads blurb
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
Um, yes…THAT.It's so good, guys. SO GOOD. Like, go get this book NOW.
My reading slows a little during revisions, but I have these on the bedside table.
must re-read BEFORE I start...
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
Revisions are SLOW. I'd blame it on my yard sale last weekend (had to get ready for that!) and the way too imminent Halloween (still need to finish the son's costume(s)!), but reality: the first fifty are kicking my writerly butt. It's just me, people. I am TOO NEUROTIC about detail. Which, I guess, is a good thing, but still.
Anyhoo—I'm a teensy bit sad/jealous/blah about not doing NaNo AGAIN this year, but it's okay. a) Despite my back story blues, I so, so love this story and really want to focus on it, and b) I have a revision plan in place I'm calling my own personal NaNoReviseMo.
Nothing too stressful. Nothing too crazy. Just a way to hold myself accountable and get you to help me to do that. I plan to revise eight pages a day, five days a week. Doable, right? I have an overall goal of getting past my midpoint (and really, hopefully to my Black Moment) by the end of November.
I'll post my daily goals on Twitter and Instagram (hashtag NaNoReviseMo) and detail what are hopefully successes each Wednesday with WUW. My awesome friend Katy Upperman's joining me on this revising endeavor, and if you're not doing NaNo because you're crazy revising, I invite you to join us! You can set your own daily goals (1000 words, a chapter, eight pages like me…whatever!). It will be awesome fun and hopefully we'll all get oodles accomplished!
I'll start Monday November 4 and re-blog about this ReviseMo idea. Are you revising this month instead of drafting?
What are you writing this week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Soooo, I know this is going to sound all kinds of self-centered and conceited, but my current inspiration is my story. While procrastinating revisions (so bad), I read ahead and stumbled across a line that had me LOLing for a good ten seconds. Guys, I am not a funny person. But sometimes my characters are. And they make me smile.
What Else I've Been Up To:Soccer playoffs (the husband's team won last night—onto round two!), driver's ed classes started for the fourteen year old (I'm so old), and oh—had a yard sale in which I sold (and got rid of) lots of Barbies. Oh, and my student that won her pageant brought me these flowers.
It's been a good week.We're also finishing up our pumpkin decorating. Here's one of them.
My husband carved it. He's the best. J
Hope you've been having a lovely week! What's up on YOUR Wednesday?! Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!