Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Random

If you're wondering what a free write post looks like, you're about to find out.

So I finished a certain edit on Wednesday, and I sent it off to new readers. New betas sounded like a really good idea in my head. I mean, I've read the book so many times (and so have my crit partners) I'm honestly not sure if I'm clearing up world building issues. Fresh perspective should help, ya?

I forgot how much of a mess I am when I send stuff out. It's been a while! I can't seem to concentrate on anything—not even anime—for more than a few minutes. I keep getting attacks of the "Oh my gosh they're going to HATE it. Why did I send it? Why am I DOING this? Gah."

It's a party up in here.

Also, I have this new idea. It's KILLING me not to run away with it and forget everything else. I feel like I really, really need to work on something brand new and shiny. I also know I have other responsibilities.

But I did write a prologue...and I may have started the first chapter. I'm a ninja like that. I figured I'd share the very short prologue, since it doesn't really give away much:

Probably done. Maybe a little lame. But I'm excited about it. The world building has been a blast (if not a touch morbid). Right now it's all for fun anyway, like Spork.

I've started doing something weird in my reading habits lately. I'm reading more than one book at a time. I'm surprised to find I like this approach. I used to be the "I have to finish this book before starting another" person. But I started reading a YA Contemporary while I was also reading a YA post-apoc, and I liked being able to go back and forth. The stories were so different I never got confused like I thought, and I really like reading according to my current mood.

I just finished Sweethearts by Sara Zarr and absolutely adored it, and before that I finished The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Now I'm working on Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan, with a little Spells by Aprilynne Pike on the side. Loving all.

As for drawing, I'm finding it soooo hard to get a drawing done on Friday! I'm still trying to figure out what to do. I may go back to Saturday Sketch like before, or I might draw over the weekend and post on Monday. Still trying to figure out a good schedule.

In other riveting news (since I'm full of that today), my kids are still cute. Dino boy is currently weidling a sai/light saber combo. Very deadly, that one. Ninja Girl is doing a very good downward facing dog on the yoga mat. Ah, I love those punks.

Also, I would love you forever if you brought me a double cheeseburger, onion rings, and a cherry limeade.


  1. "It's a cookbook! A cookbook!!!!"



    Very twisted prologue. And I have to say, I'm a bit jealous of Dino boy's lightsai. I want one! (Yes, Raphael was my favorite ninja turtle.)

    If I can figure out how to send onion rings by blogger, you're welcome to some of mine, but I have a chicken toaster instead of a cheeseburger, and of course, the dreaded Dr. Pepper.

  2. It IS a cookbook! Hehe. (Well, there will be at least one recipe...)

    Raphael was my favorite too! And "dreaded"? I have a neutral stance on the DP, though I do tease Kiersten about it frequently.

  3. Fun read!

    You eat onion rings? Onion breath and all? Well no wonder aliens are wanting to consume humans. Sheesh!

  4. Love Josin's comment. Wonder what else you'll put on the menu? You really can't have just one recipe.

  5. When did you write that? You've been holding out on me. :) I love it. And so morbid in a funny way. I sense awesomeness.

  6. Kasie, I'm pretty sure I sent you that along with the rest I had? Silly.

  7. "I feel like I really, really need to work on something brand new and shiny. I also know I have other responsibilities."

    GRAH. I feel the exact. same. way!

    But then I remind myself that certain agents and editors are waiting on me (which probably isn't true, but that's what I tell myself) and that I can't let them down!

    Props to you if you can keep all that reading straight. I used to be a multi-book girl, but I've since become a monogamous reader. I think my brain is shrinking...

  8. Haha, I like the new story! :)

    I only read one book at a time if I can help it. I've tried reading multiple books, but I just don't like to split my attention. Glad it's working for you though.

    I love that you say your kids are still cute, as if they would have turned into trolls or gnomes suddenly. :P

    Have a lovely weekend, Natalie!

  9. Oooh, that's chilling, and it makes me want to read the rest - I can see why you want to write it ASAP!

    Also, thanks for the book recommendations! I ordered Sweethearts a few days ago, but it probably won't come until after the weekend. Can't wait to read it! I'll have to check the others out, too.

  10. Your prologue made me laugh, first a new species and suddenly that night's delicacy? Ha. My son does a better downward facing dog than me. He told me once, "Grandma says 'don't do yoga on my couch.'"

  11. You've started writing the alien book! *drums fingers together* Excellent.

  12. Ooo, new and shiny! I'm so partial to new and shiny :)

    I've also started reading more than one book at a time.

    Right now I'm reading:
    Alex Haley's ROOTS,

    Clearly impossible to mix them up. These days I can't get through a "heavy" book without a lighter one to distract me.

  13. Oh my gosh, you did. My eyes just went to the bold chapter 1 and didn't even see this section. I'm so lame. :)

  14. Ooo LOVE the new idea! Your for-fun ideas always have SUCH awesome world-building! Can't wait to hear about this one :D

  15. I totally forgot to read your blog yesterday! No wonder you looked at me a little funny when I didn't bring those home for you.

  16. I'm really excited for this new shiny, too.

  17. Sounds like a fun idea for a story. Go with it, see what happens. And, why not have a couple projects going at a time like you do with reading? I do the same.

  18. Sounds like we need to go to a certain drive-in. My treat if you drive. Seriously, we should go some night when the hubby's have the kids. :)

    You know I love that prologue to your new book. I'm still thinking about it!

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  21. Ooh, I'll have what you're having!

    I love your shiny new idea. They're so fun when they're banging around in your head like that!

  22. Dude. Love it. The awesomeness is strong in this one.