I've recently become obsessed with contronyms, so much so that I've picked it to be my theme for the Blogging from A to Z challenge. Before the challenge starts, I thought I'd share some of what I've learned about them.
I tell you, it’s kind of hard to type with all my fingers crossed, but I’ll give it a shot because I need all the luck I can get. My toes, arms, and legs are crossed, too. I’m even thinking about braiding my hair so the strands are crossed. Why do I need all this luck? Because I’ve gone contest crazy!
To help people prepare, I’m sharing lessons about writing a perfect pitch that I learned from watching the movie Pitch Perfect. Go here to read part one about how to get Pitch Slapped.
You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave. ~Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect
Y’all, the second annual YALLFest was a blast! I could probably just cut and paste my post about last year’s YALLFest here because it was the same type of awesomeness: funny and inspiring YA authors on stage and bonding with old and new writing friends. But instead of being lazy, I’ll try to come up with new superlatives to describe this year’s event.
Normally I’m pretty much the homebody type, but during the month of November, the Charleston area is hoppin’ with happenings that are forcing me to break my hermit-like habits. Since these events might be of interest to fellow local storytellers (both writers and filmmakers), I wanted to share them here.
The sweet and talented Adriana Ryan tagged me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, which is a fun way for writers to wax poetic about our books without seeming completely narcissistic. I’m not being a crowing parent, you see, I have to talk about my baby because I was tagged. So brace yourself as I get my brag on.
What is the working title of your book?
Ha, starting with an unexpectedly tough one. For the longest time, the title has been The Hunt because it works on many different levels, but I got feedback that it was too generic. So I’ve been floating The Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf for about a year with mixed results – some people love it, others say it has to go. Since most of the docs still have The Hunt, I guess I’m sticking with that until something brilliant hits me in the shower.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Three of my high school friends were also ‘Christmas babies’ like me, so for our 18th birthdays, we had a joint video scavenger hunt party where all of our friends divided into teams and filmed ourselves completing silly tasks my dad had concocted from his warped mind. It was a blast and one of my most vivid high school memories, so I thought it would make a fun story – but with murder and mayhem thrown in to spice things up, of course.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The actors I originally pictured as my characters have aged out in the time I’ve been dawdling with the rewrite, so I hit up IMDB to see if I could find some new candidates.
Brea (the protagonist) would be played by Allie Grant (Lisa on Suburgatory).
Tegan (Brea’s nemesis) would be played by Kat Graham (Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries).
Kylie (Brea’s best friend) would be played by Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss from The Hunger Games).
Caleb (Brea's crush) would be played by Jeremy Sumpter (J.D. from Friday Night Lights).
Ryker (Brea's main suspect) would be played by Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy form The Vampire Diaries).
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After the body she discovers in the woods disappears, sixteen-year-old Breanna must prove it was not the product of her overactive imagination, but rather the handiwork of a killer who plans to silence her.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to be represented by an agency, but I'll self-publish if that doesn't work out.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was my 2007 NaNoWriMo novel, so it took me a month.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have to admit I've been slack for a while about reading in my genre, so I don't really have any current titles for comparison. But the dark twists and turns are influenced by all the Christopher Pike novels I read growing up.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
This was my second NaNoWriMo, and I found it much tougher the second time, so my local NaNo group kept me going when I really wanted to quit.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Even though searching for a killer is a dark subject, I approach it with a light tone and lots of humor. Plus, there's romance. There's always gotta be romance. :-)
Thank you for making it this far in reading about my WIP. Now I need to go get crackin' on finishing the rewrite so there is an actual book for people to read!
And I never tag other people in these things, so if you haven't had a chance to brag about your baby yet and want to, then consider yourself tagged!
ETA: By special request I'm tagging Yve at Lazidaisical - I can't wait to find out what she's working on!
Did you (or are you going to) participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop? If so, leave me the link to the post so I can find out more about your book.
Dark Forest photo credit to topfer.
Since the months continue to whip by at a most alarming rate, it means it’s already time for another #writemotivation goal check month. I’m starting to feel a little bit like this:
Uh, could someone please tell me where the heck June went? I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was time for another one of K.T. Hanna’s #writemotivation goal check-in months – since they only happen every other month that means it’s now JULY. Seriously?!? I never even got around to posting my wrap up for May’s goals! Although I guess that’s probably because I was a little embarrassed.
My goal in May was to make serious progress on rewriting my WIP. And I really did… as long as it counts as serious progress even if I didn’t rewrite a single word. I spent May doing in-depth thinking about my five main characters, figuring out a new approach for the tone, and working out plot issues that were tripping me up. I feel like I finally have a deep understanding of my characters and story, but by the time that last minute of May rolled around, I still had not cracked open my manuscript.
Fortunately, all that prep work went to good use in June, and I actually, finally, I know it's hard to believe, started rewriting. Progress has been slow as I’ve settled into a new voice for my protagonist, and after I finished chapter one I had a crisis of confidence and had to be talked off a ledge by some truly awesome critique partners, but I’m now getting into a rhythm. I was the speedy hare when I wrote the rough draft several years ago during NaNo, but for the rewrites I’ve turned into the slow tortoise, possibly the slowest tortoise on the planet. However, progress of any kind puts me in a much better place than I’ve been in years.
I have scenes that need to be added, other places that need to be completely rewritten, and some places that just need a bit of tweaking, so my pace will vary throughout the month, but I don’t want to settle for the vague goal of “progress” this time. Therefore, I’m keeping my goal for July tangible yet realistic: edit, rewrite, or add three pages a day on my WIP. I’ll push to do more, but I won’t feel bad if I don’t.
Best of luck to all of us this month as we work towards our goals!
In my wanderings around the interwebs, I stumbled across a blog hop happening this marvelous first day of summer called the My So-Called Teenage Life Blog Hop. It’s being hosted by Christa Desir and Amy Sonnichsen and we’re supposed to “Dust off those old
sappy journals or high school notebooks filled with bad poetry” and pick something to share.
It sounded like so much fun I decided to participate. Just one problem – I didn’t keep a journal in high school. I know that probably puts me in the minority of writers in general, but especially YA writers. I think I spent so much of my time reading books and living fictional adventures that it never occurred to me to think deep thoughts about my own super boring life.
Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie
I’m a writer and filmmaker exploring the magic of stories. I’ve always loved to read and watch television and movies, and now I'm creating my own stories via YA novels, short stories, screenplays, and even short films. I’m also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, I’m one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays.
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