Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Up Wednesday and the Glimmer of Hope 7/22/2014

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I finally finished reading Shadow and Bone, and I can't believe I waited so long! It's so much of what I love in a book--magic, travel, adventure, the heroine's discovery of her own strengths, love triangles (I admit it, I love them. I do)...I think I lumped this book in with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone in my head (which was not everything I love in a book) and that's why it took me so long to get to it. Now I'm anxiously awaiting Seige and Storm from the library. Yay!

My kids and I are reading Mr. Lemoncello's Library together. We aren't very far into it, but so far it has been great. It's kind of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets the 21st century. 

I have several books I could be reading on my own, but none of them sound super appealing at the moment. I've got More Than This, Ophelia, The Wishing Spell and The Eye of Minds. It probably wouldn't hurt me to take a break, or to read some nonfiction, so we'll see what happens.


We're working on the edits for Pyromancy. It's slow going right now, but the pace is going to pick up considerably very soon. Our biggest problem is that we had so much fun with the romance that we didn't start the actual plot until way too late in the story. So we're fixing that, and amping up the stakes, and then hopefully trimming it back to a manageable size. 


My coauthors, again. I wrote them a long sad note about how I just couldn't get my head back in the story, and their responses were such pure silliness that I found myself talking storyline with them almost against my will. I kept doing that weird thing where I almost had an opinion and then reminded myself that I couldn't have an opinion because I didn't care anymore. And then they would make me laugh and suddenly it was OK to have an opinion. So I don't want to jinx anything, but I think we might be OK. (Knock on wood.)

With apologies to my coauthors, who probably never actually meant for this to see the light of day... If you take out all our witty banter, this is what they created last night: 

Sam: Hey look! This thing takes pictures.
Ana: Sam did you just text me a picture of your abs?
Sam: Um…no, that was some other handsome gentleman with really defined abs. Hey Juliette, come see this guy’s really defined abs.
Juliette: (death scowl)
Sam's text to Juliette: Jules, I’m sorry.
Juliette's POV: I couldn’t help but soften a little at that. Maybe he hadn’t meant the joke to go so far, to hurt me so much. My phone beeped again. “Sorry for my insanely defined abs, that is.” I was going to freaking kill him.

Oh my gosh, it is still hilarious. Thank you for making me laugh so hard, Sheena and Sabrina


Still waiting for that job interview. The longer I wait, the more certain I am that I WANT THAT JOB. It's custom made for me, so wish me luck!


  1. I never read the Shadow and Bone series. I should I know. I want to but, I just need a library card. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hope the news on the job comes through soon! Best of luck with the edits, too.

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed SHADOW AND BONE! I absolutely love that trilogy.

    Great to hear your coauthors are inspiring you! LOL at that dialogue.

    Best of luck with the job! :)

  4. I always find that talking through (or about) a current WiP always helps to unblock me a bit, or sometimes even a lot. I'm not sure if that's what happened while talking with your co-authors, but I hope so! :-) I loved SHADOW AND BONE and SIEGE AND STORM is even better, so you have that to look forward to. Hope you hear some good news about the job interview soon!

  5. Shadow and Bone has been on my TBR list forever. Maybe I'll actually get to it someday.
    Lol! Sounds like you guys had fun with the romance then. But that's what revisions are for ;)

  6. I loved Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm and I can't wait to read the last- Ruin and Rising! I'm still waiting on my library to send it to me but it's definitely a series I want to own.
    Love the snippet!

  7. Good luck on the job front, and yay for getting back into your writing. I've never written anything with coauthors, but I think it would be an interesting experience. It sounds like you have some great ones. I hope you have a wonderful week.