Odds and Ends of the Writing Life

The best news evah!  A group of talented writers ranging from aspiring to agented are participating in a fabulous summer Blogvel. 

What, pray tell, is a Blogvel?  A novel written across the Blogosphere.  I’m one of the writers, as is the enthusiastic and ever-fun Michelle over at Greenwoman blog.  She’s the mastermind behind this and has written the first chapter of our project.

Please enjoy the snippet and head over to her blog for the rest.

Skeleton Key Chapter One

Welcome to the first installment of Skeleton Key, a Round Robin Blogvel–a traveling blog novel. A list of participating blogs can be found here. And now I give you:

Chapter One

I swallow the bite of sandwich I’ve been chewing and look over at my lunch buddy. Normally I would think Genevieve is too pretty to talk to, but on my first day here she gave me a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting. What can I say? My friendship can be bought. Cheap.

I lean over, nudging her with my elbow before whispering “Do you ever think Laurel might be a vampire?”

Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed to read the rest.

Next exciting thing?  I learned how to email a doc to my Kindle.  I know, people have been doing it since the Jurassic Period, but I’m always a bit slow on the uptake. 

I have to tell you, this is an amazing feature and I can’t wait to read my WIP on it after I polish this edit.  Why I like it?  It allows me to see a manuscript in book form.  I know that’s what agents who e-read manuscripts have said as well.  It feels like a book, not a work in progress. 

Now for the ends…I’m about 30 pages from the end of my edit on my YA.  Then it should be ready for a beta read–which I already have lined up.  My beta team?  Three teens and one editor by day, writer by night.  Super excited!  Oh yeah, and my little sis who’s not far off her teen years.  We’ll see what kind of cross-over appeal we may have with this manuscript.

And that’s it.  I’m off to the science museum with youngest for a field trip.  Followed by a weekend of baseball games and a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.  A quick check of my Inspiration tab will show you why my heart smiles for that opportunity.  And Drew’s even going to be one of the models in the fashion show! 

What are your odds and ends–real life, writing or otherwise?  Curious minds want to know.

Hugs and hope your weekend is delightful. 


8 responses to “Odds and Ends of the Writing Life

  1. Hey, thanks for linking to the blogvel! And saying nice things about me. You’re awesome.

    And though you may feel technologically behind, you are way ahead of me. I have neither a cell phone nor an e-reader or iPad or whatever. (I don’t have a television, either, but I guess that is so last century it doesn’t matter.)

    • Linking to your blog will cost you, the nice comments are free!

      And I grew up without a television for much of my formative childhood years. I’d rather not have one now, but DH and I grew up differently. Of course, I’m sure he feels the same way about the computer and book littering every flat surface in our home.

  2. So how DO you e-mail a doc to your Kindle???

    • Click on your settings on your kindle and get your kindle’s email address. Attach a doc just like you would to a regular email and send it off. Easy peasy. The only thing you have to do first is go to your Amazon account and type in your sending email address for approval. Super nice feature to keep spam from showing up. Only those preapproved addresses will come through.

      Then go to your personal documents (very top section that you can scroll left or right for) and start reading.

      Super fun if you’re an ereader because you can see your work in the same format as your favorite author’s.

  3. This reminds me of the story telling time years ago where we started a tale and it progressed around, person to person, until completed.

    Of course, this is at a more complex level, since each chapter reflects the voice of all other accompanying chapters – projecting one unique, harmonious piece.
    And … it’s a great idea!

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