Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Love and Friendship

Hello Friends,


I'm STILL working on revisions of my current WiP. 
I STILL have no title for this one. A title has to be perfect. I have faith that when the time is right the perfect title will hit me.


 I'm SLOW at revisions. I rip out huge chunks and move things all around, adding layers and depth, and then have to deal with the ripple effect. 
And so it goes. 
Word by word. 
Slow and grueling and lovely and evil and beautiful and frustrating.


I'm still in my grassy thoughtful spot, think, think, thinking. I am, after all, a bear of very little brain. 




While I've been unplugged and working and think, think, thinking I've been missing you.


And I've been wondering how you're doing, how your writing is going. 


I wonder if you know how much I care about you and the books we write...and all the books that have ever been written and shall ever be... 


Because I know it's hard to reach down deep inside ourselves and find the story in us that is about something, that's worth telling.


And I know how difficult it is to find the perfect words and string them together in the perfect way to honor the story worth telling. 


And I know how vulnerable and terrifying it is to put these hard/heart-earned words out into the world...to be judged. 


I know some of you are dealing with rejection letters and some of you are hitting best seller status this week. 
Perhaps some of you have just started your first chapter of your first draft of your first book.


Some of us are angry and upset about ignorant people trying to get books banned from our schools, from the children who NEED to read BOOKS that ARE ABOUT SOMETHING.
(#SpeakLOUDLY)
(Sept. 25th- October 2nd is Banned Book Week American Library Association- ALA)




So, yeah. It's hard. And meaningful, important, heartbreakingly lovely.
It's a major journey.


I'm so happy to be on this journey with YOU. My friends. 


What have you been up to lately? How is your writing going?  Have you had any breakthroughs, successes? 


Love...always,
Lola

PS- Speaking of friendship...I love you, Teenie. (she's been my best friend IRL for over 20 years.) HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY! 

46 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Awww happy birthday to Teenie too! And I love that Pooh quote - my all time favourite.

And I wish you all the very best with your revisions. You're a meticulous perfectionist! GOOD LUCK!!!

I'm plodding on with mine trying to be optimistic but sometimes fear and doubt overwhelm. :-)

Take care
x

Amanda Sablan said...

I'm in the same boat as you, Lola. Revisions. They're going slowly but I should be done by the end of the year. 2011 here I come!

Good luck with trying to figure out a title for your book. I'm a firm believer that if we give what we are passionate about time, what we need will come.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The next six weeks will be very busy for me, but I'm in a groove with my writing. Today I'm really hopping with the blogfest, but it's fun!

Jenna Wallace said...

My soul is much refreshed - Thank you for the lovely piccies and sentiments!

I'm slogging through research (tedium tempered by excitement about everything I am learning for my WIP).

Theresa Milstein said...

I've been wondering about you. I'm glad you posted.

"Because I know it's hard to reach down deep inside ourselves and find the story in us that is about something, that's worth telling.

And I know how difficult it is to find the perfect words and string them together in the perfect way to honor the story worth telling.

And I know how vulnerable and terrifying it is to put these hard/heart-earned words out into the world...to be judged."

This is why I love blogs like yours. You understand.

I wish you the best as you slowly revise. Unfortunately, slow is the only way it really works, isn't it?

C.E. said...

You're such an upbeat, pleasant person! Glad I'm not the only one that has a slow time with revisions. Good luck getting through it though!
I just love your pictures to accompany your words. So great

Chanelle said...

I know what you mean about finding the perfect title. Good luck with your WIP.

Fran said...

Word by word is the only way to do it. No other way. How I wish it were different. (Chapter by chapter would be great, say, one a day, and it all sorted within a month.)

Corinne said...

This was so sweet to read...
Thank you.

Julie said...

I love this post. What a wonderful feeling, knowing others understand all the fun, wacky, difficult, and beautiful parts of the writing journey.

I've had a little fun with the first draft of my latest story. I kept thinking that it wasn't good or off the tracks, so I went back through and read it to see what was wrong.

And I had to keep pinching myself because I love it and it's going along just swimmingly. And when I got to where the words haven't been written, I was impatient for the rest. A very happy feeling, that. :)

Las Vegas Writer said...

Lovely post :) I'm about 3/4 of the way through my first draft of my first paranormal romance. I find myself researching a lot, and not coming up with what I need :( Oh well, only 100 pages left!

Lisa said...

This was a lovely post, so warm. I'm still revising, moving things around, added layers, sometimes wondering what in the heck I'm doing.

Whatever it is, I'm so glad to have this writers' community to go to for understanding and encouragement.

Write on, my friend. Miss you.

Jules said...

Loved your post, well I love anything that has Pooh in it :)

Glad to hear the work is going well. I'm just hanging out trying not to grow up :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jeff King said...

My revising is moving a long… I hate this part of the process. Pumping out story during composition was easy and sometimes effortless—compared to revising that is.

I find myself barely getting through 3 pages a day, and that’s a good day.

I wish you well with your WIP.
Thx for the great post.

The Words Crafter said...

Wow, this was the loveliest post! How sweet and perceptive you are. I have to tell you this. That Pooh card you posted....? I actually gave that card to my husband before we were married. It was blank inside, until I wrote a poem in it. Wow!!!!

Hope you're doing okay and that your week is fab!

Carolyn V. said...

Lola, I'm sending you cyber hugs! We all need them when we are revising. ((hugs))

revision is so hard for me. *wiping away tear* But we can do it! =)

Lisa Gail Green said...

Very sweet and well put. Good luck on your revisions! It is such a good feeling when you finish, isn't it?

Kelly said...

It is quite a journey and I am thankful to have all of my blog friends for their support.
I have one more scene to write for my wip, but Ive been revising as I read and reread so it is slowgoing. Hopefully by October I can send it to my readers!

Elana Johnson said...

Love that page at the beginning. I don't think you should stress too much over the title. Your publisher will just change it anyway. :)

mshatch said...

I have ears that stick out :(

it used to bother me a lot. Now, not so much. your blog is fun; I relly liked the Maira kalman thing, whoever she is :)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

And as always, Piglet got it right!

Misha said...

That is so sweet!

I've been struggling to write lately until I gave up and let my muse lead my words.

I ended up with a third WiP. :-/ Good, but I'm wondering how I'm going to finish all of them...

Quinn said...

I've just started doing revisions. I finished writing a month ago. Gave myself some time off to make it fresh. Now I have to dive in. Good luck with your revisions! Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

Susan Tiner said...

Lola, it's nice thinking of you thinking. Miss you. Speaking of book titles you might enjoy this post LBR did on titles:
http://www.labeletterouge.com/2010/09/titles-matternames-dont.html

Hugs, Susan

Hart Johnson said...

You've been missed! In a parallel universe, I am ALSO editing... I am doing my second run through--the one where I mark the BIG places that need changing... then I will CHANGE them, then I go through AGAIN, then send to my peeps... so I guess that puts me about half way through editing... Good luck to you!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Lola! Great post - so much good stuff in there. I hopped over from Kittie Howard's blog, when I saw your name, to congratulate you on your award. :-)

Kittie Howard said...

Lola, I've got a little something for you over at my place. Enjoy!

Rachael Harrie said...

Love your blog Lola, and what a great post. I love that there's so many of us out there sharing our writing journeys...

Your take on writing "It's hard. And meaningful, important, heartbreakingly lovely. It's a major journey," rings so true for me. My writing and revisions can be heartbreaking, but at the same time - it's what I love. And I wouldn't have it any other way!!! :)

Looking forward to following along and getting to know you better.

Rach

Jai Joshi said...

Sorry to hear that you're still stuck on revisions. I am too. It's a bummer but it must be done in order to do justice to the story.

Jai

Lola Sharp said...

You 'guys' are so darn yummy and thoughtful.

Thanks for stopping by, taking the tie to comment and for 'getting me'. :)

Love,
Lola

Samantha Bennett said...

Ah, Lola. This post totally transported me to my grassy place. Thanks for sharing. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You have such an amazing way with words, Lola. So beautiful. I know it feels like it's taking forever, but it'll get there. You are working so hard. I can't wait to see you at the end of this particular journey.

Vicki Rocho said...

Happy Revising!! It's a necessary evil....just think how happy you'll be when you're done!

Christina Lee said...

aww I am happy this be on this journey with you too! I am rocking on my newest YA! Go you!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful post! I'm bookmarking it now and going to refer to its awesomeness from time to time.

I feel your revision pain. Good luck!!!

Jen Chandler said...

Hi Lola! What a fantastic post! I'm so happy Kittie Howard listed you in her fabulous awards' post. The bit about banned books week is so important. I'll be posting a bit on it myself :D So very nice to "meet" you!

Cheers!
Jen

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

You always post the loveliest things! Best of luck with your revisions. I'm on the writer's train these days, speeding down the track. Loving the inspiration!!!!

Thinking of you!
((hugs)) Nicole

Heather said...

You rock! That was such a touching post. Best of luck with your revisions. You'll get there and we'll celebrate together!

Elliot Grace said...

...Lola my dear, I come to you when in need of a "pick me up," and as always, you've succeeded.

We continue to run parallel with our manuscripts, I'm currently buried in round 4, following my beta reader's advice and some notable corrections needed from Tedious David, my Samurai/editor.

Titles can be tricky. As you know, mine's been re-named three times...I'm sticking with "South of Charm," per David's orders. Your title will come to you when you least expect it. BAM! Like being served chicken dinner from Emeril.

Your positive attitude is refreshing like a dip in the pool. Thanks so much for being there:)
EL

Lola Sharp said...

El, you made my day. I've had a very lousy day.
(minor surgery on shoulder, but a bad reaction to the anesthesia. It happened hours ago, and i still don't know what time it is, I haven't held down any food, and I am freezing with a fever and hurt. Husband is staying by my side. Sometimes I cant tell whats real and what was a dream. It really messed up. Hopefully I'll sleep it off and feel normal in the morning.

I'm glad this picked you up! I'll look at it tomorrow an hope it cheers me up.

THANKS FOR BEING ON THE WRITING/PUBLISHING JOURNEY WITH ME. :)

Let me know when you want me to start pimping your book. Do you have an official release day yet?


As for everyone-- I'm sorry I haven't been around to visit you. I had a bad reaction to a medical procedure today. I'm not feeling well and I'm woozy.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Love you guys.
Lola

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That was lovely, Lola! I'm so glad we blogmet each other...I wish you well with naming your novel...It will come to you. I hope you feel better and Happy Birthday to Teenie!

iZombie said...

:)....
iZombie

Patricia A. Timms said...

This was really great. It was so great that I'm going to force my writing group to read it. (My writing group consists of me and 4 moms who have always wanted to write a book but never got around to it. I hope I can lead as well you do here.)

I hope you are feeling better from your surgery. May you be 100% soon. Thanks for becoming my blogging friend.

Hannah Kincade said...

awww you are too sweet!!

I've reached a turning point I think with my wip. Right now is all about powerin through and just finishing what I have in my brain before I get too distracted by NaNo. Although if I don't finish I won't be participating in NaNo. It's my own punishment. Ha! I do think I'm about two weeks out though. I just can't spend as much time online. Such is life. We must make sacrifices. :D

Regina said...

Lola, thank you for this post. I am one of the mom's from Patricia Timms' writing group, and I'm glad she forced me to read your blog, you are very inspirational!

I hope that you feel better from your surgery soon, bad anesthesia reactions are the worst! Feel better soon and thanks for your motivation!

Adina West said...

Yep, I'm right there in revision hell with you, working on the stuff that some pertinent questions from my agent helped show me it's essential to include. I'm trying to look on the bright side as I get to write some sparkling new scenes. That's got to be good, right?

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