Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: October Edition (part-1)


Hello Friends,






Happy October! And Happy Hump Day....which means it's time for a What's Up Wednesday. (sign up at Jaime's blog and join us)


What I'm Reading:
I've read so many books since I last posted, so I'll just list a couple highlights:

NIGHT FILM: Wow, what a ride. And also, man, did she get lucky with her publisher, because even the quality of the paper they used to print her book is thick and glossy and lush. (the hardback weighs a ton)

THE BITTER KINGDOM (the final book in Rae Carson's Fire & Thorns trilogy):
What a satisfying ending to this YA fantasy series. I loved all 3 books. Sad it's over.

What I'm Writing:
I'm still tinkering on the pre-writing, the nailing down of of the slippery thing that is my SNI, which will be my Nanowrimo project (and is the SNI I've mentioned before) 
(if you want to be buddies on the fun that is Nano, my name on the site is: the-sharp-pen). 
I've been doing some free-writing and research and collecting images on my Pinterest Board (called 'Nano Project') for inspiration. And I've made my playlist. 

What Inspires Me Right Now:
I always fin this category to be the most difficult, because EVERYTHING inspires me. Leaving the house, travel, taking a walk, nature, movies, hanging out with friends and family, going to museums, art (viewing and creating), music, reading, people-watching, magazines, pinterest, phone conversations with friends, the news, pamphlets, cheering on fellow writers (and them cheering me on)...literally everything. 
But, I suppose if you're looking for specifics on this SNI, I'd say the images in the pinterest board I mentioned above inspire me. And this song:



What Else I've Been Up To:
Well, I don't want to talk about the Government Shutdown and how that is has a stranglehold on my family and household. So, moving on.
We've been doing a LOT of college visits because our daughter is a senior in high school. (Holy shiz) 
And I've been working on going and cooking mostly vegetarian and organic. Except when I'm snarfing down yummy pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting....and meatballs. And PopTarts. Okay, I'm mostly failing at it, but I am trying. 
And I have my house all decorated and spookified for Halloween.
And I've been reading and critiquing LOTS of fulls lately. 

Okay, that's far more than enough about me. Now it's YOUR turn...
What's Up with YOU??

Have a marvelous week! xoxo


Love,
Lola 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's Up Wednesday






Hello Friends,



*Waves* I hope this finds you all having a marvelous end of your summer. 
Here's what's going on in my world, WUW-style. 

WHAT I'M READING:

To be honest, I've started reading a bunch of books this week and quit most of them. I guess I'm in a bit of a reading slump. But since my last post (a couple/few weeks ago) there have a been a few books I made it through and LOVED:

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn (a small YA book that packs a big quirky punch, told from a male POV...and I won't say much else about it, because it's unique and I don't want to ruin the surprise of it.)

The DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater (lovely prose, as you'd expect, this second book in the YA Raven Boys series was also a nice adventure. This was an ARC (THANK YOU, Sarah Goldberg), but you'll be able to get it in mid-Sept., and I do recommend this series.)

84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff a very charming little NF book first published in 1970. It's a thin little book of letters sent back and forth for 20 years between Helen, a free-lance writer and avid reader/book lover living in Brooklyn NY, and a book dealer in London during wartime and well beyond (late 40's-late 60s). It's a  very fast read, full of humor and serious book love and man, did it gave me ALL THE FEELS. No wonder it is still in print after all these years. I highly rec.



WHAT I'M WRITING:

Well, I've been so super busy this week I haven't had time to write anything except notes in a notebook (for I am getting ready to start a SNI in earnest), and so nothing big to report here. But, I *am* excited about this shiny new idea. (it's the same SNI I've talked about, the one I was trying to put off while I SHOULD be working on revisions. And I have put it off---though not done as much with the revisions as I should've, due to being way too busy lately---but now SNI's time has come. And so, starting next week, I shall  go forth and write shiny new words!) (but also, I will be working on revisions.) (maybe.) (slacker Lola is a slacker)

WHAT'S INSPIRING ME RIGHT NOW:

THIS SONG. OMG THIS SONG. This will be The Song of SNI. (FYI, it isn't on spotify, sadly)





What's up with YOU? How was YOUR WEEK?


Love,
Lola 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quickie What's Up Wednesday





Hello Friends,



“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  WuW is a easy way to post on Wednesdays with four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you. You can link up each week at Jaime's blog.





WHAT I'M READING: 
Since last week's WuW I read: 
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness. (LOVED) 
MIND GAMES by Kirsten White
and Re-read: 
THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield (a favorite of mine and I highly recommend to all writers, along with BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott)
And one of my favorite books 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez


WHAT I'M WRITING:

To be honest, I didn't get as much as I'd hoped done last week.
I revised about 7-8 pages of one project and maybe 2 pages of another. 
And that SNI that I've been trying to ignore? I mostly ignored it. No new words, but I confess to thinking about it more than I should. (I need to be thinking about the above projects and how to make them everything they need to be). 
One of the things I keep thinking about is how to tell the story in an interesting way by playing with its structure. (and my recent binge-watching of LOST is only exasperating that desire.) (what could possibly go wrong?)

MY GOAL THIS WEEK is to focus hard on writing my 2nd draft of Backwards Book. I'd like to knock out a couple chapters of it, at least.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: 
I've been busy. But when I've had time to relax I've been binging on watching the TV show LOST. Lots of friends on Twitter told me I had to. So I am. I finished season 4 last night. And all I can say is: HOLY SHIZZBALLS. What a ride so far!
(if the series ender ends up explaining it was all a dream, I'm gonna be pissed.)  


WHAT'S INSPIRING ME RIGHT NOW:
This song works on so many levels for my southern gothic backwards book. 




What's up with YOU? How was YOUR WEEK?


Love,
Lola 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's Up Wednesday






Hello Friends,





“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  WuW is a easy way to post on Wednesdays with four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you. You can link up each week at Jaime's blog.




What's up? 

Here's 'what's up' with me this week for What's Up Wednesday:

What I'm Reading: For research purposes I read STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. It was surprisingly entertaining and even funny, as well as educational and fascinating.  

I also read and critiqued 2 full manuscripts for friends. (both excellent!)


What I'm Writing: I'm still revising the same two projects, and flirting with a SNI. Due to a crazy busy holiday weekend, not much got done on any of them. 
BUT, I have BIG goals and plans for this week! Progress will be made and shown under this heading next week, pinky promise.


What Else I've Been Up To:  I ate my weight in cherries and fried green tomatoes this week. The fresh produce this time of year makes me happy. I suppose I need to take some extra hot yoga classes this week to counteract. 

What's Inspiring Me Now: 


Also: I am giving away a copy of THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker!! Please ENTER HERE.  



What's up with YOU? How was your week?


Love,
Lola 
Saturday, July 6, 2013

♫ THIS IS W.A.R.: The Playlist (& GIVEAWAY) ♫




Hello Friends,








Today I have a couple of very special treats for you.

   1) I get to share Lisa and Laura Roecker's (rockin'!) playlist for THIS IS WAR!
   
   2) I'm giving away one copy of THIS IS WAR to one of you!


I know all of you know the gorgeous Roecker sisters...


I die. Look at them! They are The Pretty AND super sweet AND they have great taste in tunes! 


and I hope you know all about their brand new novel, THIS IS W.A.R., hot off the presses onto bookstore shelves everywhere! 




 This is not a story of forgiveness... 

The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud.



Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.
And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.
They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.
Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.


Exciting, right?! 

But what you probably don't know are the songs that inspired them while writing THIS IS WAR. 

I absolutely lve this diverse playlist. Every single song.
Their playlist sets the tone of their book perfectly. Very soundtrack-ish-able.

So go here, to their Hypster Playlist made just for YOU! •♪♫•*¨*•. 


DO YOU WANT TO WIN A COPY of THIS IS WAR? (i KNOW you do!)

All you have to do to enter is leave a message in the comments of this post, telling us which of the songs in their playlist is your favorite. +1

That's it. 

But, you can also earn extra entires:

+2 Follow Lisa and Laura on The Twitter: @landlroecker 
+3 Tweet link this post and giveaway (incl. our @handles)
+1 Follow me on The Twitter: @LolaSharp 


*Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Tues., July 16th.
*Leave all the links (to your tweets, etc.) and your email address (a way to contact you if you win) in the comments below.


Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother's insistence that they read Men Are Just Desserts inspired This is WAR. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at lisa-laura.blogspot.com and @landlroecker on Twitter.



Love,
Lola 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready Set Write




Hello Friends,



*blows dust off blog*
*taps microphone* 

Time, it's a precious and tricksy thing. 
There's just never enough of it to Do All The Things.  

Thus, some things fall through the cracks. 

(Blogging has been one of those things for me for a while. I'm sorry. I miss you.) 


Some things can be let go for a while...but then one day Mount Washmore starts toppling and there's no clean underwear. 

We try, oh yes we try, to find balance and time to keep up with the important things. But it's challenging, this delicate balancing dance we do on the tightrope of life as a writer (and parent and homeowner and pet herder and friend and human). We're spread thin, we writers. And there's a substantial amount of guilt involved. (amiright?)

Feeling guilty is poopy. 

So I'm ditching guilt.

To that end I've joined up with Alison Miller Jaime Morrow, Katy Upperman  (and friends) and their summer writing soirée they call Ready. Set. WRITE! (detailed explanation HERE) The basic gist is to write all summer and post some details of your progress on Wednesdays. It's not too late to join (I'm late to the party, in fact).
  


This is great for me because even though I'm already writing daily, this motivates me and holds me accountable to blogging every Wednesday. Plus, I really like the people involved and look forward to cheering them (and you!) on every Wednesday. #win

And aside from Ready Set Write, I have some other exciting things to share with you over the next few days and weeks! 

Okay, here we go:

What I'm Reading: I just finished THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey. It's a fairytale retelling (of a lesser known Russian fairytale) set in frigid 1920's Alaska. It's atmospheric and rather sad. 

I love the cover art.




What I'm Writing: I'm working on revisions on two projects (both upper YA, both magical realism; one with a southern gothic vibe told backwards, structurally) and as reward I'm also (sneakily) drafting a SNI. I'm not a plotter, so I'm not exactly sure where it's going yet, but it's very different from my usual style. It started with a snapshot vision of scene...a very grisly scene, and I'm just rolling with it. My goal is to completely finish revisions on one of the projects by mid-August, and the other by mid-Sept. (not sure what my goal is for the SNI. We'll see.)

What Else I've Been Up To: My daughter finished her junior year of high school; she is now officially a senior! *hyperventilates* *dies* (guys, I JUST took her to her first day of kindergarten...where I sobbed watching her walk into her classroom with her little backpack. Like I said, time is a tricksy thing. It flies.) (Except when you're at the DMV.) 

We've been taking her to visit colleges. In fact, today, Wednesday, she is having daddy-daughter time and they're visiting his alma mater (Rutgers) and taking the tour. And then we're off to the shore for the long holiday weekend...and plenty of these:


image and recipes from Real Simple



What's Inspiring Me Now: To get an idea of the many things that inspire me, my Pinterest boards give a rather varied account of the music, poetry, literature, art and imagery that moves me.  Aside from the things you might find there, I also find travel highly inspirational (of course there's boards of that too).

But music always his me in the feels, and is often my cornerstone for w solid writing session. Music gets me in the mood, almost method acting-style, to write a particular scene. 

For the Southern Gothic/Backwards Book revisions, these are a couple of the songs that inspired me:

Bottom of The River by Delta Rae (such a moody video...perfect for my book)


Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars


 Sideways by Citizen Cope



NEWS:
 Oh! Also, I'll be back here this Saturday  (July 6th) to celebrate the lovely Lisa and Laura Roecker's new release THIS IS W.A.R. They're gonna share their playlist with us AND I'm GIVING AWAY A COPY, so please stop by!
could they *be* more gorgeous? <3 td="">

Okay, now it your turn! Tell me, what's up with YOU? Tell me All The Things! 


Love,
Lola 

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My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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