RTW: Wuv, Twoo Wuv

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

Inspired byStephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog, what is your novel’s “Love List”?

I’m actually home on a Wednesday morning and can post! Yippee!!

So what’s my WIP’s love list? This should be pretty easy, because I’m currently in a stage where I love it. (Does anyone else fall in and out of love with their WIP? I swear, it’s like we’ve been married for fifteen years or something.)

-These two:

[pinterest finds, yo]

-Their interactions and dialogue–so much fun to write

-Gavin, the brother

-The UN

-Karaoke

-Revisiting New York (at least in my mind and on paper)

-Evil V

-THE kiss

-Jor Hamdal, the neighbor

-Astrid, the best friend

-A rocky cove in the Pacific Northwest

-FIRE!

-Rooftop pool

-Red herrings and political intrigue

-Pez dispensers

So my brother is almost done with the critique on the first 40k and it’s time to jump back into the manuscript. I’m so excited! I’ve got plenty of edits to throw into those 40k words, and then I’ll wrap this bad boy up. And then, of course, start the revision phase. But I love this book, and this RTW prompt was perfectly timed.

What do you love about your novel?

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RTW: Pinspiration

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

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This Week’s Topic:

When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?

When I’m in the middle of a project, I usually go inside my mind.

Which can look like anything, from this:

Ahhhhh.

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To this:

More than a wee bit crazy. And of course, heavy machinery’s usually involved.

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But since I’ve been gearing up for the past few months to write high fantasy (yikes!), I’ve turned to more external sources. Well, really just one in particular: Pinterest!

So what kind of inspiring imagery have I discovered? Here’s a sampling:

Oh, crap, how’d that get in here?

[all images and their links found on my Pinterest board]

[except Jacob]

What about you? Where do you turn when you need a little inspiration?

RTW: He Works Out

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

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This Week’s Topic:

What movie have you seen that actually (gasp!) improved on the book?

It didn’t take me long to think about this. See, I’m not a huge Twilight fan. I read all the books like everyone else, but mostly because of my long-standing fascination with vampires (I read Interview With a Vampire in High School, so see, I already liked vampires, neener neener). I have a low tolerance for mushy romance stuff and actually skipped through most of that in these books.

The movies? Not a whole lot better. But I would say New Moon was a definite improvement on the book. For two reasons:

1) We didn’t have to hear Bella’s thoughts as she held her torso because it felt like there was a gaping hole there since Edward left. Instead, we had to watch it, which was still painful, but luckily shorter than pages of description.

Yeah, your co-dependency makes me sick too.

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2) Jacob Black. Shirtless. ‘Nuff said.

I’m Team Abs!

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RTW: YA Friends!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

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This Week’s Topic:

What IRL people can you talk to about YA?

Back in the day, as in just a few years ago, my ya-loving friends were like this cat’s friend:

No, not colorful, blobby, cigarette-smoking cyclops..es (cyclopi? no clue). They weren’t real!

I didn’t know anyone who loved to read ya literature. Sad, I know. But that’s started to change!

My mom took a ya literature class in school and fell in love with it. But now she’s an elementary school librarian, so most of her energy goes into MG.

I’ve turned my younger sister onto ya, and she and I love talking books.

My sister-in-law also enjoys ya books, so I love giving her suggestions.

And lastly, one of my writing group members is ya writer and reader like me, so we’re always swapping suggestions at meetings.

And now I’m all:

Never leave me!!

RTW: Best Book in February

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

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This Week’s Topic:

What was the best book you read in February?

Paired with any other books, John Green’s wonderful The Fault in our Stars would win. It’s uplifting, it’s heartbreaking, it’s brilliant. It could win over most other books I’ve read/will read.

BUT! I read an even better book this month, which means you should read it because it’s obviously mind-blowingly good. It’s not YA, but one of the protagonists is a 15-year-old girl, so almost? Anyhow! The book is …

The History of Love  by Nicole Krauss

Here’s the Goodreads blurb (which is also where the image came from):

Inspired by her four grandparents (from four different countries), Krauss tells the story of a man who, 60 years ago in the Polish village where he was born, fell in love and wrote a book. And though he doesn’t know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love.

That blurb isn’t as good as the one on the back of the back, but I’m in a hurry so it will suffice. Let me tell you … this is one of those rare books that has the power to change your soul. It’s achingly beautiful and so well-crafted that I just can’t fathom Krauss’s level of talent. Here’s my Goodreads review*:

I can’t stop recommending this book to people, and probably never will. I haven’t given a 5 start review in a while, but this book completely deserves it. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful, funny, and poignant. This book is truly about love–every kind you can think of, and such beautiful depictions. Krauss is an incredible writer. While she keeps the writing more streamlined (i.e. non-flowery) there are some incredible lines that just made me stop and re-read them several times, just to savor the words. She has incredible virtuosity, writing a pre-teen boy, teen girl, and elderly old man well and believably. Seriously, do yourself a favor: read this book.

Note: I found the first 80 – 100 pages to be a bit slow, but as soon as I hit page 100 (or so) I couldn’t put it down. And those first pages aren’t bad–they’re still beautiful, and this isn’t a quick-read–but once you hit 100, the pieces start falling into place and you want to race ahead to see how it all fits. Which, by the way, is brilliantly.

I usually recommend books with caveats–“This book is pretty good, but this-this-and-this were not-so-brilliant,” etc. But I have no caveats for this book. Just a simple READ IT.

What was your favorite read in February?

*I don’t write newspaper-worthy book reviews on Goodreads. I don’t have the time. My reviews are mostly for a) future reference for me and b) to give my friends an idea of what I think about it, whether I recommend it or not. So, yeah. No NYT reviews here, sorry!

RTW!

It’s been over two months since the last time I participated in YA Highway’s RTW. Sad. So I get to today–yay!

But first, a quick story. When I sleep really well (which isn’t often), I’m usually somewhat groggy all day. (I think it’s because my body wants more of that delicious sleep.) Well, I’ve been sleeping really well this week, so this whole week I’ve been in a thin fog. I opened my browser to log in to my blog and write my post, but started writing “wonder” instead of “WordPress.” I have NO idea where “wonder” came from. I mean, I really like WordPress, but I don’t think that quite explains it.

Anyhow, thought that was funny. On to the Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

What SNI were you psyched to work on, but discovered it was too close to something already done?

My answer is SPARKS, but first version of my current WIP, FRACTURED RADIANCE. And it similarities are precisely why I completely trashed an entire draft, reworked the plot, changed almost all of the character names, and started all the way back at the very beginning.

I won’t go into detail (because that’ll give away some of FR), but SPARKS featured lots of world mythology (Rick Riordan), a magical school (Harry Potter, Rick Riordan, and twenty-million other books), and the last book featured a hunt for items (Harry Potter). There were other over-done components of the book, but those were the most obvious. I started realizing how unoriginal the book was at the beginning of last year, and it took until Septemberish (can’t remember exactly the date), for me to realize it needed tweaks, and then again in November I realized it needed a complete new plot. Talk about a heavy case of denial, eh? And I’m so glad I did it! So, listen to that nagging voice in your head (if it won’t go away for a while). It’s probably right.

Have you ever trunked a book or idea because the idea was already done/overdone?

 

In Which Kris is Sick

Not that being sick automatically excuses me from blogging, but when my head hurts and I have enough energy to either write or blog? Yup, writing wins. Every. Single. Time.

But never fear! I totally have something in the queue for tomorrow, and will do my Friday fun post. And I really wanted to do RTW today because I was going to have a conversation between spurned lovers–Jacob from Twilight and Gale from Hunger Games. But I am not feeling clever enough to do it justice. So … just pretend I did an awesome job, mmkay?

It’s absolutely beautiful outside–sunny and warm (for January)–so I’m going to throw a blanket around my shoulders like an old lady, and read outside. I’m currently re-reading The Giver by Lois Lowry and just loving it all over again.

How’s your week going so far?