Monday, June 23, 2014

Clarion West Write-A-Thon: It's like NaNoWriMo, but better!

So after three years of essentially ignoring NaNoWriMo's existence, I'm jumping back into another writing challenge. As I think most people on this blog aware, in 2009, I had the pleasure of attending Clarion West Writing Workshop, where I spent six weeks writing and critiquing stories while learning from six amazing instructors. I also would have had a difficult time attending if not for the financial aid that I received.

So, this year, for the first time. I'm participating in the Clarion West Write-A-Thon. My goal is complete the first 50 pages of my newest novel, POWER SHIFT (which probably needs a new title by now considering how many times I've re-written the synopsis)

If you would like to sponsor me, you can find my profile here.

I know Clarion West was an amazing experience for me, and I hope I'm able to help others have that same experience.

Oh, and on the Writer's Voice results: my team won, with me contributing two partial requests to our overall success. Go Team Rock Star!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Writer's Voice: Final Round

Wow, the last couple weeks have been a roller coaster for sure. I was chosen to move onto the next round in the Writer's Voice and spent a good chunk of time polishing and re-polishing my opening page and query. And today, after all that nervous waiting, the agents are making requests. I don't know what all will happen, but I'm very grateful. My coaches have been awesome. My first coach, Elizabeth Briggs, has a novel called MORE THAN MUSIC coming out very soon.

My second coach, Krista Van Dolzer, has two books upcoming: THE REGENERATED MAN (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Winter 2015) and DUEL/DUET (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Fall 2015). You can bet the cover art will be here when it arrives. :)

I really hope all my teammates on Team Rock Star get a ton of requests today and lots of time doing stuff besides nervously refreshing e-mail inboxes. ^_^ Here's to an awesome experience that I hope gets repeated for many more years!