I had to share this picture.
Last week in DC, we rode the Metro trains everywhere!
Anyways, in one of our stations, they had these enormous escalators. I mean, bigger than any I've ever seen. The photo nerd in me wanted to take a picture, but I knew my parents would be all "you don't need a picture of an escalator" so I didn't take one.
But I found one! So, sit here in awe at the enormous escalators.
I had to share this picture.
Posted by Lala at 9:42 AM
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…GAH! First off, I love, love, love, LOVE these books.
It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians—including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks….This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
Richelle Mead has a great way of wring. She's very good and interweaving emotions and action and romance (Dimitri) and AH!
The point is, if you haven't read these books, you should. Like, right now!
I won't ramble on anymore, but the point is, you need to read this book.
Posted by Lala at 1:40 PM
With the tragedy of Norway this week, and Amy Winehouse (never been a fan, but still a sad story), I thought I'd talk about finding stories within tragedies.
Everyone knows why that day wasn't just a normal "Congress on Your Corner" session for Giffords.
What happened to those people is awful, the nine year-old girl, to the Arizona judge. Their families' lives will never be the same.
But, did you ever think of taking a tragedy and making into a story?
For my creative writing final, remember the story with the girl named Morgan?
Well, Morgan's story is about how she discovers her boyfriend is planning to assassinate good ole' Rick Perry.
Reality is the best source of inspiration, all you have to do is look around.
Posted by Lala at 8:40 AM
Well, after some nagging from Evie, I've got some news.
I opened a design service!
Yes, it does cost money, but there are people who are charge a lot more.
Hope so of you consider ordering from me!
Posted by Lala at 11:30 AM
I won't lie. On the way home yesterday, I cried during take-off. but I didn't last Sunday. Strange, strange, strange indeed. Anyways!
OMG! It was freaking hot there! Here in Texas, we're in the middle of a heat wave, and it followed us to DC, but it was worse there. Friday afternoon, the heat index was 118 in Washington DC. *dies* Darn river.
Anyways, I took a lot of great pictures, and I've got some great stories to go with them.
Posted by Lala at 8:00 AM
Today, while I'm off doing touristy things, I've got the fabulous Morgan (who doesn't have a blog, even though she needs one!) with a guest post. If you've been on inkpop for a really long time, you might remember her as MIC, the author of Shadow Watchers. You guys can follow her on twitter at @Morgan_Shamy. Enjoy!
The Five Stages of Querying Grief
I can't decide if I love querying or hate it.
The highs are unbelievably high and the lows are like, in the depths of despair low. I'm not the type of writer that needs my hand held--in fact, I'm extremely motivated and confident in my work--I used to shake my head when my writing buddies would go on their emotional roller coasters of self doubt--I mean, come on! Have a little faith in yourself, right? Wrong. I didn't understand. QUERYING. It does a number on the writer's psyche. (There should be a drug all writers can take when going through the process.) There's this thing called doubt that plants itself somewhere in a back corner of the writer's mind--slowly growing until its little sprouts latch onto anything, everything it can feed off of--weaving, twisting, growing, until you feel like you're gonna--okay, er... you get the point.
Funny enough, I've actually kept a log of my emotional querying journey(which hasn't been too long) but still, it's pretty comical. I go from loving my story, thinking I have such a good shot to thinking my work is the worst thing written that's graced the face of the planet. Like, ten times a day. Times a hundred. (okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get my drift)
So I've broken up my experience into 5 different stages of querying:
1. The first HIGH. The day after I sent my first batch of queries, I get 2 full requests. And these are my thoughts: "Eeeek! I knew this would be easy! Agents are going to be knocking on my door this going to be so fun!" <----Er, how naive I was. (I've grown so much in six weeks, my mom would be proud)
2. The first form rejection off a query. DEVASTATION. How could they not want my work? Didn't they read the query? It's good! Tears.
3. More requests. RELIEF. Okay, my query is good. So are my sample pages. The first two requests weren't a fluke. I'm gonna be okay.
4. Rejection off a full. Back to devastation. (this isn't its own stage, just reiterating stage 2) <----BUT this is where I'm proud of myself. I didn't mope. I didn't cry. (too much) I got to work. I scrapped my first three chapters and rewrote them. Moving on, feeling motivated and hopeful.
5. More form rejects from query. At this point, I cease to care. INDIFFERENCE. Agents know what they're looking for, and regardless of how good my query is, if it's not what they want, it's not an insult to my writing. I like this stage. It gives me confidence and a feeling of power.
6. Another rejection off a full/partial. I'm okay. I am. I dissect the rejection letter. I read it over and over again, looking for any clues that might help me improve. I take heart in phrases like, "I expect to see you on shelves soon" and "It's extremely well written or I wouldn't have requested it"--I hold onto those words like a life line.
7. Upgrade from partial to full. BLISS! (this goes along with stage one. The ultimate HIGH) They liked my writing and story enough to want to see more! This is huge! I'm not out of my mind for trying to do this!
8. And finally, ACCEPTANCE that whatever happens will happen. Either an agent will fall in love with my work, or they won't. If not, I'll keep plugging away on my next project. Because as writers, writing isn't a choice--we have to do it. It's part of us and the truly determined will keep at it until we find that one "yes" that will take us to the next level.
Have I missed a stage? What stage are you in right now?
It's nice to finely be at the acceptance stage---I feel like I can get more done without being weighed down by the angst of worrying about refreshing my computer button every ten minutes. I'm writing not to find an agent, but to create magic on the page. And that, is what it's about for me.
Hey, all! 'Tis Evie here. Most of you know me, so the short intro: I am Evie. Laura is my friend. We both write. We both blog. We both blog design. And we both love elephants. That is all. :) Visit me here and here and here. Shameless promotion. Muahaha! Sorry, Laura. :D And by the way, I'm totally jealous that she's on vacation and she didn't take me with her. What is the meaning of that nonsense?!
Anyhow, today I'm going to talk about writing woes. A lot of people cover this, but it's different for everyone. All writers have things that stress them out or make them discouraged. For me, there are three that screw with me and make me not want to write.
1. I'm way too much of a perfectionist. I edit everything I read from published books to works-in-progress to the subtitles on TV. So, naturally, while I write, I think every sentence I type sucks monkey butt. This makes me extremely frustrated, and it's one of the main reasons I stopped writing at all for about eight months. Close to quitting again because of these shenanigans, but trying not to.
2. I'm one of those people who doesn't like doing things for "no reason." Sure, I like to write, but if it isn't going to do anything but sit on my computer, I'm like, "What's the point?" I know most of what I write isn't what the publishing world wants, or those piles of rejections are just -____-. It's mainly the discouragement we writers face that puts a damper in my mood.
3. Being the editor while everyone else gets published. Not gonna lie, I hate the feeling and thought of just being on the acknowledgement page. It always makes me wonder why I can edit for everyone, but can't get a foot in the door somewhere. I always think, If I'm good enough to edit for actual authors, why am I not good enough to become one? Don't get me wrong, I love to edit my friends' projects--love it, and I feel honored--but it's one of the main reasons I won't edit stuff by those I don't know too well. Gets me extremely discouraged.
Those are three of my woes that hold me back a lot. Not everyone has the same woes. For some, it's the editing stage, or development, or description, or maybe you even see a book published that's just like yours. What are some of your woes?
Posted by Evie Jay at 8:00 AM
Right now, I'm on a plane. Probably biting my lips to keep from crying. I haven't been on a plane since I was four. I'm not a fan of heights. At all.*shivers*
Where am I going, you may ask? Washington D.C. Wahoo!
We're going a lot of different places!
But, while I'm off being a tourist, I've got some great posts lined up for y'all from Evie and Morgan. These ladies have really written some great posts, and you'll love them just as much as I love these two gals!
So, have a great week, unless you're in Texas, then you're probably just sizzling. It was 107 Friday afternoon! Sheesh!
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
First thoughts: I really hope this one is better than the past couple have been.
Writing style: I envy Janet Evanovich's writing style. She can make these crazy scenarios up and pull them off like it happens everyday. Which, it does for Stephanie Plum. She's got great humor, but I feel like the plots have become too unbelievable.
Plot: I feel like the plots are getting too unbelievable. It used to be, Stephanie Plum destroyed cars on a regular basis, and now, when she does it's like what's new? She needs to pick a man and go back to the original formula where the whole book, Stephanie was looking for a bond jumper, not a murderer or what not.
In an interview, Evanovich called this the "sex book." She was right. But, she made it funny. That's where her humor got to come in. :D
Characters: JOE FREAKIN MORELLI! That is all I am saying. If Stephanie can't choose between him or Ranger, she can have Ranger and I will take Joe Morelli.
Overall: Despite the bad plots, she always gets me with her humor and Joe Morelli. It's a four.
Posted by Lala at 5:07 PM
Aren't they pretty? Thanks super much for Evie for designing it! So, guess what guys, she's opening a design website!! And, I've seen it already, it's gorgeous! Wonderful!
Posted by Lala at 5:12 PM
The Year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern class of "negative utopia" - a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imiaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
First thoughts: This was the other book I read for summer reading, and I was looking foward to this a whole lot more than Pride and Prejudice. My friend has already read the book and gave me a brief overview of the book, since the summary doesn't actually tell you what it's about.
Writing style: I love the way Orwell set up his society with the Party and Big Brother and thoughtcrimes. The thoughtcrimes were the think that really got me. There was one part where Winston, the main character, was talking to a man who'd gone to jail for thoughtcrime. The man had been ratted on by his seven year old daughter, but he wasn't mad! Crazy, no wonder they weren't allowed to think!
Plot: Both of the books I had to read for English were basically love stories. This one was executed much better. There was an engaging plot with a society that you'd never heard of. Winston's love for Julia (his lover, duh) was forbidden in fact, sex was basically looked upon as a chore to make the population grow. But not to them.
Characters: Winston Smith. His name was boring on purpose. You don't want anything too crazy here. In London, you want to be just a normal citizen with a normal name. How much more normal can you get besides Smith? But, Winston was a cool guy. Orwell showed him as a man struggling to obey by society's rules until Julia came around.
Overall: I really liked this book, I wish I could have read it faster so I didn't forget the details, but I had a conference this weekend, so that didn't happen. If you're looking to write dystopian fiction, this is, like, the original dystopia!
Posted by Lala at 12:30 PM
First off.... YOU NEED TO GO BUY CHRIS YOUNG'S NEW ALBUM!
a gift multiple gifts from God. His new album is called Neon.
That's the first single, Tomorrow. *fan girl swoon*
Go, buy, love.
Simple as that.
But, the real point of this post is because I won an award! Yipee!
So here's what ya do:
- Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
- Share 7 things about yourself.
- Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
- Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
Posted by Lala at 8:15 PM