Update Tuesday 6/10-6/16 — June 19, 2012

Update Tuesday 6/10-6/16

I got a little research done this week for the adventure novel. (More on that on Thursday. Exciting!)

But that was it.

I am struggling right now to overcome the feelings of failure and inadequacy that stem from my lack of productivity the last couple of weeks. I’m in this cycle where I don’t work on writing so I feel guilty and then the guilt weighs on me until I go watch TV or Netflix to drown out the guilt.

Yeah. It makes no sense. But it is what it is.

Also, I’m in need of a couple of beta readers. Preferably ones who are at least semi-interested in YA, fantasy, fairy tales, or any combination of the three. I only need two readers at the moment as more voices than that on a single draft makes me sort of shut down when it comes to incorporating the feedback into the next draft. Let me know in the comments if you’re willing.

Also, none of the winners in my giveaway have yet to acknowledge they’ve seen that they are winners. I’ll re-draw at the end of the week (Friday morning) for whatever prizes have not been acknowledged. You can acknowledge via e-mail at novicewriteranonymous (at) gmail (dot) com or in the comments on either the announcement post (just before this one on the blog) or on this post.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 1/5 — January 5, 2011

WiP Wednesday 1/5

Wow, first of the year!  Except, I have no WiP to report any progress on.

That’s where you guys come in.

I need a beta reader.  A writer beta reader.  A male writer beta reader.

Yes, I’m getting that specific.  The MC in Lodestar is a guy.  And I’m worried, after some partial feedback and just from my own neurotic worry-gland, that he sounds too girly.

So I need someone, a guy and also a writer because then they can catch any other issues that my other male beta might not see (Love you, Geoff), to read the manuscript and look at those overall things.  Especially the manliness of my MC.

This will get me one step closer to my 2011 goal of revising and querying this book.  Thanks in advance.

(Oh, and if you happen to be a male writer who is/was in the military and/or NASA, that’d be even better.  Preferably both NASA and USAF and male and writer.  But I won’t get too picky if no one meets that.)

WiP Wednesday 7/14 — July 14, 2010

WiP Wednesday 7/14

I’m a writer.  Through and through.

I didn’t even last a day without formulating some new writing project to be working on.  Instead of tinkering with adding some new words to the short stories I’ve got sitting in my hard drive, I began plotting on a super secret project.

That’s right.  It’s top secret.  This one requires Level Infinity Security Clearance.  And the Universe doesn’t hand that out lightly.

But in all honesty, I don’t want to talk too much about this one because if I can’t make it work, I’ll be utterly devastated.

In other news, I FINISHED LODESTAR!  I wrote almost 2800 words last Thursday to finish the book. I was giddy when I typed “The End.”  Beyond giddy.


It’s currently sitting on my computer, simmering away.  I’ve already started a revision checklist for my first round of edits.  I’ll go through those, fix typos and such, then it’s off to my very first beta reader.  Who is, in fact, my brother.  I asked him to read it because he’s a guy.  And he likes books.  And he can tell me from a reader’s perspective if the book is working.  He can also tell me if my main character (who is male) sounds male enough.

Of course, this also means I’ll need some writerly-peeps as beta readers.

How did y’all find your betas?  And, how are your WiPs going?