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A quick status update on writerly things

1. I got to see preliminary sketches for my first-ever picture book, AT THE BOARDWALK, yesterday and I am SOSOSOSO happy with them! I can hardly find words to convey exactly how brilliant Mónica Armiño's illustration ideas are. I am a Very Lucky Girl to have her as my illustrator. And I confess to having become a bit verklempt over the final page turn. So. Gorgeous. *happy sigh*

2. I have an idea for a new poetry collection, and I'm hoping I can keep it for YA readers. But it has to get in line - I still have to finish the draft of my WIP (a YA novel), then I've got to revised the Gnomes, and somewhere along the line I need to revise the Shakespeare poems as well, plus finish drafting the supplemental material that goes with them.

3. Speaking of my WIP - I am still loving Scrivener (still working with the Beta version - a new Beta version comes available on December 12th). I am also loving having two experts in teen behavior around to ask important questions about phrasing, clothing, etc. It's great being able to ask things like "what word is a teen guy more likely to use if he's reassuring a girl that he likes how she looks?", for instance. (S's answer: "good" or "cute". I went with the latter, with a bit of additional commentary nearby - it is a book, after all, and book characters are allowed to be a bit more articulate than real-life people, yes?) I'm nearing the end of Chapter 8 and about to pass the 20k mark - this is officially the longest thing I've ever written, and it's still got 2/3 of the way to go. Wild.

Have you been writing? Wanna tell me about it? *props chin on elbows and bats eyelashes at you*

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Dec. 7th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Hooray for sketches and for the verklemptification of Kelly!!
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Glad you tell those projects to get in line!
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
It'd be a free-for-all otherwise and I'd never get anything done!
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Hooray for beautiful sketches!

As far as the writing, go Kelly, go Kelly!

(p.s. Please tell M I am FINALLY posting the playlist for Chasing Brooklyn tomorrow). I used a few songs from her list, and I really appreciate her help!!! I've had more people looking for it so I finally sat down today and spent a few hours getting it done. Whew. Better late than never, I guess.)
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
The sketches - OMG! *swoon*

I will tell M. She'll be ever so pleased!
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
All sounds great--and VERY cool about the illustrations. That would be a huge worry/more-than-relief, I'd think! :)
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Seeing the illustrations come in as magically awesome as they already are, even though some of them are extremely rough, made me squeefully happy!
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Hooray for illustrations!

I worked with teens for a year, their language can be soooo weird sometimes - now I sound old, lol!

As for writing, I've done nothing since nano, I'm still relishing in the freedom of the aftermath, but i want to get back to editing last years nano post christmas... I've done all the disecting and working out what needs to change, just got to do the write-in now. Actually I decided to do nano again this year more as a creativity bump start.... I hadn't done anything that wasn't editing notes for a long time and wanted to get the juices flowing for the write-in (although now I'm all enthusiastic about the new story rather than the old one, that always happens!)
Dec. 8th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I hope you manage to find your way back to last year's project. I'm guessing that once you sit down to it, you'll like find your enthusiasm for it again!
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Don't you bat those eyelashes, woman! You'll have all the boys in a tizzy!

for illustrations and writerly stuff galore!
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Why, thank you kindly for the cheers and sparkles, but you neglected to tell me about your own writerly stuff!
Dec. 8th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Oh! Forgive me. I feel like all I do is talk about my writerly stuff.
Oooo! Did you see that Finder got reviewed in Library Journal??
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
How cool to see the pictures for your words. All of your projects sound so interesting, gnomes to Shakespeare.
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I love you for saying so, Laurie - gnomes, Jane, Shakespeare, new idea that must wait . . . so many projects, so little time. Now for agent/editorial interest to reach fever pitch! (If only!)
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see how your picture book turns out! =)

Not too much writing the past few days because singing and holiday stuff has been keeping me up too late to wake up at 5 and write, but other than that, it's been moving along. Still enjoying Scrivener and all of the awesome note organization capabilities. Now instead of having character sketches and plot points in notebooks, emails, and random scraps of paper, they're all in one handy place. Or, rather, separate, easy to find files. The Virgo in me is quite pleased.
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think people are really, really going to like the picture book - at least the illustrations, which are pretty phenomenal!

Like you, I LOVE Scrivener. No wonder all those Apple people were die-hard Apple users - many of them were using Scrivener, that's why! I love that my notes track with whatever chapter they're attached to, even if you have to consolidate two chapters or insert a new one or whatever. And that I can keep organizational stuff handy - like the timeline I created (table generation was a snap!) or the document I made yesterday to keep track of what outfits my MCs were wearing. (It was easier than scanning back through prior chapters to see whether the MC just wore blue, for instance.)
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
So proud of all the things heaped on your plate. :-)
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Great icon, Sheela! I've officially reached the place where I have so many writing things to do that I don't have a good excuse for not writing every day!
Dec. 8th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think I ever congratulated you on the PB sale! Congrats!!

Sounds like you're good and busy!

I have to try Scrivner! I've heard a lot about it. :-)
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Dec. 8th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think I ever congratulated you on your PB sale! Congrats!!

I have to try Scrivner. I've heard great things about it.
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The illustrations are going to be gorgeous, I think!

Scrivener is really, truly awesome. I downloaded the first Beta version back in October, and I've really been enjoying it. There are some features I'm not really using (yet), but for the ones that I AM using, it can't be beat for drafting a novel.
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Dec. 8th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Elle! This particular PB sold very easily and very nontraditionally, so it doesn't really say anything about the market, I'm afraid. The house approached me to ask if I might have a MS that was right for them (after the publisher had read my blog). After looking at their list, I decided that the manuscripts I'd written as PBs were probably not a great fit for them, but a poem that I'd written might work. And it did!
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Awesome news about your Boardwalk book! I can't wait to see it! :)

And excellent progress on the YA novel! Wooooo! This is very exciting stuff. I am also in love with Scrivener (I just found new features now that I'm in revisions and playing with the manuscript more than just opening and typing).
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Tell me about these new features!

My friend Linda has been using some of the outlining/organizing features and loves those, although I haven't actually gone there. Still, I love my bulletin board and the notes sections and such!
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I luuuurve the corkboard. I do all my plotting on that. But I just learned that I can split my manuscript into separate documents with a keystroke (like at scene breaks) and then use the inspector to create index cards for each scene. So much better for me for revisions - I can see the scenes I have without having to do a lot of cross reference between the manuscript and the index cards of my plot. And when I decide to cut a scene, it's all gone already!

I prefer to write the draft as one continuous document, though.
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I've been writing my draft in chapters, so I've already been using the split thingy. But it's good to know that I can (probably) sub-split it into scenes later!
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