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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Psychtember Guest Post


Danya over at A Tapestry of Words was kind enough to invite me to ramble on and on guest post on her blog as a part of her Psychtember posts this month. Please come watch me try to connect my passion for my day job (kids, education and school psychology) to my first love (reading and writing.)

It really was harder than I thought it would be--geesh.

Thank you Danya for posting the whole thing. (That was the shorter version, sorry.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do you write to music?

What I'm reading now: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick


It seems that many authors--YA ones anyway--post play lists on their blogs or websites to accompany their book titles. The songs are frequently, edgy, not mainstream, or filled with bands that have a wide enough following but may never grace the Top 100 lists. In short...they are songs that appeal to teens who not only read but who also see themselves as just left of the beaten path. When I think back to my own teen years, Depeche Mode comes to mind for some reason, but that is really, really dating me (although, they're still producing and touring these days. We can just pretend I didn't know them back in the day.)

I write with music in the background (turned down to barely a whisper) but it's classical or instrumental jazz. I'm always surprised by people who say they can write to music with lyrics. I for one can not get into a zone when someone else is crooning their words into my brain. Way to distracting.

So here are a few artists from my play list for Ascendant:

Bach
Mozart
Dizzy Gillespie
Beethoven
Charlie Parker
Tchaikovsky

Okay, so it's not exactly Noah and the Whale. But it's what works for me.

So I'm curious...Do you write to music with lyrics? Are you able to tune out the words or does it not affect you they way it does me?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Revision and Organization

Before I get to my post, I want to add a new something to the blog--updates on what I'm reading. So whenever I start a new book, I'll post it in red and the top of the blog.

What I'm reading: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I love organization. You know The Container Store?..I haul my kids around there at least once every few weeks. Even if we're just window shopping. Sick, I know. But I hate clutter. It feels to me like you can't think straight when surrounded by material chaos.

Now, having said that, I bet you're thinking my house, office and car are simply the perfection of tidily stacked bins and perfectly collected paper clips.

Who are we kidding here. I have two little kids and work outside the home. Tis but a dream my friends. Sigh...here's the reality:
Yes, this is my desk! This is where bills are paid and schedules are managed...this is where I'm supposed to move through the birthing pains of creating a wip!! KELLY, my local Container Store sale representative would be shocked, SHOCKED. Oh, I can talk a good game about label makers and hanging file folders. But the organization walk requires a significant amount of up keep. *hangs head in shame*

Anyway, I'm going to clean my office (again) today. But I also wanted to ask folks about their organization techniques for revising their ms's.

Do you have any special tricks you'd like to share with me? I mean, I've revised and revised...but I'm feeling like maybe some type of overhaul may be in order. I feel like I need to stand back and observe the whole thing.

How do you do that? Anyone? What are your favorite secrets to ms revision?