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Monday, December 31, 2012

What Rebecca Wants--2013

I am dispensing with the resolution list and going straight to the:

 Rebecca's Want List--2013

1. To lose 10 pounds. Cliche, I know, but good glob Rebecca, stop eating cookies and Cold Stone--okay?

2. To Finish MIDHEAVEN. This one actually needs to happen pretty quick...I kinda told my publisher it would.

3. To Finish DAY OF THE DEAD. Sort of the same as the want listed above except I kinda told my agent I would on this one.

4. I want to pay off my student loan by the end of January. This is totally happening, I have been working like a dog to make this a reality. 

5. I want more blog followers. This is basically because, in reality,  I am no more self-actualized than a 13 year old girl looking for a lunch table. So if you're looking for a blog to follow, click that button on the right. And if you're not, CLICK IT ANYWAY.

6. I want 3 book sale reports at RMFW (Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers) in 2013. I have two...I want one more.

7. I want DAY OF THE DEAD to sell before June. This makes #6 a reality.

8. I want to vacation on a beach in the summer of 2013. This one sorta relates to #1, I would like to rock a bikini this year. But even if I am unable to give up cookies and Cold Stone, I want to lie on a beach in a one-piece suit with a cellulite hiding butt cover.

9. I want to go to Vegas in February. I LOVE playing craps and roulette.

10. I want to attend the Pikes Peak Writer Conference in April....there's a certain editor attending that I have serious stalking plans for. I'm just kidding...there are several editors I plan on stalking.

P.S. I want to become a better person that has less material, self-serving wants. When I am 10 pounds skinnier, I'm certain this person will reveal herself to the world sporting a smoking hot black bikini. She will then Tweet pics of herself lying on the beach.

What do you want MOST in 2013??

Saturday, December 29, 2012

What Did Rebecca Read In 2012?

What did I read this year? (these probably aren't in order)

Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mocking Jay
Night Circus
The Tiger's Wife
Freedom
Graceling
Fire
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Book Thief
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Twelfth Enchantment
The Raven Boys
The Book of Elsewhere--The Shadows
The Fault in Our Stars
Gone Girl
Personal Effects
All the Broken Pieces
The Diviners (Currently Reading)

19. I may have forgotten one or two, and this doesn't include any non fiction, but I thought it would be more--I think it should be more. 

Next year, I will read more.

What have you read this year? If you blog about it, put your link in the comments, I would love to come check out your list!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

8 Things I Love About Being a Writer (And 2 I don't)


It's that time of year again, the winter break from school. This basically means that once all the gifts are distributed and opened, I'm writing every day as much as I possibly can before my eyeballs glaze and the words blur. So it's getting late here and I'm looking over today's crop of word widgets that took up space in the current WIP and I'm feeling kinda grateful. 

Here are 8 things I love about being a writer (and 2 I don't.)

1. The new idea. When it just springs on you out of nowhere. Jotting the notes, saving that pure first thought with no idea or care, yet, as to just how you might execute it. The excitement of something new.

2. The flow. When time stops existing because you are in the thick of your own story. Very similar to reading for me, the words pour out of you without too much prying.

3. The plan. I'm a biwriter, half planner half pantser. My plans are rough and yet calculated around the main plot points. Now getting from point A to point B, pure pantser. Making that road map is one of my favorite things about writing.

4. The daydream. I'll admit it, I daydream about one day selling big numbers of books to readers who love my work. It's a fun dream, like thinking about all the things I would do for my family if I every won the Powerball.

5. The conference. I once compared attending a writers conference to a lost soul finally finding its tribe. We all manage in our day to day worlds, but when we gather at conference time, our peoples come together and raise the freak flag. I never feel so much like I truly belong somewhere as I do when I'm surrounded by other writers.

6. The know. When I read a book or watch a movie, and I see what the writer is doing beneath the story. Even better, when I think I'm being a smartie and they fool me! 

7. The time to. This is right now. No work for two weeks and every day my only job is to write this book. I like to pretend it's always this way.

8. The growth. When words pile up in my WIP. They are so measurable, we had 39,987, we now have 42,659. At the end of a session or a day, I can actually measure my productivity--this makes me very happy for some reason.

Now, the 2 things I don't like.

1. The wait. Lord help me, I hate to wait and there is nothing in publishing that is not about waiting.

2. The rejections. I've learned to take them in stride, but I still don't like taking them. Hey, I know what, how bout all you editors just say yes then we'll hold us one of those auctions. That would be so much nicer, don't you think?