9/25/13

What's Up Wednesday


I found this Wednesday blog hop/meme through one of my writer buddies, Liz Briggs. It was started by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk.  Since I haven't updated you guys in a while with my world, here's a great opportunity to do so.

WHAT I'M READING
One of my girlies' ARC!  THE LOST PLANET by Rachel Searles!!!! It's a fantastic middle grade novel about a boy who's lost his memory with only one clue "Guide the star!" He goes on a space adventure to figure out who he is, where he came from and what his message means.
It's EVERYTHING I imagined as a child the future would be like when we finally became adults; teleportation, inner galactic travel, android robots, food magically appearing out of walls from no where.  (And what a huge disappointment to find out "2001 Space Odyssey" was a complete lie.) Rachel's book will NOT disappoint you. It comes out January 2014. Click here to pre-order your copy today.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I've been working on a contemporary YA about a Texas teen girl who'd rather nurse bovine back to health than make the pageant rounds her mother insists upon.  So she pays a boy from the wrong side of the tracks to ruin her reputation.  But she gets really good and being bad and loses her scholarship to veterinary school.  She has to choose her new found love with this boy, or fight for a future she's always dreamed of. I'm about 32K into it.  I really love it.  I'm hoping to have it done by the end of October and to beta readers.

WHAT INSPIRES ME
Beautiful rooms.  A few months ago I started to redecorate our home, slowly but surely room by room I've updated our space to be a more calming and beautiful place. In doing so, stuff got shoved into the third car garage (aka my office) and  now my only place of inspiration is a junk room. It's time to get my space back.  On Pinterest I've been pinning spaces that I want this room to reflect.  A Boho/Modern Chic look. Here are a couple of images I've printed off to inspire me to take my office back.


WHAT ELSE I'VE I BEEN UP TO
Querying.  Yep.  I took a long break because kids were home for the summer but now I'm back in the game.  It's been really positive, and I'm hoping to find someone who will believe in my story as much as I do. 

SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
Feel free to hop on over to Jamie Marrow's blog and add your What's Up Wednesday post to her link feeder.

18 comments :

  1. Ooh, I love those images that are inspiring your new office. I hope you'll post pictures of the finished product. THE LOST PLANET sounds awesome. I don't read tons of middle grade, but this one sounds like an adventure I'd totally pick up. Also, your WiP? Totally my sort of book. Best of luck with it. I'd love to read it one day!

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    1. I will post pictures. I'm hoping I have a garage sale soon and clean it out! Now that I have to post pictures, I'm extra motivated. :D

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  2. Good luck with querying. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Good luck with the querying! Is this the same story you were putting out there last May? I LOVED your premise and query on that one! And the new story sounds awesome too!

    Also, mucho jealous you have an ARC of THE LOST PLANET. Very excited about reading it!

    Have a great week!

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  4. Yes, this is the same story I put out for that contest for Cupid's Literary. I hope I find someone to love it as much as you do. ;) Glad you like my new story premise. It's fun to write.

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  5. Can't wait for Rachel's book. I will read it to my class IMMEDIATELY. Fingers crossed for your query road.

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    1. Your students will LOVE this book. So much mystery to keep you turning the pages.

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  6. Contemporary YA's not really my thing, but the premise of your WIP sounds interesting. All the best with that, and I hope you meet your October goal. I have an end-of-October goal, too, with my revisions.

    I'm glad querying's going well for you, Dana. Here's hoping you have good news to share with us all very soon! :D

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    1. Thanks, Colin! You always hope the drafting of a story goes as well as the movie playing in your head but one never knows. ANd yes, I hope I have news to share with you guys eventually.

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  7. Love those pictures! My whole house is painted in blue, so I'm partial. The premise for your WIP sounds wonderful. Good luck with finishing your draft by the end of October and with querying in the meantime! :)

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    1. Blue is just so calming. It'll definitely be better than the plan white chalky walls it is now. And thanks for the good luck wishes, I'll need it.

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  8. Oooh, that does sound like a good book!

    Those photos are lovely. Enjoy your redecorating. And best of luck with your WiP and querying, too :D

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    1. Thanks, Miss Cole. Now I just need to have a garage sale to clear the junk out. lol.

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  9. Well I kind of hate you. Which isn't nice, since this is my first time visiting your blog and all, BUT I have a good reason: I pre-ordered THE LOST PLANET about a couple of months ago and have to WAIT until January to read it. JANUARY! *glares* But I'm glad you read it and that it's awesome. Sigh. I don't really hate you. :)

    Ooh, and I love the photos you shared. Want to come decorate my house? I hope you share photos of your decorating fun. Also, I think I need to start following you on Pinterest. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Bridgid, that's the best reason ever to hate someone. I'm fortunate enough to be a good friend of Rachel's and she's a fantastic writer and very interesting individual (world traveler, speaks several languages and married to a rock scientist.) You will love the book. ANd yes! follow me on Pinterest, my link is on the top right.

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