Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WIP Wednesday and a Reading List Update

Now that the non-fiction book is out of the way, I've been neck deep in edits on my YA. I think (think being the operative word here) that they are going okay. There is a lot, and I mean A LOT, to work on this time around. It's my first YA, my first book written in first person, and, coming from writing adult historicals where the style is much more formal, slower pace, etc, there is a huge learning curve I am trying to navigate.

My awesome crit partners are shredding away, making the pages bleed red, and I am so grateful for them I don't even know how to express it :) They are such an incredible help. I might end up with something half-way decent by the time they are through with it.

I have three, possibly four chapters edited so far....only twenty more to go! :D

And, despite my best intentions, I have started on my new WIP, though I am taking it slowly. I came across the theme song for the book :) and can't get it out of my head. So, what's a girl to do? :D I must write or go nuts....well, more so than I already am ;-D

I have also been lucky enough to be able to get some reading time in. I finally got to read the new book in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Skin Trade. I read a lot of terrible reviews on this book, and I can agree that some of the ends she tied up were a bit rushed (especially the killing of the huge, main villain for the last several books in a quick bombing that we didn't even get to see), and I would have liked to see some of the older characters I love and miss - but overall, I really enjoyed reading this book :)

I have a pile of others sitting on my desk, so I'm sure I'll have a few more to list by next week! :D

How is everyone else doing on their projects?

And has anyone read anything good lately? I've got Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, Pretties, and Specials lined up along with Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (a retelling of the Persephone/Hades story), The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner (historical about Joanna (or Juana), Queen of Castile, Leon, and Aragon), and Melissa Marr's Fragile Eternity. Always on the lookout for more good reads!


WindyA said...

Hmm, there's a few on there I haven't read yet. Will maybe have to add to my To Read list.

I just finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Really good.

Kristen Torres-Toro @ Write in the Way said...

Hi, Michelle! It's nice to meet you!

I'm currently in the brainstorming stage. Have been there for a while. My MC isn't telling me important things, like her name and what in the world she's doing. She just sits there, taunting me, with the story that I know I am supposed to tell--but I have no idea what it is!

Michelle McLean said...

Ooo I'll have to add that one to my list. Thanks Windy!

And Kristen - LOL don't you hate it when those pesky MCs play hard to get? :D Nice meeting you too!

Rebecca Knight said...

Congrats on your progress, Michelle! :D

I just finished reading Bridge of Birds, which is a fantasy novel about the ancient China that never was. LOVED IT. It was silly and fun all the way through.

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Bleeding red ink? Yes, that’s a good way to describe the editing process.
The book you read sounds interesting…except you told us what happened at the end! :P
I just finished an oh-so-creepy mystery called The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann. Very good.

Btw, I just wanted to let you know I’m running a contest through my blog. The official link is:
It’s a good contest for book lovers. ;)

Have a great day!

ElanaJ said...

Skin Hunger. You've got to read Skin Hunger.

T. Anne said...

I'm struggling with a rocky beginning and I think the summer heat is not helping. l)

Nisa said...

It sounds like you're doing fantastic! New projects, old projects and a lot of learning. :) Sounds just about perfect.

FictionGroupie said...

Sounds like you're making lots of progress. :)

I've read the Pretties series. It's definitely worth reading, although the middle book slumped a little bit.

I'm about to get started on Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush

Yamile said...

I have found a lot people have already read Hush, Hush. Does anyone know how I can get a copy of it? It comes out in October, and I can't wait!!!

christine said...

you started on the new Bad, Bad girl...(JK)

Cole Gibsen said...

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced reader's copy of Catching Fire - sequel to the Hunger Games. Outstanding. There's no other word for it. I think it comes out next week.

FictionGroupie said...

You can get Hush Hush through barnes and nobles book club "first look" program