Here I am with my June post just under the wire! Woo-hoo! *wipes sweat from brow* WHICH brings me to my first topic: GOALS. Last year, I was getting bogged down with the whole every-Wednesday-blogging thing, so I decided I would lessen the pressure and just aim for once a month. Sure, my readership was slashed in half *sniffle*, but I'm happy to say I've kept that goal. I'm also happy to report that I'm on track with my revisions on TICKET TO REDEMPTION (title to change). Of course, the revisions were/are pretty extensive, so I'm probably going to have to do several read-throughs AND have some [fabulous] writer friends beta it (read as: I still have a longgg way to go before this puppy is ready to go back into the query trenches--BOO!).
So what's the consequence of saying tohellwith everything else in your life and sticking to your goals no matter what? Guilt. A big, fat helping of G-U-I-L-T. And I'm not talking about the fact that your house is looking like an episode of "Hoarders: The Beginning," but the fact that sometimes determination and drive can get caught smack dab in the middle of family time. I try VERY hard not to let that happen, but sometimes it's impossible for it not to. Kids want to be played with, spouses want your undivided attention, and mothers/brothers/sisters want to talk/get together. When it's a "real" job, they understand, but when it's something you don't "have to do" . . . well, that can cause problems. Luckily, it's not a huge problem for me, since my family is incredibly supportive, but it doesn't mean I'm immune to the feelings that come from choosing writing over family time.
On a happier note, I want to tell you all about a fabulous book I read recently: ELEANOR AND PARK. The book had been popping up all over Twitter, and it seemed like every time I perused my [Twitter] agent list, an agent was raving about the book. Wanting to see what all the hype was about, I checked it out from my library. And holy goats. It was FREAKIN' AMAZING!! Here's the blurb (taken from Goodreads).
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
I suck (big time) at writing reviews, but I will tell you that this book touched me in a way a book hasn't in a VERY long time. I don't know if it's because the setting takes place in the 80's (HOLLA!) or because I, like the main character, had a douchey step-dad growing up (though nowhere near as bad as hers); but I LOVED THIS BOOK and recommend it to anyone who likes quirky, romantic, gut-wrenching stories.
That's it, faithful readers! Thanks for stopping by! See you next month ;)