Friday, 28 August 2015

[AUGUST UPDATE] Cephalopod Book Club & Goals






Once again I've read a Katie McGarry book I really enjoyed. This one might have been my fave yet, though some of the other leading men have probably intrigued me a little more! But I really loved the story of West and Haley.

Haley reminded me a little bit of the main character in the movie "Stick It" (and it turns out her name was Haley too!), but I think book-Haley's self esteem was way lower than movie-Haley's, for most of the book.

It was really nice to see her finally start to believe in herself towards the end of the book, and stand up for herself. And the ending was perfectly happy! I look forward to seeing which book is next in line for me to read in this series!





I'M SO EXCITED!! Finally I can say I have done a good amount of work on one of my editing projects (well, good compared to what I'd achieved previously, anyway ;) ). I've been working on SUNDOWN III, and my main task has been to switch from present tense to past (I have a long way to go there). I was also experimenting with doing 3rd person for one character, but it wasn't working, so I'm reversing that.

I haven't made huge progress, since I've been jumping around in the manuscript, compulsively editing scenes I've been dying to edit for a long time. Constant re-reads of a draft really get you familiar with what you don't like about your manuscript! So that aspect is exciting. But I'm still sort of figuring it out as I go. I don't expect it will be a very smooth ride, considering the jumpy nature of my editing. But it feels really good to be doing something.

I am going on holidays for three weeks, at the end of August. Though I'll be in the US and Canada with friends & family, I do hope to get some writing time in here & there. We'll see how I go, I guess. :)

65 comments:

  1. Good luck with the editing.
    The US & Canada? Sounds wonderful. Hope you have a blast on your 3 week holiday, Trisha.

    HAPPY BLOG BLITZ DAY!
    Enjoy the flood of comments that are about to come your way!

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  2. Hi Trisha - you might need your holiday after being blitzed today - but that's great you enjoyed the McGarry book; while the editing is going the way it should do ... moving on all the time, even if it is a little jumpy. Take care and have the most amazing holiday .. cheers Hilary

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  3. Ooh, hope you have a great time in North America! I always print a draft of the latest wip to read and edit on the plane. This is not always a successful venture.......
    Happy blog blitz day!

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  4. Sounds like you'll have a fun time vacationing. Happy Blitz Day!

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  5. Good job with the editing and really hope you enjoy your upcoming holiday.
    Happy blitz day!

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  6. Tense changes are very time-consuming. I've been there more than once. Glad to hear it's going well.

    Happy blitz day!

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  7. Good luck as you continue editing your manuscript.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  8. What a perfect way to start a holiday...being BLITZED! A hardy "well-done" with what you've accomplished. Enjoy your vacation...and the BLITZ! :)

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  9. Doing something is good! Third person point of view from just one character is tough. I did it for my last book and you really have to think of creative ways for the character to know things. Easier when it's from at least two points of view.

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  10. Yay for making progress! And have a terrific time visiting with friends and family. :) Happy Blitz Day!

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  11. Sounds exciting for your upcoming trip! Enjoy it and enjoy your Blitz Day!

    betty

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  12. Glad you're making progress! Happy Blitz Day!

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  13. And almost forgot- happy Blitz day!

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  14. Have great holiday travels.

    And have a good Blitz Day!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  15. Wow! Sounds like you are in the trenches of editing and still enjoying it -that's awesome! Way to go!

    And Happy Blog Blitz Day!!!

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  16. Hope you have great travels here in NA.

    Glad you found a good book to recommend. I'm trying g to remember if I've read anything by her... I may have. I'm such a sucker for contemporary romance!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Veronica
    http://vsreads.com

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  17. I'm one of those crazy people who enjoy editing/revising. Just means I'm making the story BETTER! Good luck on your project and have fun on vacation. Happy Blitz Day!!

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  18. Hey, Trisha. Long time no cyber see. Sounds like you're doing great. Have a great holiday. Happy Blitz Day!!

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  19. Excellent! I'm so glad that you're making progress. Have a good time away. :-)

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  20. Congrats on the progress, and Happy Blitz!

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  21. Hi-ya. Good luck with the editing! No matter how big of a job it is, editing is always a good thing, because it means you've actually gotten to the point of having something you can work with to improve. Beats starting at a blank page or screen!

    Oh, yeah. How ya feeling? A little woozy, maybe? Well, you should, because you are getting BLITZED today! Enjoy.

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  22. Hope you have a nice holiday - Happy Blitz Day! :)

    Chippy

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  23. Best of luck with the editing. Enjoy your holiday. And HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!!!!! :D

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  24. Good progress on the goal, and a good read too. How much more can you ask?
    Happy Friday!

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  25. I enjoyed that Kate McGarry book too. Enjoy your vacation!

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  26. Congratulations on the editing :-D I hope you get lots of writing done during your trip. Happy Blitz Day.

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  27. Thanks for sharing your review of Take Me On.
    As for your writing goals and achievements, I say Kudos. It amazes me how many people actually enjoy the editing phase. While I almost hate it, I know it needs to be done and respect it. I praise anyone who can do it without whining, like I do.
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  28. Happy Blitz Day -- and nice to meet you! Congrats on making progress on your WIP this month. I've just taken up with a manuscript I abandoned last September and I'm excited to see it come back to life!

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  29. Happy Blitz Day, and happy holidays! Hope the editing continues to go well!

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  30. That feeling of accomplishment is great. Happy Blitz surprise.

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  31. It's always great to find a go-to author.

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  32. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like a great story and it has a beautiful cover! Hoping over to wish you a Happy Blitz Day!

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  33. Congrats on the progress and happy Blitz Day!!

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  34. Ha, I enjoy editing! Happy Blitz Day!

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  35. Great job on your editing!
    Have a great vacation.

    BAZINGA!

    You've been blitzed.

    Have a great day!
    Heather

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  36. Hi Trisha, Thanks for sharing your good read, and Happy Blitz Day!
    Sylvie Grayson

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  37. Enjoy your vacation and go off with a big blitz day smile.

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  38. Enjoy your holidays! Hey, progress is progress.

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  39. I love the color and life of your blog! Good luck on the projects, and I hope you have a wonderful Blitz Day. Where are you heading in the States? (I'm an expat writer from Seattle, currently living in Scotland.)

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  40. Congrats on the editing! I hope the story continues to go well and have fun on vacation!

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  41. Happy, Happy Blitz Day! Love the hybiscus background on your blog!

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  42. Awesome that you were so productive. Have a great trip. It sounds fun. Happy Blitz Day!

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  43. Have a marvelous blitz day and holiday! Nice to meet you. Best of luck on those edits.

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  44. I do that, too--editing while writing. I know some folks advise against it, but it works for me. By the time I get to the end of a draft, it's more like a third draft than a first draft. So, I like to think it saves time on the other end.

    -Samantha, visiting for Blitz Day from http://samanthabryant.com

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  45. Best of luck with the edits, and happy blitz day! :)

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  46. Sounds like you've got some major editing to go through. Good luck. Happy blitz day.

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  47. Nice to read a book you really enjoy. I love it when that happens for me. Good luck with the editing; seems like it going well for you. Have a great vacation :)

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  48. I hope you can squeeze in some writing during your travels too. Happy Blitz Day!

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  49. You've been Blitzed! Enjoy the weekend!

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  50. Switching tenses can be time consuming, so good luck with that! Happy Blitz Day!

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  51. Have a great trip. Happy Blitz Day.

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  52. Hey now, progress is progress and always comes out ahead of no progress. Editing can be hard -- but rewarding -- work. Enjoy your holidays!

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  53. Hope you had fun getting BLITZED! :O)

    I blog at Back Porchervations.

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  54. Have a great holiday Trisha. Thanks for the review on the Katie McGarry book. And good news with your editing!

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  55. Congratulations for your book progress. Hope you have an amazing holiday ahead.
    Happy Blitz Day.

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  56. Happy reading, writing and editing! Congratulations on the month. And happy blitz day. Two reasons for me to stop in and say hi to you today! :)
    Hope you have a wonderful trip.

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  57. You have been blitzed. Have a great weekend. Carolyn @ pastimes-passions-paraphernalia.org

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  58. Congratulations on the progress you've made.

    Love,
    Janie

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  59. Constant re-edits also tell you what you do really like about your manuscript.

    Happy Blitz day.

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  60. Hmmm... sounds like an interesting book and interesting series! I will have to research it and mayhaps check it out.

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  61. Hi, I like the goals. I need to take time and write mine down for next week. I have had to change a lot in my stories too. It is hard sometimes when you start writing, you really don't have a feel for where the story will take you. I have tried outlining, but I never stay with it and venture off. ;)

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  62. PS Happy Blitz Day. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and fun on your trip.

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  63. I always find that editing progress is far harder to see than writing progress, so I bet you've done more than you think.

    Angeline

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