The Month of December

8 Dec

So, during NaNo I wrote the fast draft of Secret Girlfriend in two weeks. Then I did some stuff for other people and read and got a holiday job.


Now, I have three weeks to flush it out, edit it, edit it, find a reader, polish it and send it to the Delacorte Contest for YA.


In the meantime, I’m still working on my Word Notebook. Taking notes, listening to people talk, walking the mall with a handy-dandy and listening to the way teens twist words (which is pretty darn cool).


So, December, things I need:

1. Finish this book
2. Find a reader/proofer
3. Work on Word Notebook
4. Read for K
5. Finish M’s world bible that I’ve been doing in very small increments


What’s your December look like?

6 Responses to “The Month of December”

  1. FunkyBunny December 8, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    I’d really like to finish off my Nano story too, then get back and edit the heck out of it, since the first three chapters are info dumpy.

    Hey, its Nano though, I can do what I want!!

  2. briaq December 8, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    Oh Funky One —-

    I’m more of a Too Much than Too Little girl myself. I love to cram stuff in and learn new things as I write and then edit them out leaving the flavor of them behind.

    You can totally do what you want! 🙂

  3. Celise December 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    December is just “Save for Hawaii Trip”. LOL. And read, read, read. I finished the short story for my series and I plan to have that professionally edited but not until late next year. I also need to have Book One looked at again (I had it critiqued and, based on the suggestions, really slashed my story), but it’s not going to be sent out until after both holidays.

    How do you go about finding a reader? Have you done gotten a reader before or will this be your first time? Are you going to have requirements? Just an idea: When you start looking for your reader, can you detail the process in your blog? Because I would really like to know how to go about it.

    Since I’m writing a series, my goal is to get a book out every year and I would like to find a reader or two that I can trust (and hope that what happened to Stephenie Meyer won’t happen to me).

  4. briaq December 8, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    Those are great questions. I’ve been very lucky about readers. Here’s how I found people:

    1. Tried a couple of groups looking for a CP and then found mine at a week long master’s writing workshop — we hit it off immediately and work together every week (I did a blog on setting up that relationship…it’s …somewhere 🙂 )

    2. My RWA chapter. I had a person say she would be interested in reading it, and even better, she asked if her 14 year old son could read it since he’s big into fantasy — I said yes to both – both gave me feedback (mostly positive with one thing I changed for him)

    3. Romance Divas – Whether you write romance or not *like me* it’s a great place to meet people who are like minded. I’ve found several people I trust and trade stuff with.

    I’m considering just biting the bullet and emailing the ever popular Stephanie Meyer and seeing if she has teen beta readers — what’s the worst that could happen, she doesn’t email me back? But I’d like to find another teen who isn’t one I “KNOW” so they feel like they have to be nice 🙂

    Sounds like you have quite the december planned — it’s hard to believe we’re already on day 8!!!

    Can I come to Hawaii too?

  5. V December 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    This December I’ll be trying my hardest to buy my closest friends and family gifts.. getting laid off doesnt allow you much money to play with but I’ve got to figure something out.

    Oh, and on the 24th I’ll probably be drinking heavily from the middle of the day to the wee hours of the night. Family get togethers (especially when you’re hispanic) can sometimes end in fist fights and such.. I usually lay low.

  6. briaq December 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    LOL — I totally assumed from the 1st 1/2 of your second paragraph you were Irish… My BFF sitting next to me assumed you were Italian. Can you guess what each of us is?

    LOVE the name of your blog, V!

    I’ve been laid off 3 times in the last 2 years. Yeah, it hasn’t been a good run, but what I do it isn’t a big surprise. Besides money, I find the thing I worry the most about is how I have to really focus to get the writing flowing. The time urgency is gone and so I have to create it to match the ambition urgency some how.

    Anyone else?

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