Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekly Goals 21-5-18

I'm not actually setting myself any real goals this week because I'm going to be away most of it, and having been to this conference before, I know how exhausting it is, and how I'll feel when I get home.

So I'm not going to beat myself up about revising my book, even though I haven't looked at it in a week.  I've done two rounds of edits on my story for the anthology, which were more pressing, so I haven't been sitting on my ass.

Once the conference is over, then I'll plan out my next week's revision.

What are your goals this week?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 18-5-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

I have completed and turned in two rounds of edits on my story for the anthology.  It means, of course, that I haven't done any more work on my novel, but that's not going anywhere.

It was my birthday on Tuesday, but the less said about that the better...

We've done a big move in the office, and I've tidied up a lot of of our space and got rid of a ton of rubbish.  I also got a new motorised standing desk which I am totally in love with!  I may even sit down occasionally now that it's not so heavy and awkward to move up and down.

I'm away at a conference most of next week which means I won't get much writing done.  And this weekend looks like it's going to be a busy one too, so I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't get much done this weekend either.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Books I've Loved: The Chaos of Standing Still

I love books set over very short time periods where every moment and action is explored.  This book is set over 24 hours at the Denver Airport during a blizzard.  With all the flights grounded, there is nowhere to go and nothing to do but wait until the weather clears.

Ryn has been grieving her best friend for almost a year now.  She's moved away from the place the accident happened, she's been in therapy, but nothing has helped her move on from the moment she lost her friend.  Her phone has become her lifeline and she spends hours asking Google the questions that panic her mind in an attempt to keep herself calm.

She is not expecting to spend the anniversary of Lottie's death trapped in a snowstorm at an airport.  Nor is she expecting to meet the person who will set her on the road to healing after all this time.

Yet when Ryn crashes into Xander at the end of a moving walkway, she sets in motion a series of events that will eventually hand her life back to her and allow her to move on after a year of drowning in grief.

Xander is as troubled as Ryn, but in different ways.  As the pair of them navigate the crowded airport filled with cranky trapped passengers, they talk, fight, part, and re-discover each other time and time again.

I really enjoyed this book.  Ryn and Xander are just the kind of damaged souls I enjoy discovering, and the airport setting was both banal and familiar.  That Ryn and Xander managed to find so many adventures within the airport's walls is testament to the author's imagination.  And with a whole terminal of trapped customers, there are plenty of fascinating supporting characters to get to know too.

I could have probably done with fewer flashbacks, but I agree the were necessary, even if they did paint Lottie in a less-than-rosy light.  Without getting to know Lottie, and who Ryn was while she was with Lottie, I don't think her evolution would have been nearly as satisfying as it actually is.

Definitely recommended.

But don't just listen to me.  Here's the blurb:

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Weekly Goals 14-5-18

I didn't get any work done on my revision over the weekend because I woke up to a set of edits from my publisher on Saturday morning and needed to attend to those.  I only have a week to turn them around, so my focus has to be on them this week.

Luckily they aren't big things, and I got close to halfway through a first pass over the weekend, so should be able to finish in time without too much trouble.

I got through 12 chapters of revision last week anyway, which is more than I expected to get through. But then, I don't think the problems with the book are at the beginning, so I'm still getting to the parts that need work.

I'm hoping it will be a slightly quieter week this week at work so I can catch up on some things.  I'm going to be at a conference in Auckland for most of next week, so I need to be on top of everything.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 11-5-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

Stumped is finally available in the public library where I live.  It has taken a long time for them to get it on the shelf, but it's there now if anyone is interested in checking it out.  Well, actually.  It isn't...  When I looked, it was already checked out.  And someone has it on reserve too.  So that's good, right?

I've made much more progress on my revisions than I had hoped to make.  I've already got through 12 chapters!  But to be honest, not a whole lot needed changing in those first chapters.  In fact, after so long away from this story, I'm amazed at how good it is.  And I'd forgotten how funny my MC can be.  I'm looking forward to continuing to work through this one.

It's Friday!  Considering how quiet the office is with so many people away, it has been a crazy week at work, and I'm looking forward to the weekend even though I have nothing special planned (except working on my revisions).  My partner is working on Sunday, so I might take the kids to the movies to get us out of the house.

What are you celebrating this week?