Archive for the ‘ Chrysalis ’ Category

Avenging Tuesday

8th May 2012 | 7 Comments

Hands on Keyboard: May 8, 2012 It’s probably too soon to say I’ve conquered my block with Chrysalis, but I’m into chapter 5 and I I wrote over 8000 words this week. I forced myself to write inside Book 1 and not Book 6 although I did do some prewriting for Book 4 but it was only 1000 [...]

Slow Monday

14th November 2011 | 0 Comments

(My Weekly HoK Post!) On November 1st, I entered my query for Chrysalis into a contest. Winners got manuscript requests from the agent holding the contest and everyone else got a critique explaining on why she would pass on the contestant’s project. You could even participate if you’d been rejected by her before. It took her a week [...]

Slightly Somber Contest Results

12th July 2011 | 0 Comments

(Most of this is taken from my HoK post!) Besides the obvious, rejection or even not winning, can be horrifically disappointing. What’s worse, sometimes, is to not even place or get an honorable mention. That is what I’m experiencing now that the results for the First Page Contest are up. I didn’t win, I didn’t [...]

Whirlwind Writerly Weekend (with the footnotes to prove it)

28th June 2011 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I mentioned in my HoK post that I was still trying to think through and manage the emotional roller coaster that was Shelley Watter’s [1] First Page Contest. I think I’m finally ready, so here it goes.[2] It started Friday night. I pulled out Chrysalis’ prologue and dusted it off.[3] I figured out I [...]

Shelley Watters 1st Page Contest–Critique

25th June 2011 | 9 Comments

For more about this contest, see Shelley Watters’ Blog! Title: Chrysalis Genre: Young Adult Word Count: 94,500 First Page: I have already forgiven you for this. Shadow bit into her skin. There was little blood. She lay against the hard earth sobbing, begging. She screamed against the sharp pain of the marking. Scarring had never [...]

The Effectiveness of Bribery

11th May 2011 | 8 Comments

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with consistency in my writing lately. One day I’ll write 30 words and the next I’ve got 2000. It’s been easy to let pesky things like socializing, reading, games, and research get in the way. However, about a week ago I was working on my 2010 journal project [...]

Still Squeeing Monday

9th May 2011 | 0 Comments

(Here is this week’s HoK post!) Well, in case my loud squee was not heard throughout the collective unconscious last Wednesday, I received my first, full manuscript request. I went through the details here, so, if you haven’t heard, you can read it there. The real lesson of my experience is that having an online presence [...]


4th May 2011 | 8 Comments

I woke up excited this morning. My very wonderful boss had allowed me the afternoon off. I was going to see Shen Yun this afternoon and get all inspired for Unbalanced. It kept me in a very cherry mood all morning. So, as is my custom, I checked my twitter feed during a lull. One of [...]

Perfect on Paper

29th April 2011 | 2 Comments

Yesterday I was forced to return a stack of books to the library, some with small fines*, and all of them unread. This left me a tad bit sad for several reasons. Three of the books were tagged for Unbalanced research. I just ran out of time to read them and I ran out of [...]

Interloping Friday

22nd April 2011 | 0 Comments

(My Post for Hands on Keyboard–I think it went much better than the one I lost!) Monday did not go well for me. I wrote quite a lovely post only to lose it three times. So, I’m going to attempt to recreate its loveliness today. Last week was a wildly successful week for me. I [...]