In my last post, I said that I was going to try to relax while taking time away from my current project. Well, I clearly did a good job with that because it’s been 3 weeks since I blogged. At least I stick to my word!
No, actually I’ve been crazy busy with a little of everything. I’ve been reading and taking notes on The Plot Whisperer, which has been very helpful. I’ve been reading books. I’m finally reading Gone Girl and finished The Daughter of Smoke and Bone a little bit ago. That’s an amazing book, btw—I can see why I’ve heard so much about it at conferences. I’ve been beta-reading my dear friend’s latest manuscript and have started on a new YA draft of my own. (God, that it a lot. Is this my definition of relaxing?!)
Plus, I also helped my local SCBWI group with our winter member exhibition. Our writers wrote picture books and jacket copies and then our illustrators were assigned to create art pieces to go along with the text. A friend, Kathryn Powers, created the piece for my MG dragon book idea (that I totally haven’t written yet) and it was SO amazing to see artwork associated with something I had written!
|Kathryn's amazing (and hypothetical) cover for my book idea. I think my name looks pretty good on the cover of my book. Right?!|
I’m now super envious of picture book authors who can look forward to seeing so much amazing artwork to highlight their text. YA authors very rarely get illustrations (unless you’re doing a graphic novel, I guess). Probably because it’s considered too “babyish,” but man would it be cool to see illustrations of my main characters, climatic scenes, etc. Who knows, the trends are always changing. It’s only a matter of time until illustrations are the new, cool thing in YA and I'm definitely going to jump on that bandwagon.
Although I know it was a lot of work for all involved, I think the exhibit turned out great. Our pieces will be up until the new year and hundreds (maybe thousands) of people will be passing them as they attend the Christmas shows at Shadowbox Live (a local music & theater group). I was hesitant to be a part of the exhibit this year with everything else going on, but I’m glad I did. It’s nice to see your work finished and displayed every once and awhile—particularly when you’re knee deep in revisions and trying to finish finals week too.
And speaking of revisions, my month away from my manuscript is about to end…
But I’ll save that discussion for another day.