Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Mishmash 6/18/12

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
  1. Father's Day  I hope everyone had a great Father's Day. I was lucky enough to see my dad on Saturday and Sunday this weekend since he and my mom watched my daughter during my book signing. 
  2. Short stories  I've been writing more short stories lately as I distance myself from my latest YA manuscript. It's giving me time away before revising, and I'm really enjoying writing longer short stories again.
  3. Reading  I thought since I'm focusing on short stories right now, I'd have more time to read. But summer is getting in the way. My daughter and husband are both home, so "me" time is almost nonexistent.
  4. Book signings  I had a signing on Saturday at The Castle Inn in the Delaware Water Gap. It was a good time, and I came home with a sparkly purple headband for my daughter.
  5. Vacation  We still haven't planned our summer vacation. How bad is that?
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

51 comments:

  1. Hi Kelly!

    My ebook comes out today, so I am busy fixing all on my subscriber emails! Lots of work but I am excited!

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    1. Yay! It's such a great book, too. I really enjoyed reading it. :)

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  2. When I started working on a novel, I thought I'd bounce back and forth between it and short stories. But it hasn't worked out that way. I can't seem to shift gears. But that's okay. I'm enjoying writing in a whole different way. Enjoy this break from your YA manuscript! And by all means, go plan that vacation! ;)

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    1. I have to juggle short stories and a novel most of the time because I write a story a week for an educational website. I like the balance, though. It's kind of strange to be writing all short stories right now. I know the distance will be great for my YA revisions, though.

      Ah, vacation. If only I could decide where I want to go.

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  3. Don't you love being busy? We are still trying to figure out our vacation for this year. Last year we went to Key West. I spent part of our budget this year when my wife sent me off to Honesdale PA to a Highlights Founders workshop on nonfiction. That is why I was asking so many questions about what to take to workshops. It felt like a mini vacation for just me. My wife is very supportive of my writing.

    I thought about you when you were without internet in Cape May. I could only get it in the 'Barn' not in my cabins. So I would go early and stay late so I could FB chat with my wife. No cell service at all.

    I keep telling myself, and everyone, I'll get back to blogging soon. I'm trying to squeeze it in.

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    1. Hey, you were in my state! I hope the conference was a great experience for you, Rick.

      I thought about going to Key West, but we might stay closer to home, somewhere within driving distance. We want to get a puppy this summer too and we have some home improvements. There's just not enough time to squeeze everything in.

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  4. That sparkly purple headband sounds fun!

    Me, I'm doing the usual, translating a fun British book and enjoying it.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying your work. That's the best feeling. :)

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  5. I wrote a flash fiction story last week for the first time in ages for Romantic Friday Writers, and it was a lot of fun. Now back to my research and writing on the new novel - which is also fun.

    I did, however, write a piece on the Michigan legislature and what's going on there. It's not just last week - there are some pretty scary things going on.

    Vacation? Who dat?

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    1. I just read your flash fiction piece. I love it!

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  6. I know exactly what you mean about the "me" time. I have four kids who want to run nonstop. I have to keep reminding myself that next year they'll all finally be in school and I will have the house to myself all day.

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    1. Same here, but I already miss my little one. She's my buddy.

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  7. No vacation here this year--our money is going to my son's college. :) That's okay. I am just glad it is summer, and that I do not have to get up at 5:25 am to get the kids off to school. And even though my kids are older, having them home with me definitely cuts into my work day, too. Totally understand your loss of time.

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    1. Don't you wish college wasn't so darn expensive! I'm not looking forward to that.

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  8. Yay! for your book signings.

    It's wise to distance yourself from those edits. Writing short stories is a great way to do that. ;D

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  9. Father's Day was a great day! I'd been on vacation for two weeks with a one day break, then we had father's day (a day at the St. Mark's sand bar). Now it's back to work to catch up on emails and blog posting. :D

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    1. Sounds like you enjoyed your vacation. Happy to hear it.

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  10. No photos modeling the sparkly purple headband? I bet it looks adorable!

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    1. No. I don't like to post pictures of my daughter online. I get paranoid about that. She does look adorable though. :)

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  11. I'm going to watch FOR GREATER GLORY in theatres today, so that's on my mind. That, and the Cristiada pin I'm finishing up. :)

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  12. Yes, you've def got to figure out a vacation. Vacations are always something for me to look forward to.

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    1. My daughter and I already took one this year, but my husband hasn't so we really need to plan one.

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  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I am finishing chapter nine of my new WIP and wrapping up a post today. I spent the weekend in Monterey and enjoyed a lazy weekend by the beach.

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    1. Ooh, a weekend at the beach sounds great. Good luck with your WIP.

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  14. Now that I'm on vacation, I find myself writing more poetry. I enjoy writing poems and it's a great creative exercise.

    I hope you have a wonderful week. There's still time to plan a vacation. I hope you have an awesome one.

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    1. Thanks, Medeia.

      Poems are fun and definitely creative. Enjoy!

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  15. Hi Kelly! Isn't it a cool widget? I tried lots that were pretty, but this one from Amazon is the only one that will let people "click-through" to buy the book. I'm honored to display your books on my blog -- and honored to have you as a friend. I hope I'll be putting up many other books by you in the future! :-)

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    1. Laura, you are such a sweetheart. I'm so glad I met you. :) You truly are a great and supportive friend.

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  16. Yes, plan a vacation. They're good for the spirit and to de-stress.

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  17. Your Mondays remind me that I am not as productive as I should be... Go Kelly-girl!

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    1. And I thought I was slacking this week since I'm between big projects. ;) I really want to finish my smaller projects and then dive into revisions on this WIP before my edits for Stalked by Death come in.

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  18. I have stopped reading and writing including reading Blogs, and I strangely found i had less free time

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    1. How did that happen? Life gets in the way I guess.

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  19. Good luck with those short stories! :) I personally enjoy writing them, but I've never written them for YA or MG before, just for adults. I could try that out though once during summer. I call this "the summer of new experiences" since I'm going to try my hand at chapter books and picture books as well (because I'm insane, and I won't know if I like writing them until I've tried). So why not try short stories for a younger audience. And, you should definitely plan your summer vacation. Everyone needs to be able to relax for a few weeks a year! :)

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    1. I started out writing MG and then gave PBs a try at my daughter's request. And before I knew it, I was writing YA. You never know until you try. :)

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  20. Don't worry about not planning the vacation yet--you've got plenty of summer left :)

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    1. True. Plus, we may be getting a puppy tomorrow. That will put a hold on the vacation.

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  21. Summer has just begun, you will ease into a comfortable schedule :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  22. The book signings and short stories sound fun! I can imagine with everyone home you are very busy. Hopefully you will be able to squeeze in some reading time. :) I was busy on Monday throwing a Harry Potter party with my co-author, Stephanie. We do it every year for her 5th grade students and it is such fun. Now that we are finished with that major event I am trying to catch up on all kinds of things! :)

    ~Jess

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  23. I never seem to have enough time for reading. I've got several editing reads to do by computer, some academic reading, and in what spare time remains at the moment, I'm reading a Jeff Shaara novel and a book on the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

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  24. Short stories are like sorbet between courses. I love writing them after I'm done with a longer piece and before I start another longer one.

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  25. Sometimes taking a break from what we're concentrating on is really good for our musings. Writing short stories will just bring out that creative side more.
    As for our vacation, we haven't even planned, and it's almost July.

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    1. I'm wondering if our vacation may not happen now that the puppy is here. We'll have to see how it goes.

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