March 5, 2012

My hands tell the story- Plus some questions and tags

Okay. So, I'm like 1 stinking day away from completing my ms- then I will have the never ending editing to begin. I freaking can't wait to get to the end of my story, partially because I'm dying to know what happens! Yeah, you read that right. I know who will live or die in the last couple of chapters, but all of the details seem to come out when I'm writing.  It seems like my fingers know the story before my head does. Am I crazy?  Is anyone else in this same boat? I swear sometimes I look back over a chapter the next day and think, did I really write that?  Typically it's a good reaction, so I guess I don't mind if my fingers take the wheel, as long as they deliver something *insert lost boy from 'hook' screaming* BANG-ER-AYE! Okay, so enough rantings and onto some fun questions and tags :)

I received the 'sunshine' award from JADE.  Let me just say she is the best!  I love her drive.  This girl has written a dinamite ms, over 90k words, in 2 months!  Also what I admire about her so much is she doesn't let any weaknesses hold her back.  If she doesn't understand something, give her a day- she'll be teaching you by tomorrow.  She is a go getter- self educating woman who will not be stopped!!  *FIST PUMPS FOR JADE* 

Now, I usually don't tag other people, I'm just kind of lazy in that area. Plus I don't want anyone to feel obligated to do this if they are busy, but today I think I will (but you don't have to unless you want :).

So here are the questions with my answers. The tags will follow.
  1. Favorite color: Blue- as a small child I was convinced I should have been born a mermaid. When I finally gave in and accepted that mermaids didn't exist, well...then I was just convinced I should have been a dolphin. I feel alive in the water!
  2. Favorite animal: If I were a mermaid I would surely pick dolphins, but alas, since I am a land dweller, I'm going to say my favorite animal is a dog. (specifically Boston Terriers- love my pup) Best human companions!  
  3. Favorite number: Uhhh, I have no clue! I place no value in luck- so I'm going to go with 4. Just seems like a happy number :)
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coke- and none of that diet mess. Give me the sugar- the calories- the caffeine- and the chest full of gas that I'm belching afterwards. 
  5. Facebook or Twitter: Can I pick blogger? I don't know any of my blogging friends outside of the blogging community (except for my cp) and yet I get more love and support from you strangers than my personal friends and family on fb. (aww, I <3 you guys) I have never tried twitter, but I am going to learn, so I can stalk agents secretly and learn all of their likes and dis-likes.
  6. My passion: That's easy- Jesus. My earthly passions are my children, writing, and missions.
  7. Getting or giving presents: Giving. Without hesitation! My hubby and I are going through 'the 5 love languages' and we both scored 0 in the receiving 'gifts' category- which means we don't want to be loved with gifts :)
  8. Favorite pattern: Ummm, I have no clue. The one that comes to mind is paisley just because my favorite bathing suit is paisley. I'm typically a solid kind of girl :)
  9. Favorite day of the week: Friday
  10. Favorite flower: Hibiscus (I have a large tattoo of one on my back) -I plan on getting a vine with a different colored hibiscus for each of my kids and my husband across my foot.

                      Okay, now for the next tag. I'm curious to see what this one is.

So here are the rules:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current WiP
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next seven lines or paragraphs and post them as they're written (I cheated and edited mine. I rush through my first draft so it can be messy. I didn't change any of the core, just took out some 'and's', and switched some commas and periods :) 
Here's a clip from my wip 'Unyielding'
“Okay then.”  Maria turned to Samantha.  “If it's alright with you, I’ve got a few chores for Gabe.”
Samantha’s brows rose.  “Please do.  I think some responsibilities will be good.” 
“I agree,” Josh interjected as he stood and picked Kyla up, cradling her on his side.  Kyla’s skin was the polar opposite of Josh’s, but like ying and yang they belonged together. She may not have been blood, but fate had made her his daughter. 
Maria nodded. She turned to Kid.  “You and Gabe will go to the forest and catch us some lunch.”
Kid’s shoulders slumped. Without looking back he moaned, “I’ll go get the weapons.”

Okay, my choices for tags are some followers I haven't gotten to know very well.

accidentalwriter- I think his name is Jeff, though I really couldn't find an name on the blog.
Far away series

 Thanks for reading everyone :)



elizabeth seckman said...

Good luck with the edits! That's my least favorite part. :(

Amber said...

@Elizabeth- Thanks. I do enjoy seeing how much my writing has improved...I instantly see mistakes that I completely overlooked the first time around. Other than that I hate this process. I feel like it's never right. I go back and forth until finally I just have to walk away. After reading and editing the same chapter 5 times, the words begin to blur together. - But enough about are you doing? Has your agent asked for any changes/ edits, or is your ms staying the way it is? How long before it is presented to publishers?

Johanna Garth said...

I'm editing too right now *sigh*

And hibiscuses are beautiful!

David P. King said...

Hey! Thanks for the tag, and the award! I've never seen that one before, so thanks for thinking of me. I appreciate it. :)

Can I pick blogger, too?

Kelley said...

Ooo, editing. I kinda like editing personally, but only when I've got my CPs involved :)

Amber said...

@David- Yes. If I did it then so can you :)

@Kelly- yeah I would never be where I am, as far as skill goes, if not for my cp. She has taken me from start to finish. Once I've added her suggestions, and gone through it with a fine-toothed-comb myself, then I will have a couple more pair of eyes on it, before I query. :) CPs are essential!