ravenela: (Rosalee library)
2015-01-20 07:08 pm
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Teens and Theater

I can't tell you when I've had so much fun.

My library has a teen volunteer program, and one of those branches involves reader's theater. Since the teen librarian has a lot on her plate, guess who gets to do the reader's theater program?

We've had two meetings so far, and it's been amazing.

Improv games seemed to be everyone's favorite, but I'm not surprised. Anything that let's teenagers move around is always at the top of the list. But it is a reader's theater so we moved into doing that at today's meeting.

While some of the teens seemed more enthusiastic with the improv, they became very subdued when confronted with an actual script.

Next week, I'm letting them choose the script and take more of a leadership role. That way when we bring the elementary kids in, the teens will be ready to lead.

But, I'm definitely adding in more improv games for next week.
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
2014-12-28 11:33 am

Goals for 2015

With 2015 around the corner, it’s time to make some plans.

1) Continue querying agents. (Maybe one of them will take me on.)

2) Write and edit two more books.

3) Go full time at my day job.

4) Make more time for reading and get through most of the books I’ve bought.

5) Blog more often, even if no one's reading.

What are your goals for 2015?

As for last year's goals, the only thing I finished was the most recent draft of WHITE SPIRIT. That was a big accomplishment within itself.
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
2014-12-05 02:29 pm

Good Things All Around

Since it's been ages since I blogged, let's talk about some good things.

Good Things at Work

No, I'm not a librarian yet, but I am getting more responsibility at work. Starting next month, I'll get to supervise the teen volunteer-run Reader's Theater at the library. I'm so excited!

Good TV

Forever has filled the Highlander-shaped hole in my heart. Is anyone else watching this show? I love that it's a procedural with a hint of fantasy. And Ioan Gruffudd is on my TV every week. I look forward to seeing the mythology unfold. So far, no swords or severed heads are involved.

Gotham has turned out better than I expected. Dude, Penguin is chewing the scenery all over the place and I love him!

Good Writing

Been sending out query letters, but no one has bitten yet. In the meantime, I'm working on my newest story about a merman hiding out on land in Charleston. Romance, death, and adventure ensue!

So, what good things are you enjoying?
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
2014-02-24 08:13 pm

How is it almost March already?

Please accept my apology. I still have January posts to make. I don't know what happened. I've been writing and reading, and I suppose I forgot to post. I have no excuse to give.

Anyway, here's what I've been up to:

1) Passed 20,000 words on Mayberry with Monsters, which now has a real title of Don't Feed the Trolls. I'm still not in love with that title, but I'm keeping it. This world is a blast to write in. Dani still hasn't found her voice yet, but we're working on it. Having the outline has been a big help. It's kept me on track, and I haven't hit a wall yet.

2) Still miss Sleepy Hollow and Haven. Happy that they're coming back, though. Right now, I'm keeping up with Arrow, Grimm, Agents of SHIELD, The Voice, and I just picked up Star-Crossed. Yes, it's cheesy. Yes, it's for teenagers. Do I care? No. It's wonderful, and I have no regrets!

3) Work has been crazy busy. Everybody wants to come to the library. They also gave me more responsibilities, which makes me ecstatic. No librarian job yet, but I keep trying.

4) Hubby is still the best husband in the world! He such a wonderful man!

All in all, things are good right now. Will try to finish out the January meme and keep up with the blogging.

How was last month for you?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
2013-12-23 07:47 pm

Good Evening, Everyone!

It's quiet in the library now, but we still have an hour and ten minutes before we close.

For those who celebrate, are you ready for the holiday? For those who don't, are you ready for New Year's Eve? My best friends are coming to my house for NYE this year, and I'm so excited! It's the first time in ten years.

I've planned my self-imposed writing deadlines for the coming year.

Feb. 28 - Finish first draft of MWM
March 31 - Finish 3rd draft of WS and start querying (finally...I've been saying this forever)
May 31 - 2nd draft of MWM, send off to betas
August 31 - 1st draft of Of the Sea (or the Pandora's Box story I started years ago)

And then we'll see what happens with the WS queries. Keep me true my to my word, gang!

As for TV shows and such, so much to catch up on. I think I'm going to have to choose the shows I like best to catch up on. I'm so far behind, and hubby and I keep picking up shows on Netflix to binge-watch together (BTW, Battlestar Galactica has a darker vibe than Star Trek, and we've both been sucked in).

If I don't post again before the new year, may your 2014 be awesome!
ravenela: (Redhead)
2013-09-22 02:43 pm

Sunday Bits

* I'm never going to finish WHITE SPIRIT. It's going to keep going and going and going...

* Sometimes I look at people and think, "It must be exhausting trying to be cynical and cool all the time."

* Jotted ideas down for the merman book the other day. I'm pleased with many of them.

* I have no idea why the library is full of people today. We don't have any programs going on. It's a beautiful day outside; why are you all here?

* Almost finished with Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs, and then I can start Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I've heard good things.

* One kid is watching Zack and Cody on one of the computers. I find myself watching with him from my seat on the desk, even though I can't hear it.

* I wish this child behind me would stop screaming.

* Ooh, the Emmys come on tonight. I'll be in my pajamas, stuffing my face with potato chips while I watch. I'm a sucker for awards shows.

How is your Sunday going?
ravenela: (Uhura klingon)
2013-06-11 12:04 pm

Do I really need an epic theme to blog about?

It's another one of those days where I don't have a whole epic blog for you. And that's okay. I do have cats, though. I'll introduce you at the end of this post.

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#WriteMotivation is going very slowly. Last week was a horrible wash.

1) Complete at least four chapters of the WHITE SPIRIT revision.

I've stalled out on chapter three. I'm second guessing everything I wrote before, wondering if I need to open it differently or keep it the same. Should we meet McKenna through Tommy? Should McKenna be introduced in her own chapter? Should I wait until Tristan meets McKenna to introduce her? Hmmm...

2) Work on it every day.

I started off so well. And then I had to take the car to the Honda place last Wednesday so the last part was wasted.

3) Start researching trolls for my YA, MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS (working title).

Have not begun this yet, but I have some basic notes.

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How is your summer going? I like my permanent part time job. Lots of kids and teens signing up for the summer reading program. All teens, I encourage you to sign up for the teen summer reading program at your branch. And if you're an adult, find out if your library has an adult reading program. We have one, and one of the prizes is a Kindle Fire.

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And now for the promised kitties. What? Other people share pictures of their children. )
ravenela: (Troi/Riker)
2013-05-17 04:11 pm

Happy Afternoon!

Lots of changes and new adventures in the air!

* The Bearded One and I will be seeing Star Trek Into Darkness tomorrow. Don't tell me anything. Not one spoiler.

* I start my new job on Sunday. Still a library assistant, but this time I'll be permanent and working at a regional branch. Next stop...librarian. I can feel it.

* Been reading YA lately. Finished Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger and am now plowing through The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar. One is about sylphs and the other is about a genie. I'm in my happy place right now.

* The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast last night. They can be summed up best as....you can't leave me hanging like that! Do you know how long summer is? Gah!

* Saw Iron Man 3 last weekend. Dude! Duuuuuuuuude! Incredible! Absolutely incredible!

So, what season finales and movies have made you squee? What adventures are you having this weekend?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
2013-05-01 09:33 am

There's a bird outside my window...

Good morning! It's a gray day here, but I hope you've got some sunshine wherever you happen to be.

First things first, it's Reading Wednesday, and I've got books to talk about.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal was excellent. It's a Jane Austen-style romance with a twist - everyone can create glamours using magic. The best part about this story is that the magic was subtle and the characters were the main focus. This is not an action-adventure story. It's a sweet modest romance that's a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I know several of you out there would love it.

Right now, I'm reading Nora Roberts's latest book, Whiskey Beach. With romance and suspense, I'm a happy camper. I'm loving it so far.

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I've compiled all the notes on my manuscript, WHITE SPIRIT. One beta reader said my main character was an ass. Another said the romance is forced. All three disagreed on the beginning. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me.

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I leave you today with two library humor links.

Librarian Problems has a funny take on the day-to-day tasks of a librarian.

Awful Library Books focuses on those really old and outdated that should have been removed from library collections years ago. Some of these you have to see to believe.

Have a good day!
ravenela: (Brian - original story)
2012-10-31 11:08 am

This is Halloween and Tomorrow is NaNo

Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope there are candy and costumes in your future tonight. And if you live up north where Sandy hit, I hope things are getting better.

Allow me to officially announce it. I have a new job. I'm a temp part-time library assistant, and I finally have my foot in the door in the Wake County system. Pardon me while I do the happy dance. Join me if you'd like.

Also, NaNo is right around the corner (tomorrow actually), and I have a story all ready to go. I'm going to work on the merman in Charleston story that's been eating my brain all summer. I'm very excited about this story, and not just because my main male character looks like Chris Hemsworth in my head. This story is actually better planned than White Spirit or my YA Mayberry with Monsters were so I have a good feeling about this one.

Can't wait to get started.

Are you ready to Halloween and NaNo?