Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Writer's on Strike

I suppose I'm overdue for a new blog post... (ahem)... actually... I suppose I was overdue to be overdue for a post like TWO WEEKS ago! Haha. For those of you actually still checking for updates (hello... anyone out there??), I've been on strike. Just like this:

Haha. Just kidding. If ONLY I was cool enough for that. You know. As a member of the REAL Writer's Guild. Actually, this is the way us wannabe's strike:

Its not so much strike, as it is a complete melt down. YOU know.... the Im-so-sick-of-looking-at-my-manuscript-that-I-refuse-to-write-anything-longer-than-a-facebook-comment-for-three-weeks feeling? Yeah. 

On the bright side, this strike was COMPLETELY warranted because... I FINISHED ANOTHER DRAFT OF MY NOVEL!!! Woot, woot! [happy dance]! Granted, I may have taken a leave of melt down longer than necessary. BUT, look at me... I'm back in the saddle again! 

I'm actually pretty excited because my little sister (who is a read-a-holic... FOR REAL) actually read this draft in--like--LESS than two days. That's like... I dunno... Harry Potter fast. And look, I know she's my sister, so she HAS to like me, regardless, BUT STILL. She wouldn't have read it that fast if she didn't like it.... right?! I'm hoping the "pros" (aka agents) have as much confidence in New Draft as my sissy did. 

Anyway, with New Draft packaged with gusto and sent out into the scary world of agenting, I'm back to the relaxing, I-love-my-writing-job stage again. [sigh].

So what have all of you been up to while I've been away? Anyone else do do a Hunger Games midnight showing? I'm DYING to know what you thought of it!!

Me with my Hunger Games ticket waiting for the movie to start.
Who says I'm too old for midnight showings?! Eeek!


Mandi said...

As someone who is now 30 (no old fart jokes please) I will be going to midnight until a) they don't have them anymore or b) because I'm rich enough to own my own movie theater and can demand brand new blockbuster releases to my very own home.

I know you're still working on Effie's first book, but have you started writing the second? That might give you a new sense of renewal as well. I'm one of those people that thinks writing and re-writing the same thing over and over again without simulating my own imagination with something new would make me crazy.

Just an idea.

I'd also tell you my opinion about the movie, but you already know!


Sari Webb said...

Awesome news! Congrats on getting the draft FINISHED. Such a good feeling.

And ... Hunger Games omg-so-freakin-good!

Jeremy Bates said...

Good for you on finishing the draft. You deserved a midnight out for a break.

Even though I have had 'Hunger Games' at home (shhhh) for a few days now, I still haven't watched it. Tonight is the night!

Julie said...

Mandi: Oh gosh... to own your own in-home movie theatre... [dreams wistfully]... SOMEDAY, right?!??! Haha!

And I've thought about starting on book two... BUT... I'm not sure if I want to until I AT LEAST have representation for book one. Cause what if all agents HATE it?? Then I'm left with a book one AND a book two that'll never see the light of publishing day!

Maybe I'll OUTLINE the second book as a happy compromise... (cause, I'll be honest, I AM curious to see what my characters have in store for me!)...

Sari: THANKS! And, I KNOW, right?!? That movie was FANTASTIC. I'll probably see it in the theatre again... and again... and maybe again. Who knows.

Jeremy: Haha ( : Your secret is safe with me! YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT!!!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Jules, you are NEVER too old to go to a midnight showing. Though Mandi's idea seems pretty cool.
P.S. Missing you at OUR writer's guild :(

Julie said...

Lauren: I think you're right... my DAD went to the midnight showing of HG, and he's like 50. So, I'm feeling better about my juvenile ways! Haha ( :

P.s. I miss you EVERY day. When are we having our next Skype date? I need me some Lauren time...

Mandi said...


I just saw that I wrote "Effie's" book instead of Essie's. Oops! I was slightly high on Hunger Games.

Well... I hate playing the "What if" game. Because it's a game that no one can win. So you might as well do what you want. At least you'll be happy. Even for a little while.

Personally, I'd like having some semblance of control over who is dictating my life. If you want, I'll e-mail you a copy of Sinatra's song My Way. I have a personal affliction for the song and therefore think that it should be listened to. And often. LOL

David P. King said...

Good work! Glad to hear your draft is finished (at least for now, right?). :)

Julie said...

Mandi: No worries... I understand being on a Hunger Games high right now ( : I knew who you meant! And yes, I hear ya about the "control" thing...

David: THANKS!! Haha! And yes... I'll be starting a few NEW edits here soon (courtesy of my AWESOME beta readers!)... [sigh]... its never ending, isn't it?

Heather said...

Congrats on finishing the draft of your novel, and one going to see The Hunger Games! I haven't seen it yet but I'm dying to.

Julie said...

Heather: You haven't seen it yet?! Girl, you gotta get that done. Seriously. Make it a date night!! DO IT!!