Friday, May 31, 2013

When Blogfests Collide...

Today is one of those perfect storm kind of days when two blogfests happen to fall on the same day. Now, normally, I would attempt to combine the two into one seamlessly blended post, but, of late, creativity has been hard to come by here at My Pet Blog (shocked, aren't you?) so instead I am keeping these two bloghops separate, short and sweet so, with luck, you won't get bored.

First up is VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things (click on the link for a complete list of participants). So here's what I'm celebrating this week:

1. The rain cleared out, the sun reappeared and the temperatures got warm enough that I was able to take the top off my jeep. Of course, now I have some bizarre tan/burn lines, but it's totally worth it.

2. I did a cartwheel this week. I haven't done one in years—a lot of years—but I did one this week. Sure, I was kind of goaded into it by my beloved niece who didn't think I still had the capability and, afterward, there was some slight...discomfort, but it was totally worth it.

3. My lilacs are still alive! That's two whole weeks now! Is it possible that I have suddenly become a gardening genius? No. Definitely not, but, still, the lilacs aren't dead yet!

And now for something completely different...

Next up is The WIP It Good Blogfest (click on that link for a complete list of participants) hosted by DL Hammond and Elise Fallson. The intention is to offer authors the opportunity to tell the blogosphere about their current W(ork) I(n) P(rogress) and possibly connect with a beta reader or critique partner or two.

And while I am not currently in need of a beta reader or a CP, I still wanted to participate because with Effigy at the proofreader's, I thought it might be good practice for me to start talking about Life After Effigy which means transitioning to Effigy's sequel...

WIP Title: Second Nature

Word Count (projected/so far): 220,000/120,000

Genre: Fantasy

How long have you been working on it? Long enough that I'm embarrassed by the answer. I don't know how the rest of you can write so fast, but I'm in awe.

Elevator Pitch: So...crazy weather we're having, right? In other words, I have nothing. I'll just stare at the floor and be quiet now.

Brief Synopsis: Catherine Cole is lost, grieving, and drifting through life when fate intervenes and entangles her in an ancient war between good and evil. She is destined to tip the balance but...which side will she choose? (Yeah, I know I don't have a whole lot here either. Good thing it's a work-in-progress, huh?)

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Well, that's going to do it for me today. Thank you to today's blogfests hosts and thank you, my readers, for stopping by. I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

60 comments:

  1. I like your brief synopsis lol! And a cartwheel after the age of ten is an achievement!

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  2. I've never been able to do a cartwheel, so discomfort or not, I'm impressed!

    I know what you mean about being in awe of fast writers. I've always been so notoriously slow at that, I have no clue how any of them can be as speedy as they are sometimes!

    Very intrigued by your synopsis, btw. Good luck with this WIP!

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    1. I recovered so quickly from the cartwheel that I even considered doing it again. Though I thought better of it. This time...

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  3. I salute your cartwheel! Lilacs are beautiful flowers.

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    1. I've always loved lilacs. I hope I can keep them alive because I'd really love for them to do well.

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  4. A cartwheel is great whenever you do one and don't injure yourself!

    Writing a synopsis for a book-length project is hideous, isn't it? Especially when you want to infuse the voice of the novel in there too. I seriously hate all that stuff.

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    1. Yes, synopsis writing is hideous. It will be my downfall every time.

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  5. i too tend to celebrate the minor miracles of life- the little things each day that remind me to smile or think.
    have a lovely weekend x

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  6. I like your pitch!
    If I did a cartwheel I'd seriously injure myself. Not that I'm not in shape - I couldn't do one when I was younger so I sure couldn't do one now.

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    1. I did cartwheels (one handed ones even) and handsprings all the time when I was younger. I always hate those reminders that I am perhaps not as young as I like to think I am.

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  7. Oooh looks interesting :)
    I haven't done a cartwheel in a long time, and now I really want to! I never was very good at them, though. Yay for happy lilacs! Anything I plant dies...I don't know what that says about me!

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    1. I recommend stretching first before attempting the cartwheel. Though, as my brother pointed out, it may not have been a lack of stretching that was the problem.

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  8. That projected word count.....WOWZA!! And I loved you elevator pitch! :)

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    1. The projected word count is really an estimation. I could be waaaaaaay off. I just feel like I'm little over halfway through the story, and that might be where I end up when I get through the other half.

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  9. I do think you're a gardening genius! We went out this past weekend and bought plastic trees for our courtyard. Every real plant in every local gardening store breathed a sigh of relief then had a party.

    And your elevator pitch sounds a lot like mine....

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    1. Laughing at the idea of the plants partying at the local gardening store. I'll have to check to see if they do that when I leave next time.

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  10. I love lilacs, there my favorites. :) And they must be hardy because mine aren't dead either! ;)

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    1. Let's hear it for hardy lilacs! They make us look good!

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  11. Love your post title! Man, i'd stare at the floor too in an an elevator with an editor. gah! I'm terrible at pitching verbally. Hope I never ever have to. lol
    Second Nature sounds great!

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    1. Thanks, PK.

      And yeah, I hope I never have to pitch verbally either. It would not go well at all. I'd be lost the second someone made eye contact with me.

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  12. 220k????? OMG i think i would die a little! I thought my story was a beast at 110K and i cut that bad boy down to 102k. I don't know how you do it

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    1. I probably just don't know when to shut up. =)

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  13. LOL. I sometimes think matured words are much better than youthful ones. Some people write one book after another, some learn to write on a single project, and take their time until they've reached that magic sharing point. Wishing you all the best with your project.

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  14. wow on the word count! Amazing ;)

    That elevator pitch... :D
    Enjoy the great weather while it lasts and have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Cartwheels, flowers and sun...Yay!

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  16. Sounds like a good jumping off point :)

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  17. I'm like everyone else... impressed by the word count! And I thought I wrote long books! :D

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  18. Sounds promising to me... and epic! I like something you can really immerse yourself in.

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  19. Good job. I'm glad to hear you have so many things to celebrate! Happy weekend everyone.

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  20. I know, pitches SUUUUUUCK. But if you don't mind some suggestions: you should tell us more about the war between good and evil, like who's warring and how Catherine is involved. Tell us more about her, too. Where she's from, why she's lost. Plus a little about the fantasy world she lives in.

    And 220,000 is an impressive amount of words. I have less than half of that to edit, so maybe that's why I write "faster".

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    1. Oh yeah, it obviously needs a lot more of everything. But that'll come. Eventually. Probably.

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  21. So, let's say 13 years is too long to be working on a novel???

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  22. Good versus Evil, you can't get more classic then that. Look like a interesting story.

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  23. That elevator pitch question got me too LOL! And, yep, good versus evil, always a winner :)
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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  24. Ooo, the sequel to Effigy! This means Effigy is coming out soon!!! :D You know, I'm no expert (understatement of the century) but your synop, sounds like a pitch in progress. A PIP? Anyway, that's awesome because I suck at both pitches and synops. Anyway, sounds like you've got the elements for a great epic fantasy underway. Good luck with it, I know you'll get it done. Now, I think I need to go work on my PIP and my WIP. (:

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    1. Well, in theory, Effigy will be coming out soon. There's still plenty of time for me to screw up something new.

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  25. I know I love fantasy, so I like this!

    I tried doing a cartwheel for my nieces a couple of years ago and that was total failure. LOL. I'm surprised I didn't hurt myself.

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  26. I have never been good at cart wheels. Enjoy the weather and I love your elevator pitch!

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  27. I have a feeling my pitch would be just like yours. If nothing but silence from the get-go.

    And I've never done a cartwheel.

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  28. LOL. I have been doing overlapping blogfest all month!

    For example I am just NOW getting around to visiting all the WhIP IT blogs!

    Tim
    The Other Side

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  29. Nice job on the cartwheel! I understand what that meant to be able to still pull it off!

    Now, about book 2...get crackin'!

    Okay, that's what I said to myself...again...this morning!

    We can do it! We can! I swear!
    HMG

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  30. Your story sounds like it has quite a bit of room for extreme epicness :) I love that in a story! I am a fantasy fan as well.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. MJ, me thinks you elevator pitch could do with some work. lol

    The story sounds great and what a length, no wonder you have worked on it for so long! I wish you the best!

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  32. Doing a cartwheel and keeping any kind of flower alive makes you a super woman in my eyes.

    And I really hate those days when ancients wars between good and evil get in the way of a good hot chocolate :-) Good luck with the rest of the book. I'm a very slow writer too, so I'm also in awe of anyone who can put out more than one book a year (it's about 3 for me!)

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  33. As a pantser, I don't usually know much about my WIPs until they're close to being finished. Keep at it!

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  34. It's not called IN PROGRESS for nothing! Love your honest humor. I'd do a carwheel with you (former gymnast here) but I now have a fused wrist and I promised the hubby I wouldn't do anything stupid...And my lilacs died. We're in CO, and had snow for most of April. Not my fault! This year...
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  35. This image came to mind - you get out of the jeep, perform a cartwheel and land in a bunch of lilacs! Priceless!
    Writer In Transit

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  36. An actual cartwheel?! Wow!! I used to by a gymnast when I was young, but now my biggest feat is hauling my butt off the couch and slouching across kitchen to the refrigerator. Pitiful, I know...
    Your Fantasy WIP sounds like fun. Good luck on it! :-)

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  37. Glad you had a good week, and that you didn't hurt yourself while doing the cartwheel! :)

    Good luck with your sequel--based on the word count, it looks like you're well on your way!

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  38. Well done on the cartwheel and - honestly - that your lilacs have survived deserves an accolade of note.

    Thank you for the mention of the 'Whip It Good" blogfest. I didn't know about it but now that I do, I'm on my way over there right now...

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  39. The things our nieces can make us do ;) Well done on the cartwheel.

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  40. Would love to hear more about your WIP--sounds like a lot of fun!!

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  41. Wow again on that protracted word count. The pitch is great,and I hear everyone on writing synopses, perhaps there's a job in there for somebody.

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  42. Yay on the cartwheel and the lilacs! My shrubs are lilac bushes. I wasn't aware you could kill them. If you trim them back before they bloom, they won't bloom. Someone told me that - I haven't tested it out.

    Good luck on the sequel!!

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  43. Intriguing that she might choose the evil side!
    I've never been able to do a cartwheel :-)

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