Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer of Second Chances on Inkpop

So earlier this week on Tuesday, June 21st--the first day of summer--I posted the first 5 chapters of Summer of Second Chances on Inkpop. It's exciting because I can get feedback on what I've written so far. It's exciting for the readers of Summer of Firsts to see what happens next in this cast of characters.

Look at this amazing cover a friend made for me. It's so pretty :)

Today, I checked the book ranking on Inkpop and saw it had 55 picks and rose to #19 in ranking! Only a few days have passed, and readers seem to like my WIP!

I actually don't know what to feel about the ranking. It's awesome and stuff, but what happens if it gets into the Top 5 and somehow into the editor's hands this summer? The first book Summer of Firsts was a Top 5 pick back on September 2010. So do I want the sequel to be in the Top 5? Do I want a HarperCollins editor to read/critique a sequel. (It might not be the same editor who read Summer of Firsts.)

Also, I only have 1/5 of the book written. I wouldn't want to have an incomplete book for an editor to see. My other two books that went into the Top 5 had been completed. Maybe it's good. Maybe I would have a deadline to work towards if Summer of Second Chances gets into the Top 5 of Inkpop and stays there.

Or maybe Summer of Second Chances won't get into the Top 5, and I wouldn't have anything to worry about.

We'll see :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

There's a Picture of Me with the Jonas Brothers

This is true. And embarrassing.

At the time, I never heard of these brothers before. It was during the time when they weren't big yet. On February 14, 2006, I went to a concert in NYC to see The Veronicas. Lo and behold, the Jonas Brothers were one of the opening acts.

After the concert, I got a pic with the Jonas Brothers because everyone else was. I even got a couple of free autographed song samplers. Hmm...I wonder if I can sell them somewhere...Maybe I should've done that like 2 years ago when they were more popular...

Look at how young they are, and look at how short I am! I'm 5'3" by the way.

This is an embarrassing picture since I'm not into the Jonas Brothers. To all those Jonas Brothers' fans who never got to meet them...Are you jealous?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Don't Have a Cow, Man

Here's a fun teaser between Jenny and Tripp in Summer of Second Chances: 

Jenny waggled her eyebrows. “I love the other stuff, but it’s not like I want to be kissing him only. We’re not exclusive, and there’s too many eye candy at the beach. You know that phrase: Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?’”
“Harsh,” Dash said.
Tripp had overheard her. “Did you just compare me to a cow?”
“Well, aren’t you the piece of meat?” she asked.
“You’re the one with the pair of udders.”
She crossed her arms over her chest and grumbled, “I can’t believe you just compared my boobs to udders. That’s crass. Even for you.”

Friday, June 10, 2011


Oh, get your mind out of the gutter, people! I don't mean what you must be thinking.

Right now, I have THREE writing projects on my plate, and you must think I'm crazy for doing that to myself. I know I am crazy for doing that to myself! I always have lots of writing ideas and I even compile them into two thick binders. I've been collecting them since middle school, and currently, I have over 130 ideas for books/trilogies/series/short stories. (I transferred all into a file on my computer. It's the modern time, y'all!) Any time a new idea pops into my mind, it goes into my file of ideas. Of course, not all the ideas are awesome. Looking at my earlier ideas from high school makes me laugh.

For example, Everlasting Friends--very Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins - esque series. It's about a group of friends who have regular teenage problems. Hey, I was in middle school when I came up with the idea! And I loved my Ann M. Martin and Francine Pascal books!

Anyway, back on topic...When I have three writing projects on my plate, my concentration is split a bit. I'm not as fully immersed and getting lost in one book. But the good thing about having multiple things to work on, when I get stuck or uninspired in one book, I can switch over to another. I've been doing that with Summer of Second Chances and the Untitled Fairy Tale Dystopia. At least, my new ideas are different from each other--the summer book is contemporary, romantic, funny and sweet while the dystopian one is more fantastic, sarcastic, dark, romantic, and adventurous. The third book Summer Friends is a rewrite, so it's not too hard to work on that since I already  have a draft to work with.

It's a challenge, but I want that challenge, and hopefully, I can finish all three by the end of 2011 :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Single vs Sequel vs Series

So I got this problem. When I write, sometimes it's hard to keep a story in a single book form. I get ambitious and start plotting out possible sequels and/or series.

It's a disease.

Most of the books I've written have possible futures except for the first two books I've ever written. By the way, YOU WILL NEVER SEE MY FIRST BOOK! BOOK OF SUCK--SUCK, SUCK, SUCK. (Not the actual title of the book. It's Jersey's Girls, if you must know.) The second book Lucky Lucy doesn't suck as much but I still want to rewrite that.

Let's see...the others...

Bottled Sunshine, Empty Jars is one of my earlier novels that I would like to rewrite and expand. I have plans for a sequel and two companion novels. (Yes, I'm crazy.)

Summer Friends was supposed to be a single book, but my brain started to plot. Geez, evil brain, do something else. I already have some of the characters make a cameo appearance in another book of mine, Summer of Firsts, but that doesn't really count as a sequel. What does count is my idea for Summer Friends from Sam's point of view. Summer of Sam (A Summer Friends Novel). (I know, I know. The title sounds scary b/c of the link to the murderer.) And another idea is the story of Mandy's parents and Sam's dad when they were teenagers. I purposely created a little background story of them in Summer Friends where the three parents were best friends until Mandy's parents fell in love.

Dark Dreamer (A Cat's Nine Novel) is obviously supposed to be the first of a series. I have a plan for nine books, in fact, which is very ambitious of me. Why nine? Because cats have nine lives, duh.

Summer of Firsts was supposed to be a single book when I came up with the outline because I like my atypical happy ending, but now I'm working on the sequel Summer of Second Chances.

Spark (A Fire Girl Novel) is again part of a series (not the first since I've decided to move it later in the series.) And my plans for this series? Four trilogies. One trilogy for each element (air, fire, water, earth). Someone kill me now.

Untitled Fairy Tale Dystopia...I already have plans for this to be a series.

See my problem, people? My brain won't stop! I think my characters want me to kill me. They'll like, "Why must you torture us? I'm happy with this person/situation so why do you have to cause more problems with us? Haven't we endure enough in the first book? And if you must torture us, bring some hot new love interests in the sequels."

I also try not to work on sequels, always moving on, because I want to work on something new. Of course, you may notice I'm working on a sequel to Summer of Firsts. The reason is that I want to work on something light and fluffy and fun. The last book I completed was a paranormal. And I'm currently working on a dystopia. (The world building takes a lot out of me.) Plus, summer's coming, so I HAVE to write a summer book in summer :)