Thursday, May 17, 2012

Confession time

1) I have so many great blog post ideas rattling around my brain, but I don't have the time/brain space to dedicate to them. And so they sit in half-drafted form in my unpublished folder.

2) I don't understand fruit on the bottom yogurt. Why am I paying to mix my own yogurt? You mix it for me, I give you money, this is the transaction. I feel the same way about salads in restaurants, which is why I almost always order ceasar salad.

3) I've been avoiding editing my latest WIP. I've gone through a (great) critique session with my fellow critters and I have some wizzbang ideas for improving it, but I've been balking at actually making those changes. I don't know if it feels too overwhelming, or I don't feel like diving back into the story, or if I feel like I need to constantly be producing new material (or all of the above), but it's really starting to tick me off. With myself.

4) I've been trying to cut back on my coffee consumption. My second bowl of coffee this morning tells me it's not going well.

5) I've read a lot of mediocre YA novels recently. I'm obvs not going to name names, but I was surprised in each instance at how underwhelmed I was with the writing and storytelling. I still consider the YA genre to be groundbreaking, and a lot of my current favorite authors are writing in YA, but some of the ARCs I've read recently are suggesting to me we're hitting a saturation point with the genre. In a way it's good, because it means YA has come into its own as a genre, but it also makes me think production is prized over quality for some publishers.

Do you have anything to confess today?


Christina Lee said...

"you mix it for me" --> snort.

Possible you've hit your saturation point too with YA (I have in certain genres, like dystopian, unfortunately)!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I agree about the yogurt!

What can I admit today? How about that I'm on the verge of losing all patience with students who argue with me, talk over top of me, and see nothing wrong with either.

(And they're 10 years old, by the way. Not teens, even.)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I totally agree with #1. I don't buy yogurt that I have to mix myself. :D

And yes to #5. I'm tired of the mediocre YA novels.

Lola Sharp said...

This is why I buy only Yoplait...because the fruit's all mixed in and I like the texture.

Or, instead, I eat Doritos.

I am the queen of procrastination when it comes to revision. I will even get on Satan (my Evil Treadmill) to avoid revisions. The trick is to bribe yourself just to start...and once you get started somewhere, anywhere, you have won half the battle. Eat that elephant one damn bite at a time. The first bite is always the hardest.

Okay, YOU OWE ME AN EMAIL! I want to know: all about what's been going on, how your trip to ren-faire went, etc.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, your post made me laugh! Stupid fruit at the bottom.