The Last 5k

I’m finally into my final 5,000 words. And you know what I’ve noticed? I forgot to focus on some characterizations. So I’m going to print out what I have and highlight those sections. I also want to change to appearance of one character which means I have a lot of sections to go back into. And I also decided to nix an entire locale–so yeah. Such is the life of the indecisive.

But I know that it will fix my work. And that’s really the goal here. Plus, in re-hashing these issues I’ll be able to figure out where I want to end this and how it really should end.

Excitey Pants!

13743567_143297262770425_650527444_nThe title says it all. It also contributes to the fact that I’m a search result if you google “excitey pants.” Gotta keep that up.

On Monday, I went to NYC for my interview at HarperCollins! I think it went really well and I’m confident that I’m an excellent choice for the position (Won’t that feeling blow up in my face if I don’t get it). Everything they described the position as it pretty much what I do at Round Robin. I code, I write, I design, and I coordinate the efforts of nine writers.

So cross your fingers everyone. This is a huge opportunity for me and I seriously want this position!

Oh, The Weather Outside Is… COLD! OH MY GOD!

This weekend I barely closed my coat. You have to understand that. I went outside, I had it on, and I didn’t even bother to keep it on when I got in the car.

Today, on the other hand, the other gloved hand, I needed my coat, my gloves, and my scarf. I wish I knew where my ear muffs were!

And actually, this time last year there was snow everywhere and my classes were getting canceled left and right. Not that I want my classes to get canceled–too much to do in them. My point is that I can’t take this up and down crap anymore. My system is all out of whack.

I just felt like complaining.

Also I want it to snow.



Another Day, Another Cough Drop

First, let me tell you about the weather here. Most weeks have gone something like 70, 60, 50, into the 40s, and back up to the 80s. Some days have been muggy. Some days have been dry. Yesterday was miserable.

The rain was that misty crap that your umbrella can’t stop. It doesn’t come down fast enough so it waits in the air for you to walk straight into it, touching all of its germs and bacteria and ick.

Now, I have had a sore throat for about a week at this point and, needless to say but I’m going to say it anyway, yesterday did not help.

wpid-20151119_144221.jpgYesterday had it’s highlights, however. I did have my interview with Quirk Books in Philadelphia. And I think it went REALLY WELL. More on that in a little bit. I had to trudge through Philly taking care not to stand too close to the curbs that were submerged in dirty water as large trucks and fast cars zoomed past me trying to dampen myself even more.

I overshot my estimation of how long the speedline would take to get into Philly and was almost an hour early for my interview. Not wanting to seem too eager I decided to go into Old City Coffee. And let me tell you, how the entire time I was on the speedline (train for those of you not in the know), and it was rocking back and forth, nauseating me, I was pretty much eating cough drops like candy because the cold wet air was doing wonders for my throat.

My poor sore throat… which is as red as my new jacket…

wpid-img_20151119_152521.jpgAnywho, I went into Old City Coffee and had a hot cocoa. Which not only warmed me, burned my throat enough to give me voice back, and tasted AWESOME–but also did a real good job of covering up that cherry/menthol perfume I had spewing out of my pours.

So onto my interview. Julie and Valerie are really nice and very energetic. I really hope I get this internship so that I have the opportunity to work with them!

(Would also be nice to have the opportunity to work period)

After my interview was done, Valerie took me into the book room and I got to take some books home with me. Also I now have two Quirk Books totes. One that I got at BookCon 2015 when I got books, and one that I got yesterday… when I got books.

In any case, I’ll probably vlog tonight about my masters project. Which I’m going to go back to working on.

Also! Look at this poorly put together advent calendar I made! blackfriday

Starting on Dec 1, 2015, Round Robin Writes will be sharing a book recommendation a day. We’ll be sharing the image with the hashtag #giveabook, which means that if you then share our posts that there are more posts with that hashtag and more books will be donated to underprivileged children. So follow us on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter so that you can help spread the love.

Mean Themes and New Books

As you can see, I’ve updated the theme for my blog. Much more pink now. But when I did that, ALL MY WIDGETS VANISHED! It’s not hard to put them back up but–seriously–what gives. That was obnoxious.

In any case, I’m sitting at work, waiting for Mom to finish her work (yep, I work with my mom. Laugh all you want, I make my own hours) so we can go out to dinner AND SHE IS TAKING FOREVER.

Also my soda.

Our Next Big Adventure

I’m sitting in 30th Street Station for the first time in a few years. The last time I was here, I was waiting for a train to go up to Connecticut to visit some friends from school. It’s the same reason today except that I am heading down to Maryland instead. My train won’t depart until 2:10pm but I am still drinking this in. I love watching all the people live in their own little world, like they don’t know someone is watching them. Some people read the paper, others books. Most people are on their phones. I, on the other hand, and writing about them. 

Some Writing Assignments

I am taking two classes this semester. I have my required Core I: Theories and Techniques of Writing class as well as Fiction Workshop and I’m honestly looking forward to this semester. Both classes look like they are going to be right up my alley and will be a lot of fun.

I was talking with my mother’s friend last week and she asked me if I were being challenged in the program. It’s been one week and the only thing I know for certain is that I hate ice breakers.

DelThis week I have to write my life in 2-3 pages and a piece which distinguishes myself as my Self and myself as a Writer, which I will post here so that every one can view my revision process.

I am still promoting the fact that if I get up to 100 followers on Twitter and 100 likes on Facebook I will start sharing more of my work. Specifically I will share the first chapter of Hannah of Many Hats (a middle grade novel I’ve been working on for a while now), and I will even include the chapter art.

Just Some Ramblings

In just a few days, I start my first semester as a grad student at Rowan University. Just the anticipation made me think about how different I am now, then when I started college back in 2005.

I graduated high school in 2005 and went straight into college. No breaks. Not even one semester because I knew — I just knew — that if I didn’t do it then, I wouldn’t do it at all. But this post isn’t all about how I sat in classrooms wondering how anybody understood a single thing on the page.

No… this is about all the silly things.

My Daily Dosage of High Blood Pressure

Tuesday night, I logged into my banner account for school to see if my final grade for my senior portfolio had been posted (I’ve been checking every day, I’m a little obsessive). There was something posted alright — AN INCOMPLETE! My application for grad school just went into review! Not going to lie: I cried.

I cried real hard. (That’s my New Jersey accent shining through)