April 13, 2012

Friday Five: Writing Edition

I haven't posted about writing for awhile. This is mainly because the mere thought of revising or drafting has caused the following responses to spout from my brain:


As well as....


And the ever brilliant....

Me Caroline. Me can't write. What com-pu-ter? Mash keys! Fun!

I've diagnosed this condition as Cave Man Brain.

Be my friend! You know you want to!

Fortunately, I feel the haze of Cave Man Brain finally clearing from my mind. I just had to give my Delicate Brain some rest, and now it is ready to tackle the task of revising and drafting. 

This could also be a lie....

Speaking of drafting, I've started writing a completely new novel:

A YA science fiction manuscript! 

*Rubs hands with glee* 

I shan't give away its premise because I'm a little superstitious, but I'm super duper excited about this project and I'm equally excited to dig back into my favorite genre to write. 



The ever-lovely Sara McClung tagged me earlier this week in the Lucky Seven Challenge. The rules are simple: 
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, and post them as they're written. No cheating. 
So here you are, a short snippet from my YA alternate history, Anomaly. As a quick primer, the book is set in the modern day but it takes place in a world where Hitler won WWII and colonized the U.S. And there are super powers too.

       The whipping continued. Each lash tore against Mr. Talley’s shoulders with a horrible thwack, flaying into his skin, ripping open his back. But the old man kept praying. 
       “Holy Mary, M-Mother of God!” 
        Zara stared at her right hand. Perhaps she could…. No, no, that was ridiculous. If she used her powers, she’d be next on that stage. She forced herself to suck down a long breath but the whip tore again and again and again into Mr. Talley’s flesh. For God’s sake, he was a seventy-year-old man but the Nazis were beating him like a piece of leather. 

Well, there you have it! 

Anyway, what are you guys up to this weekend? Whatcha reading? On my end of things, I'm going to a book signing on Saturday and just soaking up the sun and writing on Sunday. It's going to be in the mid-eighties here in DC! 

Which is ironic since I was wearing my winter coat earlier this week....

No complaints though! 


  1. Ooh, your MS sounds really good! It was a very intense scene you posted from! I'm currently reading Above by Leah Bobet. I don't know if you've read it, yet, but it's quite good! Have a great weekend!

  2. What an excerpt! *Wants more*

    I'm reading an ARC of Seraphina right now, and I'm really enjoying it. Fantasy with excellent worldbuilding! Dragons! <3

    What book signing are you going to? I just went to the Spring Into the Future book thing last night. Twas much fun. I'm jealous of your weather, btw. It's POURING RAIN right now in not-so-sunny California. POURING. ;_; At least it's good reading weather...

  3. Wow, that's a killer excerpt! (...Hopefully not literally.) Great to hear you've got a new story to work on while you sort out that Cave Man Brain. :P I'm rereading Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Man, can this guy write. Then I'm looking forward to digging into Paolo Bacigalupi's sequel to Ship Breaker (which was excellent), The Drowned Cities. Fingers crossed it doesn't let me down. :D

  4. Oh I SO want to read the rest of Anomaly! What a captivating excerpt--I feel so horrible both for Mr. Talley and Zara. You set such a scene with just seven lines. *impressed*

  5. Anomaly sounds amazing! I know you'll be published soon, you have such great ideas and you know how to captivate an audience.

    Cave Man Brain is a state of mind i'm all too familiar with. If you ask me what my name is at the end of the day I'll fumble around for a moment before I can answer. Hopefully yours won't last as long as mine!