Much Ado About Monday

I spent the weekend working on the beginning of my revision. I now have what I hope is a strong opening. Here’s the first paragraph:


I’m not supposed to be here. The smell of fresh cut trees teases my senses like a fly caught in a spider’s web. Like the spider, I can’t ignore temptation. If I’m caught, I’ll be scolded and sent home. Unless I’m caught after I steal, then I’ll lose my hand.


It’s still a WIP, but getting something down makes me happy . . . sort of. It’s a blessing and a curse. The blessing is, of course, having it written. The curse is it’s in present tense and the rest of the novel is past tense. I tried changing the beginning to past, but it doesn’t work as well. I guess my character decided that along with her new name (I changed it before I finished my rewrite), she had a new voice.

So . . . now I get to change the rest of the novel to present tense. I’m okay with this since I’m doing a line by line revision anyway.

Chapter one is finished and part of chapter two. I plan to work more today, but right now I’m blogging, eating lunch and running through a few emails (I’m such the  multi-tasker).

One of my emails contained this fantastic news! This makes me crazy happy.

Still another shouted the great news that Write On Con 2011 has official dates! August 16-17th! If you go to the Write On Con site, you can learn how to win critiques (more prizes to come) for helping spread the word. Write On Con was amazing last year and I’m so excited to attend again this year!

Also, Authoress is having contests on Twitter today. You can read more about it on her blog, Miss Snark’s First Victim. There are some amazing critiques and books being offered as prizes.

There are probably many other contests and things going on in the blogosphere as well, but I’m out of time (lunch is gone) and have to get back to my revising.

Hope you all have a great day!

Write on.

About Joan Stradling, Author

Joan Stradling is a middle grade and YA author of stories with magical elements. She loves painting, baking, crafting, pet wrangling, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. A passionate believer in the power of books, she still hopes to one day ride a dragon, meet a Hobbit, or discover new worlds by walking through a wardrobe. In the meantime, she imagines and writes about her own incredible worlds and characters–and continues to live vicariously through the adventures in other’s books. You can find her on Instagram (@JoanStradlingAuthor) or Twitter (@justJoanS) or FB (Joan Stradling aka Joan Stewart) Join me on Patreon:
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