Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday Things

It's Thursday again, so, that means you get some THINGS! That also means I get to make a list, which makes Amanda a happy girl.

1. I know you're all losing sleep over my mouse sitch, so here's an update: THEY ARE STILL HERE. The exterminator came and did not exterminate. For some reason, in my mind, I pictured a Ghost Busters-like machine that would just suck the mice away, like that machine thingy did with the ghosts. Am I remembering this correctly? Anyway, that did not happen. He put a bait box (with poison bait, natch) in the basement and in that cabinet where they were coming in. And then he left. So I took it upon myself to seal the holes by the pipes with steel wool, and that has seriously helped. Now instead of a MICE INFESTATION there's maybe like one or two that are getting in. So now I just wait for them to eat the poisoned bait and DIE! DIE! DIE MICE DIE!


2. I've noticed that ever since I started blogging, I've been drinking a lot of tea. I've always been a coffee person but now, for whatever whackadoo reason, I'm a tea person. Between the hours of 9am and 5pm, you will always find me with a mug of tea. If you do not see me with a mug of tea, you can be sure that it's just because I'm up making MOAR TEA. It's very strange. I have no explanation for this sudden switch of caffeinated beverage choice. It just happened.

3. I'm insanely excited about my New Novel! Oh, wait, now I can't remember if I've even mentioned this on the blog. Okay, I remember posting about this shiny new idea that I had while trying to revise my WIP. WELL, since then, I've decided to set WIP aside for a while. Why? Well, I shall tell you. I've been working on WIP for two years. I finally finished it and jumped directly into revision mode. I marked it up. I made up a new outline of changes. I started changing things. And then...I realized I was doing it all wrong. I wanted to add another POV and that changed the entire thing (for the better, I think). But for some reason I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to execute this, and I was having trouble figuring out character motivations and blah blah blah. And then I realized that I never just let the story sit. It's just been a constant WIP for two years. So, now it is sitting. Simmering, if you will. And in the meantime, I have this New Novel that I'm plotting out and I am basically in love with it. Honestly, I think it's *The One* We'll see. I...haven't actually started writing it yet. Ha. But I just have this feeling, you know?

4. I wrote down all of my 2012 Goals in big, fat sharpie the other day. And boy, it's making me excited. I still need to break these down into monthly and weekly goals, but just seeing them makes me think 2012 will be a fun and productive year. I'll let you in on one: Finish writing New Novel. That might seem obvious, but considering it took me two years to write my first novel and I didn't even revise it yet, finishing a novel in one year will probably be a challenge for me. But I really, truly know that I can do it. I'm so excited!

5. I'm having a hard time finishing books lately. I don't know why this is. I want to blame the books...I mean, maybe it is the books. I don't know. I won't share which ones they are, but there are two books I'm thinking of specifically that I started reading and didn't finish. And it's weird, because they are both in series that I really enjoy. Maybe I just lost interest? But I have a whole pile of books I want to read, and now I'm wondering if I should first finish the books I started, or just move on to the other books. And ALSO, I'm getting the itch to re-read books. But then I look at my to-read pile and think it would be silly to re-read when there's so much I haven't read yet.

Books in my To-Read pile: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. These are all sitting on my desk, waiting patiently.

Meanwhile, I'm dying to re-read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

The dilemma!!

5 Things seems like a nice number, so I'll leave it at that. Ciao!


  1. I hope they don't eat the poison and then die inside of one of your walls, cause that will be stinky. We don't use poison for that reason, and oh yeah, we have kids :0

    I think setting your novel aside for a little while is a great idea. It needs to simmer. And then, you can reread it with fresh eyes... I hear it makes all the difference :)

    Except for The Name of The Star and Clockwork Prince, I've read all the others in your list and they were all so good. I have Clockwork Prince staring at me right now, but I think I want to reread Clockwork Angel first, or at the very least, skim it as a refresher, I read it so long ago.

    I say read Anna and the French Kiss next.. you'll thank me! LOL

  2. Experience with mice tells me it's going to take a little while. We get 'em a couple times a year. I'll set traps in the same place and end up getting mice three or four days in a row and then they're gone.

    Or at least running around some other part of the house.

  3. @Cristina Nooo...why didn't the exterminator tell me that might happen?! Seriously, this just keeps getting worse. I think we might already have some dead ones in the walls, how disgusting is that?! This really is a learning experience for me...maybe traps are better after all. Sigh. Also, it is because of your blog post that I bought Anna and the French Kiss! Okay, that will bet he next book I read :)

    @JeffO I'm just starting to realize that this isn't a quick fix. I think traps might be the way to go. I've never had to deal with this before but it seems like it's an ongoing problem...ugh.

  4. Good luck on your new novel! I'm working on a fresh project as well, and it's so exciting. There's nothing like that initial burst of inspiration.

  5. Oohhhh! New Novels are the absolute BEST! Have so so SO much fun. <3

    Glad to be following. :)