A New Title

I thought I’d pop in and make a brief announcement regarding one of my novels.  Are you all ready?

The story formerly known as Between Two Lives has been given a name change.  I’m much, MUCH fonder of the new title, but I also cannot claim responsibility for coming up with it.

During an intense brainstorming session with my parents and my boyfriend, my brilliant father pulled an excellent title out of thin air.  He gets all the credit here.  🙂

So, without further ado, the new title for the MS I’ve been calling ‘untitled AIDS story’ is:




Having worked with this idea for well over a year now, I feel like this is the title I’ve been waiting to find.

Any and all of you are welcome to let me know what you think in comments.  I’m really excited about my new title and what it means for querying–and I hope you guys are too.


Book Review #1: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

My rating:  5 of 5 stars

I added this book to my TBR pile so long ago that the only reason I remember what it’s about is because I’ve been looking for it in a multitude of libraries for about that long. I didn’t think the premise was particularly unique when I started–it reminded me of “Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin quite a bit–but I was interested enough in the characters to push on.

Brie’s voice was what kept me reading as long as I did. She’s both your typical teenage girl and she’s not. Whatever her special spark was, it was something I don’t find in a lot of contemporary heroines, and it made me keep going even when I was thinking ‘this is cliched’ or ‘I’ve seen this before.’

My only real problem with Brie was that she suffered from naive narrator syndrome occasionally. In the case of a few characters–Larkin and Patrick, for example–I was wondering how she could be missing what was so obvious to the reader. Or at least, this reader.

I hit my angry wall mid story, and put the book down for a few hours only to pick it up again the next day because I had to know how it ended. This wasn’t a happy story, and there were certainly times when things seemed so hopeless I wasn’t sure how they’d ever get resolved.

That being said, this is also the first book I’ve read in ages to make me cry. The ending left me a bit confused, I won’t lie, but the emotion was so real that it broke pieces of my heart a little bit.

I never thought I would end up recommending this, but I am. Even if it’s not your type of book, give it a shot and keep pushing on. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t.

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Accomplishing the Big Things

In case you guys couldn’t tell, this references the last post I made regarding my goals for 2013.  Well, we’re eighteen days into the New Year, and I’ve already accomplished two of my biggest goals named in that post.

(If you need a refresher course, that list is here.)

For one thing, I have a writing job!  I will be working as a Web Content Writer for a big company in Iowa, where I went to school.  It’s a full time job lasting six to twelve months, and it’s temp to hire, which is really encouraging.  I start January 22nd, which is the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day, and I’m both excited and freaking out.  This brings me to the second part of my news:  I moved out of my parents’ house.

After I found out about the job I’d been offered, I bought a car, packed my stuff, and moved in with married friends of mine.  (Let it be noted that they have a house and a lot of extra space.)  So now I have a place that I’m partially responsible for, with bills to pay, and full time responsibilities to uphold.

It’s really exciting and supremely scary, knowing that everything depends on me.  My parents could bail me out if I absolutely needed it, but I’d rather they don’t have to.  And even though they were super good to me while I was making minimal money and living at home, I don’t really want to go back either.  At the same time, I love being in the vicinity of my school friends–the majority of them–and my boyfriend.  I like being able to do what I want when I want, at least for the most part.

And even though I’m terrified that my job won’t hire me on full time, I have a feeling that I’m going to love getting the kind of writing experience you can’t get in college, working with other writers at various levels, and hopefully, getting to use my language skills some.

I’ll check back in on how the rest of that list is coming along shortly.  For now though, I just wanted to let you guys know that the New Year is off to a great start, and if I can accomplish two of the six goals on my list, then so can you.  🙂

How has the beginning of your year been?  Is it everything you wanted it to be–or is there still room for improvement?