Thursday, January 12, 2012

Writiing & Golf!

Howdy Peeps!
I made another tough decision in my writing career yesterday. I sent an email to my PB crit group to let them know I was dropping out. *sigh* I've never had to do anything so hard. They are an amazing group of women and they do such great work. However - I feel like I need to buckle in and focus on my YA novel right now. My brain is in YA Fantasy gear and it doesn't want to switch over to PB mode at my bidding. I am lucky to have their support as I go after my goals for this year, but it is still hard to withdraw from that group.

Trying to write my picture books while doing my YA, is kind of like trying to play a round of golf after playing baseball all day (or vice-versa.) Seriously... have you ever tried to go play golf after playing a bunch of baseball? Your swing is totally off! And it takes some work and adjusting to get your swing back. In fact, I know a lot of people who won't play both (at least competitively) because one will throw off the other. I don't plan to do that. I definitely want to continue to work on picture books, but right now I'm going to give them a break and finish my YA. This first draft desperately needs to get done so I can start to polish it up!

Also... I don't know how many of you entered the 1100 Follower Giveaway at Book Sake, but I did! They had so many wonderful books for prizes and I won one of the book sets! Yep! It's an autographed set by Julie Anne Peters! She writes YA Fiction and I can't wait to dive into this pile. I was having a rough day yesterday with quite the migraine going on, so finding these in the mail totally made my day! Check out what I got...
Pop on over to Goodreads and get these on your TBR list! I will be sure to give reviews after I get them read.

Don't you love it when you find a new book in your mailbox after a long, hard day? I do! What are you currently reading?

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28 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

Sounds like you've made the right decision, tough as it is. Nothing to say that you can't go back when you're temporarily YA'd out :-)

Cristina said...

wow, that was a tough decision. But you know what you need to do, and I am sure that they'll be there for you when you are ready to go back, cause you are awesome like that.

I'm all secretly happy that you are focusing on your YA novel because I canNOT wait to read more of it ;)

also, winning books rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mara Rae said...

That really is a hard decision, but it sounds like you made the right one for you. As far as my reading list for right now, it's all over the map! A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht, Mockinjay (I will finish the Hunger Games series eventually!), with Wildwood and Before I Fall waiting patiently on my nightstand. Now that I'm finished with my current draft, maybe I'll get some more reading in :)

Tara Tyler said...

i get it! its all in the swing! my hub complains about a kid who does golf in baseball season...

i have to focus on one thing at a time too! happy writing!

Kelley said...

Congrats on the contest win! And I SO understand with switching between softball and golf. Or slowpitch and fastpitch softball. SO HARD. When you do that you feel like you're really not doing either justice. So even though I'm sure it was tough, you made the right decision (IMO)

And yes...I LOVE getting things in the mail. Especially books. Not really bills :) haha

Kathryn Elliott said...

*Musical interlude* "Breaking up is haaaaard to do!" I had to exit a group, too. Loved them, but the time wasn't there. Hubby blames his golf swing on the college baseball years. (Truth - he just stinks at golf and he's a man - thus, will never admit it.)

Cassie Mae said...

My golf swing and baseball swing are exactly the same, lol. No wonder I broke the window at Mulligans. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

good point about the swings,I'm editing right now so CP's are good for me ^_^

The Writing Hour. said...

I've never played golf in the first place (except mini), so I'm sure I'd be terrible even without baseball. And that's good your crit group was so supportive of your goals!

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Awesome on your win! I don't enter many giveaway's, but I heard if you enter enough you'll get one eventually:) I bet that was a hard decision to make to leave your group, but if your heart is telling you to do something, then you definitely did the right thing! New Follower!

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My Book Giveaway!

prerna pickett said...

that's a tough one. And thanks for the heads up about the contest!

Maggie said...

I pretty much suck at all things sports, so your analogy goes over my head. Haha. But I do see how that would be super difficult to write both simultaneously. Good luck with the YA, and yay you for winning all those books!

David P. King said...

I've never been good at golf. Thank goodness writing isn't really like golf. :)

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha,

I just posted that you've won an award from me :)

So Congrats 2x

So there.

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

Good luck with your book Leigh. Good of you to recognize what changes you needed to make in order to realize your dream.

Jenny S. Morris said...

It is sad to let some things go. But I like your golf/baseball analogy.

Luna looks really cool.

Jolene Perry said...

I'm reading Snowbound Hearts - which Jen Daiker contributed to.
I'm also reading on Little Wings - it's a self-pubbed book that's now ranked between Water for Elephants and The Help on amazon's lit fic list.
Yeah. I know. And it's .99 :D

Sara Bulla said...

I don't switch gears very well either. Trying to coordinate Golf and Baseball sounds like a bad recipe for me. I'd muddle it all together. :) I'm sure that was tough though and I'm glad you had some books in the mailbox to ease the pain!

Ruth Josse said...

Lady, you are getting serious, making all sorts of the right choices for your writing. Good for you! Yay for getting new books!

And oh my good heck. You're header is Awesome! I usually check blogs on my phone so I hadn't seen it yet.

Ciara said...

Change is always tough. Sometimes leaving a critique group is the only way to grow as a writer. Good luck with your YA, I'm sure your crit group is in full support.

Sharron said...

I love the analogy. I don't golf but I get the gist of what you're saying.

I just finished a PB and have to work on the getting it published end. But I find I can't touch my YA. And I love my YA.

I went back to a group I quite in September. I need their support to get this PB published and back into the saddle with my YA.

Good luck!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I just spent the last year and a half reading only first person point of view books because that's the point of view my novel is in. I couldn't handle the switch from writing 1st Person and then reading in 3rd, so I can understand not making an easy transition between PB and YA! Good for you for doing what you need to, even if it was a hard choice. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

I love the analogy! So sad when you have to give up something you love for the greater good.

And holy cow am I having blog jealousy right now. I LOVE your new header! Seriously awesome! And Crushed is my favorite font. I used to have it for my post title, too, and I loved it! I still miss it every day.

Cortney Pearson said...

Your new blog header is SOOO CUTE!! It's a little like my life--I'm married to a farmer too! (Well, agriculturalist, but we still have tractors around!). I just can't get over how cute it is!!

Ahem, okay, done drooling now.

It's good to focus on one project at a time, though that must have been hard. And congrats on the book wins! I just finished reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Major Swoonage! I loved it. I'm trying to get into Daughter of Smoke and Bone now...I'm not loving it yet. I heard a lot of hype about it, so my expectations were way up there and it's not quite hitting them. :(

inluvwithwords said...

Good luck with your YA novel, Leigh! And congrats on winning all of those books. Lucky you!!

Christa said...

I think it's really hard to walk away from great groups, but I agree, too tricky to split your brain sometimes. Especially when you are itching to get an idea out and you want everyone to read THAT idea.

Leslie Rose said...

I was teaching golf and playing on a softball team at the same time. I had to take a decontamination shower when I would shift from one to the other. I think it's great your shining your spotlight on YA right now.

eva fhadilah said...


Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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