Versatile Insecure Highways

       Wouldn’t that be a trip? (Go ahead and roll your eyes… I did too.)

       There’s a lot that happens here in this wonderful interwebs… So much that when I miss a few days, I have a lot to catch up on! That’s life though, so here’s to it=)

First, Let’s check out YAHighway’s Road Trip Wednesday

This week’s question:

What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?”

        That is a good question. Most of the stuff I read is YA. I have read a couple of series from my favorite YA authors that are adult paranormal romance though, so let’s dive into two of those series…

        The first one is the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. I LOVE Joanne Baldwin’s character! She’s smart and sexy and pretty damn powerful. She’s a woman who doesn’t take BS. She’s also a woman who doesn’t exactly plan things out well before doing something dangerous! I think it would be great to see her as a teenager and developing into the woman she becomes.

       If I had to pick only one though, I would have to pick Eugenie Markham from Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. She’s tough, she’s independent, and she knows how to kick Fae ass in our world or theirs! I would love to see a series of her learning how to become a shaman from her step father as she tries to navigate high school as well. That would be one hell of an interesting read!

Next, I’m going to have to hold my breath so I don’t “SQUEE!” loud enough to be heard from Mars as I tell you that Cheryl Reif, over at Cheryl’s Musings has given me a blog award. SQUEEEE!!! Sorry… I had to get it out=) I have been following her blog ever since I first started blogging myself and consider it a huge honor to be given this award by her.

The rules are as follows:

        1)Thank and link to the person that nominated you.
        2)Pass the award on to five new found blogging buddies.
        3)Share seven random facts about yourself.
        4)Contact the winners and congratulate them.

In the interest of rule following, I shall award:

       Christine Murray
       J.A. Bennett
       K.M. Walton
       Sarah Ketley
        And Liz Fichera

Seven random things about me:

        1) I went to Las Vegas on my 21st Birthday and played slot machines in the airport before ever going to a casino.
        2) I own a replica of Ron’s wand from Harry Potter.
        3) I own a replica of a Time Turner from Harry Potter.
        4) I am a former 4-H Fair Queen.
        5) Sometimes I don’t know about fashion… And I don’t think I want to know…
        6) I spent six hours trying to help Hubs fix the washer last night. I think I was more in the way than helping though.
        7) My very first Hollywood crush was on Lawrence Olivier.

Finally, I’m joining a new blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I wondered what I should write about. Should I write about my own insecurities where my WiP is concerned or should I offer a word of inspiration for other writers. I decided, if I’m going to be honest with myself, that I must offer up my own insecurities on my current WiP. Oh, where to begin?

        I haven’t written anything in a week in a half. True, I’ve been battling a hellatious cold for the last few days, but that doesn’t account for the other days where I could have been writing. It’s not that I haven’t had time. It’s not that I don’t know what is supposed to happen in the current scene or what is supposed to come after. It’s not that I don’t know first drafts tend to suck. In fact, I don’t really know what it is.

        This is the farthest I’ve gotten on any book. I’m over 3/4 of the way done and yet, I’ve got a plot bunny rattling around in my brain. I’ve done some characterization and written a few lines that have come to me. I haven’t really done any outlining on it though. I still have some research to do before I can even begin that part of the process. So, it’s not the plot bunny getting in the way…

        I recently wrote a post about writer’s block and how I think it’s a myth. I still do. What I have now is the same thing that many people call writer’s block: fear. You see, I may have told myself that it’s okay to write a crappy first draft, but I can’t seem to accept it. I know I can fix everything in my revisions, but getting to that point is difficult still.

        Do I repeat a mantra? (“It’s Okay to Suck! It’s Okay to Suck!”)

        Or should I come up with something original? (”It Doesn’t Suck Until Revisions And Edits Are Done! And Then It Won’t Suck!”)

        I could sit here and wax pathetic all day long, but I’ll spare you that. Just know that if you are reading this and you feel the same way, you are not alone. That’s one of the amazing things about writing… The community. We cheer for each other. We root for YOU just as much as you root for US.

        I know I can get the rest of my WiP written. I know because I hear your cheers, I hear your chants of “You can do it!” And I thank you for being there with me, sitting in your seat, reading this, and understanding exactly what it is I’m going through.

        Writers are awesome people=)

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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14 Responses to Versatile Insecure Highways

  1. I'm really loving this insecure writer's thing. it helps me not feel so alone 🙂 Thanks for the award, you totally rock!

  2. Kathleen says:

    No Problem=) You deserve it!

  3. Liz Fichera says:

    You are the sixth person I've talked today who has a bad cold. I've got it too! And it totally sucks eggs.Congrats on the Blogger award! And thanks for the mention too. :)Feel better soon!

  4. Okay- I'm clueless about both of these series, but still they sound like they would be great as YA characters.

  5. Ella says:

    Nice to meet you and know we aren't alone ;D My daughter is sick. When I went to go get her over the counter meds, there wasn't a lot left!

  6. Okay, will whoever is passing the cold around please stop it, it's made it all the way to England!Kathleen, I had a thought about your sticking point, it might sound mad but I've never minded making a fool of myself, so here goes!You know when little kids learn to ride bikes and daddy takes his hand off without them knowing? And they're fine until they realise they're on their own then they think they can't do it? Well, your line 'this is the furthest I've gotten…' made me think of that. You know what you're going to write , it's all in your head but then suddenly – you're actually going to finish – no-one is helping you, you're going to make it all by yourself. And then…Forgive me if this makes no sense. But you will get there, I know it.

  7. K. M. Walton says:

    Hey, thanks so much for the blog award. Very kind of you. And thanks for visiting my blog as well.

  8. I'm with KO, I hadn't even heard of these series before now. But it's funny that they're both YA/Adult crossover authors!

  9. I think Sarah Pearson's comment with learning how to ride a bike hits your hesitation on the head. Good luck with kicking that cold to the curb soon.

  10. I haven't heard of those books before. It sounds like those characters would be interesting in YA! :)Congratulations on the award!Hope you feel better soon.

  11. I haven't read either of these series. I think I need to fix that!And congrats on the award!

  12. Congrats on the award!

  13. Just plow through it without looking back – you can do it! Just think of the ending. Reach that goal.

  14. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone! The cold is getting much better=)@Sarah P. – Yep! Pretty sure you got it! Thanks for stopping by and helping me figure it out=)And congrats to all those I've passed the award on to! You all deserve it because I love visiting your blogs=)

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