I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Friday, May 14, 2010
Friday Four or Five
2. This means I can get back to my experiment with structure. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, see here. Part of the experiment was to complete the first draft in a month (like nano) but that plan got derailed for a good reason (see #1). I made it to just past the midpoint reversal, so on Monday I’m clearing my head and my desk and getting back to work. My revised goal is to have the first draft done by end of May—that’s 8 to 10 chapters. If I do the usual chapter per day (with intermittent days I’m unable to write), it’s doable. (And no, it won’t be any good—I’m going to post about writing those bad first drafts one day, soon.)
3. Which means I have the weekend to get my yard work done and my garden planted. A while ago I bought a composter. I had one before that my dad had made, but it was hard to get at, and you know, it looked like this:
My new one is closer and prettier, but lately I’ve noticed it shifting and compost leaking out. I suspect wild critters at work. Racoons or bears are the usual culprits around here. We usually get a couple bear visits per year, so I hope I haven’t asked for trouble with my new composter.
4. You may have noticed I’ve started a new interview series with debut authors on Wednesdays. It will last for however long I have authors to interview, so if you’ve had a book deal recently or have a book launching or just launched, and want me to interview you, email me at ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com.
5. Excellent writerly tips: check out Jody Hedlund’s blog post on the importance of Social Media, and Kristen Lamb's post on how to brand your name.
Also, this is a post script—let me know if you have any questions--about any of my points or anything else you’d like to know, especially if there’s something specific you’d like me to address in my blog. I’d love to hear from you.
Have a great weekend, everyone!