Five on Friday

1. Have you heard about the Jan Plan? It’s my friend Christa Desir‘s idea, and it’s very simple: Finish a project in January. Any project. At your pace, in your time, for your own benefit. Originally, I’d planned to finish the first draft of my NaNo WiP, but I just got at editorial letter from Super Agent Victoria (yay!) and I’ve decided that the project I’ll complete this month will be a revision of Cross My Heart. Nothing too crazy needs to be changed, but Victoria has given me some awesome ideas for upping the tension and tightening the pacing in the first half of the story. I’m all in. I hope to have Cross My Heart submission-ready before February. And when I do, I’ll tackle my NaNo Wip.

2. I’ve read some amazing books lately. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, which I mentioned during the YA Superlatives Blogfest but never officially reviewed (it’s disturbing and gorgeous and heartbreaking – read it!), and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, which is captivating and romantic and gritty, not to mention beautifully written (thanks for the recommendation, Tracey!). Currently, I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. While dragons aren’t usually my thing, so far I’m enamored by this book’s unique concept and incredible world building.

3. Speaking of books, I’ve got some highly anticipated novels in my very near future. I’ve preordered Shades of Earth by Beth Revis, Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, and Just One Day by Gayle Forman (one of my literary heroes!). Plus, I’ve recently been told that The Age of Miracles and The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread (a pastry cookbook!) are must reads. Thanks for the recommendations Erin and Jess!

4. I signed up for the Debut Author Challenge! I haven’t signed up in previous years, but I always do my best to support new authors. Often debut releases end up being some of my favorites. 2013 is a huge year for debuts, seeing as how some of my friends have their first books coming out: Erin Bowman, Christa Desir, Ann Rought, Amie Kaufman, and Cristin Terrill, to name a few.

5. My husband, girlie, and I went to Phoenix to visit my parents for the New Year. I love the desert…


My girlie fed ostrich, and I let a bird land on my head. Yes.

Sunrise loveliness.

Happy New Year from us. πŸ™‚

Oh, and this happened. Don’t forget to be awesome!

Tell me: What’s new with you? Are you participating in the Jan Plan? What are you reading these days?

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18 responses to “Five on Friday

  1. Great pictures!

    I hadn’t heard of the Jan Plan, but it sounds like a great idea. Now to think of what project I should try to finish…

    Have a happy weekend!

  2. I always love reading your blogs. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for mentioning the Debut Author Challenge. It sounds really fun & I think I might sign up for it!

    • Thanks, lady! You should definitely check out the Debut Author Challenge. I figure I’ll read at least 12 debuts anyway, so why not join the fun of a challenge while I’m at it? I hope you sign up!

  3. I’m not Jan Planning, just because I’m in this weird limbo space where I am maybe getting hired for a thing but there’s no timeline and I keep having to go to meetings and I just don’t know what to expect. So I’m just going with the flow this month and seeing where it takes me! I hope you like the applesauce doughnuts and enjoy the cookbook if you decide to pick it up!

    • I will definitely let you know about the applesauce doughnuts… They sound so amazing! And best of luck with your job opportunity. I’ll have my fingers crossed for you!

  4. I love the debut author challenge. I don’t know yet if I’m signing up, but I’ve definitely preordered some 2013 debuts and can’t wait to read them. I like the Jan Plan. Does finishing research count as finishing a project? Because that’s my plan for January. πŸ™‚ Best of luck on your revisions!

    • I think the Jan Plan is pretty casual and for the benefit of each participant, so I’d say YES, finishing research should definitely count. I’ll be rooting you on, Liz!

  5. I’m really excited about the Debut Author Challenge. It’s my first time taking part, and lucky for me, there are tons of great debuts coming out this year! I’m not officially doing the Jan plan, but I would like to have a new query written and my WIP revised (again) before trying to query it again. I think going to the SCBWI conference at the end of this month will be a good cut-off for getting that done.

    Great photos as usual, Katy! I like seeing these happy little moments with your family. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jaime! ❀ I'm so very envious of your chance to attend a SCBWI conference. What an amazing opportunity. Best of luck accomplishing all of your goals this month. πŸ™‚

  6. Awesome pictures! I enjoy seeing them on here as well as on facebook. πŸ™‚ I had been debating all week about whether or not to do the Jan Plan. I’m always afraid of setting these goals for myself, not achieving them, and feeling like a failure, but I’ve decided that I’m in. Yoda has been my recent inspiration (I know – sad) and couple that with my need to cut more off the WIP, I’ve decided that January is the month to accomplish some things. And I haven’t signed up for the debut author challenge yet, but I read a few last year and really enjoyed them. Plus, just like you, there are a bunch I’ve been anticipating.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • You know, when it comes to these challenges, I figure that even if I don’t officially win or finish or whatever, at least I’ve progressed. And that’s really all that matters, right? And yes… There are so many fantastic 2013 debuts to read. I’m sure I’ll finish 12 easily. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, friend. πŸ™‚

  7. I love the Jan Plan idea–I’m going to finish my read-through of an old WIP and plan my revisions for it.
    That Scrabble/Words with Friends image is, well, awesome. πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  8. I love the Jan Plan…I’ll use the motivation to get my ms ready to send to my agent. I told her she would get it in January, so the timing is perfect.

  9. The Jan Plan is a great idea. Not sure I have any projects that could be finished by January’s end that are very interesting. Although I will be diving into revisions also…so excited!! *wink* I’m still so happy that you have Victoria, I can’t wait to be celebrating your sale!