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Um, yeah…

It’s Friday. And this is the first blog post all week. Oops. Sorry to neglect y’all, but there are big happenings around Casa Bateman right now so I’ve been super busy plotting and scheming this week.

And next week I’m on vacation, so there won’t be any posts all week long. Don’t miss me too much!

Hopefully I can share the exciting things going on shortly after I get back. Be excited.

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/07/um-yeah/

Fast Five…

1. For quite a while now, we have been searching for a new job for Geek Husband. Geek Father-in-law (who is not a geek at all, but rather a farmer) was diagnosed with cancer in March, and while it is totally treatable, it has still been (and will still be) a long, hard road. So we’ve been looking for a position that will allow us to move closer to Star Valley, Wyoming. The problem comes with the fact that Star Valley is not exactly the hoppin’ place for computer programmers, and most places that will hire remote programmers are looking for 10+ years of experience, and Geek Husband is just not that old yet. Oh well, we’ll keep looking and something will eventually come our way.

2. In the meantime, I love his current boss. Geek husband works for Montana State University (well, really a research facility, but it’s affiliated with the university, so that’s who pays us). The state of Montana is on a wage freeze right now, which means that with yearly evaluations there was no chance of raises. Bummer, dude. But Doug the boss-man is about as cool as they come so, even knowing that we are looking for a new job and trying to leave him, he found a loophole and applied to the dean to give Geek Husband a promotion. So now he does the exact same thing but under a different title and for a lot more money! I am so thrilled for him.

3. I am still madly in love with the project I am working on, but I am also still wondering how long this is gonna end up being. I am not checking word count at all as I write, so I don’t know where it stands now, but there’s still SO MUCH to write.

4. Did I mention that I love it to tiny little pieces, so it doesn’t really matter how long it is?

5. Baby Caveman will be six months old a week from tomorrow. Can someone please explain to me how that happened so quickly?

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On rewards

I have a tendency to set up a little rewards program for myself to motivate me to do things. In the perfect world I would have self-motivation without self-rewardation, but whatever. Some examples of little rewards I set up are:

  • For every day I exercise for at least 20 minutes, I get to put a dollar into the book-buying fund. I am allowed to skip a day, but if I skip more than one day consecutively, I loose all my dollars (this resets every month).
  • If I take care of myself and eat well during the week, then I can make a really fun dessert for the weekend.
  • If I focus on writing for a solid amount of time (usually 45 minutes or an hour) then I can have twenty minutes to play Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii (cause, holy commas, guys…it’s awesome!).

The reward I have running right now is for a haircut. How lame is that? But I told myself that I wasn’t going to get my hair cut until I finished a new draft of a book. Which I am closing in on, I think. But I keep thinking that and then it keeps seeming like, hey, just kidding, you really have a lot of writing ahead of you still!

I need to get this draft done because, ohmygoshIneedahaircut! The last time I had my hair cut was just before Baby Caveman was born…which means come this Sunday it will have been six months since I’ve had just a little trim. It’s time for change. I have a jungle on my head.

So, I am writing like the wind, hoping to get this draft done before I leave on our big family vacation (next Saturday). If I don’t get my hair cut before then, it’s not a huge deal, but it sure would be nice! Good thing I’m still madly in love with this book.

(One other thing about my reward system: it helps when I tell others my rewards. See, I told Geek Husband about this haircut thing. So now he knows. And he won’t take Baby Caveman so I can go get it done until I finish. Thereby forcing me to actually stick to the terms I set. Lame.)

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/07/on-rewards/

Road Trip Wednesday: oops

 This week the wonderful ladies at YA Highway want to embarrass us all by asking:

What’s the biggest writing / querying / publishing mistake you’ve made?

Well, this isn’t actually embarrassing for me, since I haven’t gotten to the querying stage yet, so I don’t have any serious blunders under my belt yet. Reading the Twitter feed answers to this question made me cringe for those poor souls out there. And then cringe for myself because I know that, no matter how hard I try not to, I will inevitably make one of these mistakes for myself eventually.

So, today I will talk about my biggest writing mistake:

Early on after I started writing seriously, I made the same mistake quite a lot. I would hit a rough point and go back to the beginning to fix things. And end up rewriting it from the beginning, sure that this time I would be able to fly right through. Funny thing…turns out I would get about to the same place and it would get hard again. Huh. Weird, that.

My other big mistake was very much like the first. When I would hit the rough patch in a WIP I would let the shiny new idea pull me away. “This one isn’t working,” I would tell myself, “the new idea will be much better.” But you know what? Eventually the new idea would start to get hard. And along would come an even shinier, newer idea.

Pretty much I was on a fast track to never finish anything.

So now when I write a book, I write my first draft from beginning to end. No editing as I go and no going back to rewrite from the start. Once the draft is done THEN I can look at the beginning and give it the cosmetic surgery it needs.

As for jumping from project to project…that’s not allowed anymore anyway. I still won’t finish everything I start – some things really, really just don’t work. But I need to give it a concerted effort and a lot of thought before putting a project in the drawer.

What about you? What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in this crazy journey? 

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/07/road-trip-wednesday-oops/

Two For Tuesday: Happy Release Day!

Today two books I have been looking forward to for a long, long time are FINALLY out in the wild! Of course, I can’t get either one right away, but just knowing that I can get them when I am able makes me smile so big.


Someone’s been a very bad zombie.

Super-smartie Kate Grable gets to play doctor, helping out her high school football team. Not only will the experience look good on her college apps, she gets to bethis close to her quarterback crush, Aaron. Then something disturbing happens. Kate finds out that the coach has given the team steroids. Except . . . the vials she finds don’t exactly contain steroids. Whatever’s in them is turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless, flesh-eating . . . zombies.

Unless she finds an antidote, no one is safe. Not Aaron, not Kate’s brother, not her best friend . . . not even Kate . . .

It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

Carrie is so fun, so funny, and super-duper awesome. I am thrilled that her book is (FINALLY!!!) on the shelves. Also, she has probably the most fun website ever. For reals.


The conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy. In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.





I loved Shiver and Linger and I can’t wait to see how Maggie finishes this series up!

What books are you looking forward to reading in the coming weeks?

(clicky clicky on the covers to learn more about the books.)

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/07/two-for-tuesday-happy-release-day/

Turn and Face the Strange…

Bowie being all contemplative and stuff

In just over a month, I’ll have had this blog and website for two years. I can’t believe it’s been that long already!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the focus of my blog lately and realized that I want to change some things. Originally I started this blog (and set up the website) to be all about my writing. As time went on, though, I have interjected more of the rest of my life into the blog. And I’ve decided I like that and want to do more with it.

So I am revamping my website to be less Rachel Bateman, writer and more Rachel Bateman, person. I am excited to plan the redesign. Probably I’ll have to relearn a lot of the HTML and CSS that I’ve forgotten in the last couple years, but that’s okay. My goal is to unveil the redesign for my two-year blogoversary, but we’ll have to see how that goes!

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/07/turn-and-face-the-strange/


I’ve been in Star Valley for a while, visiting with Geek Husband’s family, so I was MIA for a while. Sorry about that. I had a fun post planned for today, but then I opened my Google Reader and I decided I needed to post about this instead.

Because, you see, Natalie Whipple got a book deal!!!! If you don’t know Natalie, you are missing out. She is wonderful, brilliant, genuine, helpful, kind, the list goes on and on. Natalie has been working toward this for a long, long time and has had her fair share (and more) of setbacks along the way. Throughout her journey she has been completely open about how hard things can get, and also about how wonderful it is to see your dreams coming true.

Natalie has been a huge inspiration to many writers, myself included. It is wonderful to see someone who has worked so hard achieve her dreams. If anybody deserves this, Natalie does. I cannot wait to read Transparent when it comes out.

Head on over to Natalie’s blog and congratulate her!

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Road Trip Wednesday: Best of June

Back by popular demand! This week, the lovlies at YA Highway want to know:

What’s the best book you read in June?

June was a super light reading month for me – I only read three books, and I am not even halfway into the third one.  For someone who regularly reads 6-10 books a month, that’s nothing.

Even so, I had a tough time picking which was my favorite. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale was a beautifully written take of the fairy tale, and I loved it. But, I think Courage in Patience wins the race.

Nine-year-old Ashley Asher was pleased when her mother started a relationship with Charlie Baker. Charlie, Ashley thought, would be the father she never had. She was 9 then; now 15, she recounts the story of how her dream life soon turned to nightmare, commencing with the first time Charlie touched her inappropriately. For years she tolerated it—not only the sexual abuse but also the emotional manipulation her stepfather inflicted on her—until one day she confronted both Charlie and her mother. To Ashley’s horror, her mother sided with Charlie, leaving the teenager to find her own way, prompting her to reestablish a connection with her biological father. Though the subject matter is undeniably dark, Fehlbaum manages to keep the tone surprisingly light and hopeful. This hard-hitting but readable story about an infinitely troubling subject will resonate with all readers but especially with other survivors of abuse or with those who work with those survivors.

This book dealt with some pretty tough issues – it wasn’t just about Ashley’s abuse; the people in Patience, Texas also have to deal with racism, bullying, and censorship.  Fehlbaum deals with each issue with grace, while not overshadowing the importance of it. She doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff at all. Somehow she is able to keep up a nice, lighthearted feel throughout the narrative.

Courage in Patience was a smaller release, and chances are you won’t find it in your local bookstore. You can find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, though.

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-best-of-june/

Strengths and weaknesses

I have discovered something in the last couple months: I am not a great beta reader. It’s not that I don’t enjoy beta reading, because I love to do it. And I try to be a good reader for my buddies. The problem is I am just too easy to please. It doesn’t take much to keep me entertained and rarely do I read a book that I end up not liking. I have to work really hard to find faults and flaws in a manuscript, and it’s tough for me to find ways for people to improve their writing.*

Something I am great at though: line editing. The grammar is strong with this one. Things like word choice, sentence structure, and continuity are my forte’. That tiny, minor character in your manuscript who only shows up on page 31 and then again on page 287? I will remember if you said her eyes were blue in the beginning and then green toward the end. If it takes your characters only 15 minutes to get to the beach, but your characters can still go to a party at Duke University without any travel, I will catch you on it (here’s looking at you One Tree Hill – seriously, where is Tree Hill? It’s like the writers made it exist in a different dimension where the distances in this one don’t matter).

I know what my strengths are and, more importantly, where my weaknesses lie. I am working on being more critical of the big picture when reading, but for now, I hope my beta friends don’t mind me just pointing out the small picture stuff.


*Strange how it’s not hard for me to find faults in my own writing, just in others’.

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/06/strengths-and-weaknesses/

Friday Five…

1. Music, music, music.

I don’t always (actually almost never) listen to music while I’m actually writing, but a good song can inspire a scene, an emotion, an entire book. When I get jammed, I spent some quality time with my tunes. Eventually something gives and I can get writing again.

2. Read!!

Nothing inspires me more than reading other books. Seeing the words on page, getting pulled into a brilliant plot with well-rounded characters, reading beautiful prose…it all jazzes me up to write my own.

3. Watch TV and movies

I love that I write YA so I can watch things like Dawson’s Creek and Mean Girls and call it all research. It takes special skill to write for TV, I’ve learned. I love watching episodes to see how the writers handle a plot line that has to be at least partially tied up by the end of thirty minutes or an hour.  I especially love witty shows like Gilmore Girls. Also, seeing the cute clothes doesn’t suck, but that doesn’t have much to do with writing.

4. Go for a walk

Or do Pilates or ride a bike or something. Getting my heart pumping and blood flowing helps clear my mind of the random day-to-day clutter and makes way for brilliance. Or daydreams about frozen yogurt. Whatever.

5. Take a shower

What is it about the shower?! Is it just me or do all the best ideas come while you are standing in the tub under a stream of hot water? Seriously, I think the shower has some sort of magical plotting powers. I seem to get all my best ideas in there. Or right before I fall asleep, which is super annoying.

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Today on RachelBateman.com http://rachelbateman.com/2011/06/friday-five/

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I'm Rachel and I write things. Hopefully, someday you will read those things. I would like that. When I am not writing (or sometimes even when I am) I like to watch too many movies and drink too much sweet tea.

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