Origin of the Sphinx (Sphinx, #0.5),
Curse of the Sphinx (Sphinx, #1)
Here is the cover reveal of Demigods and Monsters!
First drafts are diamonds in the rough! Ernest Hemingway said "All first drafts are $h**" You will think yours is different. And you should. But take the feedback from good critique partners and write it again and again. A friend of mine said that you will have to write seven novels before you write anything good. You can write seven different novels, or write the same one seven times.
Write down your goals. I'm a firm believer that if you want something write it down. It declares your intention to yourself and the universe. If you see your goals in black and white in front of you, you will think about how to achieve them, and then you will act in a way to make those dreams come true.
My mom actually took me the first time I went. My parents were oddly supportive of my vandalism, although they cautioned me that if I got caught they wouldn't bail me out. I had 40 hours of community service and a fine I had to pay before I could graduate.