Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 8

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

I started the week off with bang, clearing out the small goals so I could focus on the bigger one. Then, I dragged my feet. A lot.

How I Did Last Week 


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions. DONE, but still in progress.
  • Send out 3 queries. DONE 
  • Beta a friend's picture book. DONE 
  • Get up at 5 AM Monday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot. DONE. Well, sort of. I was up 5.10 every day. Even Saturday. 
  • Walk every day, even if it's to Dunkin and back. Only 6 days, not bad.
  • Add voice exercises to Scrivener template. DONE 
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Ha ha. No. Because I was dragging my feet so much on revising SFLN.


My Goal(s) For This Week 


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions.
  • Get up at 5 AM Tuesday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot.
  • Walk every day (except today).
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL

One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised 

So much work.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

Overcoming revision fear. Whenever I start revising I almost become paralyzed by the idea that revising could make my WIP worse.

Something I Love About My WIP 

This revision process. Normally I grumble and swear--and  I'm still doing that--but the way I have this revision set up is interesting. Because of the timeline I'm dealing with, I actually have a grid. See?
SFLN Timeline & Revision Grid


How did you do this week?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 7

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

Week 7. Still no beach. this past week was definitely a challenge week. So let's see how I shaped up, shall we?

How I Did Last Week


  • Work on some business stuff for The Writers' Loft. DONE. For now.
  • Send out 3 more queries. This didn't happen.
  • Get at least halfway through Workshop 9 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL - completed entire workshop. DONE. I completed the entire workshop.
  • Begin revisions on the last third of SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT. Nope. I had to dial it back and work on the timeline for SFLN first. That, at least, is done.
  • Read. DONE
  • Continue to walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back. Nope. I only managed 4 or 5 days.


My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions.
  • Send out 3 queries.
  • Beta a friend's picture book
  • Get up at 5 AM Monday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot.
  • Walk every day, even if it's to Dunkin and back.
  • Add voice exercises to Scrivener template.
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.

One Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised

Not quite there yet. I'm identifying some weaknesses in SFLN that I thought I had addressed. Here's hoping I can get these fixed with relative ease.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Not accounting for time and life. I had a shortened weekend which threw me off my game all week.This week hopefully will go smoother.

Something I Love About My WIP

I still love how fast of a read SFN is and I hope I can maintain that once I complete this revision.

How did you all do this week?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 6

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

Mid-July. Mid. July. Remember when you were like 8 and June to July was sooo long? I wish time still crawled that way because the fact we're halfway through the summer and I STILL haven't made it to the beach? 

Unacceptable.

Overall goal update: I met my goal to read at least 3 books this summer over the weekend. This means that 2 of my summer goals have now been completed.


How I Did Last Week

  • Send out at least 3 more queries. - DONE
  • Complete Workshop 8 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. - DONE
  • Read. - DONE
  • Figure out what is bothering me re: SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT so this can be fixed.- DONE. The end is too abrupt.
  • Walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back - DONE

My Goal(s) For This Week

  • Work on some business stuff for The Writers' Loft. STAT.
  • Send out 3 more queries.
  • Get at least halfway through Workshop 9 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Begin revisions on the last third of SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT.
  • Read.
  • Continue to walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back.

Favorite Line From My Story

I don't really have a line, but a small passage from SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT. 
This is everything I ever wanted. Being entwined in Spencer Warren’s arms, him wanting to know all about me. To be within kissing distance of him. This is every one of my middle school fantasies coming to life. 

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Staying with the plan. Call it burnout, call it getting in my own way. More than once last week I would look at Hubby and say, "What am I doing?" This week is already looking to be a repeat of last week.


Something I Love About My WIP

The SNI is still captivating, even though my pre-planning continues to have a lot of vague character description and events. Maybe I should add research as one of these weekly goals. As far as SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT goes, I love how fast of a read it is. And after dealing with so much fantasy, something as clear cut as this contemporary is fantastic.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 5


Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

Happy July. I'm getting at this later than normal, so let's cut to the chase, shall we?

How I Did Last Week



  • Send out at least 5 more queries. Done and done and done. 15 total.
  • Work my way through Workshops 5 and 6 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Done. I even started workshop 7.
  • Outline major plot points for PHOENIX RISING's sequel. So incredibly done. I have 50 plot cards waiting to become a shiny draft.
  • Read. I did this at least four times, which is great since the last 2 weeks reading has been nonexistent.
  • Get in at least 15 minutes of exercise daily. Eh. I walked an additional 15 minutes most days. That counts.

My Goal(s) For This Week

  • Send out at least 3 more queries.
  • Complete Workshop 8 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Read.
  • Figure out what is bothering me re: SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT so this can be fixed.
  • Walk every day, even if it's just to Dunkin and back.

One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/Revised

Excitement. I'm still excited about The SNI and the sequel to PHOENIX RISING so much that I *almost* signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Myself. Even though I owned last week's goals, this weekend I couldn't get out of my own way. Though it wasn't all lost. I did see Terminator Genysis, which only marginally injured my brain.

Something I Love About My WIP

Since I plotted the PR sequel and had recently reread the first book, I love that i get to visit these characters again. I can't wait to see how the sequel plays out. Please share your insights below!

On an unrelated note to RSW, I'm thinking of how to maintain blogging once this is done and woul love some tips and suggestions on how I can maintain a schedule and have some interesting topics.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 4

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

I must say that without this weekly accountability thing, I would not be as productive as I have been. So thank you, ladies. Honestly. You're making sure I kick myself in overdrive every week.

Still, I'm shocked it's already the Week 4 check in. Shocked, I say.

How I Did Last Week

  • Send out at least 3 queries. (Honest.) Overachieved. I queried SIX.
  • Do some work on the SNI: either research setting possibilities or another chapter of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Overachieved. I'm 99% sure that The SNI will be set on the Oregon Coast and I worked 1/4 of the way through the next chapter of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL, which is Workshop 5.
  • Update master Scrivener template to include some more worldbuilding and character exercises. Done.

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Send out at least 5 more queries.
  • Work my way through Workshops 5 and 6 of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Outline major plot points for PHOENIX RISING's sequel.
  • Read.
  • Get in at least 15 minutes of exercise daily.


One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/Revised

I didn't write or revise anything this week due to what last weeks' goals were.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Getting out of my own way. Because of day job stress, I'm spending an unhealthy amount of time playing Candy Crush or Bejeweled. This time would be better spent reading or exercising or working on one of the 4 major projects I've decided to work on this summer. But for some reason it takes a major effort to push past the crap of my day job most days.

Something I Love About My WIP

Since last week was all about The SNI, I love how much work Future Alicia will be stuck with. Currently, The SNI is heavy in Japanese folklore--something I know nothing about--so there will be tons of research to do before and after November. Future Alicia is going to hate Past Alicia so much.

I hope everyone has a super awesome productive week.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 3

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly.

Honestly, I'm not liking this "oh we're already halfway through June" thing. I had a bit of anxiety typing Week 3 up there.

How I Did Last Week

I met all but one goal. I fell shy of querying 3 agents by one. But the two were important. I didn't realize how much work was required in 2 chapters of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL which contributed to not querying all three agents, but now I have something to strive for this week. And I'm super excited about the SNI. It's shaping up nicely.

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Send out at least 3 queries. (Honest.)
  • Do some work on the SNI: either research setting possibilities or another chapter of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Update master Scrivener template to include some more worldbuilding and character exercises.

One Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote

Pure brilliance. Doesn't everyone feel that when they're plotting or drafting?

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Time management wasn't as big of a hurdle this week, even though it's still a problem since I didn't meet all my goals. But this week it was hard to get past myself. There's a lot of craptastic personal, non-writing stuff going on and it sometimes gets the best of me.

Something I Love About My WIP

Well, the SNI is still in developmental mode, so right now I'm loving everything. I had wanted to come up with something new to write but because of LIFE I've struggled with ideas. Thankfully working through Janice Hardy's book has helped me a lot. And once the SNI is more formed, I can't wait to share it with you guys.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Week 2

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison MilerErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly. 

How I Did Last Week

PHOENIX RISING is all revised. As is the query letter. It's all shiny and ready to go. I selected and read two complete books last week too. (SENTINEL and THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout) The only place I fell short was walking to work three times because... life, but that happens from time to time. And it's not like I didn't walk an equivalent on the days I didn't walk to work. So, yeah.

My Goal(s) For This Week

  1. Send out at least 3 queries.
  2. Begin THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver
  3. Work through 1-2 chapters of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL for SNI.
  4. Walk to work at least 3 times. (Honest)

My Favorite Line From My Story

"Your dad ended a war. What other kind of truth is there?"
It's such a simple statement, but it's loaded with so much stuff left unsaid.

The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Time management. (You'll see this show up. A lot.)

Something I Love About My WIP

I honestly love everything about my WIP. If I have to pick one specific thing, it would be the relationship between my MC and her secret boyfriend. Even when that relationship becomes messy, they just work well together. 

How did your week go?
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