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?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Or, Alicia's Summer Reboot)

For the last year, I've struggled with how to get blogging back into my writing routine. It's been hard prioritizing writing and all kinds of internet-y stuff, so I've focused on what ultimately counts -- the writing.

But I missed blogging (and you, Lurkdom). So I worked on a new schedule that incorporates blogging at least weekly. Lucky for me, Ready. Set. WRITE! popped up right after I worked out my new schedule.

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer accountability series that is hosted by Jaime Morrow, Katy Upperman, Alison Miler, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. We set goals for the summer and check in weekly. 

Every Monday, I'll share my progress on the goals that I set down today using the following headers:
  • How I did on last week’s goals.
  • My goal(s) for this week
  • A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
  • The biggest challenge I faced this week
  • Something I love about my WIP

Now... GOALS!

Goals for the week
  • Complete revisions for PHOENIX RISING based on beta feedback.
  • Revise PR's query letter.
  • Decide which book I'm reading next.
  • Walk all the way to work at least 3 times.

Goals for the summer
  • Get SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT ready for beta feedback.
  • Get both ASSASSIN PROJECT and the boy band book ready for revision. (And find out what this statement actually means.)
  • Work through Janice Hardy's Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure for SNI.
  • Read at least 3 books.
  • Come up with some kind of actual exercise routine.
  • Query PR. (Late entry.)
For everyone else participating in RSW, good luck!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Hiatus of Sorts

I've decided to take a break from blogging. I only have so many post-day job hours and right now my priority during that time is working my way towards publication. 

Does this mean I'm completely away from social media? Definitely not. I'll still tweet, even though sporadically.

Until I have a better handle on how to balance everything after 5, I need to focus where it counts. I hope to be back soon and I hope when I do come back, you all will still be around.

Thanks for the understanding and the years of reading The Pie.

-Alicia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Small Pep Talk

Staying committed to your dreams is hard, especially when nothing is happening the way you think it should. Your process is too long. Feedback is mixed. LIFE constantly throws crap in your face. How the hell can you end up on top?

Yes, I'm speaking from experience. Hair-pulling, head-slamming experience. In case you missed it, I've been at this writing thing for a long time. I've been with you, Lurkdom, for already six and a half years. In that time, I've trunked a novel, witnessed Nemesis self-publish his epic fail, and met tons of fantastic, committed writers who have pushed their way through the doldrums I'm stuck in. I've also watched a few of them pack it in, not able to deal with the heartache and frustration anymore.

Even though the temptation to say "fuck it" and give in is so delicious, I haven't folded. Seeing my works in print is my dream. I work on keeping that in the forefront while I continue to query, research, write, revise. Some days I love it. Some days I think that being a wino would be more productive. To be honest, most of the days right now fall in the latter category. 

No more. Today is the day that I'm totally putting all of this back in my control. If I get a rejection, FINE. It's a rejection. If I get negative feedback, FINE. It's feedback. I'll synthesize it, better my project based on it, and carry on. 

You can do this too. 

Don't give up. Commit to your dream. I'm rooting for you. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Loving Winter?

Welcome to snowstorm 4,321,987 of the year! I bet you're ready for some summer now, huh? Don't worry, you're not alone in this.

Here's the bad news: We have several more weeks of our current situation.

If that true fact has you considering bodily harm, let me point out again you're not alone. I was over winter after the first storm.

That's why I started listing things I like about winter. It's on Twitter and I try to post one thing a day. All of my tweets are dead-serious, no sarcasm.

So far, I've shared:
- snowmen with real scarves
- The Stripey One snuggles a lot more
- the way snow clings to conifers after a hearty snowfall
- sunlight on freshly fallen snow
- small dogs in sweaters, Corgis in particular
- brightly colored winter scarves and hats

I'll share one new thing per day until warmer times hit.

If you want to join in, use the hash tag #winterlove.

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