Monday, August 24, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 12

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. 

Welp, summer is winding down. (Still no beach in sight). And the first local apples have hit the grocery store. Which is fantastic, because I love apples. However, it's just one calendar page closer to Snowmageddon Part 3. I know, I know. We're far, far away from dealing with that. I will continue to enjoy August. (And hopefully get a beach day in)

Some of my recent weekly goals have been a bit challenging because of the day job. Some stuff I can do when it's quiet, like figure out a revision plan or do some light research. Anything that requires intense concentration -- betaing, revising, drafting -- can't be done due to the nature of working in a call center*. But, we all have our crosses to bear.

How I Did Last Week


  • Do my final pass on the beta from last week. DONE!
  • Begin betaing another friend's manuscript. DONE! Well, done as in I began it. I'm in round 2 of reading throuh it.
  • Walk every day.  Fail. 5 out of 7. It's been too damn humid.
  • Fold and put away laundry. DONE! This is what I'm most proud of this week.
  • Stretch goal--> Continue thinking about revision plan for the boy band book. DONE! 
  • Additional stretch goal --> Do some research for The SNI. DONE!

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Complete the beta I started last week.
  • Figure out a blog schedule to maintain.
  • Start working on a doable exercise routine**.
  • Walk 5 days. Maybe 4.
  • Stretch goal--> Continue thinking about revision plan for the boy band book. 
  • Additional stretch goal --> Do some research for The SNI. 

One Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/Revised

In progress. Everything I've worked on this past week has been to get ready for the next step, so this is apt.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Ugh. Myself. The day job leaves me depressed and full of self-loathing pretty much every day. Have you ever tried to work on anything while under that kind of emotional blanket? It's HARD.

Something I Love About My WIP

Researching all the Japanese stuff for The SNI. It reminds me a bit of 5th grade for International Day, I did a presentation on Japan. Except this time I'm not learning about the economy or political structure.



* It's a glamorous life. Try not to be jealous.
** Pretty sure this will be a list that won't do anything until this depression goes away.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 11

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.

So these goals things. When I'm not actually doing something creative (like brainstorming The SNI) and focusing on more other side of the brain (like revising), everything crashes to an almost stop. No joke. Plus, this weekend I was at ComiConn at Mohegan Sun because Hubby was doing that joke thing. He killed it. Hopefully, this means he'll get serious about his comedy again.

Also, I get bored at casinos. And claustrophobic on exhibition floors. The things you learn about yourself at the most random times, right?

How I Did Last Week


  • Complete the beta I started last week. I completed 2 rounds of it, but sometimes a third is in order. THAT hasn't happened.
  • Walk every day. 6 out of 7.
  • Complete reading final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. DONE. 
  • Stretch goal-->Think about the Assassin Project and the boy band books and formulate a rough revision plan. DONE. This is basically a whole bunch of questions that need answering, but now I know what needs to be done.


My Goal(s) For This Week 


  • Do my final pass on the beta from last week.
  • Begin betaing another friend's manuscript.
  • Walk every day.
  • Fold and put away laundry.
  • Stretch goal--> Continue thinking about revision plan for the boy band book.
  • Additional stretch goal --> Do some research for The SNI.


One Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised 

So. Much. Research.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

Motivation. The heat and humid of August saps most of my energy, which makes it hard to do much of anything. I mean, hell, I've put a goal of fold laundry for a reason. And it's only a small load!

Something I Love About My WIP

I recently read through the first draft of the boy band book and I love my boy MC's voice. I'm pretty excited to get back into that story.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 10

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.

Whelp, We're fully entrenched in August. I'm not sure how this happened. And now that I hauled through one of the major, major goals for the summer, I'm a little bit lost as to what needs to be done next. I still think there's something wrong with this WIP, but I can't articulate the problem. Like, people love dialogue heavy things, amiright?

How I Did Last Week 


  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions. DONE. Now I just need to send it to betas. 
  • Get up at 5 AM Tuesday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot. ACHIEVED, sort of. I woke up at 5 every day, but only walked 4 days because I carpooled with a coworker.
  • Walk every day. Nope. I only managed 5 days.
  • Beta a friend's manuscript. In progress. My revisions took too long so this isn't complete.
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. DONE. This is a massive workshop and I'm not as prepared to do the exercises in it for The SNI but I'm reading.

My Goal(s) For This Week 


  • Complete the beta I started last week. 
  • Walk every day.
  • Complete reading final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.
  • Stretch goal-->Think about the Assassin Project and the Boy Band books and formulate a rough revision plan.

Favorite Line From My Story 

"It's a low-rent clown. I hate clowns."

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

The revision itself. SFLN is terrifyingly short for a contemporary YA and for some reason this book doesn't like the concepts "exposition" and "narration" at all. This was a hard won revision round. Hopefully my beta readers won't hate me when we're done.

Something I Love About My WIP

How the mimes have taken on a life of their own. In the WIP and in real life. In the WIP, they have multiplied like rabbits so now there is a mime horde. Bestie Danielle and I randomly incorporate mimes in our conversation. She even commented that a show her son watched dealt with a mime. Then there are all the YouTube videos I found on miming, and of course there's this mime meme.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 9

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.

Because of the revision cave, I wasn't able to pre-game today's post. So, I'm writing this from the confines of the day job desk before I get some revision time in. This, by the way, seems to be the preferred revision method for SFLN. I prefer the bed and The Stripey One. It's so weird how fickle WIPs can be.

How I Did Last Week 

  • Continue SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revisions. So, so close to finished. As of last night, I have 40 pages left to revise. Then I have some new scenes to write.
  • Get up at 5 AM Tuesday-Friday so I can walk to work before it gets way too hot. Done. And because of that, I've been revising in the morning. My brain is toast in the evening.
  • Walk every day (except today). Erm, well. I walked every work day.
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL. Nope. Revision takes precedent, though I have been thinking of the SNI and how it may not be a NaNo novel after all.

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. 
  • Beta a friend's manuscript. 
  • Stretch goal-->Get at least halfway through final workshop of PLANNING YOUR NOVEL.  
 

One Word/Phrase That Sums Up What I Revised 

Taking too long.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

The Tower. I stupidly decided to reread The Dark Tower series, completely forgetting how much of a junkie I am for it. Now when I should be revising, I'm thinking about what I just read like a literary Rhea of the Coos. Or I'm on Pinterest looking up fan art.

Something I Love About My WIP 

Even though I'm not there yet, the mimes.

Good luck on hitting those goals this week. 

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.

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