Monday, October 26, 2015

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

I'm not ready for it to be the end of October, Lurkdom. I'm not prepared. At the day job, our department is relocating on Friday to a different floor and I haven't begun the desk packing process. NaNoWriMo is in a week and I'm not done planning. Hubby's having one of those milestone birthdays in about 33 days and I still haven't planned a single thing for it. 

Actually, it's almost like I'm in a version of tech week for a play. The lighting still isn't 100% solid and half the cast is missing their costumes, but come opening night everything magically is ready.
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How I Did Last Week 


  • Complete query and synopsis. DONE
  • Begin formally outlining The SNI. DONE. I began it.
  • Stretch goal--> Exercise (outside of walking to work). Hahahaha. With the exception of a post-brunch, post-mimosa walk Saturday and a little wandering around Harvard Square yesterday before the NaNoBoston Meet and Greet, no.

My Goal(s) For This Week 


  • Send out SFLN to the two agents I promised it to.
  • Complete my plotting and preplanning for The SNI.
  • Stretch goal--> Exercise.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

Time. Motivation. The day job.

I'm not remotely joking about that. In a few spare minutes at the day job last Monday, I drafted a list of things that need to be done by Halloween. It's a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.


Something I Love About My WIP 

The challenge of worldbuilding. When you're writing anything, you need to know the world your characters live in. This is especially true when you write anything that falls within speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, etc.) because of things like magic systems or dragons or time travel. I need to know enough about my world to be able to draft yet still leave room for discovery while I'm drafting. Because the surprises are the best part of the drafting stage.

Random Factoid From the Week

The Japanese take their bowing seriously. Not only do kids learn at an early age how to correctly bow, but companies also have trainings on how to bow.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

It's official. We've reached the end of the nice weather. New England had its first freeze over the weekend, and I am nowhere near ready for winter wear. Call it denial, or laziness, but for the walk to the mailbox Sunday, I wore two sweatshirts instead of locating a jacket. 

The weather is even too cold for The Stripey One. She's taken to burrowing under the covers again.
Staying warm. Or plotting cat things.

How I Did Last Week

Hahahaha. Alicia of Last Week was hilarious in thinking she was going to achieve all the things. Alicia of Last Week didn't realize that all the sleeping and all the TV was important to recover from a full month of revising. Everything could have been achieved *if* I remembered that I had a recent synopsis that just needed updating. Writer fail, indeed.

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • Complete query and synopsis
  • Begin formally outlining The SNI
  • Stretch goal--> Exercise (outside of walking to work)


Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Motivation, depression (yes, still), and The Doubt Monster. The latter is a product of the former, but it's still very real. These days I pretty much question every single choice. Which socks? Which radio station? Which pen? All of it is hard. Lurkdom, decisions are hard.

Something I Love About My WIP

The little one-liners that my characters have. With the readthrough I did this weekend for the synopsis, I came across a few where I was like "wow, that was clever."

Random Factoid From the Week

Mutsu apples can last several months. Like, the ones I picked last weekend can last until February and still be fresh.

How's your fall going? Getting lots of stuff done? Share below and then stop by Pam and Quita's blog!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

Hubby and I celebrated 8 years of marriage this past week. In honor of that, we apple picked this weekend. 

This is what 8 years of marriage looks like


How I Did Last Week

I completed revisions of SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT. 

My Goals for This Week

  • Incorporate the revisions into Scrivener 
  • Update query letter and synopsis
  • Stretch goal--> SNI plotting 
  • Stretch goal--> Exercise, because it has to happen at some point 

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Burnout. It makes revising hard.

Something I Love About My WIP

That I'm done.

Random Factoid From The Week

Nothing to report this week. I was too focused on getting this revision complete to get distracted by shiny (oh so shiny) things. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have o do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

We're in October. For real. I'm not sure how this happened, and quite honestly I'm not a fan. I saw egg nog in the grocery store Sunday. EGG NOG.

Also, it's been cold the last few days. Like, the heat came up cold. So, like any good New Englander, I bought fleece sheets. This is both awesome and horrible because now I fight with the cats as to who actually gets the bed.

The White One can't face the fact it's October.


How I Did Last Week

If possible, worse than the week before. I ended up doing some SNI research Saturday, not Monday. And I'm lucky if I averaged 90 minutes a day revising SFLN. And that exercise thing. Hahahahahaha. I should just scratch that off the goal list indefinitely.

My Goal(s) For This Week


  • To get to Chapter 20 in SFLN. 
  • Exercise. Any of it.
  • One hour SNI research.
  • Stretch goal-->Complete SFLN revisions. 


Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Motivation and it's cousin Depression. They go hand in hand, but when my brain keeps saying "EVERYTHING IS FUTILE" it makes plowing through something really, really hard.

Something I Love About My WIP

This past week there's nothing I love about it at all. I am fully entrenched in the "I hate you" phase of revision.

Random Factoid From the Week

There is a thing called lumberjack lore. While researching for the SNI, I came across a few fun things that are classified as such. I mean, it makes sense, but I just thought it fell under "folklore." Lumberjack lore has some really messed up critters. Apparently there's a walking casket and there's something involving an axe. Here's an article from Wired in 2014 about some critters from lumberjack lore.


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