RSW – Update #8

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. Not so good. I got down about 2,000 (hard won) words, just barely missing my word count goal of 2,500. I am still only 1/3rd through WILD by Cheryl Strayed. I did a yoga video, um, zero times last week.

2.  My goal(s) for this week. Sticking with 2,500 words on my VAGABONDS story, yoga everyday (I’m watching my twin nieces again this week, so we’ll see how that goes…), and finish WILD so I can start one of the exciting books I just got from the library (THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessie Kirby and TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton).

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

“Total honesty surprises people.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). Time wasn’t on my side. Too much real life to attend to.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. I love one of my MC’s ex-girlfriends. She’s fun to write because she’s smart and she isn’t willing to implicate herself in the MC’s self-destruction. He kind of implies it’s her fault at one point, and I love that she’s strong enough to know for a fact that, even though she wanted to help him, it was never her responsibility to fix him.

How’d your week go? 

RSW – Update #7

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. I finished the new revisions on my current novel, and I think I made some great changes! I also sent out three more queries, and I started the 30 Days of Yoga challenge on the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel (Thanks again for the rec, Katy!). And I read three books, one of which was SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers (ZOMG. Wow.). Overall: success!

2.  My goal(s) for this week. Get back to drafting THE VAGABONDS and get about 2,500 words written. Read WILD by Cheryl Strayed. Do a yoga video every day this week.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

Revision is HARD, y’all.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). I really had to fight my anxiety this week. About writing, about life–about everything, it seemed like. Tuesday is my 31st birthday, and I’m not one of those people who gets sad about growing older, but for some reason my birthday tends to spiral me into a deep existential crisis every year. Hoping the crisis is over and dealt with so I can get on with my week, lol.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. Honestly? I love that I can go back to drafting. Did I mention revision is HARD?

How’d your week go? 

RSW Update #6

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. TBH, I didn’t even count my words this week, but I feel like I did the equivalent of 3,500 words worth of work. I started to work on my current novel, THE VAGABONDS, and got one scene written, but then I got a bolt of inspiration based on some agent feedback and ended up working on revisions for the novel I’ve been querying, THE COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE OF EMMA POLAND. So, I got through quite a bit of revisions and I also created a more detailed outline for my current WIP. Pretty good, I think.

I didn’t make it to yoga class, but my husband and I did a video together which was fun! And for reading, I started two books–THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe and PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge.

2.  My goal(s) for this week. Finish reading my two books, finish revisions on TCAUFEP, send out one or two more queries (and yoga, of course).

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

Character. In TCAUFEP, I’ve been working hard on characterization while I revise, trying to sleuth out ways to make my protagonist more sympathetic, even when she does some pretty unsympathetic things.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). This past weekend was my husband’s birthday, so I didn’t have much time to write over the weekend, but we had a lot of family time which is always fun!

5.  Something I love about my WiP. They’re both really challenging me, which is tough in the moment but hopefully it’s also helping me grow as a writer.

How’d your week go? 

RSW Update #5

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. Write 3,500 words? Um. No. But I did get about 1,500. And I finished PS I LOVE YOU (which I really enjoyed, and TMI, I totally dreamed about meeting John Ambrose McClaren at a party last night, lol). I also went to 2 yoga classes (though the second one I got called out of after 30 mins because my son wouldn’t stop crying :(). All in all, I feel good about my week, overall.

2.  My goal(s) for this week. 3,500 words. Yoga. Pick a new book to start–any suggestions?

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

She laughs. “My point is, I can’ t believe I jumped off a freaking cliff today. And it was all because of you.”

I laugh, too. “That’s what every guy wants to hear.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). Well, my migraines have been getting somewhat less frequent, which is awesome! But I did get a few rejections last week, including one on a full manuscript request, so that was hard. On the positive side, the agent was pretty complimentary and gave me some great, useful feedback. Only last week that positive side was pretty hard for me to see.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. Forbidden romance! Love writing scenes where a kiss is oh so bad, yet oh so good.

How’d your week go? 

RSW – Update #4

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

****Vacation last week means this will be a short update. Vacation = no goals, so I’m really just posting goals for this week.****

2.  My goal(s) for this week. I’m no longer responsible for watching my twin nieces, so I’m going to shoot for 3,500 words this week. Plus yoga. Plus finishing P.S. I LOVE YOU by Jenny Han. Let’s do this.

How’d your week go? 

RSW – Update #3

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. Well, not to toot my own horn, but y’know… TOOT TOOT. My goal was 2,000 words and I wrote nearly 6,000! Yeah, I’m amazing. On the other hand, still not done with THRONE OF GLASS. I was on such a writing streak that I spent most of my time with my own novel. I also never made it to yoga. But still, I’m calling this week a win.

2.  My goal(s) for this week. I’m on vacation right now (I had to schedule this post), so I am going goal-free. Hoping to still get some words down and/or reading done, but no pressure.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

Guilt. One of my MCs is suffering from so much guilt and every interaction drives it deeper. (Or at least I hope it does!)

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). The migraine preventative is not really working (yet?), but the longer I have these persistent migraines, the easier it is to push through and do things anyway. I even wrote some of my words this week with the crazy squiggly lines obscured half of my vision. It made me feel at least slightly more in control.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. I love the voices in both of my dual narratives. It’s been a while since I’ve written a boy POV, and now I’m working on two in the same book!

How’d your week go? 

 

RSW – Update #2

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. OK, so, no. I didn’t make it to 2,000 words. I did maybe 1,000, which is fine by me considering how busy I was this past week! I also did not finish THRONE OF GLASS, but I did go to yoga!

2.  My goal(s) for this week. Same as last week: 2,000 words. Yoga. Read THRONE OF GLASS.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

Burnt bridges. I’m enjoying writing some awkward scenes where my MC is forced to come face-to-face with a girl he loves but recently screwed over.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). I started taking a preventative medication for my migraines, and while it hasn’t eliminated them, it has helped somewhat. I think? Anyway, the hardest thing this past week was just that I had so much going on. Babysitting my twin nieces, plus helping my sister move, prepping for Father’s Day, beta reading a novel for a friend, critiquing a couple scenes for a different friend. Basically, writing time was in short supply. Hopefully this week will be better!

5.  Something I love about my WiP. Since I’m drafting, I’m continually discovering fun, new things to get excited about. Right now I’m getting excited about a budding story line that involves microchimerism, which has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it.

How’d your week go? 

 

RSW 2015 – Update #1

RSW2Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive–more info here. For the next few months, I’ll be posting updates every Monday on my progress and weekly goals. Feel free to join the fun! 🙂

1.  How I did on last week’s goals. My only goal was to write 1,000 words, and I surpassed it! My ocular migraines have not let up, but I am trying not to let them ruin my life. So far, so good!

2.  My goal(s) for this week. I’ll aim for the stars and say 2,000 words! Haha! Now I have better glasses, so that should help some. I’d also like to read THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas, and go to yoga at least once.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised. 

“Hindsight provides a sort of roadmap. It’s not particularly useful to backtrack across all the moments that lead to tragedy, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway.Each moment collides with the next, like a twisted connect-the-dots puzzle that you can only decipher once it’s reached its horrible conclusion.”

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). Hopefully this won’t be a theme, but for now my migraines have been really cramping my style. I might go on a prophylactic treatment this week and see if it works, even though taking medications always makes me super anxious.

5.  Something I love about my WiP. I am loving the idea of writing a novel in two story lines, one in the present and one about a year prior. Not sure if I’ll pull it off or not yet, but it’s been a fun challenge so far!

How’d your week go? 

 

Summer Crit Blog Hop

The wonderful (I just met her but now we’re besties) Carissa Taylor is hosting a summer critique blog hop where bloggers can sign up and get/give feedback on various query materials to get them ready for agents!

Here’s the query, feel free to be as brutal and honest as you’d like!

Eighteen-year-old Emma Poland is a theater school reject. Acting is her life, but her auditions couldn’t even land her a spot at one of her safety schools. The future careens toward her, empty and terrifying, and Emma cocoons herself in the fantasy TV drama, Phantasm. She slaves over her popular fan site, PhantasmObsession.com, and fantasizes about the show’s lead character, legendary ghost-hunter Pierce Stratford.

Then, she wins a walk-on role. Cue epic fangirl sigh. This Universe has given her a sign: she’s starring in her own romantic comedy and she’s finally coming out of her black moment. She’ll jet off to Vancouver for four days and wow Pierce Stratford (along with the director, cast, and crew). Variety headlines will buzz and every casting director will want her. Future = fixed.

Only, Emma’s heartfelt acting is met with a tepid reception and her attempts to catch Pierce’s eye quickly turn catastrophic. Maybe she’s further back in her own story than she thought. With her time on set running out, Emma will have to force her life to fit the romcom mold or she’ll spend the rest of her days in her childhood bedroom with only a Phantasm box set to keep her warm.

THE COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE OF EMMA POLAND is a YA contemporary romance, complete at 72,600 words.It’s Nurse Betty meets Mindy Kaling and would hopefully be enjoyed by anyone who watches (read: obsesses over) the TV show Supernatural.

I’ve had short stories and poetry published in various venues, including four poems in the YA literary magazine YARN, and my short story, “The Aviary,” in the YA anthology from Leap Books, BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT.

Thanks for your help, can’t wait to go through the blog hop and read others’ work! 🙂