Monday, July 21, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. Week 7 - Better

How I did on last week’s goals:
About 3000 of that 4000 I hoped for. Not bad. And I managed to have a better balance of family time vs writing time. Though family won out, more than writing.

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 4000 words on WIP summer romance. (Are you guys tired of reading this?)
2. Read. Yep, that's correct. Because I've been neglecting my reading lately, and I forgot how much reading ignites the writing spark.
3. Make notes on the next two chapters of  WIP.
4. Comment on at least 6 RSW participants progress.  So many people have been kind enough to stop by my blog to encourage me, I want to pay it forward.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Solid writing. It may have not been much this week, but it's solid writing and that has to count for something.

The biggest challenge I face this week.
Life has FINALLY started to slow down for me. But the kids are getting so I see a few days at the beach and resort pool in our future. Which will also mean writing time will have to be moved to the evenings. I'm brain-dead by the evenings. That's going to be hard to do.

Something I love about my WiP.
Research.  It's so fun for me to research all the potential hilarious things that can go on in a bait shop. Or the cool discoveries of cave exploring, secret waterfalls and native american history I'm trying to trickle in.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Love List

Last week I talked about posting a Love List about my WIP.  I was inspired to do this love list by Katy Upperman.  Last year on Instagram she posted a Love List as an inspirational reminder of the things she loved in her WIP and "why it's a story worth finishing."  (She originally got the idea from Stephanie Perkins.)  I think it's an excellent way to keep your eye on the prize.  Here's my love list with a few inspirational photos.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. Week 6 - Ugh.

How I did on last week’s goals:
Ugh. Do we really need to discuss this?  Moving on.

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 4000 words on WIP summer romance.
2. If the week goes as well as planned, write an additional 3000 words.
3. Find balance between family and writing.
(oh look at that, same goals as last time.)

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
“White boy, you better go on, calling me ‘thicky-thick.’ A woman doesn’t want you insulting her figure. You need to get that gangster crap off your iPod and replace it with some real men like Vandross and Marvin and Teddy Pendergrass.  Now they know how to woo a girl.” 

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Life.  Life has decided that it's a priority and writing is second.  I wake up and do not stop moving/doing until my head hits the pillow.  Rinse and Repeat.  And with calender events the next couple of weeks, I don't see that changing much.

Something I love about my WiP.
Summer romance on a lake.  


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready. Set. Write. Week 5 - Progress!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Fabulous, darling. Kicked butt on my SOUTH OF SUNSHINE revisions. (I followed writing friends' advice and sat on the notes before I tackled revisions.) Wrote about 1800 words on the new manuscript (not 2500) BUT considering I did all that last night, I feel pretty awesome. And lastly, I continued to write notes on my new manuscript so I could keep moving forward. :D

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Write 4000 words on WIP summer romance.
2. If the week goes as well as planned, write an additional 3000 words.
3. Find balance between family and writing.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Nailed it! There's a scene from SOUTH OF SUNSHINE that I LOVED writing. It's my favorite scene in the whole book! And recently an editor commented to the effect at how good that scene was for them as well. 

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Balancing life and work. Writing time bleed into family time and vice versa. 

Something I love about my WiP.
Lot's of things. But I'll save it for a second, inspirational post later this week. The idea came from an Instagram posting by Katy Upperman last year. It's an excellent way to remember what you love about your WIP and why you're writing it. 

For those who stop by to comment, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by and encouraging me.  I'm going to try to find time to reply to all of your comments.  If I don't please know that I've read them but dedicated that extra time to my writing.  

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE. Week 4 Back to Normal

How I did on last week’s goals:
As you've probably noticed I didn't post any goals last week.  So reporting today, I can positively say, I accomplished my goals!  Yay...I think. As some of you may not have known I was in TN for the last couple of weeks visiting my family. Guys, my mother made it near impossible to write. She interrupted me every five minutes with the most trivial things. (Interruptions kill the creative flow.)  But she missed me, and it showed, so you can't fault her for that. 

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Work on revisions for my novel, SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, currently on submission. Great feedback from editors has given us the opportunity to make minor changes to strengthen my story before we send it out again.  Cross your fingers.
2. Write 2500 words on WIP summer romance.
3. Continue to make scene notes on summer romance

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Proud.  As I'm doing revisions on my LGBT romance SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, I couldn't be prouder of what I've written. As I've said a thousand times, I believe in my story.  Not only that, but it was the first story where I finally believed in my writing. So yeah, proud sums it up.    

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Not being home. Between TN and ALA in Vegas, it's nice to be home. You don't realize how much you value your writing time or writing space until you don't have it.  Being home makes my goals so much more attainable. 

Something I love about my WiP.
The fact it's something new.  There's nothing more exciting than getting to finally work on the shiny new idea.  There's so many aspects of what I love about my WIP that I'll share along the way, but today, I love the newness of  the story, the characters and diving into new world you can't wait to explore yourself.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Review: MORE THAN MUSIC by Liz Briggs

Obviously it's a good month for some very dear friends of mine! Liz, you've worked so hard for today.  And YOU made this happen. You're an inspiration for so many writers. I have so much pride, love and respect for you, and I'm honored to be your friend!

Happy Book Birthday to another one of my girlies!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!
YOU ROCK, LIZ!!

Here's the sexy book blurb:
Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars.

Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star. 

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

REVIEW:
NA readers, watch out because your world is about to get rocked!  I was very lucky to get to read this early on.  For those who love The Voice, music and sexy guys with tattoos, this book is for you.  Maddie and Jared’s story starts out sweet and ends hot and steamy.  Maddie is intelligent and adventuresome.  And Jared isn’t the typical rocker you expect him to be, refreshingly so.


This book was positive and fun all the way through, unlike some of the darker NA I’ve read (and put down.) Briggs does an amazing job connecting you to the characters and their love and passion for music.  The best part, this is a series of more cleverly based reality TV shows with dynamic and diverse characters!  I can’t wait to see where the next characters take us.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE. Week 2

My first thought was to post the title as "Epic Fail." But that's really an unfair/negative take on a week of changes and challenges. 

How I did on last week’s goals:
Of the 7,000 words I had hoped to write, I wrote 2,785. More successfully I wrote almost 2K in scene notes and character sketches, which will really help me draft as I move along.   

My goal(s) for this week:
1. Make notes (notice I didn't say the word "outline")for the next two chapters.
2. Put butt in chair.
3. New unexpected goal: Work revisions for novel currently out on submission. 

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.
Where my annoyed MC describes the car of boy she will eventually fall in love with.


"The Swinger is on the fritz again." Flynn shrugs.
Who in the heck says “fritz” or drives a seventies Mopar called a Swinger for God’s sake? His old car is the automotive equivalent to Salvation Army t-shirts.

The biggest challenge I faced this week.
Making writing a priority.  I let a few speed bumps and hiccups keep me from putting butt in chair. 

Something I love about my WiP.
The dynamics and chemistry between this huge group of friends surrounding my MC and make it one of those EPIC summers you cherish for a lifetime.