Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Check-In for #Row80 (2/19)

Feel free to skip over this check-in.  It's very, very poor.  There has been absolutely no writing these past few days.  Earlier in the week, I'd sit down and be able to type from sunrise to sunset, and then some.  This second half of the week has been frustrating.  Yes, I've limited myself to two WIPs.  That has helped.  But the big hang up is my blame inner editor.  She needs to take a hike.  Give it a rest.  I know the first draft is going to be rough.  Heck, I refer to the first few drafts as rough drafts.  There will be run on sentences, abused commas, sentence fragments, and far too many adverbs.  That's why a WIP is majorly altered after a round of edits.  But, no!  I have to make this first one perfect.  I can't seem to shut up the inner editor.

Thus, I've been doing everything not writing related.  Well, except I finally got to the book store.  I had to go see everyone's babies on the shelves.  I even pulled a few from secluded shelves and left them out on reading tables.  I know they're great books.  They just either have a small publisher or they are set aside for being a new name in the world of writing.

Anyway, no writing.  I think I'm going to park myself in front of the computer tomorrow, unplug from the internet, and tell myself to either finish Always & Forever or get through another chapter of Shattered Remnants.  This is getting ridiculous. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday's #Row80 Check-In (2/15)

Progress has been about the same since last check-in.  Nothing new or groundbreaking to report.  While the writing has happened, I've been less than inspired so far this week.  I know I need to concentrate on A&F.  I think I'm dragging it out.  That never turns out well.  So I've cleared away the other WIPs into a project box until I'm finished with A&F.  SR has been left out on the desktop.  That one is my fall back.  We'll see if I can keep myself grounded.  I'd really, really like to have A&F out to Betas by the end of the month.

What are your tricks for keeping focused on a WIP?  Are self-set deadlines any good?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday #Row80 Check-In (2/12)

In case you haven't noticed, I've given up on the word counting thingy.  When writing happens, it's for a few hundred words at a time during the day.  Evenings consist of SR rewrite that ends between one and two thousand each night.  That makes me happy.  (Except for Thursday - epic fail)  So A&F is moving much slower, but it is moving.  SR has been rewritten so many times I could probably recite it to you on demand.

Winter found us today.  The birdbath froze over this morning, we had sleet just after lunch, and that turned to snow.  It isn't sticking.  But it is a reminder as to how cold it is outside.  That means I didn't go get fresh grass for the tort today.  She didn't eat all I brought in yesterday so I figured she'd pick at it today.  So far, she's only dug in it and stared at me.  Have you ever encountered a grumpy tort?  A stubborn pet rock?

Colt starts his new job tomorrow and my friend is going in for more surgery.  Odds are I won't sleep much tonight.  Maybe I'll hammer away at one of the WIPs.  I feel like I could fall asleep, but it lies.  I'll just toss and turn until I give up and find something else to do.  Let's hope I'm not napping tomorrow during the #wordsprint.

I finally watched Finding Neverland.  That is now one of my favorite movies.I'm ashamed it took me so long to get to it.

I do have a question for my fellow ROWers:  Do you respond to comments in your comments or wait until the next post to address them?  (If that makes any sense)  I used to comment on my comments, but then I realized I didn't always check back on others' comments to see if they responded to something I posted on their blog.  Then again, I noticed several ROWers respond to each comment they receive.  I admire them for interacting with readers.  Maybe I'm just thinking too much.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2/8 #Row80 Check-In & Auntie Duty

Not a lot of progress since Sunday's check-in.  Monday saw scarce activity in the writing department.  Sunday night was rough.  My niece stayed the night again since her parents were still away for their anniversary.  She was good, but she got homesick.  Understandable.  That happens to me easily.  Anyway, so she had trouble sleeping.  There was some crying.  I ended up sitting with her and watching A Bug's Life until she fell asleep.  Then I couldn't sleep.  I was afraid she'd wake up or not sleep well.

Monday started early.  I got my niece up and going with plenty of time to spare to get her to school.  She was all ready and eating breakfast when everything turned south once again.  I think her nervous stomach got the best of her.  So she stayed home with me.  Then I got a call before lunch that her brother was sick in the nurse's office and needed to be picked up.  So I got my niece up and going once again and we picked up her brother.  I needed a co-pilot since I didn't know which of the many elementary schools he went to.

I brought everyone back to my house.  There was a very light lunch.  My niece went back to our guest room and snuggled up on the futon.  My nephew was a little more difficult to get to take a nap.  We went over his homework.  Then read a short book.  We even got a fire going in the fireplace so he could camp out in the living room to nap.  It took awhile.  It seemed that every time I turned around, he was either playing with the cats or following me.  We ended up setting up a camping cot with a bunch of pillows and blankets, closing all the blinds, and watched the fire until he went a to sleep.  I brought my laptop down and started in on the writing, then promptly fell asleep.

The poor little guy woke me up later asking for soup.  Embarrassed to have slept so well, I jumped up and put some soup on the stove and opened all the blinds.  Both kids were miraculously better.  I think I got played.

So yesterday was the first since Friday to actually sit down without distractions and write.  That would have been fine if I could decide which WIP to work on.  Two are fighting for attention while a third is starting to speak up.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Next

So, several weeks back, my husband and I set up yet another challenge for ourselves.  Colt wanted to reach out for a new position at his place of employment.  I finally took a chance and queried WtB.

Colt studied two and a half massive text books.  He set up a server network in his office and wrote code to make sure he had what the department was looking for.  He worked very, very hard.  He was called in for two interviews.  He got the job.

The publisher I wanted to work with the most opened for submissions awhile back.  I beat and hammered and polished out a query for WtB.  I researched the publisher and all their editors.  I studied their blog posts and kept up with their tweets.  WtB was edited again, and I submitted it to the editor I believed was the best fit.  The wait was nerve-wracking.  I stayed busy with three other WIPs.  Today, I got the official rejection.

Once again, hubby won the challenge.

To be honest, I did not expect to be picked up by the publisher.  I aimed high.  But I'm glad I can at least say I tried for that group.  Now I can't worry about the "what if's" while querying other publishers.

And a little more honesty, I still hoped.

So I'll stop reading the rejection letter and turn off the depressing music before too much longer.  There's plenty more projects sitting here staring at me.  I can't complain.

Coupon for Reviews

There is a coupon to get Where to Belong for free until the 14th from Smashwords.  The code is EG42R.  I uploaded a newer version of WtB that has been re-edited.  I would love some more reviews and am looking forward to hearing from you.

Smashword Version

Sunday, February 5, 2012

2/5 #Row80 Check-In

I missed Wednesday's check-in.  I was pretty happy with the word count and progress with SR, but I never got around to blogging about it.  I was also delinquent in reading others' check-in.  Seems like everyone is still doing very well.  The #wordsprint has had a nice turnout.  Though I didn't get to all of them this week, and the hour didn't result in loads of words for me, I worked through a few scenes that I've been trying to iron out.  Daily word counts were good.  I haven't been watching the official tracker.  Even still, lots of progress.

I didn't get any writing done yesterday, though.  Most days saw +1k.  One day hit only 400.  I thought I'd get to it yesterday and today, but it didn't happen.  I have one of my nieces for the weekend.  I feel bad to abandon her to the playstation and lock myself away.

The first night, I had both nieces.  They kept themselves entertained.  They tried to teach my husband how to 'shuffle'.  I should know what that is.  I am very ashamed for not knowing.  But it was fun to watch.  Those girls are nonstop energy, and Colt never backs down from a challenge.  A thunderstorm passed through, and the girls are scared of storms, so we got out flashlights and blankets and goofed around until everyone was tired enough to sleep through the rest of the storm.

Then Saturday, one niece went to a friend's house, and we took the other with us as we looked into a few pet stores with saltwater supplies.  We managed to come home without an incredibly adorable bunny and guinea pig.  It wasn't easy.

Saturday night was wingstop, more playstation, and lots of running around the house and dancing in the living room.   I planned on sneaking away to do some writing when they put in a movie, but we were having some problems with brown-outs.  I'm guessing it was the from the wind.  As you know, I'm a chicken about anything related to electrical issues.  So I shut most everything down and did dishes.  Yep, the dishwasher is out.  I don't know how long it will be down.  But dishes are a mindless chore, so I get plenty of time to think about where the next scene in SR will go.

An update about the whole saltwater tank deal:  The tank is now cleaned out and filled with water.  The next step is to make sure the filter system is working right, and balancing the chemicals.  It's happening slowly.  I think I still have lots of reading to do about it, though.  I definitely don't want to rush this.  We're taking our sweet time.