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What’s Up Wednesday

ButtonSmallNoBorder What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

Crazy time again in the heartland. School is in session. My free time has whittled its way to nothing. And I met none of my long-term summer goals. The fact that I was sick the entire summer frustrates me, and I don’t let myself off the hook. Now, I enter my busiest time further behind than ever. Sigh.

Reading: I’m not going to address reading. First, I’ve left my Kindle at the university so I can’t tell you what I started reading. Second, who has time to read now?

Writing: The YA is still sitting in my tray. I am sooo close to completing these edits, but close simply doesn’t cut it. Argh! On top of school starting, we are also moving. We’ve been working on the house. We’ve been packing. Anyone get the sense that I’m overwhelmed? And as I speak lesson plans are screaming my name.

GOAL for August 22-27ready set write button

SURVIVE.

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What’s Up Wednesday

ButtonSmallNoBorderWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I’m Writing: While battling weather and fences taken down by weather and prepping to begin the school year, I managed to revise five more chapters. I also spent time on the series bible which was fun and productive.

What I’m Reading: I’m reading Unseen by Karen Slaughter. Never disappointing but moving slow for me as my medication puts me to sleep before I get much read. Hopefully, healthier days are ahead. 🙂

Goals for Next Week:

ready set write buttonFor this week, August 15 – 21, I begin classes so I hope to manage to rework my writing schedule so that I am able to maintain revision as I also enter professor mode. Goal: ten chapters.

Good luck to all the writers setting goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! this week. Twitter hashtag #readysetwrite.

What are your writing goals this week? What do you do to motivate yourself?

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IWSG and What’s Up Wednesday

InsecureWritersSupportGroupPurpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are M. Pax, Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove.

Insecurity sets in when we are the most vulnerable. I’m well versed in this now because I have been sick. As a healthy person, the sick thing is not something I have had to do often and I have little patience for. I’m humbled by those who fight illness chronically. Ugh. Totally, NOT fun. In the first place, it does lower all your defenses. Not only was I low physically from the illness but convinced that I was the biggest loser on the planet for all the things I was not accomplishing this summer on my writing that I swore I would. In the boxing ring of insecurity I was beating myself up pretty good. Then, the medicine began to work its magic and logic took hold. My life has been in limbo for a year and given that I’ve done remarkably well just keeping my sanity, crucifying myself for not meeting arbitrarily set goals felt cruel and unusual even for a writer. 🙂 Thus, I have a new goal for the near future: be kinder to my inner writer. We experience enough judgment from the outside. Let’s not add to it.

What’s Up Wednesday

ButtonSmallNoBorderI spent another week lost to illness. Thus, if you read above, you know I’ve already beat myself up over the whole ‘what I didn’t accomplish’ thing. Mostly, I fought to get well.

What I’m reading: Nothing. I’ve been too sick even to read. Trust me, this was a first.

What I’m writing: I did get edits made to one chapter. I’m set to begin again now that I’m actually vertical.

For the week to come August 8-14 (OMG! Is it really time for classes to begin?)

Reading: I look forward to starting a new book. Haven’t decided if it will be fiction or non-fiction. Hmm. So many books…so little time.

Writing: FINISH EDITS OF THE GAP PROJECT.    ready set write button

I am frustrated, but I am undaunted.

Go me!

How was your week?

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What’s Up Wednesday…okay, Saturday.

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers ButtonSmallNoBordertouch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I’ve been up to: For once procrastination didn’t keep me from the update. It wasn’t writer’s block either. This time it was a good old-fashioned medical crisis. I am – hopefully – on the mend now and trying to get back on schedule with everything I got behind on.

What I’m writing: Still making progress on the edits of the YA. However, I missed my self-imposed deadline due to my unscheduled/unpaid sick leave. Four more chapters is all that got in the bin this time around.

ready set write button My goals for July 31 – August 6: Edits of THE GAP PROJECT simply must be completed. NO more talking. Time to do.

That won’t happen without getting healthy so that’s on my agenda as well. 🙂

How was your week in writing?

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What’s Up Wednesday

ButtonSmallNoBorderWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I’m Writing: The YA had my full attention this week and I made good but not great progress. This means six chapters revised successfully. I also spent time on the series bible which was fun and productive. I am on target to finish this thing by the goal date.

What I’m Reading: I finished The King by Steven James. As with all his books, I loved it. As for my desire to see the death of Richard Basque, it didn’t happen, exactly. He supposedly drowned but the body wasn’t found which we all know means he’ll return. Oh, well. I’m now reading The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle.

ready set write buttonStatus Update: My goal was 5 more chapters and I actually got six so it was a good week. It’s progress and I’ll take it. 🙂

For this week, July 24-31, I accept that life is beyond my control. I am hoping for 8-10 chapters but my goal is another 6.

Good luck to all the writers setting goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! this week. Twitter hashtag #readysetwrite.

What are your writing goals this week?

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What’s Up Wednesday?

ButtonSmallNoBorderWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I’m Writing: I’m still deep in revisions of my YA and made good but not great progress this week. Unexpected interruptions prevented the forward momentum I hoped for. Still, I am on target to finish this thing by the goal date, barring a catastrophe.

What I’m Reading: Just about to finish The King by Steven James. As with all his books, I love it. Hoping to see the death of Richard Basque this time. He’s beginning to bore me. 🙂

ready set write button Status Update: My goal was 8-10 more chapters. I only made 5. Still, it’s progress and I’ll take it. 🙂

For this week, July 17 -23, I accept that life is beyond my control. I am hoping for those 8-10 chapters but my goal is another 5.

Good luck to all the writers setting goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! this week. Twitter hashtag #readysetwrite.

What are your writing goals this week?

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IWSG and What’s Up, Wednesday

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

InsecureWritersSupportGroupPurpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nancy Thompson, Mark Koopmans, and Heather Gardner.

Some weeks are hard, some weeks are harder, and some weeks are a virtual walk in the park in comparison to the others. I’ve had a rare good writing week. The writing went well, the editing has been on track, and I’m making forward progress for the first time in months…well, it feels like it anyway. We all need spurts of inspiration that will send us forward when the energy is lagging. This happened for me when one of the creators of one of my favorite TV shows (Early Edition, remember it?) followed me on Twitter. (Shout out to Vik Rubenfeld.) He was ahead of his time, and his show helped spur the many shows that followed later which pursued paranormal themes. Not vampires but more ghostly tales. If you never saw it, check it out. It also launched Kyle Chandler‘s career. Hello, Friday Night Lights.

At any rate, interacting with other writers, especially people whose work you admire is a great way to keep your own fires burning even when your energy ebbs. I’m not saying abandon your writing for social media. I’m just encouraging you to utilize social media effectively. Get to know other writers. Learn from them. Pass it forward to the writers who will one day admire you. Or already do and you don’t know it.

What’s Up Wednesday?

ButtonSmallNoBorderI finished Her Last Breath and now I’m reading Enigma Black. Linda’s book did not disappoint as usual. I’ve just started the other so I’ll update you on it next week. 🙂

I’ve had a crazy week. We had company, and I traveled across Kansas. Somehow, in spite of that I managed to complete a polish of 25 pages for a submission for this week. I also finished three more chapter revisions of The GAP Project. The bible for it is also coming along nicely. I am really pleased with the progress this week so feeling positive, I’m jumping in with ambitious goals for next week. Five chapter rewrites. I can do this. I can. It is totally within the realm of possible because NO ONE is coming to visit, and I’m not traveling. How’s that for positive thinking? How did your week go?

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