RSW Update 8

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and myself. Find the rest of the details HERE.

~ I will do my best to respond to comments on today’s post, as well as blog hop to comment on all of your wonderful posts, BUT… My husband’s coming home from a 6 month deployment this morning! We’re obviously very excited and we’ll definitely be busy. I’ll be back to blogging 100% next week. 🙂 ~

* How I did on last week’s goal(s).

1. Complete a revision of my contemporary-ish YA, Where Poppies Bloom.

2. Complete the first draft of my contemporary YA, The Road So Far, by the close of RSW… IN PROGRESS. Moving right along! I wrote 6,680 words this week (6K was my goal) for a total of 58,160 words for the manuscript. Thirteen (planned) scenes and five (planned) chapters left to write!

3. Read (on average) one YA/adult novel per week… YES! I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Not the sort of book I’m used to reading, but I LOVED it. Thanks to my mom and my sister-in-law for the recommendation!

4. Read (on average) one MG novel with my daughter every two weeks… IN PROGRESS! We’re working on Rump by Leisl Shurtliff. It’s awesome!

5. Maintain my tan… YES! We spent Friday swimming at the nearby AFB pool, and on Saturday I mowed the grass. Again. I like neat, trim lawns. 🙂

* My goal(s) for this week.

This week is going to be very busy. My husband’s coming home, my daughter starts cheerleading, and we’re spending the weekend in Orlando. So, I’m going to give myself a break and not set a concrete goal because, honestly, I don’t feel like stressing about it. This week, forward motion’s where it’s at

* A favorite line from my project OR a word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

From The Road So Far

It’s not long before we’re approaching the Colorado River. It’s preceded by a big sign with Arizona’s state flag, a golden star surrounded by rays of red and yellow. The Grand Canyon State Welcomes You, it declares. Callie takes my hand as we cross the border. She’s smiling, but she looks anxious too. I get it. If ever we’ve had a there’s no going back moment, this is it. We’re driving blind now, into a state that none of us has even visited, searching for a person who might’ve left years ago. We’re setting ourselves up for disappointment, for failure, and I’m leading the charge with my dumbass flag flapping proudly in the breeze.

* The biggest challenge I faced this week.

Busyness! My daughter’s seventh birthday was yesterday (*sniffle*) and we spent the whole day doing fun, girlie things. Also, we’ve been going-going-going with homecoming preparations. Writing time was hard to come by.

* Something I love about my WiP. 

I love that I can feel my story challenging me, and making me a better writer. (Is that weird? Whatever… It’s totally true!)

And, finally, a big congrats to our last Writer’s Care Package giveaway winner… Leandra Wallace! 

I can’t wait to read about how Ready. Set. Write! is going for you. Don’t forget to share the link of your latest post below!

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32 responses to “RSW Update 8

  1. Alison Miller

    Awesome job on your goals as always, lady! And I hope you and C had so much fun yesterday! Also, you are the second person in two days to recommend Unbroken. I might have to check it out. 🙂

    SO glad the husband is coming home! ENJOY your week with the family! And forward progress is always a wonderful goal!

  2. So happy that hubby’s coming home. And I love, love, love your excerpt and the fact that you used the word “busyness”. That makes it official 😉

  3. I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary(a few a year maybe, I’m more of a dragons and magic kinda girl!) but the more I get to read of yours, the more I want to read it! I love your writing. And so exciting about your husband coming home!! Also excited to have won, hooray!

  4. Enjoy your reunion!!!

    And, as always, LOVED your snippet 🙂

  5. Great job! Enjoy your week! 🙂

  6. The voice in your excerpt sucked me right in! Happy Birthday to your little girl! She’s gorgeous :). Hope you have a great week!

  7. Happy 7th Birthday to your daughter! Her haircut is adorable. And enjoy your time with your husband, I can imagine how excited you are that he’s home from leave!

  8. Courtney Leigh

    Oooh, I’ve been wanting to read UNBROKEN as well! Glad to hear another positive rec. It sounds like you’ve got a very exciting week coming up, and I think it’s perfect not to set concrete goals. Live in the moment!

    I really love that last line of your excerpt. Made me laugh out loud! Have fun this week!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Courtney! And yes, I highly recommend UNBROKEN. It’s not the sort of book I normally read, but I really loved it. Have a great week, lady!

  9. Sounds like you’re making great progress on your WIP! Best of luck with your goals this week!

    (And on a random note: I can’t believe your girlie is seven already! I feel like I’ve been watching her grow up via your blog/instagram, and time is going too fast!!)

    • Thanks, Erin! And yes… So bittersweet to watch my girl grow up. I started blogging with she was three-ish. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by! You will see soon. 🙂

  10. Congratulations on your husband’s homecoming! And good luck with finishing your WIP. I’ve been working on mine for almost two years, and only now am finally starting to see the eventual finish line.

  11. Yay for Arizona! It’s my home state, and I can’t wait to move back there in March! Wahoo! And yay for birthdays and husband’s coming home. Enjoy your family time this week. =)

    • We love Arizona. We’ve been stationed there twice, and my parents live in Phoenix. Such a beautiful state! Hope you have a fantastic week, Karyne!

  12. Have a great writing break. Have fun in Orlando. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Three cheers for your husband coming home! I think that’s a pretty good reason to go easy on yourself this week. And, as always, I love your excerpt. I think the stories that challenge their writers are the most rewarding to read.

  14. You did great on your goal this week, which is all the more amazing seeing as you had a birthday to celebrate and preparations for your hubby coming home! I love what you said about your story challenging you and how that’s making you a better writer. That’s not weird at all! I feel the exact same way, and I actually look forward to those challenges. It keeps the writing experience fresh, you know? Have a very happy reunion with your husband and enjoy a lovely goal free week! 🙂

  15. Congrats on reaching your goal this week! You’re almost done!

    Enjoy this week with your family. After all that time away from your husband, you deserve it!

  16. You definitely should enjoy your time with your husband! That is the most important thing right now, I would think.