Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Weds ROW80 Check-in: Perseverance furthers!

Wish I had happy news . . . I'm still struggling with that nasty cold, and we're slowly preparing for the 'big trip' of being away from home over a month. Mending plus packing! Biggest achievement so far: figuring out how to avoid roaming charges with the iPhone. Other work done so far this week:

WRITING = Weekly goal to add 1K new words by next Sunday. So far by Weds: Actually + 535 on Tapestry, plus two hours of revision. Nothing on the memoir.
BLOG = Weekly goal = post x3. By Weds: Posted to ROW80 x2 and have working draft for writing blog with another idea for travel blog -- "How Wearing Glasses Can Save You From Being Burned at the Stake" (forthcoming, but not posted yet).
READ BLOGS x5?  By Weds: Actually read x3.
CRIT Novels_L. x2 for the month. Personal goal x4. By Weds: posted x2 and that means completed 3 so far for the month.

Best writing moments: 1) Being a part of The Internet Writing Workshop, Novels_L group. Got 2 critiques in today for chapter 5 of Tapestry, and somehow it just helps when another writer you trust gives you thoughtful insights and editing feedback that will lead to a stronger story. 2) Realizing that I like my main character MUCH better from first person pov. And 3), Well, all that and a box of Kleenix.



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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ROW80: Weds check-in: Here and Not Here

Trip planning is kind of our top priority. At times, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed (what to take, what to leave behind, what to finish before we leave). Intellectually, I know whatever preparations we are able to make will be fine. I will forget something (just not the netbook, or the passport, or my Kindle). Good health has nearly returned, though I'm not quite ready to hop up and down in a cold pool for water aerobics when it's snowing outside!

WRITING = Weekly goal to add 1K new words by Sunday. So far by Weds: Actually +384 on Tapestry, plus an hour of revision and +434 to memoir.
BLOG = Weekly goal = post x3. By Weds: Posted to ROW80 x2 and have working draft for writing blog with another idea for travel blog -- "How Wearing Glasses Can Save You From Being Burned at the Stake" (forthcoming).
READ BLOGS x5? Surprise! By Weds: Actually read x6 and am happily working with writing partner..
CRIT Novels_L. x2 for the month. Personal goal x4. By Weds: posted x1.

Only 21 days before we leave for six weeks on the road. I have studied Spanish x2 since Sunday and have set two goals aside until March (typing Allen's St. Remy and any serious quilting). 

Best writing moments: Finished revising Section 02 of Tapestry to first person and developed a working timeline of events and weather for Edinburgh. One example, I planned to have Neil take Sandra walking around Edinburgh, especially to Calton Hill. But until I did that research, I didn't know that Beltane , a pagan fire festival, happens atop Calton Hill at the end of April. Yes, I already have a good map of my story, though thanks to recommendations from several ROW80 writers, I'll be taking Susan Bischoff's blueprint with me to doublecheck the whole story.
Winter view of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
ROW80: May you have a great week. Click to visit ROW80 HERE on our blog or over on Facebook to catch up on what others are doing. Stay healthy!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

ROW80 Sunday Check-in: Ooofta!

Since last Tuesday, I've been sick. Usually I bounce back in a day or two. Not this time. Yuck. I slept in until 8:30 am this morning. DH checked on me to make sure I was still breathing. Thank heavens for Sudafed and Robitussin DH; otherwise, I would not be functional at all. Naps seem to interrupt the day despite my best intentions. As my mother used to say, "Oofta!"

ANY PROGRESS SINCE LAST WEEK?

WRITING  = goal to add 1K new words.  Actually added 980 words to 7th tapestry and 400 to the memoir.
BLOG = Post x3. Yes, posted to ROW80 x2 and to my writing blog x1.
READ BLOGS x5? Surprise! Actually read x8. And connected with my ROW80 writing partner.
CRIT Novels_L. No progress.
Type Allen's St. Remy. No progress.
OTHER: Full stop on exercise, quilting, and studying Spanish this week. And that's OK. My Spanish books are too easy, so tomorrow I go to the library to check out a few bilingual stories (the kind that have Spanish on one side and English on the other).

WHAT'S NEW? On January 28, we leave for Seville, Spain, for 6 weeks, healthy or not. I hope they let us on the plane. So, these next few weeks will see me focused on getting ready for the trip -- and planning how to bring my writing. I typically travel with a netbook (light, invisible, limited memory) and a journal. Meanwhile, I'll try to get healthy and stick to the above weekly goals.



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

ROW80: Point of View AND FIRST CHECK-IN

Trying to find a quick way to summarize work completed so far this week.

WRITING GOAL = 1k. Sun +230. Mon @200. Tues sick day. Total so far 430.
Memoir = 1K. No progress.
BLOG = Post x3. ROW80x2 yes. Insecure Writer's Study Groupx1 yes.
READ BLOGS x5. No progress.
CRIT Novels_L. No progress.
Type Allen's St. Remy. No progress.
Exercise x4. No progress.
Quilt x4. x2 so far.
Study Spanish. x3 so far.

WRITING CHALLENGE THIS WEEK:  Decided to switch my story from third person to first person for more immediacy. Which version is more appealing?

Sandra (and the tapestry) have been kidnapped. She wakes up in a storage room in a large warehouse in East Edinburgh. Opening scene:

THIRD PERSON:

     Sandra opened her eyes slowly to total darkness. She blinked but could see nothing. Where am I? Who were those men? The back of her head throbbed, and something tickled her hand. A spider. She jerked her hand to brush it off, but both hands moved. They had been tied together in front of her.

     She squinted in the dark and tried to sit up. She bumped against something. The tapestry? It had been rolled-up and propped against a wall. She shivered, tried to stand, and then paced off the dimensions of the room. Twenty steps by twenty steps and bloody cold. Where am I? Sandra used her hands to feel for a door. She found an immense door; its iron handle wouldn’t move. No surprise there. It’s cold, dark, I can’t see, and I’m hungry. She settled on the floor and leaned against the tapestry. Well, somebody has to come some time.

FIRST PERSON:

     I opened my eyes, but I couldn’t see anything. I moved my head slowly. Side to side. Pain sliced across the back of my head. I opened my eyes wider. Nothing but blackness. I sniffed the air. Musty, damp. Something skittered over my hand. I jerked to brush it off, but both of my hands moved. Someone had tied my hands together. I should be grateful they tied them in front. I brought my hands close to my face, but I couldn’t see anything. I brushed my face over the knots. Could I chew the rope off? I squinted, but I still couldn’t see. I tried to feel the back of my head. Just the edge of a bump. I shivered. I am not going to panic.

     The concrete flooring was cold. I pushed myself against the wall and tried to stand up and stumbled over something that had been rolled up and propped against the wall. The tapestry? My feet hadn’t been bound, so I stood up and paced the length and width of the room. Twenty steps by twenty steps and bloody cold. I giggled, the sound a surprise in the dark. I felt along the wall for a door. Nothing until I found an immense iron handle. Would it open? I couldn’t move it. Locked. It’s cold. I can’t see, and I’m hungry. What else could go wrong? I felt along the wall until I found the tapestry again and slid down to lean against it. After a long time, I closed my eyes. What happened to Neil?

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

ROW80: Say Farewell to 2018!

A light snow fell last night, giving this morning a feeling of impermanence and impending change. Probably quite appropriate in these last days of 2018, but I begin with a sense of joy and enthusiasm because . . . I'm not sick anymore!

GOALS have already been readjusted. Unwieldy goals have been dropped and a new goal added. Here are my goals for 2019, as measurable as I can make them, with progress from last week.
  1. Finish drafting The Seventh Tapestry by July, 2019. Min 1K week. PROGRESS: +984 words. 😇
  2. Family history, convert papers and photos to story form (1K week). No progress. 😞
  3. NEW GOAL: Study Spanish daily. This week x4. 😇
  4. NEW GOAL: Recruit ACX voice actor for Years of Stone, Rivers of Stone (Mar 2019).
  5. Participate in online writing communities: ROW80: Post weekly on Sunday 😇. Minimum read x4/week. x2 😞 NOVELS_L: Sub 1x/month. 😇 Minimum 1 crit/week. This week: x1 😇
  6. BLOG x4 monthly. 😇 Send newsletter quarterly, starting in JANUARY. 
  7. Set goals for marketing. Not yet . . . 😞
  8. Type Allen’s St. Remy. 1 chapter/week. More measurable 3-5 pages week. This week? One page. 😞
  9. Quilting: Complete x1 comfort quilt/month. This month: x3 😇
For the first time in nearly two months, I have both energy and focus! What an amazing feeling. So cheers to the start of a new year. My goals are set, my office is organized. Anything pending? Yes! 

I'm about 40K into The Seventh Tapestry and just decided the story would be better told from first person. I've begun rewriting scenes and am feeling closer to the protag, but plan to read more about point of view as I move ahead. Have you ever waffled about point of view? Changed it mid-story? 

Car Is Enjoying the Snow (MemeGuy)

And that's it for this week. I hope to see you online, busy with writing projects, and happily ready for the start of a new year. May 2019 be very good to you.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

ROW80 Sunday check-in on a snowy morning

Sunday is that time of week we ROW80 writers check in and report on our progress for the week. I'd like to say this has been an outstanding week, but, in reality, bumps and lumps have come my way. But I will persevere. This week's report on progress (organized by goal). Progress pretty good. No progress. 
  • Finish drafting The Seventh Tapestry by July, 2019. Work on characters. Structure for series and draft scaffolding for prequel, Books 2 and 3. (Minimum 1K week). UPDATE: Worked on revision and wrote 737 words.
  • Work on family history, converting papers and photos to story form (1K week). UPDATE: No progress.
  • Revise Mothers Don’t Die (34 chapters, 62,500 words). (1 chapter/week). UPDATE: This goal deleted as just too much to do.
  • Study Spanish for February trip (3 hours/week). No progress.
  • Participate in writing associations: Meet with writing buddy weekly. Join Sisters in Crime (January). PNWA. Historical Novel Society. Maybe attend Las Vegas writing conference, November, 2019 (20 Books to 50K). No progress.
  • Participate in online writing communities: NOVELS_L (Minimum 1 crit/week). Track weekly progress for ROW80 (check-in 1x/week). UPDATE: Critiqued two submissions. Read 1 post.
  • BLOG x4 monthly. Send newsletter quarterly, starting January. UPDATE: Blogged 3x this month, so far.
  • Type Allen’s St. Remy (1 chapter/week). No progress this week.
  • Complete 1 comfort quilt/month. Binding done on 2 quilts. 3rd quilt 85% done. Oops! Almost forgot. Exercised 3x this week, for the first time since that nasty cold.
Do I have excuses? Yep. Will next week be better? I certainly hope so! Meanwhile, it's the time for family gatherings, celebrations, and that awareness as one year ends, another begins. May you cherish each day!



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Thursday, December 20, 2018

ROW80: 2019, Here I come!

On November 2, we moved into our new apartment. First floor. Similar layout. Maybe a little more storage. I'm still getting used to 'where things are.' As we slide into the end of the year, though, I'm ready to hop back on goal settings and reporting progress -- at least once each week for the Round that begins January, 2019. I've tried harder to make the goals achievable and measurable.

My Goals for 2019:
  • Finish drafting  The Seventh Tapestry by July, 2019. Work on characters. Structure for series and draft scaffolding for prequel, Books 2 and 3. (Minimum 1K week).
  • Work on family history, converting papers and photos to story form (1K week).
  • Revise Mothers Don’t Die (34 chapters, 62,500 words). (1 chapter/week). 
  • Study Spanish for February trip (3 hours/week).
  • Participate in writing associations:  Meet with writing buddy weekly. Join Sisters in Crime (January). PNWA. Historical Novel Society. Maybe attend Las Vegas writing conference, November, 2019 (20 Books to 50K).
  • Participate in online writing communities: NOVELS_L (Minimum 1 crit/week). Track weekly progress for ROW80 (check-in 1x/week). 
  • BLOG x4 monthly. Send newsletter quarterly, starting January. 
  • Type Allen’s St. Remy (1 chapter/week).
  • Complete 1 comfort quilt/month.
So, 2018 is nearly behind us. Thank you, all you writing friends and readers who encourage, write, revise, tell jokes, hug, and make each day possible. May we all have the very best of all possible worlds ahead in 2019.