Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weds check-in: Home again . . .

Got home from Philadelphia and Virginia after midnight on Monday, took another day to adjust to that three-hour time lapse, and now back to work.

Wish I could say the last 10 days have been very productive, but with limited internet access and a family reunion, visits to Longwood Gardens and the University of Pennsylvania Archaeology Museum, and 'the' wedding, I felt lucky to do any editing at all. 

So this check-in will be very short.

--Finished another round of edits on Years of Stone. Currently thinking about character arcs. Have I got enough emotional intensity that connects my characters? That reveals their conflicts and turmoil? Personally, I tend to be laid back a little or reserved and avoid conflict -- unless I'm directly attacked. So maybe another read through just for this issue.
--Wrote 4 reviews for ABNA quarter finalists.

FOR THE COMING WEEK: --Work on book supplements for Years of Stone (afterword, list of characters, map, glossary). Draft blurb for cover.
--Post on writing blog 2x, travel blog 1x, ROW80 2x and read minimum 5. 

--Write Reflection piece for A to Z challenge.
--Read and review 5 ABNA quarter finalists this week.
--Read at least one of two pending beta reads. 
Currently reading My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner.
--Master MailChimp.
--Hold my breath until May 23 for the Publishers' Weekly review of Years of Stone.

So we're home, spring is truly here. I'll look for lilacs and dream of these wisteria. May your writing go well.

Wisteria, Longwood Gardens (Camp, May 2014)
Writing question of the day: How do you know when your draft is really complete?

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  1. Excellent question. I don't have an answer. I hope someone does! Because I just keep rewriting.

    1. Nice to talk with you via e-mail, Chris, and to know we simply persevere!

  2. Ooh! That Wisteria.... Stunning. Of course, the lilacs are in full bloom here. I perfumed the house last night with them. A heavenly moment. Hopefully your dreams are heavenly too, Beth.

    It sounds to me as if you got a lot done this past week, editing aside (and you even managed time for that as well). Life happens, but you're staying on course and building a reserve of memories and images to draw on later for more stories. All good things...

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Eden. We're still settling in back home and slowly, slowly finding our rhythm. All good things!

  3. Hope you at least had a nice trip! I've learned to not expect much while I'm traveling, going on the assumption that even writers need vacations. :)

    Congrats on finishing the next round of edits! Will be looking forward to hearing about the Publishers Weekly review and how you went about getting that.

    Like the new Mermaid Quilt cover, btw!

    1. Thank you, Ruth, for stopping by. I'm going to write about the PW review as soon as I can . . . reassemble my thinking. Incredible journey this writing takes us on.


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