Ready.Set.Write. Week 6

July 13th 2015

What up, Week 6! Summer is killing me, in that, it’s summer — I have no work ethic. None.

RSW1How I did on last week’s goals

I did work on my manuscript, just not enough to make a dent. I’m editing the first act, so I’m not adding to my word count, which makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels. But, I did write an essay and sell it to a paying market. So, there’s that. I actually made some money. Woot!

My goal(s) for this week

I was so hoping to get this book to my beta readers. So, that’s my goal.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Autumn dangled her legs over the edge of the pier and swung them to and fro like a small child. She squinted into the bright rays of the setting sun. Liam sat beside her, his legs bent and his hands splayed behind him. At first they were both quiet, just watching the fishing boats coming in from the afternoon catch. Liam felt like a young boy when Pops would take him out on the boat. Except instead of being mesmerized by dolphins, he kept staring at Autumn’s legs.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

My baby girl has been going to bed at 9:30 every night, making it near impossible to write. We have the same bedtime. WTF. Teething.

Something I love about my WIP

I love the character arcs. My characters show real emotional growth. I’m proud of them.

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 5

July 6th 2015

Helloooooo Week 5. Five weeks and I’ve barely made a dent in my goals. Well, that’s all about to change because I am now working with a deadline. Sure, I’m an indie author and my deadlines are self-imposed, but I did hire an editor for August and I did tell my betas to expect my manuscript by the 15th, so….I must meet the deadline. RSW1

How I did on last week’s goals

Shitty. Let’s just leave it at that. But I did start working out. That wasn’t on the goal list, but I joined a gym and I’ve gone 5 times. That’s huge for me.

My goal(s) for this week

Hustle! I wrote down in my planner that I am to write 2k words a day. I just need to finish the manuscript and I have no idea how many words that will entail. Just get-r-done.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Lulu approached Liam and gingerly lifted a dark curl away from the cut. She was heavy-set and wearing a turquoise blouse and matching head wrap. She and Timothy shared the same dark eyes and wide nose, but Timothy’s chin was more pointed. Lulu’s round face was maternal and soft, although she was no nonsense as rummaged through the medical supplies. Liam wondered if this was what it was like to be cared for by a mother.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Concentration and drumming up energy to write at night when my kids are asleep.

Something I love about my WIP

I can’t remember if I mentioned this but I really love my secondary characters, Timothy, in particular. He’s got sass and wisdom and a wicked fashion sense.

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 4

June 29th 2015

This is a late posting. I was out all day, hanging with my bestie, and eating at Friendly’s. It’s godawful, but we love it.

Now, to Ready.Set.Write. Week 4!!

RSW1How I did on last week’s goals

Meh. Not the 5K I wanted to write, but not horribly either. I think I’ve finally gotten the flow of the story. I’m up to 55K words. Also, I worked out. Twice. I joined a gym. That wasn’t on my goal list, but I took a two-hour, high-intensity class and survived. Win!

My goal(s) for this week

Write. Write. Write. Let’s hit 60K words!

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Summation: moving forward

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Motherhood. Kids. Balance. Quiet. It will always be this.

Something I love about my WIP

I love the romance. Romance is hard for me to write, but this one is doing the job for me.

 

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Ready.Set.Write. Week 3

June 22nd 2015

[This writing intensive– hosted by Jaime Morrow, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij is a fun way to give my writing the kick in the ass it needs. RSW gives writers an opportunity to set goals and cheer on other writers.]RSW1

Man, life is getting the better of me. My kids were off from school last week and I didn’t get much work done. This week, the boys are at camp, so I think I’ll be more productive.

How I did on last week’s goals

Horribly. I’m struggling with structure so I only wrote 1200 words.

My goal(s) for this week

Write. Write. Write. I need to add to my word count. I want to get on the right path and make decent headway. 5k words minimum.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Liam looked up through his dark lashes. “She just doesn’t seem to like me is all.”
Autumn stopped dabbing at the wound. “She’s angry. She didn’t used to be, but that was before the divorce. Sometimes, I think she doesn’t like me either.”
Autumn stood there, her hand pressed against Liam’s forehead. They were both silent for a minute, just looking at each other. They didn’t even hear Evelyn’s footsteps as she entered the courtyard.
“Liam, did you take care of it?” her mother asked, before halting abruptly.
“Yes, Mrs. Abernathy. Right after I got clocked by a ghost.” Liam looked at Autumn and she smiled. Liam considered that the only good thing to happen that afternoon.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Balancing writing with the kids. It’s always this.

Something I love about my WIP

I love my cast of characters. They feel incredibly real to me.

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The World According to Marty — A Father’s Day Post

June 19th 2015

I wanted to write this post last Father’s Day, but I never got around to it. Busy with a newborn or some such. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to celebrate my dad on Father’s Day by writing a blog post about my father’s, ummm, Marty-isms — my dad’s own unique brand of ideals that he’s instilled in me over the past 36 years. (My father, Marty Garnick, is a native New Yorker who loves to cycle. Check out his blog, Marty – The Jersey Pedaler, here.) He won’t be with us on Father’s Day because he’s going to Ohio to bike ride.

A lot of these bits of wisdom seem negative, but they’ve all taught me something over the years. Also, most of these have to do with money. Anyway, these are in no special order.

1. “Never buy a used car. Never lease a car.” I never asked for the reasoning of this, but I’m going to assume it has to do with wasting money or getting snowed by dealers on extra mileage charges.

2. “Don’t f#%k with my family. Don’t f#%k with my money. Don’t f#%k with me when I’m on my bike.”

3. “Don’t ever pay for the extended warranty on anything.”

4. “Don’t buy a snowcone from the Good Humor man. Buy real ice cream.” This killed me as kid. Snowcones were contraband and I wanted one. When I was finally old enough to purchase the flavored ice, I realized they were crap and a waste of money. Dad was right.

5. “Don’t take Route 9.” There’s always traffic.

6. At a restaurant: “Double check the bill.”

7. “Research everything before you buy.”

8. “Skip the Amazon reviews and check it out on YouTube.” Learned this lesson after I bought a lousy vacuum cleaner with decent Amazon reviews.

9. “If asked to pay a deposit, only pay the deposit. Don’t pay in full. You never know if a place is going to go out of business and lose all your money.”

10. When driving, “Never trust someone’s blinker.”

Thanks, Marty.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

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