It’s not like we have enough to do, right? Right. So we’ve decided to join the Ready. Set. Write! crew this summer and set some realistic goals for ourselves. If you wanna play along click on the link above to venture to Katie Upperman’s blog (one of the hosts along with Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow, Erin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij) and find all the deets about the summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting, accountability, and camaraderie.
We are entering our first week of classes, you guys! Summer is almost officially ov-ah for us. Alas, we will enjoy our last 1/2 week before the hustle & bustle of doc classes & teaching commences. Also, I guess you’d like to know how we did last week, huh? Here it goes…
Pam’s Check In:
- Write 2000 words for my YA WIP –>DONE, because I’m awesome. And I kept myself on a strict schedule to write at least 500 words for 4 days this week. Discipline for the win!
- Do at least 2 fun and/or relaxing things–>Quita and I went to a wine tasting, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, and took my mom out for a birthday lunch. Wine for the win (oh, and birthdays)!
At Williamsburg Winery
Wine Tasting Menu (Williamsburg Winery)
Pam & the Tallest Man in the World at Ripley’s
Pam & the Woman with the Long Neck (at Ripley’s)
Read another book.–> I’m a few pages away from the end of Pointe by Brandy Colbert, and I’m reluctant to finish because it’s SOOOOO good. Nevertheless, I should be done by the time this update posts on the blog.
Quita’s Check In:
- Write another 2k of historical YA WIP–> Check! It’s hard to just sit and write this, though. I keep wanting to research and make sure I’m using the right “slang” and not making references to items or clothing that wouldn’t have been available during the time period. Historicals are not easy, you guys.
- Do something for myself–> Pam and I were able to go to a wine tasting and the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum (see pics). It was pretty awesome, especially seeing a vampire killing kit 🙂 Oh, and scoring some amazing new wines to add to our fave collection.
Ripley’s (Lizard Man & Us)
Quita & the Woman with the Long Neck (Ripley’s)
Vampire Killing Kit (Ripley’s)
Quita & the Tallest Man in the World at Ripley’s
- Read more of Learning Not to Drown–> This book gets better the further I get into it. I’m a few pages away from finishing and I can’t wait to find out how it ends. I recommend it to fans of contemp YA!
Our Goals for the Week
1. Write 5000 more words for my YA WIP. I originally wanted to write 15K of my WIP over the summer, but I invested a lot of time on making my revisions nice and purdy for Awesome Agent–and also traveling for school and fun. I would be HIGHLY satisfied with 5000 this week.
2. Read one more book this week. I’ll fall short of my 5 books for the summer goal, but I think I can squeeze in at least one more before the fall semester comes and knocks me over the head.
3. Do yoga at least once. This summer has been all about cardio and strength training. I think my body could use a good stretch.
1.I would love to reach my end of summer goal of 10k on the historical YA WIP, thus that would require another 5k this week…GAH!
2. Do more strength training. I’m so weak. Everytime I try and hold myself up, I tumble. I need muscles. Think I can get those by the end of the summer?
3. Read another book by the end of next week. Pam keeps raving about Pointe so I think I’m reading that next 🙂
One Word/Phrase that Encompasses What We Wrote/Revised:
Intrigued. Wait, did I use that before? Either way, my new characters are puzzling and frustrating…and I can’t wait to write more about them.
Daunting. Like I said earlier, I keep wanting to just write, but then I second guess myself–wondering, am I using the right word, here? Am I making these characters sound too modern? Then, I have to just woo-sah and remind myself it’s a first draft.
Biggest Challenge We Faced This Week:
Real world stuff! With the fall semester of my dissertation year approaching, I had to put on my Responsible Student Hat and start planning ahead. I had to add writing time to my To Do list each day…but interestingly enough, I got it done!
Scheduling. Kind of similar to Pam’s, I’m about to start doc classes again and I’m a member of every committee ever created at the school, so we’re having meetings and creating events AND I’m teaching…it’s just been a hassle to juggle it all with writing. Alas, things have gotten done. So, that’s good!
Something We Love About our WIPs/Novels We’re Revising:
The mystery of it all. My WIP is almost a “whodunnit” tale, and I’m not sure who the culprit is myself. I’m eager to find out, though. 🙂
The time period. My novel’s set in the late 60’s. Gearing up to create the music playlist for this WIP just makes me excited 🙂
That’s all for us this week, you guys. How did y’all do??