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Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Goals 22-9-14

I'm still recovering from my major revisions, so I'm taking a little writing break to recover and catch up on some of the sleeping I didn't do while I was finishing off my book.  So this week's goals are pretty small.

I'm trying to decide which of my 4 ideas would be the best one to use for my NaNo project.  I like all of them, but none of them are stories that I'm burning to tell.  Usually when I want to start a new project, one idea burns much brighter than the others and feels like it's desperate to be told.  None of the stories I have churning through my mind right now feel like that.  So I'm hoping something will jump out at me in the next few weeks so I have a way of choosing what to write next.

What are your goals for this week?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things 19-9-14

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

I missed last week's celebrate post, I realize....  So caught up in revising my book to meet my deadline, I guess.

But I did it!  At 9:58 on Monday night, I sent my MS to my agent.  So now I'm sitting here nervously, gnawing my nails as I wait to hear back on whether I managed to do what I was asked to do.

I'm on a break for a week or so now.  That revision really knocked me on my ass, so I need a few days off from writing to recover and regroup.  So I'm celebrating having time to watch TV, read books and go out with friends.  Sometimes it's nice to be free from the writing routine for a while.  I know by the middle of next week though, I'll be itching to do something again....

What are you celebrating this week?

Monday, September 15, 2014


Please excuse my absence from the blog over the last week.  I've been in the depths of revision hell as I tried to get my book ready to send to my agent.  You'll be pleased to know I made it.  I just sent the revised MS off.

It's been hard work and I've added a good 8K to the already too-long word count, but I think all the elements are there, even if I'm not 100% sure everything works as seamlessly as I'd like.  I figure there will be another round of editing before this one goes out, but I'm prepared for that.

Now, I'm so exhausted, I'm going to fall into bed.  I've had about 8 hours sleep since last Wednesday because even when I went to bed, I couldn't sleep for obsessing about words and phrases.  Give me a couple of days to recover, and I'll be up and at 'em again.

How do you feel when you've finished a huge round of edits?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things 5-9-14

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

I've had a very productive writing week.  I'm almost to the end of my revisions and the extra chapter I've had to add has been amazingly easy to write.  After revising for so long, just tweaking words, adding a few here and there, cutting swathes, I was concerned I might not remember how to write new stuff.  But I did.  And it was easy and fun.  The words just kind of fell out onto the page.  I love writing days like that.

I'm also celebrating my amazing CPs.  They have been working so hard to keep up with this revision.  I owe them all a huge debt.  That they are finding barely anything to comment on in the chapters is also a great confidence booster.

I had a great weekend away last weekend.  It was fantastic to spend time with my bestie.  It's something I need to do more often.

Work has been okay too.  I had a new chef start this week and he's great, and I have a potential head chef coming in Monday to see if he wants the job.  I have my fingers firmly crossed because my workload will drop considerably if I can get the kitchen under control and managing itself.  And that will mean more writing time for me because I won't have to work 50+ hours a week.

What are you celebrating this week?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly goals 1-9-14

It's all about writing this week.  I have 13 days until my deadline, so I need to get stuck into my work.  It's definitely do-able, but I will need to work hard.  I just finished rewriting chapters 32 and 33, and there are currently 44 in the book, so I only have another 11 to go.  But I know there is at least one place where I may need to add a chapter, possibly 2.

So life, and my job, are just going to have to try and settle down this week.  Finishing this revision is my top priority. I know it won't be the end of the revising.  I just hope I'm actually on the right track and my agent will be happy with the changes I'm making.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things 29-8-14

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

I've made some real progress on my revisions.  I feel like I'm almost on track to finish by my deadline.  Assuming I actually get all the writing time I plan to have.  Fingers crossed I don't have to pick up any extra shifts at work the next two weeks.

I saw the amazing Kristin Hersh play last night.  What a fantastic show!  I just love her.

I'm going away for the weekend.  It's my bestie's 40th and I'm so looking forward to spending some time with her. It's been far too long!

What are you celebrating this week?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly goals 25-8-14

I don't have a lot of free time this week, so I'm going to have to do my best to be productive in what I have.  I have 15 more chapters to revise, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to need to add at least one more in there somewhere - possibly two.

So my goal for this week is to revise up to the point where I need to add new words.  I'm not going to have time to write them, so I'll stop there.  I'm going away for the weekend, so I'll leave the new writing until next week when I will have a more solid block of writing time.

And I plan to have an amazing weekend away with my bestie who I rarely see.

What are your goals this week?