An Unstill Life

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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?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Celebrate the small things 22-8-14

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 (yes, you can clap and cheer here).  I'm just over halfway through the book now, and while I don't feel like I've made any really big changes to it, I think the prose is smoother and I've clarified a few things.  The bigger changes come from here on out, so I'm hoping I can work them in smoothly.  I'm aiming to be finished by September 15th, so keep me focused guys!

It's my best friend's 40th next week so I'm going up to Auckland for the weekend to celebrate with her.  I'm pretty excited because I don't get to see her very often.

There's a children's book festival happening here on Sunday, and I volunteered to work at it.  I'm hoping it will be a good chance to promote by book a little bit, even though the festival is more for little kids than teens.  I'm not sure what I'm going to be asked to do, exactly, but I know I'm going to be doing some reading aloud.  Hope I don't get stage fright!

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reading and writing

As I work on my revisions, I'm finding it really hard to figure out what to read when I'm not writing.  The book I'm working on is a romance, but it's not a typical romance.  I've tried reading romance novels to get myself in the mood, but they're all too happy-ever-after to capture the emotional tone I'm going for.

So then I went back to the serious, issue driven books I usually read, yet they don't get me to the right headspace either.  And I'm struggling a little to figure out where I need to make changes, and where I don't, so being in the right frame of mind is important.

Maybe I need to go and find a nice juicy horror...  Something so far away from my own work it won't bleed into it.

When you're writing, how do you choose what to read?  Do you go for something similar to your own work?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly goals 18-8-14

My goal for this week is to get through revising another 10 chapters of my book.  More if I can.  I've already been through this section once, so I figure any changes I make now are going to be stylistic and wording changes, not big plot ones.  So it's entirely possible I can do more than 10.  But if I keep my goals low and realistic, I won't be too disappointed if life gets in my way again and I don't achieve everything I want to.

I feel like the pacing in this book may be off.  I spend about 4 chapters on one night because that one night is very significant and sets up everything that comes afterward.  Yet from that one night, the pace speeds up and the entire book takes place over a year.  Is this normal?  I can't even tell anymore.

What are your goals for the week?  Are you keeping them manageable or shooting for the stars?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things 15-8-14

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 got some writing done.  I'm pretty happy with the first two chapters of my revisions, and my CPs agree that they're good.  So now I can move on to the parts of the book that need the most changes.  I hope to see some significant progress by the end of the week.  I have 4 nights in a row free this week, and nothing is going to get between me and my laptop.  At least, that's the plan.

I had two nice lunches with friends/colleagues this week.  Oddly, both at the same restaurant!  Luckily I love the food there...  Is there anything better than  grilled haloumi?

What are you celebrating this week?