Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 {Week 2}

It's officially summer, yay! Time for update numero dos.

1. How I did on last week's goals:

Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up. 
Um, nope. Elodie tried to get me up, she really did. But... I sucked.

Continue researching for--and add 3-5k to--RS. 
FAIL WHALE. I wrote a whopping 398 words the entire week. #wompwomp

Marketing setup for Truth & Temptation.
Okay, well, this was actually a win. (Phew.) My newsletter will go out today, giving subscribers a sneak peek of the cover--and my official cover reveal is tomorrow. I've got a pre-order giveaway set up, and I've arranged for release week advertisements (a few anyway, more needed).

Finish betaing for Elodie!
Done and done! And SO good. No surprise there, though.

Take my daughter someplace fun!
Kind of cheating again, but she got to spend Friday and much of Saturday with her (three-days-older) cousin--and my sister/BIL. They took her to the pool, so you know she had a blast! Hubs was out of town most of the week, and I left Friday for a bachelorette weekend, so it's awesome having family close by to help out.

2. My goals for this week:
Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up.
Continue researching for--and add 1k to--RS.
Revise Truth & Temptation and send it to my second round of betas! (omg I'm running out of time!)
Take my daughter someplace fun!

3. A favorite line from my story: Um, sorry for all the f-bombs. (Well, not really...)

"This. This is why I ended it with Noah," she said, her green eyes bright, hot. "This is what I want. Not you, don't worry, pretty Vaughn," she amended, a slip of a smile twisting across her lips. "But, God. Find me a man who takes what he wants the way you do and I'll be a happy fucking woman." She paused, then laughed. "Pun unintended—but true."

"Noah?" Jealousy was a disgusting quality, one Vaughn had never possessed until that very moment. The though of another man doing the things to Lulu that his body was begging him to do? "I kiss you and your first thought is of your fucking ex?"

4. Biggest challenge I faced this week:
Yeah. Hubs was gone all week, which meant parenting responsibilities added up. Plus I had to pack for my trip. And then I spent the weekend looking at some pretty things.

Like this:

And, especially, this:

So time was a factor. So was my inability to get up early. And all the work I had to do for T&T. This week I've got way smaller goals for the WIP, because I have so much revising to do for T&T first...

5. Something I love about my WIP
That I still love it this week, too. And my long driving time up to Jersey and back gave me lots of space to think about things to add--and for future books in the series :)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. ~RSW hosts,
 Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, & Elodie Nowodazki


Elodie said...

Thank you again SO MUCH FOR READING and giving me AMAZING FEEDBACK. I am crossing my fingers I'm doing them justice! :)
And you can do it! I will be cheering you on and may come back to your blog to look at that picture a few times for motivation too. Hot, hot, hot! And I still think you should write a book where one of those guys is the hero.
Just saying :) And then we could all go to AC for research purposes for our next writing retreat LOL

Emma Adams said...

I'm terrible at getting up in the morning, too, especially at that hour! Hopefully this week will be less hectic. Best of luck with your goals! :)

Alison Miller said...

Love, love, LOVE the snippet you shared! Also, 398 words are way better than none. Give yourself a break. And some credit. You had A LOT going on!

Also, 5:30 AM? You and Elodie are rock stars. I can't do that early anymore.

So glad you had a fun weekend! Good luck this week! Hopefully we can write together again one of these days!

Crystal said...

I do not fault you for not getting up at 5:30. That is INSANE! I like sleep too much for all that.

You still got words down, which is a win in my book! Good luck this week! :)

Hm Shander said...

I really admire the getting up at 5:30am... it's nuts to me, but I admire it. :) Looking forward to seeing the cover and being part of the pre-sales...

Jaime Morrow said...

You had a lot going on this week, so I wouldn't feel bad. (If you're tempted to feel bad, just look at those abs and...poof! Problem solved.) And 398 words is good! I'm with everyone else on the 5:30 thing. Eek. So couldn't do it. Good luck this week, and feel free to ping me when you're working! :D

Pax Asteriae said...

398 words knocks the spots off no words at all. ;) And completing your marketing knocks spots off everything, since marketing is a pain in the backside. :p And that excerpt is great, I love it!

I still am amazed and awestruck you even try to be up at 5:30! I can't think of anything worse (I used to start work at 6am and felt like a zombie). :p Good luck with it this week too, and with everything else: I'm sure you'll do it!

Mandie Baxter said...

Hey, we both about marched our goals this week, in failing. But we'll get there!
Looks like you had an awesome weekend! Loved seeing all the pics. And can't wait for your next book!!

Stephsco said...

I can't do the early mornings either; I'd rather stay up late working than get up. But if I was a morning person I would so take advantage of that. :)

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

Early mornings just... well, if you're anything like me, it's easier to stay up late than to get up early. Maybe your natural writing time is after the peanut goes to bed, rather than before she wakes up?

Beyond that... just think of the progress you did make. It ALL moves you forward.