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#ROW80 Check-in 9/28/14 – Better late than never

My how time flies! I’ve been doing PT and just got back from our 4th camping trip of the year. Next week is the fifth and last. I absolutely love camping. This time, we went to Lakeport, one of the campgrounds where I spent many, many camping trips with my family. Some were even church campouts. There’s this swing set I used to swing on, near the beach. That’s my clearest memory of camping. Well, I wondered if it was still there. And this morning, hubby and I were walking around and voila…we found it! It gave me a little thrill to see that. (They may have moved the location slightly, but it’s still in the same basic spot). It was really cool…like coming home. 😀

On to writing. I did the math and since the last check-in (on Sept. 10th), I’ve written a whopping 25k. In total, since this round started, I’ve written 60k. (!!!!!) I’m at 102k and nearing the end. I have the climax to write and the tying of loose ends. I may be able to use some of the old material, as the very end is staying the same. It’s just the mechanics that are changing. There’s also one aspect of things I neglected to put in, and it’s pretty important so I’ll be making some notes before starting the revision.

I will definitely participate in Round 4 and will probably be revising mostly. The deadline’s coming close. I can’t believe there are just THREE MONTHS left in the year!

Stats! (cuz we all love them!)
Total words written: ~60k
Words remaining: 0
What’s happening: We’re about to enter the climax.
What’s next: Tying of loose ends
Eye report: Been bugging me a bit
Back report: Terrible. Took a pain pill. 😦
Chocolate consumption since last check-in: A whole lot! A few small bags of M&Ms (my favorite!), cookies &cream popsicles (2?), s’mores, WW snacks….that’s all I can think of at the moment. There’s probably more I’m forgetting.

This was a GREAT round and lots of fun! See ya in Round 4!

#ROW80 Check-in 6/1/14

Here we are again!  I missed Wednesday’s Check-in (the first time so far!) because hubby and I were out that evening and by the time I got back, I was so tired.  So I skipped.  *shifty look*   But I’m back now!

Writing’s been going very, very slowly.  I can’t really figure it out — between Soulfire and Awaken Me, I’ve got a ton of inspiration, but no motivation to write.  Part of it might be my back — I’ve been having some pretty severe pain.

This month is revision month for both Reaper Girl and Grave Touched.  Revisions for Reaper Girl are due back on the 22nd, and I’d like to make some good progress on Grave Touched before the end of the month.  We shall see.


Words written: 927 words/7,351 total
Words remaining: 27,649 words
What’s happening: The words were on both WIPs.
What’s next: Both of these will be on hold for awhile, unfortunately.
Feeling: Extremely unmotivated
Eye report: Okay.
Back report: So far, so good. *knocks on cyber-wood*
Chocolate consumption: Too much!  We had a birthday party yesterday, and there was Sander’s Chocolate Bumpy cake, Chocolate Brownie ice cream.  Today I’ve already devoured a box of Junior Mints….
Mood music: Device and Halestorm

#ROW80 Check-in 5/25/14 – Slow and steady

Happy early Memorial Day everyone!

I’ve been voice reccing but yesterday I decided to try to type again. I wrote 544 words and no twinges in the wrist. I’ll try again today sometime, but if it starts getting twinge-y again, it’s back to voice rec. I’m also dropping to 500 words a day for awhile. (Usually I just write as much as I can. In April, the goal was 1k a day and I wonder if that made things worse. But I have no regrets. It’s a great story).

Will probably continue with Soulfire. In June, I’ll be starting back up with Grave Touched. I hope to do a reread of the draft before then.

We have no real plans for the holiday. We’re having a BBQ next weekend instead — one of our family members wants his birthday party and BBQ. We figured two weeks in a row would kill us (and the calories, zomg!). So it’s business as usual tomorrow. Hubby and I are going to see Divergent. I just finished the first two books, and I’m working on the third. So far, so good. I love a good conspiracy. 😉


Words written: 544 words/6,424 words total
Words remaining: 28,576 words
What’s happening: Kyla is about to find out some very life-altering truths.
What’s next: The four sisters must convince her that everything they’re saying is true. Tough when they’re not even human.
Feeling: Not bad. Optimistic
Eye report: Great.
Chocolate consumption: Let’s see..several WW snacks, a few mini-Twix (ice cream) bars…
Mood music: In Flames

#ROW80 Check-in 4/30/14

So, the big news is that Reaper Girl is finished. As in, completed, edited, and proofread for tomorrow’s deadline. BAM!

The second piece of news is that I’m considering writing another novella of some sort for a month. It would have to be around the same length, and not morph into a novel because I’m really supposed to be going back to Grave Touched. I just feel like I need more of a break with it. I don’t think it’ll impact my ability to make my deadline, but because of that possibility, I might try to work on it one day a week or something. I did that a long time ago — I had a main project I worked on every day, and then I had another I only worked with on Sundays. It was much slower, but the words did add up, and it didn’t impact the main project at all (the irony? I’ve since scrapped the main project from that, but that Sunday project is still in progress. It turned out to be one of the strongest novels thus far…and I’ve been doing this for at least 10 years!).

Sooo I’m currently struggling with what this project should be. I have a novella that needs a rewrite, but I was going to expand it into a novel. It is my ongoing revision through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class. It’s been languishing. Too long. But my muse hasn’t really gotten enthused lately, and I don’t know why.

I do have an erotica idea I’m pondering, as per my Year of No Fear Manifesto. I want it to be tied to some type of dance, because I love dance and dancing together can be really, uh, erotic. And just to throw a wrench into the monkey, I’m considering a female/female pairing. Might as well go all the way. My muse is intrigued and has already given me a first scene. Soooo we’ll see. (This will be a completely different genre for me to try. Kinda scary and kind of exciting at the same time).

But Grave Touched does need to be restarted. I might need to reread what I have because I’ve kinda forgotten where I left off. If I write a novel straight through (which is my normal process), I can keep track of stuff in my head, only referring to my notes/outline for main plot points and stuff. So I’ve lost that thread. I would like to add at least 35k to it this round.

Decisions, decisions.


Words written so far: 22.5k – FINIS!
Words remaining: Big fat zero baby!
What’s happening: The MCs are happy and in love and everything’s just purrfect.
What’s next: No friggin clue.
Feeling: Happy, happy, happy! And a bit insane.
Eye report: Throbbing today, and it sucks.
Chocolate consumption: Today – 2 Samoas and a WW ice cream Twix bar. Yummmmm.