Monday, August 31, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Final Check In

 
It’s the last week of RSW. L
BUT it’s been a productive (and fast!) summer for me and I hope it has been for you too! Thank you so much for joining Katy, Elodie, Jaime, Erin, and I for our third summer of writing and accountability!
And to celebrate the end of another successful Ready. Set. WRITE! we are hosting
Manicures and Manuscripts!
Did you give yourself a manicure that’s a reflection of your WiP? Yes? Me too! My pic is below (with a small-ish excerpt) and I’m also sharing my pic on Instagram and Twitter (alisonmiller20 is my handle for both J) Please share yours too! I can’t wait to see all the pretty!
Along with my pic and excerpt, I’m including an overall recap of What I Did This Summer. Here goes…
How I did on my previous goal(s) and overall goals:  

1)      Write 5K total on one or both my stories.  CHECK! I wrote 6,116 words on my story this week. 

2)      Read one book. CHECK! I read the absolutely amazing NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES (Adi Alsaid). The ending was not the ending I would’ve preferred, but overall it was pretty awesome. Especially when it has excerpts like this… 


3)      Exercise at least five times this week. CHECK! I walked five days this week. J 

OVERALL GOALS:

I wanted to make great strides on both my stories. I didn’t do so hot on the CM rewrite (9000 words), but I wrote 55K on the soccer story. Almost 65K new words during the summer? I’ll take it. J 

What’s next goal-wise?

Finish the soccer WiP. I’m close to the end. And then I have a gigantic hole right before the midpoint that I might want to fill in before I start revising.  

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 

My soccer story is pretty much about belief—lost and found. The working title reflects that. The word believe appears 40 times in my doc and I believe (haha) that number will only go up.  And well, here’s the manicure. And an excerpt. See for yourself. J

 
 

 
 


The biggest challenge I faced this summer (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

Time. Always an issue in the summer (always for good reason though!) but why I do RSW so I MAKE time to write.  

Something I love about my WIP

Yeah, I’m going to go with that everything thing again. I started reading back over parts of the soccer story and it’s OH SO MESSI (see what I did there) but OH SO GOOD.

I hope you had a VERY productive summer and thank you again so much for joining us! Can’t wait to see your nails and your updates! Don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, August 24, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Check In

 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a very productive week!
Before I share this week’s update, I’m happy to announce the winner of Katy’s care package is
Alicia Gregoire!
Congratulations!!!
Second, this week is the last week of RSW. I know! What happened to the summer?! Anyway, we are so happy you could join us for a wonderful summer of writing and accountability and fun and to celebrate we are hosting
Manicures and Manuscripts!
This week, Elodie, Katy, Jaime, Erin, and I are going to get or give ourselves manicures that are a reflection of our WiPs and we want you to join us! My plan is to paint my nails using some of these supplies

and then on August 31 (the last day of RSW L) share a picture of my hopefully successful manicure on Instagram (alisonmiller20) and also on my final RSW update. I plan to include a small-ish excerpt as well.
In addition, since it’s the final (L) week of RSW, I’m going to do an overall recap of what I’ve accomplished this summer. I hope you can join us next Monday for all the manicure goodness and recaps!
And now for an update…
How I did on my previous goal(s):  

Get to 50K on the soccer WiP. CHECK!  

My goal(s) for this week

1)      Write 5K total on one or both my stories.

2)      Read one book.

3)      Exercise at least five times this week.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 

A small-ish excerpt between my girl Lexi and her “friend” Brasil. Please note that this is VERY ROUGH AND NEEDS ALL THE REVISING. J

“Leenda?”

            Of course he followed me in here. “What?” I mumble back.

            “Are you all right? No. That is stupid question. Of course you are not all right. You take off like something is going to kill you.” I feel him press his head against the door. “Are you upset I did not spend my birthday with you?”

“I’m upset because I didn’t know it was your birthday.”

            “I am sorry. I should have told you.”

“I should have asked! What kind of girlfriend doesn’t know when her boyfriend’s birthday is?!”

“Um . . . leenda? Can we talk more about this outside the girls’ bathroom? I am receiving all the strange looks.” 

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

We had a gazillion things going on: open houses for both kids, soccer, tennis, test-driving cars for the 16 yo, last minute back to school shopping.  I set the bar low, thank goodness.

Something I love about my WIP 

At this point—everything. Well, everything minus the messy state it’s in. I love my characters, the story, the romance, the friendships, the soccer . . . ALL OF IT. J Good place to be. 

Hope you’ve had a great week! And don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, August 17, 2015

RSW Check In!

 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a very productive week!
Before I share this week’s update, I am so excited to announce the winner of my care package is

Crystal Schubert!
Congratulations!!! I’ll be in touch, Crystal, for address goodness and such. J

And now for an update…
How I did on my previous goal(s):  

I didn’t do well this past week. I wrote maybe 2500 words (which, yes, is still great, but not my normal 5K); I walked-but definitely not five times this week. I did read the amazing MORE THAN FASHION (Liz Briggs) and I did a few cleaning things, but not what I set out to do. *sigh* 

But, honestly, it’s okay. Because the one goal I accomplished was to spend some QT with my family.  This past week, the kids and I went to see JURASSIC WORLD (which far exceeded expectations—SO good!). I took the 11 yo to back-to-school bingo and out to dinner with friends. We went to the pool. We took a boat out to Beer Belly Island again. The husband and I spent date night at the annual high school football jamboree. It’s been an awesome and relaxing week.  

My goal(s) for this week

The kids go back to school in a week (L) and I’m very okay with not accomplishing a whole lot right now. So, I’ve one goal and one goal only. 

Get to 50K on the soccer WiP 

I’m a little over 3K away. Hopefully… hopefully I can accomplish that. J 

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

Inky—my girl’s about to get some. A tattoo, that is. J 

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

I don’t know that I’d qualify QT with the family as a challenge since I chose to not stress about other things, but I did have a different WiP on the brain this past week so it was a little hard to concentrate on the others.  

Something I love about my WIP 

My soccer story basically rides on this theme: Believe in yourself, believe in each other, believe in your dreams. It’s the motto for my husband’s soccer teams; BELIEVE is pretty much the theme of the US men’s and women’s national teams, and believing in myself and my dreams is something I have to remind myself of DAILY. So, it’s cool to have that reinforcement in my WiP now too. J
 

Before I go, two things! First, the last week of Ready. Set. WRITE! (which is only a week away! WTH?!?!) we will be hosting Manicures and Manuscripts—basically a chance to treat ourselves to a manicure that’s a reflection of our WiPs. We’ll have more details next week and we really hope you’ll join us in using a manicure to celebrate all the hard work we’ve all done this summer!
Second, we have another giveaway for you! This one from Katy! Check out what you could win…
 

·      “If You Obey All the Rules You Miss All the Fun” Journal
·      Floral Mini Sticky Note Pad
·      Lined Floral Note Pad
·      Jelly Bellies
·      Starry Pencil Pouch
·      Honey Pear Hand Cream
·      Lavender Lemonade Candle
·      Peppermint Mints
·      Various Washi Tapes
·      Eos Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
·      Writerly Quote Pencils
·      Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
·      Twizzlers

Don’t forget to enter via the Rafflecopter and sign up on the linky! Hope you’ve had a great week!
 
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Check In

 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a very productive week!
First, thank you so much for all your encouragement last week. Sometimes we have those weeks and it’s nice to know I have peeps in my corner, cheering me on, so thank you. J
Second, we have a winner! The winner of Erin’s awesome giveaway package is
Tonja Drecker!
Congratulations!!!

And now for an update…
How I did on my previous goal(s):

1)      Write 5K total on one or both my stories. CHECK! I added 5737 words total to my stories. 

2)      Read one book. CHECK! I finished WE ALL LOOKED UP (Tommy Wallach). It’s like Breakfast Club meets the apocalypse, exceptionally well-written and a really good story. A little too descriptive and dry in parts for me, but that could just be me. Overall, an exceptional read. AND I do believe it’s still a Kindle monthly deal ($1.99) so you might want to check that out SOON.  

3)      Exercise at least five times this week. CHECK! 

4)      Do something fun with my kiddos. Somewhat? The 11 year old and I watched THE MAZE RUNNER (and now have a new series to read RIGHT NOW) and he and I went to the pool a few times. The husband and I went to a fun wedding Saturday night. But the 16 year old? We brainstormed together for her summer reading project but I don’t know that I’d classify that as fun. My kiddos start back to school two weeks from today so I will definitely aim to do better in this area over the next two weeks! 

5)      Work on and complete at least one project around the house. IN PROGRESS Finished the downstairs bathroom; now working on the upstairs one. 

STRETCH GOAL: Work on the CM rewrite (the story formerly known as CHICK MAGNET) for at least TWO hours this week. Nope. I swear I’m going to work on this story THIS WEEK 

My goal(s) for this week 

1)      Write 5K total on one or both my stories.

2)      Read one book.

3)      Exercise at least five times this week.

4)      Do something fun with my kiddos

5)      Work on and complete at least one project around the house 

STRETCH GOAL: Work on the CM rewrite for at least TWO hours this week. This. Will. HAPPEN.

 Yep. I’m boring. But this works. Mostly. J

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: 

Wanderlusty. J The WiP just stamped its passport. Destination: Brazil. J 

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

Fall sports started this week. With my daughter headed off to tennis and the husband headed off to soccer, my mornings were a little thrown. But I managed. J 

Something I love about my WIP 

So my envisioned climax (right now) pretty much centers around this song
 

 

And that climax is getting closer and closer so I’ve been playing it (and singing it) a lot. J
 

Before we share the linky, we have another giveaway for you! This one from ME! Check out what you could win… 

·         Be Inspired Journal with Inspirational Quotes and Writing prompts
·         Jane Austen Air Freshener
·         Sticky Notes and Page Markers
·         I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie! Bookmark
·         Poly Spiral Index Cards
·         WRITE Journal/Composition Book
·         Werther’s Originals Caramel Hard Candies
·         Paddy Wax Ginger Peach Soy Wax Candle
·         Trident Island Berry Lime Gum
·         Spiral Memo Pad in a rainbow of colors
·         Sinful Colors Decadent Nail Polish
·         Post cards with Inspirational Quotes
·         Mini Ink Joy Pens 

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Don’t forget to enter via the Rafflecopter and sign up on the linky! Hope you’ve had a great week!