Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! The Portuguese Edition


 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a very productive week!
Here’s…
How I did on my previous goal(s):  

1)      Write 5K total on one or both my stories. CHECK! I added 6,944 words total to my stories.

2)      Read one book. CHECK! I finished the very hilarious MODERN ROMANCE (Aziz Ansari) as well as the enjoyable IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU (Jenny Han) 

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

4)      Do something fun with my kiddos. CHECK! The kids and I had a game night and a movie night while my husband was at a coaching clinic in Greensboro, and last Saturday the husband and I took our son out on a boat and to Beer Belly Island. Yep. It’s really called that. And for good reason. J 

5)      Work on and complete at least one project around the house. CHECK! The sixteen year old and I cleaned her room, cleaned out old clothes and went through last year’s book bag. I can actually see her floor now.  

STRETCH GOAL: Work on the CM rewrite (the story formerly known as CHICK MAGNET) for at least TWO hours this week. CHECK! Well, it may not have been a full two hours, but I worked on it.

My goal(s) for this week 

No changes in the goals this week. #ifitaintbroke… 

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.  

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

From the CM rewrite. It’s from my favorite character, who you will probably both hate and love after this snippet, but I ADORE him. 

Susan Milton turns her attention to David, but before she can say anything, he ogles her tit-to-toe with an I want to lick you for breakfast look, and says, “Howdy, darlin’. I think English just became my new favorite class.”
 
And from the soccer WiP. Between my MC Lexi and her “friend” Brasil. Get ready for a super rough except with a big side of CHEESE. J (and I’m still working on my Portuguese. Bear with me) 

I call Brasil and explain what’s going on. He is, as always, ridiculously understanding.

            “It is okay, leenda," he says. "My ball and I, we will just sleep under the stars without you.”

            “I didn’t know I was sleeping over.”

            “Did I say sleep? I mean practice. My English. It still needs work . . .”

            I laugh. Player. “I think your brain needs work.”

            He gasps, teasingly. “Yes. I think you are right, leenda. My brain does need work. As well as other parts of meu cabeça.”

            His head. I’m so glad Spanish and Portuguese are so similar. “What other parts?”

            Meus olhos. They are in pain when they can’t see you.”

            I roll my own eyes at his cheesy reference to them.

            E minhas orelhas. They hurt when they can’t hear you.”

            I make a fake gagging noise into my phone. “Anything else?”

            “Sim. Meus lábios.” His voice has dropped to almost a whisper.

            “What is meus lábios?” I squeak out. I have a feeling I know. And my stomach instantly hollows.

            “My lips,” he replies. “They feel painfully empty when they cannot kiss you.”

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

Forks in the soccer WiP. Knowing the destination but having several ideas as to how my MC might get there.

As for my CM rewrite? One of the reasons I’ve been stalling and not doing so much with it is I have a lot of stuff I want to keep from the old script. Hard to figure out what should stay and what should go. 

Something I love about my WIP 

My soccer WiP is forcing me to learn Portuguese. And I LOVE it. Google Translate is my new best friend. That, and I downloaded a Portuguese dictionary and I get a word of the day and it’s just really cool. I know there are some things that won’t translate perfectly and I’ll need to rely on my native Brazilian and Portuguese friends to help me (I really hope I have some of those J) but for now, I’m learning new words and phrases and it’s fun. J
 

I hope you had a wonderful writing week! I can’t wait to bounce around and see how you’re doing! Don’t forget to sign up on the linky!





Monday, July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Check in!


 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! So sorry I missed checking in with you guys last week. The husband and I are celebrating twenty years of marriage (this Wednesday J) and so we took a little anniversary getaway to Saint Augustine last week. It’s a super cool place full of so much history: the Fountain of Youth, the Castillo de San Marcos Fort, Mission of Nombre de Dios,… yeah, I really wouldn’t know. We spent our three days there at the beach, touring a distillery, and barhopping. J
Anyway, I’m back and so glad you are too. J Before I update, I want to announce the winner of Elodie’s amazing writerly care package.
Liz Parker!
Congratulations!!!

 We want you keep the writerly groove going, so we have three more packages of awesome you could win in August. Thanks again for joining us!
And now it’s update time. J
How I did on my previous goal(s):

PLEASE NOTE that this is TWO weeks’ worth of work.  

1)      Write 5000 words total on one or both of my stories. CHECK! In the past two weeks I wrote 15,325 words. I know. I was shocked too. But don’t get too excited because a) it’s about 70% crap (30% possible diamonds though!) and b) I skipped ahead a bit to write a scene that hit me on the beach and then I couldn’t stop and c) it’s mostly crap. 

Okay, it’s not all mostly crap. And the scene that hit me on the beach is one I am ridiculously proud of. And well, I’m mostly okay with crappy first drafts. Because then at least there’s something written to EDIT. J  

2)      Read one book. CHECK! I finished UNDER A PAINTED SKY (Stacey Lee) which was an exceptional historical fiction. I also read Amy Poehler’s autobiography YES PLEASE and it was as hilarious and awesome as she is. I also read FINDING AUDREY (Sophie Kinsella) and THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY (Jenny Han). I flew through both books and mostly enjoyed them. And then because I can’t get enough of Parks and Recreation stars’ books, I “treated myself” to Aziz Ansari’s MODERN ROMANCE. Okay, so the library treated me to it, but still. It’s Tom Haverford and I love him and his book and yeah. You should totally “treat yoself” to his book too.  

3)      Exercise at least five times this week. CHECK! I don’t know if I made it five times each week, but I did at least three and I walked a crap ton in Saint Augustine so… 

STRETCH GOAL: Spend at least an hour a day, five days this week, on EACH story (CM rewrite and soccer WiP).   

Um . . . doubtful. I spent hours on the soccer story. My CM rewrite, not so much. 

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.  

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

This is from the soccer WiP. It’s between my MC Lexi and this guy Brasil who’s about to become a big factor in the story. Won’t say anymore, just enjoy my 70% crap/30%diamonds excerpt. J 

“Lex Luthor!” Brasil takes my arm and leads me back behind one of the pickups. “Meus amigos and I were about to get a game going. Join us?”

            Brasil’s amigos are two of the three guys he was playing soccer with earlier. They’re in the back of the truck, along with another very curvaceous girl in a tank dress, different than the one Brasil kicked the ball to earlier. Jeez.

            “No thanks,” I say and walk away. No way I’m about to be this guy’s hat trick tonight.

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

Prioritizing. My writing time generally has to occur in the mornings and when I can finally drag myself out of bed I usually have two maybe three hours before I start tutoring or the kids get up or the day just basically gets going and I’m taking the kids to the pool or something. But then I also want to get my exercise in before it gets too hot. And I want to eat. And shower. So, I either get up earlier or I either don’t write or I don’t exercise or . . .

*sigh*

I know. Rough life.  

Something I love about my WIP 

Tattoos. I love tattoos. I have four (and dying for another) and I am always fascinated by people who have them and why they have them. I’ve tried to work them into my story before, but tattoos never really, um . . . worked in one of my stories. Until this soccer one. One of my characters has a few (my MC describes him as having more tattoos than David Beckham - she might be a little hyperbolic in her description) and it’s just been fun to incorporate (so far) and I get to research people that actually have them. Like these lovely gentlemen…

 
Dani Alves
 

USMNT and MLS star Jermaine Jones
 
and of course
 
 
 
I hope you had a wonderful writing week! I can’t wait to bounce around and see how you’re doing! Don’t forget to sign up on the linky!

 






Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Fourth Check In!




Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a super productive week! 

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And now it’s update time. J
How I did on last week’s goal(s):  

1)       Write 5000 words total on one or both of my stories. CHECK! I wrote 5853 words this week. Yay! 

2)       Read one book. CHECK! I finished reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (Paula Hawkins). It’s extremely well written with an amazing plot, just a bit on the depressing side. I also finished the exceptionally brilliant and incredible MORE HAPPY THAN NOT (Adam Silvera) which was very often more sad than not but it is so extremely well done and just such an important and amazing story and you should totally read it. Like, now. 

I just started UNDER THE PAINTED SKY (Stacey Lee) and, while I’m not a big reader of historical fiction, I am really liking this one so far.  

3)       Exercise at least five times this week. CHECK! I walked six times this week for at least thirty minutes. One of those sessions involved a walk along a barrier island where I found six pieces of sea glass so, you know… bonus. J

STRETCH GOAL: Revise one of my stories for at least an hour this week. CHECK! I revised my CM rewrite for an hour and a half.
 

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. 

STRETCH GOAL: I find myself spending more time on one story than the other, which is not a bad thing—obviously my mind wants to be with the soccer story—but I am not making much progress on the CM rewrite so my stretch goal this week is to…
 

Spend at least an hour a day, five days this week, on EACH story.  
 

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

Frustrated. This applies to both my MC and me. L 

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

Self-doubt. That’s always an issue with me, but this week was particularly bad. I mean, obvs not so bad because I met all my goals, but I don’t feel good about a lot of what I wrote. :/

Something I love about my WIP

I have issues with beginnings. They’re always too long. So one thing I do feel good about is that I hit my catalyst on the soccer WiP before page twenty-five. And my MC is about to meet her love interest so LOTS to look forward to. J

I hope you had a wonderful writing week too! I can’t wait to bounce around and see how you’re doing! Don’t forget to enter for Jaime’s awesome care package and don’t forget to sign up on the linky!

 





Monday, June 29, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Third Check In!


 
Welcome back to another Ready. Set. WRITE! check-in! I hope you had a super productive week! In case you’re new to the RSW craze, Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold one another accountable with weekly updates. We’re sharing our goals on Mondays and keeping our posts brief so we can save our words for our WiPs! J Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to hop around to encourage other participants. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here!
And now it’s update time. J
How I did on last week’s goal(s):  

1)       Write 5000 words total on one or both of my stories. CHECK! I wrote 5886 words this week. Yay! 

2)       Read one book. CHECK! I finished reading Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and it’s absolutely AMAZING. Definitely ranks up there with the best books I’ve read this year.

Currently, I’m half way through reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (Paula Hawkins) and it’s pretty exceptional. I also just picked up Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT and I am very excited about reading that one.  

3)       Exercise at least five times this week. CHECK! One of my exercise sessions involved cleaning out gutters and yard work. At noon. In ninety-degree humidity. I think I should’ve counted that session three times. J


STRETCH GOAL: Clean up what I’ve done so far on both stories.

Heh. No. Not at all. Oops.
 

My goal(s) for this week

1)       Write 5K total on one or both my stories. This goal seems to really work for me, although I do find myself writing more on the soccer story these days. Not a bad thing. Just an Alison observation.

2)       Read one book.

3)       Exercise at least five times this week. 

STRETCH GOAL: That clean up what I have so far thing didn’t go so well, so I think I’m going to just try to revise my stories for at least an hour this week.  

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

First, thank you for all your kind words on my way-too-long excerpt from last week! Second, this week, I’m following the rules and keeping things brief.

A line from THE STORY FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHICK MAGNET: (some of you may be familiar with this one)

                “Yo, Marshall! Thanks for the extra. Penny got two rides on this disco stick!”

And from the soccer WiP: 

                I dribble into the eighteen, cutting around defenders like Mia Hamm is my spirit animal.
 

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

A wicked case of the lazies. I know. Shut up. I accomplished my goals. But it was hard to do that. Especially when all I wanted to do was read and hang out at the pool. Once I pushed myself to start something, I was fine, but getting started? #thestrugglewasreal

Something I love about my WIP

My CHICK MAGNET rewrite: my absolute favorite character entered the story last week and I’m ridiculously excited to write more of him. 

My soccer WiP: my playlist, which I don't really have a playlist because my iPhone's being stupid, but I have several songs that inspire me. This particular WiP has such a girl power feel to it and so Roar, Titanium, Shake It Off, Don't Stop Believin' are on continual brain-repeat. And I think my favorite song on the playlist so far: Playing with the Boys (Kenny Loggins). Could listen to that one ALL DAY.

Random side note: the Pitch Perfect station on Pandora is a perfect replacement for my non-existent/existent playlist. Except it plays Miley Cyrus. Which I then become very thankful God invented skip buttons.
 
I hope you had a wonderful writing week too! I can’t wait to bounce around and see how you’re doing! So, yanno, don’t forget to sign up on the linky!