Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's Up Wednesday (11), RSW Update (6), and Giveway Winner!

First up! *drum roll*

The winner of our Ready. Set. WRITE! midway giveaway is
RAVEN MOORE!
*throws confetti*

Congratulations, Raven! We'll be in touch shortly about your prize!

And now for

 
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk are the hosts, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Just hit up Jaime's blog and sign up on the linky. J
 
What I'm Reading:

I read FORGET YOU (Jennifer Echols) and THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey)
Incredibly disappointed by the first, totally WOWed by the second. Also, I really hope there's a Sixth Wave. Or a sequel. Or SOMETHING.

Currently I'm reading this amazing sci-fi manuscript by an equally amazing blogger friend (I'm blaming IT on my lack of productivity the past two days) and will start THE WESTING GAME (Ellen Raskin) for YA Book Club next.
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
 
My goals for the past week included…

1) Reread the blob my first draft while resisting the urge to revise it (or throw it out completely) before moving past the midpoint.  

2) Incorporate two items I know need to be a bigger part of the story. 

3) Try to write at least 3000 words. 

I wrote 3000 words. I began incorporating said two items. I printed out the blob, but that's as far as I got. L  I'm not very happy with my progress. So, this week, I plan to 

1) REREAD BLOB!!!

2) Finish scenes I started for Act I.

3) Write at least 2000 words in Act II.
 
4) Be nicer to myself. I am making progress.

And . . . and I did add a little nuance to one of my MCs that I'm pretty stoked about. I won't say what exactly, but I will tell you that it has something to do with musical greats like Gershwin, Bernstein, and Sondheim. And Bob Fosse.  And jazz hands. And OMG—FOSSE

*ahem*
 
And I did mentally write two scenes that I'm REALLY excited about. They're definitely later in the script, but I did jot notes about them, potential dialogue,… again—can't give away too much, but I'll give you three things: Damn Yankees, hitting it out of the park, and kissing.

PS—yes—DAMN YANKEES!!! How could I even consider writing a musical/baseball WiP and not include something from Damn Yankees?! Whatever Lola wants, right?!

Okay, just writing all this, I'm getting a wee bit excited about the WiP again. And feeling better about my progress. J

How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!

What Inspires Me Right Now:
My son's unwavering glass-half-full optimism. He's nine and is probably the most creative, easy-going, agreeable, and optimistic person I know. We built a pillow fort while my husband was off doing coaching stuff and when I couldn't manage to get the sheet roof to stay, he says, "It's okay, Mom. I wanted it this way."
Me: So we can see the stars? (looks at very plain ceiling)
Aidan: Exactly!
If it's STILL raining on the third day we're visiting his cousins (who he only sees once a year) and he STILL can't go in the pool, he says, "Well, we just get more time to play Minecraft!" Or if we're out of cookies (after I stupidly promised them), he's the kid that says, "Well, we did just get new popsicles!"
He's also the kid who had his appendix out at eight years old and barely cried. I've always heard second children can be, um…challenging. Aidan is far from it. I am truly, truly blessed. 
 
LOVE THIS KID!!!
What Else I've Been Up To:

Ever have one of those weeks where there's a lot of pretty good stuff going on, but you're just not feeling um . . . pretty good? I celebrated my eighteenth wedding anniversary Monday. I received a couple requests from the Xmas in July contest. I've spent oodles of fun time with my kids. A lot of great things going on, right? But, I don't know. I've just been feeling kind of meh.
So, I'm trying to adopt my son's glass-half-full philosophy.
No, my husband wasn’t here to celebrate our anniversary (four out of every seven anniversaries compete with the coaching clinic…and lose), but I had an awesome dinner and camp out in the pillow fort with my kids. And the hubs and I are celebrating at a beer tasting next week to make up for it (yes—beer tasting—that's how we roll J)
And no, I didn't read through the blob, but I did officially pass 50K words (albeit crappy words) on the WiP. And I added musical theatre "references" that add dimension to my main character. And I envisioned a kissing scene. That's pretty awesome.

Still feeling a little meh about my WiP productivity. About things in general. But I'm looking to my eternal optimist for eternal inspiration.
What's up on YOUR Wednesday?  

 

46 comments:

  1. You have to tell me what you didn't like about FORGET YOU :D I really enjoyed it. I thought that was my favorite when I first read the title but actually it's not lol, my favorite is GOING TOO FAR, I love that one :D Loved it :D

    Happy Anniversary again :D hope you enjoy the beer tasting, sounds like fun!

    And YES for writing those scenes in your mind, can't wait to read them!!! :D

    Hope the coming week is amazing and that you can enjoy it to the fullest!
    Hugs


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    1. I'll definitely email you about FORGET YOU soon. And thank you for the anniversary wishes!

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  2. Happy anniversary, and congratulations on the requests! It sounds like you've been very productive with writing.

    I again wrote under 10,000 words this past week, owing to being so busy with camp. I still don't have a stove, and am rather annoyed I had to give a bunch of perfectly good kitchenware to my parents for storage since my Orthodox roommate was too freaked out by how they were used in a non-kosher kitchen for like two months four years ago. Even our rabbi was scared and freaked out by how angry and intense she was about the kosher issue, when we were talking to him and his wife on Saturday!

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    1. Oh wow! I hope you get a new stove soon!

      And thank you for all the congrats!

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  3. I love that you call your MS "the Blob"! Made me laugh out loud. I totally feel your pain.

    And I'm sorry you've been feeling kinda Meh. It's hard to snap out of that sometimes, but your description of your son's unwaivering optimism is wonderful. I wish we all could have a dose of that once and a while.

    Hope you have a great week, and happy writing on the Blob. :)

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    1. My last WiP was called beastly - haven't found anything unique to this story other than blob - although I do kind of like that. :)

      It is hard to snap out of the meh - but things are a little better. Thanks!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! And congrats on all that stuff this week because it really was a lot. Try not to be so hard on yourself with your writing goals because it sounds like you are moving forward, which is always good.
    Love your son's attitude! Always great to have a sunshine in the house :)

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    1. It is great to have a little sonshine in the house. :) And thank you! Looking forward to the beer tasting!

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  5. "Be kinder to myself. I am making progress." That is so wise. Especially at this busy time of year, I think it's really important to be realistic and celebrate what we do accomplish instead of feeling bad about not doing more. (This is advice I need to take, seriously.)

    Hope you have an awesome time at the beer tasting. Sounds like fun!

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    1. Thanks - still trying to work on that piece of advice myself. :)

      And yes - very excited about the beer tasting!

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  6. Aww, what a great kiddo you have. Love his attitude. I've gotta try to be more like him!

    Good luck with the Blob (printing it out is half the battle!). I'm glad you're finding some things to be excited about!

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    1. Thanks! I think the son is pretty awesome and I definitely need to adopt his attitude more.

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  7. So, I totally want to hear about your issues with FORGET YOU. I kind of loved that book! We're definitely on the same page with THE 5TH WAVE, though. That book rocks!

    Your little guy is adorable -- what a sweetheart. He must have a good mama. :-)

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    1. I'll send you an email about FORGET YOU. I think I'm one of the few people that didn't like it. Clearly there's something wrong with me. :/

      And thanks! Mama tries to be a good mama. :)

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  8. I totally love your son now, what a great kid! And good luck with your writing. It sounds to me like your making great progress, there is no reason to be so hard on yourself. I mean your story has jazz hands, how can you call it a blob?

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    1. Haha! Yes - it does kind of have jazz hands. I now have a weird visual of a blob with hands.

      And thanks! My son is pretty awesome. :)

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  9. Definitely be kinder to yourself! You are making amazing progress 3000 words is fantastic, as is padding the 50k mark, as is planning kissing scenes - my favourites :)

    Your son sounds an absolute Star. I wish I could be so relaxed and easy going. I should probably work on that :)

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations on the Xmas in July requests!

    Have a great week and good luck with The Blob!

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    1. Thank you, Alexa! And I have been trying to be nicer. Also, planning kissing scenes is definitely a favorite - especially since my story has very few...for good reason.

      Hope you're having a great week too!

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  10. Jazz hands - I. LOVE. IT. And I can't wait to read your MS when it's finished...you're making huge strides, A. So keep it up, because you've SO got this. Seriously.

    I also read FORGET YOU last week and have to totally agree with your consensus. So many others loved this one...but I enjoyed ENDLESS SUMMER and GOING TOO FAR, better. And THE 5TH WAVE? AWE-SOME. Can't wait for the sequel next year...I've even got my husband reading it now.

    As for just not feeling it? Well, you've got so much going on - sometimes that in itself can be so overwhelming. We've all been there - I think we just rotate who's holding the "golden" wand. Ha. No worries though...just one day at a time.

    And I absolutely love your son's perspective on life. What an amazing guy you've got there - I want one too! Congrats also on your wedding anniversary...I think a beer tasting sounds AWESOME.

    Happy Wednesday, Alison!

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH for all your encouragement, Erin! And I like that you call it the golden wand - although I don't really feel all that golden. I've had my turn with it a few times - not fun, but I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. :)

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  11. Your kid sounds fantastic. What an awesome character. He sounds like an absolute joy.

    The 5th Wave is amazing, isn't it? I'm really looking forward to the sequel next year.

    Have an awesome week!

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    1. I love that there's going to be a sequel! I'm so excited now!

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  12. I think you made great progress on your story, even if you didn't meet all your goals. I didn't meet all of mine either, but I'm trying to focus on what I did accomplish. Like Aidan would! (What a cool kid, Alison.:D)

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    1. Yes - VERY good reminder to focus on what we DO accomplish. And thanks! I think my kid's pretty cool too. :)

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  13. I liked Forget You but ADORED Going Too Far! And YAY. Glad to hear about The Fifth Wave. Started the audio book last night!

    PROGRESS IS PROGRESS! I’m trying to tell myself that too. I’ve been setting unrealistic goals. But a word is a word! :D

    Congrats on the requests!!!!!!! That’s awesome!

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    1. Thank you! And yes - progress IS progress. I just have to keep telling myself that. :)

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  14. FOSSE! I love it! I think you should feel awesome about you WIP progress--50K is a pretty big milestone. Plus, requests! Yay! I'm definitely cheering for you over here :)

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    1. Thank you! And I love the Fosse references I'm putting in - he was ALWAYS and continues to be my favorite choreographer.

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  15. Mind writing is something to be proud of. It is where ideas start to feel plausible, and that is an important step. Have fun beer tasting. I love what you say about your son. I also wrote about my son this week. They are the best.

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    1. Sons are the best! And daughters are pretty awesome too. My fourteen year old's tenacity is pretty inspiring too - maybe I'll write about that this week. :)

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  16. Way to take on PMI (positive mental attitude)--and enjoy that kid. This stage doesn't last for long.

    You're making me excited to get to The 5th Wave. I heard rumbling about a movie deal, and I need to get rolling on it.

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    1. You do! It really lives up to the hype and now I can't wait for the sequel!

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  17. Thank goodness for sons, right? I think yours and mine must have been conspiring this week or something, because they both had the same inspirational effect. Your comments about your anniversary made me laugh. We just celebrated our 17th this spring and date night was also bumped due to sports (in our case it was hockey). And beer tasting? That sounds like my hubby's ideal anniversary, and one I'd enjoy as well! Have fun with that!

    I hope things go better with "the blob" this week. I think you've been making AWESOME progress, even if there are words you just want to toss right out. I can totally relate! Good luck with that glass-half-full philosophy, your writing goals for this week, AND getting that awesome kissing scene from your head to the page! :)

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    1. Thanks! That kissing scene will stay on the brain for awhile, but it gives me something to look forward too! And aren't sons AWESOME!!!

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  18. You call your MS The Blob? This inspires me to come up with names for my malformed MS. I think every one should have a B-movie monster name while I revise. Hilarious.

    I have trouble with #4 too, but just the fact that you wrote it means progress. You are doing great! Have a great week.

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    1. hehe - my last WiP was called the beast for a long time. So, yes - I do agree that every WiP should have a name of sorts. :) I really should call mine the FREAK.

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  19. Aww, I love your enthusiasm for your WIP right now. That in itself is inspiring! Your WIP sounds like a lot of fun too.

    MUCH LOVE for The 5th Wave! I devoured that book, and I kind of regret it because the sequel seems so far off (there is one in the works!). I'm trying to finish up Ender's Game so that I can hopefully get to The Westing Game for YA Book Club. We'll see though. I'm still suffering from Comic Con hangover. :P

    Have a great week! Your son's attitude is definitely inspiring!

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    1. I bet you're still in Comic Con land! So jealous! And now I MUST read Ender's Game. It's been on the TBR too long!

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  20. Happy Anniversary! 18 years! Yay!

    Okay, now I really need to pick up The Fifth Wave. Agg! Everyone says it's so good!

    I love that you wrote for you to be nice to yourself. It's so true how hard we are on ourselves, when hey...we're not just making a sandwich here!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I have a tendency to not be very nice to myself, but I've been doing better this week.

      And yes - DO pick up a copy! I'm so glad I did!

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  21. OMG JAZZ HANDS!! This is why I <3 you, Alison. :)

    And Damn Yankees!!! Love! I had such a crush on Joe - from the movie version. Le sigh. All of those boys running around singing in baseball uniforms - good stuff, that. (Makes me think of the song, "These are a few of my favorite things.") Ha. :)

    ANYhow. Major kudos on your WIP progress. I totally hear you on that sneaky "meh" feeling, and I love the attitude you're taking, of trying to adopt a glass half-full approach. Your son sounds like a wonderful person, and I loved hearing stories about his awesomeness. :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! When the Damn Yankees inspiration hit, there was definitely some Despicable Me light bulbs flashing over head. And thanks! I have been making progress - I just need to keep reminding myself of that. :)

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  22. I love your enthusiasm for your WIP and your son's optimism.

    I'd like to give The Westing Game another chance. I read it but didn't love it or understand the rave reviews. I thought it was okay.

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    1. I very much enjoyed The Westing Game so definitely give it another shot!

      And the enthusiasm for the WiP is sometimes what keeps me going. Have a great week!

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  23. Your son sounds like an amazing person - I always admire people with that level of unwavering optimism.

    I've got a "blob" of my own I'm working on. It's definitely frustrating to look at some days.

    I hope your "meh" feeling lifts soon!

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    1. The meh feeling is lifting. It helps we vacationed and I was able to just focus on a few very important things. :)

      And thanks! I hope you have much success with your blob this week!

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