Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Up Wednesday (12) and Ready Set Write Update (7)




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What I'm Reading:
This past week I read
 
 
Slacker Alison neglected to post about it Monday for YA Book Club (sorry!) so she will share a teensy bit of her thoughts on it now...
I love a good mystery and this did not disappoint. Actually it had me guessing the whole way through. Just when I thought I solved the mystery, another believable twist was thrown in and I had to go back to the ol' drawing board. The only thing I struggled with initially were the characters and trying to keep everyone straight, but otherwise, I really enjoyed them, the plot, and the story overall.
I also finished beta reading an incredible sci-fi manuscript and am currently devouring a contemporary one. Guys. I am immersed in a blogosphere of amazing and talented writers and I am so happy I get to read all these awesome stories before they hit the shelves (because they WILL hit the shelves—well, I really hope they do!)
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?

What I'm Writing:



My goals for the past week included… 

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. 

I did reread the blob (which is not as blobby as I was afraid it would be). I worked on said scenes for Act I (still not finished—Alison has issues with first draft wordiness). I was semi-nice to myself. However, I did not work on Act II.

I also realized I work MUCH BETTER with weekly wc goals so I am going back to that. This week—I want to write 5000 words.

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

PS—I loved the comments I received about my "blob" and especially enjoyed the suggestion that everyone should have B-Movie names for their WiPs. Or some kind of name, right?!

My last story was a Beauty and the Beast retelling so I simply called my crappy first (and second, third, fourth,…) drafts the BEASTLY CHICK MAGNET (the story's name is CHICK MAGNET) so I'm trying to come up with something clever for the new story (although I do really like the blob). I'll get back to you on that. What about you? Do you have clever and WiP-related names for your "crappy" first drafts?

What Inspires Me Right Now:
1) YOU. I've been going through a bad case of meh, and your comments on my post last week made me feel so loved and so much better. I just wanted to say a huge heartfelt THANK YOU.
2) During an evening beach walk last week, we stumbled upon these


A nice reminder that the most beautiful creations don't just happen. These obviously took a lot of time, patience, and heart.  Good to keep in mind as I write this first draft.
3) My playlist. I've been listening (and adding) to it constantly and I'm in a perpetual state of excitement about my new story. My playlist's really long, but here's a sampling of the daily musical inspiration…

You're the One that I Want (Grease)
Everybody Wants You (Billy Squier)
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke)
I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
Still Into You (Paramore)
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (Aerosmith)
Born to Hand Jive (Grease)

um…and a lot more. *facepalm*
Do you have musical inspiration? What's on your WiP playlist?

What Else I've Been Up To:
The family and I went to the beach last Wednesday and arrived home Sunday afternoon. It was GLORIOUS. Unless you count my ancient Crackberry with an extremely weak data plan, I had NO internet access (which—I hate to say it—was sort of awesome) and it was kind of nice to be able to just focus most of my time on what matters most—my family. We went to the beach several times, watched a different movie just about every night, and had an awesomely amazing time. I really wish I could go back right now. Sometimes it's nice to just get away and not do much of anything (yet still do a lot of important things—if that makes sense) And so, I'm okay with not completely meeting goals for this week.
What's been going on in your world?  And what's up on YOUR Wednesday?!

 

44 comments:

  1. Yay for beaches and time off! I'm glad blob is going more smoothly. You're right, progress is progress, no matter how slow or trudging :)

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    1. True that! I just have to keep reminding myself things like "200 words are better than no words." It sometimes works. :)

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  2. I'd love to go to the beach. Maybe after camp, I can visit my aunt again in Florida and have more time to go to the beach.

    I only wrote something around 6,000 words this past week, since I've been so busy with other things. After camp ends, I hope I'll become more productive again. I was awful at titles in the old days, but now I'm much more original and creative. A lot of the titles I came up with 20 years ago are so cringe-worthy, generic, cliché, after school special-worthy.

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    1. Oh, I've had my share of cringe-worthy titles. And 6K is nothing to sneeze at! That's awesome!

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  3. I still love "The Blob". That's my vote if you're taking tallies.

    And I LOVE that minion sand sculpture! How fun!

    Congrats on getting away and getting some much needed me/family time. Sanity is very important. So is being nice to yourself. (Favorite goal of yours btw)

    Hope you have a great week! :)

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    1. I think I will just call it the blob for a while. :) Thanks! Hope your week is awesome too!

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  4. I like the idea of B-move names for WIPs! I'll have to think about a good one for my WIP :) So glad your "blob" is less blobby than you thought it would be!

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    1. ME TOO! And yes - let me know if you come up with one. :)

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  5. I agree with you, I work much better with weekly WC goals! There's more wiggle room than a daily word count, but it has enough structure to keep me on task. Good luck with The Blob! :)

    Glad you had fun at the beach! I haven't been able to make it out to the beach this summer, so I'm living vicariously through everyone else's pictures. :) Have a great week, Alison!

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    1. Already I'm on track a lot better than I was the past two weeks. Definitely weekly wc goals for this chick!

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  6. Hooray for beaches and Internet breaks!
    I kinda love the nickname "The Blob." It's inspiring me to think of a fun nickname the next time I'm first-drafting.

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    1. Please share if you do come up with a nickname. And yes for the beach! I wish I could go back. :)

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  7. OMG that MINION!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them. Haha. The crab was pretty darn good too!

    I really like the nickname The Blob! Congrats on meeting this weeks goals. Good luck this week.

    Great playlist!!!!

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    1. Thanks! And stumbling upon that minion was a highlight of the night! I really want my own.

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  8. Ha! I've never come up with crazy names for my WIPs but the blob sounds great. Like I HAVE to name my WIP usually before I'm able to really delve in but I usually just wait for the name to come to me. I'm going to have to do that for my next after the one I'm currently writing though.

    Good luck on this week's goals & great playlist :)

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    1. Thanks! I guess I'll be going with the blob for a while, especially since my WiP still is title-less. It will come though. Usually does.

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  9. Beach and movies sound perfect. I also enjoy a good internet break; I usually am not online when I'm officially on vacation, although my vacations so far this year have been writing conferences and I was very plugged in for those. Thus, planning a fall vacation. :D

    I should set weekly word goals more consistently, I agree they do help. This week I am trying to write every day to see what that feels like. I'll see how much I can get done in each sitting.

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    1. Writing every day is an awesome goal. It's one of my unwritten goals, but some days I just can't. Good luck this week!

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  10. The beach sounds amazing, we're going away the last two weeks of August and I can not wait. I'll definitely be tiring the Internet off - I love life online, but breaks are good too.

    Those sand sculptures are amazing! My Mum lives near Weston-Super-Mare and every summer they have a huge display of sculptures. It's unbelievable. I can't even make a proper sandcastle!

    I'm glad all the comments cheered you up. Hope The Blob behaves this week! I have to think of a good name for my WIP. It is currently called Car Story!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Car Story is a great nickname for the WiP! And yes - I do love my life online, but it is kind of refreshing to break from it.

      Also, I fail at making sandcastles too. My poor children.

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  11. I love going to the beach, and that dispicable me sand minion is super cute! Good luck with your writing moving forward, even if the blob isn't all that blobby.

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    1. Thanks! We just adored that minion and were so glad we stumbled upon it!

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  12. It is definitely nice to unplug every now and again, especially when you've got the beach to distract you. Those sculptures are incredible! I hope you had a fun and relaxing time. :-)

    And I hear you on the first draft wordiness. I have first, second, third draft wordiness issues, so I feel your pain. You sound like you're making great progress, so definitely be nicer to yourself. ;-)

    Having the chance to beta read is one of the best things ever. I've read a few different stories by writer friends, and I am wowed at the talent out there. Talk about a privilege to a get a sneak peek before those books hit the shelves, right? Have a great week, Alison!

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    1. omg - I do not want to even go into draft wordiness. I am definitely an overwriter, but I can cut when I have to, so it's okay.

      And yes to reading awesome manuscripts before they hit the shelves!

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  13. I want to go to the beach so bad. Those sandcastles are so cool! I create a playlist for each WIP. Lately, it's been full of classic rock.

    Good luck with your writing goals!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Okay - so I totally want to read this classic rock inspired story! One of my MCs is very into his rock music so obviously there's quite a bit on mine. Love it! Good luck this week too!

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  14. No internet?! HOW DID YOU SURVIVE THIS HORROR?!?!?! ;)

    Those are awesome sand sculptures. Wow.

    Glad to hear the blob wasn't as bad as you though! Have a great week!

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    1. I know, right?! I'm still catching up from the no internet thing, but it was awesome. Have a great week!

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  15. A b-movie name for my WIP? Right now, probably "Plan 9 from Outer-Space." That's what it feels like. I mean, I like it, and I'm especially liking my MC, but it just has that imperfect, how-on-earth-will-anyone-ever-think-this-is-good-enough-to-publish quality to it. :)

    I enjoy a good mystery, so I might have to check out THE WESTING GAME.

    Have a totally awesome, productive, un-blobbly writing week, Alison! :D

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    1. Plan 9 from Outerspace sounds awesome! Oh, and I know the imperfect why do I think this is publishable feeling. Been there. Still there. You are not alone. :)

      Hope you have a productive week!

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  16. I remember in middle school someone did an oral book report on the Westing Game. I might have to check it out for myself.
    I never think of clever names for my WIPs. I can barely think of real titles. I love the minion sand sculpture. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. The Westing Game has been on the TBR for a while and I'm glad the book club chose it so I'd feel more compelled to read it. I really enjoyed it!

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  17. Oh, I love those sand sculptures! I am slightly obsessed with Minions, so added awesome there. I also kind of like "the blob" as you WiP name. Sounds extreme.

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    1. Oh, haha - it is kind of extreme. On so many levels.

      And those sand sculptures were some kind of awesome. So glad we stumbled upon them.

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  18. I love the sand creations.

    I am always inspired by the blogger community, both by their talents and the kinds words they have for me.

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    1. Me too! There are a lot of awesome reader and writer peeps out there!

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  19. Man I miss the beach! Need a beach fix ASAP! Sounds like you read a great book, will have to add it to my TBR pile. And it's awesome you get to read such amazing stories before anyone else.

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    1. I hope you get to the beach soon! And yes - I have been blessed with some pretty awesome reads this summer.

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  20. I listened to most of the OBC recording of the musical Sideshow today, as SNI research! Your playlist is really awesome, though.

    And I totally know what you mean about beta-ing! I can't wait for some of these awesome books to start getting published!

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    1. Me too! I just hope several of them get picked up soon!

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  21. Yay for lovely beach vacations! So glad you and your family had a good time... Love the sand sculptures and your reminder about hard work. Also, I LOVE your playlist! Totally random and eccentric, yet it makes me want to read your story EVEN MORE!

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    1. Awww! Well, hopefully you'll get to read some of it soon. I plan to work hard on it this week!

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  22. Isn't it awesome when some of the best stuff on your reading list is stuff no one else has read yet? So many talents still yet to be discovered. One of my favorite parts of the writing community. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  23. I read your recent entry, Chick Magnet, on Brenda Drake's website and looked you up on google to tell you how great I think it is. It was in my top three, maybe my top altogether (I read about half of the entries). Good luck querying it! I've got a YA cont. that I'm querying right now and it's a long process, isn't it?

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