Fall Writing Bootcamp Check-In

It’s time for my weekly check-in for the Fall Writing Bootcamp. Let’s see how I did:

  • Write 8000 words – I’ve got to buckle down and get to it.
  • Work on ONE aspect of revisions/edits – I got the plot holes taken care of on Orchids and Ash, now it’s time to work on characterization.
  • Send two queries – This goal speaks for itself.
  • Write three blog posts – This still counts as one

Only one goal out of four completed, and that one’s on a very loose translation of “completed” too. I got through eight thousand words this week, but it’s not all written down. I did so much running this week, that I didn’t have much of a chance to sit down at a computer to actually type anything out. So, I used the recorder function on my phone. I’m guestimating, of course, but with what I was able to transcribe yesterday and the amount I still have to go, I think I can safely say that I hit my 8K goal. YAY!

As for the other goals, well…

I got some revisions done, but not all. I’m about halfway through with checking my characterization. There are some things that I’ve changed in the beginning pages that require alterations in later pages. Also, something might change in later pages that will require changes in the beginning. So far, not a single character is the same as they were in the previous draft. I anticipate a lot of work ahead. (BRING IT ON!)

I didn’t send any queries. I just didn’t. I could have, but I didn’t. This wasn’t just a fail, it was an EPIC FAIL. *blows raspberries*

I wrote two blog posts, which is one less than my goal. I even cheated with the two I did post. The first was last week’s check-in and the other was a random gif of my kids playing with bubbles that I had stashed in my media library. I didn’t touch a computer at all on Tuesday. I posted from my freaking Kindle while using the WiFi at Starbucks in another town.  I could have used another gif yesterday, but the time I did have on the computer I dedicated to trying to complete the first goal (which is a bit more important than a random cat/kid/celebrity gif).

So this week basically came down to which goals I HAD TO complete and which goals were just secondary. I knew missing one blog post wouldn’t hurt anyone (physically I mean–I’m sure you all missed me terribly though ;-) ) and I can always send four queries next week to make up for the two I missed this week. The revisions on characterization were just a wee bit tougher than I thought they would be, but getting some done is better than getting none done so I’ll still put that in the WIN category.

Now, let’s move on to this week’s goals:

  • Write 8000 words – This in addition to transcribing last week’s words.
  • Work on ONE aspect of revisions/edits – How about I try to finish getting the characterization worked out?
  • Send two queries – This goal speaks for itself.
  • Write three blog posts – I’m going to continue counting check-ins as one ;-)

What are your writing goals for the week?

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Bootcamp Check-In

It’s week two of the Fall Writing Bootcamp, which means it’s time to check in. These were the goals for last week:

  • Write 8000 words - This is a large number, but it’s what must be in order to finish that 90K goal in twelve weeks. I know I can do it. It only takes 2000 words a day, four days a week for me to reach this goal, and that is a goal I know I can accomplish.
  • Work on ONE aspect of revisions/edits - It’s not a large book. It’s only about 23,000 words total right now. I can limit myself to one bit of revisions and edits per week and be just fine in finishing it by November 30. For this week (until next Thursday), I’ll focus on plot holes.
  • Send two queries – …So, yeah. That’s… That’s pretty much it for this one.
  • Write three blog posts – This counts as one. Because I say so.

As you can see from the strike-throughs, I got three out of four goals done. The 8K wasn’t as successful, but the first bits are always harder for me to get through. All I can do is keep going.

This week’s goals are:

  • Write 8000 words – I’ve got to buckle down and get to it.
  • Work on ONE aspect of revisions/edits – I got the plot holes taken care of on Orchids and Ash, now it’s time to work on characterization.
  • Send two queries – This goal speaks for itself.
  • Write three blog posts – This still counts as one ;-)

Same goals, different week. See you next Thursday=)

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Net Neutrality

 

Seriously. Don’t let the FCC take net neutrality away from us.

I have no interest in paying more money (than I already do) to internet providers just so I have a fast enough connection to stream Magic Schoolbus for my kids. I have no interest in watching online businesses die out because they can’t afford to pay internet providers money just to make sure traffic doesn’t die out because of slow connections. I know people with businesses that depend on the internet to be successful. As a writer, I too have a stake in this. How long before I have to pay internet providers to keep my blog up so when I’m published, the fans of my work can click through to see my tour schedule or when my next book comes out?

Don’t sit by and let the FCC take away net neutrality just because some internet providers want to increase their bottom line.

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Random Monday

Today feels like a Star Trek day. Which should be easy, except that I’ll have to dive into a basket full of our DVDs and Blu Rays in search of the first one.  We’ve been trying to catalogue our movies and get them put away, but it’s taken us well over a month. Mainly because we aren’t actually doing it. Also, because my books take up all the shelf space in the house, so there’s no where to put them.

I enjoy the new iterations. I grew up on The Next Generation, and thanks to my older brother’s extensive collection of movies and full series when I was in high school, I was able to main line the original series and Deep Space 9 in one summer. Netflix provided more opportunity with Voyager a few years later.

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I’m enjoying the update on WordPress. Before, I’d always have to scroll up or down with my mouse to add a link or change the font or style while I’m typing. With the update, the menu bar stays with the text, so there’s no scrolling up required.

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I found the first Star Trek movie and put it in the Blu Ray player. Poor Thor. Poor doctor from House. Poor baby Kirk. Yep. I need a Kleenex. Every time.

I know a lot of people were upset over various aspects of the new movies, but I never got it. I never actually cared what people were upset about, honestly. I (and a lot of other people) enjoy the movies, and that’s all that matters in the end.

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I’ve started trying something new with my coffee. Nothing major. I just add a couple of teaspoons of Nesquik to my Starbucks vanilla medium roast. It’s not bad. I recently bought a latte kit, too. Just K-cups for my Keurig, but it was fun to watch the froth form. It was delicious too. I went through it in a week. I will most definitely buy more.

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My brother’s girlfriend is coming over in a couple of hours. I’ve agreed to help her one day this fall at a camp she does for teenagers. It focuses on living through loss and grief as a teen. I had just become a teenager when my mother passed away from cancer, so I hope I can help in some way. It’s rough. It will never be easy. But their shoulders will get stronger with time, until the grief isn’t so crushing. 

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I have a lot of writing to do today. I have to write at least 2000 words to meet my weekly goal. All I have to do is drop the inner editor and enter some sort of zen writing mode. We’ll see how that goes. I better get started.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Monday. =)

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Fall Writing Bootcamp: Weekly Check-In

The Fall Writing Bootcamp hosted by YA Buccaneers started on Monday, and I decided to join on Tuesday. I didn’t know until yesterday what I would be working on due to my submission to #PitchWars, but since mentees and alternates were revealed, I have decided.

So, how about a full list of goals?

  • Completely draft my new Urban Fantasy – I recently saw an article on the internet pertaining to a particular ancient civilization that pushed this idea into fruition. It’s an idea I had a few months ago while talking to Hubs about magic and that same civilization. Enter plot bunnies who took over my brain. I’ve got the final wordcount goal at 90K, so I’ll have my work cut out for me.
  • Finish revising and editing Orchids and Ash – I loved writing the story for the A to Z Challenge, and I loved what I ended up with. Because of that, I want to make it the first of a series of novellas–all (very loosely) based on fairy tales–and self-publish them.
  • Continue querying The Changeling – I haven’t sent any queries for a while, mainly due to the #PitchWars submission. Now, I can dive back into the query trenches. I’ll try to send out two to five queries a week.
  • Blog a bit more – I’ve been blogging about once a week for a while now and it’s killing me. I love blogging, but I’ve been so swamped by I don’t even know what that I just haven’t. Time to change that! I want to blog at least three times a week, even if it’s just a gif of cute cats or something.

I’m going to take full advantage of the hashtags for accountability. I have the house to myself for at least six hours a day, five days a week, so I’m hoping to get a few sprints in with fellow bootcampers (and anyone else who would want to join) throughout the week. Luckily, there’s also the Friday Night Writes (@FriNightWrites) sprints to look forward to with #WriteClub.

But, before I get all overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have to do to reach my end goal, how about I set up a weekly goal too.

  • Write 8000 words - This is a large number, but it’s what must be in order to finish that 90K goal in twelve weeks. I know I can do it. It only takes 2000 words a day, four days a week for me to reach this goal, and that is a goal I know I can accomplish.
  • Work on ONE aspect of revisions/edits - It’s not a large book. It’s only about 23,000 words total right now. I can limit myself to one bit of revisions and edits per week and be just fine in finishing it by November 30. For this week (until next Thursday), I’ll focus on plot holes.
  • Send two queries – …So, yeah. That’s… That’s pretty much it for this one.
  • Write three blog posts – This counts as one. Because I say so. ;-)

So, there we have it. Come back by next Thursday and I’ll let you know how I’ve done=)

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#IWSG: Moving Forward

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is a monthly blog hop created by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about it, check out the blog and join the Facebook Group.

The #PitchWars reveal happened at 12:00 AM today. I stayed up for it and joined Natasha Raulerson and Tiffany Rosenthal for their special #PitchWars Reveal episode of Whiskey, Wine, and Writing. They had a guest moderator, Nikki Roberti, and several of the mentors hopped on to answer questions and take part in the fun. You can watch the playback on Natasha’s blog.

I didn’t get picked, but that’s okay. I hardened myself to that fact when Dan Kobalt blogged about the numbers involved this year. Over 1200 entries meant a less than 6% chance of getting picked. WHOA! That doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel.

 


Rae (Huffaker) Chang will be posting homework assignments for her mentee and alt picks and encourages anyone else to follow along. I plan on doing so.

I’ve also committed myself to join the YA Buccaneers Fall Writing bootcamp.

Fall Writing Bootcamp
I’ve got a start on a yet untitled Urban Fantasy. I don’t know if it’s going to be YA or NA yet because I haven’t met all of my characters or learned all of the story. I have a feeling this is going to be an outline-as-you-go kind of WIP. I’m excited about it though, so I can’t wait to really dive in.  Expect weekly updates and goal-setting posts. :-)

There are more contests coming up, and today is #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List) so I haven’t given up on querying. Especially since there’s a new site dedicated to streamlining it. I’m probably going to live there for the next few days as they continue to index the posts under the correct tags. There are already a LOT of tags, so it’s worth it to go look at today.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful August, and I hope you have a fabulous September=)

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by Katie Doyle