Sunday, January 13, 2008

CHALLENGE UPDATE




My husband took this photo a couple of years ago. The Pelicans remind me of us. You know, all on the same journey, traveling together for strength.

Anyway, how is everyone doing? We all know Chris has been writing up a storm, Paty is overachieving, Karen is lost somewhere in a spooky rewriting cave. How about the rest of us?

Our challenges are specialized this time, but accountability can keep even the most devout (or harried) writer on track at times, so lets all check in, restate our goals and reveal if we're happy with our progress and brainstorm on how to make it better if we're not. I know some haven't started yet as they had health issues to overcome or previous obligations to fulfill, but check in anyway! Keep in touch...

10 comments:

Alice Sharpe said...

I'll go first. My goal is to write at least five pages every day which will see this book finished a week before it's due and give me time for rewriting. Obviously, I am not anticipating a lot of rewriting. Cross your fingers. I'm on track, a little ahead, I guess. Page 120, today. Ack, maybe that's behind. It doesn't matter, I'll get it done or die trying! Seeing as edits from the book I just sent in ten days ago arrived yesterday, there's a little bit more to do. Plus the dh is making noise about needing my tax stuff....

I need wine.

Lori Barber said...

The rewrite wagon is due to pull up at my door tomorrow morning and I aim to be on it! Ya-hoo!
Lori

Paty Jager said...

I start toddler watch tomorrow morning as my daughter is headed to the hospital at 5 am for either a turning and inducing or a c-section.

So I hope to get my 1000 words tonight, but we are going to watch Comanche Moon so that will take up two hours. (can't miss a good western by Larry McMurtry)

I haven't written anything since the airport marathon, but will get started as soon as I post this.

Glad you're hopping on that wagon, Lori! And good luck with the edits and the writing, Alice!

Karen Duvall said...

Alice, did you say you need whine? Oh, wine! 8^) I get it.

I have emerged from the revision cave triumphant! The rewrites are basically done, so now I await the verdict from my RMFW critique group, and my fab crit partner in the UK.

I have to say I'm wonderfully encouraged by various readers in the web world. They don't even know me, yet have posted praise for Knight's Curse in a few blogs, and I'm on cloud nine about it. 8^) I may not be involved in your word challenge, Alice, but I'm still working on my book in other ways. The synopsis is kicking my a$$.

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- I got it! Congrats on the edits and the buzz.

Lori, welcome aboard, Ma'am, take a seat over near others, no shoving or pushing, plenty of room for all.

Paty, by now your daughter is well on the way to presenting you with another grandchild! And you are hip deep in toddler watch. Good luck and keep us posted.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I'm here too, albeit late.

Okay, the 1000-words per day thing isn't going to work for me right now because I, too, am in rewrite mode, doing the revisions my agent asked for. I've put the wip on hold until these are done. Hopefully it won't take too long. Grrrrr....

And hear this now, if I EVER make any noise about writing a reunion story again, someone please slap me silly.

Danita Cahill said...

Alice, I could just about picture you in a short, jaunty, pleated skirt, waving around a set of pom-poms. Hee-hee. But now I have to imagine the cheerleading outfit on a pelican. HA ha ha! I liked your analogie on the birds, and your DH's photo too.

My goal was to get through my final draft of this d%#@* book in a months time. I'm on page 99 so far, so nearly a third of the way.

Good for you, Alice. Page 120 of fresh stuff is great. And what a dreamboat that DH of yours is. He takes beautiful photographs and does the taxes....you lucky girl.

Alice Sharpe said...

LOL, Eli. I swear, someday we are going to have a gabfest about reunion stories. The book I just finished was also one of those. Until then, I'd written only two or thee of them over the years. They come fraught with danger as you know. On the one hand, you have an established if currently defunct relationship which always kind of makes me feel better than stories where the heroine (who has never been good with men) falls head over heels with the hero after two days. I keep thinking, Wait, she's no good with men. Maybe this is why, duh.

But on the other hand, they come mired in backstory and trauma that is old trauma and if you're writing a RS, all that angsting keeps getting in the way and it gets hard!!!!

Ack! No more reunion stories for me either, not for awhile at least! But way to go on getting in there and getting your hands dirty.

Alice Sharpe said...

Danita, trust me, the short pleated skirt would way better on the pelicans.

Page 99 of slogging is great progress. I imagine your goal is to get it done BB (before birth). Are you simply (!) cleaning up the book or are you changing tense like I believe you mentioned you might do at one time?

Danita Cahill said...

Funny, this book I'm working on is a reunion story too. Never done one before. Aside from the info dump at the beginning, which I've since cut out, I haven't encountered many problems with it.

Just tweaking this ms. for the most part, Alice. No plans to change tense in this book, that's the first one, which I have yet to get to rewrites on.