Saturday, February 16, 2008

CHALLENGE CHECK-IN


Another week has rolled on by. How is everyone doing?

Don't you love the last two chapters of a book? It's like you've climbed a large hill pulling a very heavy sleigh, and then you've drug that sleigh across a plateau, dodging boulders and depressions and trees that spring up out of nowhere and now, finally, you are pushing off the downhill slope, and it's a clear and fast ride to the bottom. After weeks of huffing and puffing, you feel the wind in your face and exhilaration in your heart! Watch out below, I'm coming down!

I have one more chapter and an epilogue to go. I hope it all fits. I know there's that sinkhole back a few chapters, and I know there's some pretty shoddy, hastily written passages lurking, but I'm pretty sure I know my way now and the only trouble will be fitting it all into thirty pages. Probably will write forty and then cut ten out of the middle.

Thirty-four pages this week, how did you guys do?

19 comments:

Alice Sharpe said...

Checking my box so I'll be alerted if anyone is around today and has news to report!

Alice Sharpe said...

My, my, everyone is out playing in the sunshine, huh? Good for you guys. I've got my thousand words in, on page 261, anticipating some major revision to get things making sense, but one more chapter to go and then snip, cut, whack.

Cross your fingers the sun stays around another day because tomorrow, I am not writing!

Barbara said...

I love that cartoon, Alice! Congratulations on getting your thousand words in on such a beautiful day. Good luck on the downhill ride with the wind in your face. Best wishes for a HEA landing!

Lori Barber said...

Today, I attended the Oregon Christian Writers conference at Corban College is Salem. A mere 7 minutes from my doorstep.

I didn't get any further rewrites done this week. Instead, I spend hours sewing a quilt for our first grandchild due in June...priority, you know. I plan to have it finished for the baby shower next month.

Alice Sharpe said...

Barbara, thanks for the good wishes and for keeping me company! Bring me up to date where you are with your writing...

Alice Sharpe said...

Lori -- You went to a writer's conference and didn't report! Did you see my friend, Nick Harrison, from Harvest House? Was it good? Did you learn anything you can share?????


And congrats on #1 grandchild, share what kind of quilt you are making!!!!!

Piper Lee said...

Congratulations Alice! I'm so glad your finally at the sewing/karate stage of your book. At least that's what it sounds like from the "snip, cut, whack" stuff. LOL

And you're in luck! The sunshine is supposed to last all through the weekend until Tuesday when mister ugly, rainy face shows up again.

My dh is going to rototill up some spots for me tomorrow so I can plant when the soil warms. I'm sooooo excited and getting major spring fever!

Does this happen to anyone else in February? That whole February sunshine giving you a false start on spring like it does me? Ugh! It's torture!

Lori Barber said...

Alice, congrats on getting your words in and finding the downhill side of your book. Even if you stayed indoors to write the sun is still nice to see.

I didn't see your friend, Nick Harrison yesterday. There weren't any agents or publishers present. It was really a workshop, rather than a conference, though they title it a conference. I attended 3 workshops. The first, 'Scene & Sequence' by keynote speaker Gail Sattler, from Vancouver, Canada. The 2nd 'The Art of the Critique Group', by Linda Clare of Eugene Oregon. The 3rd 'Opening Lines' by Bonnie Leon. I learned something new from all three sessions.

Lindy Jacobs from Bend was there too. What a joy to see her again...a real wonderful lady. She attended one of our RWA beach retreats. We took the Critique class together. She's going to be on local Bend TV with our own Paty Jager this week talking about critiquing.

I'll share more on my blog about the workshops this Tuesday.

Lori Barber said...

Alice, congrats on getting your words in and finding the downhill side of your book. Even if you stayed indoors to write the sun is still nice to see.

I didn't see your friend, Nick Harrison yesterday. There weren't any agents or publishers present. It was really a workshop, rather than a conference, though they title it a conference. I attended 3 workshops. The first, 'Scene & Sequence' by keynote speaker Gail Sattler, from Vancouver, Canada. The 2nd 'The Art of the Critique Group', by Linda Clare of Eugene Oregon. The 3rd 'Opening Lines' by Bonnie Leon. I learned something new from all three sessions.

Lindy Jacobs from Bend was there too. What a joy to see her again...a real wonderful lady. She attended one of our RWA beach retreats. We took the Critique class together. She's going to be on local Bend TV with our own Paty Jager this week talking about critiquing.

I'll share more on my blog about the workshops this Tuesday.

Lori Barber said...

Alice, I forgot to share what kind of baby quilt I'm sewing. It's a pinwheel and a star in a variation of the pinwheel. I didn't use a pattern, just my noggin. There are 6 star squares (approx 7" square), a setting strip, 2 rows of 6 pinwheels, another setting strip, and another row of stars. It's in pinks, yellows and greens. I'm ready to baste it together. Wish I could pop it in the stove, bake for two hours and it's done. Don't know whether I'll tie it or consider having The Quilted Forest machine quilt it for me. I've never machine quilted, only done it by hand, but that takes too long. I'd never get it finished on time.

I don't know why my last comment came up twice. Mmm...

wavybrains said...

Came over for the synposis post, but I just had to say that I love the cartoon.

Christine Young said...

I'm almost through with my first round of edits for Highland Song. I have to do fact sheet and then I'll be happily plugging away at my other book. My awesome swimming girls were 4th at State yesterday. Their 4th place included two state titles and two records. Woohoo. It was unexpected but wonderful. I was just hoping they would be in the top twelve.

Alice Sharpe said...

Piper -- The Feb false spring gets me every single year!!! Every year. I think, this is it, spring is 'right around the bend and then the rain settles in for three more months!!!!!

Nasty stuff.

Wavy, I love that cartoon, too. It tells the truth... nice to see you even for a short comment. I liked your answer on the synopsis thing.

Chris! Congrats to your swimmers and to you as a coach. That's wonderful news. Hope the final edits go smoothly.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Everyone's doing so great!

I finished my revisions and sent my ms to my agent. Now I'm back working on the wip. Haven't done much besides reread the first half and made minor revisions. I'm trying to get back into it.

Way to go, Alice, on being 'so' close!!

And congrats to Chris's girls! That's awesome!

Paty Jager said...

Congrats everyone on your writing accomplishments! Way to go Alice! Yes those last two chapters are the bomb! I love writing them because they are the HEA and tying up all the loose ends.

Lori, thanks for the plug!

Chris, great news about your swimmers and your writing!

Eli, congrats on the revisions!

I was gone all weekend. Attended a granddaughter's birthday in Baker City. But as I posted last week the third Halsey brother book is finished in first draft. I have to go back through now and polish it up. But it will wait until after I do one more run through of Spirit of the Mountain as my editor wants it the end of March. So all my check ins will be revison work or the contemporary that is knocking at the door really wanting to be written. I just have to meet with one of my resource people end of March and I'll be set to take off on that one. Even though I've already written the beginning of the book. ;)

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, it's great to have a new project knocking on the door.

If the last two chapters of a book are tying loose ends and HEA, I'm doing something wrong, because mine are the heaviest part of the book! Uh oh. Everything is going south in a hand-basket! Everyone is in danger! The HEA won't come until the last two pages! Well, we'll see. I may have to cut a chunk out of the middle to make room for the end...

Paty Jager said...

Alice, don't worry, you've been writing Intrigues a lot longer than I've been writing historical westerns, and I have a feeling your formula is better than mine! Good luck with all the mayhem!

Danita Cahill said...

Congrats on the downhill sled ride, Alice. Good for you. For me, the last chapters are the most painful to write. Maybe because I know I'll soon be letting go of my baby. Or maybe because there are so danged many loose ends to knot up into a bow. Who knows? But in my rewrite, it is those last 30 pages that are like pulling teeth to get just right. Anyway, that's where I'm at.

And you go girl, you and your blog-techno skills at posting pics now. My aunt loves Maxine too.

Wasn't it a beautiful weekend? I cleaned out my whiskey barrels and old wheelbarrows and planted a flat of violas. Fun.

Danita Cahill said...

Lori,
congrats again on the upcoming grandchild. The quilt sounds beautiful. My mom was quite the quilter. She left me several. Everyone is precious.

Chris -- your girls (and you) are champs!