Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Check-in

It was nice to see Eli, Lisa, and Kendra at the Powell's signing last night! There was a good showing. And I really liked the panel discussion.

Okay, for check-in. I did miserably this week. And I really can't blame it on the gkids because they weren't here for most of it! I had promo stuff and work stuff that got in the way. I did some more research, but ended up with less than 1000 words this week. I worked on the synopsis, figured out more back story to make the characters more rounded, and have defined more of the secondary roles. But word count- not great!

And I don't foresee next week looking any better. The gkids will be back, I have four all day chats scheduled at reader loops, and I'm judging for two days for a 4-H event(which I get paid).

I hope everyone else had a productive week!


Lori Barber said...

I stole snippets of time four days this week and worked on my WIP. I added two scenes and edited several pages. It felt wonderful to get back into it.

Paty Jager said...

Yeah, Lori! I'm glad you found the time to sneak back into your story!

Alice Sharpe said...

It looks like you had a good time at the signing. Wish I could have been there.

I got no writing done this week. Thought of a new book idea but that's all -- though that is hardly a small thing. Writing, as we all know, is made up of many aspect.

On a plus note, I received a very nice letter from a woman in Fresno who enjoyed Avenging Angel and said she is going to look for my other books. How generous people are to write and tell you they love your work and encourage you to keep writing.

I think a lot of us are semi-between projects, Paty, in the planning, selling, waiting stages that don't produce daily word counts, don't you?

Oh, and Genene, we're back from the coast. The floors look great, the house still smells as the fumes dissipate, and I am sick of living in the dining room.

Alice Sharpe said...

Oh, Lori, congrats on making time to get into your book!

Karen Duvall said...

It was fun last night. It reminded me a lot of the booksignings I used to do in Denver.

I've made no word-gathering progress since last weekend, however research is going just dandy. I'm deep into world building at the moment as I've decided to add a steampunk setting and timeline to the story. I hear you all going "huh? What's steampunk?" If you saw the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or read H.G. Well's Time Machine or Jules' Verne's 20 thousand Leagues Under the Sea, that's what I'm talking about. It's an ambitious undertaking, but what the hell. I'm excited!

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen, I am familiar withTime Machine and 20,000 Leagues and I still don't know what you mean by steampunk setting. Maybe I'll Google it...

Alice Sharpe said...

Wikepedia offers the following:

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.

Karen Duvall said...

Very good, Alice! I'm taking the alternate history route. My setting is New York City during a 21st century industrial age that never progressed beyond the steam engine.

Genene Valleau said...

So glad the booksigning at Powell's went well! Maybe they will have more events like this on a regular basis.

Alice, glad you're back. Hope you get a fumeless house soon -- as well as the use of the rest of the rooms. :)

Steampunk -- I love it! Thank you, Karen, for adding a new word to my vocabulary. Glad you are having a good time with your new story. And thank you, Alice, for looking up what it means, because I didn't have a clue.

I'm looking forward to actually doing some edits and plotting this coming week, so I'll actually have some progress to share on check-in day.

Hope everyone has a good week!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Lisa was in evesdropping mode Friday night and said she overheard the Powell's woman say the romance signing was one of the best attended author events like this they've promoted so far. Apparantly they've done the same for sci fi and mystery. So way to go romance authors (and readers)!!!

I'm so glad we came up, Paty. I just wish we'd gotten there sooner to hear you all speak. I had no idea they were doing that. I thought it would just be a normal group booksigning like at National.

As for my week...not bad. I finished my revisions on book one. I'm just giving it one more quick read-through before sending to my editor, then I'm diving into the revisions for book two this week. My goal is to get these done, then get crackin' on book three.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Way to go, Lori, on your progress!

Alice, thinking about plots and books and ideas is as much a form of writing as is the actual writing. I know without all that pondering I can't produce a word when it's time to sit down at the laptop and write. And very cool about the woman in Fresno!!

Karen, I'm glad we got to chat Friday night. It was so great to see you and hear about all your excitement! I have fingers and toes (and arms and legs and really really blond hair because my hair dresser messed up and can't fix it until Tuesday) crossed for you.

Genene, the host at Powell's mentioned they're hoping to do this once or twice a year, so next time I expect to see you sitting on that panel!!

Lisa and I took some pictures. Hopefully we'll get them up on the website this week. I'll post when we do so those of you who couldn't attend get to see the fun.

Karen Duvall said...

I got an email from the Powell's event coordinator yesterday asking if I'd like to return for a similar event in September. So Genene, if the paper version of your book is out by then, you can participate, too. 8^)

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- I'd like to participate in the September signing, too. if someone would be kind enough to pass along the information, I'd appreciate it.

Kudos to Lurking Lisa. Makes me think having someone prone to eavesdropping would be a fantastic trait for a character. In fact, in all the cozies, the main attribute of the protagonist (mostly, it seems) is their curiosity.

Ahem, I myself have a penchant for listening in to other conversations. Fascinating!!!

Karen Duvall said...

Alice, you'll want to talk to Marti at the Beaverton Powell's. Her email address is:

Marti Guthrie

Genene Valleau said...

Thanks to all who eavesdropped and persevered in this booksigning. I should have print books soon, so would love to participate in the September signing. I made a note on my calendar and will watch for more details. :)

wavybrains said...

Way to go, Ladies! Awesome job with the book signing.

Rough week in Mama land and Teacher Ville. Little writing, but still thinking through scenes. Back to work this week--maybe a page a day just to get SOMETHING.