Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday Check in

Yes, I'm a blog hog this week! LOL

So how did everyone do this week? I didn't write a single word on my WIP. My company had me hopping all week and I was on two reader loop chats which I did miserably at because of not enough computer time. Then yesterday and today I am judging 4-H presentations. Which is fun. I learned how to skin and mount a duck and make a chicken yesterday along with a plethera of other things. Looking forward to what I'll learn today! However, there is some down time inbetween the kids so I have a long a couple of the books I'm reading for research on the WIP. So I am getting something done!

Has the change in weather made it harder for you to stay focused on the writing?


Elisabeth Naughton said...

You ARE a blog hog this week!! LOL. But it's great - more to read. ;)

Okay...shuddering a the "skin and mount a duck" sentence. I don't even WANT to know more about that. Yesterday when my running partner and I went for our ten mile run (YES, you read that right...TEN MILES), a mother duck with seven baby chicks crossed the road in front of us. My running partner and I blocked traffic so she and her babies could get across safely. They were SOOOOO cute! (Though why I went out of my way to save them, I'll never know. I have a fear of birds...mostly geese, but I'm not wild about adult ducks either...must be an OSU thing???? Teeheehee) Sounds like you had a busy (and interesting) week, Paty. And researching IS working, so cut yourself some slack.

As for me, I finished my revisions on STOLEN FURY - my first release. I'm about halfway through revisions on the second release - STOLEN HEAT. And mulling over where I'm going with book three. On the plus side, I had an idea for a new proposal to send my editor. I'm going to let it percolate for a while before I write anything up though.

And the heat...ay ya ya. 101 here yesterday. The kids had a baseball game. It was MISERABLE. My car said 99 when we were driving home from the game at 7:20pm. I had to run yesterday morning for my training schedule and the daycare at the gym doesn't open until 9am. By 9am it was already 76 degrees, so it was a miserable run, too. I think by the time we finished the ten miles it was 88 degrees. Needless to say, yesterday the heat DEFINITELY got to me. I didn't have the energy to work on revisions when the kids all finally went to bed. But I am hoping to get at least something done today.

Thanks for putting up the check-in!

Alice Sharpe said...

I emailed my editor with a desperate plea, asking her to read my proposal and save me from my maniacal dh and his crazed home improvement plans. She said to give her a week. Of course, an editor's week may be different than a week for me, so we'll see. I trust she'll get to me when she can and if she hates the proposals, maybe later is better than sooner!

I did reread the proposal yesterday. We'll see.

As for the weather? Ack! Thyfpt!

Genene Valleau said...

I agree with Eli about the skinning and mounting a duck -- there are some things I just don't want to know. Though it could come in handy in a story some day.

Ah, the weather. Didn't we have snow a couple weeks ago? Eli, your run sounds absolutely miserable. Kudos to you for sticking with it. It was great weather for bathing dogs, though only two of them got baths and two got trims. The Cocker Spaniel only got a partial trim. I had no idea their fur was so thick! There was more fur than dog on that little boy!

However, as I mentioned on the blog yesterday, I finished revisions on my December release, FEATHERS ON THE FLOOR, and sent that off to my publisher. Yes, Alice, that feels sooooo good!

Next up on the writing front: cleaning up my office so I have space to plot that nine-book series over the next few weeks. I don't think cleaning the office counts as writing-related, though, unless I'm thinking about the stories. :)

I'll also finish up the cover for FEATHERS and do the author questionnaire by the end of May. Not a word count, but definitely progress!

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, can you tell me a little about what your nine book proposal encompasses, i.e., what is the thread? I'm dying of curiosity.

Kendra said...

Am I the only one who wants an explanation on skin and mount a duck?

Everyone sounds so productive. I've done diddly-squat since vacation. It didn't help that I bought a half dozen books at Powells that night. I finished them all a few days ago.

Does anyone else go through this? Sometimes I spend two or three weeks unable to open a file and simply read, read, read. I feel like I'm avoiding everything.

Alice Sharpe said...

Kendra, everyone I know goes through what you're going through. Didn't you recently finish a long project? It's called down time, and I like to think of it as a field lying fallow, getting ready for the next hapless seed that comes its way.

That said, I, too, get very impatient with myself when I can't get myself to focus. You will, though, it'll come, you just aren't ready -- besides, you're way too busy reading (another form of reseeding the field!!!)

My two cents.

Also, I always find it hard to come home from vacation and settle down right away.

Karen Duvall said...

Oh, yeah, the heat messed with me yesterday. I felt like I was melting, or at least my brain was. I can't write with a melting brain. That's my excuse, anyway.

OMG, Eli, 101? Eeeks! I don't think we got that high in Central Oregon, but it's so dry here that we may not have felt it so intensely. We don't have air conditioning in our house, so I'm already planning how to escape the heat when it actually becomes summer. Probably the library. Maybe a couple of coffee shops. I just know I can't hang out here or I might have to seriously hurt the individual who refused to let me have air conditioning installed. Grrr...

No progress on the new WIP. This is story dreaming time. I'm in serious need of a brainstorming session.

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- I could use a brainstorming session, too. I wonder how we can make it happen.

Btw, you can buy a room air conditioner that doesn't have to be installed. They work pretty good and running one ought to be cheaper than buying gas to and from coffee shops and libraries and how can the dh complain when it's just a little box thing???

Karen Duvall said...

Yeah, Alice, it would be fun to do a group brainstorming session. Obviously not in person. How about a real-time chat? We could set up a chat room at bravenet or someplace else with chat room service. Have our own little brainstorming session for chapter members who want to participate. It's kind of like instant messaging.

Flo Moyer said...

Karen, that brainstorming chat session sounds great! I need it too, even if I only brainstorm for other people.

"Blog hog"---> cute.

Alice, I'll be watching for news with your submission.

To catch everyone up on me, I didn't need revisions on the Feb 09 book, apparently, and will be getting copyedits in July. So right now I'm focusing on getting something new to my editor. I've been reading research and working up a new proposal. Had some down time when I messed up an upgrade on my computer. (You don't want details, trust me.) Luckily, I had everything backed up, and reformatted and reinstalled, but what a pain.

Pain--been having one malady after another. This week it's an ankle that just went sore on me, and I had to stop doing my treadmill.. No twists, no turns, nothing--just started getting sore. I bought new walking sneakers/shoes. (I call them both because of their cost. Let's just say, I thought the sign said 1/2 off. It said 1/2 off the second pair if you buy the first pair.) THAT'S how my month's been going.

Anyhooo, this week specifically--read two novels. Wrote more pages--didn't keep track.
You all keep up the great work. :-)

Karen Duvall said...

Great, Flo! Brainstormers unite! We really ought to do this. What say our fearless leader, Eli?

I'm reading Stephanie Rowe's MUST LOVE DRAGONS. It's a paranormal romantic comedy and very cute. A really fast read, and it's part of a series, so I'm looking forward to the rest (which I bought at Powell's during our signing).

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Alice!

I've got a book about three-quarters done and the heroine has seven brothers. Of course, they all needed their own story. However, an eight-book series just didn't seem like the right number. Nine seemed much better. So I decided the parents' story would be #9.

The common thread will be the father's legacy -- a larger-than-life policeman killed in the line of duty.

As the series progresses, one major piece about the father's real legacy will be uncovered in each book. He literally got away with murder because the good-ol-boy police department he was working for thought the truth would do irreparable damage to the department. However, his guilt is what drove him to heroics and to adopt all these kids.

In the final book (told mostly from the mother's point of view), the good he did in his life time will be the legacy he is remembered by rather than the crime he committed.

Haven't thought much about a market yet. I'm going to let the stories come together a bit first and then see where they might fit.

So nice of you to ask about my series. I thought I'd bored everyone about it already!

Genene Valleau said...

P.S. Isn't our June meeting about planning series of books? That might not be soon enough and might not be what you had in mind, but it should be fun!

Karen Duvall said...

Wow, Genene, what an ambitious project! Sounds fun, though. And you sound pretty excited about it, which says a lot about how good it will be. 8^) Your enthusiasm will certainly shine through.

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, I had never heard a word about this -- what a great concept and karen is right, your enthusiasm speaks volumes.

I look forward to hearing how this progresses. It sounds like you'll be working on it for years! (I would...)

Alice Sharpe said...

Flo! Ack! I hate those buy one get one for half price. I usually don't want two of whatever it is. On the other hand, it's a sale.

Sorry about the computer problems. I shudder when I dare to think it could happen to me -- well, it has and no doubt will again -- law of averages. I have to go hyperventilate now.

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- I don't know if a real time chat would work for me. It's hard for me to brainstorm with my fingers, i.e. typing and not talking. I'd be willing to give it a try but I have a feeling I'm better when it's verbal.

Flo Moyer said...

Genene--that whole story setup sounds really good. :-)

Alice, breathe deeeeply. LOL

Well, a new week. I'm hoping for the best production wise for us all. :-) I'll watch the email loop for if you schedule a brainstorming session. Or even if you open a temporary Yahoogroups and we do it on there for a couple of days, which would give us time to think about whatever is presented for brainstorming.

Paty Jager said...

Hi All!

Sorry I didn't elaborate on the duck then left you hanging. I was judging more presentations Saturrday and then the dh kept me hopping all day on Sunday.

For those who want to know. A young lady gave a presentation on taxidermy. Using pictures and props and she explained how to skin a duck, take care of the skina nd feathers and then mount it on a foam form and- there you have a stuffed duck that looks just like the real thing.

Your series sounds awesome, Genene!

Don't worry Kendra a little down time is good between projects.

Eli, I hate running! You are more discpilined than I would ever be.

Alice, your editor is going to love your proposal. After all you wrote it!

Karen, A brain storming session would be fun. Maybe we need to set asaide a Saturday to do it if an online one wouldn't work for people.

Flo, yuck to the computer woes. My computer is acting wierd lately and I think it has to do with the stuff I loaded to get itunes. So it's coming off today!

Hope everyone has a successful week!
I'm off to the library to read micro film from a 1881 newspaper.

Genene Valleau said...

Sorry, all! I got sidetracked with doggie duty and didn't get back to the blog on Sunday. However, since I'm suffering blog withdrawal this morning, I'm baaaack! LOL!

Yes, I'm excited about my nine-book series. I've been jotting down thoughts off and on all morning.

Alice, I don't want to think about how long it will take to write these or I'll give up now! So I'll live in denial while I plan and plot, then face reality later. Kinda like turning off the internal editor. :)

If we brainstorm online, I like the idea of having an option to look at something, think about it awhile and then come back to it later if nothing comes to mind immediately. In person (and this might be the case with instant messaging) one person's idea can trigger another thought and another. However, last night my brainstorming cells were exhausted, but this morning ideas are flowing. Sometimes it takes awhile for me. Could we use both ways?

Hope to see most of you at the meeting tomorrow!