Saturday, October 17, 2009


Status: pg. 180

Egads! I hoped to be twenty pages further along by today but here I am. Well, I have excuses ranging from sick days to, well, sick days, but in the end it's the inevitable stop and go traffic pattern of writing that slowed me down as I figured out this and that and the other thing.

Properly humbled, I will do the math -- hang on a minute, please....

Okay, for me personally, I need one hundred pages in four weeks. Twenty-five pages a week. More if I plan to have time to let it sit a couple of days and polish. I've been heavily rewriting as I go this time, going back and forth a lot to even things out and correct oversights, etc... Other than writing in a mother for the heroine (and then quickly shipping her off to Greece for a romantic honeymoon with husband number four) I'm pretty set. My dh told me he wishes I wouldn't speed through action scenes. I'm working on how I feel about adapting his comments. Feedback is nice.

And now I turn the stage over to you with a leading question: Is anyone doing the write the book in a month thing that I can't recall the name of? And what is that called?


Paty Jager said...

Nano WriMo, Alice. I should since I need to get my half of a book done, but I hope to have it done by our next meeting. I'm still thinking about it.

I finished the edits on DIP as I said at the meeting on Thursday. And started the edits on Spirit. My goal next week is to have the edits done and get back into the Sisters, book.

You may not be where you wanted but you are moving forward. That's the goal.

Now back to cleaning the house.

Alice Sharpe said...

I had the Nano part, Paty, but I could not remember the Wrimo. Makes perfect sense.

You mentioned at the meeting that you had a book (or two) with TWRP that you weren't sure were contracted yet. Which ones were those?

House cleaning. Ack! How did the Friday night thing go?

Bethany Gabbert said...

Good luck, Alice and Paty! I know that you will meet your deadlines!

I am considering doing NaNoWriMo if I can work out childcare for a few hours a week to help spur me. It should also be a busy month for me teaching wise, but I desparetely need something to spur me on.

Speaking of spurring, Debbie's AWESOME presentation gave me a big kick in the rear, and I can give you a sneak peek at:

Comments? Ideas? I'm still playing with colors, but this is the basic layout. I'm thinking that the navigation bars colors need to change, but I'm still toying with what.

I also had a couple of plotting breakthroughs this week which is always nice.

Alice Sharpe said...

bethany, I think your website is looking fabulous, darling! It's adorable. Love the girl reading at top and the colors you've chosen and it seemed easy to navigate to me. Debbie was inspirational to me, too. I wish I had the abilities to carry through on some of this, but I've visited some of the sites and am making plans.

Meanwhile, I hope you can arrange for child care a few hours a week so you can Nano (I've decided to shorten it.) It seems like it would really help jump start your book.

Elisabeth Naughton said... your site!!! It looks great. I updated mine last night and changed up the homepage to make it more user-friendly. Still not sure what I'm doing with my site with the new genre, but I"ll figure it out. Eventually. ;)

I'm writing this afternoon. Like Alice, I have a book due in a little over a month and this week wasn't productive for me either. Between getting settled after vacation, dealing with a head cold and now managing the Gremlins on my own, I haven't gotten nearly as much done as I need to. I want to have it done by mid-Nov. so I have a week to polish. The whole thing is due 12.1 and I have about 45K words still to write. I guess that's at least 10K words per week. Eeek! Looks like I'm NANO-ing it now too!

Bethany Gabbert said...

Thanks so much for the positive words Eli and Alice!

I'm so glad you like it.

Genene Valleau said...

No NaNoWriMo for me. That just seems masochistic. While plotting eight more books before the end of the year is just...well--productive. That's it. :)

Instead of scene sheets this past week, I spent my writing time working on a master timeline for the series and edits of the plot for the first book. The good news is that progress on any of the books moves the entire project forward. The not-so-good news is that I still have scene sheets to do.

Now, back to work I go!

Alice Sharpe said...

Eli -- for what it's worth, there isn't a doubt in my mind that you will rise to the occasion and blow your book right out of the water.

I got in ten more pages today which is good for me anymore. Gotta figure out a way to get rid of some of the "getting ready to write" time... sigh.

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, you are your own force without nano. Nano could take notes from you. Good luck!

Kendra said...

Bethany, I love your site! You've found a great niche, and the presentation is terrific.

*sigh* I don't know about NaNo. I should. I looked at the school schedule, and the kids have way too many days off that month. I have a soft spot in my heart for Nano. It kickstarted my writing.

Deborah Wright said...

Love your new site, Bethany! It really does have that smart/hip YA look and feel to it.

And Eli -- the front page on your site looks awesome. Definitely user friendly!

Alice, I'm glad you're feeling inspired (and I hope not too overwhelmed!).

As for me, I've written another page since Thursday (that's a lot for me!) and I've decided to commit to NaNoWriMo (gulp). I've participated in past years and made it to 50,000 words a couple of times, so I know I can do it.

Alice Sharpe said...

Kendra -- keep us posted on what you decide to do with Nano!

Alice Sharpe said...

Debbie -- congrats on your page. I'm nt too overwhelmed about the website stuff -- it was a wake up call that I had to DO something, so it's good.