Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekly Progress Check-In

This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA's weekly check-in.  Every Monday we encourage members and visitors to let us know how their writing is going.

Today is Monday, February 28, 2011.

Are you on track to reach your goals?

There are 306 days left in 2011.

Weekly Calculations:
If you write 1 page per day, you can write 76500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 2 pages per day, you can write 153000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 3 pages per day, you can write 229500 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 4 pages per day, you can write 306000 more words by the end of the year.
If you write 5 pages per day, you can write 382500 more words by the end of the year.

So how are you doing?  If you have gotten off track, this is the week you can regain your momentum.  Tell us how you're doing, and set a fresh goal for the upcoming week.  A page a day is a book in a year.  You can do it!

PRIZES:  The best prize is reaching your personal goal and finishing your book.  But if you need an extra little incentive, remember:  any chapter member who reaches her personal goal by the end of the year receives a prize at the year-end party.  Non-members can win, too.  Non-members who show up for at least 20 weekly check-ins will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift card from Powells, the world's largest independent bookstore.


Genene Valleau said...

Good morning, everyone!

I'm making steady progress on the books in my LEGACY series, adding 11,690 words last week. As in the previous couple of weeks, this doesn't reach my goal. However, the words added to these stories are a lot closer to final than I thought they would be, so editing time will be shorter. That means I'm OK on deadlines to my publisher, which is the overall goal.

My goal for the coming week is to keep adding words to my LEGACY series, even more than this week. I'll also be doing promotion for A ST. PATRICK'S DAY TALE, which will be available in e-book form on March 1--yes, tomorrow! Fingers crossed that the print-on-demand version will be available on March 17. Woohoo!

I hope everyone has a productive week!

Paty Jager said...

Wow, Genene! Could you rub my head?? I made little progress last week because I was focused on getting my book up on Kindle and Smashwords.

My goal this week is 15-20,000. I have to get that much or I'm not going to make my deadline.

wavybrains said...

Genene and Paty, you guys are SMOKING!!!!


I actually have goal :) I've been doing book reviews on GoodReads since 2008, but I finally decided to get more serious about it and do book review blog and apply for ARC's. I can't express how happy I am with this new direction--I'm spending lots of time reading while nursing still, and I don't feel guilty for my reading time b/c I know that I'm doing something with it. And I feel much more connected to the genre, which I had greatly missed. And I have words in my head again, arranging themselves for future columns. I'm very happy.

Anyway, my goal for the year is keep doing at least 3 reviews each week on my blog and to get more ARC's by growing my reader base. And my goal for the week is to get 3 reviews done, including Paty's Spirit of the Mountain which made me CRY, but in a good way.

(In case you are interested, the blog is Cloudy with A Chance of Books,

wavybrains said...

Oh and when (not if!) I make to the end of the year with blog goal, I'm going to rejoin RWA, probably at the reviewer level until I get my own fiction mojo back again.

Genene Valleau said...

Wavy, so good to see you on the blog! (If I'm "smoking" on the word count, it's because deadlines are lighting a fire under my chair!)

I'm delighted that you're getting serious about reviewing books. That seems like a perfect fit for you. :)

I loved Paty's SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAIN book too and can't wait to read the others in the series. Will take a look back at your review blog to read that review.

It's great that you are reconnecting. I'm looking forward to seeing you again!

Paty Jager said...

Wavy, It's good you've found a way to stay connected to writing. And thank you for the wonderful compliment about my book. I've had a couple other people say the same thing about the book. Looking forward to the review. I added your blog to my favorite blogs on my blogsite.

Sarah Raplee said...

Genene, I'm impressed! And congratulations on your new release!
Paty, that's great that your books are on kindle and smashwords! I predict growing sales. :)
Wavy, good to hear what you're up to. So glad you're still nursing - so important! I'll check out your blog!
I'm creeping along. This week, a new grandbaby! She had problems at first but is now healthy and home at the Coast with her family. We're going to visit this weekend.

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Sarah! Thanks for the congrats on the new release. I'll include details of the booksigning in my post tomorrow.

And congratulations on your new grandbaby! So glad she's OK now.

Celia said...

OK, it's already Wednesday night, but I just saw this weekly check-in for the first time.. I'm on a streak, so I'm going to commit to 2,500 words this week - by Sunday PM. After weeks of trying to see what was going to happen next in my novel, all of a sudden the next scenes are coming faster than I can write them down. Weird.

Genene Valleau said...

Celia, so glad you're "streaking"! That's exciting!

And I don't question when the words spill onto the page as fast as I can type. I just feel infinite gratitude and try to store up that feeling for when things might not go as well!

Go, flying fingers, go!

Celia Leber said...

I made my goal, with 2571 words! Yay!

Genene Valleau said...


I've been doing promo stuff this week, so have fallen behind where I want to be with writing. But I still have this evening after I take my grandson home and drop off some promo items, so I'm planning to make up a lot of words then.