Monday, July 09, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)


Deborah Wright said...

Sadly, I haven't done much writing in the last couple of weeks. I've been too busy getting ready for Anaheim! Gah! Terrified doesn't even begin to cover it. :-)

Still, I've been working on some issues with the current book and feel like I've ironed out the major plot problems (for now). I just need to sit my butt in the chair and start typing.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Deb, I'm so excited for you and can't wait for the awards ceremony at RWA Nationals! I can understand why you might be a bit distracted from writing--but at least you're still making progress, so hooray!

I finished copy edits to book #5 of my LEGACY series last week. Comments from my editor triggered a new scene in that book as well as rewriting another--which I think make the book stronger. I've also been doing quite a bit of deeper research and brainstorming for book #6 of my LEGACY series. Love the way it's shaping up!

I also wrote blog posts last week and worked with another author on a book cover. We're almost to the final version!

And the blog tour continues to promote LIVING THE LEGACY (book #3 of the series). A review today gives this book four carrots from "The Bunnies." In part, the reviewer said, "I loved the characters and the plot...Even though it is a series the reader does not have to read any of the previous books to understand what is happening in the current book. That is what makes a series book worth reading."

That is one of my main objectives as I've written and continue to write this series of books--to have readers jump into any of the books and not be lost. So that's very cool! If you're interested, my blog tour schedule is on both my LEGACY blog and on my Web site .

This coming week I'll continue promotion and work on book #6 of my LEGACY series. Looking forward to a productive week!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

By the way, I noticed on Facebook where one of our former members, Annabeth Albert, had sold a novella. If you're reading this, Annabeth, hope you give us some details?? And congratulations!

Meggan McQuaid said...

Former member? There should be a law that if you leave the group you still have to inform us when you publish so we can cheer for you!

Genie, that is a great comment from your reviewer. Congrats!

Also, would you PLEASE make sure someone is taking video and/or lots of pictures when Deb gets her proper respects? I would come to Anaheim just to see that if I had the money right now!

Deb, you will just have to write another award-worthy book for next year, when I plan to attend!

Also, do you need a gown? I have a bee-ooo-tiful beaded and sequined black top that would be perfect for an award ceremony. Any nice black bottoms would complete it.

Argh! I missed last meeting and we didn't have one this month, so I'm jonesin' for my romance peeps! Horror and memoir writers just aren't the same.

Loves yous gals,

Meggan McQuaid said...

Oh, I guess I should also say what I've been doing in writing...duh.

I have been reading "On Writing," by Stephen King, who recommends writing at least 1000 words 6 days a week. He did so in a way that actually got me committed to the idea. I'm allowing myself to stop at 500 if I'm having a super busy life that day.

There are many ideas in his writing book that resonate with me. Strange, because I have never read one of his fiction books, having been too badly scared by three television minutes of "It" years ago. One of the others in my critique group is a huge King fan, and loaned me the book. Also strange that he didn't find much in "On Writing" that he liked.

So yesterday I wrote 1000 words, ish, and today about 1100. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I have come far enough in my planning and cogitating to feel really ready to get this story out of my head and into the machine. It's a good feeling.

Happy writing, all,

Deborah Wright said...

Thanks, Genene! Every time I think I'm busy, I read what you're doing and feel like a slacker!

Meggan - I did buy a dress, though I wouldn't call it a gown. Since I'm short (according to clothes manufacturers), it's what I'd call "tea length" and has a handkerchief hem. I'll bring in pictures to the next meeting. :-) And great for you, getting so much writing in. I love "On Writing" - it's my favorite writing book.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Meggan, congrats on getting those words down! I don't have Stephen King's book, "On Writing," but have heard good things about it. I'm too much of a wimp to read his books too. Don't like to be scared to death!

Meggan McQuaid said...

Deb, I'm sure your dress is beautiful, and you will look fabulous.

I own several--ok, lots--of writing books, but I don't get very far into them before I think, yeah, yeah, this is definitely a text book. But King's book is so conversational that I'm tearing through it. Comparatively.

I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures of everything!