Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Report Card

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I've been a bad girl... My goals for this past week were:

1) OOC to crit. (Kind of...)
2) OOC synopsis and blurb.
3) Write 8k words on AM2
4) Oh, and mow the back yard. Need something easy so I can actually accomplish something.

Well. The week started off pretty damn good. Kind of. *cackle* I finished OOC, wrote the synopsis, blurb and query letter. My CP was out of pocket and since this was a revision of an already critiqued story, I got impatient. Yes, I know patience is a virtue but no one ever accused me of being virtuous!

I submitted the story without having it critiqued again. I usually don't do that. I'm a really insecure writer. I need the reassurance of another set of eyes on the story before I submit. My CP is one of the best. She sees things I don't even think of but her life has become extremely busy. I hate to bug her when I know she's knocking up against deadlines of her own. Hopefully after RWA National, her life will resume some modicum of normality and I won't need to skip what I consider a vital part of the process.

Of course, this isn't my first manuscript. It's somewhere up in the high twenties or low thirties as far as completed--I have twenty stories sold. I know what to look for and the questions to ask myself but sometimes I get lazy. Without my CP, I just need to be more careful and not get impatient in my self-edits.

So about the one that's not crossed off... Write 8k on AM2. The word count was a bit ambitious but I thought I could do it. I didn't, however, take into account reality. *cackle* I finished up OOC on Tuesday. Wednesday, I read what I'd already written on Angel Moon book 2. I hadn't even opened the file since the end of February. I have 14k words done so I took most of Wednesday to read plus I tweaked a little as I went along.

Thursday, I had to take my Granny to the eye doc. She's having trouble seeing things, like cars. Oy vey. My mother went with me. I had to drop off a couple of tax returns then Momma wanted to check out plant sales at Lowe's and Walmart. Of course, Granny's eye appointment took longer than expected. As far as writing, the day was a write off! LOL I didn't get home until after 5PM. And I had all kinds of plants too!

So Friday morning, I had to plant stuff. I ended up with tomato plants, eggplant, green and yellow peppers, strawberries, blueberries and a Meyer lemon tree. The lemon tree was on clearance at Lowe's for $1.68. Momma and I found the last two decent looking plants. If it dies, oh, well. If it doesn't? I go through a lot of lemons in my cooking. Especially on grilled asparagus! If I get a few lemons, I've made back my money. And it's a mini plant in a planter. If it thrives, I can bring it in over the winter.

I did get a few petunias. I'm not doing much in the way of decorative this year. If I can't eat it, I'm pretty much avoiding it. Walmart had some overgrown plants in half-gallon pots for $2.50. Out of three pots, I filled my two window boxes out front and two hanging baskets.

By the time, I finished with the planting, combined with being on my feet too much on Thursday, I was in pain. Friday afternoon didn't see any writing. I couldn't sit in front of the computer for more than a few minutes.

Saturday was the monthly meeting of the Diamond State Romance Authors. We had a lot of people show up! Best turnout ever for our small group! We had a couple of guests and some new members! Most of us went to lunch after the meeting. Full day of writerly camaraderie but no actual writing. LOL

And today...I made a few revisions I thought about over the last few days but I didn't actually net a word gain. As busy as the week was, it wasn't with writing. Hopefully I can do better this week. Tomorrow, I plan to kick it into gear. Hopefully my hip will let me sit at my desk! *cackle* Tuesday, I'm meeting Brandi Evans for a morning write-in at Starbucks.

Goals for this week:

1) 8k on AM2

That's it. Just write. I need to get this book finished no later than early May. Must write! All kicks in the posterior/whip cracking is appreciated!


Riley Quinn said...

Consider the whip cracked! Sounds like a busy week. I miss the writer group get togethers. Good luck on making your goal this week.

Denise said...

Just Write! That's the key to success after all, right? Knowing you to be the professional that you are, I expect no less. Your example helps to motivate ME! Best of luck with this week.