August 28, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! CP/Beta Match-Up



Today is the Ready. Set. WRITE! critique partner/beta reader match-up! If you're a RSW participant and you're looking for one or the other (or both), feel free to leave a link to your match-up post here (or on the other host sites) and then pop around to other RSWers' posts and have a peek at what they're working on/what they're looking for. If you think you might be a match--a potential critique partner or beta reader--for their WiP, indicate your interest in the comment section of their post, send them a tweet, or fire off an email in their direction. None of my WiPs are in a state where they are in need of CPs or betas ("hot mess" about sums it up), so I'll just be cheering all of you on from over here. Hope you all make some good writerly connections today!


August 27, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***And please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We really appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! 




I'm taking one more week away from What's Up Wednesday, but I'll be back again next week, I promise! For now, I'll leave you with some fun photographic evidence of what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks. ☺ (Note: this was a battlefield tour of Western Europe, so many of the photos are taken at monuments and cemeteries significant to Canadians. We did lots of fun stuff as well, but these moments captured at the various monuments and cemeteries are by far the most meaningful to me.)


I'm on the far left, playing my snare drum at the base of the Eiffel Tower.
The ground was so slippery, I almost did the splits on the march up. 0_o


Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre in Paris. It was ridiculously crowded with people, but so worth seeing.

On Juno Beach in Normandy, France, where Canadian troops landed on D-Day in June of 1944.
It was a huge honour to pay our respects here and to play in a service for Acadian soldiers of WWII.


We also visited Omaha Beach in Normandy where American troops landed on D-Day.
This was a truly beautiful cemetery, though the number of graves was staggering.

Marching with the band to the Vimy Memorial at Pas-de-Calais, France.
(The memorial is dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who fell in WWI.)
Not long after this photo was taken, we got drenched in an all-out downpour.


Taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. There were roughly 2000 people present!
(This ceremony has been held every day since 1927 with the exception of the years of occupation during WWII.)


Brooding Soldier memorial at Vancouver Corner in St. Juliaan, Belgium.
(This is a Canadian WWI monument to honour our fallen soldiers.)


Playing a set at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery just north of Antwerp, Belgium.

So, yeah. It was a fantastic trip all around and something I will never forget as long as I live. We have a ton more photos (1500+), but I promise I won't bombard you with all of them. Maybe a couple here and there... Hope you're having a wonderful week! 




August 25, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 12)

Today is supposed to be a recap/wrap-up post for Ready. Set. WRITE!, but not gonna lie, I'm still in Europe mode (and at least partially still on Europe time...ughhhhh). I haven't given much thought to my writing in the past few weeks other than to feel a general sort of disappointment in what I've accomplished--or I guess, haven't accomplished--over the course of RSW. I wanted to get so much more done than I did, to get back into the habit of writing regularly and setting attainable goals for myself. While I did get into somewhat of a writing pattern through RSW, I'd be lying if I said this recent jaunt to Europe didn't feel like a total derailment all over again. I'm having a really  tough time even thinking about getting back to writing again. Could be the jet lag, but I also blame it on a lingering sense of restlessness that I always seem to succumb to after travelling. (It's pretty bad this time. I'm struggling to return to the "real world" and everyday life.*)

I didn't finish a first draft of my YA contemporary IN THE END. (Not even close.)
I didn't finish a revision of my YA sci-fi WATCH OF NIGHT. (Again, not even close.)


Disappointment 
\ˌdis-ə-ˈpint-mənt\
noun
"the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations." **

I'm definitely bummed, but it wasn't all a bust. I had some breakthroughs in my revision, which should make the going that much easier from here on in. And as for my other WiP? I added new words and figured some things out, both of which represent forward movement. Not exactly what I wanted, but still a whole lot better than nothing. SO, my goal going forward now that RSW is done is to take all of this disappointment and discouragement in not meeting my goals this summer and turn it into discipline and determination. (I sure do love alliteration. Can you tell?) I want to be so consumed by whatever I'm writing that all of the usual distractions lose their attraction. To be blunt: I need to stop being such a slacker when it comes to this process. 

Nothing worth having comes easy, they say. Time to roll up my sleeves, get my butt in the chair, and my hands on the keyboard.

#

In other less Debbie Downer-ish news, your RSW leading ladies are hosting a CP/beta match-up this Thursday for Ready. Set. WRITE! participants. If this is something you would like to get in on, check back here or any of the other host sites (Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, and Erin Funk) for links to fellow participants' posts with the details of their WiPs and to leave your own link.

Some things you might consider sharing in your match-up post:
• a love list, elevator pitch, or query description (something to give an idea of what your WIP is about)
• an excerpt
• genre/age category
• whether it’s a stand alone or series
• where you’re at in the timeline (ie ready for a beta/CP as of the end of summer or perhaps later in the fall)
• whether you’re looking for betas or CPs (or both)
• any warnings that might be applicable (ie only offer to beta if you don’t mind swearing, sex, drug use, etc.)


If you're participating in the match-up, you can pop around to other RSWers' posts and have a peek. If you think you might be a match--a potential critique partner or beta reader--for their WiP, indicate your interest in the comment section of their post.

Last but not least, I'd like to thank ALL OF YOU for taking part this summer in Ready. Set. WRITE!
Your encouragement and accountability has meant so much to your fellow Ready. Set.WRITErs!


* If you've ever eaten Ladurée macarons atop the Arc de Triomphe on a perfect Paris night, gone swimming in the frigid English Channel off the coast of Dieppe, France, and felt the wind whipping through your hair on the historically significant beaches of Normandy, I'm sure you'll understand why "real life" feels like a bit of a drag right now.
** Source.



August 20, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***And please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We really appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Welcome, and thank you for joining us! 
 




I'm in Amsterdam today! Due to limited wifi access (and time), I won't be participating in WUW this week.
(Here's a trip map I threw together with all of our destinations plotted on it. You know, if you're interested.) 
BUT never fear, WUW peeps! You can still leave a link to your post in the widget below or over at Erin's blog.
I hope all is well in your respective corners of the world and that you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!



August 18, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 11)

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! If you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive with the purpose of writing, revising, planning, and keeping each other accountable. We will be sharing our goals on Mondays, keeping our posts BRIEF (2-3 lines per heading) so we can spend more time writing and less time blogging. You can sign up at any of the other host blogs (KatyErinAlison,) every Monday. And don't forget to hop around to encourage other participants. For additional information about RSW and a link to our super fun buttons, go here.

Here are the headings we are using:

1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY WIP OR ONE WORD THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE
4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP




I'm in Arnhem, Netherlands today and in Europe for a few more days with my pipe and drum band!
(Here's a trip map I threw together with our destinations plotted on it. You know, if you're interested.) 
Since wifi access (and time) is limited while I'm away, I won't be participating in RSW again this week.
BUT never fear, folks! You can still leave your link in the widget below or at any of the other host blogs.
I hope all is well in your respective corners of the world and that you're all having a wonderful Monday!