August 31, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Wrap-Up)

Wow! Hard to believe it's already time to wrap up Ready. Set. WRITE! for another summer. We really hope this was a productive few months for all of you and that that productivity carries right on into the fall and beyond. We also hope you felt encouraged throughout this summer because that's such a big part of RSW.

As you know, today we're not only sharing how things went this summer, we're also showing off our Manuscripts & Manicures. Can't wait to see all your nail pics!

How my summer of revisions went...
Well...it wasn't completely awful. Ha! I changed horses midstream a couple times over the past few months. I started out drafting one project, piddled around with revisions on another (briefly), then finally settled on revisions of my WiP ONLY ANNIE (a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's PERSUASION). I really wanted to finish a major round of revisions on ONLY ANNIE this summer, and I came pretty close, I think. The ending is still corny as all hell, but it's totally fixable. A major change I made was to the tense (it's now past) and to the POV (now third), and I think this story is better for it. If nothing else, I'm most happy with that.


Manuscripts & Manicures
You know, I really couldn't think of a single great manicure idea that reflected my WiP. Plus, as you can probably tell by the way I flaked out toward the end of RSW, I haven't had a whole lot of time to get creative these days. (Thanks in large part to the new job.) Since this summer was all about the words--the writing of words and revising of words--I opted to go with a manicure that is sort of word-y or, I guess you could say, font-y. Thankfully, Jamberry took care of the creativity for me. ;-)

So, here's a snippet from ONLY ANNIE. It's still desperately in need of more revisions, much better prose and whatnot, so bear that in mind. Sharing my writing is not something I'm super comfortable doing (I stress far too much about it), but I figure it's something I need to get more used to doing. So here goes nothing:



The rich scent of coffee finally reeled Annie into the café. With her head ducked against the rain, she stepped toward the entrance.
Right into someone who was just leaving.
And not just anyone. Went.
The coffee he gripped in his hand sloshed up onto his shirt on impact, nearly reaching the stunned expression on his face. “Annie?” he said at the same time that she gasped, “Ohmigod, I’m so sorry.”
Annie froze for what felt like ages, then snapped out of it and reached inside her purse, snatched a handful of tissue, and began frantically sopping up the mess she’d made. It took her only a moment to realize she was actually rubbing and patting Went’s chest--his chest, for God's sake--while he just stood there awkwardly letting her. More likely, she mused, he was unsure what to do about this all-hands girl who was suddenly groping the heck out of him. A girl he was supposed to hate. And with good reason, she knew only too well.
“It’s okay. You don’t have to—”
“—totally my fault.” Annie’s arms dropped to her sides, crumpled tissues clutched in her trembling fist. “Your shirt… It’s ruined.” In all the scenarios she’d played out in her mind, this was not how she’d imagined things going. For starters, she hadn’t planned on literally bumping into Went.
Raindrops rolled down her face and off the tip of her nose, but Annie didn’t move from where she stood, rooted to the sidewalk, mere inches from Went’s coffee-stained chest. And Went, wonder of wonders, didn’t step back either.

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All of us--Alison, Katy, Erin, Elodie, and I--would like to thank all of you for taking part in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer. I know, speaking for myself, that I've appreciated the accountability and encouragement you've provided. It means a lot! 

Wishing you all the best with your WiPs and your writing journeys!



August 24, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 12)

Welcome to WEEK 12 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants.

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” (See below for more details about this!)




Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:




MANUSCRIPTS & MANICURES (!!!):
The end of RSW is upon us, and for this final week we will be treating ourselves to manicures! (You've probably noticed us mentioning Manuscripts & Manicures in the intro to our posts all summer.) Since everyone has been working so hard this summer, we thought it would be nice if we rewarded ourselves with manicures. And even better, manicures that somehow reflect our WiPs! Here's how it's all going to go down if you'd like to join in:


   • pick a nail polish colour(s) or design that reminds you of your WiP in some way
   • snap a pic of your manicure for your wrap-up post on Monday, August 31st
   • if you'd like, you can include an excerpt from your WiP to go with the photo
   • and/or just include an explanation of how your manicure reflects your WiP
   • feel free to share your manuscript manicure pic on Twitter and/or Instagram

Simple as that! We hope you'll join in the fun!



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!

August 17, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 11)

Welcome to WEEK 11 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants.

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!


First of all, thank you to everyone who left congratulatory comments about my new job and offered me encouragement last week. I really appreciate it! I wanted to get around to blogs, but unfortunately I was not able to find the time what with work, studying in the evenings, and falling asleep earlier than usual. This week I'm not doing a check-in post because I didn't end up writing and because I doubt I'll be able to hop around to visit blogs. Again. I hope you all have a wonderful week of writing! (And that everything else about your week is wonderful too!)


Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Crystal! 
Alison will be contacting your for your mailing info, 
and will get your care package sent out to you ASAP!



IMPORTANT REMINDER (!!!):
Before we get to this week's awesome care package giveaway, we just want to quickly remind you about one thing: The end of RSW is rapidly approaching, and for our final week (August 24th - 31st) we'll be treating ourselves to a manicure that's a reflection of our manuscript! (You've probably noticed us mentioning Manuscripts & Manicures in the intro to our posts.) There will be more details next week, so stay tuned for that! It's going to be TONS of fun!



It's time for our final Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week from Katy:


Contents: "If You Obey All the Rules, You Miss All the Fun" journal; floral mini sticky note pad; lined floral notepad; Jelly Bellies; starry pencil pouch; Honey Pear hand cream; Lavender Lemonade candle; peppermint mints; various washi tapes; EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm; writerly quote pencils; Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea; and Twizzlers.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, August 23rd @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


August 10, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 10)

Welcome to WEEK 10 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants.

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I took the week off, so no goals for me.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• Work on writing at least once.

(Looks piddly, but it'll be tough.)

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED

n/a

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
As I mentioned, I didn't work on writing this week, so I'm going to go with The Biggest Challenge I'll Face This Week. I got a full-time job, and I start today, so finding time (and the energy) to write is going to be a HUGE challenge. I'm a daytime writer--I'm useless creativity-wise in the evenings--which is obviously going to have to change if I ever want to write again in the foreseeable future. I'm worried this means that writing will become less and less of a priority because it just doesn't fit in at present. I hope that's not the case, though. I love writing even if I'm not in love with what I'm writing these days. 

(**I should probably mention that I'll be around later to comment on RSW posts.**)

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

Um...I'm sort of thinking of jumping ship to another WiP, so... 0_o



Before we go any further, we need to announce the winner of last week's Writer's Care Package:

Woohoo! Congrats, Tonja! 
Erin will be contacting your for your mailing info, 
and will get your care package sent out to you ASAP!


It's time for our fourth Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 giveaway! This is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, for setting goals and encouraging other participants along the way. Because that's a big part of what RSW is all about!

For each week of participation, you get one entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week from Alison:

Contents: Be Inspired journal with inspirational quotes and writing prompts; Jane Austen air freshener(!!!); sticky notes and flags; I Like BIG BOOKS and I Cannot Lie! bookmark; poly spiral index cards; WRITE journal/composition book; Werther's Originals; Paddy Wax Ginger Peach soy wax candle; Trident Island Berry Lime gum; rainbow spiral memo pad; Sinful Colors Decadent nail polish; post cards with inspirational quotes; mini InkJoy pens.

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, August 16th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}

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Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


August 3, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 9)


Welcome to WEEK 9 of Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you all had a productive week! For those of you who are just joining us and are wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive through which we write/revise/plan like crazy, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable with weekly updates. We will be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts as brief as possible so we can save our words for our WiPs! Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and don't forget to hop around to encourage other RSW participants. [For more info and a link to our stash of buttons, click HERE!]

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, AlisonKatyErinElodie, and I will be giving away writerly care packages throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, to celebrate making it through three months of RSW, we will be rewarding ourselves with what we we're calling “Manicures and Manuscripts.” Stay tuned for more info. We hope you’ll join us for all of the fun!

***We will be tweeting with the hashtag #RSWRITE. Keep an eye out for it!***


No RSW check-in post from me today. I decided to take this week off. 

But before I go, it's time to announce our 3rd Writer's Care Package Giveaway! 
Again, this is our way of saying thanks to all of you for taking part, setting goals, 
and encouraging other participants along the way. That's a big part of what RSW is all about! 

For each week of participation, you get an entry into the giveaway. (We will be verifying this when selecting a winner.)

Here's what participants can win this week from Erin:

Contents: "Embrace the Journey" journal with cork cover; "Enjoy the Little Things" notepad; InkJoy mini pens; 2-pack of "Write On!" mini notebooks; Scrabble pencils (jot, note, write, create, compose, and inscribe); "Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy" pencil case; 2 packs of paperclips shaped like rabbits and crocodiles; manicure kit; EOS fresh flowers hand lotion; Revlon Fashionista nail polish  (teal); David's Pom Tango tea (makes 34 oz.);  Strawberry Fusion Tic Tacs; Cadbury Jelly Popping Candy chocolate bar; and Trident Very Berry gum. Looks pretty darn FANTASTIC, doesn't it?

{Giveaway goes until Sunday, August 9th @ midnight
and is open internationally to RSW participants only.}


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Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!