June 29, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 4)

Welcome to WEEK 4 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!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
I did pretty decently, I think. I didn't quite meet my goal of revising for at least an hour five days this week, but I did revise ONLY ANNIE for more than an hour four out of seven days, so I'm happy with that. It was a busy week, so this isn't shabby.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

• Work on ONLY ANNIE for one hour, five days this week.
• If so inspired, continue revising WATCH OF NIGHT.

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

My MC and the guy she loved and let go are just meeting again after three years. (NB: This is rough/hasn't been revised.)
"It allowed Annie to silently observe this boy who had dominated her thoughts for the past three years. It was striking, really, how much the same he was even while he was so changed. The way he rubbed his ear when he was thinking or nervous, how his eyes nearly disappeared when he really smiled, his unbridled laughter… None of that was altered. In those respects, Went was exactly as Annie remembered. 
And that made moving on so much harder."

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) I FACED THIS WEEK
I was busier than normal with life stuff. Otherwise, the spike in heat made me lethargic. 

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

The switch from present to past tense and from first to third person really suits this story, I think.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for two hours. (2 chapters revised)
Tuesday --» 
Wednesday --» 
Thursday --» 
Friday --» 
Saturday --» 
Sunday --» 



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!


June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 3)

Welcome to WEEK 3 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!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
Partway through last week, I decided that the YA SF I had been working on wasn't where I wanted to put my focus. I know, I know. Talk about coming off as flaky. I have good reasons for downgrading it as a priority, though. Anyway, I've decided to work on revising a YA retelling that I nearly finished awhile ago. I've decided to see how third person past tense works for this story, and so far I'm liking it! I worked on revisions (for both WiPs) four out of seven days last week, so that's not bad.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK

I'm keeping my goals reasonably simple for this week:
• Work on ONLY ANNIE for one hour, five days this week.
• If so inspired, continue revising WATCH OF NIGHT.
Stretch Goal → Brainstorm ways to make ES&LT better.

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

To sum up: The all-consuming ache of regret.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK

Switching WiPs. Some IRL things that cropped up.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  

This WiP is basically straight-up YA romance, which I love.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (1.5 chapters revised)
Tuesday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 1 hours. (1.5 chapters revised)
Wednesday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (2 chapters revised)
Thursday --» DAY OFF
Friday --» DAY OFF
Saturday --» DAY OFF (unexpected)
Sunday --» Worked on revising ONLY ANNIE for about 2 hours. (2 chapters revised.)



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!



June 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: SWAY by Melanie Stanford

I've been online friends with Melanie Stanford for a while now, and a little over a year ago, I got to say hi briefly at a Maggie Stiefvater event! Not only that, but Melanie is a fellow Albertan, so it's extra fun to be a part of her cover reveal today. Yay!

But before we go any further, here's what it's all about:
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancĂ© Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself. 

Sounds great, doesn't it? Some of you might recognize that Ava + Eric's story is a retelling of Jane Austen's PERSUASION. As a huge PERSUASION fan, I am very eager to get my hands on this one! ♥ But enough blabbing, let's get to the cover reveal!
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Without further ado, I give you SWAY by Melanie Stanford:


Publication Date: Winter 2015/2016 (Exact date TBD)
[Add to Goodreads]


Pretty swoon worthy, don't you think? 
Love the silhouettes, the piano, the lights, and the hit of red!
Congrats, Melanie, on the awesome cover!




More about Melanie Stanford, author of SWAY:


Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow.


WEBSITE  •  TWITTER  •  FACEBOOK  •  GOODREADS


SWAY will be published by Samhain Publishing.


June 15, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

Welcome to WEEK 2 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’ll 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!***


1. HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS
So-so. I did work on both of my WiPs five days this week, so that was a success. I wanted to add 500+ words to ES&LT each of those days, but only managed to do so 3 out of 5 days. Sadly, I'm not feeling horribly inspired with this one. I also wanted to revise WoN for an hour five days this week. I realized very early on that the remainder of this revision will be a rewrite, which will require further planning. But despite this change in gears, I was able to come up with some great ideas for WoN.

2. MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK
• come up with a more detailed plan for WoN rewrite/revision
• continue rewriting WoN's opening and see where this leads
• work on WoN for a minimum of one hour five days this week
• keep brainstorming ways to make ES&LT more interesting

Stretch Goal → add new words to ES&LT, if feeling inspired

3. A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
Antarctic breakdowns + "borrowed" artifacts (from WATCH OF NIGHT + EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING, respectively)

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK
Challenge singular...hahahaha! That's cute. Lack of motivation and inspiration were huge challenges this week, made worse by the realization that both of my WiPs are still lacking proper planning. So, back to the drawing board I go! (Hi ho, hi ho...)

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WiP  
Well, I kind of love the new opening I wrote for WoN. I think it sets the tone really nicely for the rest of the story, and even hints at bigger plot details down the road. I also toyed around with past tense, and I think I like it better. We'll see, I guess.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Added 700 new words to WoN's opening and changed it to past tense. Worked on plot arc diagram for WoN.
Tuesday --» Switched ch. 2 of WoN to past tense and tweaked it. Spent time working on my plot arc diagram for WoN.
Wednesday --» DAY OFF
Thursday --» Long story, but I switched to revising ONLY ANNIE. I'm changing it to past tense and 3rd POV. Love it!
Friday --» Revised three chapters of ONLY ANNIE.
Saturday --» DAY OFF
Sunday --» DAY OFF



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!



June 8, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 1)

We’re back! And ready for Ready. Set. WRITE! We hope you’re looking forward to another productive summer! If you’re 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’ll be sharing our goals and giving updates on our progress on Mondays and keeping our posts brief 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 participants. For more info and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click HERE!

As part of Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015, Alison, Katy, Erin, Elodie, and I will be hosting Twitter writing parties (feel free to kick-start your own too!), giving away writerly care packages in July and at the end of the summer, and… AND at the end of the summer, we'll 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!***

Starting next week, we will be sharing our progress and setting new goals using the following headings:

1. How I did on last week’s goals
2. My goal(s) for this week
3. A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4. The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write, the siren song of SNIs)

5. Something I love about my WiP  

Since Week One is all about goal-setting, here's what I'd like to accomplish this week and this summer:

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
• Work on writing at least five days this week; allow myself to take two days off.
• Add at least 500 new words per writing session to EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING.
• Spend 1 hour working on rewrite of my YA sci-fi WATCH OF NIGHT (per session).


GOALS FOR THE SUMMER 
• Complete my revisions of WATCH OF NIGHT once and for all.
• Add 25,000 words to my draft of EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING.



HOW I DID:
Monday --» Revised 1.5 chapters of WoN and added 575 new words to ES&LT. A good start!
Tuesday --» Revised my goals. Will now be rewriting instead of revising the remainder of WoN. Worked for about an hour on this. Attempted to add new words to ES&LT, but only managed 150. :-/ May have to consider this one of my two days off.
Wednesday --» Added 575 new words to ES&LT. Didn't work on WoN. Need to do further planning before moving forward.
Thursday --» Added 861 new words to ES&LT. Wrote a new opening for WoN (280 words), and am revisiting/reworking a plot arc diagram for this story before I move any further forward. Too many plot points and issues to figure out first.
Friday --» Tweaked the opening of WoN and added 303 words to it. Didn't work on anything else. :-/
Saturday --» DAY OFF
Sunday --» DAY OFF



Happy Writing/Revising/Planning!