June 19, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of this post. We really hope you will take part!

WHAT I'M READING
I'm almost done Great Expectations and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (both are fantastic reads), and I just cracked open Siege and Storm, the sequel to Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone.  I'm in love with all of the embellishments throughout. So darn pretty!

WHAT I'M WRITING
How did I do meeting last week's goals? I met them all and surpassed a few of them too, mostly in the word count department. Not that I wrote tons, but I was able to pass that daily goal of 250 words minimum. Not hard to do, but still. I also managed to get a bunch of revisions done on the other story. Still more to do, but it's progress! 

So, what's up for this week and Ready. Set. WRITE?:
(NB: Revisions are on my sci-fi WIP Watch of Night )  
       
          Wednesday, June 19th
          •  Revise: add brief paragraph/scene re: 'prep' - NOT DONE :(
          •  Write: if time, write at least 250 words on SNI (busy day, small target) - NOT DONE :(
          
          Thursday, June 20th
          •  Revise: check for setting description - NOT DONE :(
          •  Write: at least 250 words on SNI - DONE! {900 words}

          Friday, June 21st
          •  Revise: start weeding out the multitude of 'I's - NOT DONE :(
          •  Write: at least 250 words on SNI - DONE! {600 words}

          Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd
          •  days off {because: LIFE}

          Monday, June 24th
          •  Revise: rework chapter heading timelines 
          •  Write: at least 250 words on SNI

          Tuesday, June 25th
          •  Revise: add some 'flavour' to MC
          •  Write: at least 250 words on SNI

{Not sure if you noticed, but each day when I met my goals, I went back to last week's What's Up Wednesday post, highlighted those particular goals and left a note about my progress. It was a fun (albeit slightly neurotic) way of keeping me motivated.} 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
To be honest, I've been feeling a bit uninspired and unmotivated lately where writing is concerned. All I want to do is enjoy the sun and spend my days reading. If I could set aside writing and spend my entire summer reading outside, I'd be a very happy Jaime.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I'm learning how to play my snare drum and march at the same time and it is HARD. Not going to lie. I have bruises on the fronts of my thighs (this thing weighs 20lbs) and my hip really starts to ache from the awkward gait. It's this bizarre combo of shuffling along and feeling like I'm 80 while simultaneously feeling like I'm an infant just learning to walk. But, we take part in parades, so...

For as long as I've lived in my city, I've thought the public library here had crap all for YA books. Turns out there's something to this whole ASSUME: ASS out of U and ME thing. I finally asked if the YA books were in with Children's (which is what I thought). Turns out there's a whole YA section on the mezzanine that I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT. Gah! You guys, it's like a goldmine up there. They have a librarian dedicated to YA, so I was told if there's anything they don't have that I'd like to read, to mention it. Cool, right?


{Clockwise from top left} Our pipe and drum band opening the Relay For Life, an event raising money for cancer research
(And, yes, that is a Mountie. He looked like he was twelve.); a fun little sign in the YA section of our public library; the mezz is
apparently where they've been hiding all the YA books in our library; and Cool Beans Coffee Company, a double-decker bus
coffee shop we stumbled across recently in our downtown. (My spiced brown sugar latte was so yummy and not too sweet.)

Some quick reminders: Don't forget to leave your link below for your Ready. Set. WRITE!/What's Up Wednesday post. Also, a big part of Ready. Set. WRITE! is support and accountability as well as providing an opportunity to branch out and meet some new writer friends. We would encourage you to visit a few new blogs each week, say 'hello', and spread the Ready. Set. WRITE! love. As a hosting team, we've committed to doing this as well, ensuring that each and every blog is visited by at least one of us each week. We're thrilled at the response to this writing intensive and want to encourage you in your writing endeavours this summer!


Here's to another great week of reading, sunshine, enjoying life, and Ready. Set. WRITE!-ing!

77 comments:

  1. Okay, I LOVE that awesome sign in the YA department! It's so crazy to me that adults are often made to feel somehow lesser for appreciating YA literature. I want to hug your librarians! And why did I never go to the library when I lived there? That's kind of weird, come to think of it. It looks amazing with all that brick!

    Hope the marching is improving and that you meet your RSW goals this week!

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    1. Isn't it great? I honestly can't believe I had no idea there was a whole section dedicated to YA in our library. It's in a cool spot too (the mezzanine), like it's tucked away up there. I think they're making a concerted effort to get teens into reading and to make that part of the library a place to hang out and read. Love it! The library itself is cooler from the outside than the inside with all of that brick. The mezz is pretty great, though. :)

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  2. I love love love the sign about YA books at your library. That's awesome!

    Congrats on meeting your goals, Jaime! And I can't wait to read how you add "flavour" to your MC :D

    Maybe you can revise in the sun?

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    1. Such a great sign! I had a good chat with one of the librarians about YA too, which was wonderful. :) It's exciting to discover another whole place to find great YA.

      The 'flavour' is one specific aspect of Carina's character that I wanted to drop little bits in throughout the story. The additions feel neverending. :)

      I brought my laptop outside the other day, but it was difficult to see it even under an umbrella and with sunglasses on. And the weather turned (grey clouds), so it was kind of a failed experiment from beginning to end. I'll have to give it another shot sometime. :)

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  3. Hah, that sign's awesome. And what an amazing looking library!

    Summer's returned here too and as much as I want to edit, I want to be outside too. Aaaah, the sacrifices we have to make.

    Congrats on hitting all your goals! Good luck for this week too!

    My arms used to ache when I first started violin, but the thought of holding something weighing 20lbs and marching it seriously impressive! Go Jaime!

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    1. It's so difficult forcing yourself to sit and write when it's gorgeous outside. We don't get all that many months of nice weather where I live, so you just want to seize the opportunity to enjoy the weather.

      I'm kind of thrilled about this little part of the library that I'd previously been unaware of. So much fun! :)

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  4. Wow! I'd love to visit that library :)

    I'm totally impressed with your drumming adventures. It always looks so easy when the parade goes by, but I can imagine how difficult it really is.

    Congrats on meeting your writing goals. I had to smile when I saw you break it down into daily slots - not a bad idea!

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    1. Who would have thought that just walking (despite having a drum strapped to you) could be so difficult? I never would have guessed it. Ah well, I'll get it eventually. :)

      I'm pretty thrilled about finding that section in the library. I'm sure my wallet is pretty thrilled too. ;-)

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  5. WOOHOO!!! Yay for meeting your goals! I also like that you schedule days off. VERY important.

    And yay for finding awesome reads at the library. I haven't been in a while because Alison can't resist temptation of grabbing at least three from the smallish albeit existent YA section when she already has twenty books waiting to be read on the bedside table. *sigh* What a problem.

    I hope you start feeling more inspired to write. I've been there. And sometimes I just have to force myself through it. I do hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. The scheduled days off is something that Jess Silverstein and I agreed on for the summer (we swap words everyday during the week). I'm loving this new arrangement because it means I can feel guilt-free about taking time off.

      I wouldn't say our YA section is huge at the library, but it's decent. I would feel okay about walking out of there with a stack of books. :) That said, I have TONS to read on my own TBR shelf at home, so I should probably get on that.

      I'm getting lots of writing done despite not feeling horribly motivated, so I suppose that's good, right? :)

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  6. Yes to reading in the sun...but maybe you can write in the sun, too? I hope this week is a little more inspiring to you. I need to check out the YA section at my local library, but I hate paying for parking so I don't go downtown much.

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    1. I tried to set my laptop up outside one day this week and the whole experiment kind of flopped. It was too bright (even with an umbrella and shades) and then it turned all grey and looked like it was going to rain. Might have to give it another try soon. We get so few sunny months that we just want to take advantage of them when we can! :)

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  7. It's funny, but we have the same sign in our YA section of the the library here in Florida! It must be an online campaign or something. And I am jealous of your YA section and your library. Ours is mostly stocked with sweaty, surfboad/skateboard toting 15-year old boys who stare at the crazy 30-something lady who infiltrates their domain.

    And in all of the parades I've watched in my lifetime, I never thought about how hard it must be to march with a drum. I'm really impressed now with your mad skills.

    Congrats on meeting your writing goals!! Go you!

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    1. That sign must be some kind of YA-supporting initiative. That's so cool! Our YA section isn't huge exactly, but it's certainly got tons of books that I haven't yet read, so yay! I've been bumping into more and more people IRL who read YA, so that's pretty awesome. :)

      I so don't have mad drumming/marching skills, but I'm hoping to develop them! It's seriously challenging and I have the bruises to prove it. :P

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  8. I love that your library has an entire section for YA (also love the picture of the sign)! And checking off your goals on last week's Wednesday post is such a good idea. It makes me want to be more specific with my goal outline so I can have the satisfaction of crossing them off on my posts when I complete them. :)

    I'm loving Ready. Set. Write! so far. The motivation from everyone has been great. :)

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    1. I'm thrilled about this YA section discovery. Thrilled! It's amazing how many little things I'm finding and learning to love about our little-ish city. This is definitely one of those things. :)

      I agree, the encouragement for RSW has been wonderful so far! :)

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  9. That sign is fantastic! I heard that some libraries are all "don't go in there if you're not a teen!" which is awful. My local youth librarian is always so sweet and helpful.

    I know what you mean about being unmotivated - I think I need to start writing more specific writing goals for myself.

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I love that there are adults who get it, you know? I had such a good little chat with one librarian about YA which made me smile. :)

      It's weird, because even though I haven't felt overly motivated, I'm still getting stuff done. That's good, I guess. Here's to meeting our goals this week!

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  10. I love this meme, I'm so glad I discovered it.
    Congratulations with your goals, and that library sign is awesome :)

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying it and that you decided to join us! :)

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  11. Congrats on your goals, Jaime! Thanks for starting this meme - I have met so many new bloggers and writers. I love it! :-)
    Also. SEIGE AND STORMMMMMM <333333 I love that book even more than the first. *cough**Sturmhond**cough* <3 I just met Leigh a weekend ago and she was a blast to talk with and hear about. I am so antsy for book 3...Is it 2014 yet?? LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I've met tons of new people too, so that's wonderful. Exactly what we were hoping for! I'm excited to sit down with SIEGE AND STORM and just really dig in. I'm not that far in, but I love it already. And I can't wait to see more Sturmhond. I've only just gotten a small introduction of him so far, but I'm eager for more. :)

      I'm so envious that you got to meet Leigh Bardugo. She's one of those YA authors (see also: Maggie Stiefvater and Tahereh Mafi) that I just marvel at the awesomeness that is them. Not only are they amazing authors, but they lead such fascinating lives! :)

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    2. Is it bad to tell you I have met both Maggie and Tehereh, and they are equally kind and lovely?

      I can't wait for you to finish SEIGE & STORM. I would love to talk about it with you if you ever have the time :-)

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  12. That sign is seriously amazing! Congrats on reaching your goals last week! I think you've set very attainable goals for this week as well!

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I love when other adults get my love for YA. It's the worst feeling like it's something you have to hide, because it's so not!

      I'm hoping my goals are attainable. I think they are, but we'll see, right? :)

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  13. That sign is awesome! I wish I could find awesome YA books hiding in our library here. I've read all the good ones.

    I love how you set up your weekly goals. I think once I get out of researching/plotting I'll do the same!

    Good luck w/ the marching! Sorry about the bruises. I did marching band in HS, but played the flute. NO bruises, just sore arms.

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    1. Isn't it great? I just can't believe how exciting it is to make a discovery like this. I have tons of books on my TBR shelf at home, but it's awesome that my library has some good reads to borrow too!

      My daily goals for last week seemed to work really well for me, so I think I'll stick with this method for the foreseeable future. :)

      I'm running into a lot of people on the blogs who were in marching band in high school. Very interesting!

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  14. That sign in the YA department is fabulous. I totally agree about wanting to just read in the sun for the rest of the summer. I read a ton last year on my deck, but didn't do much writing as a result. This year it'll be the opposite, although I'm trying to haul the laptop outside once in a while.

    Congratulations on exceeding your goals!

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    1. It's pretty awesome! I love that other adults (IRL) get my love for YA. Like, I know that I don't have to skulk up to the counter and feel embarrassed. (Not that I really do, but still.) There are so many good books that I'd love to read, it's hard not to just set writing aside and read all summer. Definitely a temptation.

      I'm going to try to do the laptop outside thing from time to time too. It didn't work out so well the other day, but I'm going to give it another try. )

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  15. I can't wait to read Siege and Storm. And enjoy some fun in the sun, you'll find the inspiration you need when you least expect it.

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    1. I'm not that far in, but I can't wait to keep reading. I loved SHADOW AND BONE, and I expect I'll love this one too. I think you're so right about finding inspiration when you least expect it. :)

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  16. When I did marching band in high school, the hardest part was getting used to playing my flute and moving at the same time - especially since when I was learning to march, it was during field show season, so we were moving all sorts of crazy different directions. (Rule #1: Always face the home bleachers. There was a lot more contortionism than I expected...) It gets easier, though!

    I understand the neuroticism. I made a spreadsheet in Google Drive that's viewable to the public and linked to it on my blog's sidebar (not that I've advertised this, heh). I figure if I know people can see it I'll get up off my butt and write (or edit, as the case may be).

    Good luck this week!

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    1. So much to concentrate on when marching and playing! I had no idea. I do now though. O_o

      I'm totally going to check out your spreadsheet now. Such a great idea! I'm totally into that kind of stuff. :)

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  17. Congrats on the writing progress! Daily goals are so helpful. I've got a copy of Siege and Storm staring at me from my bookshelf, but I don't know when I'll be able to make time to read it! You're right, it's a *very* pretty book...

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I find that daily goals are so much easier to tackle than weekly goals. At some point I might change my mind about that, but for now it's working really well. I just want a chunk of time to sit down with SIEGE AND STORM and really dig in, but I'm not sure when that's going to happen. Soon I hope! :)

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  18. Hah! I love that sign from your library. That's awesome. Good luck with the whole marching thing--your instrument really beats the junk out of you! Hearing your stories makes me feel very affectionate toward my old clarinet.

    Hmm. Maybe a school band story is in my writing future...

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    1. Isn't it great? Makes me feel that much more confident marching up to the counter with a stack of YA books. ;-)

      This marching/playing thing is definitely a challenge. Who knew! I have the bruises to show for it (and the aching hip). I'm just hoping I'll figure it out soon. It is amazing to me how many people have mentioned playing in bands and/or marching bands today. Very cool. And, yes, a school band story would be AWESOME! Think how many people would be able to relate? :D

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  19. Ohhhh, I just finished SIEGE AND STORM over the weekend and I loved it!!! I'm so on board with Sturmhond - you'll have to let me know what you think. :) Not it's only another year until the 3rd book comes out. Boo.

    Fantastic job on hitting your writing goals last week - and I love that you went back and highlighted your goals as you made progress. Not neurotic at all - I call it keeping yourself accountable. And I love it! Best of luck with all your goals this week, too!

    And I so hear you on the uninspired thing right now. But I'll read enough for the both of us, since I can't seem to quite get back into the writing thing right now. And well, you're writing enough for both of us, so I think we've got each other covered!

    Your snare drum weighs almost more than you do, J.! I can only imagine how hard it is to march in parades (or anywhere for that matter) with that strapped on. But keep up the great work - the bruises will eventually fade away! And woot! on the YA section in your library! That's awesome they have an entire area just for YA and so glad you found it!

    Love all the pics - and a spiced brown sugar latte? You're killing me, J. I want coffee so bad. But alas, I'll settle with a great cup of David's tea - one of my absolute favorite finds from Canada!

    Happy Wednesday - and keep up the great work writing!

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    1. I actually just ordered a t-shirt from David's the other day that says "Tea is Hot" on it. Love it! And it's in this great summery (David's Tea colour) turquoise. Can't wait 'til it gets here. And the funny thing is, my first experience with David's Tea was in NYC with Jess Silverstein, despite the fact that it originates in Canada. :)

      I can't wait to sit down with SIEGE AND STORM and just really dig in. I've only read a bit so far, but I'm already loving it. Who wouldn't love such a beautiful book, between the embellishments and the writing??? I've only just been introduced to Sturmhond, but I can't wait to read more. I have a feeling I'm going to like him.

      I'm totally excited about this YA section of the library thing. There are tons of books on the shelves that I've been interested in reading but haven't gotten around to it yet. My wallet is going to love me. :)

      Happy Wednesday to you too, Erin! :D

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  20. Nice job on hitting your goals last week! I also wish I could spend all summer reading and writing. Hopefully someday that will be possible... :)

    Yay for finding your library's YA section! I still need to get a membership at my local library. I recently moved to a new town and the library is pretty big so I'm hoping their YA section is awesome. I've been working my way through my own TBR pile before making a trip over.

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! There were a few days there where I really had to force my butt into a chair (so didn't feel like writing), but I'm glad I did. I did managed to get in a fair amount of reading too, so that's good.

      I'm so psyched about the YA section. We just popped by there today too to pick up some books. I got THE MOON AND MORE, so I'm pretty excited about that. Crossing my fingers that your YA section is awesome too! :)

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  21. Um... I have no idea how you march and drum at the same time. Coordination is not my strong point, so I'd definitely be falling all over myself. I am so excited for you regarding the YA section at the library. It looks incredibly well-stocked, and that sign is all kinds of awesome. Happy reading!

    Way to go on all your Ready. Set. Write! progress, and here's to even more in the coming weeks! Let's have another Twitter party soon!

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    1. Well...short answer: I don't march and play at the same time because I'm kind of inept lol. :P I'm hoping to get there, but man, is it tough! It doesn't help that they were making us practice marching in a parking lot that was riddled with potholes. I fully anticipate a drumming-related injury.

      I just picked up THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen at the library, so I'd say it's pretty well stocked. That one just came out not that long ago, so I'm impressed they've brought it in already. And we should definitely have a Twitter party again soon! :D

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  22. I love the Leigh Bardugo books you mention. Both so awesome!

    Way to go on your progress, am excited to have signed up.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you signed up too! :)

      I just want a good solid chunk of time to curl up with SIEGE AND STORM and read like a crazy woman. It's so good already.

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  23. Oh gosh! Great Expectations has been lounging on my shelves for about one year now. **ducks and hides** I will rectify that ASAP. :)

    I LOVE the Cool Beans Bus. Looks comfy and so pretty. I adore the library sign!

    Congrats on meeting your goals! I really like how you did your Ready.Set.Write goals. Gives an overview of what you want to achieve.Hmmm, I think I'm going to try your method. :D

    Good luck meeting your goods for this week! :D

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    1. I find tackling a classic one chapter a day is working really well for me. That's what I've been doing with GREAT EXPECTATIONS. That way, I can continue to read the other stuff that I love along with my chosen classic.

      So, I'm already kind of tanking at meeting today's RSW goal. :/ It's been oddly busy, so I'm not sure if I'll get it done today. If not, I'll just bump it to tomorrow (tack it on).

      Good luck meeting your goals as well! :D

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  24. Hi Jaime-
    I linked to "What's Up Wednesday" and I directed readers to your blog for the links because I have no idea how to put them on mine! Does cut/paste work? Do the links actually link with that?
    Thanks!
    Lisa

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    1. Just directing them here should work just fine. I'm not sure of any other way to do it. So happy you decided to join us! :)

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  25. I went back to look and whoa, you SMASHED last week's goals! Hope you can do the same this week :)

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    1. Last week went surprisingly well. Today? Not so much. It's been a busy, busy day. I think I might just bump today's goals and tack them on to tomorrow's. That should still be doable (since I aimed low today anyway).

      Hope your week goes well! :)

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  26. I've seen that sign around the internet! It's so cool that it comes from your local library.

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    1. I think it's fantastic! I love that there are other adults in real life who actually get my love of YA. :)

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  27. I love that bus cafe! How cool. I wish I could come and do some writing there it looks a brilliant place to sit and scribble!

    Good luck with your goals. I always have to weed outI's too!

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    1. You can't actually sit inside the bus (they use it for drink and food-making), but they have a bit of a patio set up in front. Still, it's pretty cute. :)

      Good luck with your goals, too!

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  28. Participating for the first time this week! I hope I did it right. And I love how specific your goals are. Mine aren't nearly as specific... :/

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    1. So happy you're joining us! You did everything exactly right, so no worries there. :) I thought your goals were great when I visited your blog! Everybody has something different that works for them. For me, I have to be ultra-specific or I get nothing done. (I'm way too good at rationalizing.)

      Happy Wednesday!

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  29. That sign from the YA section of your library is so great! I love it. :) Made me smile. And how wonderful that your library has a rockin' YA section! Hurrah! My library recently separated the YA books from the Children's books and OMG it's amazing.

    And I am awed and amazed by your detailed approach to writing goals. It's so organized! Definitely makes me want to map out some goals for myself. I tend to aim for a word count goal for the month, and then just try to get there by writing when I can/when the mood strikes. As my last writing goal just passed un-met (booo), I'm thinking that I may need a new approach. So thanks for the inspiration! :)

    P.S. You definitely need to share some pics of you with your drum. Do you wear a kilt? Because that would be AWESOME. :)

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I love that other adults in real life get my love of YA. :) I think it's great when libraries have a separate YA section. I really don't want to have to sift through everything just to get to YA.

      I think a word count goal for the month is a great goal to set. That way you can shift things around so it works for you. If you don't feel like writing today, you can always catch up tomorrow, right? If you want to make it a little more strict, you could set a word count goal for the week, so there's less wiggle room. Just an idea... :)

      When I'm officially able to march and play, they'll be giving me my "kit" which includes a kilt, sporran, that dagger thingy, fancy shoes, socks, etc. I'll definitely post a pic.

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  30. I'm so impressed that you've joined the drum corps thing Jaime. It looks super cool and sounds like such a great challenge. I love your story about the YA section, too. WOW. So glad you found it, and it looks gorgeous. (Love the sign, too).

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    1. It's definitely challenging, but it's been great to learn a new instrument and to meet such awesome people. :)

      And I'm pretty thrilled about that YA section, too. So many great books to check out!

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  31. Wow! Your progress is really impressive. Keep up the good work!

    And it's cool that there's a separate section for YA. It's almost like it's a secret lair for all the cool kids to go.

    Good luck with meeting this week's goals. :)

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    1. My progress was great last week, but today, not so much. :/ Ah well. I'm bumping what I was supposed to accomplish today (which wasn't all that much) to tomorrow. :)

      Secret lair is right! Such a neat little area of the library.

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  32. I love that sign in the YA section! I'm constantly amused by the other adults who sputter excuses or look ashamed about being there. Don't be ashamed!

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    1. I don't mind marching up to the counter with YA books. :) Same goes for my local bookstore. I'm just not all that interested in what's on the other shelves.

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  33. Congrats on meeting all your goals, Jamie! I haven't been writing much, but I've been making decent progress on the final pass of revisions for my latest MS, so at least there's that.

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    1. Thanks, Matt! This week is not off to the best start goal-wise, but I'm going to power through to the best of my ability. (My motivation kind of up and disappeared.) Good for you for making such good progress on your revisions. Final pass, hey? That's huge! (TWSS)

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  34. I think sunshine and reading can be very motivating! It's okay to take time off from writing. Then when you're rested, you'll sit down and words will pour forth! Relax and enjoy summer, then your writing goals will be even easier to achieve. Christy

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    1. Now if only the sun would come back...lol. It up and disappeared along with my motivation to write. Maybe the lousy weather will put me in the mood to sit and write. You never know, right? :)

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  35. YAY! So glad you asked about the YA books at your library! We have our YA section in another part of the library as well, away from the children's section so that the really young ones who aren't yet ready for YA, aren't tempted. Maybe libraries don't seem as logical as bookstores, but I guess we all have our reasons for placing things where they are.

    I'm impressed by all your writing/revising goals! Good for you! You're inspiring me to really get serious.....
    Great post!

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    1. That's a smart idea to separate out the YA so the kids who aren't ready for it don't have as easy access. I'm so glad I finally asked someone about ours!

      I'm trying to be organized about my goals, but for whatever reason, I just haven't been feeling motivated to write this week. Guess I'm just going to have to power through. :)

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  36. JAIME - I'm so inspired by your very specific (S.M.A.R.T.) goals! I'm such a big picture person so I've always struggled anytime I was asked to be SMART at work over the years (ha ha). I guess I'm more of a pantser when it comes to goals, too, and I just take it as it comes. I loved your post on your goal-setting, too. I've been thinking a lot about the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator again lately - have you ever taken that assessment?

    LOVE "The Mezz." Wow. Our library is really small and so I usually end up ordering in specific YA titles - but the section is in a completely different spot from the children's books, so that's good.

    I hear ya about reading outside - I love to take my laptop outside and write during the summer. Have you tried that? Or is it too distracting?

    Hope you're having a good week!

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    1. I'm sure I've taken a Meyers-Briggs test before, but I don't remember what the outcome was. Is crazy/neurotic a type...lol? :P When it comes to goals I have to be specific or the major procrastinator and rationalizer in me comes out to play. Not good.

      Our library's not overly big, but it's pretty cool that there's that mezz area for YA books. I fully anticipate lots of visits there. :)

      I tried taking my laptop outside, but I found it difficult to see the screen even with an umbrella and sunglasses. The sun was just too bright. But then, within moments of getting started, the sky turned grey and it started to rain. I must have jinxed it or something.

      Hope you're having a good week, too!

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  37. Thanks for hopping over to my blog! :) MIND GAMES was good (I finished it this morning.) It was a fast read. I still have to process it some, but I definitely liked it and will wait impatiently for its sequel. (Erica just read it too. I have to see what she thought of it.) Christy---hope sunshine and motivation blow your way soon!

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    1. I'll have to make sure I read it sometime soon then. I'm finishing up a few series, so this might be the perfect time to take on another one. Speaking of, I still have to finish the PARANORMALCY series... :)

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  38. I'm the same if I see a bit of a sunshine. I just want to run out and sun bathe. ^^

    I really like the way you've set your goals for each week and tracked them. I love the organization but I can't do schedules with writing. :)

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  39. I love that you're drumming, that's super cool. I like how specific your writing goals are. I'm not quite there yet with being that specific.

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