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... 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.


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!


  1. I found you late and only did this for one week but, wow, it made me keep showing up and working. I accomplished so much. Next summer I will do it from the start! Thank you!

  2. Love that Jamberry pattern! I've never seen it before, but it's definitely perfect for a writing-focused blog hop. :-) Your excerpt is fantastic, Jaime. So much voice and emotion, and I TOTALLY want to read on. Hope you're new job is going well, and I look forward to more update emails in the future. No pressure or anything. ;-)

  3. Don't be shy about sharing your work- that excerpt was awesome! Loved it!
    Love the nails too. So cute.

  4. I'm so glad you shared what you're working on! Isn't it tough to choose between projects? Anytime I plan out my writing for a stretch of a few months it seems those plans change. This challenge is always fun and helpful. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Thank you so much for hosting this. I know the last month was pretty crazy for you, but RSW has been so wonderful for me and for a lot of other people, and you are a big part of that!

    I know how scary it is to show work, but as everyone has said, the excerpt is so great. And also OMG PERSUASION MY FAVORITE JANE AUSTEN NOVEL!!!!! I hope you finish revisions on it because I'm in love with the idea already. (And I love how the guy's name is Went. Love, love, love!)

    Good luck with the new job and I hope you get some of your creative power back this fall! <3

  6. Oh, Jaime. That excerpt has me wanting to read the entire story RIGHT NOW. And your nails! Must jump on the Jamberry train. So cool!

    And I know you've had a crazy summer, but you have made tons of progress and I am so grateful you could host with us again. Good luck with the new job and all the things!

  7. Thanks for sharing what you're working on, and for being a fellow writer who kinda fell off the RSW band-wagon, lol. (Congrats again on the new job!) It still sounds like you did good work on your WIPs, and I wish you the best with revisions.

    Thank you again for hosting RSW with the gals again. I always find it so useful and fun. P.S. I LOVE your manicure!

  8. Thanks for hosting the challenge! You did great with the revisions -- I know how hard and time-consuming changing tense and POV can be. Best of luck finishing the MS and with the new job!

  9. Very cool nails :) And loved the excerpt, all that tension in the air between the two characters.

    Thanks for hosting RSW! Hope the new job is going well.

  10. Thank you so much for hosting, this summer has been wonderful for keeping me focused! Congrats on all your hard work :)

  11. I absolutely love your excerpt! I love Persuasion, and your retelling sounds absolutely perfect! So disappointed to get to the end and find out there wasn't any more!

    Your nails look absolutely fantastic too. :)

    Thank you so much for hosting RSW, it's been such a wonderful experience, and I hope you're enjoying your new job!

  12. Thank you for hosting this. I hope your new job is going well and you're able to find a balance between that and writing. You shouldn't stress about sharing your writing; that excerpt was wonderful and I want to read the entire thing. And the nails? Fantastic. It's a good Jamberry selection.

  13. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that snippet!! Thank you so much for hosting RSW this summer. It really helped me get my butt in gear. :) I am impressed with your progress, too. To change something from one tense to another and from first to third is a HUGE undertaking! Way to go! I hope your new job is going well. Have a great week!

  14. So I really, really want to read all of ONLY ANNIE, because I've only seen a bit. Any time you want to fire it off to me, feel free. I loved your excerpt (one part I hadn't read yet) and how perfectly awkward and full of romantic tension it is. And I'm sure the ending of your WIP isn't as corny as you think it is. Jane Austen is spinning in her grave over that, Jaime, seeing as this is a retelling lol. I also LOVE your fun nails! I've never tried Jamberry nails before, but yours look awesome! :)

  15. I kind of flaked out towards the end as well, though I did keep busy with other writing-related projects (revising, editing, plotting). Honest progress which isn't at the level we wanted or expected is still progress, and something to be proud of. Good luck with all your writing, revising, and shiny new ideas in the coming months!

  16. I can't believe RSW is over again -- it has been such a big part of my summers these last few years! I know new job has taken some of your creative energy these last few weeks but I'd say you did a great job this summer, especially with all that POV/tense switching (NOT something I would like to do!) And without RSW I wouldn't have finished my revision, so you can pat yourself on the back for that ;)

  17. Your nails! So cute! And I really like that excerpt! It's so hard to share words with the world, but that's what this whole thing is all about in the end. Thanks for hosting again this summer, it's been great! :)


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