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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!*

*As said in the voice of a commercial announcer.

Confession time.  I did not edit 20 pages yesterday.  Also, I did not post here  🙁  I did do 11 pages, though, so at least I met my basic goal, which was 10 pages per day all week.  I got through about 135 total from last Sunday to Saturday – almost double my goal.  Pretty happy with that!

Today I rocked it again and got through about 49 pages.  A lot of this has been edited multiple times, just going through one last time.  I’ll probably have another pass-through since I still have two more scenes to write, then a few loose ends to tie up.

The end is in sight!

My goal for tomorrow is to finish the scene I’m almost done with, then start another one.  I’d like to have at least 3 new pages by the end of the day.  I plan to get up early and to work at lunch, unless I end up going to the store.  New words are hard for me but being in the flow of the story should help.

See you tomorrow!

Ending the week with nice progress

I got up early this morning and edited 41 pages!  Was about to head to bed tonight, but realized I hadn’t posted about it yet, and I just had to share.  What great progress to end the week with!

The hard stuff is right around the corner, so I’m taking the quick, fairly easy pages for granted while I can.  But the end is so close, I can almost taste it!

Mark me down for at least another 20 pages tomorrow before we head out to watch my daughter’s soccer team play in the freezing cold.  I got some new gloves tonight, and am excited about trying them out.  They work with my phone so I don’t have to take them off to text.  Can’t wait!

Okay, I can wait.  It’s going to be in the low 30s and could be raining.  In fact, the whole tournament might be cancelled if it gets really bad tonight, so we’ll see if I get some extra writing time tomorrow.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Conga line

I don’t have any great words of wisdom tonight, except that going back to work after two weeks off sucks.

I edited 18 pages at lunch today, 8 over my goal, so high five on that!

Tomorrow’s goal is another 10.  I might have to get up early to get them in.  I should probably get up early anyway and then maybe I can get some extra pages in again, but I didn’t sleep well last night and today my allergies started a conga line in my head making it pound for about the last six hours.

La la la la la LA!  La la la la la LA!

Now it’s stuck in your head, too, isn’t it?

Sorry.

British Morning Tea

Over the past few days, my church read through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in just under 80 hours.  We had thirty minute shifts starting at 12 midnight New Year’s morning and ended this morning, Sunday, Jan. 4, at about 6:20 AM.  It was a pretty cool endeavor.

While others in my family read, I followed along using one of the pew Bibles which was a different version than the one used for the reading.  As I read along, I was amazed at how different the versions were.  Word choices, sentence structures, even tenses were changed, but the meaning conveyed by both was the same.

As a writer I found these differences interesting, and a bit disturbing.  I’m in the part of revisions where I am analyzing each sentence, each word, and deciding if it works, or if there is a better choice to get my meaning across, and to be shown so dramatically how many ways there are to say the same thing raised the question about why I am agonizing over it so much.

My sister and her husband read books aloud to each other and she has told me how he inserts synonyms on the fly as he reads.  She finds it fascinating, and a part of me does, too, but as an author I know how much thought is put into each selected word.  To have it changed so frivolously seemed wrong to me.

After an all night party at our house one year, my brother-in-law asked for British Morning Tea instead of coffee.

“British Morning Tea?”  I was stumped.

“Yes, like hers.”  He pointed to my sister’s cup of English Breakfast Tea.

Similar.  But not quite right.

And so I’ll keep on agonizing over my word choices and sentence structures until I get it right.

Check-in:  I met my goal of 20 pages (and exceeded it again by about 15 pages).  Tomorrow is my first day back at work after 2 weeks off so I’m going to go easy and just set a goal of 10 pages.

Thanks for checking on me!

I’ll be here all week

I have been here all week.  Maybe not here, here.  But writing.  I got up early every day this week to write, plus last Sunday and several hours today and it feels GREAT!

Not just because I feel like real progress is happening in the WIP, but because I kept the promise to myself.   My goal last Sunday was to write every day and I did it.  Yay me!

It helped knowing I have been putting my goals out here where anyone can see it and hold me accountable (not that anyone is, but you could start any time!).  I hate letting people down, so if you’re out there lurking, leave me a comment and let me know you’re checking on me.   🙂

I’m setting the same goal for this week: write every day.  I have a beta reader waiting for this book which is also helping prod me along.  If it takes a village, then I’m creating a village by making as many people as possible expect me to finish this book by 12/31/14.

I might even tell my family.  *gasp*

What’s worse than finding a worm in an apple?

Finding half a worm!

And now for something completely different….

Okay, sorry.  I think I’m a little punch drunk.  And by that I don’t mean drunk on punch.

I’m giddy with excitement that I’m making such good progress on the WIP.  I’m plugged into the writing world and keeping my goal in focus, and I feel so much better about it this week than last.

I have given myself permission to write the rest of the book in as many pages as it takes to finish the story, instead of trying to reach a certain word count.  What a freeing concept!

I had a hard time getting up to write this morning, but I’m so glad I did.  Plus I got a little more time during lunch today.  The scene is coming together and it feels great!

Four days!

So far, so good on my goal of writing every day this week.  Granted it’s only Wednesday, so it’s only been 4 days, but that’s better than I did last week!

Started a re-write of a scene today that I’ve been putting off for a while.  So far it’s going quite well.  Now that I’ve been through the whole beginning of the book and gotten things pretty squared away there, the rest of it might fall into place easier.  Wouldn’t that be great?

I have to confess, though, that I’ve been tempting the Universe.  I have been writing AND exercising this week.

Don’t worry.  The house is a mess.