All the best intentions. #amwriting

Since when is it after 5:00 PM already? How the heck are there only three weeks left in this ROW80 round? Is it seriously already September? Where are my car keys? Who are you? Hold on, I got another retweet!

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Yeah, I got sucked into #1lineWed today and am now mildly discombobulated. At least it’s a PL&M-related distraction, though. Right?

So, goal check-in:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31: write at least 1,000 words per day. Preferably 2,000.

When I first looked at that goal, I burst out to laughing. Of course PL&M isn’t finished! I only wrote nine days in August. But after some number crunching, you know what? My August total was over 14,000 words. That’s still a win for me.

 Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers. 

I can’t dress this goal up in high-heeled shoes and call it anything other than a fail. I’ve been a sucky bloggy friend.

With only 15K words to go on Peace, Love and Murder, I’m definitely motivated to finish. With that in mind, here are next week’s goals:

Write at least 1,000 words per day on PL&M until that magical day when I finish.

Visit 10 ROW80ers per check in.

I know those aren’t terribly original goals, but they’re an extension of what’s been working for me. How about you? Have your writing goals morphed lately or are you practicing sticktoitiveness? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

Sunday ROW80 Progress Update #amwriting

Just a quick Sunday check-in, because I was a lame-o and missed both days last week, but here’s last week’s goal progress:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31: write at least 1,000 words per day. Preferably 2,000.  (Oh, who am I kidding. Preferably 5,000, but let’s be realistic.)

Meh, did so-so on that one. I’m up 4,750 words. Which would be awesome if that was my total for one week, but it’s a two-week tally. On the bright side, though, I passed 60K words on PL&M. And I did write 2,030 on Friday night. Plus, my 10 year-old gave me a great idea for a plot twist. He’s awesome like that. All positives.

Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers.

Bloop.

Sorry, guys.

So, going to try and ramp things up in the writing department. I probably won’t finish PL&M this week, but I’m going to keep the same goals as the last couple of weeks and give it my best try.

How’s your WIP going? Do you have any tips for writing faster? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

Writing ALL The Things

Here’s my quick ROW80 goal check in for this week. Last week’s goals were:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31.  

Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers.

I did pretty well for a change! I’m a little behind to finish Peace, Love and Murder by the end of the month, but I think I can still make it. My numbers since last check-in:

  • Wednesday, August 5: 0
  • Thursday, August 6: 0
  • Friday, August 7: 0
  • Saturday, August 8: 2,000
  • Sunday, August 9: 2,000
  • Monday, August 10: 2,025
  • Tuesday, August 11: 1,070
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Image Credit (and the original meme source)

I also visited more than 10 ROW80’ers. Whew! Finally, an accomplished week!

This week’s goals will stay the same, but get more specific on word count:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31: write at least 1,000 words per day. Preferably 2,000.  (Oh, who am I kidding. Preferably 5,000, but let’s be realistic.)

Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers.

Are you writing a lot lately? Have you facepunched a bear this week? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

Rejection, Goals and Reasons NOT to Facepunch Bears

So, I was doing that thing that they tell new writers not to do. I had this great manuscript, perfect for a category romance line–it semi-finaled in a contest, got requests on fulls from the very first three agents I queried, great editor feedback… so I submitted it. And then I obsessed over it. For like way too long. I had this whole scenario all built up in my head: I sketched out ideas for the next two books, turning it into a series, spent imaginary advance money on all kinds of stuff…

And then I got the rejection yesterday.

It wasn’t super-devastating and I actually had this little blip of premonition before I even opened my email that my rejection would be sitting there. I read it without much surprise or sadness (they did have nice things to say, which was cool) and, overall, I’m okay with the fact that I didn’t make it with this one.

Why? Because this whole thing was yet one more new writer mistake in a series of them. You know how, when you start writing, you’re like “Ohemgee, I would never do something like that!” Yeah, I’m doing all the dumbs. Here are my lessons-learned:

  1. My barely-out-of-rough-draft novel was not the greatest thing since sliced bread. Hey, it’s a fun story! Maybe, with proper editing, it could be good, but right now it’s so not perfect.
  2. If more than one professional points out an area or two in which your novel is weak… it probably is.
  3. Don’t hit Submit and then completely focus a disproportionate amount of your mental energy on imagining what’s happening to your manuscript on the other end of the internet. Especially for more than six months.
  4. KEEP WRITING. Focus on getting the next book done. And then the next and the next.
  5. Maybe the most important thing: if your style doesn’t really fit category lines, don’t try to fake it. This particular book is definitely salvageable, but after a rewrite, it’s so not going to be a good fit for that publisher. But it’ll be in my real voice, more quirky and less formulaic, and probably be a good fit somewhere.

So, like I posted on my Facebook status today, I’m done feeling sorry for myself and am ready to facepunch bears. In a good way. As in, ain’t nothin’ gonna stop me now.

(I do not literally condone facepunching bears. Someone actually shared my post, saying something about how liberals shouldn’t punch bears and I think they missed the whole point. A. I’m not actually politically-oriented, and B. Facepunching a bear would be a great way to go if one of your life goals was to get eaten by an apex predator.)

#Mens Fashion

Image Credit: Awesome Etsy t-shirt HERE. It’s available in a shower curtain, too.

Which brings me to more ROW80 goals:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31.  

Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers.

Work out initial anthology details.

Outline short story by Sunday (30K words).

Plan out cookbook project next steps. 

(Shelving those last three for now, though the anthology will be percolating hard, as that’s the next big project. Right now, though, Peace, Love and Murder takes priority.)

What’s your favorite way of dealing with rejection? How do you feel about assaulting mammals bigger than you are for no reason? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

The Internet Ate Yesterday’s Post

See? I told you it was evil!

I had this whole post about how I got some new anxiety meds and maybe they’re working, lots of new ideas kicking around, being all productive and stuff…

I did okay on last week’s goals. Visited a few ROW80ers, didn’t consume quite as much internet, wrote some words. But I’m changing format, after some crazy developments this week:

Finish rough draft of PL&M by August 31.  

Post ROW80 Wednesday updates and visit 10 other ROW80ers.

Work out initial anthology details by Sunday.

Outline short story by Sunday (30K words).

Plan out cookbook project next steps. 

I know, there’s some weird left-field stuff in there. How are you doing on your goals? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

The internet is evil. Eeeeevil.

Goals. I has them. I has updates, too, but nothing impressive, because the internet.

Last week’s goals:

Write daily.

Visit 10 other ROW80-ers.

I bombed on the write daily goal, only getting one out of seven days. I did, however, visit 10 ROW80-ers. And spent a disgusting amount of time scrolling Facebook, terrifying myself with videos about how Washington state is overdue for a massive earthquake and tsunami (I have family there, so that really helped my anxiety issues), and getting mad about the general tendency of people to be meaner and stupider online.

So, new goals:

Limit my non-writing, non-blogging internet consumption to less than 45 minutes per day.

Write 1 hour daily.

Visit 10 other ROW80’ers.

How are you doing on your goals? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!

Back to the Grind

That would be a cool title if I worked at a coffee shop, but I don’t. I answer phones for a living. Back to the reception desk just doesn’t quite have the same ring, though.

Wait, see what I did there?

I was on vacation last week and lots of stuff happened. I mowed our lawn. Twice. Spent some money on house stuff. Sold our farm truck (because we don’t live on a farm anymore). Planted lots of flowers. Got 75% of my family members up to date with dentist appointments.

Met my newest adorable niece:

Also took my boys for their yearly physicals and found out my toddler had been walking around on a broken leg for a week and a half. You know, the usual stuff.

Side note: Mister T got tripped over and misdiagnosed at the urgent care, but he’s healing up just fine and dandy with no complaints about the fence post he now has where his leg used to be. His parents, however, are looking forward to the day his cast (hopefully) comes off next week. The phrase “Tavin, don’t hit ____ with your cast!” (fill in the blank with “your brother,” “the cat,” “Grandma,” “the television,” etc.) has become stock in the Brockmeyer household this past week.

With all that going on, I didn’t, understandably, write as much as I would have liked during my vacation. I only netted about 2,100 words on Peace, Love and Murder. Last week’s ROW80 goal was to write daily and I scored about a 3 out of 7. Still satisfied, though, since it’s progress! I also finished up my sponsor article and was super happy with it, so that’s a bonus, too.

Adding an item to the goals this week:

Write daily.

Visit 10 other ROW80-ers.

How are you doing on your goals? Do you participate with ROW80? Want to? Join us here!