Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-February 16, 2018



It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  I am her co-host.


I'd like to start by giving a shout out to WRiTE CLUB 2018 and thank D.L. Hammons for all the hard work he does to make this possible.  If you've been curious about it but have hesitated to give it a shot in the past, I'd like to encourage you to try.  It's a fun time, and even if your piece doesn't make the cut, you can get involved by reading each time a bout is posted and vote for your favorite!

My boys have a four day weekend, and they are so happy about that.  We don't have anything special planned, but I did get to sleep in an hour later than normal this morning, so I'm celebrating that.

As for writing, I met my monthly goal of reaching 65k in my WIP this week.  In the days following, my progress slowed a little, mostly because I'm working on a tricky scene.  I know where the story needs to go, but I have to get this part done to get there.  I'm trying to remind myself that it doesn't need to be perfect now, because anything can be fixed later on.  

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-February 9, 2018


It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  I am her co-host.

It's been snowing a fair bit this week.  While that doesn't make me want to jump up and down in excitement, my boys love it.  They built snowmen after school yesterday and had an amazing time doing it.

Writing continues to go well for me.  I'm well on track for meeting my goals for the month, which makes me feel pretty optimistic.

I'm also celebrating Valentine's Day next week.  My husband and I don't have any big plans, but the holiday makes for a good excuse to eat chocolate, so that's enough for me!  My boys are excited for the Valentine's party they're having at school next week.  What kid isn't happy about having a school party, though?

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Enjoy this lovely image, which I found here and couldn't resist sharing.  It's cool, right?


What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: February 7, 2018



It's the first Wednesday of every month, and that means it's time to gather for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another wonderful group of co-hosts: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website!

I'm feeling pretty excited about my writing progress lately.  My goal for my WIP last month was to reach 45k, which I did a few days ahead of schedule.  Once I did that, I decided I wanted to see if I could hit 50k by the end of the month, which I did!  My word count at the end of the month was 50,657.  Woohoo!  That means I wrote about 20k last month alone, which is really good for me.

I am now publicly stating my writing goals for February.  It worked out well by holding me accountable, after all.  My goal is to reach 65k words by the end of the month.  My larger goal is to complete the rough draft of this novel by the end of April.  I really think I can do it if I keep up this momentum.  I'm trying not to think about all the revising and editing I'll eventually have to do, because I'm worried that will hinder my progress.

Now let's move on to the question of the month!

The question for February is: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

The genre I write in most often is science fiction.  My stories vary.  Some take place in the far flung future, or in space, or both.  Others take place on Earth in modern times and come with a super weird science fiction twist.  My current WIP falls in line with this last description.

What do I love about science fiction?  It's filled with possibilities.  As a writer, I can enter any world my brain can conjure.  I can also use those strange places and scenarios to ask interesting questions about the nature of being human and what kinds of challenges we as humans could possibly face.  I love asking these kinds of questions and exploring the answers, and it's even more fun when I can do it on a space ship or on the surface of an alien world.

What genre do you write in most often, and why does it speak to you?


Friday, February 2, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-February 2, 2018


It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  I am her co-host.

I've started setting public writing goals since that helps motivate me and hold me accountable.  My goal for January was to reach 45,000 words in my untitled WIP.  Did I achieve that goal?  Yes, yes I did!  My word count at the end of the month was 50,657.  I surpassed my word count goal by more than 5,000 words, and I'm pretty excited about that.

My goal for February is to have at least 65,000 words written by the end of the month.  I'd really love to have the first draft of this novel written by the end of April.  I really think I can do it, too.  Life has to cooperate with my aspirations, of course.

Zoe has become a real climber in the last week.  She's been driving me crazy with the way she loves to climb onto the glass coffee table and knock everything off of it.  Nevertheless, it's still good to see her grow and excel at things.  If only she weren't so stubborn, though.  She can't seem to accept the word 'no' as something she should take seriously.  I'm afraid she's inherited my own stubbornness, and if that's the case, this kid is going to keep me on my toes for a long time to come.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-January 26, 2018


Hello everyone!  It's Friday once again, and that means it's time once again to Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain.  I am her co-host.

I need to start off this post with a somber tone.  I couldn't say anything in my previous Celebrate post, but Thursday of last week there was an accident at my husband's job, and someone died as a result of it.  I don't want to go into detail about what happened, but it was traumatic for everyone who was there.  My husband was nearby when it occurred, so while he didn't actually witness it, he came home shortly after pretty shaken by the whole thing.  I can't imagine what this man's family is going through right now.  I've been thinking about them a lot.  This tragic event has reminded me that we need to appreciate every moment have, because you never know what can happen.  But I guess that's what this blog hop is all about, isn't it?

Writing continues to go well.  I have set a goal of completing the first draft of this novel by the end of April, and while it's a little nerve wracking to set such a concrete goal, I think I can do it.

Take care, my friends.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

What would you like to Celebrate?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-January 19, 2018



It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  I am her co-host.

I'd like to start by celebrating Tonja Drecker's contributions as co-host.  She's done an excellent job, but finding the time to visit everyone has become a struggle as of late, so she has decided to step down as co-host.  I'm hoping all of you will drop by and thank her for all the good work she's done!

I got some important editing done this week, so I'm happy about that.  I love what editing accomplishes, but for me, it's not exactly the most enjoyable part of writing.  Still, it's a necessary one.

I'm also on track to meet my word count goal of 45K in my novel WIP by the end of the month.  It'll still be a challenge, but I think I can actually do it as long as I keep going.

What would you like to celebrate?


Friday, January 12, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-January 12, 2018



It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa CainTonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

Thursday brought snow and ice, so the boys got a snow day home from school.  My husband also stayed home from work since the roads were bad, so we watched movies as a family.  It was a good way to spend the day.

I've gotten some good work done on my WIP this week, and I'm happy about that.  I like where the story is going, though I have the feeling it's going to need a lot of editing down the road.  Either way, I'll worry about that after I get the first draft finished.


I'm also celebrating tortilla chips and queso.  As I write this, I have some of it waiting for me in my kitchen.  I'm going to reward myself with a yummy snack once I schedule this post.  Yum!

What would you like to celebrate?