May #WriteMotivation and OWFI!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

So I went to the OWFI conference last weekend, and the next thing I knew, I woke up and it was May 6.

How the hell did that happen?

Anyway. I’m pretty happy with how my April goals turned out, as I actually managed to finish draft two of MGG. However, my glee at finishing lasted approximately two weeks, because I did some location research while I was in OKC, and realized that I would have to change the setting of two significant scenes.

Oops?

On the plus side, I took a lot of pictures, so hopefully I’ll be able to get everything fixed up with minimal teeth-gnashing.

Here are my goals for May:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
I have started one review! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that this week.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I’m clipping along pretty well on this, and I’ve finally finished the climax of the story. If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to finish this one fairly early in the month (she said optimistically).

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
No headway on this yet, though I did find some great resources this past weekend that will help.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
Yeah, the chapter revisions are new, and are the ones added thanks to the aforementioned location research. A lot of the content will stay the same, but the blocking’s going to have to change significantly.

I have, however, revised the query letter at least four times by now (I attended a lot of query workshops at OWFI). I’ll get some feedback on it in the next two weeks, though, and revise it again.

5) Read 2 books.
I’ve already read one: Ash by Malindo Lo, which was a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. Overall, a good story. The whole thing had sort of a dreamlike quality to it, though that may also have been because I read the entire thing right after getting back from OWFI when I was completely wiped.

Stretch goals (because clearly I need more to do this month):
1) Finish at least one blog series that’s in the queue.
2) Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
3) Start revising 2013 NaNo novel.

That’s it for my May! What are you guys up to this month? Any particularly big goals on the horizon for you? 🙂

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Final

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Now that April’s over, here are allllllll the A to Z Challenge posts from the RRFS blog:

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris
The Importance of Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing – Serena
Choosing the Best Opening Scene for Your Story – Rebekah
P is for Pierce, Tamora – Me
Writers are Weird – A Look at Quirks – Lissa
Representation Issues – Eris
Sexuality in Fiction from the Perspective of an Asexual – Serena
Kathy Tyers: High Standards in Christian Speculative Fiction – Rebekah
U is for University – Me
Vampires…Before They Were ‘Cool’ – Lissa
Chuck Wendig, Eat Your Heart Out – Eris
The Magic of Xanth – Serena
Does YA Fiction Make Too Many Excuses for Young Adults? – Rebekah
Z is for Zombies – Me

And now, my final goal updates for April:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
*sighs* I might not have hit this goal, but I did write another 4,000 words on this story, finishing up the climax and finally moving into the part where I can start wrapping things up. I WILL TAKE IT. Especially since I finished my big goal for the month.

How did April go for you? Are you ready for May?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 3

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris
The Importance of Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing – Serena
Choosing the Best Opening Scene for Your Story – Rebekah
P is for Pierce, Tamora – Me
Writers are Weird – A Look at Quirks – Lissa
Representation Issues – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 65,633

I finished! I finished! I finished!

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Draft two is complete! I finished transferring over the paper edits of my last two chapters on Saturday morning, before I had to head out to see family for the Easter holiday. It was wonderful to have that accomplished before I left town.

I cut out approximately 2,000 words and cleaned up a lot of the story. Then yesterday, because I was still on a high, I rewrote my query and tightened it up. Overall, I’m pretty happy, in case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

Of course, we’ll see how long that lasts.

And now, if you’ll excuse me:

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2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I did not make much headway on this goal last week, sadly. I did, however, write about 200 words and get myself past a stuck point, and outlined what happens in the rest of the story. I’ll be hitting this pretty hard this week and next, and if I don’t finish it this month then by golly I will finish it in early May.

How’s your month going?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 2

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 49,758

I’m in the middle of chapter 18 and stalled out because I realized I needed to add a conversation in there that I should’ve probably added on the paper edit round, but didn’t (probably because I was drunk and/or tired when I was on that chapter) (probably both, let’s be real here).

I’m going to step it up this week, because I won’t have much of a chance to work on it this weekend.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
All right, nearly 3000 words written so far this month, and I am so close to the end I can almost taste it. I know better than to think I’ll have this wrapped up in the next 10k, but a girl can dream, right?

In other news, I can’t believe April is half over. Who authorized this?

How’s your month going?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 1.5

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

First off: While I, personally, am not doing the A to Z Challenge this year (obviously), I am doing it along with the other Ferrets at the RRFS blog.

Here are the posts we’ve written so far for the challenge:

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris

We’ll keep the rotation going all month. My next letter is K. 🙂

On to the updates!

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 42,434

I’m making much faster progress on this goal than I anticipated. The word count is misleading; 67k is roughly how long draft 1 was, and I set it as my goal since I’m trying to edit draft 2 in its entirety before the end of the month, incorporating the paper edits I’ve already made along with the suggestions from my CPs.

Basically, the word count means I’ve completed editing on 15 chapters out of 23. Huzzah!

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I have written all of 500 words on this, since I’m spending most of my time on goal #1 at the moment. But every word is progress, yes? I will finish this dadgum story, I swear.

Hope everyone else is having a good start to the month so far!

Final March #WriteMotivation Update & April Camp NaNo Kickoff

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

– Write 10k on the NaNo novel.
Stretch goal: Finish it.

And my total for the month was just under 12,000 words! Given where I am in the story, I’m hoping that another 10,000 will be all I need to finish it up. We’ll see.

– Edit 5 more chapters of MGG.
Stretch goal: Finish paper edits.

Finished the 5 chapters, which puts me with about 8 to go in paper edits.

– Write all Ferret A-Z posts.
One’s scheduled, two are finished and awaiting editing, a fourth is halfway written, and the last two are outlined. I will have them finished before the end of this week, most likely, but not before the end of March. Oh well!

– Read 2 books.
I finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this weekend! Somehow I will managed to get reviews up for it and The Lotus Palace. SOMEHOW. I also started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Finally. 🙂

The sign-up for April’s #WriteMotivation is still up, but it goes down after midnight tonight.

And speaking of, here are my goals for next month:

1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
This is my big one, since I’m 2/3 of the way through paper edits. So I’ll finish those first and then dive into moving all of them over into the Word document. As long as I get this goal completed, I’ll call April a win.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I’m very close to the end of the climax right now, and after that, it’s a series of wrap-up and resolution scenes, at least one of which is already written. WHEEEE.

How did your March go? You all ready for April? Who else is doing Camp NaNo?