This will probably be a pretty quick check-in. The Man and I take possession of our new house at noon, and I will be there promptly at that time so I can start cleaning everything. (Yeah, I’m totally that chick. Me and my Pine Sol are best friends.)
Still, I didn’t want to miss checking in this week, so I’m taking a moment with my coffee before the craziness starts.
- Clean up and polish WIP: It is definitely getting there. I was pretty frustrated on Wednesday night – there was flailing. It wasn’t pretty. But last night was productive, and I should be in good shape. It’s hard to stop editing completely. I feel like I wake up with a new perspective every day, and I look back on my writing and go, “I can fix that. I can make that better.” You have to draw a line somewhere, though, and I should have a draw-able line by the time the final entries are posted on Monday morning for Pitch Madness. We’ve got a headcount: 60 finalists out of 198 entries, so 30% made it and, from the sound of it, there was tough competition. Odds like that mean I probably didn’t make the cut, but I’m still excited to read the finalists and learn a little something about putting together a great hook. There will be 20 entries each on Brenda Drake’s blog, Shelley Watters’ blog, and Cassandra Marshall’s blog. Check them out. Keep an eye on the #PitchMadness tag on Twitter. It should all be pretty fun and interesting.
- Comment on at least three fellow writers’ blogs once a week: I set aside time to do this last night, catch up on all the posts from #WriteMotivation participants and commented on WAY more than three. You guys make it easy to keep this goal because ya’ll are writing and sharing great stuff.
- Start thinking about New Project: With moving and WIP-polishing, I have had zero time to advance on any New Project, but I’m really excited to get past this super-busy part of my life (a little bit anyway) and start plotting something new. Which, I have to be honest, is a big step for me. This time last year, I was still floundering writing-wise. The disappointment of my experience with getting and losing my first agent had blocked out the writing love, and I wasn’t anywhere that was anywhere when it came to my goal of becoming a published author. The strides I’ve taken in the past six months to get back on track have been worth it, even if this WIP never goes anywhere. I’ll write a new one, and if that one doesn’t get me there, then maybe the next one will. I’m not going anywhere.
Okay, that turned out longer than I had expected. I must go and pack ALL the things and prepare my arsenal of cleaning supplies. (Yay, cleaning! #surprisinglynotsarcastic) I’ll also be offline starting tomorrow until Tuesday when our cable gets transferred, so I will tweet and respond and whathaveyou once I have the intrawebz back.
Happy Friday, all!