Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ready. Set. Write. Week 11


                Welcome to Week 11 of Ready. Set. Write.  Simple is the name of the game. 

How I did on last weeks goals:

I want to finish Never Fade! I give up.  I am an epic fail!  Okay so I read more of it and I only have like 100 pages to go and plan to finish it today but nope still not done. 

I'd like to get serious about my story and take a look to see what's left that I need.  I write in different parts, whatever scene is calling to me at that particular time.  So I need to start piecing it together and see what is missing, besides the ending- Yes!  I did start going through and found things I was missing, and I swear some of the scenes I remember writing them but they are not on my master copy so all I can think is they got typed and didn’t save L

Along with the above goal I'd like to not only find the missing pieces but write them up and work on as many as possible- So as many as possible turned out to be three.  Still proud it’s 9,711 words so I’m pretty proud!

I'd love to get a week ahead in reviews for my blog so that would be two for this week and next week- Nope!  I did my reviews I posted last week.  I did Truth here and Shadow and Bone here but I didn’t get as much of a head start on this week as I’d have liked.

Along with finishing Never Fade finally I'd like to read at least 2 other books I have on my TBR list for review- Done!  I read 3 books and a graphic novel!  Well I listened to one, I found audiobooks are good for getting reading done when it hurts to read because your eyes or head hurt. 

My goals for this week: 

All the time really but still!
Transition to day shift!  I start back to days Wednesday so I have 1.5 days to adjust my internal clock

Continue what I started last week, working on scenes I am missing.  I’m aiming for 5K.

Read and work on my review for Another Day

Revamp/Re-write my budget.  Rising power costs given the Hades like temps and other bills that flux and revamp my savings and trip fund.

Read 2 additional books (not counting Never Fade which should be finished by end of day)


A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:  
                Shrugging off his jacket he slung it over her shoulders and helped her slip each arm in one at a time.  “Okay Lexi, I need you to help me here.  Where are your keys?”
                She almost fell out of his grip when she leaned back and lifted up her leg.  He readjusted his grip on her and guided her over to the parking lot and leaned her against her car.  Leaning so his shoulder helped prop her up he reached down and unzipped her boot and found her key, phone, and two cards.  Smiling he pulled out the key and zipped up her boot. 

The biggest challenge I face this week:  It was my last week on night shift (11pm-11am) I’m posting it still on nights but when I leave in a few hours I will be off until starting day shift Wednesday!  So I tried very hard to stay on the night schedule on my off days to make it go smoothly which worked for that but I don’t feel super motivated to do anything when waking up at midnight but lounge. 

Something I love about my WIP:  I’m doing everything thing I can to make it seem as real as possible.  Not gloss over something because it might not be something that will go over well or might be bashed. 


That’s it for this week.  Good luck this week!

26 comments:

  1. Oh wow, going from night shift to day shift must be tough. Working night shift must be tough too! Hope it goes smoothly.
    I love the excerpt and that he knows where to find Lexi's things :)
    Cheering you on!

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    1. We change by semester here, and at a previous job we changed every 28 days. Funny thing is I used to LOVE nights, now I still like them I just don't like the hours themselves but we are working to swing them more neutral so day shift feels like days and night shift feels like nights. Keeping fingers crossed, though honestly being on days if we get the swap we want is going to suck at first lol

      Yes Chase knows where Lexi hid her necessities so she didn't have to carry a purse :)

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  2. Even if things didn't necessarily go to plan it sounds like you made good progress -- and that was a lot of words you wrote. :o I know what you mean about being sure you'd written a scene! It's like they drift off into some alternate universe rather than stick around in this one where they're needed...

    That's an intriguing snippet! Now I want to find out more... *pouts* Good luck with this week, and I hope your transition from night- to day-shifts goes well!

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    1. I know I was shocked when I looked at the word count myself. Also I'm still holding out hope that the scenes are out there. I'm going to check my back up external drive and all the flash drives I own. I normally only use one but just in case!

      Thanks! I liked this scene, it was kind of a sweet and funny moment on something that could have turned out horribly.

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  3. Wow! You did great with your reading and writing goals this week! I have had so many evil encounters with losing work that I have a daily process of saving to my hard drive AND sending myself my work. And love the snippet! Good luck with your goals in the upcoming week!

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    1. Haha I've thought about sending my stuff to myself so it will be forever logged into e-mail history!

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  4. Love what you said about making your WiP feel as real as possible. Those are the very best stories to read! Best of luck transitioning over to day shift -- that sounds tricky, and like it could be kind of hard on the body. And I'm rooting for you as you start to piece your story together and wrap it up. You can do it, Eve!

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    1. Thanks! It is a bit tricky getting your sleep schedule back on track but I think I've done good, guess I'll find out tomorrow if I wake up and make it to work in the morning lol.

      Yes I want it to be real. Even if some things are unlikely the rest should feel legit.

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  5. My husband used to swing every two weeks between nights and days. It's so hard on a person to get used to that, so I feel for you! Best of luck this week w/your goals!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah 28 days was a bit wow but 2 weeks yeah nope.

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  6. Congrats on getting so much done! This week I opened my MS and noticed a scene was missing too. I
    still haven't found the silly thing. Maybe they disappear with the socks? Good luck in getting yourself transitioned. Sounds hard!

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    1. Ahh like the illusive sock troll of the dryer maybe there is a scene troll stealing scenes. Can we answer a riddle for them back?

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  7. Best of luck on the transition to day shifts. Also, 9711 words is amazing. Seriously, amazing.

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    1. It's a major turning point in the book. I'd had it mapped out with little things here and there I wanted in it but I was saving it wanting it to be just right. It felt like it was time and I think it turned out pretty good.

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  8. Good luck to you with the transition, I can't even imagine. Your word count this week was spectacular, you deserve a break if you need one :)

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    1. It never feels like I've done much of anything productive but then doing the wrap up it's like huh I did do something lol

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  9. Great job with your goals! Sometimes Word's autosave function decides not to work, which is really frustrating. Hope those scenes show up!

    Transitioning from night to day shift sounds challenging - best of luck!

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    1. I still have one more flash drive in my drawer at work to check tomorrow so hoping they are there or even on my work computer by chance. Also I've been up since 4am to help with the whole sleeping tonight part haha

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  10. You did a great job on meeting the majority of your goals. Well done! Good luck on switching to days this week. I can imagine that is super hard.

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    1. Yep. Still haven't finished Never Fade at this point sigh...and I like it! I think it's the super long chapters they seem to take longer.

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  11. Good luck with your writing and working goals! I can imagine it must be tough to transition from night to day shifts.

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    1. I'm excited for days which is something I never thought my vampire-like self would say. Thought the biggest down side is day shift parking SUCKS!

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  12. Oh no! I'm so sorry some of your scenes didn't save. That's awful! I'm glad you got so much done though in spite of that setback. Good luck switching over to the day shift and with all your other goals this week!

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    1. I'm still hoping to find it. If not then I guess I will hit it again and make it even better!

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  13. I've lost things forever. When I rewrite, they're much better!

    I recently seem to have lost most of a novel draft. I was devastated for a bit, but then I reread all I had, and, know what? I was nowhere near the story I want to tell, anyway. I'm writing a series I didn't know was a series when I drafted it (that's a long and convoluted story), and so it's been written out of order chronologically, and events written after that point,but which happened before this draft made it - wrong, on many levels.

    I'm a bit over halfway through the first of the two volumes that will replace it, and it's already orders of magnitude better!

    If you don't find your scenes, I hope you have a similarly positive outcome.

    My father spent years working one week each of 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7 shifts. I never thought much about it as a kid, but now I think that must have been brutal!

    I hope your change was a successful one.

    And a big HOORAY for All. Those. Words!

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    1. Thanks! No luck finding them but I'm going to take it as a positive and just go for it and work on rewriting them! I think they will be better now :)

      The change part sucks but so far being on days has been okay after that first day of no sleep to adjust the sleep cycle.

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