Thursday, 10 September 2015

7*7*7 Challenge

I’ve been tagged by Katy Upperman for the 7*7*7 challenge! Here’s how it works: Post the 7th line on the 7th page of your WIP, followed by the next 7 lines. Then, tag 7 other writers to take part in the challenge too.

The scene below is from ENLIGHTEN, and it might need a little tweaking yet. Also, I cheated and finished my excerpt at the end of a paragraph. Hey, my lines are short! This lands my characters right in the middle of some action while they’re being chased by police and security guards:


Beyond the glass tunnel, Synergy looms around us, its mammoth skyscrapers reaching high into the night, titans of steel and concrete. Lights from traffic, flashing billboards, and neon signs paint the cityscape in a vibrant panorama. I skid to a stop, then whip back my arm and slam the spring-loaded punch against the side. The glass shatters and leaves a gaping hole in the skyway.
Fifteen stories in the air.
“Holy shit!” Evan jumps back from the edge as a blast of wind howls through.
My insides swoop and my knees go weak. Fighting against dizziness and trying desperately not to look down, I shove the punch back in my jacket and pull out a mag-line. It looks like a motorcycle hand grip. “I was really hoping we’d never have to use these.”


I’ll let you guess what happens next. ;)

I’m going to tag Emma Adams, Melanie Stanford, Jennifer Pickerell, Alicia Gregoire, and anyone else who wants to do the challenge. If you’re too busy, feel squeamish about sharing from your WIP, or already took part, don’t feel obligated. But if you’d like to join in, I’d love to read your excerpts!

Okay, this is actually Tokyo, but use your imagination.


Monday, 31 August 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Wrap Up & Manicures and Manuscripts





Welcome to our RSW wrap up and Manicures and Manuscripts event! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I would like to thank all of you for participating with us this year. Huge congratulations to those of you who met your overall summer goals, and even if you didn’t, we hope you made some solid progress on your WIP. It blows my mind that summer has come and gone already, but September is always a time for fresh starts and productivity, so it doesn’t stop here. Wishing you all lots of inspiration on your writing projects as you jump into this coming fall, and even though RSW is done for another year, don’t be strangers!

Let’s wrap things up, shall we?



How I did on my goal(s)

My only goal last week was to tinker with the next scene in my WIP, which I did, and seeing as my boys went to a hockey game on Thursday, I had extra time to work. In all, I got three scenes revised.

Back in June, I didn’t set any broad goals, mainly because I had no idea what this summer would hold for me. Considering it was such a transitional time with my family’s big move, my main purpose for RSW was to stay connected—to writing and the writing community. While I didn’t make as much progress on revisions as I’d secretly hoped, I did continue to write and I did stay in touch with writerly folks such as yourselves, so I think that makes it a success for me. I worried that the change in location, atmosphere, routine, and overwhelming different-ness of everything would evaporate my ability to write, and while it did throw me off and slow me down, you guys kept me tethered to all things writing. So my deepest and sincerest thanks to all of you for keeping me on the writing wagon and sharing this very bumpy ride.

And thank you again for your encouragement on the excerpts I shared this summer. I want to tack all your comments around my office to remind me that I am a writer, published or not, and I can and should do this. I can’t tell you how much your kind words mean to me when I too often feel like I’m an inch from throwing in the towel (or the laptop). You ladies are the best, and I wish you tons of success in your writing endeavors!

That pretty much wraps up the writing portion for me, so I’m going to skip on ahead to Manicures and Manuscripts…

In case you missed the explanation last week, the purpose of our Manicures and Manuscripts event is to:

● pamper your tired fingers after a summer of non-stop typing
● polish your nails in a way that reflects your WIP
● include an explanation for your nail design and/or an excerpt from your story
● share your manicure in your wrap up post, on Twitter (#RSWrite), Instagram, or wherever you like

So I started off with a brown sugar & olive oil exfoliant to soften my hands—one of the recipes I shared last week—and it worked like a charm. For my manicure, I decided to try water-marbling. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a pic and a quick 15 second demo video. It’s a super messy procedure (way harder than it looks in the video), and after trying it, I wouldn’t recommend it for novice nail polishers like me.  It took foreeeeever and I ended up only doing one hand, which turned out sort of wonky. I think it’s an art that requires lots of practice and the perfect conditions to get it to work.

I wanted my nails to look like blue agate, a type of rock that features in my WIPs, and while my manicure doesn’t look as neat or perfectly defined as it was supposed to (not even close), I have to say it does actually resemble blue agate more than the pic/video. I think the imperfect layers and the fact that each nail is different makes it look more authentically rocklike. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.


The big chunk of agate in the photo was a gift from my husband for finishing my trilogy, and it’s one of my absolute favourite possessions. While some girls like diamonds, this is the type of rock I prefer. It’s my trophy and it has a special place on my office window sill. Some of you who’ve been following me for a while also know I have a smaller piece of blue agate that was my “good luck charm” while I finished drafting Enlighten.

The excerpt I chose is a longer version of a couple lines I already shared this summer from Engrave:

Hand in hand we cross the room. Up close, I realize the circles aren’t glass but rocks, split in half so their vibrant insides show. I’ve seen stones like these before in a gift shop at a science center, but never so many of them and never in full sun like this. The fireplace is custom made, and someone went to a lot of trouble to construct it. It’s a work of art.
[Boy] scrubs a palm over some of the rocks, sloughing off the dust that clouds them until they glisten even brighter. He wipes his hand on his jeans. “Agate,” he says with breathless appreciation. “It’s a type of volcanic rock.”
Each stone is shot through with layers like tree rings, different hues of the same color in concentric bands. I trace the design within one, ranging from pale blue to dark, rich cobalt. It’s hard to believe someone smashed open a bunch of rocks to find this treasure inside. [Boy] brushes off an emerald green stone with an expression of raw admiration that borders on reverence, his insides so beautifully bare, unmasked by this discovery. A pang of bittersweetness hits me. It seems unfair that for their deepest, truest beauty to be exposed, some things, some people, have to be torn open and gutted first.
“It’s amazing,” I say, though this one word can’t encompass the way I feel seeing [Boy’s] fingers coax the grime from the stones, his eyes hungry for the colors beneath. “It must have looked incredible at nighttime with the firelight flickering on it.”
I wonder about the family that used to live here, imagine them gathered round this fireplace on a winter night, the flames brightening their faces over mugs of cocoa. A child falling asleep in his mother’s arms. Maybe a dog curled on the hearth. I wonder if they were happy once, as happy as I am standing here in the rubble of their former life.

In my trilogy, agate becomes a symbol for what my mc wants. It represents the "someday" she's trying to get to and who she wants to spend that "someday" with. It also symbolizes nature/Romanticism. This is the first time agate shows up, but I wove it throughout the rest of the story in significant ways.

Well, that’s my summer and my manicure all wrapped up! Looking forward to seeing how the rest of you fared over RSW and how you fancied up your nails. Just to let you know, I'll be late commenting on other posts today as we have plans for my son's last day before starting homeschool lessons tomorrow. Best of luck as you continue on with your writing projects, and don't forget to go around and check out how your fellow participants did!


Monday, 24 August 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #12


Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.


How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal was to revise two scenes, which I mostly did. I still have a couple minor characters that need names, so I have to fill in those blanks yet. I’m super picky about names and spend hours & hours looking for just the right ones, so I put that off for the time being.

My goal(s) for this week

Seeing as this is the last week of summer, I’m only planning on tinkering with the next scene in my WIP.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

The sky is clear tonight, a deep indigo blue scattered thick with stars. This same sky wraps around the whole world, binding us all together, one possibly doomed planet spinning in space. I feel too small, too insufficient for what lies ahead, like a tiny pinprick of pale starlight trying desperately to illuminate the entire Earth.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

General busyness as summer comes to an end. Extreme humidity that gave me the energy level of a slug. A thousand questions about where to go next in the writing process. I’m at a crossroads and I think after RSW I’ll take a break to re-strategize.

Something I love about my WIP

I love that my trilogy will soon have its own beer. My husband is a home brewer—a very good one—and he designed a craft beer specifically for my story: an imperial chocolate porter aged with oak and Irish whiskey. Sounds amazing, right? Chocolate, oak, and Irish whiskey can all be found in my story.  We’re calling it Synergy Porter, after the fictional city in my trilogy and because the ingredients work together to create synergy (aka deliciousness). It’s also a play on words since my characters have implants called “Ports.” And in book 3, Synergy Porter makes an appearance on the page. I love that my husband and I found a fun way to combine our skills/obsessions, and I can’t wait to sample the final result. Note: I like my beer the same way I like my stories—dark, rich, and on the sweet side.

Thank you so much for your incredibly supportive comments last week. Just to be clear, my purpose in posting about depression and query rejections wasn’t to be all “woe is me,” but to be honest about how tough it is to cope with both at the same time. I wanted to put that out there as a way of acknowledging the issue for myself and to let those of you who are going through the same thing know that you aren’t alone.  Your response meant a lot to me, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I had a better week. You guys are awesome!

On to the fun stuff now…

The winner of our final RSW care package of the summer is:

ALICIA GREGOIRE

Congrats, Alicia! Hope you enjoy all the goodies Katy put together. Consider it a reward for all your hard work this summer!

Seeing as we’ve all been typing our fingers to stubs this summer, we deserve a little pampering, don’t you think? This week, the RSW co-hosts will be treating ourselves to manicures, and you’re welcome to join us!

If you’d like to participate, pick a nail polish colour or design that somehow reflects your WIP and snap a shot for our wrap up posts next Monday (August 31st). You can also include an excerpt from your story and/or an explanation for how your nails tie in with your WIP. Feel free to share your manicure on Twitter with the #RSWrite hashtag or on Instagram as well.

Below, I’ve posted some easy, natural recipes to treat those hardworking hands before you apply your polish. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but they’re super simple and can be made with ingredients you probably have kicking around your kitchen. Enjoy!

Lemon Honey Soak
Soften cuticles, hydrate, and make nails stronger & whiter:  Mix 1 cup warm water, juice from ½ a lemon, 1 tbsp honey. Soak.

Brown Sugar Exfoliant
Soften skin:  Mix two spoons brown sugar, spoon of olive oil. Rub hands for 1 minute & rinse with warm water.

Honey & Olive Oil Hand Mask
Soften & nourish skin: Mix equal amounts of honey & olive oil. Apply to hands for 30 minutes & rinse.

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
Soften skin: Mix 2 spoons sugar, juice of half a lemon. Rub hands to exfoliate.

Cinnamon Milk Soak
Soften skin: In microwavable bowl combine 2 cups water, 1 cup milk, 1 ½ tbsp. olive oil, pinch of cinnamon (or other spice). Microwave 20 seconds or until comfortably warm. Soak hands 10 minutes & rinse.

Remember next Monday is our last post of RSW. I can't believe how fast this summer sped by! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s manicures next week!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #11

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goal was to tear apart three scenes that needed to be rearranged and somehow integrated better. I got that done and did some minor revisions on the next scene as well.

My goal(s) for this week

I’m aiming to revise the next two scenes, both of which are pretty long.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I sift my fingers through the soft, dark hair sticking up over his forehead and try to keep my voice calm. “I know this sounds crazy after what you just put yourself through, but please be careful. Don’t do anything foolish…or…or heroic, or anything that might get you killed, okay?”
“Heroic?” He tries to smile, but his chin is too sore to move his mouth much. Blood stains his teeth.
“Yes, heroic. Sometimes you’re too noble for your own good.” I comb through his hair again and again. “You have a dangerous penchant for saving people and making sacrificial gestures.”
He stares up at me, eyes copper bright. “Sounds like someone else I know.”
“Guess we’re quite a pair then.”
“Yes,” he says, his fingers finding mine in the grass. “We are.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Depression. There, I said it. It’s one of those unpleasant things people don’t like to talk about, but the more I hang out in the writing community, the more I realize it’s pretty much an epidemic here. So this was one of those weeks where it was a challenge even getting out of bed, and the query rejections kept firing at me, which didn’t help. I’ll confess I’m losing steam on this revision. While I still maintain I wrote this trilogy for me—because I love the story and to prove to myself that I could do it—it’s tough revising book 3 when book 1 still isn’t attracting any real interest after querying off and on for two years. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want an audience to share it with or to see it on the shelf in a bookstore someday.

Something I love about my WIP

One of my biggest goals with this series was to make the ending kickass. I’ve known since starting book 1 how book 3 would end, and getting my characters and the plot to that point in the most exciting, gut-wrenching way possible has been my focus. Sounds obvious, but I've read too many series that went out with a fizzle instead of a bang. I poured everything into those last chapters, and I love them. So did I succeed? I’d like to think so.

Thank you for last week’s encouragement, everyone. As you can see from this post, it was much needed. I really hope this spirit of accountability and cheering one another on will continue past the end of August when RSW is done. Hang in there with your writing projects while the summer is winding down!

Moving right along…

Last week, Alison’s awesome care package was up for grabs, and I’m happy to announce that the winner is:

CHRYSTAL SCHUBERT

Congratulations, Crystal! Hope these treats provide some fuel and fun for your writing sessions!

Our final RSW care package was put together by Katy, and it’s full of lovely things. If you’d like to win this fantastic parcel, remember to enter on the Rafflecopter below—one entry for each week of participation in RSW and the contest is open internationally. Good luck!



Here’s what Katy’s parcel contains:

● “If You Obey All the Rules You Miss All the Fun” Journal
● Floral Mini Sticky Note Pad
● Lined Floral Note Pad
● Jelly Bellies
● Starry Pencil Pouch
● Honey Pear Hand Cream
● Lavender Lemonade Candle
● Peppermint Mints
● Various Washi Tapes
● Eos Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
● Writerly Quote Pencils
● Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
● Twizzlers

A little reminder: The last week of RSW (August 24-31) you’re invited to join us for our Manicures & Manuscripts event, when we’ll be treating our tired, over-typing fingers to manicures that somehow reflect our WIPs. If you’d like to take part, start thinking of ideas for how you’d like your nails to look!

Best of luck in this last giveaway and with your goals this week!



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Monday, 10 August 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #10


Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

Not spectacular. I got in 10 hours of revisions, which fell 2 hours short of my goal. During that time I revised 3 scenes, but I’m contemplating bigger changes. We shall see. I didn’t even touch querying, so my 4 hour goal on that was a bust.

My goal(s) for this week

With the school year coming up way too quickly, I’m scrambling to get curriculum done, and I’d like to enjoy what little summer is left with my family, so I need a lighter week. Instead of a time goal, I'm planning to tear apart and rearrange a group of three scenes. And if querying happens, it happens.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

It isn’t fair.
They deserve better than this.
We all do.
I stumble through the dark to our bedroom, like [girl] lost in the hallway. Dizzy and frantic and searching for some way out of this choking fury, I clutch my head and spin in circles until suddenly, in a violent frenzy, I shove everything off my bedside table. It all goes crashing to the floor. The clang of metal and smash of glass adds to the roaring in my ears. A sob rises from that deep abyss inside me where I’ve buried all my pain for so long. It gushes up like hot lava, searing my throat. I throw myself on the bed and yell into my pillow, but no matter how much I cry, I can’t purge it. There will always be more.
They say love conquers all.
If only that wasn’t a blatant lie.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

This was one of those weeks where the universe, evil jerk that it is, tried to thwart me at every turn. A long string of distractions made it hard to build up any momentum. Some of those distractions were good though. Our new furniture finally arrived. We got rid of our old stuff before moving, so we’d been sitting on a bench to watch TV for the last two months. Having a couch and comfy chairs is heaven. Also, my husband’s birthday was this weekend, so cake baking and celebrating was priority (we went on a BEAUTIFUL hike through a forested park by the Atlantic Ocean and then for a tasty seafood dinner).

Something I love about my WIP

That it’s dark and harrowing and melancholy, but at the same time it’s funny and hopeful too. At least, I think it is, and I’ve tried my damnedest to make it that way. To me, that balance in a story is important. Those light, humorous bits offset the grim parts and give them more impact.

Thanks for another round of lovely comments last week, ladies! You really have been my tether to the writing world during this transitional summer. Some of you asked to see photos of our dining room’s makeover into a library, and while I’d love to post pics of the finished result, the middle of the room is currently filled with paint supplies and boxes of Ikea stuff that still needs to be put together. In short, it’s a mess. But I did snap this shot of our new chair in the reading corner. I anticipate devouring many a book and writing many a chapter there. Love it.



And now it’s time to announce the winner of our latest RSW giveaway. The participant who won the writer’s care package I put together is…

TONJA DRECKER

Congratulations, Tonja! Please direct message me via Twitter with your mailing information, and I’ll send the parcel out to you asap!

This week’s giveaway package was compiled by the awesome Alison Miller. Check out all the fun goodies, like that fantastic Jane Austen air freshener! How cool is that? Enter on the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. Remember, you get one vote for each week of RSW participation, and the contest is open internationally.



Here’s what Alison’s parcel contains:

● Be Inspired Journal with inspirational quotes and writing prompts
Jane Austen Air Freshener
Sticky Notes and Page Markers
I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie! Bookmark
Poly Spiral Index Cards
WRITE Journal/Composition Book
Werther’s Originals Caramel Hard Candies
Paddy Wax Ginger Peach Soy Wax Candle
Trident Island Berry Lime Gum
Spiral Memo Pad in a rainbow of colors
Sinful Colors Decadent Nail Polish
Post cards with Inspirational Quotes
Mini Ink Joy Pens

Good luck in the giveaway and with your goals this week, everyone!



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Monday, 3 August 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #9

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I wanted to work on revisions for twelve hours, and I spent about fourteen. I also planned to put in at least four hours on querying, and thanks to #MSWL I ended up putting in over six.

My goal(s) for this week

Since 12 hours of revisions and 4 hours of querying seems to be doing the trick, I’m going to stick with that.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I stagger to my feet, struggling to stay upright. Then I push off with my boots, thrust myself into the air as hard and far as I can. Black sky soars above me, water glistens green below, and as I plunge through the surface, several blasts shatter the night at once. The force clobbers me, swelling through the water in a powerful wall that bows my spine and smashes me farther out into the lake. Shouting swirls in my skull, murky, too elusive for me to grasp. Underwater, I twist and flail until the harsh current settles. I tear off my mask so I can breathe and break through the surface again.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Setting up bookshelves in our library (aka the former dining room) took a huge amount of time because: a) we still had over 30 boxes of books left to unpack, b) turns out the floors in 120-year-old houses are horribly crooked and much shimming (not to be confused with shimmying) is required to get shelves even close to level, and c) we ran out of shelf space. Between that, painting the living room (ugh), and working on homeschooling curriculum for this fall, staying up late to write was tough. I am officially fried.

Something I love about my WIP

The romance in my WIP ties in heavily with the sci-fi plot. It’s not this extraneous thing I tossed in there to spice it up. The two go very much hand in hand. I think if a book (outside the romance genre, obviously) is going to have romance—and most of my faves do—that romance should serve an important purpose. In other words, make those kisses count! xxxxx

Which brings me to this…

Once again, guys, thanks so much for your heartening comments, especially on the lines I shared last week. I was nervous to post that particular snippet because I’d never shared part of a kissing scene online before, though I write lots of 'em. The things you said were a big boost to my confidence. I hope I can make all of you feel just as encouraged today. :)

And right on time to show my gratitude, it’s my week to give away a writer’s care package to one lucky participant. Remember to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a box full of fun goodies. You get one vote for each week of RSW participation, and the contest is open internationally.



Here’s what my parcel contains:

● “Embrace the Journey” journal with cork cover
● “Enjoy the Little Things” notepad
● Ink Joy mini pens
● 2 pack of “Write On!” mini notebooks
● Scrabble pencils that say: jot, note, write, create, compose, and inscribe
● “Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy” pencil case
● 2 packs of paperclips shaped like rabbits and crocodiles
● manicure kit
● Eos Fresh Flowers hand lotion
● Revlon Fashionista nail polish (teal)
● David’s Pom Tango tea  (makes 34 oz.)
● Strawberry Fusion TicTacs
● Cadbury Jelly Popping Candy chocolate bar
● Trident Very Berry gum

Good luck and have a fantastic & productive week!


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Monday, 27 July 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #8

Welcome back to Ready. Set. WRITE! My co-hosts, Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and I hope you’re looking forward to yet another productive summer! If you’re new this year and you’re wondering what RSW is all about, it’s a summer long writing intensive for writing, revising, or planning your WIP. It’s also a way to keep each other accountable. Every Monday we’ll share our posts, keeping them brief in order to maximize our writing time and minimize on blogging. Sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

My goals were to work on revisions for at least 12 hours and devote a minimum of 4 hours to querying and/or working on a submission package. I spent around 16 hours on revisions and about 11 on querying and fleshing out my synopsis.

My goal(s) for this week

12 hours on revisions and 4 hours on querying and/or my submission package sounds like a good plan again.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I do as he instructs, and a lake the color of turquoise spreads through my mind, fresh and cool. I’ve never seen water so brilliant before, even shadowed as it is by heavy clouds and the snow-capped mountains looming over it. Rain pelts the water, sending a million concentric rings rippling out over its surface. Pines hem the shoreline, and somewhere in the distance, a loon releases a haunting cry. I listen to the water lap against the stone-studded sand, its ebb and flow a tranquil rhythm, and as I imagine raindrops tapping my skin, I realize [boy] is kissing me again and again, pressing his lips everywhere.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

Disciplining myself to sit down and work when I was tempted to devour An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir all at once. Such a gripping, gorgeously written book that totally goes for the gut. Loved it so, so much. It was the best kind of distraction.

Something I love about my WIP

I love that it feels large in scope since the plot involves a global threat, but that it also feels very small because there’s a sense of intimacy between certain characters that draws the focus inward and is ultimately the heart of the story.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your supportive comments each week this summer. Without them, this writing dream of mine might have evaporated entirely. It’s been a precarious summer for me because of all the moving busyness and the frustration of not getting any closer to publishing someday, and you guys have kept me going. I’m so grateful! Hope you all feel encouraged today!

Stay tuned next week for our third giveaway, hosted by yours truly!