Wednesday, 26 June 2013

What's Up Wednesday/Ready. Set. WRITE!

Hey there, blogger buddies! Glad you could make it for another installment of What's Up Wednesday. If you'd like to participate on your own blog, feel free to sign up on Jaime Morrow's site. If you're taking part in Read. Set. Write! please remember that you need to sign up for that on Jaime's site as well, and it would be awesome if you hopped around to some new blogs to encourage your fellow writers.

All right, here we go...

What I’m Reading:

Earlier this week, I finished Reboot by Amy Tintera, which I really enjoyed. Stay tuned for a review sometime in the near future (hopefully).  Next, I’ll be reading Parallel by Lauren Miller.

What I’m writing:

My word count goal for this week was 5000. I got off to a very slow start, but after a few solid writing sessions I managed to get out just over 6800 words. Those words were hard-won and there may have been a couple of all-nighters involved. When I get in the zone, it’s hard to quit even if the sun is coming up. Yeah, I’m feeling a little on the tired side today. Good thing I’m a night owl!

I’m over the 17, 000 mark on my WIP now, which feels awesome. There’s a scene or two in there that might get cut when it comes time for revisions though. We’ll see. This week, I’m changing my approach for goal setting. Rather than aiming for a certain number of words, my goal will be to finish the next three scenes.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

My best writing day this week was Saturday. I tackled a couple of sad scenes, and it was the perfect rainy day to set the mood (although it was actually snowy in my story). When the rain stopped, the picture below is what I could see outside my window. Just the thing for keeping a hopeful note in the writing.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

On Friday, my son and I had a lunch date. There are few things better than going for teen
burgers with my favourite teen. We talked about books and sports and all sorts of things. I’m proud to say my son is one of my best friends.

I also helped my husband make a batch of Coffee & Donut Stout. We made it from the mash stage, which means we even boiled the grain ourselves. Totally from scratch. My husband likes his beer just like his coffee: so dark it’s opaque and this was a new flavour for us. The funny thing is he ordered the kit for this particular stout from our local bookstore. Yep, apparently bookstores in Canada sell beer kits, so you can have a nice cold brew while you read.  I love my country.


And finally, I’ve been covertly working on a project with an awesome group of writer friends. I can’t say what this project is yet, but it’s going to be fun.  Lots and lots of fun. If you’d like to be sucked into our craziness, feel free to join us on July 1st

So what's been happening in your corner of the writing world lately? I'd love to hear!

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  1. Your lunch date with your son sounds great and I think I said awwwww out loud while reading about it :D

    I can't wait to hear about the project you're about to unveil :D

    And CONGRATS on your word count! You're doing great Erin :D

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    1. It was an awesome date and he's seriously the sweetest kid ever. Of course, I'm a little biased. :)

      As for the project, it's only a week till we share it and I'm excited. Thanks for the encouragement about my word count. The Ready. Set. WRITE! gang is so supportive!

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  2. Burgers with the son are terrific. I just did that with my son yesterday (alone, without the other kids.). I'm always amazed how a gigantic burger can disappear in their mouths so fast!

    You've got me curious about that project - as well as how a Coffee and Donut Stout tastes. Sounds like tons of fun.

    Congrats on your word count!

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    1. I'm so glad you had a good time with your son too! And yes, it's amazing how quickly they eat. My son is turning into a bottomless pit.

      I'm curious about how the stout tastes as well. It's kind of a unique flavour, so I'm eager to try it once it's done fermenting.

      Hope writing is going well for you this week too!

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  3. Covert projects? Sounds intriguing!

    I find it so hard to write about snow in summer ^^; I think I need to stand in a walk-in freezer for a minute or two to get myself in a wintry mood. Congrats on hitting 17k! That's fantastic! :D

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    1. Heck, it hasn't been very long since our snow melted here and I'm still finding it hard! Hitting the 17k mark feels awesome, so thanks! :)

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  4. Sounds like you've had a busy week! Love the picture. Your son sounds like an absolute delight :D
    I'm interested to hear more about this project too!

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    1. It's been a very busy week. And yep, my son is pretty delightful, but then I'm very biased, of course! Well, you won't have to wait very long to find out about our project. This weekend we'll be sharing it. :)

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  5. Congratulations on all that writing, you're doing great.

    Your lunch date with your son sounds lovely! As us the rainbow photo, I love seeing rainbows!

    Looking forward to your announcement in July!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm hoping this week will get off to a bit quicker start with the writing. As for the rainbow, it was pretty incredible. The picture doesn't show it, but it was a complete arc. :)

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  6. What a fantastic word count--way to go! Sometimes just the right atmosphere (like a rainy day) is just what one needs.
    Your stout sounds awesome! I used to homebrew too but then we had a string of apartments with electric stoves, and it's just so much harder to control than gas. Now we have a gas stove again, so I should think about brewing again someday. I love bitter IPAs as a general rule, but I think homebrewed stouts and porters tend to turn out better, so I generally stick with those too.
    Hope you get many more words in this week!

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    1. Thanks, I was really happy with my word count this week! The homebrewing is fun, but we totally destroyed our kitchen. Kind of a messy procedure! My husband loves the whole process of brewing and I've watched him go about it before, but thought I'd join in this time. Good thing too, because starting at the mash stage is a lot of work. We're planning on making a maple chocolate stout on Canada Day this weekend. :)

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  7. Awesome writing this week! And I envy your ability to write into the wee hours of the morning. There are many times I sit down to write and don't want to stop, but life calls. *sigh*

    Also, I think if I tell my husband about these beer kits, he will want to move to Canada. :) That sounds AWESOME. And I love hanging out with my favorite teen too. Have a great week! And can't wait to hear all about this awesomensess on Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! I have issues with insomnia, so I figure I should use that time for something productive. Plus, I tend to think best late at night when the house is finally quiet.

      As for the beer kits, my husband loves them. This kit, plus a maple chocolate stout, were his Father's Day gift. Have a super writing week! :)

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  8. Fantastic that you're kicking out such great word counts. What a great feeling. Your posts about your son are just lovely-- it's heartwarming to see. Have a great writing week!

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    1. It's definitely a good feeling to meet the goals I've set so far. There were a few days this week when I didn't think that would happen. We'll see how much changes in the revision stage, but at least for now I'm getting the story onto the page. I'm glad you've enjoyed the posts about my son. He's one of my favourite things to talk about. Hope you have a great writing week too!

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  9. HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE!!!!! You exceeded your word count, Erin. That is AWESOME! Good luck with your writing this week and I hope you keep kicking butt. :-)

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    1. Oooo, guacamole is one of my absolute favourite foods, so thanks for that lol! And thanks for cheering me on! I hope you have an amazing writing week too, Rachel! :)

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  10. Erin, I think our husbands would get along very well. LOL Coffee and donut stout? Where can I buy the book?! (It is, after all, just under six months until Christmas now.)

    Keep going with your scene goals! That's fantastic!

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    1. Isn't that a hilarious flavour? We're going to try making a maple chocolate stout on Canada Day. It's a little odd that Indigo/Chapters sells beer kits, but hey, they make awesome Father's Day gifts! The hubby can often be seen with his ereader in one hand and a nice, dark stout in the other. :)

      And thanks for the encouragement on my scene goals! I'm looking forward to tackling this next chunk of writing!

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  11. That's great that you could bind with your son! I was able to bond with my siblings last week (-:

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    1. I think it's great too. He's an awesome kid and I love spending time with him. So glad you were able to spend some quality time with your siblings last week! My sister is one of my best friends, so I can understand why you'd enjoy that. :)

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  12. Congratulations on your writing progress! I estimate I wrote around 25,000 words since last week, though I admittedly still have a lot of free time till camp starts, and I can type at least 90 wpm. I'll look forward to the announcement in July.

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    1. Thanks! And congrats on your awesome word count too! Best to take advantage of that free time while you can! :)

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  13. Wow! Awesome on surpassing your goal. I hope this week is just as great. I get so inspired when all my writer friends talk about their kids. I hope when I have kids someday that I'm as good of a mom as all of you are!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! It was slow going for a bit there, but things finally clicked into place and I had a few solid writing sessions that got me over that goal line. And I'm sure you'll be an amazing mom! One of the things my son and I have always done together is read. He's thirteen and I actually still read to him. So hey, when you have kids I'm sure you'll know plenty of great books to bond with them over! :)

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  14. Beer kits at the bookstores??? Awesome! My husband now wants to move to Canada :)

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    1. Isn't that wacky and fun? Ha ha, tell your hubby that Canada would be glad to welcome him with open arms and a beer. :P

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  15. Ohhh, glad you liked REBOOT! I haven't read PARALLEL yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you think!

    Way to blow your word count goal out of the water! And because I'm nearing the end of my WiP, I'm having to not really focus on number goals, but break them out by chapters / scenes instead, too. Best of luck with your mile markers for this week!

    And I love the picture of that stormy sky with the rainbow you took - what a perfect day to tackle your sad scenes and what great inspiration!

    I also love that your son is one of your best friends. Maybe one of these days children will grace my family with their presence and I'll be able to enjoy that same relationship! And I am so impressed that you and your husband made your own stout totally from scratch! Plus, you have an enticing way to get him to venture into a bookstore? So jealous.

    And finally, yay for secret projects - can't wait until Monday when we can unleash the madness!

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    1. I have my notes all jotted down for a REBOOT review, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. Hopefully soon! I'm only a chapter into PARALLEL. So far I'm liking the voice though.

      I was really happy with my word count this week, especially since things got off to such a slow start. Honestly, I wondered if I was going to get anything onto the page the first few days. Like you, I'm starting to take a more task oriented approach in a lot of ways though. I tend to be wordy, so if I can finish a scene in less words, I'm pretty much ecstatic. Kinda goes against the whole idea of aiming for a high weekly word count!

      I hope you get the chance to enjoy that kind of a relationship too. I love being a mom. As for the hubby, thankfully he's a huge bookworm so the beer kits were a bonus. He often has his ereader in one hand and a glass of stout in the other lol!

      I can't wait until Monday either! The lead up to this has been so much fun, and I'm so glad you and Bridgid invited me to take part! :)

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  16. I'm getting really excited about this covert project I keep hearing about!

    Great job with your writing, I love when I reach the 17,000 mark...everything just feels ao much easier by then.

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    1. I'm excited about it too! Thanks for the writing encouragement! You're so right that things start to feel easier once you have a nice chunk of the story out. It finally feels like it's shaping into something! :)

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  17. I am uber impressed that you brewed from the mash stage!! We haven't done that yet, but plan on trying it soon. And I love it that the kit came from a book store. Props to Canada!

    And I read some of your other posts on your all-out word battle this week, complete with bubble wrap, and so I am even more impressed you were able to top 6K. Go you!!

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    1. This was the first time we tried it from the mash stage--super messy but very satisfying to make it from scratch. Seriously, my husband is like a kid with a chemistry set when it comes to beer making, and we totally trashed our kitchen. We plan on making a maple chocolate stout on Canada Day.

      Yeah, I kinda went off the deep end with the bubble wrap, but hey, it worked! The writing definitely went smoother after I got over that initial word block. Thanks for the encouragement! I feel all fueled up for the week now lol!

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  18. I have yet to come across beer kits where I am, which is strange, because I feel like everyone and their mother brews their own beer for fun. (Coffee, on the other hand, is an entirely different story...)

    Great job beating your goal by so much! Good luck finishing your scenes this week :)

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    1. You might have to check a beer store that specializes in brewing. That's usually the most likely place to find them, unlike here where our bookstores apparently sell them. Totally weird, but fun!

      And thanks for wishing me luck on my goals this week! Right back at ya! :)

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  19. Wow, your progress is fantastic! I loved your bubble wrap post...it's so neat to see how much you ended up accomplishing this week!
    And can I say that it is awesome to hear about your relationship with your son? My parents and I have had our moments, obviously, but I can easily say that we all are best friends. Having a good relationship with one's parents is so, so wonderful, and I love seeing it in other families.

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    1. Ha ha, I'm glad you enjoyed the bubble wrap post! Not the most usual method of dealing with writer's block, but it did the trick! I'm so glad to hear you have a great relationship with your family too. My husband, son, and I are like the Three Musketeers and I wouldn't trade that for anything! :)

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  20. Wow! Amazing job on your writing goals this week, Erin! So inspiring and I'll be rooting for you in those upcoming three scenes :) I loved the beautiful picture of the rainbow, and am also looking forward to your review of REBOOT. I think the premise for the book sounds amazing, and I have been very curious to learn more.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was tough going for a while there, but it's amazing how quickly the words can add up once they start to flow! I have all my notes scribbled down for my REBOOT review, so hopefully I'll be able to get to it some time soon. Glad you enjoyed the rainbow picture. I had some pretty amazing scenery while I was writing! I hope you have a great writing week!

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  21. I'm interested in this secret project! Great job on surpassing your word count goal! I did the same this past week, though it's a good bit less than yours.

    I love that your son is one of your best friends! I have two boys (3 and 5 months), and I desperately hope they'll be my best friends as they grow older and always. I love hearing about other moms and their boys. :) The beer making sounds fun. My husband loves dark beer, too. I'm more of a wheat or brown ale girl though. Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Well, the secret project will no longer be a secret as of Monday, so you won't have to wait long to find out what it is! I'm so glad you met your word goal this week too!

      I love hearing about other moms and their boys too. And you know what? I think if you put in that time and effort with your kids (which I'm sure you do) then there's a great chance you'll have a close relationship later on in life.:)

      As for the dark beer, it's definitely an acquired taste. My husband's absolute favourite is this one called "Old Engine Oil" and that's pretty much what it looks like!

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  22. Good job on your writing and going on a burger date with your teen sounds like a wonderful time. It will be fun to see what your secret project is :)

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    1. Thank you! And we definitely had a wonderful time. It was nice to put aside the writing and other stuff for a bit and just hang out together. I hope everyone enjoys the secret project as much as we've enjoyed getting it ready. :)

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  23. Erin, I love what you said about your son being on of your best friends. I hope my son is still one of my best friends when he's in his teens. Also, total word count props!

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    1. He's an awesome kid and I count myself a lucky mom! I hope you and your son will still be best friends when he's a teen too. I always wish my son would stop growing up, but honestly, each stage holds something new and better. Thanks for the word count props!

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  24. Lovely rainbow photo! Congrats on your amazing word count this week. I SO wish I was a night owl so I could get more writing done during the week! I'm just really not a night person.

    Good luck with your scenes this week!

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    1. Glad you liked the rainbow photo! It was pretty awesome--one of those full arc rainbows. I'm lucky I'm a night owl because that's the time of day I feel most creative and it has the least distractions. Thanks for wishing me luck and I hope your goals go well this week too, Ghenet!

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  25. Count me in for some coffe and donut stout. That sounds incredible! Curious on your project--I'll guess I'll need to wait and see, hmmm. :D

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    1. Doesn't that flavour sound awesome? Next, we're going to make a maple chocolate stout. They sound more like dessert than beer. The project launches Monday, so you won't have long to wait. :)

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  26. I've been saying for years that my husband I should go into business and have a brewpub/bookstore. Perfect combination! Your brew sounds delicious! Can't wait for July 1! ;)

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    1. Well, whoever owns our bookstore chain apparently thinks just like you! Great minds! My hubby usually has his ereader in one hand and a stout in the other, so he sure likes the combination. Looking forward to July 1st too! :)

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  27. This July 1st business is sounding pretty awesome! Can't wait to see what you ladies are cooking up! And congrats on hitting your stride and busting past your goal!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I was a little worried there for a bit, so it felt great when things finally started moving along. I hope you enjoy what we've got in store! :)

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  28. Your lunch date sounds so great! I'm looking forward to those days. :) And YAY July 1!!

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    1. It was a really nice lunch date! I love spending one on one time with my son. Those are some of my favourite moments! I'm so excited for you that you'll soon get the chance to do that too. (Well, maybe not the burgers just yet lol) And yes, yay for July 1st!

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  29. Great job on the word count. And I love that you have that kind of special time with your son. How awesome!

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    1. Thanks on both counts! It was a great week! :)

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  30. Can't wait to find out more about this secret writing project -- I bet it'll be something amazing! I love how you spoke of your son in this post. He sounds like a fantastic kid, and your relationship makes me hopeful that my girl and I will remain close as she grows up. Also... You totally rocked your word count this week. I'm so impressed! Best of luck finishing those three scenes you're shooting for!

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    1. And I can't wait to let everyone know about it! Less than a week left, so I'm excited. I really can't say enough about how awesome my kid is, so thanks for that. It's tough to see them growing up in some ways, but rewarding in even more ways. I hope you and your daughter have the same experience. :)

      I was surprised to even meet my goal at first, to be honest. The start of the week was just that rough, so I was super happy with this. Good luck to you too this week!

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  31. I love the idea of setting goals in terms of scenes, not word count. That's kind of a genius idea!
    Coffee and doughnut beer? Yes, please!

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    1. I'm glad you like that idea. Since my WIP is outlined into scenes already it makes sense to use that as sort of a checklist. As for the Coffee & Donut beer, I can't wait until it's done brewing. I think I might have to get some actual donuts to go with it. :)

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  32. I too am interested in this secret project! Congrats on meeting your writing goal! I know how hard it is to pull out words. After I posted my What's Up Wednesday I wrote 1000 words so I'm very happy with that. I like the idea of setting goals with regards to scenes rather than word count. I'll have to try that since mostly I write scenes and then stop when I get finished with one. Good luck with finishing your next three scenes!

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    1. Thank you! It was slow going at first, but it felt great to finally build up some momentum as the week went on. Sounds like you're off to an awesome start with your word count already! Nice! My first two weekly goals I set according to word count, but I thought I'd switch it up this time and focus on a number of scenes instead. My WIP is outlined into scenes and I tend to naturally approach it like that anyway, so it made sense for my goals. Hope your writing continues well this week!

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  33. So curious about your secret project now! I guess lucky me that July 1 isn't that far away! ;) That's a great rainbow picture too. I can never get one well on camera.

    Also, way to go on your word count! I think if I'd had as hard a time as you did, there is no way I would have managed to not only meet but beat my goal.

    RE: your comment about what is yummier - I have no idea! How can you make me choose between two of my great loves (icey desserts and Tom Hiddleston)?! Can I just have both?

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    1. Now that we've piqued everyone's interest, I'm glad July 1st is coming so soon! Glad you like the rainbow picture. I did have to brighten the colors just a wee bit to make it more visible, but it was actually a really amazing one to see.

      Thanks for the encouragement on my word count! I was really frustrated about it at first, but finally blew off some steam and it went better after that.

      And yes, I think you can probably have both the gelato and Tom Hiddleston, as long as you promise to share some of the gelato with him. Then he'll reward you with one of his amazing smiles. :D

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  34. I'm a night writer, too (not to be confused with Knight Rider). I do my best work after ten, but I have to be careful because if I get in too deep it makes getting up for work at 6:30 a wee bit difficult. I can easily say that my caffeine consumption has tripled since I started writing.

    Good luck with the goals this week.

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    1. Ha ha, you mean you don't have a car named KITT? I'm really fortunate I don't have to be up early. It makes those late nights a lot easier to deal with, although I'm definitely feeling a bit on the worn out side this week. Good luck with your writing goals too!

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  35. I keep threatening to pull an all-nighter (maybe tonight!) so I can get this WIP done! I have three little boys and writing time is tough to come by, especially since I've just re-entered the blogging world and have been spending time connecting with other writers again! I want to write about 7-10k per week and maybe got about 3k in this past week. (I tend to set my goals a bit too high....) I'm at 15k now. (Since we're at about the same word count with about the same weekly goals, I'll race you to the end! Haha!) GREAT JOB! Christy

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    1. Welcome back to the blogging world! I have one kid and I still find it hard to work in writing time other than at night, so you're doing awesome! So far I've been lucky about meeting my goals although it was really slow going at the start of the week, and I'm sure much of what I did get out will be in major need of revisions and/or cutting. I'd race you, but I'll probably trip and fall flat on my face at some point soon lol! Best of luck with your writing goals! :)

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  36. Good luck getting your three scenes finished. That sounds like a good aim to have, rather than word count!

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    1. Thanks! I thought I'd try a different approach this week. I'm becoming a little more task oriented about writing, so this seemed to fit my mindset better.:)

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  37. Dang girl, you blew your goal of out of the water -- woo!

    But even more impressive (just because I am *so* a beer lover is the Coffee and Donut Stout---whaaatt?! My eyes just popped out of my head reading that. Yummmmm.

    Have a great weekend! Can't wait to see this super secret project materialize...

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    1. I was pretty psyched about it, especially after a rough start to the week! Isn't that a cool beer flavour? Our next batch is a maple chocolate porter, which I'm even more excited about. And you won't have to wait long to find out about the secret project. We're just hours away from launching it! Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

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