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:
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!