Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Word Count Wednesday



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So.

I have had this blog for almost three months.

A blog dedicated to the completion of the redraft of my original novel and its subsequent publication.

Yet…

I am a few words shy of 17,000 in my redraft with no real idea of when I will finish.

I recognize the folly in using word counts as an accurate measure of progress. But I also recognize that unless I buckle down and focus, this novel will idle in a perpetual state of redraft for the foreseeable future.

And that will not do.

So I—along with my Moo Sisters, Jess and The Ghostwriter—am beginning a self-imposed Nano today, 30 days of working on my novel without interruption. I am also giving myself a few weeks of cushion to fully complete the draft, giving me a prospective end date of August 1st.

The good news is I smoked Nano when I did it two years ago. And with a 17,000-word head start, I am practically guaranteed a workable finished product.

The… uh, other news is... in order to do this, I am suspending my blog until August 1st.

I’m sure there are those who could it all: take care of her children and husband, write her blog, blitz her draft, keep house, and kick a field goal without batting a perfectly curled eyelash.

But I am not she nor do I pretend to be.

So I invite you to meet me back here on Thursday, August 1st where I will share the news of my success!

Thank you for your support thus far and in the meantime.

See you then, my friends! xoxo

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Reflections: We Are Each Correct

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I apologize for being a day late with my Reflections. Last Friday I shared that I was writing from jury duty but did not mention my selection for a civil trial which lasted five days.

There were two defendants—the plaintiff’s attorney had been named a co-defendant by the first defendant—and we the jury found both defendants negligent in the matter before the court, though to very different extents.

When the judge came into the Jury Room yesterday, after thanking us for our service, she discussed her views on the proceedings. What struck me as most interesting was her assertion: “You are each correct in your interpretation of the facts.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Word Count Wednesday!


(It's still Wednesday, so this still counts.)

Last week I decided not to use the word count as my primary measuring stick for progress, noting however the desire to see that number inch higher and higher.

But I did set a goal of getting my MC back home for the incident which leads into the story’s main conflict.

So how’d I do?

That depends on how you look at it.

See, I haven’t written a single word in the manuscript or other related documents since last week.

Not a jot or a tittle.

Or for the visual learners...

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Reflections: Jury Duty

(From Friday, May 31, 2013)


I am handwriting this post with a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil in a spiral notebook instead of typing it on my laptop because I must meet my civic responsibilities.

That’s right: I have jury duty.

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Sleepiness and hunger aside—I didn't have time for Second Breakfast—my inclusion in this sacred process aptly caps my week. For on different occasions and for various reasons, I have found myself in two seemingly polarized positions.

Judge.

Defendant.

To be clear, I am not involved in any litigation at present… though I have half a mind to sue Ms. Shonda Rhimes for slaying me with that Scandal-lous season finale two weeks ago then leaving me hanging on the edge of summer with no new episodes until September.

Surely there exists a law against such cruelty.