Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready. Set. Write! Week 4

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. 

What I'm Reading: Still working on Nobody But Us. I'm really enjoying it. I also really enjoy that Will reminds me of some of my sister's friends in Elko, Nevada (where we were born and where she still leaves). Come to find out Will is from Elko! Not that it's necessarily the thing to boast about, but I did like seeing how an author described the town.

What I'm Writing: Well I met my goals for this week--finishing two chapters. I'm still working on the third. So while I didn't quite meet my stretch goal, I got really close and ended up clocking in at a little over 7,000 words. I worked on some game-changing scenes, and I'm so excited about them (albeit nervous). I need to get them out to crit partners to see what they think.

For this week, I want to wrap up chapter 19 then revise part three (18, 19, 20). Beyond that, I'd like to get another 1,000 words done on the rest if that's possible. I'm thinking I'll exceed the goal since I'm off work Thursday and Friday--but so is my husband, so there's a chance I won't get as much done as I'm hoping.

Last week I gave you an excerpt from Mason's perspective. Here's one from Danny's:

The other boys were quiet. Danny’s legs started to shake, but she ignored them. She pushed her fear down into the bottom of her stomach and tried to imagine it was a just a spec, and then nothing. She squared her shoulders, crossed the room to Tim, and looked up at him. “Men like me? Weren’t you listening? I said I was a Federal.”
Tim rolled his eyes and took another drink.
“Your etiquette could use a little work,” Danny said. She considered him for a second, heart pounding. Then, “With manners like yours, I’m guessing you must send your full salary home to your family. They probably can’t spare you keeping any of it for yourself.”
Tim stepped closer to Danny and tucked his flask into his jacket. He towered over her. His body was tense, his shirt tight across his shoulders. Danny steadied herself. She couldn’t let him see she was afraid. She couldn’t let any of them see it. Fear and submission would have been Danielle’s response, but she wasn’t Danielle. She wouldn’t be until long after the war ended. There was no room for fear anymore, not as Danny Clemmons.
Tim looked down at her. He brought his arm back.
“Tim,” Mason warned from across the room.
“I’m going to teach this runt a lesson,” Tim said.
The fear in Danny shifted to a raw energy. It bubbled up inside of her, sending tingles along her arms and down her spine. She laughed; she felt stronger and more alive than she ever had. “Let me save you the embarrassment,” she said.
Tim’s face went red. Rage burned behind his glassy eyes and a halo of light appeared around him. Something in Danny felt bad for pushing him so far. He had to be tired—it had only been a week since Donelson fell, but she wasn’t just going to roll over for this Yankee boy.
Tim grabbed Danny by the forearms, his grip tight enough to bruise. She didn’t flinch. “Choose your next words carefully,” he said.
Danny grinned. “It wouldn’t be proper to hit a lady.”
Tim’s mouth dropped open, his eyes wide. His hands fell from her arms.

What Else I've Been Up To: I got a promotion at work last week--woo hoo! I now have "Social Media Specialist" in my title. So, in true Liz fashion, as soon as I received the new title, I started working on several social media process documents, and I'm beyond excited about them.

What's Inspiring Me Now: You mean other than all of the Twitter accountability and writing sessions? This song by Mumford. Whenever I hear it, my whole ending plays out before my eyes and I have all of the feels. ALL OF THEM. The first time it happened I actually started sobbing. So there's that.

What about you?


  1. I LOVE that excerpt! And now I am so curious about your WiP! Also, WOW - 7000 words! That's incredible! And congrats on your promotion!

    Sounds like you've had a great week. I hope the next one is just as exciting! And productive. :)

  2. First, congrats on your promotion... So awesome.

    Second, I WANT TO READ YOUR STORY. I can't wait for us to finish drafts so we can trade... I love every excerpt you share!

    Third, glad your enjoying NOBODY BUT US. Such a fantastic debut!

    Best of luck with your goals this week, Liz. <3

  3. Liz! You are so very mean. Where is the rest of this excerpt? You seem to have stopped it at the worst possible time and I know you want to reveal the rest to those of us who are on the edge of our seats. By the way, if you ever need another beta reader, I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE. This has nothing to do with me being a sucker for girl-dressed-as-boy stories à la the timeless classic SHE'S THE MAN. Nor does it have anything to do with the fact that I'm majorly hooked. Just being a friendly neighborhood writer. La la la.

    Also, a big congrats on the promotion!

  4. Congrats on the promotion!

    And can't end there! I want to know what's going to happen next. Tim's reaction was so priceless and I could just feel the tension between him/Danny. I also want to know more about Danny and this story. And hehe I think everyone's going to want to read this, the excerpt was SO GOOD.

    Good luck with your goals for this week!

  5. 7k words is great! Nice job. And congrats on the promotion.

  6. Great snippet, Liz! I think you just shared a BIG MOMENT in your WIP. Am I right? Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

    Congrats on the promotion! That is very cool. You should definitely celebrate.

  7. Your writing amazes me. It flows so beautifully and it feels so natural! Amazing stuff :D

    Congrats on the promotion too!

    Mmm, Mumford and Sons. Did you manage to see videos of their Glastonbury performance?

  8. Congratulations on the promotion, Liz! All the best with your revisions this week. :)

  9. woohoo for the promotion! And I love Mumford and Sons!

  10. What a week for you! Congratulations on your promotion and for writing 7k on your WIP! I loved this excerpt. The voice is great, and the feeling really comes through. I also love how you ended it! You seem to have a great handle on the time period of your story. Very convincing! Good luck with your writing goals this week and with your new social media work projects!

  11. Congrats on your promotion and new — very brainy sounding— title and somehow writing 7000 words alongside. Very impressed. Mumford and Sons rule.

  12. Congrats on the work promotion!

    I'm hoping to squeeze in some writing time over the long weekend, too!

  13. Wow, congrats on getting so much writing done! And the work promotion sounds very cool.
    That excerpt (!!)...I love the contrast with what you shared last week. So cool!! Good luck on your writing this week!

  14. 7000 words is awesome!

    And I love it when I read a book that describes a place I know well. I always get a little thrill out of it.

    And Mumford & Sons is brilliant. So many of their songs inspire me to write. And sing.

  15. Congrats on the promotion! Love the excerpt. 7000 words is great! I bet that feels awesome! Love that Mumford & Sons song! I often listen to them when I write. Good luck on your writing goals. Have a great weekend!

  16. Congratulations on your promotion!

    I love that excerpt. I'm writing in close 3rd person as well, from two different perspectives and I love reading it too. WTG on all of your writing! You're rockin' it.

    Have an awesome weekend. :)

  17. Holy cow, 7K!?! That's awesome. You know what else is awesome? Your snippet. I REALLY want to know what happens next, so you've definitely succeeded at hooking me. :-)

  18. Congratulations on your promotion! That's awesome. LOVED your snippet and I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on this someday. ;) Good luck with your goals this week!

  19. I really loved your excerpt! I write in third person and your excerpt just gave me hope that the third person POV can still draw the reader close to the characters. You write it so wonderfully.