Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reflecting on 2015 and Looking Ahead to the New Year

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to reflect.

Reflecting


You guys, 2015 has been a very strange year. I started the beginning of the year knowing I had to have a change—the stress level at my job was killing me. I developed health problems I’d never had before. My relationships were struggling. All around rough. I landed and started a new job, which was and has been great.

But then my grandmother died. And then I developed migraines. And then my husband broke his wrist. Now, on the other end of all of these things (and the associated medical bills and heartache), I’m pretty glad the year’s over.

And then there’s the writing. I think we all dream to be that person who gets an agent with their first query and then lands a book deal a few short weeks later. Not my story. My agent (who signed me on the second book I queried a full 9 months after I started querying that particular book) started submitting my book in January, and we’re still on submission.

It hasn’t sold yet, but I’m actually okay with this (mostly...the way any writer can be). After editor feedback, we’ve done a few rounds of revisions, and my story is in a completely different place than it was when we went on submission. It’s so. Much. Better.

And here’s the thing (I sort of hate typing this, but I’m going to do it): If this book doesn’t sell, those revisions will still be worth it. The story is better. I feel like I’ve given it the writing it deserves, the POV it deserves, the voice it deserves. None of that would’ve happened had it sold out of the gate. (For the record, I didn't just come to this point easily. In fact, I battle it a lot, but if I keep telling this to myself I will believe it).

Looking Forward


Last year I made some goals for myself, and I’ve decided that New Year’s resolutions and goals aren’t really my thing. I mean, I accomplished some of them, but here at the end of the year I’m a different person than I was when I made those goals. They don’t have the same weight or meaning to me now as they did then.

So instead of specific goals, I want to be a little less concrete. In 2016, I want to be kinder (to the people I love and the people I flip off on the interstate). I want to be more available--call my family more, have more girls' nights, watch a movie without feeling like I should be doing something else. I want to take better care of my time. Those extra fifteen minutes when I hit snooze? I wake up more tired and then the dishes don't get done. It's amazing the sense of accomplishment when I put a few dishes in the dishwasher before I leave for work.

Mostly, I think I just want to live more. Fear less. Love. Laugh. Write. Read. I want to enjoy life, because if I don't, what's the point?

Happy New Year.

xoxo
LP


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Badass Books: The Orphan Queen


Summary (from Goodreads):

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.



Why I read it: I read Jodi Meadow's first trilogy and really enjoyed it. It felt a little more science fiction than fantasy (which worked for the story), so I wasn't really sure what to expect with her next series. In short: I loved it.

ZOMG Yes! There's so much I want to say about this book--characters I loved, relationships I fell for, downfalls I didn't expect but that worked so well. From the magic system to the consequences to the descriptions of this fantasy world, this book far exceeded my expectations. But I can't really get into much of it without spoiling the story.

So this is what I'll say. One of my favorite YA fantasy series ever is Throne of Glass, and to me The Orphan Queen was very much in that vein. From our cast of characters to our badass heroine (which I misspelled as heroin on the first draft of this blog post because Christmas I guess), this is the kind of fantasy I can get into and then promote the hell out of.

kthxbai So if you like YA fantasy and if you like awesome stories, you really should pick up this book. I'd say it's up there with my favorite fantasies (and as you all know, I read a lot of fantasy).


Monday, August 31, 2015

RSW Wrap-up: August 31, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.




So first: Thank you once again to Alison, Jaime, Erin, Elodie, and Katy for hosting this. Without you guys, there's no way I'd have finished the first draft of my MS this summer. And thank you to everyone for stopping by with your encouragement. What an awesome summer for writing!

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    I finished my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga. I'm also about halfway through putting together my revisions checklist!
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I read Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Saint Anything and Darkness Brutal this summer plus two beta reads. So that's a huge success for me!
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    I finally figured out a workout routine that works with my schedule and my body. And I'm seeing results--so that's awesome.

Onto my manuscript!

As I mentioned earlier, it's sort of a Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. So it's twisty and scary but also romantic. Plus, there's magic. Here's my inspiration board on Pinterest. I'll actually be taking a trip to Savannah in October with some of my girlfriends so do a little research (and a lot of drinking) to fill out this story.

Here's an excerpt from the first page:

1880
Savannah, Georgia

Moonlight scattered through the moss hanging from the cemetery’s trees, casting a crisscross of light over the resting place of the dead. Fog settled on the grass. It hovered over freshly fallen leaves, freshly turned soil, a shadow in itself, but not the only shadow that moved among the graves.

Tonight, the darkness roamed. Tonight, the darkness was a woman.

She rose high above the ground—five, six, seven feet tall—a small bundle in one arm. She glided past the newly dead, deeper into the night, trailing shadow-born fingers across crumbling tombstones.

As the moon slipped behind a cloud, she knelt and placed her prey before her. The child’s chest rose and fell, but she was lost in her mortality, comforted only by her dreams. 

For my manicure, I chose a dark gray. In some lights it looks black, in others like storm clouds. So basically it's the perfect color for my story.



Monday, August 24, 2015

RSW Check-in: August 24, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Read: I didn't read anything. I've almost made it through my summer reading list, but haven't been able to get P.S. I Still Love You. 
Write: Major big huge success. Draft one complete! Making progress on my revision check-list!
Move: 3 days

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Read P.S. I Still Love You so I can check off my reading goal!
Write: Stretch goal: Finish my revisions check-list before the end of August!
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:

“It ain’t only what you’ve seen, miss,” he said. “Two nights ago we found a girl’s body among the graves.” He could still remember the deep gash in her throat, the lifeless eyes that seemed not afraid in death but angry, ready to kill. “Wasn’t a pretty sight.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Reading the beginning of this draft. Guys, it needs a lot of work.

Something I love about my WIP:
It just keeps surprising me.


Monday, August 17, 2015

RSW Check-in: August 17, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Read: I read like the first page of Orphan Queen
Write: Not nearly enough. Rough week for writing.
Move: 3 days

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Continue Orphan Queen
Write: I'm pretty damn close to the end. I'd like to finish this draft if I can.
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:
He opened up his arms to her, and she didn’t hesitate to fall into his embrace. When he held her, it felt as if their bodies fit together, as if they belonged that way. But more than the rightness of it, it felt as though he needed her to stay grounded, to keep from slipping away.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Self-doubt.

Something I love about my WIP:
The setting.

Monday, August 10, 2015

RSW Check-in: August 9, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:
Read: Finished Darkness Brutal (review here), still need to post my review for Saint Anything
Write: 6,802 words (almost 2k more than I'd hoped!) Thank GOD for peer pressure.
Move: Four days of cardio+strength!

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: I haven't decided what I'm in the mood for this week. So first goal is to pick a new book!
Write: 4,750 words added to my WIP
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:
He flexed his fingers, strong and sturdy but already changing. The shadow’s claws showed through where the man’s fingernails had once been, the whites of his eyes completely swallowed by the darkness. Even his once-blond hair had turned black.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
I'm in the middle of writing the climax, and I always take FOREVER to write those scenes. 

Something I love about my WIP:
Third person omniscient. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Badass Books: Darkness Brutal

As I've been in between holds at the library for my summer reading list, I'm also working through books I've pre-ordered or have in my Kindle library waiting for me. This week: Darkness Brutal by Rachel Anne Marks.



Summary (from Goodreads):
Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

Why I read it: I actually heard about this lovely bit of urban fantasy from my agent, Rena Rossner. She's also Rachel Anne Marks' agent. And I figured, Rena has good taste so it must be good! I was not disappointed.

ZOMG Yes! For me, Darkness Brutal was what I wished so many of the urban fantasies I've read had been. It's got all the things you want--angels and demons and magic and brooding guys. But it's also got more. Rather than just being tied to Catholic theology (I feel like a lot of urban fantasies fall into this boat), we get some good pulls from Judaism.

Beyond that, I really enjoyed the characters. I had a hard time putting this book down because of them. They each have their faults and vulnerabilities, but they also have a lot of fight in them.

kthxbai I think my favorite thing about this story, though, was the way all of the magic and theology was blended so well together without feeling like someone just said "lets throw it all in!" Definitely pick this up! Then you can wait with me for the sequel :)

Monday, August 3, 2015

RSW Check-In: August 3, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:

Read: Not so much. I ended up starting a different book then did some beta reading--so still successful!
Write: 4,800 words! Success
Move: One yoga class and a few walks.

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Finish Darkness Brutal (the book I started when stuck getting the engine mounts on my car repaired)
Write: 4,750 words added to my WIP
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:
Again, names redacted. Sorry.

A shadow tore through the room like a gale, extinguishing [redacted]'s lamp.

A hand gripped tight around [redacted]'s neck with nails sharp enough to cut clear through her throat and sever her head from her body. She pulled at the fingers as they clenched tighter and tighter, but the monster held firm, her own hands slipping through the shadow. Stars spotted her already-dark vision as she struggled to breath.

The monster pressed its mouth to hers and breathed. Darkness poured into [redacted]'s mouth like slick oil, but it stopped on her tongue, sizzled, and faded out.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Some personal stuff I don't really want to blog about plus the car engine mounts dying.

Something I love about my WIP:
It's scary. And I like that.

Monday, July 27, 2015

RSW Check-in: July 26, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!
How I did on last week’s goals:

Read: Finished Between Shades of Gray. I posted that review instead of Saint Anything.
Write: Just around 5,000 words for the week. Made a lot of progress this week adding some scenes to keep my draft from going off the rails. I have a lot of dark stuff to write this week.
Move: Worked out three days! Almost to my goal.

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: P.S. I Still Love You is on the list for this week!
Write: 4,750 words added to my WIP
Move: Exercise 4 days. 

A favorite line from my story:
This is super spoilery, so I've removed the names.

"What…what are you?” [redacted] stammered. His heart pounded in his chest, and he wondered what went through [redacted]’s mind when he faced the shadow, if he’d been trapped in this very room, felt this very fear.

“I’m the thing of nightmares. The stories your mother told you to keep you in the house at night.” [redacted] stalked closer to [redacted], hovered near enough that the boy could feel the shadow’s hot breath on the back of his neck. “And tonight, I am the vindicator of all the men like [redacted], men you’ve brought to their knees because your white skin gave you the ‘right’ to beat them, the ‘right’ for your ancestors to own them. I am the last voice you will hear before the spirits carry you off to hell.”

“Please,” [redacted] whimpered, his body shaking with terror so cold his limbs had gone numb. “I can pay you. I can give you whatever you want.”

“No one faces the Beast-Man and lives,” the shadow said.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
This was actually a pretty good week for me! 

Something I love about my WIP:
I love my monster.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Badass Books: Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys has been on my list for a long, long time. This summer I finally moved it up the TBR pile and read it. I'm glad I did, but having just finished it 20 minutes ago, my heart hurts. Normally a book takes me a day or two to read. It took me more than a week to get through Between Shades of Gray. It was beautifully written, but it was so, so hard.


Summary (from Goodreads):

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.



I won’t be writing this review in my typical format, because it’s hard to use those categories here. Instead, I’m just going to give you my thoughts as they come to me (and with some proofreading afterward). I could give you your typical review elements—the character development was phenomenal, the added love story very believable, the prose breathtaking—but I don’t think that’s the point.

I studied European history in high school. We spent a good bit of time on World War II and time on Russia and Communism, but somehow any bit of the deportation of the Baltic States that we touched on was minor, glossed over, thrown in with the rest.

The focus of our studies was on Hitler and the atrocities he committed (which were many and horrifying). But Russia was an Ally. The U.S. fought with them, so their war crimes weren’t the focus of my American education.

What they did to these people was horrifying. I know that Between Shades of Gray is fiction, but it is well-researched fiction. And you should read it. You should read it because you need to know what happened to the people living in the countries that Russia steamrolled. It’s earth shattering and heartbreaking and I hate that I didn't know.

Like I said: I knew somewhere in the back of my memory that Russia did horrible things. But I didn’t equate it with the things that Germany did. 

Read this book because the writing is wonderful. Read this book because the story is haunting. But really, read this book because you need to know what happened. You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to the countless lives that were destroyed by Communist Russia.

Monday, July 20, 2015

RSW Check-in: July 20, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!
How I did on last week’s goals:

Read: Still working my way through Between Shades of Gray. It's so well written, but it's a hard read.
Write: I -think- I met my word count goal, but on Sunday I ended up realizing I needed to rework some scenes, so I did a lot of copy/paste of old scenes so I didn't lose them in case I wanted those words later. Regardless, I should hit 50k this week.
Move: Yoga twice. It's been so hot this week that when I walked out of the studio it was like I hadn't even left. Ugh.

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Finish Between Shades of Gray. Post my review for Saint Anything.
Write: 4,750 words added to my WIP
Move: Exercise 4 days. Already completed Monday with Hot 26! 3 days to go.

A favorite line from my story:
[Redacted] released her hold over the darkness dwelling in her heart. She opened herself to the shadow like a white lily in the moonlight.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
My boss was on vacation this week, so I had more on my plate than usual, which was draining. But I still did pretty good!

Something I love about my WIP:
I'm still not bored with it, so that means it must be a keeper. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

RSW Check-in: July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman. We check in every Monday and conclude on August 31.

My goals for the summer:

  1. WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
    Finish my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga.
  2. READ ALL THE WORDS! I currently have several books on hold at the library as e-books. Should I get to the top of the list for all of them this summer, I'd like to finish them. These include Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and Saint Anything.
  3. DO ALL THE MOVES!
    Now that I'm in a much less stressful work environment, I'm finally making time for me again. By the end of the summer I'd like to be up to 4 days of working out each week!

How I did on last week’s goals:

Read: Finished Saint Anything. Downloaded Between Shades of Grey from the library. 
Write: I did not at all meet my goal. This was a rough week for me. I only managed 1600 words.
Move: Yoga twice.



My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Finish Between Shades of Gray
Write: I need to average 4,750 words per week for the rest of RSW if I want to meet my goal. So there you have it!
Move: Exercise 4 days.

A favorite line from my story:
“You’re mine, bitch,” [redacted] hissed, his voice all at once one man and many, dark like the night sky and fluid like the rain.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
I'm guessing this is tied to grief and related stress, but I had my first migraine ever this week, complete with an aura and olfactory hallucinations. My post-migraine hangover (is that what you call it?) lasted two days. So I was basically worthless the end of the week. Hence not meeting my goal.

Something I love about my WIP:
I'm still really enjoying this story and am excited to see how it turns out.