Monday, June 29, 2015

RSW Check-in: June 29, 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:

    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.
    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 finished both The Wrath and the Dawn and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Write: I met last week’s goal on day one, so bumped up to 5,000. Despite some unexpected life happenings, I managed to meet this goal at 5,161 words plus added chapter titles.
Move: I only managed two days of exercise due to unplanned traveling from Thursday - Sunday

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: I’ve got Saint Anything on the list this week!
Write: I’m going to start with 3,000 and see how far I get
Move: Same--4 days.

A favorite line from my story:
Father glanced over the parishioners and shook his head sadly. “Death comes for us all eventually.”
Norabel wondered if someday it would return for her, and if this time she’d be strong enough to face it.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Grief. My grandmother passed away on Tuesday night. Wednesday was a blur preparing to fly out to be with my dad. I was able to read on the plane but couldn’t get any words out. The flight back was still hard, but I managed to write.

Something I love about my WIP:
The darkness. I really like the darkness.


  1. Oh, Liz. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Sending all the positive thoughts and hugs your way! And it's impressive all the words you did get! Go YOU! I hope next week is a much better one for you!

  2. That's awesome beating the goal on day one! That's awesome. Good luck this week you can do it!

  3. So sorry to hear that your grandmother passed away, Liz. I hope both you and your dad are managing okay and that you'll be comforted by happy memories during this tough time. Hang in there!

    I loved the excerpt you shared. It's so haunting and intriguing at the same time. Good luck with your goals!

  4. So sorry for your loss.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother, Liz. So sad. It sounds like you two were close. Thinking of you. <3

    Have you reviewed AVA LAVENDER on your blog? I'm so curious about that book. I've heard it's really beautiful, but it sounds rather bizarre. Do you recommend it?

    Love the excerpt you shared, as always. Best of luck writing all the words this week!