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:

    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: 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.


  1. I'm so sorry about the migraines and the reason for it, Liz. Sending you lots of hugs today. I think 1600 words is pretty considering everything you're going through right now, especially with a migraine heaped on top. I love the line you shared. So good! Hope this week is much more peaceful for you. ♥

  2. Ooh, that line you shared totally gave me the shivers -- well done!

    So sorry you're grieving and not feeling well. Migraines are the worst, and I'm impressed that you got any writing done at all. Totally rooting for you on your word count goals for the rest of the summer. You've got this!

  3. Oh that is an excellent excerpt. Sends shivers down my spine every time I read it (which I've now done, uh, three times now because it's awesome).

    I'm so sorry you're grieving, and I hope that's the only migraine you have. That you've managed any words at all is pretty damn phenomenal, let alone that many. Hopefully this week will be a little better for you. Offering hugs and best wishes.

  4. Migraines kill writing, but at least you still love your MS, and that's a lot! Go get those words :)

  5. Your excerpt is killer! I'm so sorry that you had to deal with a migraine this week. I hope that was a one-time thing! The fact that you got any words written is awesome. Good luck with your goals this week!

  6. That's awful about your migraines, Liz. I'm so sorry to hear that grief and stress are causing you physical problems now. I really hope you find some relief soon.

    Your excerpt is super creepy and I love it! Best of luck getting out that next 4750 word chunk!

  7. So sorry to hear about your grief and stress! And about your migraines. I hope you feel better very soon!

    I think you've done amazing this week - and even more so considering what you've been dealing with!

    Wonderful excerpt and cheering you on!

  8. I like your summer reading list! I made myself read Between Shades of Gray in just two sittings because I knew it would be hard to come back to. What a wonderful book, but very intense.