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:

    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 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.


  1. "I love my monster"--> love this! :) And yay for a pretty awesome week, Liz! Cheering you on!

  2. So, I watched the first episode of "Penny Dreadful" last night and it scared the ever loving crap out of me. Your excerpt is creepy in a very similar way, and I think it's brilliant. So excited to chat about SAINT ANYTHING soon, and I can't wait to hear what you think of PS I STILL LOVE YOU. Have an awesome week, lady!

  3. Congrats on all the words! And that excerpt was awesome! Kinda gave me chills too. So good. Hope you have another great week, Liz!

  4. Had to smile at the 'love my monster' - good for you! Congrats on getting those goals, and the excerpt was too short ;) Good luck this next week!

  5. You did an amazing job this week, congrats! Your excerpt is deliciously creepy :)

  6. Oooh, spooky excerpt! Sounds like you did great last week--here's hoping you do great this week, too! :)

  7. It's always good to love one's monster. That line in itself needs to be stitched on a pillow. Good luck this week!

  8. Love the snippet, Liz! And I love that you love your monster. That's awesome! So it adding 5000 new words to your WiP! :D I'm going to go check out your review of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. I really enjoyed that book! Still need to get to SAINT ANYTHING. :-) Hope you have another great week!

  9. OMG, Liz! That excerpt is absolutely chilling. I'm getting a sense of what your story seems to be about through the snippets you've been sharing, and it sounds amazing. Glad you had such a productive week and I hope this next one is too! :)

  10. I know I've said it before, but your story sounds AH-mazing! Good luck with the dark scenes this week.

  11. LOL "I love my monster." That is awesome. I love your excerpt. I am totally putting my name in the hat if you need another beta reader on this when you're done! Good luck getting through those dark scenes. I know that can be hard to do when they come all at once.

  12. I had a 'monster' character in my last WIP who really made my skin crawl, and NOT in a good way. Not at all. Whatever dark corner of me he came from, I wish he'd just leave.

    So much better to love your monsters - in writing, and metaphorically.

    What a chilling excerpt, and what a wonderful week you've had! Brava! =D