Monday, July 6, 2015

RSW Check-in: July 6, 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'm about halfway through Saint Anything.

Write: I clocked in at 3,500 words for the week, which puts me over 40,000 for this WIP! Halfway if I manage to reach my goal word count on this first draft.

Move: I only did yoga once. The grief hit me harder than I expected it to, so I didn't really get out of the house much. Doing a lot better now so hopefully this week will be better!

My goal(s) for this week:
Read: Finish Saint Anything and start Between Shades of Gray
Write: I want to bump this up to 5k. Go big or go home, right?
Move: Yoga four days. Hot hot hot.

A favorite line from my story:

It was [redacted]'s anger with death, with the spirits she’d so long trusted, that had led her to call upon those she should never have listened to.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:
Grief again. Also started having dreams other people were dying. So there's that. Ugh. But here's to healing and growing and remembering.

Something I love about my WIP:
This totally unexpected change in plot.


  1. Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe set in 1800s Savannah, GA? If you need a reader at any point, please do not hesitate to ask me. (This is only sort of in jest, but mostly to say: this idea intrigues me and the setting is gorgeous and magical.)

    Glad you met your word count goal last week, and good luck going bigger this week with 5k!

    I don't know what you're grieving (this is the first update post I've seen of yours via Twitter), but grief is strange beast that demands to be felt. Whatever it is, you will heal and it does get better, and good wishes to you this week.

  2. Yay for 3500 words and for passing that 40K mark! You're doing awesome, Liz! Love the excerpt you shared as well!

    I was so sorry to hear about your grandmother's death. I can't imagine what that kind of grief would be like. And add to that the dreams as well. I hope the remembering and healing crowds out the tough stuff. Thinking of you...

  3. I love the 1800s Savannah setting and I assume the Poe reference means gothic undertones? Swoon!

    I'm sorry to hear you had a recent loss (grandparent?). I think about my grandparents quite a bit--all of them have now passed. My husband just lost his first grandparent this year and he said it surprised it him how much he was affected. The dreams are something I encounter too.

    Best wishes this week with writing and exercise! I added fitness into my goals too which I think helps.

  4. Oh dear, I'm so sorry you've been struggling with grief and having bad dreams. You have such a positive outlook though, and I really admire that. I hope the healing and growing and remembering isn't more than you can bear. You amaze me for getting 3500 words written while you're dealing with the loss of your grandmother. Stay strong, Liz!

  5. I'm really sorry you had such a hard week. And dreams on top of everything? COME ON, Liz's subconscious, GIVE HER A BREAK. Here's hoping this week is easier for you and that you find the balance between remembering and healing.

  6. So sorry about your rough week, Liz. I think it makes sense that your subconscious is working through your grief, but those dreams sound awful. Hugs! Sounds like you managed to do awesome on your goals despite everything else, so well done. Rooting for you on that 5K this week!

  7. 40K is awesome! And sending lots of hugs and positive vibes your way. Hope this week is a better one for you! And good luck with the 5K! You can do it!

  8. Nice scene! And way to go on the word count. Sorry for the hard week. I hope it gets better!!

  9. So sorry to hear about your loss, and yes, managing grief is such a tricky and difficult thing. I hope things are better for you this week. *hugs*

    That said, you did great on your word count goals, and OMG I love the premise of your WIP - fairytale + Poe + southern Gothic? When can I read this? ;)