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!

    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!
    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:

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.


  1. Oh, so creepy! And that poor baby, my skin crawled when I got to where it was prey. (save it, save it!) =) Also, loved how tall the woman was. So cool that you get to go on a girlfriend/research trip. That'll be so much fun!!

  2. LOVE the mood of this excerpt. It's so beautifully written, yet super creepy and dark, too. And your nails look awesome. Perfect color to match the tone of your story. Congrats on all you accomplished this summer, Liz. I'm inspired by your productivity! Wishing you lots of luck with your projects as we head into autumn. <3

  3. I said this before but I love your story idea. Southern Gothic in Savannah--yes! I am all over that Pinterest board, BTW. If you need a beta reader in the coming months, let me know! Seriously. I rotate among readers since people are sometimes too busy esp on a deadline, so if you need a few extras, consider me. I regularly read YA historicals.

  4. Oh jeez. That excerpt is all kinds of gorgeous and eerie and I LOVE IT. And I think I've told you this before, but you know where to find me if you ever need another reader (*begs*) So glad you could join us this summer and I am so glad you made so much progress! Love the nails, btw!

  5. Congrats on an amazing summer of words - both reading and writing!!

  6. Congratulations on meeting all your goals! And eeeeep I love that excerpt, it's so beautifully creepy and so evocative! Your nails are definitely a perfect match for it (and that sounds like an incredible colour too). :)

    Good luck with the scary post-RSW world!

  7. This excerpt is gorgeous and so are your nails! Your prose is so atmospheric and I love that. I'm crossing my fingers that someday I'll be plucking this book off a shelf in a bookstore. I'm thrilled that you had such a productive summer, Liz! Thanks for joining us for RSW, and I hope the revisions continue to go well this fall!