12.30.13

Final NaNoWriMo 2013 Update

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:51 am by Amber

I did a good job catching up that first week but it was all downhill from there this year. I manged to write 11912 words altogether.

My plan is to finish up the story for my niece and nephews before it’s time to go on next year’s beach vacation. That way they’ll have something to read which will get them in the mood for it. Not that they need any additional help in getting pepped up for a beach house vacation but you know what I mean. ūüôā

I spent quite a bit of the month watching Orange is the New Black. Have you read the memoir? That’s on my list of books to read next year.

11.07.13

First Week of NaNoWriMo 2013

Posted in Writing at 11:16 pm by Amber

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year? I have 5982 words written so far. It seems like most everyone I know is behind on the word count this year. ūüôā

11.01.12

Writerly Weekend

Posted in Event, Writing at 12:02 am by Amber

It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo and I’ll be doing it again this year. (Last year I took a break.)

This past weekend was full of writerly activities to help get me pumped for it.

The online speculative fiction writer’s conference, Coyote Con, returned. Saturday I attended “The End of the World – Apocalyptic Fiction”, “Gaming & Writing” and “The Good, The Bad, The Girly & The Manly” chats. I wanted to attend one in the evening but honestly can’t remember what I did instead.

Sunday I went to my NaNoWriMo Columbus Regional Kick-Off party. And then I attended more Coyote Con chats. Appropriately the first one was “NaNoWriMo”. It seemed I was the only one with questions for the panelists. Afterwards I attended the “Here Be Magic Group”.

Originally I was planning on writing fan fiction for this year’s NaNoWriMo but now I’m leaning towards a series of short stories about a haunted house.

01.31.12

January 2012

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 10:00 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in January: 0
  2. Rejections in January: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in January: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

Almost a year ago, I sent a first line submission to 50 to 1 which either got lost somewhere in email or I missed the rejection. They’re pretty fast so I’m going to mark it off my pending responses. It’s a new year so I’ll start with a clean slate.

I’m thinking the way to go is the monthly Write 1 Sub 1¬†to encourage more submissions this year.

12.30.11

Promotion and Workshop Opportunity for Published Authors

Posted in Writing at 1:32 pm by Amber

On one of my mailing lists, Sharon Pickrel sent this out:

Once again I am scheduling blogs for the Savvy Authors Learning Center page.¬† If you’re a published author willing to write an original blog on a subject related to writing – craft, promotion, publishing, etc. – I’m scheduling for January 3rd and forward (dates are first come first serve).

We ask for a blog of between 750 and 1500 words Рnegotiable.  Our blogs include, as requested, book blurb and cover.  The Learning Center Page gets thousands of unique hits per day, the blogs are promoted in our newsletter, which is sent to over 4500 people weekly and will soon also be included in our weekly events mailing.

And, while I’m at it, I’m also looking for workshop proposals for April 2012 and forward.

Please feel free to forward and/or repost this announcement.

If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a date to blog, or submitting a proposal for a workshop please write to me directly at sharon @ savvyauthors.com

10.04.11

Little Red Riding Hood Revisited

Posted in Writing at 10:34 pm by Amber

Fairy tales, myths and legends can make some great starting points for writing ideas.

I’ve noticed¬†some new renditions out of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale from the last year or so. There’s Red Hood’s Revenge by Jim C. Hines, Iodine by C.L. Hilbert, and Red by Kait Nolan. Have you seen any others?

09.22.11

ROW80 Round 3 Final Check-in

Posted in Event, Writing at 9:57 pm by Amber

Fireworks

My revised goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days was to write another 5,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript.

Here is how I did:

Goal: 5,000 Words
Words Written: 5027
Progress: Made it!

I was behind until this week when I kicked it into gear.

Are¬†you going to join me for Round 4? I’m going to work on some short stories and getting my first three pages of this novel back to an editor.

09.18.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in for 9/18/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 7:47 pm by Amber

Before I get to the goals I wanted to talk about procrastination. I’m really into the habit of not writing more than writing. The other week I put some thought into my procrastination habit. Depending on the circumstances, I’m a rebellious or perfectionist procrastinator.

It wasn’t until recently I picked up on my rebelliousness. For example, I should weed the backyard so we have more grass than weeds but I’m an adult with my own house – I’ll get to it when I get to it.

The perfectionism thing is something I’ve been slowly letting go of the past few years. I started with giving myself permission to write lousy first drafts. Sound familiar to anyone?

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My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. There are 4 days left in the challenge. That averages to 1622 words a day in order to make my goal.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 3510 (nothing new since Tuesday)
Progress: Extremely Behind But Can Still Catch Up

But I’ve decided to revise the goal. Another way of letting go of perfection, right? I know I can write those words all in a day or two if I do nothing else. And the point of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to have a life while you reach your writing goals.

So here is my revised goal:

Goal: 5,000 Words
Words Written: 3510
Progress: Behind But Can Still Catch Up

09.14.11

ROW80 Midweek Check-in for 9/14/11

Posted in Event, Writing at 7:15 am by Amber

In case you didn’t know, it’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Get to know some book bloggers or put in your name for a giveaway prize. Either way, stop by and spread some comment love.

It’s 9:30pm on Tuesday and I haven’t written anything yet today. So I’ll give you my ROW80 update and then get cracking.

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My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. There are 8 days left in the challenge. That averages to 811 words a day in order to make my goal.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 3510 (689 since Sunday)
Progress: Extremely Behind But Can Still Catch Up

I’m slowly bumping up the word count. How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

09.11.11

ROW80 Sunday Check-in – September 11th

Posted in Event, Writing at 10:15 am by Amber

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Happy Sunday!

My goal for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is to write another 10,000 words on my unfinished fantasy manuscript. That averaged to 125 words a day and now I have to write about 650 a day in order to make my goal. There are 11 days left in the challenge.

Goal: 10,000 Words
Words Written: 2821 (782 since 8/28/11)
Progress: Extremely Behind But Can Still Catch Up

I didn’t post any check-ins this past week because I was embarrassed of my 9 words. I’m sure visitors are tired of hearing the same thing twice a week about how little I was able to write. And how stubborn I am about not changing my goal.

One of the mini-workshops I took last month involved using engaging words to make your story come alive. The editor offered to look at the first three pages of our manuscripts. I sent them on and was surprised to have a critique within 24 hours. You know what was encouraging? They really need work but she didn’t tell me it was complete crap. In fact, she offered to look at them again after I worked on them some more which was nice.

How are you doing on your ROW80 or writing goal?

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