Writing AGAIN! Writing Group! Job Update!

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Writing Group
I have writing group tonight! This is our first “official” meeting. The last meeting included getting to know one another and figure out “rules.” We are meeting at one of our members’ house in Vancouver. A bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Job Update
I am bailing on the adult education jobs. I’m not feeling it. And I am very fortunate that money is not a big factor in my decision. So, I am returning to my previous job working with kiddos.
I might be working with 6th grade in a service learning class. OR I might be doing an art class with grades 3 – 5. It’s kinda up in the air right now.
Writing Update
I worked exclusively on my untitled YA novel today. And I cranked it. Oh ya! I cranked it!
Today’s word count: 1178 words (on untitled YA novel)
Initial writing (renegotiated) = Wednesday, October 20 (I have a retreat that weekend)
Whole thing (renegotiated) = Friday, November 19

After the Pitches: Days Twenty-Five thru Thirty-One

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wow. What a week. I spent Wednesday and Friday at the doctor’s office with my mother. And the funniest thing happened: I wrote in my composition book on Friday while I waited for her to come out of her appointment. 622 words
On Thursday, I had to go to the office of unemployment to justify my unemployment cheq
ues. I’m okay doing that. It was a bit of a waste oftime, but they are, in essence, helping me with the bills as I look for a job.
That night, I met with my writing group for the first time! I think we are going to do really well. I enjoy their work (we exchanged pages) and I look forward to our next time together.
My aunt arrived Thursday night, so, in addition to the doctor’s on Friday, I spent the day with mum and my aunt doing a bitof shopping – and lunch at Olive Garden. I love love love their salad and soup. Probably because it is super salty.
Saturday was my anniversary. 17 years! And we spent the night with my mum and aunt at California Pizza Kitchen (and I wonder why I’m not losing any weight). We got gifties and hung out.
On Sunday, we made crock-pot meatloaf (it’s AWESOME!) and watched Hot Fuzz. I love those guys!
On Monday, I picked up my aunt and we jetted downtown for a day at Powell’s City of Books.
But not before we ate at The Original: A Dinerant. I had the most amazing tofu scramble and she had crème brulee french toast.
She snagged these gems because they aren’t in her local library. Bruce Hale’s Chet Gecko series is delightful!
And yesterdaywas spent with the hubby because he was super sick. Poor honey. But he’s back at work now – and feeling better.
Today? Blogging (obviously – duh), writing a little, and going to Panera Bread with my aunt and mum. And I hope to never eat out again for a while. Or… whenever. ☺
This week’s word count: 622 words
Initial writing = Way last month
Whole thing = Friday, September 24, 2010
Procrastination = 18
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 8
Manuscript = 4

After the Pitches: Day Twenty-Four

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
No work was done. I didn’t think it would be. Rough day. It would have been dad’s 69th birthday.
And mum and I had to go to the doctor because she was not doing very well earlier in the week.
And mum was having a rough time.
So, rough day for me, also.
I think I figured something out. It’s difficult to hit a deadline (especially writing, for me) when a lot of difficult stuff is going on: job hunting, anniversaries & birthdays that won’t be happening, and lots of emotion.
Today’s word count: 0 words
Initial writing = Yesterday
Whole thing = Friday, September 24, 2010
Procrastination = 12
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 8
Manuscript = 3

After the Pitches: Day Twenty-Three

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today is my final day for the initial writing. I am going to write like there’s no tomorrow. I got in 865 words yesterday, but mum had two angina attacks and I zoomed over there to take care of her. I didn’t write when I was over there.
So, today, I am hoping to get several thousands of words under my belt.
It’s 8:00.
I’ve got my cup of coffee, my glasses, and my fuzzy dog is sleeping in the other room.
The keyboard and mouse have batteries and are working.
The window is open and my incense is burning.
Depeche Mode is blasting out of the speakers.
I’ve read the news, Facebook, Twitter, emails, and random crap I came across. Made comments where appropriate.
And I looked for a job.
No excuses. No distractions.
So, off I go!
8:00 – 8:30 = about 560 new words
(hungry now – didn’t take that into consideration earlier. Sigh.)
9:00 = Chihuahua in my arms; typing with one hand; watching the first season of The Sopranos
10:00 = starting back up; full belly; another cup of coffee; Chihuahua settled into her OWN BED; Supernatural is on; wrote another 100 or so words.
11:00 – end of day = gave up; apparently the one distraction I didn’t take into account just took over: filing. I would turn around (my desk is a U-shape) and bump into the pile; after the third time doing this, I got p’d off and decided to file.
That took me to the end of the day. I’m giving myself ½ for procrastination and ½ for manuscript today! Hey! I did nearly 700 words. ☺
Today’s word count: 675 words
Initial writing = TODAY! (ARG! Not done!)
Whole thing = Friday, September 25, 2010
Procrastination = 12
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 7
Manuscript = 3

After the Pitches: Day Twenty-Two

Monday, August 30, 2010
Started my day tired. So, I read the last of Stiefvater’s Linger. Beautiful book. The ending was a little too easy regarding where Grace went – and how (no spoilers – but if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about, probably). I’m going to start Mockingjay tonight!
Caught up on my blogging. It was a wacky week last week, so I didn’t really get any writing done. But a lot of other things got done.
Now? I’m sucking down a Smart Ones Orange Sesame Chicken meal (DELISH!!) and finishing my coffee. It’s weird – I don’t drink as much coffee as I used to. I seem to nurse a cup for the morning. More-than-likely, I will go to Starbucks for a NF latte before my volunteer time at the Scholastic Bookfair Warehouse Sale! I’ll need the go-go juice!
And I opened up my manuscript. I am going to work for 1.5 hours on it. You will see the results in the next line (it’ll be 1.5 hours for me, but only seconds for you):
Today’s word count: 865 words (and I worked for 1 hour)
I’m giving myself ½ for manuscript and ½ for procrastination today. Sounds fair to me!
Initial writing = tomorrow (yeah, right!)
Whole thing = Friday, September 25, 2010
Procrastination = 11.5
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 7
Manuscript = 2.5

After the Pitches: Days Nineteen, Twenty, and Twenty-One

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 27 – 29, 2010
Wow! Busy week. Rough week. I couldn’t write at all this week. My brain was on fire – and not in a good way (how could a brain on fire BE GOOD, anyway?).
Anyway, Friday found me slightly hung-over from the night before (CPK is EVIL) and extremely tired and lethargic. So, I read.
Saturday was WOW! busy, but I really enjoyed the day. The spouse and I went to Starbucks for fortification. Then, he went his way, and I went to my volunteer work at the Scholastic Bookfair Warehouse Sale! It was a BLAST! I was there for 8 hours and I met some awesome people, hung out with teachers and librarians and parents, and I got a gazillion free books. (For every hour you volunteer, you get $10 worth of bookfair books, which are discounted to begin with). I got MOCKINGJAY!! For 50% off!!! And, in essence, FREE, because no money exchanged hands – I just worked my bootie off for it! Check out some of these titles: Killer Pizza, Suddenly Supernatural, SLOB! Awesome. I also picked up Mo Willems’ Pigeon Wants a Puppy! I’m a sucker for Willems.
Sunday was a rough day. It would have been my folks’ anniversary, so we had mum over. And we had crock pot meatloaf, frozen yogurt pie, and watched Public Enemies.
Writing? Nope. Gads.
Initial writing = 1 day from now
Whole thing = 25 days from now
Procrastination = 11
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 7
Manuscript = 2

After the Pitches: Day Seventeen

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I’ve got headache hangover (not sure if it’s the Vicodin or the headache itself that has hung me over).
Mum had a rough night last night, so I spent time with her – and I am worried about her today.
The Chihuahua is at my feet – forever wanting up into my arms to sleep. So, I opened the blind for her – and she’s resting piglet-like in the sunshine on the carpet.
I am drinking the nastiest cup of coffee known to humankind. Yes, I made it. After 32 years of drinking coffee, you’d think I could make a good cup.
And I have a bad case of Supernatural withdrawal.
So writing is a little rough today. But I am doing it.

And I have a little help. She’s parked right behind my chair.
Later that day…
Success. I increased my manuscript by 2570 words today.
Initial writing = 6 days from now
Whole thing = 30 days from now
Procrastination = 9
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 5
Manuscript = 2