June 16, 2014

Ready, Set, Write: Update #1

It's time for my first update in the Ready, Set, Write challenge!

In short, RSW is a summer writing intensive that encourages writers to set goals, account for those goals, and to cheer each other on as we strive to meet those goals. The RSW hosts this year are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman; and details about the intensive can be found HERE.

Gulp. Here we go then ...

... How did I on last week’s goals? ...

Le sigh. I wanted to write two chapters of my WIP but I only got 1.25 done. The Baby Overlord had a slight fever all weekend so I had my hands full with a rather grumpy and cranky babe who embraced the philosophy of "Never put me down, Mama! Never ever." Haha. Fortunately, my poor girl seems to be in better spirits today! 


... What are my goal(s) for this week? ...

Same as last week! I need to crank out two chapters per week to (hopefully) have a first draft finished by the end of the summer.

... A favorite line from my project? ...

I'll cheat a little and post the first two lines from this book, which I wrote before the baby was born. But I think it captures my protagonist Lucie's voice quite well! Here they are: 

My good Catholic mother taught me to never lie, cheat, or steal.
I hope she can forgive me then for what I’ve agreed to do—for it will be far, far worse.


... The biggest challenge I faced this week ...

Sick Baby = No writing for mama!

... Something I love about my WiP ...

As weird as it sounds, I love weaving in little historical tidbits throughout this book. Since this novel is set in Occupied France, I've been doing a lot of research on what was life back then: the tight rations, the bombers overhead, the murmurs of resistance. It has been a fun challenge to weave in these details without sounding too much like a history book.

So how did RSW go for you this last week?

27 comments:

  1. Your baby is absolutely adorable!! I'm sorry she wasn't feeling well but glad she's better now. It's so hard when they get where they refused to be put down--especially when Mama has about a million things to do ;). I've found my Maya sling helps SO much with that, and my baby loves to be snuggled up against my chest. Loved the lines you shared--great voice :). And I'm all for historical novels! Good luck on your goals this week!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Jessica! I'm so relieved that she seems to be on the mend--and thank goodness for baby Tylenol!

      I'll have to check out the Maya sling! We have an Ergo but it is a bit cumbersome to wear around the house.

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  2. Your WiP sounds absolutely fascinating, and I love your first two lines. LOVE them! Sick babies are so sad, but I'm glad to hear she is better, and see that sweet smiley picture. Good luck on your goals this week!

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    1. Ah, thanks so much, Rebekah!!! I'm always nervous sharing snippets from my WIP so I really appreciate it!

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  3. Your lines are SO full of win. I want to read more immediately. Glad The cutie patootie Baby Overlord is feeling better today!!

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    1. Thank you, Sara! That means a lot to this nervous writer! Haha. Hopefully the baby will let me write a bit more today. :)

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  4. Sick babies are harder than being sick yourself. :( When your baby is sick you feel guilty that you're not getting your writing done, and then you feel guilty for even thinking about that when your baby is sick! I'm glad she's doing better!

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    1. You pretty much hit the nail on the had, Karyne! There is SO much guilt to feel as a parent. I remember feeling frustrated with the baby over the weekend because she was so fussy...and then I'd feel guilty for feeling frustrated. Haha. Oh, motherhood!

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  5. So glad your sweet girl is feeling better. She is adorable -- even though she keeps you from writing. :-) I LOVE your opening lines! Incidentally, my husband's grandma was a teenager in occupied France. Then she met an American soldier, got married, had two babies, and came to the US. She doesn't talk about her childhood a whole lot, but what she's shared is fascinating. Best of luck with your goals this week, Caroline!

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    1. Ahhh, that is such a cool story about your husband's grandma! Wow! I'd love to spend an afternoon with her, just listening to what her teenage years were like. Hope you're doing well, Katy!

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  6. I LOOOOVE your opening lines. Lucie's voice is so vivid there! I would definitely pick that up in a bookstore based on that. So glad to hear your baby is feeling better; she's so so cute. and smiley! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! Incidentally, the baby started fussing not long after I snapped this pic. Haha. She is going to be a feisty teenager, I bet! *Groans*

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  7. Intriguing excerpt! Glad your baby's feeling better. Good luck this week! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Emma! And good luck to you too!

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  8. Aw, glad to hear the little one is feeling better. Good luck with next week's goals! You can dooo itttt!

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    1. Thanks, E! That needs to be my motto: I CAN DO IT!

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  9. OMG, that baby! So cute! I have a Baby Overlord, too, except we call him our little terrorist because he has been using sleep deprivation torture on us since day one, haha...

    Great opening lines! That + occupied France = very intriguing. Good luck on your goals this week! :)

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    1. Aw, our little terrorists should be friends! Haha. My baby just turned 4 months old and I'm really dreading the four-month sleep regression... Blergh. Hope you're having a good week goal-wise!

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  10. Your book sounds awesome. 20th century historical is my primary genre, and I love the 1940s in particular.

    I hope your baby feels better soon.

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  11. I know all about those sick baby moments. And while they are not fun and are a wee bit draining, they go by too fast. One of mine is driving; the other just hit double digits. :(

    But SO glad you're on board with us, Caroline! I hope RSW helps you to be super productive! Go YOU!

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  12. I'm sorry, I'm distracted by the supreme cuteness of the Baby Overlord. :D And I don't have to live in the same house as that cuteness and try to get things done lol. Your WiP sounds wonderful. I hope this week goes well for you on the writing front!

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  13. Sorry to hear that Baby Overlord was not feeling well, but glad that she seems better today! I love the two lines you shared. Very voice-y indeed!

    Hope you get more writing done this week. Good luck!

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  14. I love your opening lines. Have a great writing week!

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  15. Ooo I love those opening lines! And your baby is so adorable! I'm glad she's feeling better. Good luck writing your chapters this week!

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  16. Ha! The Baby Overlord? That's fantastic! Not so fantastic that she was sick this week though. Sorry to hear that, and I hope you can manage your two chapters this coming week!

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  17. First of all, love "Baby Overlord." She's really cute. Sorry you both had a rough week, but a shiny new one is coming up. Good luck with finishing your first draft by the end of summer.

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  18. Oh gosh babies are evil when it comes time for you to get things done. I have a 3 year old and he is a terror. You are getting quite a bit accomplished even if it doesn't feel like you are. You are doing better than I was when I had an infant in any case. Really, babies are our secret weapons. Since you have little time you will learn how to use the time you have more efficiently. By the time our kids go to kindergarten we will be superwomen!

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