Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Tally and the sick saga

Goals for last week:

  • write one scene per weekday. TC scenes have been averaging 700 words, so that would be around 3500 words
  • send out more queries
  • submit at least 3 poems – 6 sent

What really happened:

Tuesday evening I felt tired and achy. The next morning I was definitely sick. Sore throat, fever, runny nose, cough. Was sick all week. Ugh. Still got a lingering cough, but feeling much better. I didn’t get any writing done though.


What kept me sane while I sniffled and sneezed:

Playing Gyromancer.

Finished reading The Pit Dragon Trilogy by Jane Yolen.

Finished my follow ups. Sent emails about poetry, made phone call about health insurance issue, etc.

Sent out queries and poems.

Following all the clues and revelations for The Secret World on the forums. There were tweets and scripture clues and website hunts. Fun following all the theories. And keeping up with the 70 pages of forum. No way I’d go back and read that after. Starting while it was only a few pages long, and refreshing every five minutes while sick and not doing much else? No problem.


Goals for this week:

  • send out more queries
  • joined a challenge on Writing.com to add 10,000 words to my novel (TC) this week. Need to make up for not writing last week.
  • hunt down and post all blog awards to sidebar


I’m glad you all enjoyed my excerpt last week. That was my first time writing in Bridget’s POV. Was quite fun. My current challenge is figuring out how to start the next chapter. I know what happens, and who’s point of view, just not sure when to pick back up. What I really want to write is the second half of the chapter. I need to suck it up and write the first scene. Ooh, maybe I should utilize Write or Die to get it out of the way without over-analyzing it.

Later this week: blog award. Time to get a little boy ready for school, and then I have much to do.


  1. I am right there with you on the sick train. Glad you're feeling better!

    Hey, try writing out the second half of the chapter first. If that's what you want to write, do it! It could help give perspective to the first scene. It so went against my nature to jump ahead like this, but I did it on a friend's recommendation when I was stuck and it did help!

  2. I've never tried Write or Die, though I hear it can be great for powering through. I like Nisa's idea of just writing the part you want to first; it could give you greater insight on what the first scene needs to be like. I've tried that tactic a lot when I get stuck on scenes :)

    Sorry you've been sickly, but I hope you're feeling better!

  3. Thanks for the advice. Next time I may skip ahead. What I ended up doing was giving the first scene a purpose that was more than just transition, and suddenly I was unblocked.

  4. ooh! Good call! That thing called purpose is amazing!

  5. There's nothing I love more than reading when I'm sick. I'm glad you got some time in for that. And I hope you feel better soon!