My Weekly Update – Edits, Please.

I’m a Minnion

A to Z Challenge #195

Thanks to Nicole from The Madlab Post for choosing me to be one of her minions.

I am on a staff with Sheila Siler, Tami Van Zalez and M.J. Joachim. A talented, smart and fun group to be a part of and we will do Nicole proud.

Have you signed up for the A to Z Challenge?  For more information, read this.
Still trying to figure out a theme, read this.

Third Week Of Edits

In order to stay up to date on my edits, I have a number of accountabilities (that’s a word) in place.

  1. the writers dojo – As a part of NiNoReMo group, I have set a goal to edit 12 chapters in the month of March.  Ali cross and the rest of the group are super supportive and I don’t want to let them down.
  2. Beta readers – I am sending chapters to my beta readers as soon as I finish editing them and it’s a good sign when my beta’s are calling me to send more chapters. They are breathless with anticipation (anyone know where that quote comes from?).  And, one of my beta’s said, I can’t wait to see if the main characters get together, but she picked the wrong two main characters, so she is going to be in for a surprise. That’s what I hope every reading my book when they read it. I suck them in and then turn the tables on it.  hahahahaha(evil laugh).
  3. DFW Writer’s Conference – I want my beta’s to finish reading so I can have all edits done and ready to go for the conference in May.  All those agents out there are just waiting to read my manuscript. 😉

Do you work better when you’re held accountable or are you one of those internally motivated people (hate envy proud of those people)?  

Post to Ponder – Edit Edition

Chapter Edits – A Quick Overview by Raewyn Hewitt – If you’re new to editing and not sure where to start, follow these steps. It will get you far. 
Four Situations When We Should Tell Rather than Show by Marcy Kennedy – I know this sounds blasphemous, but read it. It makes so much sense. 
Close Edits: What I Look Out For by Tara Tyler – Great list of edits to look for. 

My Favorite Blog of the Week

Rejection Love Letters – John Tompkins is a writer who has turn rejection into triumph. Ok, maybe not triumph, but he certainly has the right attitude.  I have been LOL’ing over his sight all week.  He turns his rejection letters into love letter.
New Followers
Jenny Keller Ford
Billy Dawson
Carissa Taylor
Leo Rex
Crafted in Carhartt
Rick Mallery
 
Next Week’s Schedule
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday – calling all tattoo’ed writers
Wednesday – SQM Silver Lining Playbook
Friday – The Only Exception Blog Tour
Sunday – My Weekly Update

My Weekly Update – We Have a Lot to Cover

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. One of my favorite days of the year.

I grew up with two older brothers. I attending a huge college football school (FSU) and my mother worked for an NFL player during his 16 year career. Needless to say, I am well versed in the game of football. The timeline of my life has always been categorized by In season and Off season.

Not a football fan? Here are 5 tips for you to still enjoy the game:

  1. So you sound smart, the game is between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49’ers. We don’t like the 49’ers.
  2. Except for their tattoo covered quarterback Collin Kaepernick. He is cute as long as he keeps his mouth shut. A little to, I am a quarterback in the NFL and this is how I am supposed to answer questions, for me. But, look at those tattoos. And, if you want to sound even smarter, after a good play, say out loud, “Wow, and to think this is only his 11th start in the NFL.” IFWT_kaepernick_front
  3. Beyonce at half-time. Beyonce is always over the top. It is going to be a spectacle whether you are a fan of hers or not.
  4. The Super Bowl will be played in the Superdome in New Orleans. If you can’t be happy for how this city has bounced back, well, then you must be dead inside.
  5. The commercials. Wasted commercialism at its best. But, you might as well watch so you know what everyone is talking about at work the next day.

Enjoy the game and Go Ravens. What are your Super Bowl predictions?

So hot! And, I as a heterosexual women, I have no problem saying that.
So hot! And, as a heterosexual women, I have no problem saying that.
Related Stories: The Non-Sportsman’s Survival Guide to the Super Bowl by Anna Chaconas.

Post to Review

The Next Star Wars to be Directed by J.J. Abrams – my thought by Steve UmsteadI am pretty happy about this decision.
Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell by Marcy Kennedy I learned a new one. Remove the ‘to’ phrases.
30 Lessons That I have Learnt From Writing by Michael J Holley You can’t go wrong with a great list. I need to work on #6.
How to Be a Writer Who Thinks Like a Publisher at Wise InkThis is great resource for writers.

the dojo

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That’s right. I’ve joined a Dojo. The talented Ali Cross has reworked the dojo to continue her mission to create support and camaraderie among writers. The dojo is split into three dojos for writers, revisers and queriers (is that a word). You can join one or all three. I am in the NiNoReMo where revising ninjas train.

Goals for February: Revise 150 pages this month. That is 37.5 pages per week.

Join me in the dojo and let’s have a productive February.

Related post: News from The Writer’s Dojo by The Peasants Revolt
New Followers
The Very Hungry
ML Chesley
Raewyn Hewitt
I wanted to thank all of you who press like on my post as well.
Next Week’s Schedule
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday: Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update and Calling all Tattoo Clad Writers
Wednesday – Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Writing Group Fears
Friday – A Post Apocalyptic Drama for this Blog Tour
Sunday – My Weekly Update