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Oh, the dreaded middle... Glad to hear you're making progress.



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I did!

I started a new job on April 18. Since then, it's been hard to write. At the end of the day, I'm exhausted. I had forgotten how taxing it can be just to learn new things all day long.

However, I'm back to final edits on my MS before I send it off for editing and cover design. I fixed the outline, and now I'm matching the story. Chapters 1-4 were just fine, minor tweaks needed. Chapters 13-29 are the same.

Chapters 5-12 had to be completed scrapped and re-written, keeping in mind that they still needed to tie the beginning and end logically together.

I've been working on two chapters a week, and I've finally gotten to chapter 12. It's all downhill from here.

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Hooray for awesomeness!



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4/26/16 10:47 P

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oh yeah, tons of great ideas and 3 hours straight of awesome this morning.
Can't wait to sleep on it and fill in the gaps.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

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Now, I wait.
And start the next story.



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4/22/16 4:22 P

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Yeah, Abby!

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ONE MORE THING to add to my manuscript tonight, and then it goes off to my agent. Who-hoo!!!



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4/18/16 11:30 A

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I hear ya.



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4/14/16 4:32 P

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You know, I've never done a crossover. The "Sons" story I did was, I think, my emotions' refusal to accept what happened in the season finale. Don't get me wrong; I thought the finale was fantastic, but I wrote a little ditty to fix the one thing that kind of hurt my heart.

I tend to write stories that arise in my mind and evolve naturally before I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I suppose). I wouldn't be opposed to a crossover, but my mind hasn't hit me with anything yet.

A "Hawaii 5-0"/"Sons" crossover could be pretty fun, though!

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Ooh, you should do crossovers! Sons of Anarchy and Glee! *laugh*
Actually, SoA and Hawaii 5-0, right?



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This one is "Grimm", although he's now revising my third "Hawaii 5-0" fanfic that I finished a while back. I've also written stories for "The O.C.", "Glee", and "Sons of Anarchy" fandoms.

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Which fandom?



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Yes! I'm revising a fanfic that my extraordinary alpha/beta just returned to me.

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That's fantastic, Myrea! Talking it out helps me SOOOOO much. Write! Write like the wind!!!



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I've finished re-writes on my first 6 chapters.

23 to go.

I also had a long discussion with a friend about my weird west book. I like the main characters, the setting and the world, but I was having real problems with a villain. In about 30 minutes of discussion with him, I cleaned up my plot problems and now I actually have a bad guy who is going to be very entertaining to write, and a mystery that practically writes itself.

I need to collaborate with him more often.

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3/29/16 8:47 A

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I have been writing in my journa

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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I wrote The End last night, who-hoo!!!

Of course, it's not the END end, but it is the end of the fleshing out stage. Now to send the last chapters to my critique partner.



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I have started writing again. need to finish my projects

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
william arthur ward


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Good luck!

I'm writing one of *those* scenes, and it's a little more ... um... intimate than what I usually write. Finding the right words... oy. It's hard. Pun maybe intended.



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I haven't worked on any of my projects for a while, but I dreamed a fix that may finally pull my 1st novel together. The villain's side of things didn't make a lot of sense, and I finally figured out what was missing in his plan. Once I fix that, I think I've got a winner.

It's out on submission to two publisher open calls right now. I had to submit a full plot summary on each of them, but the summary was so short I glossed over a lot of what is going to change and focused on the MC's journey. So, if one of those open calls ends up asking for a full MS, I'll be able to send them a better one than I had, and it won't contradict the material I've already submitted -- I hope.

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journal writing is good for me

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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How I feel when I finish writing for the night:

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*



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writing in my journal yesterday getting ideas for some short stories

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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I got stopped dead in my editing process when I realized I needed a scene from my hero's POV. And I don't know what to do with him. The heroine has kicked him out and he has to go back home, but that doesn't take an entire scene. *sigh*



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i worked 12 hours yesterday -- no time to write

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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So what did you write yesterday, eh???



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i am I am!!!

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Do iiiiiiiiiiiiit...



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i need to start writing again. working though

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Hurting.... shoulder/neck/back
Hard to sit in front of the computer. :-(

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Writing. Editing. Marketing. The usual.



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where is everyone???

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Oh yeah....

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Oh, yeah. It's nice now that I've got the big things covered - I know how grammar works and my point of view is clear (usually) and I know my characters. But I forget the little bits of internal emotion and making the setting clearer. *I* can see it, so I forget to write about it.



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AB: My reply to you: Maybe they have high expectations of you now. So, it is a flattering thing.


I'm not exactly 'writing'. I've been taking my story and making it into an e-book. I've finally submitted it, but the 'meat grinder' didn't like it. So, back to fixing it. Then submitting it again. back and forth and waiting. Much waiting.

In the meantime, I've been researching for one of my story ideas. Interesting.....

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...aaaaand they hated it. Well, not hate. But it wasn't as good as they wanted it to be.

That's okay, because that's what they're there for!



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Critique group tonight!



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True. And gee, the scene that had given me such difficulty was SO MUCH EASIER to write when I switched the POV.



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emoticon At least you are catching them now and are able to correct them.

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stupid pages that were written in the wrong point of view and need to be fixed... *sigh*



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...I'm not sure what you're talking about.



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I hear ya!

I ended up creating a spreadsheet to keep track of presents.

What's the saying about the mailman? Same thing about Christmas. But maybe, in a way, it is what should be?

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I haven't written since Sunday! Argh!!! Shopping and working extra hours and family, oh, my!



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I haven't yet - dishes, laundry, kids, lunch, naps.... but I'm planning on doing some writing on my lunch break when I go to work this evening.

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Thanks AB.

Cool JERSEY!

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Elisa: Ugh!! And that's always the case. Book is done and released and you want to move on, but you can't, because you need to market and promote and market and promote some more!

Diane, I would gladly sacrifice some of my time if you ever need to interview a romance author. ;)



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As an Examiner.com writer with several beats, I must write at least one article a day. Today I wrote two. Hope everyone had a wonderful day. You can find me at Examiner.com by searching for Diane Zoller-Ciatto and if anyone wants to join Examiner, please use my link! Thanks a bunch!!

the link to apply is http://apply.examiner.com/write-for-us and my referral is 2863721

you only need to write two articles a month to qualify!!! xoxoxo

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LIME: emoticon

Going on???? Well.... l) a gallbladder attack (NEVER want to go through that again), so having to tweak my eating plan 2) Doc's appt 3) Yard sale (Never going to do that again, either) 4) Christmas shopping (yes, already. In fact, I think I need to start sooner next year)
5) Thanksgiving prep 6) DH got sick (something nasty going around) 7) rather exhausted

However, I've been preparing a few Holiday blogs to post to different sites (to help advertise my book, 'Immanuel'). Funny.... what I REALLY want to do is work on my 'Cruising' story. ~ sigh

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Noooooooooooooo Elisa!!! What's going on???

LimeJuice, good for you!



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Today, I wrote! emoticon

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I've stopped writing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Too many other things going on. emoticon

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Hi Writemann1!

I have a Wordpress site called Freeing My Muse. It's here:

https://freeingmymuse.wordpress.com/

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An AAngel appears to be just like everybody else, only more so.


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AANGEL3- do you have a blog site?

I read it. It definitely reminds me of the early poetic-literary movement of the 1960's. In other words: you are Sking your reader to provide the external dialogue.






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We're back from Hawaii and both back to work today. It's been a very stressful 3 weeks. I hope that we can get back to something that resembles normal. Hubby really hasn't dealt with a lot grief so far. Everything happened so fast the first week in Hilo and the last week there he was dealing with his mom's Trust account and Will stuff. It was hard for him leaving the family home for the last time.

On the writing front...I did work on my WIP the whole 6 hr flight there. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be using my tablet and WPS app. I worked on it most of the flight back too. In fact my tablet battery died going over and I used hubby's tablet to keep writing!

I finished chapter 20 and started on chapter 21. I sent 20 to my beta reader and she asked when the "other shoe" was going to drop. I wasn't sure what she was talking about. After emailing her back, she got back to me saying she didn't want the story to end so was I going to throw something in keep it going. I told her No, there's only like 2-3 chapters left to write. At least that's what I'm feeling. I think she was disappointed!

I also started a short story based on a Hawaiian girl and the son of the Hawaiian Shark God. It's in a differnt format then Santa Baby. This one is mostly narrative with little dialog and only two real characters. This is what I have so far of what I'm calling "Kai and Kekipi"


The ebb and flow of the outgoing tide left a luminescent fringe of foam on the black sand of Punalu'u Beach. A soft mist of rain washed down from the gray twilight sky as a solitary figure of a woman stood on the wet sand, the water washing over her bare feet. Dressed in a plain green sarong, her arms wrapped around her full body, she gazed out over the rolling sea. Lost in her memories the tears falling from her rich brown eyes dripped into the moving water. They merged with the salty water washing her pain, hurt, and despair out to sea.

Kai came home to tend to the wounds of her broken heart. She left the island of Hawaii right after graduating high school. At the time, marrying her high school sweetheart of two years was all that she wanted. John and his parents came to the small town of Pahala from Boston. His father taught at their high school in Ka'u and his mother was a freelance writer. John singled out Kai from the start of their junior year. She was slim, with sparkling brown eyes, and shiny black hair that hung well past her bottom. She basked in the attention of this blond, blue eyed haole boy and before the school year was over she'd fallen in love with him. John came ever day of summer break to her parentsí small coffee farm. Even then he was a tall, well built young man. He helped her father each day while flirting with her, deepening the bond that tied her heart to his.

By the time school started again in the fall, they had become inseparable. While John would sometimes hint that he wanted to make love to her, Kai was adamant that she would come to him a virgin on their wedding night. In her mind, they would marry, live in Pahala and have at least three keiki. John seemed to understand her wishes and never forced the issue. They went through their senior year as a couple, attending dances, sporting events, and spending time at her parents. Never once did it seem odd that they never went to John's home. Oh, she had seen his parents several times at school and they were always distant when dealing with their only child. The few times in two years Kai had met them, they had been cold to her, as if she wasn't good enough for John. A tiny warning voice in the back of her mind whispered this was sign of something not right. Lost in the love she felt for John, she pushed the voice away, burying it so far back in her mind that she could no longer hear it.

One night, two weeks after graduation, John had taken her to Punalu'u Beach at sunset. Kai's body tingled with anticipation; her heart telling her this was THE moment she had been dreaming of for two years. John spread a blanket on the black sand before dropping to one knee. Taking both of Kai's hands into one of his large ones, he looked into her eyes and asked her to marry him. In his other hand, he held up a small box where a gold band with a tiny diamond nestled in silk rested. With a squeal, Kai said yes, throwing her arms around John's neck, squeezing until he released a strangled laugh. Time pasted in a blur after that. Kai and John had a small family wedding on the beach. Her whole family attended but John's parents refused to come. The young couple, while hurt, decide to not let John's missing parents cloud the start of their life together. It was soon after the wedding that John decided he wanted to attend law school. Kai assumed he would attend the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and while saddened at the thought of leaving her family and life in Pahala, she was ready to go where her love needed to be.

John's parents, until now having nothing to do with the young couple, invited John to dinner to discuss his plans. Kai wasn't invited. Deep down the slight hurt, but loving John as she did, she put aside the hurt and let him go alone. All evening she fretted, knowing that her In Laws disliked her marriage to John. What were they talking about? She trusted in John's love, but that faint voice that she'd buried long ago was sounding a warning.



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Good job, Writemann!

Less than a week in, I've already failed at my 500 words a day goal.

I had an eye-opener at work on Wednesday. I realized my boss is trying to get me to quit so she can hire a new analyst in Atlanta. I refused her offer of a promotion if I moved, and gradually, things have been getting worse and worse for me ever since.

There wasn't a single incident, but the unrelenting deluge of crap just caught up to me and I lost it. I left the building crying uncontrollably, went home and drank a bottle of Moscato. No drunk writing for me, so I just went to bed. Yesterday, I spent my writing time jazzing up my resume and cover letter and searching for a new job.

Today, I WILL get my 500 words written, and if I can, I'll write 1500 to make up for the lost days.

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Submitted two FF stories to the Village Writing School contest.

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I forgot.

I guess I have worked on my writing project. I wrote a blurb. It's not finalized, especially since the book is only on chapter 3, and I'm going sans outline this time, but this is the general idea:

"DISENCHANTED

Melody Tierney finds herself alone and unemployable after her husband of thirty years divorces her. Desperate for some way to pay her bills, she accepts a position as apprentice to an absent-minded fairy godmother. Before long, Melody is deeply entrenched in the business of making wishes come true, but her employer's lack of 21st century savvy and a malevolent dark fairy aren't making her job easy."

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I haven't worked on my writing today, but I have kept to my goal of 500+ words per day Monday-Saturday. (Sunday is my day for critique group. I have to read and comment on their submissions and attend a meeting, so I don't keep a writing goal for that day.)

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Did a 10 minute "free write" this morning and have scheduled myself to write for an hour tonight.


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I'm learning that I need to take care of me first, then my household. I need space around me.

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AA: My condolences.

Yes, I did write while on a plane...longhand. Terrible handwriting!

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Anyone tried to write while on a plane? My MIL passed away on Wed and we're flying to Hawaii to say goodbye and scatter her ashes. The plane ride is like 6 hrs. I'm taking both my laptop and tablet. I'll use my tablet to try and work on Santa Baby.

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I've been working on getting my Santa Baby WIP done, at least a first draft. I feel like it's within 2-3 chapters of being done.

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Yesterday, I worked on my writing project even though I wasn't feeling too great.

Today, I will after I get done posting to this team. :-)



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I am finally finally finally really done with my first draft! Not almost done, or ooh, I'm done except I have to rewrite the ending done, but done done done where I can now sit down and edit that sucker and hopefully have it off to my agent within the next couple of weeks. Because I want to start the second book in the series and learn scrivener while doing it.

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Oh, man! But I admire your fortitude!



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Writing in my world: the A/C went kaput in my study, so I moved downstairs into a world of pick your distraction...so I went to the local library and it was storytime for the rug rat pack. Undaunted, I settled into a quiet booth at our local coffee shop. Nice...until some way off key husband and wife duo started yelping songs about how god made them love again, religious soap operas I do not need. I ended up at the city park under a 100 year old black walnut tree. I managed to get 600 words before the daycare bus pulled up for their weekly picnic in the park.
Some days....... emoticon

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Yes, I love that feeling! No better feeling really. My favorite is when a book formulates in your mind before you are finished with the other book so you have another project "waiting in the wings" when you complete the book you're working on.

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Ahhh... the key is working on the new idea when the current project is done. emoticon


Feels good to me to be back to writing. Fills a need, somehow.



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It's really a thing! And jotting down the idea and working on it when you finish the current project is the cure.



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ABBY: I like "Shiny New Idea Syndrome" So THAT's what it is called. I get it bad sometimes. I've learned to keep a notebook or paper close by.

And, yes, I did work on my writing project today. emoticon

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You mean Writers Digest doesn't sell magic revising, and best selling series wands??

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Good luck, WriteMann1. And isn't that the bane of all our existence as writers? If you figure it out, let me know. ;)



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Way to go WRITEMANN1!!

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Rewrites, editing, another rewrite, final proofreading, final edit (is there such a critter?). I go back and talk with a couple of local publishers next week. So, I'll have some printed traditionally, and then probably use Kindle Direct.
Several reviewers and local readers convinced me to make this first work the start of a series. I will give it a go.
Now I need to find info on how to write a series that sells. emoticon

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