Work in Progress: Update


Well, it’s not Wednesday, but I figured I’d give a much needed Work in Progress update.

The book is done.

D-O-N-E. Done!

In the last few weeks, I’ve finished my novel, done a rewrite, and given it to beta readers for feedback. I’m now taking that feedback and doing my final touch up before Thrillerfest, which starts on July 11th. It’s fourteen days away, counting today.

I kind of can’t believe that it’s here. I’ve been working towards Pitchfest for the last several months. I pitched in OKC and now I’m going to pitch in NYC. I’m optimistic but realistic. I’m going to get to as many of the 50-60 agents that I can during the allotted 3.5 hours. It’s going to be, in a word, exhausting.

My plan for that evening is grand.

I’m going to get a massage, order room service, and watch the mid-season premiere of Impractical Jokers.

I’m especially excited about Tuesday. I’ll be working with nine other writers alongside Andrew Gross for some one-on-one feedback about our novels. I just got the e-mail with some other people’s work in it. Exciting stuff!

With two weeks until I plant my butt in that classroom, I’ve got a lot to do. Not just on the book but in my every day life. I’ll get it all done, though. I always do.


Work in Progress: Update


Holy shit.

I have a completed manuscript.

75,568 words and 244 pages.

Not as long as it will be when I’m done with it, but damn.

It’s a first draft, but still. I can actually say that I’ve written a freaking novel. I kind of can’t believe it. I’m letting it cool off for a few days before I start working on it again.

I know, I know. That’s way too soon to start revising, but I have a deadline of July and I don’t have much of an option on waiting! So I’ll make the best of it!

Do what you can with what you have!

Update: Mom’s Surgery


I meant to post for Motivation Monday and also make a new content post on Tuesday, but life’s been a little crazy! Mom had her total knee replacement surgery on Monday morning at about 7am. Things went great! The surgeon says that she looks like a million bucks and her therapist anticipates a great recovery; however, it has been a little hectic around here. Stick with me while I get back on track tomorrow with Work in Progress Wednesday! I’m making some headway!

In other news, we had some big breakthroughs with the dogs this week. Since mom is on a walker, we had to take down the baby gate that separated Maggie and Oskar. He had shown some aggression towards her and I thought it was best to keep them apart for awhile. This week, they’ve been together a lot and they’ve done really well! I totally attribute this to our work with Jaimee Flinchbaugh of Forever a Keeper dog training. Here’s a link to her Facebook page (she’s also a professional photographer — see attached picture of Maggie from when she graduated obedience school!)

Anyway, that’s all for now. Today looks like it’s going to be just as busy as the previous days but I’m so glad that everything is going well for mom. We have many adventures to have yet!