Friday, May 16, 2008

Three Weeks Late and 5k Short

In early April, I challenged Instigator to a writing competition to light a fire under our tails. I’m uber-competitive and there’s nothing like it to get me to push through a tough writing spot. We opted for a race to 125 pages. If one of us finished our book before we reached 125, whomever had the most pages at the time of completion would win, even if their book wasn’t done. At the time, I was at 100 even, so once I hit my goal, my book would be almost finished. I was on fire at the start. 10-18 pages a day, no problem. Then I went to Disneyworld for four days. Then Tampa. Then Nashville. Three consecutive long-weekend trips and I was toast. She smoked me, finishing her book after 112 pages while I still sat somewhere in the 80s.

I will be graciously buying us both a mani-pedi before Nationals this year. In the last challenge, PC and I decided that win or lose, we should both get a mani-pedi as a reward for our hard work. I quite agree. 100+ pages in a couple weeks is nothing to sneeze at.

So, better late than never, I hit 125 pages yesterday with a grand total of 4 full love scenes (this is a major breakthrough for me, I assure you). I still have about 5,000 words to go on Red-Handed, but I’m close. I have to work out all the post-black moment internal angst and burn down a building. I seem to do that a lot. You'd never know I was pyrophobic. Anyway, I wanted the book finished and edited by June and I think that might just happen. I just need to find a few people frustrated enough with their own books to stop and critique mine. :)

Now that I'm so close, I'm of course being tempted by the lure of the next book. I don't have much, but what I've got is GREAT if I say so myself. I've done a little research and found some perfect stuff. This should be interesting to write, if nothing else. Unfortunately I can't start on it until I FINISH THE OTHER ONE. Argh.

This of course is on top of a million things happening this weekend. Teas, luncheons, dinners, parties...all with outfits I still haven't chosen. Sigh. All I had to say to DB was that it was luncheon weekend and he was like...oh, see you Sunday, then. Pretty much sums it up.

So, what has your brain pulling in 5 different directions today?

Circle of Five:
1 novella pending with Nocturne Bites
2 short stories and 4 short features with the Trues
(yeah, I know it hasn't changed...)


Playground Monitor said...

Let's see... How about a tea and a big luncheon and seeing that my houseguest, who happens to be the featured speaker, is well taken care of? As much as I love the luncheon, I'll be happy when it's over and my cohorts can stop with the angst. Of course, then we have to start planning next year.


Angel said...

I've blocked off today and tomorrow for luncheon and parties alone. I'm actually better now that the day is here and I'm not "getting ready" anymore. :)

And I have pretty clothes to wear and my fingernails are painted. I've checked all preparations off my list. Yes!

Sunday I start back on the proposal I'm working on, along with the last 2 days of school. We'll see how that goes. *insert emoticon of shark circling my desert island*


Barbara Vey said...

I'm off to Green Bay to cover the WisRWA conference. Enjoy the weekend!

Anonymous said...

Graduation and hooding ceremonies here at BSofB this afternoon. Yeah, last event for a while here at the school. Since mid March we have had anywhere from 1 to 3 events per week, very exhausting.

Darling Geek said...

PC is sufficiently busy that she may not get the opportunity to comment in this thread until Sunday.

We have all the fun HoD stuff, AC's dance recital, and family in town.

And, by "we", I mean "she". I'm fairly worthless on all of the above.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Y'all are worrying me. How many outfits are needed for the luncheon?! I have one for today, one for tomorrow. Am I missing something?

Liza said...

I'm driving to visit family tonight(2 hours away). Having breakfast with my grandmother and coloring my hair, before driving back to help my friends finish unpacking their new house. Plus we are all going to dinner together tomorrow night. Then I have to finish up all my housework and laundry on Sunday while visiting local family and getting my brother ready to fly out on Monday.

Instigator said...

My day has already gone to hell in a handbasket at it's barely started. On top of the tea and luncheon stuff and me being sick I spent the morning in the medsurg with Baby Girl. Luckily she doesn't have strep throat but considering my sister has it and she was complaining about a sore throat I wasn't taking any chances. Hopefully I'm back on track now though (as long as everyone shows up at the appropriate times and places to pass off children....)


Sherry W. said...

I've reminded my family for two weeks now that I would be at the luncheon activites today and tomorrow. Do you think they remembered? NO. But I guess they will figure it out about dinner time.
I still have errands to run and a pedi appt before heading out. I probably should start moving, huh?

Problem Child said...

PC got off to a late start this morning but is rallying in a comeback to catch up.

PM--we *have* to have something to obsess over...what would we talk about otherwise?

And DG will do fine--I left him a list :-)