Writer Recharge :: Update - Week Three
(Find more details HERE about this month-long motivational writing challenge co-hosted by me and Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, and Elodie Nowodazkij. And be sure to include the link to your update below or tweet about it using hashtag #Writer Recharge!)
This week's update:
Last week was, as expected, a crazy busy one. Our son earned his Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, which was presented at the Pack's Blue & Gold Banquet on Tuesday night. The kicker is that our den was in charge of planning and executing this event, so in addition to the hours of prep time I put into it, I also took Tuesday afternoon off for last minute errands and set-up. That same afternoon, Toad had conferences. Crazy day, but it was so wonderful to see Toad and the other three Scouts in his den earn this achievement.
|Toad - far left|
|Building a snow fort in the front yard|
Did I write every day? Yes. I turned in my 30 pages to the MNYA Writers group - a few hours late, but turns out our meeting was postponed. The state patrol advised no driving due to hazardous road conditions for basically all of Minnesota. I've almost finished up a client edit and booked another client for March.
Writer Recharge has been so wonderful - love the encouragement and motivation and the twitter writing parties and knowing that so many of you are working on this challenge as well.
Did I reclaim my lunch hour? Yes, every day. And I'm totally digging it.
Did I make progress on KEYS? Yes. I had hoped to make it to 40k, but I fell short a few thousand words. No worries, though, because I had a plot epiphany that had me reeling and dying to get the words on paper, so I consider this week a win.Here's a brief excerpt:
My goals for this, the last week of Writer Recharge: to get to 50k on KEYS, which basically means I'll be doing nothing but writing during my non-work, non-parenting time. That's it!December, Sophomore YearI met Lumberjack Lewis, a tall and broad-shouldered freshman who started at defense on the junior varsity team and dressed for varsity, on a Wednesday night. I’d stayed after school to finish a group project for biology and was waiting in the arena lobby for Dom to give me a ride home. I bought a hot chocolate at the concession stand from DeeDee, an older woman with frizzy orange hair who was married to the arena manager. I leaned against the counter and talked with DeeDee about the game against Hillview the next night.“Varsity shouldn’t have a problem,” I said, “but I don’t know, JV hasn’t been looking so hot lately.”Lumberjack walked over from the opposite corner of the lobby and stood next to me at the counter. He reached over, took the cup out of my hand, and helped himself.“I’d have to disagree,” he said.I whipped around to face this – this rude, inconsiderate, self-important jerk. What the hell?I opened my mouth, insults and arguments on the tip of my tongue, and stopped short.Lumberjack Lewis was hot. His post-practice hair was a damp, dark, curly mess. His light-blue-almost-grey eyes twinkled under the dim, hazy light of the lobby. He smiled – his teeth were crooked and it looked like at least one was chipped – and I was a goner.“Waiting for Dom?” Jack asked, and grinned. “This is okay, right? Us sharing your hot chocolate?”“Is that what this is?” I found my voice. “Us? Sharing?”He nodded and that was the beginning of us.
Friday, February 28 is our last official day of Writer Recharge. You can choose to post your final update that day or on Monday, March 3 if you want to sneak in one final weekend. I'll have a post up on Friday for you to add your link whenever you'd like.