Monday, January 23, 2012

Pain Killers, Not the Next Motivators

Busy, busy, busy is all I can say of last week.  I had some great motivation but pain killers sort of worked against that whole butt-in-chair thing.  Actually, more like butt-in-bed snoring.  But let's see what kind of progress happened otherwise.

Last week - 45,000 word count
Beginning this week - 47,000 word count

I took my time this week since running on writing fumes during the previous week cost me some word count.  Slow and steady - and more careful - wins the race.

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#writemotivation - I beat my 250 word add-a-day goal, adding 2k to my novel.  Social media?  I'd say I did pretty good, though me and Twitter still have some work to do getting to know each other.  I finished Under the Never Sky.  Book one of my two book goal under wraps.  Review forthcoming.  I completed my beta read of a wonderful sci-fi from a promising young writer.  I have another work lined up to review, one that I'm so stoked about.  But what about you guys?  Is there a novel that came out since the new year started, a novel by a YA/MG debut author that you've heard good buzz about?

38 comments:

  1. Very productive week. I have problems with twitter, too.

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  2. In middle grade, I'm looking forward to Claire Legrand's The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities, but I've got several months of waiting on those :)

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  3. What's wrong with butt in bed snoring? Well, except the snoring part. And sorry, not the genre I read, so can't make any recommendations.

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  4. Sounds like you're making great progress. I just read Under the Never Sky too and really enjoyed it. Also would recommend A Million Suns which I just finished too.

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  5. I just got back from a 4 day vacay in the Poconos, skiing with my family. I *thought* I was going to get in a lot of writing time, too.

    BUT, each day after skiing, I was too tired to produce any words on a page. Turns out, I was coming down with something -- a virus or a sinus infection. (I'm kind of relieved that it wasn't just the skiing. I hate to get that old!)

    Now I'm home sick from work and I doubt I'll get any writing done today, either. :(

    PS -- I hit your button. I think I'm following you on Twitter now.

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  6. Pain killers don't sound good. I hope you're okay.

    Writing is important, but health more so. Try not to neglect yourself. Trust me, it isn't worth it.

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  7. Miranda - LOL! Glad to know I'm nnot alone with the Twitter struggle.

    Jess - Those sound like two interesting titles. I remember Shannon Messenger from WriteOnCon. I'll definitely be on the look out for both titles. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Alex - LOL!! You are a riot. Unfortunately, butt-in-bed doesn't quite get the word count chugged out, though it makes for great sleep time :-)

    Natalie - I'm certainly trying on the progress end :-) I hear so many wonderful things about Beth Revis's Godspeed books. I've got Across the Universe on my TBR. I need to make sure I have A Million Suns on there as well. Thanks for the heads up.

    Dianne - Sorry to hear you are ill. Sure hope you get better soon. I got your follow notification on Twitter and I should be following you back as well. Thank you.

    Maria - Pain killers are not the best but they help when you have a minor procedure. Thankfully, it was something needed to help take care of me. I don't do such of a good job of that sometimes. Trying to get a little better at it. Thank you so much for your concern.

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  8. My butt would so love to be in bed snoring right now!

    You're making progress, and that counts! I'm in the edit/revise/ stage of my WiP, and three months ago, I never thought I'd get there. It felt sooo good to finally finish! ("Finish" until the beta reads came back, of course...)

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  9. Painkillers definitely don't sound good. I hope you're doing okay.

    I know you're kicking writing goal butt. Please take care of yourself though. We'll still be around to cheer you on :D

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  10. Forward progress is good but take care of yourself.

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  11. Sounds like you had a productive week. I need a good kick in the butt for that as I've been very lazy the last two weeks.

    I'm not a big fan of YA so I can't recommend any books that I read from that genre, but I did see a few that got my attention. One was recommended by a friend who also isn't a YA fan who enjoyed it. It's called "Beautiful Malice". I bought it but haven't read it yet. Another book that really got my attention is "Cinder". It looks like a futuristic sci-fi YA version of Cinderella.

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  12. Forward progress is forward progress. Feel better soon.

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  13. Gina - Progress feels absolutely wonderful. Step by step.

    K.T. - I'm doing much better. Steady doing my best.

    LD - Thank you. I'll do my best at doing better at taking care of me.

    Angelina - I've heard of Cinder but Beautiful Malice is an interesting title. Thank you for the recommendations.

    Raelyn - I'm already doing much better. I just knew NOT to write while on pain killers. No telling what purple elephants would've wound up in my WiP? lol!

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  14. Congratulations on your progress with your novel so far!

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  15. Good for you for the progress you did make. I wish I could think long enough to figure out what I want to read. Instead I'm slogging through my book club list and not enjoying it all that much.

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  16. I was on painkillers for two weeks with a kidney stone and I can back you up--not the best for writing...or reading...or doing anything really :)

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  17. Oh, that's a pretty cover!

    Sounds like you hit some great goals. I finished freelance editing two books, am hosting a blogfest, and doing a final edit/tweak of my novel before publication. (I totally feel like me and Twitter need to get to know each other better, too. ;))

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  18. Oooh, I've been curious about Under the Never Sky. I also really want to read The Fault in Our Stars. Everyone on my twitter and goodreads was reading that all last week. haha.

    A debut that came out this month I've heard good buzz for is CINDER. Cyborg Cinderella? Yes, please! :)

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  19. I want to read that book so bad! You had a really productive week. I need one of those this week...

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  20. Despite health issues you made a great progress! Congratulations. I hope you feel better now.

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  21. Painkillers? Sounds like trouble! I hope you're OK!
    Sounds like your novel is going well - good for you in spite of everything!
    As for YA novel buzz, now that the Michael Prinz has been named you can bet I'll be checking out the winner and runners up!!!

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  22. What a fantastic productive week, Angela! Sorry you're under the weather, hope ya get better soon.

    Let us know how you liked Under the Never Sky!

    Oh, if you enjoy reading YA, one of my short stories was published in Sucker Literary Magazine today!!! Here's a link: http://suckerliterarymagazine.wordpress.com/

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  23. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    <3 jordan
    JordanDibb.com

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  24. It seems everyone has an off week here and there.. I suppose that is exactly what #writemotivation is for. I haven't read any recently released books, but my while my grandmother was recovering she kept wanting to share her obsession with James Patterson with me. Not that I minded, I love James Patterson, lol... so I had fun reading those with her.

    I think what you did manage to get done is admirable considering. You knew you couldn't get a lot done, but you did what you could. Great job!

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  25. Congrats on your positive word count! So true, slow and steady wins the race. And any positive count is a good count. I've been meaning to read Under The Never Sky, just haven't had time yet. I'm reading Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper and am really enjoying it.

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  26. I hope this week is a better one for you, Angela. Painkillers don't sound good.

    I've been hearing good things about Cinder. I don't have a copy yet but intend to read this one soon.

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  27. "butt-in-bed snoring" BWAAAAAAA

    How come you don't have the Reply comments thingie? (you know readers rarely come back to see if you've responded in a future comment)

    And are we Twitter friends yet???

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  28. Well you had some drawbacks, but you did make some progress.

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  29. Congrats on 2K!

    I don't read much YA so I don't have a book for you but I do love the cover on that book.

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  30. I hate it when you're all set to go ... then you get sick (or the universe does some other foul thing to monkey up the works). Sounds like you're still making great progress though! Hang in there!

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  31. Great job, Angela! You're flying along. You'll be finished in no time. I look forward to celebrating with you when you do.

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  32. You are so right about the slow and steady and careful, great advice!

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  33. Nice! I've taken my first voluntary day off from editing today to recharge my batteries. Now I feel ready to tackle my edits yet again. :-)

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  34. The Turquoise Woman (one of my ghostly visitors) hates Twitter, hence her chapter in my writing book! I wrote 11,000 words last weekend -- a new high in production for me. Now, to refine it, while laughing over a sequence that occurred to me last night while doing a blood run -- may not use it since it is a bit ribald. But who knows? Victor is pushing for it! LOL.

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  35. Yeah, painkillers do not sync well with efficient writing, LOL!

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  36. I loved your update. Hey, you're laying words down-that's all that matters, right?

    I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well and need painkillers. I'm a lame bloggy friend that I don't even know why you need them. :(

    I'm gonna look forward to your review--I think the cover of the NEVER SKY is beautiful.

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  37. Every word counts. I gave you an award BTW. go here: http://magickless.blogspot.com/2012/01/kreativity.html to see what it is about.

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  38. Uh oh, painkillers - that doesn't sound good. Hope you're feeling better. And it's impressive that you kept up with your goals anyway!

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