ROW80: Check-In: 7-27-11

As I write this I’m working on incorporating the changes to a draft of my thriller.  I’m pretty encouraged that I have been consistently working on revising this novel.  It’s been an idea that I’ve had for almost two decades and it’s nice to see it coming together.  Even though I’m sure, I have a lot more work to do on it. 

The writing process can be tedious but I love it too much not to give it up.

I haven’t reached my goal of writing 5 pages a day but I’m getting closer.  I’m  up to about 2 and a half since two days ago. 

I haven’t worked on the synopsis for the above thriller yet this week but I’m hoping to get to it soon.  It feels like I’m in a good place overall and that my goals so far are good ones.  They feel attainable.  At least at this point. 



ROW80: Sunday Check-In: 7-24-11

Can’t believe another week has flown by.  A fairly good week when it came to my goals though I haven’t been hitting my 35 page-a-week goal.  I have written about 7 pages this week of one novel.   I hit my other goal of developing an outline for another novel and making much progress with it.

I actually want to add a 4th goal and I feel comfortable doing this because I’ve completed a revision of a mystery thriller that I am working on and I don’t want to lose momentum.

Here’s a recap of my first 3 goals:

1. Create an original draft of a novel.  I will start from he beginning and just continue writing.

2. Develop an outline for another novel.

3. Work on the query letters and synopses for 2 of the mystery novels I’ve drafted.

Here is the 4th goal I’ve added:

4. Incorporate changes into the revised draft of my mystery novel.

So here goes…



This is the continuation of Alex and Kayla’s story.  It picks up from when we last saw them in Life

The glistening blue-green waves made huge arcs and crashed against the shore releasing bubbly whitish foam.  Repeatedly.

Kayla’s backdrop, as she stood, relaxed and graceful, wrapped in white, her black Canon Rebel XS in her hand.  She rested it on her shoulder, leaning her cheek against the lens that pointed towards him.

Portrait perfect. His Kayla.  A musician becoming photographer.

Her beautiful skin shone smooth milk chocolate.  Her brown eyes gazed lovingly at him.  A light wind lifted a lock of light brown hair and held it still in the air for a moment before releasing.

Her soft, flowy top fluttered around her like fragile butterfly wings.  Boho chic.  She held his gazed as she straightened up.

“Okay, Sir Hotness.  Strike a pose.”

He was her subject while she dabbled in this new love.   The only one allowed to photograph him free of charge, much to his manager’s chagrin.

He blushed and stood tall, posturing in fake sexiness.

“I’ve got 5 minutes, lady and then I’m needed back on set,” he growled, a smile on his face.

Her laughter echoed through him, sending waves of pleasure.

Standing tall as a sentinel, she aimed her black Canon at him, one brown hand adjusting the lens.

“One of People’s top 50 Sexiest Men.  Watch out.”

Her smile, crooked sexy.  His heart melted.

She faded.

Alex opened his eyes and slowly turned his head, which still laid on Kayla’s hand.

Reality – he thought as Kayla laid in the hospital bed.

She was still in the coma.  She looked peaceful – her eyes still closed.    It’d been two weeks since he heard her voice.    The doctors were still unsure but hopeful.  His agent was pressuring him to return to work.  He needed too.  He was under contract.  But he couldn’t leave her.

Not yet.

Tears pushed forth from behind his eyes.  Stinging liquid down his cheeks.

He kissed her hand softly and laid his head down on it again.  He closed his eyes, reaching again for that memory.

For that comfort.


This piece is inspired by a prompt from The Red Dress Club which asks to write a short fiction or non-fiction piece inspired by any or all of the photo above. Word limit: 400 words

ROW80: Sunday Check-In: 7-17-11

So I am back from a good, sort of long vacation with the family and I’m slowly getting back into the groove of my life and my writing.  I did not get as much writing that I hoped to get done on vacation – I had this vision of writing pages and pages, making all kinds of progress all those hours we were on the road.  That didn’t happen.

However, since being back this week, it’s been a mixed bag with my goals.  I haven’t completed the 5 pages a day that I hoped to.  However, I have been plowing through a novel outline for one of my fiction novels as well as the revision for my mystery thriller.  I feel the progress.  I’m hoping to stay consistent.

So, onto next week and hopefully a completed revision and the 5 pages a day.

ROW80: Round Three

Here I am jumping into round 3 of ROW80 (a couple of days late).

What I hope to do during this round is write, write and write. And here’s how it will go:

My goals for this round:

1. Create an original draft of a novel – a work of women’s fiction, writing 5 pages a day for a total of 35 pages a week.  I will start from the beginning and just continue writing – without editing (a la Nanowrimo style).

2. Develop a novel outline for another novel.

3. Work on the query letters and synopses for 2 of the mystery novels I’ve drafted.

So here I sit, still at point zero but looking forward to an amazing round 3.