Friday, June 14, 2013

Celebrate Good Times



Welcome to this week's edition of Celebrate The Small Things, the weekly bloghop that celebrates the good things (however seemingly minor). Please click on the pic on the left for a complete list of participants.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—I attended my fabulous goddaughter's dance recital. She's been dancing since she was three and I haven't yet missed a recital. I love seeing how much she's grown as a dancer. I know I'm probably not the most unbiased person on this subject, but she's damn talented and I am so proud of her.

—I've spent much of the last week writing a scene for my WIP. Yes, a single scene (but I've written, like, three drafts of it so far). It doesn't have an proper beginning or ending yet, but it's been an interesting process so far and I'm honestly just happy to be writing something. That's not to say that my creative floodgates have broken open or anything, but there's at least a steady stream trickling through.

—Also on the writing front, I've created a new character for the same WIP. I don't know much about him yet except that he's going to be a bad guy. In fact, his name is currently "To Be Named Later" (which I think is probably a little long). But even in his character infancy, TBNL has completely destroyed my plan for the second half of the story. Stupid bad guy. Now I'm working without a GPS unit or a road map or any sort of directional guidance type thing. Which is scary and thrilling all at the same time. At any rate, I'm looking forward to seeing where this WIP ends up.

—On the health front, I've run/walked fifteen miles so far this week. And I still have two more days (this post will be published before my Friday jaunt) in which to log more miles. I wonder if I can break twenty.

And that's gonna do it for me today. What might you be celebrating?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

46 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've had a great week! Congrats on the writing and exercise achievements!

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  2. Ooh those sneaky bad guys, hope you work out what he's up to soon! Congrats on all your celebrations this week.

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    1. What else should I have expected from a bad guy, right?

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  3. Wow, so many things to celebrate--yay you! The name might be long, but To Be Named Later still has a nice ring to it. ;) Villainous characters are often fun for me to write, but I think I'd be peeved if they wrecked my story plans, too! Good luck figuring out the direction your book should go now!

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    1. I do like to write bad guys. They get all the best lines.

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  4. Nothing like one's story going off on a new road to make it exciting to work on. Lock in that four-wheel drive and explore!

    And aren't you celebrating Tebow? Okay, maybe celebrating might not be the word, but I'm curious what you think.

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    1. I'm not celebrating Tebow. Not yet. I am, however, trusting that Bill has a plan and it will be brilliant.

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  5. I bet you can break twenty!
    Glad you're excited about a new writing project.

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    1. I can probably only break twenty if Saturday's tracking class involves some really long tracks.

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  6. I'm celebrating this shot glass full of milk chocolate chips in front of me.......Oh look at that. It's empty. (;
    Awesome on the writing and front, that trickle will turn into word rapids if you keep it up. And hope you hit 20!(:

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    1. A shot glass full of chocolate chips? Why haven't I ever thought of that??

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  7. Yay for new characters! Though it sounds like TBNL is a handful :)

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    1. He has been so far, and I haven't even done much with him yet.

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  8. I'm envious of you running so much! Hope your bad guy helps out :)

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    1. If it helps, it's still more walking than running.

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  9. I'm so happy to hear of your goddaughter's dance recital. I love dancing and was a dance teacher for a few years. I hope you reached your 20 mile goal. Have a great weekend! :-)

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    1. I'm just under 18 miles right now. If I want to hit 20, I'll have to get up early tomorrow. So it's probably not looking good...

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  10. You have lots of good things to celebrate this week! It's so nice you can cheer your goddaughter on and encourage her to use her special gifts. Your WIP sounds like it's coming along splendidly! The key to success is perseverance.

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    1. Well, the WIP is certainly doing something. Let's just hope it continues to move forward.

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  11. Go you with fifteen miles and I hope you reach your twenty

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  12. Wow! Great job with the walking and running! I've been trying to go on the treadmill more often, but some days I just don't even want to think about it. I did really well yesterday, but today I'm feeling kind of meh about it all.

    Have fun with the new character. :)

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    1. Yeah, I get the "meh" thing. I feel that way a lot, too. Which is why I haven't hit the 20 miles yet.

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  13. TBNL sounds like quite the villain! Good luck with your exercise goal!

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    1. I guess any character who can sabotage your plot is a true villain. But it's all for the best. I think.

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  14. You know a villain is really evil when he ruins even the writer's plans! Excellent work with your exercise goal. I've been flaking on mine, but I need to use every free minute to make my deadline.

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  15. Green. Because it's not easy being green.

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  16. I need to get off my butt and start walking more, much more. I like writing about bad guys, they're very intriguing. Good Luck with your wip.

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  17. You're not biased, you're supportive of your goddaughter.

    TBNL's name should be the same as that boss of yours, the one you haven't mentioned in a while...

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  18. How about "Tabenal" :)

    You have a lot worth celebrating. I guess it's a good week.

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  19. I just started 'Couch to 5K' this morning so very impressed with your exercise celebrations! :-)
    How about Toby Anal?

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  20. If you keep the momentum going, then I'm sure you'll reach 20! Go for it!
    "Trent Bonelle? Tobias Bennelly?"
    Writer In Transit

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  21. These bad guys always destroying our plans heehee, I'm sure you will figure it out soon and show TBNL who is boss :)

    Fantastic job with the walking/run!!!

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  22. That is just awesome news all around. I am sure your goddaughter just loves having you support her. I am wishing you all the best with the progress on your WIP.

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  23. So many people are boosting up their exercise routine, including me slowly, slowly... Good job on your writing. I'm looking forward to working again on the sequel to my first book after a break from it. Maybe soon. Have a wonderful weekend. Writer’s Mark

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  24. Awesome news on the WIP! Every break through, word etc is an accomplishment! Have a great weekend :)

    Meredith Johnson (@MeredithRaeJ)
    Meredith's Musings

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  25. Always be happy that you're writing something. You can't edit a blank page :)

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  26. "To Be Named Later" - love it! It appeals to the procrastinator within me..

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  27. During the 2010 NaNoWriMo, I had an MC do the opposite of what I wanted him to do. His reaction completely monkey wrenched my plot....but made it better. Your bad guy sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by and following :)

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  28. Wow, lots to celebrate. It is both exciting and scary when you have a idea wave of a new scene or character to add to your writing. Sometimes they make the story so much more interesting but also mess up you already well-laid plans! Good luck with the progress :)

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  29. I can completely relate to spending a week on a single scene... I'm on Day 3 of mine! Well done on the running, awesome :-)

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  30. 15 miles? Well done! Fun creating baddies, isn't it?

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  31. TBNL already sounds awesome. They're at their best when they destroy their authors' best laid plans. :-D

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  32. Woot! Congrats on the writing.
    And 15 miles is awesome!

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  33. I recently got to see my niece's first ever dance recital! She's 4 1/2 years old and tap danced with a few other little girls to "Little Bitty Pretty Thing." So, so cute. :)

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