Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Celebrations

Hello, all! Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

To close out the week, I thought I would share with you a few things that I'm currently celebrating:


—At the start of the year, I set a goal to walk/run/bike/swim at least three miles every day, and so far this year (all twelve days of it...), I have managed to meet or exceed this goal. I even went for a nine-mile bike ride. Outside. And you know how I feel about outside.

I sincerely apologize to anyone in a deep freeze zone. I know I'm a jerky jerkface
for complaining about the heat. I just miss New England so much.


—I am currently four books ahead of schedule on my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge. Sure, that's only because I read three short Firefly/Serenity graphic novels, and one short story, but if Goodreads counts it, then so can I.

For you, Patricia Lynne!
Also, that is not one of the book I've read this year.
Or ever. I will never read that book.

—At the start of January, Second Nature had nine scenes across five chapters in various stages of deconstruction because last year, I went crazy (crazier...) and decided that I hate everything I've ever written. Ever. Well, as of this post, I'm pleased to announce that I now only have six scenes across four chapters that still need to be Frankenstein-ed back together. (Just an FYI, I'm referencing the actual doctor here, not his creation.) It's not quite the pace I had hoped to set, but I am certainly happy to have crossed a few off the list.

Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.

—But what's even weirder than me actually crossing scenes off the never-ending editing list is that I actually kind of really liked how this one particular scene turned out. This, of course, made me immediately suspicious, so I submitted the scene to my critique group so they could tell me how wrong I was. But they didn't. They liked the scene, said it worked well, and when they told me that—brace yourselves—I actually kind of believed them.

I know, right? I'm shocked, too.


—And last, but certainly not least, rumor has it that there will be a new Echo Effect comic available today! The story took quite the interesting turn in the last strip, and I'm eager to discover what'll happen next. I mean, I'm worried about what will happen to the main characters, but that's just the mark of a good story, isn't it? Actually worrying about what might befall its characters? Anyway, I'm so excited...



And on that note, I'm outta here. (I'm hoping to cross off one more scene before the weekend.) How's your year gone so far?

Have a great weekend, all. See you next week.

28 comments:

  1. You like the scene and believe others like it? Don't you dare change it.
    I don't like outside because it's full of bugs.

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    1. I only made some minor tweaks to the scene, based on their suggestions. It was kind of weird. :)

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  2. Sounds like you're off to a great start! I too share your suspicion of the outdoors--I prefer to watch nature documentaries from the safety of my couch! ;)

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    1. I don't mind doing that...depending on the subject of the documentary, of course. :)

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  3. Yay, you've done three scenes - well done! And your activity goal is looking pretty good too! What a great 13 days you've had :-)

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    1. Against all odds, it does seem as though this year has gotten off to a not-terrible start. (I love to hedge my bets...) Though now I'm worried that I've just jinxed everything...we'll see what happens next week, I guess.

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  4. Sounds like you are doing well with your goals for the year already! Wish I could say the same for myself, but that would mean actually setting some goals… Must get to that.

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    1. You were on holiday. That's a pretty good reason to postpone the setting of goals. :)

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  5. Way to go with your goals! 9 miles outside! I'm currently at below freezing temps (which is slightly colder than I'm used to in the winter) and the bike is firmly in the garage. I biked on an indoor stationary bike today.
    Way to go with your three scene edits!
    I'm currently looking at the deep ocean of editing for my WIP and I'm reading the waters (reading the ugly first draft) and trying to decide if I'm brave enough to do anything other than change passive verbs to active ones.

    Best wishes on all you do!

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    1. Yeah, it was odd to be able to ride my bike in January. I never would have been able to do that back home.

      And I bet that once you're in those editing waters, you'll find you're brave enough. :)

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  6. Well look at you!!!! Impressive!

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    1. I know, right? I'm a little impressed myself. :)

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  7. Yay for you! You're on such a roll! Great job kicking January's butt.

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    1. I hope it keeps on rolling, and that I'm not here next week saying, "yeah...about that."

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    1. I couldn't risk being responsible for another sad. :)

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  9. Yeah, I'm shocked that your writing group telling you the scene was okay was okay by you. Maybe this is indicative of things to come? I hope.

    And I, too, have been careful about mentioning weather. Although, it's been wet here. But not nearly as cold as most everywhere else.

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    1. Yes, let's hope this is a sign of things to come. It's sooooooo much better than the alternative.

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  10. I'm not a fan of being outside, either. Try to avoid it as much as I can, LOL.

    And wow, congrats on everything you've managed to accomplish so far! So, so impressive. Hope those final six scenes don't give you too much trouble!

    And aw, thanks so much for the Echo Effect shout-out, and all your enthusiasm, too! Really appreciate the support... <3

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    1. I think those scenes will take a while. There's probably a big reason that those final six scenes are the final six scenes...

      And I always look forward to a new Echo Effect. It's a great way to start my Fridays!

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  11. Sorry I've been so absent of late - great to hear about your progress, especially Second Nature!
    And I love Heather H's Echo Effect =)
    Thanks again for hosting me last week!

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    1. Echo Effect is great. :)

      Hope your blogtour is going well—you're welcome here anytime!

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  12. Congratulations on your miles per day goals! I'm 7 ahead of my goal on Goodreads, but only because I read a lot of Poe's short stories. BUT, I'll take it!

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    1. I think I'm probably behind by now on my Goodreads challenge. Started reading this book that does not interest me at all. I should really stop reading it and find something else, but I just haven't actually done that yet. :)

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  13. Woot on getting your scenes to the "I actually might like this" stage! That's great! And keep it up with the warm weather walking. It's too dangerous to go trekking too far in my neighborhood.

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    1. What's even stranger is that it's days later now, and I still kind of like how that scene turned out. May it be a sign of things to come!

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  14. Enjoyed the gifs here. Isn't is great when fellow writers like your stuff?

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    1. Not for me, usually. But then again, I am very strange. :)

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