Writing

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 {Week 2}

It's officially summer, yay! Time for update numero dos.

1. How I did on last week's goals:

Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up. 

Um, nope. Elodie tried to get me up, she really did. But... I sucked.

Continue researching for--and add 3-5k to--RS. 

FAIL WHALE. I wrote a whopping 398 words the entire week. #wompwomp

Marketing setup for Truth & Temptation.

Okay, well, this was actually a win. (Phew.) My newsletter will go out today, giving subscribers a sneak peek of the cover--and my official cover reveal is tomorrow. I've got a

pre-order giveaway

set up, and I've arranged for release week advertisements (a few anyway, more needed).

Finish betaing for Elodie!

Done and done! And SO good. No surprise there, though.

Take my daughter someplace fun!

Kind of cheating again, but she got to spend Friday and much of Saturday with her (three-days-older) cousin--and my sister/BIL. They took her to the pool, so you know she had a blast! Hubs was out of town most of the week, and I left Friday for a bachelorette weekend, so it's awesome having family close by to help out.

2. My goals for this week:

Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up.

Continue researching for--and add 1k to--RS.

Revise 

Truth & Temptation

and send it to my second round of betas! (omg I'm running out of time!)

Take my daughter someplace fun!

3. A favorite line from my story: 

Um, sorry for all the f-bombs. (Well, not really...)

"This. This is why I ended it with Noah," she said, her green eyes bright, hot. "

This

is what I want. Not

you

, don't worry, pretty Vaughn," she amended, a slip of a smile twisting across her lips. "But, God. Find me a man who takes what he wants the way you do and I'll be a happy fucking woman." She paused, then laughed. "Pun unintended—but true."

"Noah?" Jealousy was a disgusting quality, one Vaughn had never possessed until that very moment. The though of another man doing the things to Lulu that his body was begging him to do? "I kiss you and your first thought is of your fucking ex?"

4. Biggest challenge I faced this week:

Yeah. Hubs was gone all week, which meant parenting responsibilities added up. Plus I had to pack for my trip. And then I spent the weekend looking at some pretty things.

Like this:

And, especially, this:

So time was a factor. So was my inability to get up early. And all the work I had to do for T&T. This week I've got way smaller goals for the WIP, because I have so much revising to do for T&T first...

5. Something I love about my WIP

That I still love it this week, too. And my long driving time up to Jersey and back gave me lots of space to think about things to add--and for future books in the series :)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. ~RSW hosts,
Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, & Elodie Nowodazki

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 {Week 1}

Hey lovers. Just gonna dive right in here:

1. How I did on last week's goals:

Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up. 

Um, I think I did this most days? I can't remember. I need to be better at keeping track of this--and I can say for certain Elodie texting me in the am was SUPER helpful.

Continue researching for--and add 5-10k to--RS. 

I did a *lot* of research, but came just shy of 5000 new words. Sigh. I'd hoped my goal was aiming low. Especially as this week will be low again because I'll be out of town this weekend...

Beta for Elodie!

I started reading this novella--and it is good, y'all. Like be jealous I'm reading it before you good. :)

Take my daughter someplace fun!

Went to a winery which was fun for both of us, hehe. Also, we set up some fun water toys in our back yard and she had a freaking blast. Maybe it's cheating because it's not going someplace new, but I'm counting it anyway because it's so fun for her.

2. My goals for this week:

Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up.

Continue researching for--and add 3-5k to--RS.

More marketing setup for 

Truth & Temptation.

Finish betaing for Elodie!

Take my daughter someplace fun!

3. A favorite line from my story: 

A moment my heroine and her hero run into each other at the grocery store and, of course, get into it. Because they hate each other. Well, she loves him, but she pretends she hates him because it's easier to deal with what he feels for her...

"You have no idea what I think," he said. 

"Yeah? So you don't think I'm a lying, manipulative bitch who almost ruined your life?" 

"Okay. You have some idea of what I think." His eyes flashed. Humor? Irritation? She couldn't be sure her hope for the former wasn't disguising the latter. 

4. Biggest challenge I faced this week:

Ugh. This story ripped through me at first and now I'm hitting a wall. Walls are very common for me when I'm working through the middle of a book, but I'm still very much in the beginning, and it's really frustrating me. Even my "favorite" lines above from my WIP? I don't love them. I just kinda Russian roulette-ed it and skimmed for the least sucky lines from the past week. #pitypartyforone

I focused a lot on launch things for Truth & Temptation, so I'm hoping my divided focus had something to do with the stall on my WIP, but...idk.

5. Something I love about my WIP

The good news is I *do* still love my WIP. I just have to funnel that love into ability to move forward. The thing I REALLY love right now is how much fun third POV is to write. I've written first for years and years, so I was nervous about switching. But this? This makes me never, ever want to go back to first...

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. ~RSW hosts,
Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, & Elodie Nowodazki

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 {Goal Setting}

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. ~RSW hosts,
Katy UppermanAlison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, & Elodie Nowodazki

Y'all. THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING FOR SUMMER WRITING. If you're a writer--at any place in your career--you should join us. (It's never too late to jump in.) If you're a reader, stop by on Mondays to keep me accountable with my projects, and find some other fun writers while you're here.

Wanna know all the deets? Check out any one of the hosts' posts (lol rhyme) about it!

(And Jaime's post  has a selection of graphics to browse!) But today is a day to set goals, so let's get down to mine:

Summer Goals:

1. Revise & publish TRUTH & TEMPTATION, the third novel in my Summer Love standalone series.

2. Finish drafting my romantic suspense (RS) novel. Decide on a title. Revise the book. Send to CPs. Start getting query-ready. (Yep, I think I'm going to attempt going a traditional route with this one... Maybe.)

3. Begin drafting Summer Love #4

3. Attend--and have a fucking awesome time at--RWA National Conference in July (Also: Try my absolute hardest not to stalk Nora Roberts and have a complete breakdown if I get to meet her. Aka the reason I will *always* write romance.)

4. Beta for my CPs as needed.

5. Take my daughter someplace fun at least once a week.

6. Get--and keep--a tan. (Starting in July)

This Week's Goals: 

1. Get up at 5:30 every weekday to work for a couple hours before the peanut wakes up.

2. Continue researching for--and add 5-10k to--RS.

3. Beta for Elodie!

4. Take my daughter someplace fun!

Okay, that's it. Lots lined up for the summer and I'm excited for every bit of it! What are YOUR summer goals?

xo Riley

The road to New Adult and, ultimately, Rock & Release

Where to begin... where to begin...

*taps chin, all thoughtful-looking*

It was a cold day, the air scraping like the rough edges of icy bricks across my cheeks, when suddenly

Okay, on the real, here's how this all happened:

I started writing seriously with a career in mind back in 2009.

I wrote.

           a lot.

                  of books.

All YA.

Seriously. I love YA. Still do.

Then, in 2012 I got pregnant. Best decision I've ever made. Also one of the ones that's made me the sickest. (The only thing that even comes close is the great Salmonella Incident of 2011, which shall never, ever be discussed again.) So, considering I was too nauseated to do more than lie on the couch most days, I took a break from writing. Then when the sickness passed, I just wanted to figure out what this whole parenthood thing was going to be about.

"I'll start writing again three months after she's born," I told myself--and anyone else who'd listen.

HAHAHAHAHAHA.

No.

The day my daughter was born was the best of my life. The next four months were the roughest. One word: Colic.

After that period of complete hell was over, I wanted a few months to spend some non-screaming-in-pain time with my daughter. Those few months spanned into the rest of her first year of life--and right around that one year mark, my husband and I were given VIP tickets to a concert (Steve Miller Band and Journey, oh yeah!) The tickets gave us access to this pre-concert VIP bar and deck area, and I sat there watching the college-aged staff work their shifts and found myself thinking that it could be a good setting for a book. That it could be really fun to imagine what it'd be like to work at a concert venue during that exciting "new adult" period of life.

All the sudden, that drive to write, the one I'd tucked away for so long, slammed back in full force. And the timing was perfect, as one of my best friends' husbands had, for her birthday, booked a writing retreat for us and one other writer friend to go on. (Husband of the year right there, huh??)

We retreated, we brainstormed, and Cassidy's story came pouring out. Never, in my entire life, have words come so easily for me. Never have I had a college-aged protagonist before, either. But I rolled with it, with Cassidy, and I'm really happy I did. Because now I get to launch Rock & Release into the world! And SOON.

VIP, the first act of Rock & Release, launches November 17th, and I hope you're as excited as I am!