Thursday, February 26, 2009

Work In Progress Wednesday Ed. 1

My crit partner, Kate, began a really cool idea since we're all writers and such called work in progress Wednesday, where I update everyone on the status of my current WIP.  Since I'm so excited about current WIP, I thought I'd play along.  Now, I'm not fancy like Kate and know how to put those cool little wordometers here, but I can tell you, I made progress this week.

First off, I drove the Squirrel Mobile (Hubby's dilapidated Kia Rio) over to Starbucks on Tuesday evening.  I sat in the corner sipping a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, next to the door I might add (in 40 degree weather) typing away at my chapter 9.  I finished it up and started 10 before my enthusiasm waned and I headed home.

It was the most relaxing time I've had since becoming a mother, I tell ya.  I could focus 100% on me, knowing my kids were well taken care of by their father (let's just say it's a good thing he doesn't have hair!) and I was totally into this writing.  My work wasn't as choppy and flowed from my fingertips.  No kids yelling from the living room as I sat on my bed, trying to ignore them after Hubby got home.  Nope, I just wrote with no worries.

Well, I will admit I was a little worried over the lack of good music Starbucks played.  Note to self:  Must bring IPOD with more appropriate mood music.  Frank Sinatra, James Blunt and other bland elevator music doesn't put me in a mood to write a romance novel with tragic elements.  But in their defense, people aren't there to listen to head-banging melodramatic rock, either, so I guess we both compromised.  I'll bring my IPOD and they'll please all the OTHER customers with their music...and I'll still get my frappuccino, a quiet atmosphere and we'll live happily ever after!

I'm almost to the black moment with my WIP.  My characters are getting in deep and everything about to ripped out from under them.  I hate writing the black moment, but it does drive me forward to hurry up and give them their happily ever after.  In approximately 2 more chapters, I'm to the dreaded day where my heroine and hero can't tackle their obstacles...yet.

My goal is to finish up chapter 10 and start 11 before Sunday.  With a gym class tonight, Hubby gone tomorrow and the circus on Saturday, I'm going to be hard pressed but I think I can do it!

Somebody send me some cheerleaders!


Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Stephanie that is awesome - you are making such great progress! I agree it is too hard to write anything worthwhile with children at your feet. I usually write after my little guy goes down for the night.

And you are too funny with the progress meter. I am so not technically savvy so just know that anything you see on my blog is super easy to do and you can do it too! If you click on the progress bar in my post it'll take you to the internet page where you just type in your numbers and it'll give you a code that you just C&P into your blog. See? I told ya - easy.

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

It sounds like you are making great progress. I've been delaying writing the dark moment in my wip, but must take the plunge. I joined in this week and my post is


Mandy said...

That is really awesome that you had that opportunity to be able to let loose and enjoy yourself in what you love to do best!!! Keep us updated. I love to hear about the progress you are making. I love to read them when you are done too!!!

Steph, Steph she's our woman if she can't do it no one can!!!! (A little cheer from your cheerleader). :)

Krystyn said...

I think I'm a day late.

But, "you can do it, yes you can, you can do it....and rah, rah, sis boom bah" and all that other stuff.

OHmommy said...

Way to go Stephanie what a great way to spend ME time. Can you believe that I still do not have an IPOD?

Stephanie said...

That actually DOES sound really relaxing! I'm glad you got some progress done on your book. I will be the first in line to buy it dear!