Wednesday, September 05, 2012

September 2012 Word Count

September Goals:
 - 60,000 total word count
 - at least 15 days
 - 4,000 words per day
Date Word
1 4,624 Excellent start to the month!
2 4,066 Woo-hoo! Keep it up!
3 0 Riding in the car during a storm seemed to kill the streak.
4 2,755 Almost to the end! Almost to the end! And it's amazing how anything less than
4,000 feels like I'm slacking.



























Total 11,445

Monday, August 06, 2012

August 2012 Word Count

As a new accountability initiative am going to try posting my daily word count. Since I'm an INFP we'll see how long this lasts...

Target range of 2,000 to 3,000 per day at least 20 days per month (minimum of 40,000 words per month).

Date Word
1 0 n/a
2 0 n/a
3 2,389 Woo-hoo! First "real" writing day of the month.
4 2,000 n/a
5 332 Sad, but better than nothing.
6 2,334 n/a
7 212 n/a
8 0 See? This is nothing. 332 was better than this.
9 0 n/a
10 0 n/a
11 2,120 n/a
12 114 n/a
13 2,216 n/a
14 4,402 Power was out. Wrote most of this staying up late at Cook Out.
15 2,695 n/a
16 4,337 Another 4k+ day? Maybe a little more sleep would be wise...
17 0 n/a
18 6,110 I can't explain this.
19 2,069 Yea! Another day over 2k!
20 0 Brain recovery?
21 0 n/a
22 2,671 Yea! Another day over 2k!
23 792 n/a
24 0 n/a
25 30 n/a
26 2,319 n/a
27 2,110 n/a
28 2,031 Met goal for the month! Woo!!
29 994 n/a
30 0 n/a
31 910 n/a
Total 43,187 n/a

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Lucky Seven Game

Jen the Amazing tagged me for this game. It’s called The Lucky Seven Game, and it’s basically a game of writerly tag. If you’re tagged, you have to do the following:
  1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating
  4. Tag 7 other authors
  5. *New Rule* If tagged you come back post a comment here to lead others to your post
Star Crossed (summary and first chapter posted here)
Romantic thriller. This is one of the scenes that establishes main character Vivian's relationship with best friend/side-kick Leigh (who will be the main character in the second book).
    When she glanced in the hall mirror, a large oval with a stained glass dragonfly frame that Leigh had made for her fifteenth birthday, she could see how wearing the day had been on her. A Devonshire never looked less than perfect. By that logic, she wasn’t a Devonshire tonight. Leigh came out from the kitchen and stopped dead.
    “Oh my Lord, you are home early.”
    Vivian shrugged and hung up her coat in the hall closet. “Yeah, I got tired. Decided I’d like to come home.”
Lost Daughter
Fantasy. Main character Lira, who has recently and mysteriously arrived as a stowaway on a ship, finds a safe place with the Tailor family after having been found by their young son Digger (who will become important later in the story).
    Digger pulled at her sleeve.  She jumped to see him again; she wasn't sure where he had gone.  "Come on, Lira," he said.  "It's stopped raining and we're in charge of bringing things up from the spring house."
    She smiled again at Mrs. Tailor who seemed quite pleased with herself, and followed Digger out the back door and down a gentle hill as he pulled her by the hand.
    "Your mother seems very nice," she said as soon as they were out of hearing of the house.  The Tailor's land stretched out around them.  A root cellar's door poked up only a few feet from the door of the kitchen.  She saw a small barn and a fenced field.  Fat, content cows chewed on the spring grass.
    Digger grinned ruefully at her and scratched a dirty ear.  "That's cause she ain't your Ma."

TAG! My last seven Blooming Authors from Writing Insight:
  1. Rick Gualtieri see his entry here
  2. Myke Cole
  3. Rose Gordon
  4. Sean Hayden
  5. Sonya Clark
  6. Lindsay Buroker
  7. Thomas Drinkard

Friday, January 20, 2012

What's Your Platform?

During lunch our writing group at work attended the webinar "Getting a Non-Fiction Literary Agent with Carole Sargent" (courtesy of the UVa Alumni Association. She has a similar presentation already archived at

One of the things I've been thinking about is her discussion on having a platform before approaching an agent or publisher. It makes all that blogging and tweeting seem like so less a waste of time! We are just building our platforms!

Now we just need to add speaking engagements, article publication, local radio and tv interviews...

What have you done to build your platform? What audience do you already have?