Monday, May 25, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE!

Are you ready for Ready. Set. WRITE!?

For the past two summers, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij and I have been hosting READY. SET. WRITE! It’s always so much fun and we all seem to accomplish mucho. Clearly we’d be idiots not to host it again so we are. J. For anyone who missed out last time, Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. We set goals, write/revise/plan like crazy, and keep one another accountable.  

Here’s how it’s all going to go down.  

1) This summer we’ll continue checking in on Mondays. The start of the week feels sort of appropriate for goal-setting, like laying the groundwork for an awesome week of writing. So, every Monday from June 8th to August 31, we’ll start off the week by updating each other on what we accomplished and then setting goals for the new week.  

2) To help with said updates, we’re going to use headings in the weekly posts. Using headings should allow for a quicker and more concise rundown and will give other participants specific ways to offer encouragement.

Here are the headings: 

●How I did on last week’s goal(s) 

●My goal(s) for this week 

●A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised 

●The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc) 

●Something I love about my WIP 

Accountability and goal setting are super important, but we don’t want RSW to detract from writing, which is, of course, the whole point of this summer intensive.  To that end, WE are going to keep our updates concise—limiting our answers for each heading above to 2-3 lines, and we encourage you to do the same. Save the words for the WiPs, ya know?  

Each Monday there will be a linky signup posted on all of the host blogs. Just leave the link to your check-in post, hop around to other participants’ blogs, and spread encouragement around like sunscreen. (This is a summer writing intensive after all.  

On Monday June 8, we’re going to kick things off with a post of our first weekly goals, and we encourage you to do the same! That day, post your weekly/summer goals, sign up on the linky on one of the hosts’ blogs, and then hopefully have a super productive week. Then, each Monday after that, we’ll post updates using the headings above, link posts to the linky thing, encourage one another, and then . . . MORE WRITING.  

We’re SO EXCITED, guys! Just like last summer, we’re going to have Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015) and giveaways and SO MUCH FUN. And writing. ALL THE WRITING. And . . .  AND there are RSW 2015 buttons! WE HAVE ALL THE BUTTONS (Thank you, Jaime!) Choose one, choose them all, and use them as your RSW heading.

We hope you can join us back here on June 8 for an awesome summer of writing!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


The fabulous Katy Upperman has recently rejuvenated the “Currently…” posts and I thought I’d jump on that bandwagon on a semi-monthly basis. Here’s what I’m currently

As crazy busy as May is, I love it. My husband’s girls soccer team is in the playoffs, we celebrated my baby’s 11th birthday, and I spent Mother’s Day in Myrtle Beach at a dance competition in which my tap class scored a platinum first place. So busy, but good busy.

I just finished MOSQUITOLAND (David Arnold)—a book I would’ve never in a million years plucked off the library shelf except the library had two copies (weird) and as I was reading the jacket flap, slightly intrigued, a teenaged someone snatched the other copy and marched right up to the library counter to check it out like her life depended on it. All righty then. Clearly I had to read it after that. Clearly I did. And it was AMAZING.

Now, I’m reading Katie Cotugno’s 99 DAYS which is making me feel like a writerly schmuck because it’s SO GOOD. I need to find an awful book to read just to make myself feel better about my own writing.

There are a ridiculous number of awesome shows on Netflix I need to see and an arsenal of blue rays I need to catch up on, so what does Alison do in her rare downtime? Watches The Hangover (which I've seen a hundred times). And reruns of Miami Vice. And the Champions League semifinal (my Madrid boys lost L) and the USWNT friendlies. I am so ready for June 6! (Women’s World Cup begins and Champions League final—in case you didn’t know J)

Still on my eighties kick. Not seeing an end to that any time soon which is totally fine by me.

My next project(s). I had three on the brain and I thought I knew which one I was working on next, but then yesterday a fourth one—characters, plot, title and all—wormed it’s way in to my thoughts and yeah. Good problem to have, I guess, but still.

READY SET WRITE! 2015! The past couple summers I’ve been hosting this summer writing program/incentive with my blogging buddies Katy, Jaime, Erin, and Elodie and we’re getting ready to kick things into gear again. We’ll do a big announcement post next Monday with all the details but for now, mark June 8 on your calendar and set some goals for the summer. I’m excited for all the writing and accountability!

For a new laptop. I’ve been saving up for a Mac and I’m so ready to just buy one already. Especially now that my son has a new laptop and I gave my daughter mine. Desktops are no fun, yo.

Anyway, for all you Mac lovers out there, any recommendations? Pro or Air?

Family. Writing. Soccer. Tap. Life. Can’t complain, people. Can’t complain. Well, not too much anyway. J