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Title: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: SYoon on May 15, 2012, 08:26 PM
"There are just not enough hours in the day..."

Do you say this to yourself often? I do! Then join us! Steal some magical quiet hours in the early morning (or late at night) to WORK!

EARLY RISER TIPS:

- Set the alarm for 5 min before the target work-time. (pref before family wakes up) Commit to this hr for the week. (5 days)
- Prep the coffee maker (or teapot) so all it takes is a push or turn in the morning.
- Have inspirational wake-up music ready to play on computer. (after a while, you will skip this and get to work ASAP)
- Sleep an hour earlier than usual. DVR your regular late night shows. Dream about all the work you'll get done!


RULES:

- No emailing anyone, but your Early-Riser buddy (if you have one). I do. I email Arty and Ro to make SURE they are up. Accountability is key. But checking in on the boards is great, too! (Find an early riser buddy in your own time zone for x-treme commitment)
- No surfing the web. (Not even here! Just check in, and go!) No reading the news, either.
-STRAIGHT TO WORK!

CHECK IN here in the morning. Post what you've accomplished in the hour (or two) here after. Word count is not important. Sometimes, thinking or mulling over something is equally productive. Warning: Inspiration may strike at this hour.

Try it just for a week! You will be amazed at how much you'll get done. Your body will naturally adjust. I stopped using an alarm clock after 3 days. I'm on my 2nd wk and can't believe I've slept through these valuable hrs all of these years.

If you're ready to commit, declare it here and now! Your brain will help you do the rest. Seriously.

Get to working! :whip

I'm not only the Early Risers President, but I'm also a client!  :cheerleader

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 09, 2013, 03:57 AM
Good morning, everyone! I'm about to pull up my WIP. Nice word count, Victoria.

Happy writing, all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 09, 2013, 04:30 AM
6:12 AM. Counting it as a moral victory!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 10, 2013, 05:14 AM
6:57 AM. No moral victory this morning. T-storms, just barely above freezing, brrr. I made enough progress on the WIR last night that I let myself stay in bed. But now, reality time.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 10, 2013, 06:48 AM
T-storms!  Great writing weather! *grabs  :coffee3: *
I'm here but that's about all I am!
Happy toiling, everyone...
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Verla Kay on April 10, 2013, 12:47 PM
Um, Tori, I shut my computer off during T-storms. That is NOT good writing time for me. :lol5
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 11, 2013, 04:23 AM
6:07 AM. UP! but not awake.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 12, 2013, 04:31 AM
I'm up, but wish I was still asleep. This is conference weekend for Houston SCBWI, so I'm looking forward to that, but I've got to get some serious writing done today.

Five hours later, I just wrote The End.
Whew!
Now to revise. After lunch.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 12, 2013, 05:08 AM
6:50 AM. Hoping today is as productive as yesterday. And that I get my 6 a.m. mojo back soon. Lots of exercise yesterday, so maybe that's what tired me so. Or maybe it was just the ebb and flow of hormones...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 12, 2013, 08:03 AM
Morning, all -- I know, such a slacker, but still trying to shake the Adorables' cold.  :coffee3: :coffee3: I am motivated, though, to move on with revision of my new YA, trying to step up the suspense and cut exposition in the beginning.  Why do my manuscripts always have too much backstory in the beginning chapters?   :2brickwall Aaaargh!
Verla, keep that computer off during T-storms!  You can always use a pencil and paper....:)
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 13, 2013, 04:32 AM
I hope today finds you fully recovered from the Adorables' cold, Tori, and I hope you got a lot done yesterday, Anne. I'm trying to revise a scene or two before heading out to the Houston SCBWI conference this morning.  Have a great day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 13, 2013, 04:35 AM
Hi, all! I've been AWOL for a few days. Tori & Verla, I often write partial scenes at work with pencil and paper. Then when I switch it to the ms in my computer I get even more ideas. See, Verla, maybe you'll have a new favorite writing time.

Bring on those thunderstorms!!

Back to planning more on my WIP.

Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 13, 2013, 05:47 AM
7:10 AM. And it's snowing in Wisconsin. OK, just a sprinkle, nothing accumulating, more like a misty rain at 32º. But still. Productive day yesteday.

7:30 AM. And still so sleepy that I wandered off to brew my tea and drink it w/o pressing the 'Post' button!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 13, 2013, 06:38 AM
Anne - just came back to see who else is up and laughed out loud!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 14, 2013, 05:00 AM
6:41 AM. Light dusting of snow. The low this morning, according to BOTH of my weather widgets, is supposed to be 45º. Somebody didn't get the memo, as it is 31º now!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 14, 2013, 07:24 AM
Oh, AnneB, light dusting of snow!  I'm having a Major Nostalgia Attack for Minnesnowta!  Need  :coffee3: and will get to some writing later today, I hope....
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 15, 2013, 05:18 AM
7 AM. Late here because I was up until 11 last night working on the ms. Now I'm another few paragraphs closer to the end of this version.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 15, 2013, 06:37 AM
6:20 here on the west coast.  AnneB, congrats on being so close to the end!  Woohoooo! :proud :fireworks
Buckling down, here, with  :coffee3:
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 16, 2013, 03:32 AM
When I walked the dog a little before 6 a.m. I realized the dark morning walks are over. Yay! Coffee's on and I want to get something down before I leave. Tori, your 'Aloha' and palm tree always make me smile! Go, Anne!

Happy writing morning to all!

Joan
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 16, 2013, 03:56 AM
Good morning! I've had a hard time getting to my writing first thing in the morning for a few days, but I'm back. Hope to get a couple of chapters revised before my critique group meets this morning.  Have a great day, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 16, 2013, 04:23 AM
6:07 AM. Hooray! I'm up!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 16, 2013, 06:53 AM
6:30 here in CA; Good morning and good writing to you all, Joan, Vonna, and AnneB!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 17, 2013, 03:32 AM
Dog's walked, coffee's on. Tori, I thought of you. I'm having Kauai coffee this morning from Hawaii. :sun

Got my notes ready last night, so as soon as there's some caffeine in me, I'm working!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 17, 2013, 05:03 AM
6:45 AM. Finished the revise last night, sent to agent. :yeah So I turned off the alarm this morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 17, 2013, 06:38 AM
Good morning, all!  6:20 here, and Joan, enjoy that coffee!  :coffee3: :coffee3: Congratulations, AnneB, on sending the ms off to your agent!  :fireworks
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 18, 2013, 04:12 AM
5:55 AM in Wisconsin, and I'm waiting for the tea to steep!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 18, 2013, 04:26 AM
I've been working already, just didn't check in.  My latest WIP still seems to be in the opening, and I'm in chapter 3. Not good. Major revisions ahead.

Anne, yay for hitting that send button!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 18, 2013, 06:17 AM
6:00 here in CA.   :coffee3: :coffee3: Still putting off adding more words....*drags heels*...must get to it!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 18, 2013, 08:57 AM
Tori, JFriday and AnneB, I hope your writing went well this morning, special good wishes to you on your revisions, JFriday!

I've been up for hours, getting ready to head out to the WWSCBWI conference and polishing those first 500 words for the Round Table sessions one last time.  :suitcase I know my husband and son will eat nothing but pizza and BBQ all weekend, but I'm sure they don't mind.  :pizza :pizza :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: carterhiggins on April 18, 2013, 10:30 AM
I still check in here, even though I have been a sleep-inner recently. The break has been good for my MG.

Vonna...yay! Maybe we will roundtable together?!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 18, 2013, 12:27 PM
I don't think so, Carter. I'm doing MG; didn't you say you were doing PBs?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 19, 2013, 05:13 AM
6:55 AM Central. So ready for  :sun instead of gray skies!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 19, 2013, 06:08 AM
5:50 AM Pacific.  I finally think I'm motivated to add 10,000 words to this YA.   :crossedfingers
Happy Friday writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 19, 2013, 10:02 AM
I am at the hotel for the WWSCBWI conference. It is only 9:40 a.m. and I've been up FOREVER. At least I've gotten a lot of revising done. Only a two hour time difference but, gee, it's time for an afternoon nap! My first event is at 1:00 p.m.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 20, 2013, 04:57 AM
6:37 AM Central. I have a SCBWI event today -- Wisconsin state luncheon. Looks as if I'll be there for the networking and part of the lunch. We learned last night that a very elderly aunt of my husband's died Thursday and the funeral's this afternoon. I really liked the aunt, so I guess I'll be leaving before the speaker starts.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 20, 2013, 05:13 AM
Anne, sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope your luncheon lifts you up.

Vonna, hoping your weekend is fun and productive. And Tori, go, go, go on that word count!

I'm here and thinking. I have to decide where exactly my WIP is going, or I'll do another 3 chapters of introducing characters. Somehow I don't think that will fly. But I am getting to know all the players! :crazy

Carter, I hope your MG is going well and you get to see Vonna!

Happy weekend all, whatever you do!

Joan
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 20, 2013, 06:00 AM
Carter and I got to be in a Round Table together yesterday after all, then went to the BBer's dinner after. I was so happy to meet the other BBer's. Sisters Tara and Shanny were wonderful hosts. Now I'm up, thinking about the comments from the two Round Tables I attended yesterday.

Anne, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's aunt. I hope you were able to enjoy some of your luncheon before you left.

I hope everyone is having a fun or productive weekend. Preferably both!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 21, 2013, 04:36 AM
Sounds like the conference was fun! I'm up, coffee's finished, about to pull up some work. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 21, 2013, 04:56 AM
6:40 AM. Tea's brewing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 21, 2013, 06:05 AM
The conference is still fun! More breakout sessions today. I'm up working on homework from Abigail Samoun's workshop yesterday.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Anthony on April 21, 2013, 07:30 PM
Not sure where this should go, so I'll post it here, since I've checked in with you all from time to time: 54,000 words later and I am finally done with the first draft of my middle grade fantasy/adventure. Woohoo! Excited and daunted by the idea of rewriting and revising the whole thing. But for now, mainly relieved. :-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 21, 2013, 07:45 PM
Hi, Anthony -- I think Milestone and Roadblocks http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=9.0 (http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=9.0)
would be the place to put it... (but we won't tell). Congratulations! And come back and check in more often!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 22, 2013, 03:36 AM
Great job, Anthony!

I started my morning reading more of the thread about brown recluses. Not sure if I'm ready to write now; I feel more like going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head (after checking for spiders).

Onward...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 22, 2013, 04:38 AM
6:21 AM. Sun's out!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 22, 2013, 05:10 AM
Not here! It's 4:45 in Western Washington. I'm up tapping out a few words before heading off to the airport, going back to Houston. I here there is sunshine there, too. This has been a wonderful trip.

Congratulations on finishing your first draft, Anthony!  :clapping
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 22, 2013, 07:34 AM
Here at 7:15, Pacific, after two mornings of food poisoning. My recommendation: don't get it!  It cuts into writing time, seriously!
It was good to catch up with all you happy AM toilers --what fun you could connect with fellow BBers at the conference!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 23, 2013, 04:59 AM
6:40 AM. Still waiting to hear back on the revisions. Agent had what-going-around over the weekend, so it might be another few days. Still at loose ends because I don't want to start something else until I know this is ready to go. So it's cleaning/filing/doing 10-minute jobs I've put off for a while, like updating credit card expiration dates at online stores. And sleeping LATE.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 23, 2013, 06:54 AM
Tori, I'm sorry to hear you're sick. Food poisoning! YUCK!! I had that once I was so sick I was nearly unconscious. I truly thought I was going to die.

AnneB, I hope your agent gets back to you soon!

I had a blast at the WWSCBWI conference and now I need to catch up on all those ordinary things like laundry and grocery shopping, but first, I've got chapters to revise.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 23, 2013, 06:59 AM
6:42, Pacific! Vonna, you are spot-on, and thank you!  AnneB, I hope your agent makes it back into well-land soon. Tackling revisions today....
Happy writing to all....
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 23, 2013, 10:41 AM
OT question: Tori, how do you know it's food poisoning and not the nasty GI bug that's making the rounds (my agent, a couple of mods and/or their kids, etc.) I always assume something ugly involving the digestive system is viral like our friend the Norwalk virus.

No, I take that back. My mom was a nurse so the default diagnosis is something dreadful, if not fatal then incurable. I'm trying to teach myself to go to the simpler explanation...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 24, 2013, 05:12 AM
6:55 AM. Not doing so good on the "get up by 6 AM" plan.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 24, 2013, 07:18 AM
No worries, AnneB; our doc friend came over and made the diagnosis -- whew!  Yes, simpler explanations are waaay better!
Up at 6 Pacific but just now checking in, here.  A big day of revisions for my YA on tap for today.... :coffee3: :coffee3:
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 25, 2013, 03:48 AM
(yawn) I'm here. Coffee's (yawn) on. Mind is still a bit numb but will kick in gear in direct correlation to when coffee's finished.

Happy writing, all!

(yawn)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 25, 2013, 04:25 AM
Hi, JFriday! I'm here also. Feeling better than I have for a few days. Waiting for the revisions to cycle back for fine tuning -- maybe tomorrow, maybe early next week. Feeling at loose ends until they do!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 25, 2013, 05:26 AM
Peeking in to say hi, won't be writing for another hour or so.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 25, 2013, 05:57 AM
Another peeker-inner here at 5:40 Pacific.  I've got plenty on the revision plate, but won't begin till later.
Happy writing and waiting, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 26, 2013, 04:32 AM
6:15 AM. Today's project is learning more about Scrivener. I've used it on a couple of mss, but don't feel truly proficient yet.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on April 26, 2013, 04:49 AM
Good morning! Good luck with Scrivener, Anne; I've had a free trial on my computer for about a month now but just haven't had any time to mess with it. Maybe after I finish my current project.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 26, 2013, 05:57 AM
Good morning, Vonna and AnneB!  Scrivener -- I am impressed!  5:40 AM here in CA, and I'm working my way through my YA (I know; it rhymes!), trying to add without wrecking the pace!  Notes all over the desk (I know, Scrivener is supposed to help, but I'm a dino!)
Happy writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 27, 2013, 04:15 AM
Good morning, everyone! Coffee's on, dog's walked. I'm going to look at the paper and then get started.

Yes, I'm still getting the printed version dropped off every morning. Thankfully the guy who occasionally threw it on the roof of my mini-van (or, somehow, underneath it) was replaced by someone with more accurate aim. I will be sad to see the newspaper go all digital. There's something reassuring about turning the annoyingly large pages every morning and seeing what the world was doing while I slept.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 27, 2013, 05:57 AM
7:37 AM Central. Made good progress in the Scrivener book. Figured out something that had puzzled me. Still no word from agent. Fortunately it's warm and dry this weekend so I can get at the yardwork. Lots of sticks to pick up after the winter and then put corn gluten on the lawn which will, in theory, suppress weeds that haven't germinated already.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 27, 2013, 07:33 AM
A bit late here: 7:15 AM Pacific, and my excuse is houseguests. :)  Hope to sneak in some more revision right now; slashed and added 4 K to my YA (why do I keep rhyming?) yesterday.
AnneB, how well I remember Spring Cleanup!
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 29, 2013, 05:27 AM
Hi, Tori! Hope the houseguests are fun! I'm late this morning; didn't sleep well. It was pleasant to hear the birds at 3 AM, however -- first night of the year we've been able to sleep with the windows open!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 29, 2013, 06:41 AM
Good morning, all! 6:20 Pacific....Fun houseguests gone and time to regroup...more revision today.
Glad your weather is warming up, AnneB!
Happy writing, fellow-adventurers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 30, 2013, 03:33 AM
It's a dark, gloomy morning. Perfect for mysterious thoughts. Happy writing, all!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on April 30, 2013, 04:31 AM
6:10 AM Central. Good morning, everybody! Almost through the Scrivener for Dummies book. It was very helpful. Also, filled two yard waste containers and have the aches to prove it.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 30, 2013, 07:23 AM
Checking in at 7, Pacific.
Happy scribbling and Scrivening, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 01, 2013, 06:13 AM
Yeek!  Am I the only one up? :)
Writing tasks today that aren't the really fun ones, like, well, writing!
Someone wrote that he loved writing; it was the paperwork he couldn't stand. :)
Hang in there, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 01, 2013, 07:00 PM
8:41 PM. Overslept, forgot to check in. Hi, Tori!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 02, 2013, 05:17 AM
7 AM. Good morning! Still twiddling my thumbs waiting to hear from agent. More than two weeks now. I'm starting to work on an outline for another project now that I've gotten up to speed on Scrivener.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 02, 2013, 05:23 AM
Good morning! I haven't been able to get to the writing in the early mornings this week. My writing day has been starting around eight or nine. But, I'm getting lots done. Hope y'all are too.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 03, 2013, 03:55 AM
Good morning, all! I heard back about that full. A very kind and encouraging rejection. Rats!

We're taking the kindergarten munchkins to a nature center this morning. Looking forward to a great time and new ideas!

Happy Day, everyone. I hope we all meet our writing goals.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 03, 2013, 04:19 AM
Ah, JFriday, rats to the R. I'm glad you have a fun morning planned to help lift your spirits. Good luck on the new Q's you'll send out!  :horse:

I finished this draft of my ms and will be sending it to my agent today. Now to start working on my outline for the next one.  :crossedfingers

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 03, 2013, 05:17 AM
6:54 AM. Sorry about the R, JFriday :(

Vonna, I hope your agent drops everything and gets back to you Monday!

Still twiddling, so flush with success after mastering the finer points of  Scrivener, I have tackled the manual for the toy camera Santa brought me at Christmas. It's a point-and-shoot, known as the Toy Camera as opposed to the digital SLR I want someday. Printing out the manual would be a waste of toner and paper -- 280-some pages each about two paragraphs long -- so I'm slogging through it. But gee, if I didn't have a lifetime of SLR experience I'd wonder why the zoom feature has a T (for "telephoto") instead of a Z (for "zoom").

This actually IS a writer-related task because I like to use photos on my (currently dormant) blog and because I used to be a profeshunal picher-taker back in the day, I'm too snooty to use stock art.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 04, 2013, 05:33 AM
Thanks, Vonna and Anne. Coffee's on. Slept in, but now I'm ready for the day to start! Hope everyone has a productive day today - writing or otherwise.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 04, 2013, 05:45 AM
7 AM. Taking a few days off from checking in, folks.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 08, 2013, 04:28 AM
6:11 AM. Morning, everybody!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 08, 2013, 04:55 AM
Well, AnneB, as you can see, we all decided to take a few days off with you!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: carterhiggins on May 08, 2013, 06:26 AM
Morning! Back to the grind!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 08, 2013, 07:32 AM
Morning, all!  Thanks for the days off, Anne -- LOL!  Our houseguests just left, so I'm back at it, too. :)
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 08, 2013, 07:51 AM
Well, AnneB, as you can see, we all decided to take a few days off with you!

Yeah, I was wondering what was up with that. I'm not the boss of the thread, you know!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 09, 2013, 04:49 AM
6:31 AM. Too hot to sleep well last night. We're in that in-between time; too cool to turn on the A/C, too warm to get a good night's sleep without it.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 09, 2013, 04:57 AM
Good morning! Sorry you didn't sleep well, Anne. We've definitely got the a/c going here.

I couldn't get any work done yesterday morning because my house just felt too silent. I packed up my computer and went to a nice, noisy little cafe and finally made some progress on the new wip. Now that the muse has gotten a kick start, I can probably stay home to write today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 09, 2013, 06:17 AM
Good morning, everyone! 5:58 Pacific...will try to get some revising done on picture books.  I hope everyone has a productive day -- and that sleep, coolness, and the hum of activity will be with you all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on May 09, 2013, 08:38 PM
Just 11:20 pm and I will probably be up another 3 or 4 hours.  I have had a bad sinus attack and cannot use my CPAP machine to sleep.  So I am spending most of my nights up and falling asleep when exhausted.  Unfortunately little writing getting done as I do it best between 6 and midnight.  :eyeballs:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 10, 2013, 04:46 AM
6:24 AM. Up. Tea's steeping. Oh, Liz, I'm so sorry to hear about the sinus issues. It's not fair; you have enough to deal with in your life right now. Vonna, the coffee shop down the street is where I often do my most productive work!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 10, 2013, 09:47 AM
It's not early, but I wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing. Liz, so sorry to hear you're not well. I hope that gets better soon.

I've taken a few days off from writing but I'm diving back in today. See what you started, Anne!

Hope everyone gets some writing done today - even Liz. :star2 :star2
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 11, 2013, 05:02 AM
Happy weekend! I'm up, slogging through a new outline. We had a great rainstorm here last night and all the birds are going crazy-happy this morning. A lot of juicy bugs must have washed up.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 11, 2013, 05:28 AM
7:07 AM Central. Up half an hour or so, orange juice made, tea steeped, Morning Pages at the ready. After conversation with agent, starting Round 2 of revisions.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 11, 2013, 06:57 AM
Good morning at 6:40 PST!  It sounds like everyone is gearing up -- AnneB for revisions, Vonna for that juicy outline!
Struggling with narrative voice, here....onward!
Not much writing the rest of the weekend...more musing, methinks!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 13, 2013, 04:59 AM
6:40 AM. Tea's brewing. Looking forward to doing a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline of this version so I can figure out where to I need to add/cut/change. Will this never end?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 14, 2013, 05:33 AM
7:17 AM. I've been up for more than an hour, but didn't check in right away because I closed my laptop last night after I powered off, and when it woke at 5:45 this morning it got all confused and I had to reboot. While I was waiting, I started Morning Pages and then other stuff and now it's almost time for my walk! Anyway, I really was up early!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 15, 2013, 04:18 AM
Good morning, all! Up and breakfasted and coffee's tasting pretty good. Looking forward to getting some work done before I head out.

I hope everyone has a productive day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 15, 2013, 04:38 AM
6:21 AM. Up within an acceptable range, tea is steeped and ready! Morning Pages here I come.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 15, 2013, 04:51 AM
Up! Actually, I've been up for an hour, but now I get to write.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 16, 2013, 04:19 AM
6:02 AM. Up! Awake! (sort of)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 16, 2013, 06:43 AM
I'm here, not exactly early, though I've been up for hours. Got a headache.  :! Ugh. But the good news is, I get to see Eoin Colfer at our local indie bookstore tonight. I loved his Artemis Fowl series and his new one, W.A.R.P. sounds really fun.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 16, 2013, 07:19 AM
Here at 7 AM but I've been up for a while...finally at the keyboard! Vonna, what a special, bookish day you have -- AnneB, I hope your tea steeps enough to wake you up!
:)
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 17, 2013, 04:17 AM
6 AM. Up! Good morning, everybody!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 18, 2013, 06:34 AM
Well, it's not early anymore, but I'm here! And looking forward to a long, productive day of writing. Happy Saturday, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 18, 2013, 07:27 AM
Hi, JFriday. Slept in today (felt good) even though I  knew I was breaking my 4-day streak of Up at 6 AM. As I said, it felt good!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 19, 2013, 04:23 AM
Morning everyone! Rainy day - great for writing. Off for coffee!! :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 19, 2013, 11:37 AM
I was up at 6:12 AM...and stayed up. I wasn't going to check in because it's the weekend but since JFriday is here, I thought I'd wave!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 20, 2013, 04:02 AM
Hey Anne! (waves back)

Coffee's ready and so am I! Happy writing, all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 20, 2013, 04:29 AM
6:11 AM. I've been up for almost 15 minutes!  :yeah
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 21, 2013, 04:12 AM
5:54 AM. Tea's brewing. Hello, JFriday and anybody else who's around!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 21, 2013, 05:17 AM
I'm up but can't get to writing for at least forty-five minutes. BUT! I heard back from my agent last night and only have a few line edits, then the WIP will be a sub!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on May 21, 2013, 02:33 PM
I don't know what I am anymore.  I have now been awake for over thirty hours.  My sleep apnea is in over-drive and my CPAP machine isn't helping.  I can barely walk a straight line, let alone write a coherent sentence. (this was done by the aid of spell check. :lol4)  Went to the doctor and I have a sleep study set up for ... July 2.   :inbox:

I will soon collapse and then hopefully get the final touches done on my one manuscript to send it to a couple of Beta Readers.    So I have been up with with every sort of bird there is out there who has been working (or not) as the case may be.   
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 21, 2013, 02:43 PM
Oh, liz, so sorry. You must feel awful. I wish they could help you sooner than that. I'm amazed you could even focus on the keyboard. Rest, friend, and maybe you'll drift off for a bit.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 22, 2013, 05:04 AM
6:44 AM. Oh, Liz, I hope you asked the clinic if you could be put on a wait list.

I won't be checking in again until the end of the Memorial Day weekend--going out of town and won't have internet access.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 22, 2013, 05:21 AM
Wow, Liz, I'm so sorry they can't get you an earlier appointment. I hope you're able to get some rest. Anne, I hope wherever you're going is fun and relaxing. I get to have a root canal this afternoon, and maybe get a wisdom tooth pulled. Whee!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 23, 2013, 05:15 AM
Good morning. I'm gingerly sipping coffee. I did have the root canal, but the joy of having the wisdom tooth pulled has to wait a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I'm working on  a synopsis for each of the books in my proposed series and looking forward to the upcoming long weekend.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 23, 2013, 06:47 AM
Back in it and putting off revising MC in YA, but will get to it.  Vonna, glad one hurdle is done; Liz, hope you feel better, soon.  Off to chores of the day and perhaps revising a bit later...
Aloha and happy writing, all!
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on May 23, 2013, 04:47 PM
"slept" for two days.  I might be able to get my manuscript ready for beta readers tonight.  Yeah!
 :muscles
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 24, 2013, 06:39 AM
6:22 Pacific to start the MC revision....Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 24, 2013, 02:47 PM
Haven't been writing early but I wanted to check in and see how everyone's doing. Yikes!! A root canal! Vonna, how unpleasant. I'm glad that's over and I hope the wisdom tooth isn't awful. Thank goodness for novocaine. Liz, so glad you got some sleep.

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend - productive if you're writing, and enjoyable if you're visiting.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 26, 2013, 07:27 AM
Okay, this isn't early but I am here. Not totally slacking. Working on my MG outline.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 27, 2013, 05:37 AM
It's 7:00, but it is a holiday, so that's early! Had a great time being a moderator on Comicpalooza panels this weekend. It was a long, geeky weekend,  :superwoman  :grrr  :wizard:  :bellydancer  :yoda  :batman but I still came home and watched two Star Trek episodes. Now, I'm playing with ideas for a new story.  :yippee
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 27, 2013, 06:31 AM
6:00 here and revising.  How super a time you had, Vonna, and I'm glad it gave you some new ideas!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 28, 2013, 04:11 AM
Vonna, sounds like a fun weekend! I'm trying to get my brain in gear and get something done. Need more  :coffee3:...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 28, 2013, 05:08 AM
Good morning all from the west coast at 4:47.  No, I'm not totally crazy; I have an author visit this morning and have to leave here at 6:30, so I'm up and thought I'd check in with my fellow toilers.  :coffee3: :coffee3:  I finished the revision I was working on and still have more to do with it...but not this morning, I guess.
JFriday, you'll get that brain in gear, never fear.  Whoops -- that rhymes!
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 29, 2013, 03:44 AM
Good morning, all! A foggy, ghostly morning here in PA. Hoping to get a bit of writing in before I'm off to school.

Happy writing, everyone!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on May 29, 2013, 04:38 AM
A a hot and steamy Houston good morning to you all! Revising synopsises this morning, then playing with the shiny new idea.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 29, 2013, 05:22 AM
Foggy here too. Not steamy yet, but it's going to be an uncomfortable walk in another hour.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 29, 2013, 06:41 AM
It's already 70 here at 6:20 in CA...triples today.  No walking, but a bike ride -- at least it's a self-created breeze. :)  I'll fiddle with revisions, and Vonna, what fun to have a shiny new idea!
Happy writing everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 30, 2013, 04:09 AM
5:51 AM. UP! I'm going to need a nap today, I can tell, but at least, I'm on my feet.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 30, 2013, 04:22 AM
Later start than usual this morning. I hope everyone has a productive day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on May 31, 2013, 05:51 AM
*gasps* Am I the first one up from coast-to-coast? 5:30 in CA and must be off, but will be back, revising some PBs...letting the YA rest...or not.
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on May 31, 2013, 01:53 PM
Tori! I was up, I had the page open by 6:15 Central -- but must not have hit the Post button. So you weren't alone, even though it felt like it.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 02, 2013, 03:31 AM
Morning weather report: 77 degrees and 93% humidity  at 5 a.m.  :drowning:

Up and writing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 02, 2013, 07:58 AM
Good morning, all from a very late CA at 7:30!  AnneB, truly, I never feel alone, here -- I can hear everyone's keyboard's ghostly tapping sounds.  :writing3  Off today and tomorrow for a short babysitting jaunt (love those grandbabies!), but I'll be here in spirit. :)
Happy and productive writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 03, 2013, 05:34 AM
6:30 AM Central (out-of-bed time, not current time). I've imported my ms into Scrivener and am now breaking it into scenes. I'm going to force myself to synopsize every scene so I can see how it fits in. Also, my timeline might still be a bit scrambled so I'm going back and add that in. As a result, I ought to be able to delay dealing with the revision letter for a couple more days (always a worthy goal...)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 04, 2013, 04:15 AM
5:55 AM. And I'm UP!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 05, 2013, 05:25 AM
Scones in the oven, saving my tea for after they're finished. Some progress on Revision2, at least as far as figuring out how to break it into scenes via Scrivener.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 05, 2013, 06:32 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3:Up at 5:30, here, keyboarding at 6 :coffee3
I need to let everything settle for a while!
AnneB, I am impressed by your Scrivener use; all I need is one more technology to try and master -- aaaaack!
Happy writing to everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 05, 2013, 09:34 AM
It's the last day of school finals!   :bananadance :broccoli :carrot This was my son's first year of high school and the kid has worked his little tail off. But the partying starts tonight at someone else's house  :partytime Then tomorrow it's at my house  :ceilingdance :ceilingdance :ceilingdance, then the boy will probably sleep for a week--during which time, I hope to get plenty of early morning work done.

AnneB, I downloaded a trial of Scrivner about a month ago, but haven't had time to look at it. Maybe I'll get it figured out in the next week or so.

Almost time to pick up the boy, then I'm attempting to make gluten-free cookies for his party tomorrow. :cookie
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 06, 2013, 03:33 AM
Good morning, all! Coffee's on and I'm ready. Vonna, have fun hosting that party tonight! Tori, hope everything is settling well and Anne, good luck on revision #2.

Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 06, 2013, 05:02 AM
Hi, Vonna, JFriday, Tori. Revision's still getting formatted for Scrivener. Every day I learn a bit more. Starting a new project in S is easy, but importing means you have to break it into chapters and I'm doing it scene by scene, so it's a little trickier.

But duh, maybe I should do it in chapters first, and THEN the scenes?

Vonna, I bought Scrivener for Dummies and it has helped a lot.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 06, 2013, 06:34 AM
Good morning from another soon-to-be triple digit day, JRFriday, Vonna, and AnneB!  No writing today, but I needed my "cheery fix" from my fellow toilers!
Happy writing, all -- and parties, Scrivener battles, and coffee :coffee3 !
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 07, 2013, 03:53 AM
Up, coffee's made, dog walked, cat insisting I never feed him. I am ignoring said cat and getting to work. Happy writing day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 07, 2013, 05:37 AM
7 AM was a late start to the day; it took a long time to get to sleep even though I went to bed earlier than usual last night, probably because I didn't get enough exercise. I kept drifting off and then waking up at the slightest noise. However, I did get all of the ms. separated into chapters and scenes, and now I'm going back and doing one-sentence synopses of each scene and adding keywords.

Partly it's an excuse to keep from starting the actual revision, but partly it's skill-building as I force myself to go deeper into Scrivener. I have a third of another ms. written from scratch in that format, and I worked on a client's NF ms that way, but this is the first time I've used the split function for anything beyond the chapter level, or gotten into keywords.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 08, 2013, 04:17 AM
Anne, congratulations on the progress with Scrivener! Hope you got a better night's sleep. I'm going to fit in some work before the day officially starts, which is later on a Saturday.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 10, 2013, 04:46 AM
6:27 AM Good morning! It's the start of another fine writing week for me. Hope it's the same for you!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 11, 2013, 03:45 AM
Good morning, everyne! :coffee3: :oncomputer :coffee3:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 11, 2013, 06:25 AM
7:18 AM. Stayed up too late reading an adult mystery that I'm pretty sure I figured out in the first third of the book, but I enjoyed the setting and the characters so I stayed with it. It was my reward for wrangling with the revision. Of course, I'm paying for it this morning!  [Much later: forgot to press the Post button!]
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 12, 2013, 04:00 AM
It's a glorious June morning here, perfect for inspiration. I hope everyone has a great day! Anne, I totally relate to your reading late. I stayed up until almost midnight finishing A Countess Below Stairs, a great escape novel by Eva Ibbotson, and I'm going to pay for it today.

They've re-released her older novels as YA, but they don't read at all like a YA.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 12, 2013, 05:56 AM
Getting a bit of a late start this morning, but between the  :rain and the  :flowers2 ,summer always brings on allergy fits. I can't type until I can see! Coffee helps.  :coffee3:

Good morning!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 12, 2013, 07:28 AM
Aaaah!  I didn't check in first thing, but I've been revising my YA synopsis since 5:30 AM.  :coffee3: :coffee3: Cheers, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 12, 2013, 07:34 AM
And I forgot to check in this a.m. as well, but I was up at 6:12 or something like that. More progress on the revision yesterday, in terms of doing a one-sentence summary of each scene and adding key words. Hoping to be more than halfway finished with it at the end of the day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 13, 2013, 05:01 AM
I've been up since 6:10, but had to reset the DSL modem after a storm last night. Wi-fi network's working fine now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 13, 2013, 06:16 AM
Good morning from CA at 6 AM....AnneB, how I hate those internet connection issues! Have fun today, all -- I'm off for a bit and hope to get back to the YA synopsis later...
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 14, 2013, 04:31 AM
6:13 AM. Good morning, everybody. I'm up and ready for action.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: J-Bert on June 14, 2013, 04:53 AM
Good morning, early risers! 5:30 my time and I'm getting an hour of writing in before my baby wakes up. Happy writing to you all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 14, 2013, 06:11 AM
Good morning, AnneB and J-Bert (oooh, sleeping baby, how dear!), I'm ready to tackle the synopsis again witih :coffee3!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: J-Bert on June 14, 2013, 06:22 AM
Clocking out now to make myself presentable for the day, but I got a productive hour and a half in. Wishing the rest of you happy writing sessions!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 15, 2013, 04:12 AM
Wow, you guys were busy! Bleary-eyed, making typos, but I'm here...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 15, 2013, 04:30 AM
Good morning! Trying to get a chapter in before the family wakes up. We're helping our nephew move today, so I won't get another chance to write. Must type fast!  :giddyup
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: J-Bert on June 15, 2013, 05:33 AM
Good morning, Vonna! I'm up with you too. Polishing the revisions I made yesterday.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 15, 2013, 06:26 AM
Good morning, Vonna and J-Bert --  :coffee3: :coffee3: for revision of synopsis, again!  Happy writing and speedy typing to all before the rest of our worlds wake up and there's  :breakfast! :)
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 15, 2013, 06:40 AM
Ha-ha! Done! And now they're up. Good morning J-bert and Tori!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 17, 2013, 05:09 AM
Good morning, everyone! Sunny today and we finally have our screened porch back (meaning, I swept it, vacuumed it, and washed it down yesterday and brought up some of the furniture from the basement). This is a lot later than usual because our cold spring delayed the lilacs and there's no point in cleaning the porch until they're finished blooming because otherwise there's a layer of yellow pollen on everything, every day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 17, 2013, 06:19 AM
Pollen!  Uffda!  Off to see the Adorables for a few days, so I'll miss our :coffee3 together, everyone, but keep writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 18, 2013, 05:14 AM
Good morning! Squeezed in almost 3 hours of work yesterday, first block of time I've had in several days. I'm sure having a convenient place to hide (the porch) helped. Alas, if I'm to work on the porch today I'll have to wear a parka; a cool front came through in late afternoon and we had a 30º temperature drop.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 19, 2013, 04:17 AM
5:58 AM Central. Finally, a good night's sleep! Good morning, everybody.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: thunderingelephants on June 19, 2013, 07:45 AM
5:58 AM Central. Finally, a good night's sleep! Good morning, everybody.
Can I technically be included in this group considering I arise hours before the rest of you? It's almost 3.30 here. And a nice sunny day for a change.
Having a late lunch, game of fetch with the alien feline and a little paper work if he lets me get on with it. Spock and pens don't get on very well, but I shall try.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 19, 2013, 12:09 PM
Fiona, we're posting in our own real time zones, so YES! So are those jam tarts you mad with little kitty pawprints, or biscuits (= cookies in the USA) you've dipped in white chocolate and then decorated in dark?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 20, 2013, 03:29 AM
First morning I'm off for summer break...and allergies woke me at 4:30 after staying up with my son until midnight. Argh! Too early when I wanted to sleep in!!

Oh, well. Good morning, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 20, 2013, 04:09 AM
5:49 AM. Wish I were still asleep.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Helen on June 20, 2013, 04:17 AM
I haven't posted here in a while...though I've been up and atom pounding the keyboard. Ahh... :coffee3:....rules...just saying 'Hello'
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on June 20, 2013, 05:07 AM
Though I've been rising as early as usual, my writing days have been starting around 8 a.m.l lately--not exactly what I call early, but at least I'm writing.  :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on June 21, 2013, 04:01 AM
Hi, and Happy Summer everyone!  I haven't slept all night so I been up and to Walgreens already.  I am not sure why people like getting up this early.  But then we all must do our own thing.   :exactly:

Hoping to get a little rest in an hour or two and then must clean house for a guest.

the cat and dog are useless in this department, although lack of sleep may have produced an entire book, whether or not I can do anything with it or not is another thing.   :muahaha:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 21, 2013, 04:42 AM
6:22 AM. Have been up a while. *waves to Liz* I hope your guest is able to distract you from your sleep problems for a while. That appointment is only a few days away now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Helen on June 21, 2013, 05:04 AM
Swilling the joe since 5am...cuppa to you!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 21, 2013, 06:16 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3: to everyone this sunny CA morning at 5:55!  Taking care of a few writing-related tasks before tackling the synopsis again.  Happy writing to all my fellow-toilers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 21, 2013, 07:02 AM
It's totally not early but I'm here. Hi, everybody! Liz, sorry you couldn't sleep. I hope at least the writing will be profitable.

And Happy Summer to everyone from me, too! :surfing:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on June 21, 2013, 09:41 AM
Waving back at Anne! I did sleep about two hours.  I should be working, but the computer is more fun. 

Hopefully next time I will be checking in officially as a real night owl.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 24, 2013, 04:38 AM
6:19 AM. Hi, everybody! Thanks for being there! Tea's in the cup, rain's on the way, looks as if it will be a good writing day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 24, 2013, 08:55 AM
Forgot to check in. Hi Anne!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 25, 2013, 04:03 AM
Good morning! Coffee's on and I'm ready for a productive day! I hope everyone makes great strides in their writing goals today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 25, 2013, 04:32 AM
6:13 AM Central. Good morning! I'm up too, and ready to write!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on June 25, 2013, 04:36 AM
 :new:   Coffee is on, I sat down to work and came here :). Now, I'll go get busy like the rest of you.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 25, 2013, 04:37 AM
Catherine! Welcome!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 25, 2013, 05:24 AM
Welcome, Cathie! Hope the coffee's good! :coffee3:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 26, 2013, 03:51 AM
Good morning, everyone! It's supposed to be steaming hot today - a good day to stay inside and write. Anyone else up early?

Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 26, 2013, 04:39 AM
6:20 AM Central. More progress. I've been writing a 1 to 2 sentence synopsis of each scene. I'm about 5 chapters from the end now. I wish I'd written fewer scenes...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 26, 2013, 05:53 AM
Good morning, its my first time here.  It's 5:30am PST.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on June 26, 2013, 07:02 AM
Good Morning! 
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
It's hot, here, too, JFriday!  Welcome, darshana!  AnneB, that sounds like something I should be doing. ;)
*squeezes eyes shut*
I'm bidding all of you a fond farewell for a month; we're going on a road trip, but I'll have my notebook with me, of course.
Happy writing, everyone, and I'll look forward to checking in on your progress!
With aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 26, 2013, 07:28 AM
Thanks Tori, enjoy your road trip. Hope you get inspired.
I will have to find a substitute beverage, coffee makes me jittery.  :bewildered:
Finished my latest picture book lesson and created a dummy.
Time to get ready for work and get the kids up.
See ya tomorrow.
Darshana
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 26, 2013, 07:33 AM
Tori, we'll miss you! Hi Anne! Darshana, welcome. I've been working on something different - submissions for Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Just finished #2. The first one is with my crit group.

Now back to kid writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 27, 2013, 04:23 AM
Good morning fellow toilers! May we all accomplish much today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 27, 2013, 04:52 AM
6:33 AM. Hi, Darshana! Nothing scheduled today except a long walk, so I'm looking forward to lots of progress on the revision.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 27, 2013, 06:04 AM
5:43AM Good Morning AnneB. How was the walk? Another PB lesson today the topic is illustrations.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: onestepp on June 27, 2013, 07:27 AM
Couldn't sleep this morning, since it's raining cats and dogs.  But a good walk always helps put my writing right especially poetry by counting out the footsteps. ::-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on June 28, 2013, 04:49 AM
Rise and Shine everybody. I spent thirty minutes browsing and commenting, now I'm awake enough to finish a chapter and hopefully write another one. It promises to be a scorcher here so I won't be leaving the house even if my car is air conditioned :)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on June 28, 2013, 05:38 AM
Cathie! You are an inspiration. I've been up for about an hour, a few minutes past my 6 AM goal but I had a minor breakthrough doing morning pages so I'm happy I didn't skip them.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 28, 2013, 06:08 AM
Good Morning Cathie, not sure what you mean by scorcher but reading what you wrote reminded me of the song "It's gettin' hot in here". 

Good Morning AnneB. Have fun with the breakthrough.

Onto to my second to last PB lesson, I am kind of sad I look forward to waking up to a new lesson every morning.  :writing3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on June 28, 2013, 08:42 AM
Anne, good news about the minor breakthrough.

Darshana,  :lol5  you made me burst out laughing. I better learn to be clearer in my writing. Believe me, the book is not a scorcher. The outside temps are threatening three digits!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 29, 2013, 03:16 AM
Dog's walked, cats fed. Ready to start the day. Anyone else here?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 30, 2013, 04:51 AM
Morning, all! It's not super early, but I'm still the first one here. Gotta get more  :coffee3:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on June 30, 2013, 09:49 PM
Worked a few hours tonight and just decided to sign off after seeing it's almost eleven thirty. If I hope to get started early in the morning then I better get to bed now.  :desk:

Good luck to any night owlers.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 01, 2013, 04:19 AM
Good morning! I've delighted to have made it up before 6 AM every day this month. Oh, wait. It's only the 1st.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 01, 2013, 04:20 AM
Drenching rain here this morning. Hoping it's a productive day for everyone! Tori's on her road trip; I hope she's having a great time and getting loads of ideas.

Anne, you're funny!

Off to make an extra-large pot of coffee (rainy mornings need extra cups) and start in!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 01, 2013, 06:21 AM
Good Morning AnneB, here is to waking up before 6AM.  :bananadance

JFriday, hope the coffee is piping hot.  :coffee3: What I wouldn't give for some rain, it'll be 90 degrees again today.

Now I am off to do my cover letter. :oncomputer
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 02, 2013, 04:21 AM
Hi, JFriday, Cathie, Darshana. It's 5:58 AM here in Wisconsin, 56º and partly sunny. Still making progress. Darshana, I read your website profile and I am impressed that you write with kids and a day job. TWO children and a day job.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 02, 2013, 05:03 AM
good morning Anne, Darshana, Cathie, and whoever else shows up! I hope everyone has a great day of  :oncomputer .
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on July 02, 2013, 05:12 AM
Good morning, JFriday, Anne, and Darshana.  Just got here and ready to get to work and accomplish a lot. I hope.  :pages:
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 02, 2013, 06:18 AM
Good Morning Anne, JFriday, and Cathy! Have a good writing day.
Anne thanks, making time is a challenge. I like checking in here every morning, it helps me get out of bed. I only hope I can keep up the EARLY RISER part once the kids' school starts.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on July 02, 2013, 02:32 PM
 :yay My sleep study is tonight.  Hopefully I will go back to becoming a fully functioning night owl.  You early birds can keep the sunrise, I love the stars!  Keep your fingers crossed!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 02, 2013, 03:15 PM
Yay Liz! We all hope it goes well! :crossedfingers
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 02, 2013, 07:20 PM
Liz! I was just getting ready to send you a PM asking how the appointment went because you've been on my mind all day (just not when I was near a computer). It didn't occur to me that, duh, a sleep study would be at night.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on July 03, 2013, 04:11 AM
Well I did sleep.  Four hours of sleep.  Sleep studies are designed for early birds.  Go to bed and fall asleep by 10 or 10:30.  I even ran errands and did things in hopes that it would tire me out.  Unfortunately, we keep having thunder storms (more predicted for today), so doing much outside, like walking was out of the question.  Dog hates thunder. 

Guess it wasn't enough as I just lied in bed with my eyes closed going you are going to sleep.  Doesn't work.  Must have fallen asleep around my normal time.

I have no idea what the results are of course as the person doing the test is just a tech.  (I was going to take a picture of me all wired up, but she was on a mission and didn't seem to have much of a since of humor).  I looked like a mad scientist's experiment.  Wires stuck all over my head.  bwahaahaa. 
6r if I have to wait until a month for the neurologists  appt.  But the study is complete.  I am on my way. 

I did notice that there are few people about at dawn o'thiry and that birds are to darn chirpy.   :lol4 

I like the soft hoot of an owl and the quiet of the night.
 :cloud9
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 03, 2013, 04:54 AM
Good morning. Glad Part I of the diagnosis is underway, Liz.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 03, 2013, 06:24 AM
Good Morning AnneB and Liz.   :flowers2
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 03, 2013, 07:31 AM
It's not early any more but Anne, I had to tell you I'm SO glad that's over! Maybe just having it behind you will help you sleep better for a few nights.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 04, 2013, 04:38 AM
Up at 5:55 today. Tea's ready. Not sure I am.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 04, 2013, 05:27 AM
Well, it's already 7:00, but it's the earliest I've started writing in a long time. Happy fourth of July!  :fireworks

Liz, I'm glad your sleep study is behind you. I hope things get sorted out soon.

Good morning, Anne!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cathie on July 04, 2013, 06:01 AM
It's 7:41. Watched a little too much TV last night, but I'm here and ready to get going. Happy Fourth, everyone.  :fireworks
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 04, 2013, 06:41 AM
It is 6:19am, a little late. But better late than never, right. Happy 4th everyone!  :fireworks
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 06, 2013, 04:05 AM
Looks like everyone took a day off. In case anyone else is around this weekend, good morning!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 06, 2013, 05:36 AM
Hi, JFriday! Don't want you to feel you're alone here. I typically don't post on weekends/holidays. I did get some work in on the past two days, though, and hope to get through another chapter today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 08, 2013, 04:25 AM
Happy Monday, everyone! Anne, I hope you got through your chapter. I've been reading a book on conflict and suspense and it's filled me up with ideas. :writing3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 08, 2013, 05:22 AM
7 AM Central. I was up at 5:30 but... it didn't take. Felt good to sleep in on a rainy day. Another chapter started; this one might not need as much reworking as the previous one did. Still a long way to go, though.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 08, 2013, 06:30 AM
Good morning JFriday, hope you have a productive writing day with all your new ideas.
Good morning Anne, yeah to hearing you are starting a new chapter.

6:10am PST, I did lay in bed thinking about how to do another rewrite the PB story in a different format. Dang beginnings always so tricky.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 09, 2013, 04:02 AM
Good morning. Coffee's on, need to get to work on my WIP.

Happy writing all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 09, 2013, 06:08 AM
Good morning JFriday.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 09, 2013, 11:46 AM
oops. Forgot to check in here. Slept until 6:12 so I wasn't an "early riser" by my definition! Couple of hours yesterday, approaching 2 hours today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 09, 2013, 12:59 PM
Yeah, Anne slept!! Hi, Darshana!

I got a couple of hours in this morning (summertime for me is writing time - I work in a school during the academic year) and then more time this afternoon - and I finally got a chunk of my MG written. Almost 3.5K today and still writing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 09, 2013, 03:34 PM
JFriday, 3.5K words. way to go!  :bananadance
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on July 09, 2013, 07:29 PM
Hoot, Hoot, just finished writing a little over 1,000 words.  :muscles
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 10, 2013, 04:25 AM
6:05 AM Central. Up.  And Hooray for Liz's 1000+ words!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 10, 2013, 04:41 AM
It's after 7 so it's not so early, but I'm here. Yay Liz for 1K words! Anne, I hope you're rested.

Onward!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 10, 2013, 06:40 AM
Way to go Liz!  :bananadance Good Morning Anne and JFriday  :flowers2
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 11, 2013, 05:27 AM
I've been up for an hour, done Morning Pages (mostly about whether to switch to Time Warner cable internet and get almost 3 x the speed for the same price as AT&T is insisting on). Grr. Detest dealing with AT&T.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 11, 2013, 06:16 AM
Good Morning all. Sorry you are having internet issues Anne.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 12, 2013, 05:12 AM
6:50 AM. Good morning! I've been up for an hour but all I've accomplished is making tea, doing Morning Pages, slicing half a lemon for the pitcher of water we keep in the refrigerator, and moving my car. Seems like 25 minutes of work, not 50. Where did the other half hour go? 
:eh2
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 12, 2013, 06:20 AM
AnneB, it's okay to get a slow start, afterall it's Friday.
I'm not looking forward to my revising my PB. I'm at a point where I have to make decisions about what to keep/add all within the scope/tone of the story. Huh, not sure how to make these decisions. Maybe its time to send to my critique group. Decisions, Decisions.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 14, 2013, 05:47 AM
It's the first time in a long that I've been up and writing before 6 a.m. and I forgot to check in! I hope to get somewhat back on schedule this week. I probably won't be writing much before 7:30 until school starts because we stay up too late. But if I manage to get working before 8, I'll call it early.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 15, 2013, 04:10 AM
Looks like Vonna was the only one up early over the weekend. And before 8 in the summer sounds good to me. Happy Monday! I hope everyone has a productive week.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 15, 2013, 04:35 AM
Happy Monday from me, too. Some progress Friday, none at all Saturday or Sunday because of family things. Planning on a couple of hours this afternoon. Morning works better but I have a some (modestly) paying work to do.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 16, 2013, 04:08 AM
Good morning! 5:49 here. Going to be another scorcher.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 16, 2013, 05:08 AM
Morning, Anne. It's going to be awful here too - and build all week. Someone needs to invent a waterproof computer we can take into a pool.

Waiting for the coffee...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 17, 2013, 05:19 AM
Good morning. I've been up for an hour. Hope we all have a productive day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 17, 2013, 06:17 AM
Good Morning AnneB! I just realized if multiple mornings go by without me working on my story, I get grumpy. So hear I am back to working on revisions.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 18, 2013, 06:30 AM
Slept a bit late this a.m., but have the whole day ahead of me and only a couple of hours worth of chores. Too hot to go outside except to hydrate the herbs growing in pots and the poor struggling tomato!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 18, 2013, 07:47 AM
Oh, it is so not early. Walked the dog and let her swim in the creek, then came back and stared at my new kayak which is sitting in my living room and confusing the cats. It's too hot to take it out! But yesterday I got 4K+ done on my WIP because it was too hot to do anything outside. Today is the same, so...back to work! :oncomputer
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 18, 2013, 07:51 AM
Good morning, fellow toilers!
AnneB, love the "struggling tomato" phrase!
Back from our road trip and time to put shoulder to the wheel, but, I need to do some reading, too.  It sounds as if we're all struggling with triple digits, like the hapless tomato!
Aloha and happy writing,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 19, 2013, 06:04 AM
Wow! It's only 7:40 and I'm here! Well, JFriday, the neighborhood kids have come to accept that we keep our bicycles in our family room, but a kayak i the living room? You probably can't even hang laundry on that.

I'll write for a while this morning, but tomorrow is my son's birthday, so I've got stuff to do for that.  :cupcake
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 19, 2013, 07:01 AM
Hi, Vonna! Hapy writing. I was up at 6 AM but couldn't log on because of some stuff going on with beta-testing the site for the merger. All fixed now, at least as far as being able to log in here!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 22, 2013, 05:21 AM
Good morning! I made it up by 6 a.m. today so the week's starting out well, and I have an idea for one scene I'm going to start working on in a few minutes.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 23, 2013, 04:54 AM
Where'd everybody go?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 23, 2013, 05:50 AM
Whee! I'm here, Anne!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 23, 2013, 07:20 AM
I'm here too! Forgot to check in - I've been working for a couple of hours. Hi Anne and Vonna!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 24, 2013, 04:22 AM
Good morning! Coffee's on, time to get writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 24, 2013, 05:09 AM
Hi, JFriday. I'm here, too. Morning Pages are finished; now onto the actual morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 24, 2013, 07:42 AM
I've just been reviewing stuff for today's critique session. It's such a relief to have one of my critique partners back in town--they travel way too much. I hate it when they're off having fun without me (pout, pout).  :waiting
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 26, 2013, 05:36 AM
7:12 AM. I've been up since 6. Forgot to check in yesterday but I was up on time (i.e., way too early) yesterday as well. Haven't gotten much done since Wednesday a.m. due to changing internet providers (involved getting the router to play nicely with the new modem, getting my email's outgoing server configured correctly -- don't ask) but it all seems to be working now.

And I did do a bit every day and have done Morning Pages as well. Older Son is home from DC this weekend so I'm distracted but I am going to keep going. I am. I am.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 26, 2013, 06:11 AM
Good morning, Anne! Glad you set everything up yesterday (I won't ask).

 I'm here too, a bit late. Got a large chunk of writing done yesterday morning and have to work on chapter one again after receiving my crit group's excellent comments.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 27, 2013, 05:28 AM
I'm up, working on a new plot. My house is being invaded by teenagers at 2:00,  :partytime and they plan to stay the rest of the day and all night, so this will be my only chance to work on this tangled plot.

Enjoy having your son home, Anne! JFriday, congratulations on having a wonderful critique group. I love my group, but summer is always tough because everyone travels so much. I love having my son around so much, but it will be nice when my critique group gets back on schedule.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Liz Straw on July 29, 2013, 03:34 AM
Liz barely raises her arms and waves at all those who are up this morning wondering why the heck she is up and on the computer. 

Brain is not functioning. :paperbag
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 29, 2013, 05:16 AM
Anne waves back at Liz, hoping Liz's unconscious kicks out some good copy anyway! Nothing much has happened here writing-wise, although we've had great family time so I'm not complaining. Older Son flies away this evening, husband goes back to work tomorrow so maybe then all this pent-up energy will come pouring out my fingertips.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 29, 2013, 08:44 AM
Good morning, Liz and AnneB!  I'm back in the PB trenches, after working on the YA.  Talk about a brain-shift -- uffda!  I need :coffee3
Happy writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 29, 2013, 09:08 AM
Very late good morning to all. I was here earlier but didn't check in. I had my morning hot coffee earlier; just made some fresh iced coffee but it's decaf, so I don't know how much it will help the little gray cells, as Poirot would say. Anne, I hope you had a lovely time with your son. Tori, good luck on the pb writing and Liz, did your brain start functioning??
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 30, 2013, 04:49 AM
Good morning everyone. I'm here and totally unmotivated. I have to get some serious writing in before I go out today, though, so...(heads for  :coffee3:)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 30, 2013, 04:57 AM
Tea ready, I'm not. But it's sunny and temperate, esp for the end of July. Yay!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on July 31, 2013, 05:31 AM
Good Wednesday morning to everyone. I'm up later than usual but working. My teenage son who usually sleeps late is gleeful that he got up before I did.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 31, 2013, 05:37 AM
Not so early for me either, but hi Vonna!
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Post by: Tori on July 31, 2013, 07:21 AM
Not too early for me, either, but good morning, Vonna and JFriday!  After powering through pb revisions yesterday, I have a few more to tackle, but I'm going to do "homework," and do some reading.  That's my favorite kind of homework!
Happy writing, everyone! *reaches for  :coffee3:
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on July 31, 2013, 08:50 AM
I slept until 7 a.m. today despite setting my phone alarm sounding at 5:45. Just too rainy and damp to get up earlier. I promise to do better tomorrow, folks! It is comforting to know I'm not alone in taking it easy today!
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Post by: AnneB on August 01, 2013, 04:21 AM
Tea is ready for the day. Wish I were!
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Post by: JFriday on August 01, 2013, 04:56 AM
Anne, I feel the same way about my coffee!

Onward!
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Post by: Vonna on August 01, 2013, 05:01 AM
Hi Anne and JFriday, I'm here, too. (Lifts coffee mug) Here's hoping we get a lot done this morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 02, 2013, 04:42 AM
6:23 AM. Here, with tea.
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Post by: Vonna on August 02, 2013, 05:25 AM
Likewise, with coffee.
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Post by: Tori on August 02, 2013, 07:22 AM
ditto on the  :coffee3:
Happy Friday, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on August 03, 2013, 05:11 AM
And it's a quiet, peaceful Saturday morning. Write until the family gets up.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 05, 2013, 04:28 AM
Good morning from Wisconsin!
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Post by: Helen on August 05, 2013, 04:38 AM
Good morning to all....hope your  :coffee3: is nice and hot.
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Post by: Tori on August 05, 2013, 06:25 AM
Good morning from CA, all! My  :coffee3: is great. My first writing "task" is to write the monthly letters to our grandkids from the bunnies who live in our yard.  It's so much fun, and no one ever sends me a revision letter.  :check
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: AnneB on August 05, 2013, 11:13 AM
Tori: What a fun idea!
:bunnyrun :bunnyrun :bunnyrun :bunnyrun
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 05, 2013, 06:20 PM
Is it too late to join.  Working on two MG and I am up at 4:18am every morning.  Looking for some encouragement and some support.
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Post by: JFriday on August 06, 2013, 04:46 AM
Good morning everyone! Tori, I love that idea. I bet you enjoy that writing most of all.

I stopped at a great spot mid-chapter yesterday and can't wait to start in again. Just started the  :coffee3: , I've learned to wait until I've imbibed or I risk gibberish.

Luv2eat, of course you can join in. Welcome!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 06, 2013, 05:05 AM
Welcome, Luv2! I'm meeting some other writers for a parallel writing date this a.m., so I'm deferring the caffeine until then. Sigh.
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Post by: Tori on August 06, 2013, 05:44 AM
 :coffee3: in hand! Welcome, luv2! Good morning, fellow toilers...have a great day!
Yes,  you're both right -- it was -- and always is -- the most fun writing those bunny letters!  :bunnyrun :bunnyrun
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: darshana on August 06, 2013, 06:28 AM
Good morning everyone. Hoping to be back on a regular basis.
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Post by: AnneB on August 07, 2013, 04:47 AM
Good morning! Welcome back, Darshana.
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Post by: darshana on August 07, 2013, 06:25 AM
Thanks AnneB! I just wish I hadn't lost an hour of sleep early this morning, tossing n turning for no reason. I am ready to revise now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 08, 2013, 04:34 AM
Morning, all! Hope everyone has a productive day. Off for  :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 08, 2013, 09:54 AM
Didn't work this morning since I worked on revisions til midnight.  :bewildered:
JFriday, hope you had a productive morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 08, 2013, 10:57 AM
Oh, drat! I was up at 5:45 this morning but forgot to check in!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 08, 2013, 08:19 PM
I am up early every morning.  I just forgot to check in.  I have to make sure that I remember to do that.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 09, 2013, 04:37 AM
Here.
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Post by: darshana on August 09, 2013, 06:21 AM
Good morning AnneB. I am here too. Gotta crank out my revision to mail today for a conference critique. Can't believe I waited til the last day. Yikes.
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Post by: Tori on August 09, 2013, 07:03 AM
Good morning, AnneB and darshana! :coffee3 in hand, working on blurbs and bio...then reading!
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 09, 2013, 07:17 AM
Everyone's here already because it's not early. But hi!!

I'm going to work on my rough today and maybe a tad tomorrow, and then I'm leaving for a week of vacation at the beach. Just my sister and me. It will be awesome! She and I used to backpack together in the mountains and we always had a blast.

So although I'm taking my laptop, I am going to try to take a break and come back refreshed. No promises, though; you still might find me checking in...
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Post by: Vonna on August 11, 2013, 05:30 AM
Wow, JFriday, a week at the beach with your sister! You two must get along well.
Darshana , I hope you got your conference sub sent in time!
Nice to have you here, Luv2. I forget to check in a lot, too.
Writing now.  :coffee3:
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 11, 2013, 11:36 AM
Been here for hours.  Have been submitting PB ms on writeoncon.  I have to finish to MG by Tuesday.  Working...working...working!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 12, 2013, 05:16 AM
6:54 AM. Here.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 12, 2013, 05:29 AM
Greetings All:

I am here.  Checking in late as usual, but still here. :)
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Post by: Tori on August 12, 2013, 06:46 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3:
Good morning, fellow toilers!  We're leaving for almost four weeks, so I'll be writing in my notebook and not checking in....happy writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 12, 2013, 06:58 AM
Good Morning Everyone!
Vonna, yes I did get my conference sub out. thanks for asking.
Luv2eatreadwrite - hope you are getting closer to finishing your MG.
Tori - have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Anne - hi

I will be hanging out at WriteOnCon and polishing my queries.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 12, 2013, 09:55 PM
Checking at 12:33 AM since I have been sleeping since 5:20 PM.  Have been in Writeoncon also.  I have been working on PB's.  I will work on MG later on today, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Thanks all for the support. It is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 13, 2013, 05:54 AM
7:30 AM. Good morning, people. Looking forward to a sunny day.
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Post by: AnneB on August 14, 2013, 05:29 AM
Not an early riser today. Up late looking for meteors. Successful: saw two.
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Post by: AnneB on August 15, 2013, 04:30 AM
And another Good Morning to you all!
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Post by: AnneB on August 16, 2013, 05:27 AM
Friday already?  :aah Hope everyone is making progress!
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Post by: darshana on August 16, 2013, 06:28 AM
Hi AnneB - Watching meteors cool. Yes it is Friday already.  :whistle
I'm still playing catch-up on the WriteOnCon sessions. Also need to pick a Picture Book idea to start on next, decisions, decisions. My writing always slows down when I don't know what my daily goals are.  :snow
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Post by: Vonna on August 19, 2013, 03:29 AM
Happy Monday, everyone! I'm trying to get in a little writing before it's time to go get a wisdom tooth pulled. I've written thousands and thousands of words of brainstorming on this new WIP but I still don't have a solid outline. I'm having trouble getting my characters to fight their way out of the mess I've put them in.   :batman

Back to work.
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Post by: AnneB on August 19, 2013, 05:29 AM
Happy Monday, Vonna. My characters need to move on as well!
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Post by: darshana on August 19, 2013, 06:07 AM
Hi Vonna, maybe the characters need a triple-fudge sundae as an incentive. (oh wait maybe that's for me). Wisdom tooth, hope you recover smoothly.

Good Morning Anne.

Trying to figure out which picture book idea to write next.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 19, 2013, 07:01 AM
It's totally not early but I'm back. I've been at the beach with no internet for a week. Ready to dive back into my WIP. Vonna, I hope your tooth extraction goes without a hitch and you have a quick recovery. Those things are a bear.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 20, 2013, 05:24 AM
Greetings All:

I am here with a cup of tea in hand!  Working on MG Manuscript.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 20, 2013, 06:55 AM
Greetings to Luv2 and everybody else. Slept in today because I have a coffee shop parallel writing date with two other friends. Parallel writing = parallel play. Some interaction, mostly do your own thing!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 20, 2013, 08:44 AM
Ok...Guys,

I am making some progress.  Thanks for the support. Happy writing!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 21, 2013, 05:15 AM
I'm here.  Hope others will join me soon.
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Post by: darshana on August 21, 2013, 06:20 AM
Good Morning luv2eatreadwrite.
Happy Writing
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 21, 2013, 06:30 AM
Darshana,

Good Morning!  I have a question for you.  Are there any publishers who take online submissions that you are aware of.
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Post by: H. Pinski on August 21, 2013, 07:22 AM
Luv2eatreadwrite, browse around in the Market/Agent News and Discussion board, http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=7.0 you'll find tons of great info there, or in the Publishers response times thread, http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=20.0

Always follow up with you own research by going directly to the publisher's website for submission policies because they change!  :goodluck
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 21, 2013, 10:15 AM
Luv2eatreadwrite, I second H.Pinkski's advice. I am not familiar if there are any publishers that take online submissions. But then again I am not really looking right now either. Best of luck to you.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on August 21, 2013, 11:29 AM
I'm here. I just forgot to sign in this morning. I blame the allergy meds but really, it's just a moral failing...
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Post by: JFriday on August 22, 2013, 04:47 AM
I'm here. Anne, I feel your pain; allergies are a bear this year. I've taken meds more than I ever have before.

Got a big chunk done yesterday (3.5K) on my WIP ending, then realized it didn't work. Put it away, took the dog for a walk, and came up with a new angle. This morning is fix-it time.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 22, 2013, 04:51 AM
Good Morning:

I am checking in.  Hi J Friday. Good Luck on your fixing today.
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Post by: darshana on August 22, 2013, 06:42 AM
Sorry to hear about the allergies AnneB, hope you are feeling better today.

Good Morning JFriday, good luck with the ending.
Good Morning Luv2eatreadwrite.
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Post by: AnneB on August 22, 2013, 08:02 AM
I'm here. Did Morning Pages first instead of signing in so I wouldn't get distracted, then forgot to sign in! A whole blissful day with nothing scheduled except writing and prepping tomatoes to roast for supper.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 22, 2013, 11:42 AM
Hello all.

Finished editing today.  This was a very productive day.  I have a culinary arts class tonight. Hope I get to eat a whole lot of food :)  :haha
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 23, 2013, 04:36 AM
Happy Friday All.

I am signing in at 0715.  Happy writing!
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Post by: JFriday on August 23, 2013, 04:45 AM
I'm here too! Yay almost weekend!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 23, 2013, 04:49 AM
Hi JFriday....Happy writing:)
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Post by: darshana on August 23, 2013, 06:21 AM
Good Morning JFriday and Luv2eatreadwrite!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 23, 2013, 07:25 AM
Hello Darshana :)
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Post by: AnneB on August 23, 2013, 12:33 PM
I wasn't here, but I am now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: majanecka on August 26, 2013, 12:51 AM
Alright, I've been working since a little after 10. Outlining a new idea and some character development for a new PB. Trying to capture a voice for each character. Done a little dialogue. I like to end at a spot I've left blank for instance, Who brings the news of what has happened that sets off the next spot of writing. So then as I'm laying down awaiting sleep I can be noodling around ideas of who this character will be, how they were involved, their voice, characteristics, etc. so I'm off to hopefully flesh out this bearer of bad news and hope everyone else has a good night or early morning of writing.
 :giddyup
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Post by: Vonna on August 26, 2013, 03:23 AM
Good morning! It's the first day of school and tomorrow my critique group reconvenes for fall. I've fallen behind in my writing schedule, so today I've got to work like mad to get my outline ready for tomorrow. Work, work work!  :tornado
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 26, 2013, 04:22 AM
I'm here too. Finished an absolutely horrible first draft over the weekend that's full of holes and has a major plot element that, by the end, totally doesn't work. sigh. I'm taking a break from that one and working on something else while, hopefully, I can figure out how to rescue the mess. :2brickwall
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 26, 2013, 05:13 AM
Good Morning all:

I am sitting on an ms with no where to go.  I have to clean it up quickly....very quickly.  Hope you all have a great writing day.
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Post by: darshana on August 26, 2013, 06:15 AM
Good Morning, re-writing the beginning to my PB again.
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Post by: majanecka on August 26, 2013, 09:34 PM
Worked until 4:30 this morning.  it was awful early when the alarm went off at 6:30 but felt like i made a real start on this new idea. Settling in to work for tonight now. I aim for that 10 pm-2am slot. Did come up with the idea of who the victim was and how news traveled back to the main charcter. Tentative idea for ending.
Darshana Good luck on your rewrite. I'm sure something will click into place when it is just right.
Vonna, hope you made good progress on your outline. Looks like we are all falling back into our Fall routine.
Good writing everyone. :snoopy
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 27, 2013, 04:05 AM
Good Morning All:

Checking in with coffee, water, and new idea.  Happy writing all.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Vonna on August 27, 2013, 04:13 AM
Oh, JFriday, I've been there!  :(  I've got a few of those one-draft novel hiding in my computer. But I hope you don't have to abandon this one. Maybe getting back into the fall routine will help you straighten it out.

Luv2eatreadwrite, I hope you made progress cleaning up your ms! :sweeping:

darshana, good luck with your rewrite! :pompons:

majanecka, you worked until 4:30 then got up at 6:30? YIKES!  :medusa
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Post by: darshana on August 27, 2013, 06:19 AM
Good morning everyone!
Thanks Vonna.
Have fun with the new idea luv2eatreadwrite
majanecka - i don't know how you do that. I'd be like  :crazy
hang in there JFriday.
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Post by: JFriday on August 27, 2013, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the encouragement. I'm setting it aside for a bit. It'll gel at some point. Today I'm focusing on querying agents. Again.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 27, 2013, 04:08 PM
Hi all

Thanks for the encouragement Vonna.  Good luck all!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 28, 2013, 04:40 AM
Good Morning All:

I hope all is well with each of you.  Today's writing goal is 1000.  1000 words to add to my manuscript.  Wish me luck, I need it. :)
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Post by: Vonna on August 28, 2013, 05:01 AM
Good luck, Luv2eatreadwrite!  :goodluck
I had a good critique session yesterday and can't wait to revise my outline today. I might even get started on a chapter!  :writing3
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Post by: AnneB on August 28, 2013, 06:52 AM
Here's wishing 1000 word days and/or 5 queries for everybody! Me: working on a new scene for a chapter.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 28, 2013, 07:52 AM
Thanks all! 

Anne, good luck with your five queries.  I am still researching how to write query letters.  I am not good by a long shot.  When I did the WriteonCon, I got great feedback on my picture book.  I had a few offer to reserve a copy because they wanted to add it to their collection when it gets published.  However, they all said the query that I had up did not represent the manuscript that was posted.  Reading the query, it did not sound anything like the book.  So I put the book and the query on the back burner.  I have to learn how to sell that book.  I'll look at it again over the weekend. 
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 29, 2013, 02:33 AM
Good morning,

I am here.  Good luck, writing friends.
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Post by: Vonna on August 29, 2013, 03:06 AM
I'm here, too. :coffee
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Post by: JFriday on August 29, 2013, 03:51 AM
Checking in. Have to drink more  :coffee3: :coffee3:.
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Post by: AnneB on August 29, 2013, 07:10 AM
I'm here, too. Moving slowly but steadily.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 30, 2013, 04:59 AM
Good Morning All:

I am not feeling my best this morning.  However, time to look at some ms and remodel them. Drinking Pepper tea w/lemon and  mint.  Hope to send the nausea away.  This heat is making me feel less than my normal being.  Good luck with the writing.
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Post by: AnneB on August 30, 2013, 05:52 AM
Sorry you're under the weather, Luv2. Great that you're plugging away in spite of it all!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 30, 2013, 06:57 AM
Thanks, Anne. 

I am trying. 
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Post by: Vonna on August 31, 2013, 06:16 AM
Good morning, all. I hope you are feeling better today, Luv2eatreadwrite.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 31, 2013, 06:26 AM
Good Morning All:

Well Vonna, I am feeling a little better this morning.  I woke up to the roar of thunder, the flash of lightning and the splatting of rain drops on my  window pain.  I love the rain, I hate the thunder.  But maybe I can get some writing done.  The rain can bring out some shady behaviors.  Let's see if I can it on paper. :)  :lol4
 
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Post by: Vonna on September 01, 2013, 05:48 AM
I love thunder! (But have a deep respect for  :lightning:) I hope you captured some of that rain-inspire misdoings, Luv2eatreadwrite.  :grin

I broke the ice with my MC in my new WIP yesterday, so now that I kinda know the girl, maybe we can get this party going.  :bangbreak
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 01, 2013, 06:47 AM
Good Morning All:

Slept in this morning.  Waiting on my coffee to finish brewing.  Vonna, how was the WIP yesterday?  Did you get much accomplished?
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 02, 2013, 05:54 AM
Good Morning,

I am checking in this morning.  I hope to get at least 1000 words written today.  I hope everyone enjoy his/her Labor Day. Happy Writing, all!
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Post by: darshana on September 02, 2013, 07:42 AM
Good Morning Luv2eatreadwrite. Have a great writing day.
I working on a PB revision .. again. :-)
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 02, 2013, 11:14 AM
Good Luck with that...Worked on a couple PB's last week.  Put them down will go back to them in a few days. Working on MG now.  Happy writing.
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Post by: Vonna on September 03, 2013, 04:16 AM
Good morning all!
Luv2eatreadwrite and darshana, I hope you met your goals for the weekend.

I didn't get as many words into the new WIP as I wanted but I got enough to be happy about it. I really want this book to be in third person, but I was having a rocky start, so I wrote the first chapter in first person, then revised it to be in third. That worked out well, so then I was able to move on and write chapter two in third without that feeling that I didn't know my MC. There is a writing workshop I've wanted to apply for, but wasn't sure I'd be far enough into my WIP (I have to send 15 pages by 9-22 but I hope to be much farther along than that), but after yesterday morning's writing session, I felt good enough about it to apply. Now I just have sit and wait to hear if I was accepted.  :waiting
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 03, 2013, 05:45 AM
Good Morning,

Vonna, glad to see that you are making progress.  I did make some progress over the weekend.  What writing workshop are you applying to?  I wish you luck with that. 

Darshana, good luck on your PB revisions.  For me, today I have to tutor, do some school work, and revise a PB book.  Have a great writing day all.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 04, 2013, 07:25 AM
Late checking in this morning.  I've been up working on three projects.  Have any of you ever worked with A Pass Educational? Perhaps I will PM Ev.  Have a great writing day all.  I will check back after noon.  Thanks!  Happy Writing All!
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Post by: AnneB on September 04, 2013, 07:53 PM
Checking in to say I'm not checking in again until around the 15th due to 1) continued pollen attacks and 2) vacation! See you-all mid-month!
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Post by: Vonna on September 05, 2013, 04:06 AM
Boo to the pollen and ya to the vacation, Anne! Have a good time!
Luv, I'm applying to a weekend workshop with Francisco X. Stork at the Writing Barn in Austin TX. The workshop is in November. I'm anxious because I didn't get an acknowledgement of my application and sample pages but I'll give it a little longer before I contact the organizer. Good luck on the three projects you are working on!
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Post by: JFriday on September 05, 2013, 05:04 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Vonna on September 06, 2013, 04:08 AM
Good morning!
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Post by: Vonna on September 07, 2013, 04:12 AM
Good morning again.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 08, 2013, 01:23 AM
Good Morning:

I have not checked-in in a few days, but it does not mean I have not been working.  I have been working hard not on ms, but on "auditioning" for A Pass educational.  So I hope to work on picture book ms today after I finish doing school work.  How have you been Vonna? Darshana, have you made any progress with the revisions? Well I wish you all a happy writing day.
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Post by: Vonna on September 08, 2013, 06:04 AM
Glad you checked in, Luv2. Good luck with A Pass!  :goodluck

I got into the Stork workshop, hurray!  :hurrah: Of course, now that I've written the first three chapters of the WIP I want to bring in both first person and third person (settled on third), I'm worried I've written it from the wrong character's POV. So I'm rewriting it today.  :thinktoohard:
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 08, 2013, 08:57 AM
Good Luck with your rewrite.  I applied with A Pass, but they sent me a sample for writing test item after seeing my resume.  It has been a while since I did that so now I am trying to get back in the mindset.  Hope all is well and happy writing all!
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Post by: Vonna on September 09, 2013, 04:16 AM
Good morning! Still on the rewrite.  :hamster  Got to get it in the best shape I can for critique tomorrow.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 09, 2013, 05:02 AM
Hi Vonna and all the other writers,

Good luck with the rewrites.  I have to tutor today, take a culinary arts class at 4, and revise a PB book.  Happy writing to all.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 10, 2013, 05:20 AM
Hello All:

Good morning!  Just got my  :coffee3: and now I am ready to roll.  Will be cleaning up some manuscript and hope to get them in the mail today. Happy writing all  :sun
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 11, 2013, 04:06 AM
Hello Everyone:

This is my second cup of  :coffee3:.  Been up for a while and I started a second project.  Creating a blog and website for the Common Core Standards for teachers.  I was talking to a teacher at the library and she was stressing out about the new standards.  So we got to talking and I was like since I lived and taught in many states, I should share some of my ideas.  So let's see where this goes. Anyway, happy writing to all.
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Post by: Vonna on September 11, 2013, 06:33 AM
I'm here, getting a bit of a late start. Your new website project sounds great, Luv2!
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Post by: Tori on September 11, 2013, 07:11 AM
Good morning, all! Everyone sounds busy and productive, and I need to be, too.  It's time to dig into pb revisions and subs before we leave again in two weeks. Time to limber up the fingers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 11, 2013, 07:34 AM
Thanks Vonna,

Let's just hope it does not keep me from doing what I need to do. :lol5
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Post by: JFriday on September 12, 2013, 04:20 AM
Good morning everyone! School kicking into gear knocked the wind out of me this week, but I'm adjusting. I've put the current WIP aside to work on seasonal poetry for the Children's Writer contest. It's a nice change of pace. Someday, somewhere, perhaps I'll actually win something!

Have a wonderful Thursday. :star2
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 12, 2013, 06:24 AM
Good Morning all:

Hello JFriday, I was actually thinking I should work on that poem today as well.  Happy Writing All!
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Post by: Tori on September 12, 2013, 07:23 AM
Good morning from hot CA!  Now I have to warm up the keyboard, as well.....
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 12, 2013, 08:23 AM
Hello Tori:

It is hot here in Florida as well - 92 degrees to be exact.  I wish I could just go back home and get in my bed.  But I have to work and I have class at seven.  Happy writing all.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 13, 2013, 05:32 AM
Good Morning all....

Great news!  I saw the advertisement for the all day twitter pitch yesterday.  So I participated before going class.  I woke up this morning to a twitter notification from an agent who wants me to query her.  That was a nice surprise. 

Anyway, I have to brush up on my ms.  So I need to get to it.  Happy writing all!
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Post by: Tori on September 13, 2013, 06:46 AM
Good morning from a (temporarily) cool CA -- headed to 104 today -- meep! It'll be a good day to write.
I wish all of you a happy and productive day -- and luv2, congrats on the pitmad request! :)
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 13, 2013, 12:37 PM
Thanks, Tori!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 14, 2013, 04:56 AM
Good Morning:

Hope all is well with each of you.  I hope and pray  :crossedfingers that today I can get some work done  It would really be nice. Happy writing all!
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Post by: Vonna on September 14, 2013, 05:57 AM
Good morning! I'm here to, hoping to get some writing done this morning then going to a book signing this afternoon.
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Post by: Tori on September 14, 2013, 06:25 AM
Good morning, fellow toilers!   :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3: Just a bit of work, here, before I head off for an outing.  I got some revisions done yesterday -- yay!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 15, 2013, 07:13 AM
Good morning all:

How are we all doing today.  I hope to get some writing done after I am finished with my school work. I think I will do that first.  Happy Writing to All!!
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Post by: Vonna on September 15, 2013, 10:05 AM
 :oops Forgot to check in this morning. I started on a 250 word synopsis I'm supposed to write for a workshop, but by the time I had 250 words, I'd only covered two chapters. So I just kept going.  :giddyup I like to send a full synopsis to my agent anyway. Eventually, I'll get a 250 word version. Taking a break now, but will be writing again later this afternoon.
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Post by: Vonna on September 16, 2013, 04:04 AM
Good morning; still on the synopsis.   :snail
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 16, 2013, 04:27 AM
Good Morning all:

I have a long day ahead of me.  I am not sure I will get any writing done, but I am surely going to give it a try.  How are you Vonna? Happy Writing All!
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Post by: Vonna on September 17, 2013, 04:18 AM
Good morning! Getting closer on the synopsis. Yesterday, I made it to the midpoint in only 234 words, but I think I'll need more than 16 words to make it to the end. Writing and cutting, writing and cutting. Hope everybody else has a great day!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 17, 2013, 05:49 AM
Good Morning All:

Well, it is another day in writer's land. I hope to make some progress. I am not sleeping well. So I've been getting a lot of migraines.  I hope this day is stress-free, migraine-free, but not word-free.  Happy Writing All!
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Post by: Vonna on September 17, 2013, 09:39 AM
Ta-da! 250 word synopsis--done!  :carrot
I shall celebrate with blueberry pancakes for lunch.  :grin3

Luv2eatreadwrite, I'm sorry to hear about the sleeplessness and migraines.  :press: I'm also sorry to say, I've been going through that myself for a couple of weeks, though my doctor says mine are not true migraines; they're tension headaches. Whatever. It's still feels like :!
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 17, 2013, 10:26 AM
thanks, Vonna. I have to learn to write a synopsis and a query.  Since I am new to this writing process, it is a lot to learn.  But I will get there.  Congrats on the completion of your synopsis.  WTG :proud :gogirl
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Post by: JFriday on September 18, 2013, 03:59 AM
Congratulations on the synopsis, Vonna! Those things are awful to write. Hope you liked your pancakes.

And I hope everyone has a productive and enjoyable writing time this morning.
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Post by: Vonna on September 18, 2013, 04:32 AM
Good morning! Thanks for the pats on the back, Luv2eatreadwrite and JFriday. I'll let it breathe for a day or two before I send it off along with the first 14 pages of my wip.

I hope everyone has a great writing day, and if you can't be writing, I hope whatever else you are doing is fun.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 18, 2013, 06:03 AM
Good Morning All:

Vonna, I cam glad you are making progress on your WIP.  Today, I have to do class work.  I have to write 2 essays in APA Format.  I only write MLA, but you have to give the people what they want. Then I have to do two research powerpoint on Professional Organizations.  Then I have to complete a study guide for a test tomorrow.  And I have some scenes in my head I wanted to put on paper.  This will he a long day.  Have a great writing day all.
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Post by: Tori on September 18, 2013, 06:51 AM
Good morning, fellow writers!   :coffee3: Vonna, congratulations on your synopsis!
Time to work on a new pb idea....
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: AnneB on September 18, 2013, 08:27 AM
I'm baaack. Great vacation but I'm still not quite up to dragging myself out of bed at 6 a.m. Today I slept right through my alarm. The good news is that the pollen index is waaaay down so the energy is returning, AND my agent likes the chapter I spent most of August revising. So I'm still in the game. I wasn't sure how that was going to play out. So...I'll try to meet you guys here earlier tomorrow! (I've been up for 3 hours--just busy with $$$-generating writing as opposed to on-spec).
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Post by: Vonna on September 19, 2013, 04:40 AM
G'morning! AnneB, I'm glad you had a great vacation AND got good news from your agent about your chapter. And boy, it's super to have that  :dollar generating work!

Good luck on your new pb concept, Tori!  :clover

Not sure what I'm going to work on today. I know what I want to work on, and I know what I ought to work on. And then, there's something I should do for a friend. I'll be a heel if I don't, so I'll probably do that. Maybe I can do all three?  :tornado
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 19, 2013, 05:42 AM
Good Morning All:

Light day today.  Hope to get some writing done.  Happy Writing All!
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Post by: Tori on September 19, 2013, 06:33 AM
Good Morning from a *bit* cooler CA to all! Vonna, love the dervish (can I borrow it?) and AnneB, happy the pollen count won't get in your writing way.  Luv2, how nice you have a light day today!
Happy keyboarding and musing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 19, 2013, 07:23 AM
Thanks, Tori, same 2 U!
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Post by: AnneB on September 19, 2013, 04:58 PM
Belated message to say that I slept through alarm again. I think the issue is that I turned off the "vibrate" function on my phone and my pillow's swallowing the "Good Morning" ring! Will try again tomorrow to meet you here before sunrise Central USA Time! (I don't want to up the volume because then I'll be one of those annoying people with a loud ringtone.)
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Post by: Vonna on September 20, 2013, 05:00 AM
Good morning, all. Tori, you're welcome t the dervish anytime! I wasn't much of a whirlwind yesterday after all though. My computer's operating system is old and  :snail (still running Vista) and things got really frustrating yesterday. I did not do all the things. :(
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 20, 2013, 05:28 AM
Hopefully today will be much better for you, Vonna.  Good Luck with your writing today everyone.  I hope to finish a manuscript.
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Post by: AnneB on September 20, 2013, 06:10 AM
Vonna, may a new laptop with a contemporary OS be in your future.

Tori, I've been on vaca and not paying attention to the weather anywhere but where I was. A late September heat wave isn't usual for your part of the country2, is it?

Luv2, glad you're making progress!

Figured out the alarm problem. I had set it for "once" instead of "daily." (darn newfangled phone!) So... maybe tomorrow I'll be up when I intend! Very productive day yesterday in spite of the late start.

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Post by: Tori on September 20, 2013, 06:14 AM
Good morning, all! I just sent off a query (love slashing the synopsis to 300 words -- ugh!) and hope all is well with everyone.  Yes, AnneB, our heat wave lasts about five months, here! :) Vonna, I use Vista on my laptop, too; it works all right for me.  Our Microsoft Surface has Windows 7 and 8, and it makes me crazy to toggle back and forth on it. Luv2, hope you finish the ms.
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Vonna on September 21, 2013, 06:01 AM
Good luck on your query, Tori!

I wish I could say the same for Vista on my machine, but it gets slower with each new app I install.  I kinda hate to get a new laptop, Anne. This one is enormous and weighs about fifteen pounds, but I love my huge screen, especially when I'm working on graphics. Oh, and I'm also having a possibly fatal issue with the server for my website. It will be a weekend of working out computer problems.

But first! I'll write awhile, then go to a PB launch for a friend in the morning, then a YA launch for another friend in the afternoon. It's pouring rain here  :rain which usually means a poor turnout for book events, I want to be there early so it doesn't look like no one's going to show up. Then I have to take my 15 yo son shopping for something to wear to his homecoming dance--his usual camo-cargo shorts and graphic tee won't cut it.

Glad you got your alarm problem figured out Anne!
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Post by: Vonna on September 22, 2013, 04:30 AM
G'morning.  :coffee
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 23, 2013, 05:29 AM
Good Morning All:

I am checking in.  Hope all is well.  Hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend. Happy writing to all.
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Post by: AnneB on September 23, 2013, 07:31 AM
I hear you, Vonna, about the reluctance to move to a new computer. New technology takes quite a bit of time getting used to and is as distracting as a new kitten in the house (although rarely as cute, and these days, not nearly as warm on a winter day).

Folks, I'm temporarily withdrawing from the Early Risers Club. The body won't cooperate and I don't need any more "failure" in my life just now, so I'm moving the alarm back from 5:45 AM to 6:30. See you again at this location in spring, maybe?
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Post by: JFriday on September 24, 2013, 03:57 AM
Good morning, morning crew! Haven't been here for a while. Anne, sorry to see you leave. Getting up at 6:30 sounds early enough to be in here to me, if you want.

Hope everyone has a lovely Tuesday.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on September 24, 2013, 07:06 AM
Good Morning All:

I am here, though I am soak from all the rain.  Have a happy writing day!
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Post by: Vonna on September 25, 2013, 04:30 AM
Have a nice mini-hibernation, Anne. Maybe a couple of hours of extra sleep over the winter will make you feel like a spring chicken.  :chickendance

Good morning, everyone. Writing time!
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Post by: Tori on September 25, 2013, 03:18 PM
Hi, All,

I know, I know, it's afternoon, but I'm grandbaby wrangling and then we're off for an extended trip, but please know that you'll all be in my thoughts and hopes for good writing time.  AnneB, I know things will even out for you, so have a good rest.

Aloha to all my fellow writers,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Vonna on September 27, 2013, 04:04 AM
 :coffee3: + writing. G'morning.
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Post by: Vonna on September 28, 2013, 04:12 AM
My website seems to be working again, so this morning I'm trying to catch up on blog posts and updating the agents and editors at conferences pages. I hope everyone has a nice day.
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Post by: JFriday on September 30, 2013, 03:45 AM
Good morning. Going to revamp a contest entry to submit to a mag today. Off to work on it. Happy writing, all!
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Post by: Vonna on September 30, 2013, 04:14 AM
Ooo, a contest! Good luck JFriday!   :goodluck

I had a busy writing-related weekend updating the conference info on my website, preparing a post on a friend's book launch and getting out the Houston SCBWI newsletter. And while we were at a fly-in (plane show) :plane  I had some good ideas on a troublesome piece of the plot for the wip I'm working on. Today I get to write for reals. 
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Post by: Vonna on October 01, 2013, 04:20 AM
Good morning. Today I will be trying to resist the urge to revise Act 1  :no and move forward into Act 2. Revision is more fun.
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Post by: Vonna on October 02, 2013, 04:58 AM
Good morning. I got in about an hour of writing this morning before I had to get the family up. I probably won't get back to it until this afternoon. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: W.E. Larson on October 02, 2013, 08:14 AM
I woke up at 5:00am and got in a thousand words before work.  :moose
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on October 05, 2013, 02:51 AM
Haven't been here in a while, but I have been working.  Good Morning all.  Today I meet with a critique group. I am so excited.  Happy writing all.
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Post by: JFriday on October 07, 2013, 03:21 AM
Gah! Finally back! Hope everyone has a productive writing week. Coffee's calling... :coffee3:
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Post by: Vonna on October 07, 2013, 03:25 AM
Glad to see everybody! We're finally having a bit of lovely not-steaming weather here, I'll probably be writing outside later this morning. Enjoy your writing day!
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Post by: Vonna on October 08, 2013, 04:15 AM
Good morning! Hope everyone met their writing goals yesterday, and good luck to all today.
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Post by: JFriday on October 08, 2013, 04:20 AM
Good morning Vonna! Did you get to write outside yesterday? Hope everyone has a great spot of writing today.
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Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on October 08, 2013, 04:37 AM
Good Morning:

Haven't signed in in a while but there is  a lot of things going on.  I want to thank all of you.  since joining this board I was able to finish my manuscript and this month it was picked to enter MISS SNARK FIRST VICTIM SECRET AGENT CONTEST.  So wish me luck.  How has everyone been? Any progress?
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Post by: Vonna on October 09, 2013, 04:12 AM
Good morning!
Ah, JFriday, I didn't write outside because my new next-door neighbor decided such a beautiful day should be used to mow the lawn and use the leaf-blower.  :gaah  However, I did meet my critique partner for lunch at an outdoor cafe, so it all worked out.
Luv2eatreadwrite, you are brave!  Good luck on your contest!  :goodluck
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Post by: Vonna on October 11, 2013, 04:39 AM
Good morning!
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Post by: thunderingelephants on October 11, 2013, 10:17 AM
Didn't get up early enough to be an Early Bird and I've never been a Night Owl, so I guess I am an Afternoon Tea lady. Actually a coffee I worked through. My character has set on a quest to find something so I'm on a whole new adventure. Or maybe she is. Either way, I've given up for the night.
This time zone thing always confuses me.
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Post by: Vonna on October 12, 2013, 05:45 AM
Writing.
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Post by: JFriday on October 12, 2013, 10:41 AM
I had good intentions this morning, but saw there is a typhoon hitting India today. I sponsor two girls in east India through an organization called Compassion, and I spent the early morning tracking the storm and then writing letters to both of them. Looks like one will be in the northern spirals of the storm and the other south of it. I hope those who are in its path are all safe.
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Post by: Vonna on October 13, 2013, 04:44 AM
JFriday, I hope your girls are ok. I haven't seen the news yet this morning.
It's a nice quiet morning here, time for some peaceful writing.
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Post by: JFriday on October 14, 2013, 03:37 AM
Good morning! Coffee just finished brewing. I hope everyone has wonderful writing breakthroughs today!
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Post by: Tori on October 30, 2013, 08:39 AM
Good morning, all!  We're back from our trip and I'm ready to put my shoulder to the wheel again.  I signed up for PiBoIdMo for the first time, so we'll see what happens.
I'll bet we're all waiting for the time change so we can sleep in a bit later and still get some writing done, yes?
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 02, 2013, 04:33 AM
Tori, I hope you get great ideas from PiBoIdMo! I thought about Nano, but only fleetingly - I'm in the final stages of polishing a YA and I HAVE to finish it.

So guess what I'm doing...

Happy Writing, all!

 :oncomputer
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Post by: Tori on November 02, 2013, 08:17 AM
Happy polishing, JFriday!
Aloha to everyone,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 04, 2013, 02:39 AM
Well, it was a bit easier to get up early this morning! But brrrr - it was cold out when I walked the dog!

I hope everyone has a successful day today! Off for coffee, then  :oncomputer before I leave for work.
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Post by: Vonna on November 04, 2013, 03:46 AM
It's good to see so many posts here gain! I'd hoped to finish a draft of my WIP in October but had to stop for revisions on another project. I'll get it done this month.  :crossedfingers
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Post by: Tori on November 04, 2013, 09:10 AM
Whoops! I forgot to check in,  :embarrassed3 but I was here, honest! :oncomputer
See you all tomorrow AM!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 05, 2013, 03:53 AM
We believe you Tori! A little late checking in - I'm off work this morning so I took the dog for an extra long walk. Now to work on my story until training at noon...
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Post by: Tori on November 05, 2013, 06:43 AM
Good morning, fellow toilers!  Thanks, JFriday -- and, btw, I thought we writers were UNtrainable!   :grin
Aloha and happy  :coffee3: to all!
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 06, 2013, 02:52 AM
Haha Tori! Well, I'm afraid I didn't train very well. At one point I wrote a scene instead of paying attention to the speaker. But it's a really good scene!

Happy writing, all!
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Post by: Vonna on November 06, 2013, 03:16 AM
I won't be writing for a few hours, but I just wanted to see who was up. Hi, JFriday!
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Post by: Tori on November 06, 2013, 06:54 AM
Good morning, JFriday and Vonna!  LOL, JFriday -- but I'll bet it was productive!
I'm off for multiple errands but hope to get some writing done this afternoon.  I needed my writerbuddy early riser fix!  :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Aloha and happy writing,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 07, 2013, 03:52 AM
Just settled in with a cup of coffee for a bit of writing before work. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on November 07, 2013, 05:51 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Good morning, fellow-toilers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 08, 2013, 03:59 AM
Yay! It's Friday! Which was also my maiden name; now my middle and writing one. Coffee at hand and a bit of time before I'm off to work. Happy writing, all!
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Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 08, 2013, 06:41 AM
Well...I'm up! My first morning writing session. Also, I will second that JFriday, it's Friday!!  Yay!  Here we go!
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Post by: Tori on November 08, 2013, 06:47 AM
Welcome, Tara S. to this crazy crew!  JFriday, I hope you got some good writing done yesterday -- even though it was a Thursday! ;)
I'm toiling over a YA revision that I swore was in the drawer forever.  :embarrassed3
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 08, 2013, 07:43 AM
Thanks Tori! I wasn't sure how productive I'd be, since I'm usually more of a night writer, but I just finished 532 words. That's a pretty good start. I could write more, but then I'd be late for work, so I'm off to get ready now. I hope everyone has a great Friday!
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Post by: JFriday on November 09, 2013, 04:49 AM
Forgot to sign in. I'm here.
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Post by: Tori on November 09, 2013, 08:04 AM
Yes, I slept in!  :embarrassed3 But I'll write a bit, and then it's off to chores!
Happy Saturday, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 10, 2013, 01:30 AM
Any night owls up tonight?  :neck Since it's the weekend, I thought I'd get some late night writing in, instead of early morning. It's 1:30AM my time and the inspiration hit just as I was getting ready to go to bed. It's so weird how that happens sometimes. Anyway, no early riser for me tomorrow! :yay
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Post by: Tori on November 10, 2013, 07:06 AM
Hope you got some good writing in, Tara S! I'm up and trying to wrestle with a synopsis of  my YA revision.  Oh, fun!  Need more  :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3: Then, it's off for regular Sunday schedule!
Happy writing, everyone.
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 11, 2013, 03:06 AM
Good morning! Coffee's brewing and after a conference critique yesterday I have to rethink the opening of a novel. I think I'll need some  :coffee3: for that one.
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Post by: Tori on November 11, 2013, 07:22 AM
Here's some  :coffee3: :coffee3: for you, JFriday!  New openings are always fun (ha!) -- but surprising!
More revision of synopsis today....
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 12, 2013, 03:56 AM
Already worked more on my novel opening this morning and printed out a portion to take to my day job. I'll try to snatch a few minutes for it now and then. Hope everyone has a productive day!
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Post by: Tori on November 12, 2013, 06:10 AM
Wow, JFriday!  You're rockin' and rollin'! :hairdude
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Helen on November 13, 2013, 04:50 AM
Finally made it back to the boards after the changeover. I am back as a lark! Chirp...chirp!  Happy early morning!
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Post by: Tori on November 13, 2013, 06:39 AM
Welcome back, scribblegirl! I hope you have a tweet day of writing!
Happy writing, everyone....diving back into PiBoIdMo!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: jayme-allen on November 13, 2013, 08:50 AM
I set my alarm for six this morning and woke up at 8:30...sheesh. I've always been more of a night owl, guess there's no trying to change that (though I probably should try harder, considering I have an 8 a.m. class). On the plus side, creative epiphanies tend to reveal themselves to me at night.

Oh, and hello, all Early Risers and Night Owls! I'm a newbie 'round here.

May the writing gods be with you today!
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Post by: JFriday on November 18, 2013, 03:40 AM
Good morning! Another week ahead of us. My coffee is ready and I hope everyone has a stellar week of writing! :star2 :star2 :star2
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Post by: Tori on November 18, 2013, 09:56 AM
Hi, All,

Good morning from Controlled Chaos -- we're babysitting the Adorables -- our one-year-old grandson and five-year-old granddaughter, so, guess what I'll be doing each morning this week!

Happy writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on November 20, 2013, 03:24 AM
Oh, Tori, enjoy the Adorables!

I've been up and editing and already sent something off for crit group this weekend. And I haven't even had coffee yet!!

...and this always makes me think of my sister and me when we were young... :slap
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Post by: JFriday on November 26, 2013, 03:50 AM
I've been here most mornings, just haven't posted. I work a bit on something and then print it out and take it to work to tweak it a bit more when there are down times. Off for more  :coffee3: . Have a lovely day, all! Tori, are the adorables still with you?
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Post by: Tori on November 27, 2013, 09:49 AM
Good morning!  :coffee3:
We left the Adorables last week, but....(drum roll)...they come here tomorrow!! Woohooo! (of course, with their parents!).
I'm still working on PiBoIdMo -- the most I've gotten from it is that so  many of my existing pbs need major work, not to mention the new ideas!  Never-ending saga! JFriday, you and your sister didn't *really* pull each other's hair, did you?  :mademe
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Tara S. (Rylotajo) on November 29, 2013, 10:41 PM
You all are so good!  I've done a little here and there, but I keep forgetting to check in in the morning.  Been spending time in Revisionland lately since I went back to a story I wrote 2 years ago, but never revised. I'm kicking myself for not sticking with it back then, I could have had it done by now.  :beating  Oh well! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
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Post by: JFriday on December 04, 2013, 03:41 AM
Happy December all, a few days late! Got my  :coffee3: so now  :hiding oh no, wait, I mean  :oncomputer
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Post by: jayme-allen on December 07, 2013, 08:26 PM
Hi all!
I'm still new around here. I tried to hop on the Early Risers train, but completely failed. I've embraced the fact that I am a night owl, so here I am. It's 10:30, and I'll probably be writing for the next few hours. To those of you who can wake up early and can find your inner creative genius, I salute you.
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Post by: Tori on December 10, 2013, 06:57 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Back at it this afternoon, but I just had to check in with my fellow-toilers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on December 11, 2013, 03:41 AM
Good morning! Had a snow day yesterday; nice to have the day off.  :winter This morning it was all icy when I took the dog out. Ugh. Worst thing about winter is the ice. Going to sneak in some more writing time before I'm off to work.

Got my  :xmastree up this weekend! Yay!

Happy writing, all!
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Post by: Tori on December 11, 2013, 06:34 AM
 :snowman2: Tis the season! Must grab a cup  :coffee3: and get to work, right after I Skype with ND (talk about  :winter !) fourth-graders.  It'll be fun.  Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Jean Reidy on December 12, 2013, 06:10 AM
Hi all! I should have stopped by earlier. I've been at it for 2 hours already. Woke up a 4:30 AM with PB lines poking me. Stayed in bed for a full 30 minutes longer, but couldn't take it anymore. Had to open up that Word doc and get 'em down.
Good morning, everyone!
Jean
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Post by: Tori on December 12, 2013, 06:44 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Good morning, Jean, and anyone else who's up and at it! PB lines poking at you, Jean -- sounds inspirational :oncomputer ; I need some of that poking, myself!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: Jean Reidy on December 12, 2013, 06:48 AM
Hah, Tori! Are you 3 cups in already? I've only downed 2.
Time for breakfast!
Jean
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Post by: JFriday on December 13, 2013, 04:00 AM
Good morning! Anyone else here? Just checking in before I pull something up and get started. Happy writing!
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Post by: Jean Reidy on December 13, 2013, 06:09 AM
I'm here. But doing very little writing today. Need to do a little Christmas before my family starts arriving home tomorrow.
J
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Post by: Tori on December 13, 2013, 07:35 AM
 :coffee3: *raises hand* A bit late this AM, but I plan to get a lot done today on pbs -- heavy emphasis on "plan"! Have fun with the family, Jean!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
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Post by: JFriday on December 17, 2013, 03:29 AM
Good morning! Getting harder to be here early with everything going on for the holidays. I hope the rest of you are being more productive than me!

Need more  :coffee3: then I'll squeeze in some writing. Have a wonderful day, all!
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Post by: Jean Reidy on December 17, 2013, 06:11 AM
Had a critique session last night. Do I dare do a little revising this morning? Hmmmm. Or tackle the mountain of other stuff on my desk? Or just drink coffee and look at the tree?
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Post by: JFriday on December 17, 2013, 02:10 PM
So Jean, how was the tree??? ;D
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Post by: JFriday on December 20, 2013, 04:32 AM
The coffee's already completely consumed. One more day with a school full of wild things, then a blissful week and a half off. Can't wait!

A few more minutes of writing time before I have to leave...

Happy writing, all!
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Post by: JFriday on January 11, 2014, 09:13 AM
Ack! It's not early AT ALL, but I wanted to see if anyone is still plugging away in the wee hours. I just waved goodbye to my son who is driving in the pouring rain from PA to VA to get back for his last semester at college. At least it isn't ice.

I'm spending the next few hours working on a revision. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and is back to writing again!
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Post by: SarahW on January 11, 2014, 02:38 PM
I'm also a bit of a night owl, when left to my own devices. I'm a little torn about whether to join though. I'm going by an outline at the moment will keep me on task, though I still worry how distract-able I might be. (That's the primary reason I've found, that I can't do longer work.) But local Night Owl here.

Edit: Yea I'm pretty much going to have to make it a night time writing thing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on January 16, 2014, 03:58 AM
Good morning! Have to get something ready for my critique group today. Anybody else here? Need more  :coffee3: :coffee3:
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Post by: Helen on January 16, 2014, 04:24 AM
 :trenchworm Haven't said 'good morning!' in a while.... :coffee3: to you all!
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Post by: SarahW on January 16, 2014, 11:04 AM

I ended up actually disabling the internet between midnight to early morning, so this is going to substantially improve my productivity since I'm a night owl anyway. I'm more than half way through my novelette.
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Post by: JFriday on January 21, 2014, 04:31 AM
 :snowplow Snow day today so no school! Finishing edits and then working on a new synopsis. Then maybe snowshoeing. It's a hot chocolate day. After, of course, some  :coffee3:
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Post by: JFriday on January 22, 2014, 04:15 AM
Another  :snowplow day. Time for more  :oncomputer . Anyone else getting up early anymore?
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Post by: JFriday on January 23, 2014, 03:09 AM
Good morning, all! Hope everyone, early or not, has a marvelous spot of writing time today.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 26, 2014, 05:50 AM
The intention is there as are the ideas but since I got drenched on the way to the shop I might just need to take a break for the day. Spock makes it nigh on impossible to use anything unless he has commandeered it. He's sprawled across my hands as I type. Not ideal.
If I can escape I will write, if not I will allow him to watch me make chocs.
Hope you're dry and working better than me!
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Post by: JFriday on January 30, 2014, 03:01 AM
Hey Thundering, haven't seen you for a while! At least Spock is keeping your hands warm! Tori, I see your lovely new cover. Congrats! And good work on that novelette, Sarah. Hi, Scribble. Off for  :coffee3:

Happy writing day, everyone!
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Post by: Helen on January 30, 2014, 04:04 AM
Good morning! Here with my cuppa joe :coffee3: .  Actually overslept by one hour,,,my husband was snoring like crazy last night. Teen daughter awakened me frantic.  Had her first nosebleed. Poor old thing! The air is so dang dry (might explain the hub's snoring also). Hope to get 1 1/2 hours work before I have to hit the road. Need more java.
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Post by: JFriday on February 03, 2014, 03:47 AM
Yikes! Another snow day! I'm loving it now but I won't in June when we're making them up. Coffee's made, now to pull up the lastest WIP.

Happy writing, all!
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Post by: darshana on February 03, 2014, 05:48 AM
Good Morning! 45mins til the kids wake up, let's see what I can get done. Have a great writing day!

 :snail
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Post by: JFriday on March 17, 2014, 04:27 AM
Nobody's starting early anymore! I think it's the winter doldrums. Maybe now that it's mid-March we can try again! :clover
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Post by: Helen on March 17, 2014, 05:29 AM
 :shootingstar I'm here...I just don't get to check in as much, and I work early and then late until the  :cow 's come home. Happy St. Paddy's! March shall be a rocking month! :hairdude

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Post by: darshana on March 19, 2014, 11:57 PM
Just finished a revision on a PB for a writing contest. Feeling good.
Wishing you all good writing karma.

 :writing3
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Post by: Jean Reidy on March 20, 2014, 04:54 AM
Oh mercy! Am I the first one here today?
Good morning all. Have been up for a while. Looking at a novel chapter and wondering if my eyes are fresh enough to revise.
Have a good day, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on March 20, 2014, 06:05 AM
 :coffee3: :coffee3: :coffee3:
Yes, Jean, you are! I need both coffee and mercy as I contemplate a picture book and struggle with raising stakes on a few others.  It's been a looooong time since I've been writing this early in the day.
Have fun with the novel chapter and good morning and happy writing to all our fellow-toilers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Helen on March 20, 2014, 06:23 AM
I salute you all with my morning joe!   :coffee3:
Sitting here revising with a stiff neck. A lady in a big honker of a vehicle hit my wee little Honda from behind at a stoplight. No bad damage except for my neck. I had to use my mommy voice and tell the woman to lower her tone. She was irate....probably more at herself...for she was in the wrong....and using her cellphone. Texas needs to pass some laws, man!  Enough of my grumbling...to the keyboard!
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Post by: JFriday on March 24, 2014, 04:27 AM
Your mommy voice - love it, scribble! Hope your neck is better.

I'm here, blundering a bit as it's Monday, but coffee's doing it's job and I'm ready to do a bit of thinking/writing before heading off to work. Morning, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on March 24, 2014, 06:04 AM
Good morning from CA, JFriday, and, scribblegirl, I hope your neck is better.
Just a little musing/writing before heading off for the busy day's activities.
Happy writing, all! :coffee3:
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: JFriday on March 25, 2014, 04:43 AM
Good morning fellow writers! Hope everyone gets some good writing time today!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Helen on March 26, 2014, 04:41 AM
My neck is better!  (1 steroid shot and a pack of pills later.)


Finished the final edit of my novel. It is resting as I type. Pardon me. It's whining for me to make more edits.


"Ahh...good little book, sleep well. I'll read you in one month. I promise."


Yeah!  Booting up another story line to brainstorm. I've got 45 minutes of writing time left, and I need 1 cup of  :coffee3:
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Post by: Tori on March 26, 2014, 05:48 AM
*Yawn*  :coffee3: :coffee3:
Scribble, I am impressed you're letting that novel set for a month -- I wish I had that kind of discipline!
Back at the pbs, here, and wishing everyone a happy writing day!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Michael Galligan on March 26, 2014, 09:25 AM
Hello ERNO's! (OK to use the acronym?)  :whistle

I love the idea of this group. I am an early rising writer - with little ones it is the only way I can get the writing time I need. My schedule is a little out of whack as I now have a four-day-old daughter...How am I even typing this now?!  :typing
I would like to participate when I am back on a regular schedule, but I'll check in when I can. Anyone else on Pacific Standard Time?

Thanks, and write on!

Mike
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Post by: Tori on March 26, 2014, 11:52 AM
Welcome to the ERNO's, and congratulations on a four-day-old daughter! :)  Yes, some of us are Pacific time, yours truly included!
Happy early writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Helen on March 26, 2014, 06:08 PM
Congrats, Mike, on the new baby...4 days old? Grab some zzzz's when you can!  Checking in at an odd time....go figure...I had a few extra mins...
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Post by: JFriday on March 30, 2014, 06:24 AM
Oooh, I like ERNOs! Great idea, Michael! And congratulations on a lovely daughter!

Ok, it's not very early, but it IS Sunday so it counts. I've already done crit group work this morning and now on to my stuff. Happy writing, all!
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Post by: JFriday on March 31, 2014, 03:41 AM
Happy Monday! I hope everyone has a productive week!  :star2
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Post by: Jean Reidy on March 31, 2014, 05:44 AM
4-day old daughter??? (sigh) Congratulations, Mike.
So here I am, bright and early, procrastinating already . :duh

But only because yesterday I finished the 2nd round revisions on my novel and feeling pretty darn smug right now.
Maybe I'll do something totally out of character and celebratory today ... like pay bills.  :yeah

Have a great week everyone!
Jean
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Post by: JFriday on April 01, 2014, 03:54 AM
morning, everyone. Hope you got your bills paid, Jean. I'm trying to put my brain in gear and get something done...more  :coffee3: needed.

Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 03, 2014, 03:38 AM
Good morning! Anyone else working? I just sat down with my second cup of  :coffee3:. Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: SarahW on April 06, 2014, 06:05 AM
I got up early, and finished a small middle grade poem.

I might go back to my poetry roots.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on April 06, 2014, 06:15 AM
I am with East Coast Adorables ( :yay ), but I will scribble in my notebook on the plane tomorrow. Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 06, 2014, 06:53 AM
Tori, I love hearing you're with the Adorables! Hope you have a smashing time!

Sarah, congrats on the poem.

I'm putting some writing work in before church. Happy writing to everyone!
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Post by: Michael Galligan on April 06, 2014, 04:42 PM
Hi there,

Glad you like ERNOs, JFriday! That's the way my mind works sometimes - acronyms, spoonerisms, etc. I can't help it.
Anyway, as you can tell by the time I am posting, I am not on any regular schedule at this point (daughter is two weeks and two days old), but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. I like seeing what you are all working on.
Me: looking at an old draft of a MG short story to see if it still has legs. Also in beginning stages of outlining a new YA novel.

Attending my first SCBWI regional conference this coming weekend. Very excited and hopeful!

Cheers,
Mike
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Post by: JFriday on April 18, 2014, 01:47 PM
Well, it's nowhere near early morning or late at night but I'm checking in anyway. I seem to be forgetting in the mornings. On spring break and my goal is to add 10K to my newest YA. Started writing Monday morning; I'm up to 7K and 2 days to go!

Michael, I hope you enjoyed the conference - how did it go? And give a kiss to that sweet new daughter of yours! And to your wife - I remember those days. And nights... :newbaby:
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Post by: stella-michel on April 18, 2014, 05:26 PM
Congratulations, Jean! I recently finished my 2nd round of revisions on my novel, too. Feels like an enormous weight has been lifted from me. Have even written a query letter that works (I think). Are you ready to start querying now? Or maybe you already have an agent. I'm not sure.

Stella
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Post by: SarahW on April 26, 2014, 05:37 PM
Back to writing every day again. 7,000 words into my next novella, writing from 11:30.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on April 28, 2014, 04:44 AM
Good morning, ERNOs! Getting some writing done quickly before I'm off to work.

Have a great Monday, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on May 01, 2014, 04:37 AM
Just finished some writing before leaving for work. Anybody else writing earlier?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 01, 2014, 09:52 AM
Just chiming in to congratulate you, Mike.
JFriday: I can join you.
Spent the night at my mother's last night and woke early so I packed my bag and headed home. I couldn't stand hearing her and her husband snore in unison through the bedroom wall.
Why am I surrounded by such snoring beasties? Parents, friends, cats and John, the champion.

Anyway, I hopped on the bus and took out my refill pad and got a few scribbles before disembarking. More written this afternoon.
 :beam If my boys (characters, not male cohabitants) discovered, they would be ecstatic.
Two chapters revised and another written.
Making truffles to relax tomorrow and surrendering my laptop to a better cause for the evening. John has an exam in the morning. Then I shall repossess it for the foreseeable future.
Happy working, guys. I will shut up now and make dinner.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 30, 2014, 06:40 AM
Anyone waking up Early? I am trying to set a new habit for 2015 of waking up an hour before the family to work on my writing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on December 30, 2014, 07:58 AM
Good morning, Darshana, and any other fellow-toilers! Yes, I am always up and happy to join you. What a great resolution; I may have to channel your resolve!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on December 30, 2014, 11:38 AM
Bad Darshana! :uhuh I cannot begin to tell you how dismayed I was to see this old thread pop up again!

OK, I'm in for tomorrow.  One morning at a time, I always say.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on December 30, 2014, 12:23 PM
 Oh, AnneB,  :yup !  Now I am :lmao !
We're in it again, up to our eyeballs!

Hauo'li Makahiki Hou!
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on December 30, 2014, 08:54 PM
I'm being a night owl over Christmas vacation, but once school starts up again I'll be an early riser. Being a night owl comes more naturally, but I can't manage coherent sentences after a full day of teaching. So next week it'll be insanely early mornings, and I'll be glad to check in with my fellow sufferers writers. Do we have a sleepy smilie? I see this guy  :zzzz but I'm hoping to be a little more alert than that!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on December 31, 2014, 05:59 AM
I'm here, ms file open. Our household is still in vacation mode for the next few days; next week I'll probably be earlier. Happy writing, everybody.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on December 31, 2014, 08:12 AM
Good morning, all, and, yes, I am late! It's 40 here in CA (I know, having lived in MN for 10 years that this is shorts weather!) and it was more fun to doze under thelwarm covers than to sit at the laptop and begin revising, but....I couldn't let this party continue without me, too! Happy writing and Happy New Year, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 01, 2015, 10:51 AM
Yeah!! Happy to see you guys back. There is no way I can do the 5am thing starting next week with out you fine folks to hold me accountable.
Sorry I missed yesterday. Will be back tomorrow morning at 6am!

AnneB - LOL!
Tori - I agree it is freakishly cold in CA. Brrr!
MVP - I am sure to be like  :zzzz  most mornings.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 01, 2015, 01:08 PM
I forgot to sign in this morning, but I was up around 7 AM my time! Writing...none yet. As far as I'm concerned, the new year starts on Monday, when everybody else's schedule goes back to normal.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 01, 2015, 06:13 PM
Okay, okay, okay, I checked this morning, but, seeing no one here, felt a little like the Lone Ranger, so I took down and put away all the Christmas decorations, instead, while DH was watching football. :xmascheer
Does that sound like an excuse for not writing?  :yup
It makes me smile to see you two here! :) Yes, I'll be here tomorrow AM, I promise, and first will be writing letters to the Adorables on the east and west coasts. Also, the bunnies who live in our yard write the Adorables letters, along with us. They sign their letters with a green paw print stamp.
Then, I'll get to *aaaaaargh* revising mss! Keeping the lists of "musts" for guidelines close by helps, but, oh, goodness...how to revise so the ms will stand repeated readings, enlarging horizons each time, is quite daunting.
Happy New Year, fellow-toilers!
Aloha and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 01, 2015, 07:02 PM
Aw, sorry you didn't find some company Tori, but if you've got your Christmas decorations put away, you're ahead of me!

Being a night owl tonight, and hoping for some productive work before midnight.   Tea steeping and revisions commencing.  :tea  :writing3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 02, 2015, 05:28 AM
Good morning! TGIF and all that. I've really been up for 45 minutes and online but had to do a few mod things first. Happy writing, people.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 02, 2015, 05:55 AM
Can I join you all? I'm trying to get in an hour or two of writing before my baby wakes up every day. Looks like I'm a little late to be getting started, but that pillow was really comfortable this morning. 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 02, 2015, 06:02 AM
:welcome Melissa K!
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Post by: Tori on January 02, 2015, 07:16 AM
Aaaaah, a new fellow-toiler! Welcome, Melissa! How well I remember those baby days, though they are long past. It was so nice to log on and find AnneB already here, too! I hope MVP, our night owl, had a productive session. Keeping fingers crossed, here (and, wow, is it ever hard to type this way!)
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 02, 2015, 08:15 PM
Welcome, Melissa K! How old is your little one? I hope your baby sleeps long and well for you, and gives you a nice chunk of writing time in the mornings. Nothing more frustrating than getting up early to have time of your own before a baby wakes up, only to have the baby wake up ahead of schedule. Ask me how I know!  :grin3  :babygirl

I wish all you early risers some peaceful sleep while I  :typing. Good luck with your morning sessions!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 02, 2015, 10:03 PM
Absolutely double ditto for all the writing moms! As a writing grandma, I sometimes have that concern, but only on an infrequent basis (the Adorables and the Sleepovers and the Babysitting!), and my hat is off to all of you who do it every single day  :yourock....I know you already do treasure these moments   :star2 -- they fly before we know it...
Keep the writing torch burning...
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 03, 2015, 06:28 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

My little guy just had his first birthday a couple of weeks ago. He was a terrible sleeper for a long time, but now he's pretty good. He almost always wakes up once (and only once) per night between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. If I nurse him a bit, he goes back to sleep for two hours or so. I've gotten into the habit of going to bed early and just getting up to at 4:30 or whenever. It's actually a good schedule for me.

Anybody else here this morning? I'm off to write...

 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 03, 2015, 06:39 AM
I'm here, but not writing. Have to check the boards I mod and then help shovel snow. Fortunately it's only an inch or so.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 03, 2015, 06:58 AM
I'm here, too, but no snow to shovel (after ten years in MN!), just frost. The writing will have to wait, however, since we have friends visiting and I must do the mundane chore of cooking breakfast, instead of cooking up a plot. I can write later today, after they leave!
Melissa K, what a precious morning time you have! AnneB, thank you for your mod-ly chores to keep us all writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 03, 2015, 07:46 AM
I got up a bit later, but I'm here. Now to figure out how to summon the muse.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 04, 2015, 07:13 AM
Had a bit of a rough night, so I'm getting started late today. I hope the snow shoveling, breakfast cooking, and muse summoning went well yesterday.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 04, 2015, 07:29 AM
Hi, Fellow-Toilers!
I'll be back here a bit later after the usual Sunday activities....want to revise and work on a couple of PBs.....
Happy writing!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 05, 2015, 02:49 AM
Happy Monday, early birds! I'm here, and missing vacation already. I'm making coffee for all of us. :coffee3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 05, 2015, 05:36 AM
Thanks MVP. Now if only I actually had a cup of  :coffee3
I have never been a coffee drinker but am seriously considering picking it up.
Happy Writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 05, 2015, 05:53 AM
Oh, MVP, I'd love a cup of coffee. Happy writing, everybody!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 05, 2015, 06:53 AM
I was up early and made a pot of tea, including an extra teabag so it would be strong enough to get me going. No writing until the afternoon for me: three people in the house were rushing off to outside jobs. One son is in town for a 3-week consulting gig :yay but because of the below-zero temps, I drove him to the bus stop. The other, who lives here for a few more months, had the early shift at the bookstore this a.m. so he was off by 6:30. DH is getting ready to leave for work now and then things will calm down. Starting the day job now; writing this afternoon :crossedfingers .   

No, writing DEFINITELY this afternoon.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 05, 2015, 07:28 AM
Thanks for the  :coffee3, MVP! AnneB, sounds as if you have :winter well under control. Yes, writing this afternoon DEFINITELY for me, too!
Thinking good thoughts for all of you, fellow-scribblers! :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 05, 2015, 06:17 PM
Darshana, I didn't drink coffee until I had my second child.  I never thought I'd become a coffee drinker. But when a baby was keeping me up at night and a toddler was keeping me up by day, coffee was all that kept my eyes open. Now I'm an addict.

It was a good day. I wasn't thrilled when the alarm went off at 5:00 this morning, but I had a productive writing session in the morning. My kids adjusted easily to going back to daycare, I had a pleasant first day back at work, the evening flowed smoothly, and all in all I'm pleased with how I balanced my responsibilities today. 2015 is off to a good start. Now I just have to replicate it another 360 times.  ::-)

Hope all of you had productive days too!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 06, 2015, 05:23 AM
Good Morning MVP.
Hmm .. maybe coffee would've helped when my girls were at that age.
I kind of don't want to start drinking coffee because I don't want to get addicted, but I love the idea of drinking something warm to introduce as part of the 5am routine. Any suggestions that are totally calorie or caffeine ladened? I do like the occasional latte or hot chocolate but every morning probably wouldn't be a good thing.

I'm off to writing, well for at least twenty minutes. Tuesdays are my dinner days so I have to prep it in the morning and have breakfast ready by 6am for the kiddos.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: Tori on January 06, 2015, 06:22 AM
It sounds as if all are off to a great start!
Happy writing, everyone!

:coffee3 in hand!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 06, 2015, 10:28 AM
I missed this morning, sadly, and now I've got the day job to deal with.

Darshana, I can recommend peppermint tea. I can't drink much caffeine because I'm still breastfeeding my baby. I was very much a coffee drinker before I decided to be a mom, but now I restrict myself to one cup of decaf per day. Then it's on to the peppermint tea, which is hot and tasty even if it's not :coffee3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 06, 2015, 10:44 AM
Also, green tea doesn't have much caffeine but is nice and warm in the morning. Two cautions: if green tea's steeped for longer than 3 minutes, it gets bitter, and it needs hot but not boiling water. 175 degrees is optimal, or let boiling water sit in the cup for a couple of minutes. I bought a very serious cooking thermometer this past autumn, guaranteed to stay calibrated for eons, and I'm shocked, shocked how quickly boiling water cools to 195 degrees (for oolong) and 175 (for green). 

As you can see, there's a reason my avatars are teacups/tea  :coffee3 !

eta: [:coffee3 also works for hot chocolate]
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 06, 2015, 02:50 PM
My favorite healthy option is celestial seasonings sweet coconut chai. It's decaf and tastes good without sugar (though I'd like it with sugar even better, if I let myself go there.)

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 07, 2015, 04:50 AM
Didn't sleep well last night so I don't know how well the writing will go this morning, but I'm off to give it a try.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 07, 2015, 06:26 AM
I'm here too, and I hope your words flow, Melissa!
Anyone else?
:coffee3 at the ready!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 07, 2015, 07:32 AM
I've been up since 6 but this won't be a writing day, alas. Maybe an hour this afternoon if I can figure out something to feed three hungry men that doesn't require a ton of prep time AND that I can put in the crockpot.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 07, 2015, 09:14 AM
AnneB, try this!

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/at73s5ak/paul-horning-stew.html

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 07, 2015, 02:17 PM
I did wake up at ~5am this morning and worked on my PB revision for 30 minutes and had a cup of Lemon Rose Tea.  :coffee3
Thanks everyone for the tea suggestions! Hopefully, having this cup of tea in the morning will help solidify the habit of waking up at 5am.
I am trying to stay offline until I get my writing done, but then I forget to check-in here when I was done.

Melissa - sorry to hear you didn't sleep well. i hate it when that happens.
AnneB - hope you were able to carve out some writing time.
Tori - hi!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 08, 2015, 03:50 AM
Good morning, everybody! I was really hoping the school district would decide it was cold enough outside to delay our start time, but no such luck. So I had a short writing session, but I did what I could. Off to the day job now. Hope y'all are staying warm! Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 08, 2015, 06:22 AM
Good morning, everyone!
That tea does sound good, Darshana, but I can't give up my :coffee3 yet... :) MVP, I hope your classroom is warmer than the outside, and Melissa, may you wake up refreshed and ready to scribble a bit!  :typing AnneB, the Paul Hornung stew is great for writers!
I got some good work done on some pbs yesterday and hope to do more today.
Happy writing, fellow dream-makers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 08, 2015, 08:57 AM
Stay warm Melissa. What grade do you teach?
Tori - way to go.
Yeah I got up again this morning at 5am, I was actually excited. I spent 40mins thinking about how to revise the beginning of my PB. I ended up adding 2 new lines. Amazing how much 'thinking' time you have to spend, though part of the thinking did include some free-write to help get the juices flowing. 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 08, 2015, 10:09 AM
Missed this morning due to a crying baby, but I've made an executive decision to steal an hour from the day job and do some of my own work.

Darshana, I'm not a teacher, although I've done some teaching in the past. I'm a freelance education writer. At the moment I'm working on a 12th grade English textbook.

MVP, it sounds like you are actually a teacher. What grade do you teach?

Stay warm, everybody!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 08, 2015, 12:11 PM
Doh! I just realized I mixed up MVP and Melissa. Sorry. :-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 09, 2015, 03:01 AM
Good morning y'all!

TGIF TGIF TGIF TGIF

Well, I've done it... I've gotten up by 5:15 every day this work week to write.   :clapping and  :zzzz I'm happy with my writing progress, but  the sleep deprivation is getting to me. Time for a weekend so I can  :zzz.

I teach first grade. I like that it's an active job with lots of room for creative expression, and that it gives me the ability to make a real impact on children's lives. But it's exhausting. Have I mentioned that I am really tired?  :zzzz :zzzz :zzzz

Nevertheless I'm going to buckle down and get some writing done before I have to start packing lunches etc.
Melissa K, hope you managed to get some time away from the day job to pursue your own writing!
Darshana, yay for thinking time! That's an important part of the process too.
Tori, congrats on the pb progress, and enjoy your coffee!
AnneB, have a good day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 09, 2015, 06:08 AM
Quote
Doh! I just realized I mixed up MVP and Melissa. Sorry. :-)

Happens to me all the time. I mean, obviously I don't mix myself up with other people, but I get confused about which blueboarder is which.

MVP, congrats on the awesome work this week! I'm impressed that you're able to get up early and teach first graders. Hope you get some :zzzz this weekend.

I'm here and diving in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 09, 2015, 08:52 AM
I promise I'll make up for being late!  :typing :typing :typing
Happy writing, all! Yes, TGIF!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 09, 2015, 02:19 PM
Yup I am late again with the check-in. But I am doing my PB work before checking email, getting on-line, before doing anything .. except for my cup of lemon rose tea.  This morning I finished my PB revision and sent it off.

MVP - Yeah. Getting up at 5amish is quite a task! Congrats! Just so I don't confuse you with Melissa again. What is your name?
Melissa, Tori - Happy Writing!



Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 10, 2015, 07:44 AM
Darshana, that is a wonderful feeling, isn't it? Sealing that submission envelope -- or pushing "send" on the email -- congratulations! I hope everyone has a productive day. I hope to continue working on my errant pbs; yesterday was a good day, thanks to my MN CP who helped with one of them. Here's to CPs!  :cupcake
Happy Saturday, fellow-scribes!  :typing
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 10, 2015, 02:35 PM
Congrats on sending out your PB, Darshana. Wishing you luck. :star2

I missed another morning. We're running into lots of roadblocks around here lately, none of them major but all of them tiring and time-consuming--teething, perplexing changes in nap schedules, etc. Right now I'd like a nap, but I'm going to write instead. 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 11, 2015, 05:57 AM
Checking in. Happy Sunday to you all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 11, 2015, 07:15 AM
Happy Sunday to all, as well!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 11, 2015, 07:32 AM
Happy Sunday here, too. Temps in MKE are finally above single digits and I walked to a coffee shop this morning for an hour's uninterrupted writing, which I can start in about 5 minutes as soon as my chai is ready.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 12, 2015, 02:57 AM
AnneB, an hour of uninterrupted writing over a glass of chai sounds fabulous. Hope it went well.

I didn't get much writing done this weekend, but I did finally get my Christmas decorations down. I was beginning to think they'd still be up next December.

Darshana, my first name is Miriam. I spent my childhood being the last one picked for every team forced to accept me as a player, so I was amused when I got married that my initials became MVP.

Here's to a productive work week!  :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 12, 2015, 04:56 AM
AnneB, I'm a little jealous of your hour of coffee shop writing. Hope it went well!

MVP--Miriam--that's an awesome story about your initials. For some reason it makes me want to tell you about my elementary school softball experience. My coach put me in right field--where the ball went least often--and I promptly invented a game of standing in one exact spot in the grass and trying to make imprints there with my feet. I went back to that spot in every inning to make my imprints stronger. I got really annoyed whenever the ball came my way and spoiled the game. Needless to say, I was not voted MVP.

:typing

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 12, 2015, 07:11 AM
Good morning, all! Love the name stories! Melissa, I'm thinking that could turn into a cute pb someday!
AnneB, I envy you your walk through the snow -- really!
Happy writing, fellow-scribes!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 12, 2015, 09:17 AM
Happy Writing!
I used to have to play in right-field too. It was boring out there.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 12, 2015, 03:27 PM
This is making me think of the Peter, Paul, and Mary song "Right Field." Do you know it? If not, do yourself a favor and watch it on youtube. It's the story of my life. Except for the miraculous ending.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 13, 2015, 02:57 AM
Setting up the laptop just before 6:00 EST. A little later than I planned, but still 45 minutes to write if I get right on it. Trying to start a fight between two important characters today. Should be fun.  *evil chuckle*

Have a great day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: AnneB on January 13, 2015, 05:12 AM
Good morning! Miriam and Melissa, what cute baseball stories! More snow to walk through, but I'm giving the coffee shop a break today and will be walking to the library instead (same distance, opposite direction, an inch of new snow) to pick up a book for DH that's on its last day on the hold shelf. Making some progress on the ms. but still stuck on the same scene I was Sunday. If I don't nail it today, I'm highlighting it and moving on to another one.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 13, 2015, 05:50 AM
Miriam, good luck with that fight. Fists swinging, or just words slinging?

Anne, I hope you get that scene nailed today, and I know you'll get it sooner or later.

I'm making a royal mess of my first draft right now, and for once I'm actually enjoying it. Usually it gives me a sick-scared feeling to think about all the work it'll take to fix the junk I'm writing. This time I'm feeling the real story growing up under the surface, and I'm looking forward to digging in.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 13, 2015, 07:30 AM
Good morning, fellow-toilers! I'm checking in late, here, but I have a good excuse! (Ready?) I just finished reorganizing all the files in the office -- ugh.  They're done, now, though. :yay Now I can write with an uncluttered mind, with any luck, which I'll need because I'm :stuck on a pb motivation for my MC!  Good luck on all the fixing, AnneB, Melissa, and MVP! Darshana, are you still stuck out in right field? ;) ;) Hope not!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 13, 2015, 12:25 PM
Cute Tori! I'm here. Yeah on the re-organization, can you come over and organize my stacks of papers too?? Pleasse. I have :cookie    Stuck on motivation, hmm .... I usually get stuck on the 'stake' part.
I'm just trying to find the right words for another PB revision.

Miriam - how did the fight scene go? did the characters give a 5-star performance? sounds like fun.
Melissa K - love your attitude. now go dig!
AnneB - Hope you were able to get some writing done at the library.




Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 14, 2015, 06:06 AM
Glad to see everyone seems to be chugging along.

Tori, if you're willing to hire out your organizational skills, they are sorely needed in my office corner.

Darshana, if you're still looking for motivation for your characters, how about cookies?

:typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on January 14, 2015, 06:17 AM
Good morning!
Thank you all for your sweet "employment" offers, but, seriously, you don't want my organizational skills; it took me five years to bite the bullet and do it! ;)
Working on pbs after I bite another bullet (is there a smiley?) and go to the gym. Ugh! Definitely need :coffee3 for that!
Happy writing, fellow-scribblers! :typing
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 14, 2015, 10:40 AM
Hi Melissa and Tori!
I didn't make it out of bed today. Hope to make up for it by working tonight on my PB after the kids go to sleep.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on January 14, 2015, 01:29 PM
I made it out of bed, but unfortunately my three year old decided to be an early riser as well. So not much accomplished this morning. Sigh.

Did you make it to the gym, Tori? People who get up early to exercise are the ones who really amaze me. I can't do it. My novel and my children are the only things I love enough to pull me out of bed before the last possible minute. Exercise? Housework? Blow-drying my hair? Forget it.  :duh <--Me with my air-dried hair
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Post by: AnneB on January 15, 2015, 04:28 AM
Just checking in. I've been up for half an hour but not yet awake enough to say anything clever. I'm looking forward to writing today.
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Post by: MVP on January 15, 2015, 05:04 AM
I'm here too! Two hour delay this morning for icy roads.  :snowski I'm letting my kids watch TV so I can have more writing time.
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Post by: Melissa K on January 15, 2015, 05:19 AM
Checking in. Hope the morning's writing goes well for all of you.

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Post by: Tori on January 15, 2015, 07:14 AM
Hi, All!
Yes, thanks, MVP, I made it to the gym and then fiddled with the laptop later, which will be the story today--afternoon writing, but happily knowing that you all are in my corner, as we all are for each other on this lonely thread!  :yup AnneB, that *was* clever! :)
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 15, 2015, 08:35 AM
I got up and worked on my PB revision, got the kids out and then sat back down. I didn't think I could do it (was feeling flummoxed about the direction on some edits) but I did!! Revision is done. Will let it sit for a bit then send it out for another round of critiques!
I feel great right now. Of course now I have to hurry get ready and go to work.

Hope you all had a good writing morning.

-Darshana
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Post by: Melissa K on January 16, 2015, 05:33 AM
This morning I popped awake at 5:00, looked at the clock, and thought, "Wow, I slept in." Don't know whether to feel proud or appalled at myself.

Darshana, congrats on getting that PB revision done. That's such an awesome feeling.
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Post by: AnneB on January 16, 2015, 06:11 AM
Yay, Darshana! I've been up for two hours, nursing a shoulder/neck cramp, and just a few minutes ago figured out that it was caused by a slip on the ice last night. I didn't fall, but I had my computer bag on one shoulder and I must have pulled a muscle, and sitting in the middle of a long table at a SCBWI meet-up probably made things worse. It's a lot better today than it was yesterday so I think I'll be OK writing.
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Post by: Tori on January 16, 2015, 09:28 AM
Late checking in, but raring to go. AnneB, watch that ice! :cold How well I remember taking little, tiny, baby steps sideways to go down to the mailbox in MN!  Salt and sand! Snowplows! Roof rakes!
Congrats on the revision, Darshana!  Melissa K -- be proud! :) Most would not think of 5 AM as "sleeping in"! ;)
Happy writing and stay warm, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 16, 2015, 11:37 AM
Thanks Everyone!
Melissa - 5am is sleeping in?!?!
i did not get my butt out of bed this morning. i'm a little sad that i caved, but getting only 5.5-6hrs a sleep finally caught up with me.
i do need to tweak another PB by Sunday night .. will need to put in the hours this weekend.

AnneB - hope you are back is feeling better today. i had flare up last week, thankfully it is mostly gone now.

Happy Weekend!
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Post by: Melissa K on January 17, 2015, 06:01 AM
For the record, I used to be more of a ten a.m. kind of "morning person." When I felt appalled at myself yesterday, it wasn't because I thought five a.m. was late, but rather because I don't recognize this person I've become.

AnneB, sorry about your slip on the ice. I hate how little problems like that disrupt the writing schedule. Hope it gets better fast.

Darshana, everybody needs a rest day once in a while. I hope the revisions go great this weekend.

Tori, keep on keepin' on.

The baby got me up at 3:30 this morning, and I couldn't get back to sleep. I'm going to try to write and see how it goes.
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Post by: Tori on January 17, 2015, 07:27 AM
Good morning, fellow-scribblers!
Melissa, I hope that baby went right back to sleep so you get some writing done!  :writing3
Let's all accomplish at least just one tiny tweak today and feel terrific about it (until we see it needs revision!  :slaphead)
With aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 17, 2015, 09:15 PM
Okay no writing today. Eeks. But I did take the kids to see Big Hero 6. God, I love Pixar storytelling skills. To be able to write like them ...  :cloud9 Though I did think this film was a tad darker than the previous ones. Also I am reading WE WERE LIARS and nearing the end. OMG!! That is all I am going to say. I am going to go read because I HAVE to finish this book now.

I will wake up bright and early tomorrow to do my revision. If I don't show up you are welcome to throw pies, tomatoes, or whatever suits you.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on January 18, 2015, 06:04 AM
Tori--Yep, he went back to sleep, and I did get a fair amount of groggy writing done.

Darshana--Days off are necessary sometimes. Hope you enjoyed it!

:typing
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Post by: MVP on January 18, 2015, 06:36 AM
No writing for me yesterday. Got distracted researching and planning for  our Florida vacation in February.  :vacation :beach Must stay focused tonight. I'm going to be a night owl since I have the day off on Monday.  :hurrah
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Post by: Tori on January 18, 2015, 07:25 AM
No pies or tomatoes, Darshana! Glad everyone is perking along :coffee3 MVP, a FL vacation sounds great in the middle of winter!  I'm running out the door; we're babysitting the Adorables for tomorrow's holiday and we're off!
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: AnneB on January 18, 2015, 08:39 AM
Not an early riser today, nor will I be for much of the next week because of change in schedules around here (Older Son is in town for a consulting job and leaves early, Younger Son who still lives here has weird shifts also this week). I have managed some Quality Writing Time this week and can report progress on the scene that has taken me so long.

Best wishes, people: I'll check in with again when I can get up early w/o disturbing anyone else (or them disturbing me).
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 18, 2015, 12:11 PM
Aren't there any afternoon-teasers like me around? :hug
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Post by: MVP on January 18, 2015, 09:53 PM
Thunderingelephants, writing in the afternoon would be lovely, if my boss and/or my children would just leave me alone at the computer for a while! Unfortunately, that's not going to be happening any time soon.  But I did have a decent writing session tonight. Off to bed, now. Good luck to the morning crew!
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Post by: Helen on January 19, 2015, 04:02 AM
I haven't raised a  :coffee3 to this club in quite a bit. I have been up and running on my writing :horse.  I raise my mug this morning to you all! Happy scribbling!
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Post by: Melissa K on January 19, 2015, 05:48 AM
Good morning, Scribble Girl! Glad to hear you've been too busy writing to pop in. That's the best reason.

Thunderingelephants, I'm with MVP. I'd love an afternoon writing session, but it's not happening in my life any time soon.

Now on to the :typing

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Post by: darshana on January 19, 2015, 11:02 AM
Welcome Scribble Girl and ThunderingElephants.
I have kids and work full-time so the only time I get to write is early morning, late nights and during my lunch hour.

I did finish my PB revision yesterday, so off it goes for critique. Now to catch on some other peoples critiques and start working on the next pb revision.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: MVP on January 20, 2015, 03:59 AM
Good morning, early birds! Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on January 20, 2015, 05:37 AM
I'm here too. Best wishes to all of you today!
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Post by: Tori on January 20, 2015, 12:18 PM
Hi, All -- and a warm welcome to those who've rejoined us! I missed this AM because I was doing a 1st grade school visit and now I'm trying to catch up after having been gone for three days with the Adorables. :bunny2

Happy writing, everyone, and may you accomplish your goals!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on January 21, 2015, 05:52 AM
Good morning, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on January 21, 2015, 07:30 AM
Good morning from sunny CA! With house guests for five days (but, they're fun!), the laptop will be a bit silent, and I'm envious of all my fellow-scribblers who get to keep on  :writing3 !
Have fun, everyone! I'm cheering you on!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 21, 2015, 10:19 PM
Hi Everyone,
I am around here and there. Hubs comes back tomorrow .. yeah.
Then I can get my early mornings back for writing.

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Post by: Melissa K on January 22, 2015, 06:43 AM
Checkin' in.
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Post by: Tori on January 22, 2015, 07:05 AM
Hi, all! *ducks in*
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on January 22, 2015, 07:09 AM
I'm home sick!  :stars3 :love5 :stars3 Yes, those are the right emoticons. A day to myself, with long uninterrupted hours to work on my writing? Totally worth a sore throat. I'm hoping to make real progress today.

Hope you all have a productive writing day! With or without the help of germs.
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Post by: Melissa K on January 22, 2015, 10:33 AM
Congrats on your sore throat, MVP. I recommend hot tea and about six hours curled up with your laptop. 
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Post by: darshana on January 23, 2015, 05:57 AM
Good Morning! Yes I was up at 5am. Ironically, so were both my girls. I guess this means I will see pigs flying soon. Just working on revisions again.

MVP - hope your sore throat is getting a bit better, but not enough to go to work. :-)

Happy Friday!
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Post by: Tori on January 23, 2015, 06:03 AM
Good morning, everyone! House guests and DH are asleep and I'm not! MVP, I hope your throat is on the mend; Melissa, good Rx for the throat; Darshana, irony rules, right? Count those flying pigs for us!
Happy Friday!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on January 23, 2015, 01:46 PM
Tori, it sounds like you got to sneak in some writing time. Hooray!

Darshana, sorry you had early rising kiddos this morning. Hope you got to sneak some work in anyway.

I missed writing this morning. The baby has a cold, and there was a very congested awake period in the middle of the night. After that my pillow was much more tempting than my laptop. But it's my day off from paid work, so I'm going to try to get a naptime writing session in this afternoon.

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Post by: Melissa K on January 24, 2015, 06:58 AM
I'm here this morning, but later than I wanted to be. We seem to be in a bit of a sleep regression around here. I'm bummed about it and trying not to be bummed about it.

Hope you all are writing well or resting well!

:typing
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Post by: MVP on January 24, 2015, 12:15 PM
My throat is worse.  :feelbad And now that it's not buying me time off work I feel worse about it, too. Still hoping to write tonight, but I also know I need sleep if I'm going to kick this thing.
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Post by: Tori on January 24, 2015, 12:30 PM
Hi, all --
A bit of a side-step here with a corneal abrasion (just what we writers want!  :cry2  :oops) but it should heal in a few days, doc said, and I have antibiotic drops.
MVP, have you tried gargling with Listerine or salt water?  :crossedfingers that will help. Naps are healing, as you know.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets well!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 24, 2015, 03:24 PM
So sorry to hear MVP. Get some rest this weekend. The writing can wait. Who knows maybe you will dream an idea for your story.

Tori- ouch, that sucks. Hope you get better soon too.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 25, 2015, 08:33 AM
 :hugs to all under-the-weather blueboarders. Woke excessively early and had intended to go to a writer's brunch in the Capital but was too exhausted to travel (it would have taken three hours by train). Then I became restless so I trotted into the coffee shop to nurse a cappuccino and produced my pen and paper. Wrote eight hundred (quite painful longhand) and...COMPLETE! Finished the sequel of the story I wrote last year.
Severe hand-cramp in flow. Now, to type it all up! :revising :techi :mad4 :coffee
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Post by: Melissa K on January 25, 2015, 01:00 PM
MVP and Tori, I hope you both are on the mend!

Thunderingelephants, I'm glad to hear you made such good progress.

I missed another morning, but it's a weekend, so I have a little afternoon time now.
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Post by: Melissa K on January 26, 2015, 08:03 AM
More :hugs to MVP and Tori. Hope you're both getting better.

I actually got going around five this morning, but I'm just checking in now.
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Post by: Tori on January 26, 2015, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the hugs, Melissa K; yes, much better!
I hope everyone is having a happy Monday; I'm working on some stubborn pbs today before a Skype with 4th graders from MI.
Aloha to my fellow-toilers,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 26, 2015, 10:12 AM
Glad to hear you are on the mend Tori.
Way to go thunderelephants, hope your hand is feeling better.
Hi Melissa.

I was up late last night doing finishing a pb revision. Not sure if I like it but at least it's done. So I didn't wake up this morning. But I will be revising another pb tonight.

For those of you in the Northeast stay safe and stay warm. Sending you some CA sunshine.   :sun :palmtree
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Post by: MVP on January 27, 2015, 03:07 AM
Checking in. Still  :sick2 but trying to get some work done anyway.
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Post by: darshana on January 27, 2015, 07:19 AM
Sorry to hear you are still not feeling well MVP. Get some rest. :-)

Good Morning. Didn't get up this morning. Hope to get some stuff done during lunch today.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on January 28, 2015, 06:04 AM
:hugs to MVP.

I'm here this morning, but I'm dragging my brain behind me like a carcass. We'll see how much gets done.
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Post by: Tori on January 28, 2015, 06:42 AM
Melissa K, that made me  :haha :haha What a visual!  :yup
Darshana, I hope you made good progress, and MVP, hope you're better!
I am over my eye issue -- hurray -- and made some revisions yesterday, and I hope to make more today.
Happy writing, fellow-toilers,

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on January 29, 2015, 03:50 AM
So glad to hear your eye issues are better, Tori. Happy writing!

I can't sleep, so I'm going to be a middle-of-the-night writer tonight. Hopefully I can catch a bit of sleep in the morning.
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Post by: Tori on January 29, 2015, 06:25 AM
Good morning!
:coffee3 :coffee3 :coffee3
I hope you got some writing done in the wee hours, Melissa K, in spite of your wee one!
Today is wrestling with a pb; my CP in MN gave me some great ideas yesterday. Let's hear it for CPs! :stars3
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on January 29, 2015, 03:27 PM
Thanks for the sympathy and well-wishing, everyone. I took off of school this afternoon for a dentist appointment, and once my teeth were clean I wrote in a coffee shop for two hours while treating myself to something caffeinated and sugar-laden with zillions of calories. It was fantastic. Both the writing time and the drink.

Tori, I'm glad your CP gave you such good ideas! Hope the revising goes well.
Melissa, how did your middle-of-the-night writing go? Are you exhausted today or could you catch up on sleep this morning?
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Post by: Melissa K on January 30, 2015, 06:40 AM
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I hope you got some writing done in the wee hours, Melissa K, in spite of your wee one!

Love the wee wordplay here, Tori, but in the interest of defending my wee one's honor, it wasn't his fault I was up in the middle of the night. He slept like a champ, but I got hit with a case of garden-variety insomnia. The writing went okay, and I managed a morning nap before the day started.

Miriam, I'm glad you got such an awesome extra writing session.

Tori, hooray for your CPs!

:typing
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Post by: Tori on January 30, 2015, 06:55 AM
Good Morning, Everyone!

Melissa K, I loved how you defended your wee one's honor! :) I'm glad you got some work done, despite the hour!

Have a productive day, fellow-writers -- ahead of the weekend!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on January 30, 2015, 10:34 AM
Hi Everyone.
I was supposed to work on a revision instead I started writing the pitch for a different story.
Going to try and spend the next 24 hours on a new PB story. Gotta get the first draft out of the way (hardest thing for me) so I can get back to revising (which i love .. most of the time). Can't slack off the new 12x12 year.

Happy Friday and Happy Writing!
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Post by: Auri Lynn on January 30, 2015, 04:17 PM
This looks like fun! Is it still going on? Anyone still waking up at 5am???

 :typing
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Post by: MVP on January 30, 2015, 06:40 PM
Auri Lynn, I will be giving it another shot on Monday. Join in! I want all the accountability I can get to keep from hitting snooze.
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Post by: Auri Lynn on January 31, 2015, 03:50 AM
I will try!

  :dancer
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Post by: Melissa K on January 31, 2015, 05:26 AM
Welcome, Auri Lynn! The more the merrier.

Checking in for a lonely weekend morning writing session.

:typing
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Post by: Tori on January 31, 2015, 06:44 AM
Good morning, Auri Lynn and Melissa K! Yes, the more, the merrier! :partytime
This is a great thread for making me accountable for my writing time! None of this  :paperbag or this  :hiding
I fear there's no time for writing this weekend, but, with any luck, revision ideas will be simmering on the back burners, ready for Monday AM!
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Auri Lynn on January 31, 2015, 07:25 AM
Yes, I am in! This weekend I am writing essays for a course I am taking.. But Monday it is back to my stuff :)  :yay
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Post by: darshana on February 01, 2015, 09:32 AM
Hi Everyone.
Woke up got my PB revision done. Not sure what I think of it, but I sent it off to my critique group.
Now onto the Superbowl party this afternoon, to which I will be taking my writing bag. Nothing against football but ~3.5 hours is too long. Looking forward to brainstorming a new PB story.

Welcome Auri Lynn!!
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Post by: MVP on February 02, 2015, 03:50 AM
Morning, all, and happy Monday! I was up early and got a little bit done. Time to get ready for the day job. Hope you all have a good start to the work week!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 02, 2015, 05:16 AM
Sounds like everybody is chugging along. I'm rooting for you!

Some words need writing, so I'm off.

:typing
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Post by: Auri Lynn on February 02, 2015, 05:30 AM
Going to try again tomorrow   ::-)
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Post by: Tori on February 02, 2015, 08:23 AM
I was up but on the road at 5AM with DH to drive 2 1/4 hours to babysit poor, sick Adorable between nanny coverage while daughter and SIL are each traveling on business. Not much writing today, but, Darshana, you inspired me to brainstorm some pb ideas! (Loved the Super Bowl writing bag!).

Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on February 03, 2015, 03:58 AM
Good morning Early Birds! I had a nice little writing session this morning. It was hard to pull myself away from it at the end. Two more weeks and I get to "track out" (my school's alternative to summer vacation.)  :stars3 :stars3 I can't wait!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 03, 2015, 05:11 AM
Tori and Darshana, way to go working a little writing into busy days.

MVP, I'm glad you had a good writing session this morning. I've never heard of "track out." How does it work?

I have a cough, and I keep sleeping badly. Off to write anyway.
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Post by: darshana on February 03, 2015, 05:40 AM
Good Morning MVP - glad to hear your writing session went well.
Hi Melissa - hop you get some rest.

I finally started on character profiles for a new PB story idea. Now wonder I haven't been motivated to get up these past few mornings. New stories/characters are the hardest for me. I'd much rather do revisions.
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Post by: Tori on February 03, 2015, 05:50 AM
Good morning, fellow-scribblers!
Darshana, how cute that your brain puts on the brakes for new drafts, so you sleep in! :)  I hope you make good progress on that shiny, new story! Melissa K and MVP, let's keep the germs at bay and have fun writing.
Off for errands and writing later. Keep those laptops humming, all!  :typing :typing
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Auri Lynn on February 04, 2015, 03:15 AM
Good morning early risers! Up a little earlier today. Good luck to all trying to get a little writing done   :writing3
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Post by: MVP on February 04, 2015, 03:41 AM
Didn't happen for me this morning.  Day job is kicking my butt and on top of that it looks like my daughter might have an ear infection. Late bedtime last night followed by a rough night. Hope you all have more successful days. Congrats Auri Lynn on your early start! Can I tell you that I love your name, by the way? Every time I read it I think, "Oh, how pretty."
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Post by: Melissa K on February 04, 2015, 06:22 AM
Good morning, everybody! MVP, sorry it didn't happen for you today. Tori, MVP, and Darshana, good luck making progress.

:typing
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Post by: Tori on February 04, 2015, 06:32 AM
Good morning, everyone!
MVP, hope you get that day job tamed and ear infection cleared up.  :goodluck
Auri Lynn and Melissa -- write away!
Must, must, must  :typing :writing3 :typing :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on February 04, 2015, 08:49 AM
Tori - more like my brain gets into a car wreck and I have to wobble myself over to my writing space.

This morning, I did filled out a few more lines for my character profiles. Gosh it is hard to just pull details out of thin air.

Good Morning Auri, Melissa, Tori
MVP - Hope your daughter feels better and things are a little less stressful at work.
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Post by: Auri Lynn on February 04, 2015, 02:48 PM
Thanks...

For the record I logged on for support, but didn't get any writing done either. Taking a grad course and it is completely consuming any and all free time I have with readings, essays, exams and management plans.  So I need to get up even earlier to get back to my book.  I will try again tomorrow.

Congrats to all who wrote today!  :yourock

~A
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Post by: Auri Lynn on February 05, 2015, 03:41 AM
Okay... Up a little earlier today and doing a little writing.  :yay
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Post by: Tori on February 05, 2015, 06:11 AM
Ditto! Checking in for  :typing
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on February 05, 2015, 07:38 AM
Checking in a lot later than usual, but hopefully I can do a little :typing anyway.

:stars3 to you all!
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Post by: darshana on February 05, 2015, 10:47 AM
Happy Writing everyone.
Didn't do any writing this morning but did start reading some PBs (mentor text research) for a new story.
Will do some revisions on a PB during lunch if my brain allows. Still feeling a little brain dead after a heated conference call for my day job.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 06, 2015, 05:48 AM
Checking in. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on February 06, 2015, 06:31 AM
Ditto, before a Skype w/4th graders in IL this morning. Darshana --- ish, a heated conference call? So hard to get back to writing after those!  :typing
Happy writing, everyone!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 06, 2015, 12:40 PM
I didn't get out of bed at 5am like I'm supposed too. Instead I kept noodling with a new PB idea my hubby had suggested the night before. Then in little spurts during the morning routine. I wrote a sh**** first draft of a PB and I am thrilled! As usual it's not a character-driven story those take a lot more work up front for me. But I'm happy.  :love5 :love5
Now I get to go back to revising some PBs that I need to send to my mentor.

Happy Friday!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on February 07, 2015, 06:23 AM
Darshana, how cute your DH gives you ideas!  :love5
I'm checking in, but have no time to write today; yesterday was a good day for submitting, though. We know how detail-oriented that has to be; it's way more fun to be able to  :writing3

Happy weekend, all! See you Monday!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 08, 2015, 06:44 AM
Congrats on drafting a new PB, Darshana! I admire you PB writers for being able to put a whole story into such a small space.

Tori, good luck with the submission. :stars3

:typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 09, 2015, 04:06 AM
Good morning! Checking in.  ;D
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Post by: Melissa K on February 09, 2015, 06:19 AM
I'm here too. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on February 09, 2015, 06:37 AM
:coffee3
Checking in!
Aloha!
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 09, 2015, 06:18 PM
Yeah, happy to hear you all are writing away.
I am doing research on peacocks and reading other PBs with peacocks before I do revisions on a PB.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 10, 2015, 05:43 AM
Peacocks? Cool.

Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 10, 2015, 06:45 PM
Didn't make it this morning. I succumbed to my snooze alarm. Hoping to get to bed earlier tonight to give myself a better shot at it tomorrow.

I was looking back at the beginning of this thread, and I saw that the original poster said she only needed to set an alarm clock for the first three days! Then her body just woke her up naturally! I am floored by this concept and jealous, too. Is anybody else in this group like that? For me it is a serious struggle every. single. morning.

Oh well. Three more days to track-out! I'll get a three-week break from the day job and I can go back to being a night owl for a while.  :yay
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 11, 2015, 03:56 AM
Checking in! When I do manage to drag myself out of bed, it is always totally worth it. I have to remember that.

Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 11, 2015, 06:09 AM
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I saw that the original poster said she only needed to set an alarm clock for the first three days! Then her body just woke her up naturally!

Her baby woke her up? Well, duh. Oh, wait. That says "body," doesn't it?

Dang it. The baby is crying. *Sigh.*
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 11, 2015, 06:34 AM
Okay, I'm checking in for reals now.

MVP, good luck with the good fight to get out of bed. I'm glad you won this morning's round. It's a struggle for me, too. I'd be a morning writer no matter what, but I'd write later in the morning if I had my druthers.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 12, 2015, 03:51 AM
Her baby woke her up? Well, duh. Oh, wait. That says "body," doesn't it?

Dang it. The baby is crying. *Sigh.*

 :dr :dr

Checking in. Thanks for starting my day with a laugh!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 12, 2015, 01:37 PM
I did manage to get myself out of bed at ~5am. I started revising my PB.
How is everyone's writing going? What all are you working on?
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Post by: Melissa K on February 13, 2015, 06:11 AM
I'm working on a YA sci-fi novel, which isn't exactly my normal type of project, but I'm having a great time with it.

And now that I've checked in here, I think I'll get working on it. Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on February 13, 2015, 09:30 AM
Good morning, all, and I know it's late! This morning was a Skype session with upper Manitoba 2nd graders; it was -21 there. I've been working on pbs, still. Darshana, how are the peacocks coming along?
Melissa K, it sounds like you're having fun writing out of the box!
Happy writing and a happy weekend, all! We're going to pick up the Adorables for a Great Desert (where we live!) Sleepover,  :yay, so I won't be checking in for a while!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 13, 2015, 01:53 PM
It is going to be in the mid-70's for the next week or so. Crazy weather here in Northern CA. I just need a cold snap to come through since we already booked to take the kids skiing in Tahoe in early March.

Yeah, Melissa on the sci-fi novel. I loved reading Douglas Adams, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov years ago.
Tori - have fun with the Adorables. (grandkids? nieces? puppy dogs?) :-)

I am rotating through revisions on some PBs as I'm in a PB mentorship, which sadly comes to an end in another six weeks.    :bluesad

Peacocks research is done. Almost done with the latest changes for a story and then off to my mentor.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 14, 2015, 05:36 AM
It's been a mild winter here in Seattle too. It's even been sunny a good deal. Did you know shadows still work in winter?

Tori, have fun with the Adorables. (I've been assuming they're grandkids, no?) And Darshana, I hope you end that mentorship with a bang.

:typing

 

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on February 14, 2015, 06:58 AM
Puppies, Darshana!!!! Seriously, I am LOL! That was so cute! Yes, I can confirm they are grandkids, as Melissa surmised. :)
Best wishes for the conclusion of your mentorship! :)

Happy writing, all!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on February 14, 2015, 10:57 AM
Okay, I have to jump back in this thread even though it isn't early morning. I've been AWOL for ages - ill dad, he passed right after Christmas, sad times. I've been unable to concentrate on revising a novel I'm working on, so I've decided to focus on the joy of picture books and poetry. Just now I submitted a poem to Chicken Soup for their Christmas edition. I've got a couple of pb mss out with editors from conferences and I'm working on a new ending for another from some input on a rejection. It's wonderful to have direction again. I hate not having writing goals.

Tori, I hope you have loads of fun with the adorables! And Darshana, wishing cold for you! You can have some of ours - it's going down into single digits and negatives here at night!  :cold
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 14, 2015, 06:11 PM
Hi JFriday, so sorry for your loss. Glad to hear you are able to write, I'm sure in time you will find the energy and desire to work on the novel. Don't rush it will happen. Do stay warm. I haven't experienced single digits since I was in college in Michigan. Snow I miss but not wind-chill or single digit temps. Stay warm. Sending you some  :coffee3 and  :sun

Tori - Glad I could make you laugh. :-) Hope you are having a wonderful time with the grandkids.
Melissa - Glad to hear you are getting more sun of there. I visited once years ago and absolutely loved Seattle. I got lucky it was a sunny weekend.
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Post by: MVP on February 14, 2015, 08:46 PM
Hi everybody, and especially JFriday. So sorry to hear about the hard things you've been through. I'm glad you're here.  :hug

It's fun to hear what you're all working on. Darshana, I love the idea of a peacock PB. Melissa, keep having fun with that YA sci-fi. Good for you, stretching yourself to try something different. Tori, have fun with the Adorables. A sleepover over Valentine's Day weekend sounds fun--and I'll bet the Adorables' parents are appreciative!

I'm about half-way through revising a MG contemporary. Lots of work left to be done. I'm here as a night owl tonight and hoping to get a lot accomplished this week.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!  :love5 :hearts :love5
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 15, 2015, 04:38 AM
JFriday, I'm so sorry to hear about your father, but I'm glad you're here. Re-assembling your writing habit can be a huge challenge after life throws it off-track, but it's a huge relief too. We're rooting for you. :hug

Everyone else, thanks for the kind words, and congrats on your progress, big and small. Hope you're having a fun or productive (or fun and productive) holiday weekend!

:hearts

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on February 15, 2015, 05:49 AM
Good morning everyone! Thanks for your condolences. They're appreciated.

I hope everyone has a great day. Off to figure out my work for the day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 15, 2015, 09:05 PM
Wrapping things up at midnight. I finished the chapter I was working on, so time for bed. Good luck to everyone who will check in tomorrow morning!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on February 16, 2015, 04:22 AM
Good morning! Hope you slept well, MVP. I'm getting a spot of writing in before leaving for the day.

Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 16, 2015, 06:20 AM
Good morning and happy writing, everyone! Checking in.

:typing
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Post by: darshana on February 16, 2015, 10:54 AM
Didn't sleep well last night, so woke up late. Hoping to do some revisions and rhyming exploration during lunch today and tonight.

Melissa, JFriday - Hope you had a good writing session.
MVP - Yeah, on getting a chapter done!  :flame

Back to tech work for me.  :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 17, 2015, 09:40 AM
I missed this morning. The usual story--I didn't sleep well, and then the baby woke up early. He was on a mission to fill the morning hours with fuss and adorableness in equal measures. He's teething again, huzzah.

Hope you all have great, productive writing days.







Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 17, 2015, 09:11 PM
Sorry for the rough night, Melissa K. Hope you get more sleep tonight and get some writing time tomorrow!

We had a snow day here... well, an ice day, technically.  I was off of work anyway, but thanks to the weather my kids were home with me. It was fun, but it cut into my writing time dramatically. I got a little writing done this morning but spent my nighttime writing block doing research. I don't know what possessed me to give my main character an interest in physics. I never even took a high school physics class.

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Post by: Melissa K on February 18, 2015, 06:40 AM
Good luck with the physics research, MVP, and happy writing to all of you!

Checking in. :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 20, 2015, 05:42 AM
Ugh, another morning. Okay. Digging in. Best wishes to my fellow early risers & night owls.
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Post by: Tori on February 20, 2015, 06:54 AM
Good morning all, and JFriday, it's good to see you here, and please accept my sympathy along with everyone else's.  :grouphug2
Definitely need :coffee3 here. The Adorables are gone  :cry2 but we did have such fun!
When I've not written for a while and then get to sit down at the keyboard, it is like coming home again! :typing
Happy writing, everyone, and stay warm in  :winter!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 21, 2015, 05:12 AM
Glad you had fun with the Adorables, Tori. Hooray for involved grandparents! The world would be so much worse off without you.

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When I've not written for a while and then get to sit down at the keyboard, it is like coming home again

That is cool. When I haven't written in a while, it breaks up my momentum, and I take a few days getting back into the groove. It's why I always try to write on weekends. Otherwise I'd spend Monday-Wednesday spinning my wheels, and I'd only make actual forward progress two days a week.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 21, 2015, 09:13 PM
Tori - glad to hear you had a good time with the Adorables. glad to hear you are able to jump back into it.
Melissa - BIC. I am cheering for you.

My brain is putting up mental roadblocks. Trying to explore rhyme for a PB story and the editor keeps getting in the way such that I can barely get started. It sucks. Here is my internal mental conflict.
- Mentor and CPs suggest trying rhyme for one of my stories.
- I have never written rhyme. Have an ear for it but don't have the wordplay skills.
- Every blog post, advice on writing in rhyme, says you have to live and breath it in order to get good at it.
- I have no desire whatsoever to be a rhymer, however I will concede that I can envision the PB story in rhyme and it could very well work.

Just don't know how to get past this mental block and really start exploring.

Thanks!
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Post by: JFriday on February 22, 2015, 05:16 AM
Thank you, Tori, for your sympathy. I'm so glad you had fun with the Adorables. I recently found out I have one of those on the way!

Getting ready for a crit group meeting later today, if the weather allows. Snow and ice already canceled early church service, so we'll see. Love getting together with my writing friends!

Off to tweak some pages. Happy writing!
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Post by: JFriday on February 23, 2015, 04:48 AM
Just did some before-I-go-to-work writing work. Happy day, everyone!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 23, 2015, 05:22 AM
Darshana, I don't know if this'll help, but why not approach the task by telling yourself you'll just try writing a few rhyming lines? It's probably impossible to rewrite a whole book while you're thinking, "I don't know if this is what I want to do" and "Everybody says you have to be totally committed to rhyme in order to do it well." But if you tell yourself you're just playing with the idea of rhyme, it might not feel so daunting, and if you enjoy the play time, the work might roll on naturally from there.

Checking in. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on February 23, 2015, 06:34 AM
Good morning!
I love Melissa's advice for Darshana!  Also, why not take a look at some of Prelutsky's work; he rhymes, but on such silly stuff that it makes rhyming seem like real word play, not word work.  Here's hoping the block dissolves! JFriday, congratulations on the coming Adorable!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on February 23, 2015, 08:09 PM
Congratulations JFriday on the soon-to-be Adorable!
Thanks Melissa that sounds like good advice. I had hoped that I could get that MS ready (the one I am now trying to rhyme) in the next 3-4 months so I would have 5 polished PBs and ready to query. But I think I will have to let that idea go of having 5 stories ready, at least to take the pressure off and let me play.
Thanks for reminding me about Prelutsky's work Tori.

I did revise another PB in the mean time.
Hope you all are doing well with your writing.
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Post by: Tori on February 24, 2015, 06:00 AM
Checking in with :coffee3!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 24, 2015, 10:15 AM
I missed the early morning hours today, but I have a little free time now. :typing 

Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 25, 2015, 05:47 AM
Here as planned this morning. Hope you're all doing well!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on February 25, 2015, 04:51 PM
Dropping in to cheer you all on! I am on vacation this week but I'll be back at it on Monday.
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Post by: Melissa K on February 26, 2015, 06:16 AM
Checking in. I just passed the 50-page mark with my manuscript and haven't hit a major block yet. Keepin' on.

Happy writing, everyone!

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Post by: JFriday on February 26, 2015, 08:48 AM
argh. Been sick and crabby. Finally stayed home today and hope to get some writing done.

Melissa, congrats on the 50-page mark. That always makes it feel like a real book to me.

darshana, what helped me the most with my verse was working through Writing Metrical Poetry by William Baer. I treated it like a writing course and did all the exercises. I loved it and still keep it nearby as a reference book.

That, and reading lots of pbs written in rhyme, which is always enjoyable.

MVP, enjoy your vacation!!
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Post by: Melissa K on February 27, 2015, 05:30 AM
Aw, JFriday, I hope you feel better soon. Staying home and writing sounds like a good plan.

I feel the same way about that 50-page mark. When I make it this far, I almost always feel like it's worth the effort to get to the end of the draft.

Off to write.
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Post by: darshana on February 27, 2015, 03:33 PM
Melissa  - Congratulations on hitting the 50-page mark!!
(piece of inspiration in case you do get blocked, Kathi Appelt drafted Keeper ~50 times but kept getting stuck after a few chapters - she then realized that what she was writing was the ending of the book. so then went back and wrote the story leading up to it.)

JFriday - sorry to hear you have been ill. hope you were able to get some rest today. thanks for the tip, going to go search for it now!

I have been slacking these past two weeks about getting up. Been going to bed late, and finding the motivation to tackle rhyme has been a challenge. But I'm still here writing/revising/studying here and there during the day.
I had an awesome call with my mentor this morning and she told me to go start querying my PBs to my top agents, keep working on PB craft, and start writing a novel. Eeks. All while raising a family and holding down a full-time job in high-tech, this should be interesting. She also told me I should seriously considering getting an MFA from VCFA. (getting an MFA is on my long-term plan, but probably 3-4 years out)

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Post by: Melissa K on February 28, 2015, 05:37 AM
Sounds like you got some awesome feedback from your mentor, Darshana. We're rooting for you, too.

Thanks for the story about Kathi Appelt. I always love to hear about successes with that kind of block because I have a project on the back burner that seems to be on the ten-year plan.

But I'm chugging along, slow and steady, with the current manuscript. That's why I chose to write about this idea. It felt like one I could follow relatively straightforwardly from beginning to end. Hope it keeps going this way.

:typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on March 03, 2015, 04:15 PM
My baby has been an early riser for the last several days, so I haven't been doing my morning writing sessions. I am managing to sneak time here and there in the afternoons. Has anyone been getting up with the dawn or burning the midnight oil this week?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on March 04, 2015, 09:28 PM
Having trouble getting up early, have been going to bed too late. But I'm here now, forcing my self to work on the rhyming story 30 minutes. And trying to turn the editor off in my head.
 ** go away editor in my head **   :frypan
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: thomas-hamilton on March 05, 2015, 02:56 AM
I can relate to the songs they are sing it gets easier with practise and time
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on March 05, 2015, 03:31 AM
I'm back, sleepy and grumpy about going back to work after my vacation. Pass the coffee.

Arrgh, and now I hear my 3 year old crying, so not sure any writing is going to get done this morning after all.  :fury
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on March 05, 2015, 05:00 AM
Oy, Miriam, I hope your kiddo goes back to sleep and gives you some time. Getting up early to write and then not getting to write is the worst.

Also, a personal note to Darshana's internal editor: Shoo, shoo!

I wrote s----y first draft of a picture book the other day. I'm not normally a picture book writer, but it was fun. I'll revise it and put it through some critiques down the road, but for now I'm giving it some space and returning to my novel.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on March 05, 2015, 05:27 AM
Snow day! Looked out the window at 5:30 and there was nothing. By 7:00 it was snowing hard and the roads were bad. No school today so I can write. Yay!

MVP, you went on vacation - I hope it was somewhere warm and stress-free. Darshana, your mentor sounds great. And Melissa, I switch back and forth between novels and picture books. They're so different, it's like using a different brain level for each. I love both.

Well, this doesn't qualify for very early, but - Happy Writing Day to everyone anyway.
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Post by: Tori on March 05, 2015, 06:37 AM
Everyone's been busy and productive --  :yay It is great to share our early morning journeys, here! JFriday -- hurray! A snow day! Loved Melissa K's "shoo-shoo" to Darshana's internal editor! MVP, I hope your baby nods off to sleep! In about three minutes, I'm Skyping with "Year Twos" on the Isle of Wight -- then, I can write a bit!
Happy writing, all!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on March 08, 2015, 07:34 AM
My little guy has become an early riser lately, which has been rough on my productivity. I'm still making time to write most days, but I miss having the regular time first thing in the morning. Today the baby made a surprise decision to go back to sleep, so I'm going to take advantage of it. Happy writing to all of you! 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on March 09, 2015, 03:18 AM
First work day after the time change, and I'm here! Whooo-hooo! Who's with me?

Melissa K, hope your little one sleeps in this morning. Maybe the time change will help with that.
Tori, hope your skype session with the "Year Two's" went well. It sounds like fun. Is Year Two like second grade?
JFriday, hope you had a productive snow-day last week and a great weekend.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on March 09, 2015, 07:12 AM
I'm with you, Miriam. Barely managed to drag myself in the door, but here I am. Hope you all have a productive morning!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on March 09, 2015, 05:21 PM
 Hi, All,

I had to step away from the laptop, but I'm back, though it's late afternoon. How great you were here this morning! Yes, Miriam, they are second-graders, and their little British accents were adorable!

I'll see you all tomorrow morning, with any luck!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on March 10, 2015, 06:51 AM
I'm here with :coffee3 and hope to make progress on revisions. :typing Anyone else around?

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on March 10, 2015, 08:49 AM
I was there, but I forgot to check in. Sneaking back to do it on my lunchbreak.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on March 10, 2015, 08:50 AM
Hi Folks,

Glad to see you are all writing. I have totally fallen off of the 5am bandwagon, and I miss it. Need to get back to that routine. Life is too crazy right now. Had a good time at a writing conference this weekend, but had no time to write. Now I'm trying to catch up.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on March 11, 2015, 05:13 AM
Yeah I got my BIC at ~5am ish. So happy to be here, even if it is only for 30mins.
Happy Writing to you all!

-Darshana
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on March 11, 2015, 06:24 AM
All right, Darshana! Welcome back!
:coffee3 needed now, here!
Aloha and happy writing, all!
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on March 11, 2015, 11:59 AM
My little guy is sleeping later again, but now I have jury duty. Aargh. If it's not one thing, it's another.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on March 13, 2015, 08:01 PM
Melissa, ugh. Are you actually on a trial, or just waiting around to see if you get called? I haven't been on jury duty for years (I've just tempted fate now, haven't I) but I remember there being a whole lot of dead time that I tried to use for writing. The atmosphere was so uncomfortable, though, that it was hard to focus.

I have been really good about getting up early this week--only missed once--but less good about checking in. I'll try to be better about that next week. And I'm going to try to get some writing in this weekend, too, although that's hard to do. My home children are no more likely than my school children to voluntarily leave me alone at the computer for any decent length of time. And it's harder to get myself out of bed in the morning when I'm giving up the possibility of actually sleeping in.  My kids are not usually early risers, thank goodness.  Glad yours is sleeping a little later, Melissa!
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Post by: Melissa K on March 14, 2015, 06:43 AM
MVP, awesome job getting up almost every morning this week. And yeah, there was a whole lot of dead time during the jury selection process, but the atmosphere was way too uncomfortable for writing for me. I did manage to read and comment on most of a friend's manuscript I'd agreed to beta read, so that was something. Unfortunately I wasn't sent home like the majority of folks, and I doubt I'll have much downtime from here on out. Will try to write when I can.

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Post by: Tori on March 14, 2015, 07:17 AM
Ooof, MVP and Melissa! I hope you can eke out a little  :writing3 time! We have (fun  :stars3) family here, so I have to step away from the laptop and notebook for a few days!
Happy writing, all!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on March 15, 2015, 06:18 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: darshana on March 15, 2015, 09:19 AM
I'm here. Just prepping my entries for tomorrow's PB Party. Contest for PB and Early Chapter Books. http://www.michelle4laughs.blogspot.com/2015/03/picture-and-chapter-book-party.html
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Post by: MVP on March 16, 2015, 03:54 AM
Good luck in the contest, Darshana! It's so nice for PB writers to finally have a contest to themselves.  A little pre-St. Patrick's Day luck for you:  :clover :goodluck :clover

I wrote 500 words this morning, which is a good total for me. A happy start to my work week.  :stars3
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Post by: darshana on March 16, 2015, 05:27 AM
Thanks MVP! Yeah to writing 500 words!

I am here but just barely. Having a hard time getting through a PB revision.
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Post by: darshana on March 16, 2015, 11:44 PM
I finally finished my revision. Not sure what I think of it, hopefully it's a step in the right direction.
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Post by: JFriday on March 17, 2015, 03:25 AM
I'm here. Darshana, hope your pb revisions are good ones. It gets so hard to see it right after working on it for a while.

Happy writing, all!
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Post by: MVP on March 17, 2015, 03:50 AM
I'm here, too! Good morning JFriday!
Darshana, congrats on finishing the revision. Even if you have to tweak it more later, every step forward counts.
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Post by: JFriday on March 18, 2015, 03:24 AM
I'm here, giving a pb a last once-over before sending it to my critters. Again.

Happy writing day!
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Post by: MVP on March 18, 2015, 03:58 AM
I was up late doing schoolwork last night so I "slept in" (until 6:00) this morning. No writing this morning. :(
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Post by: Melissa K on March 18, 2015, 06:34 AM
I'm here too.
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Post by: MVP on March 19, 2015, 05:27 AM
Good morning! I was here. Moving on to day job now.
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Post by: darshana on March 19, 2015, 05:50 AM
Good Morning ladies. Happy Thursday!  :fishbowl
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Post by: Melissa K on March 19, 2015, 06:17 AM
Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on March 19, 2015, 06:21 AM
Checking in with :coffee3
Warm wishes for happy writing!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on March 20, 2015, 03:58 AM
Happy Friday, early birds! Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on March 20, 2015, 05:16 AM
Looks like everybody is having a productive week. Awesome work, all! I'm checking in.

:typing
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Post by: Tori on March 20, 2015, 07:23 AM
Me, too :coffee3
Must work on pb revisions today...am thinking protags in a few are too young....

Happy Friday and weekend, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on March 22, 2015, 06:44 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: MVP on March 23, 2015, 03:51 AM
Oof, it was hard to get up this morning. Checking in a little later than planned. Short writing session today, but every bit counts, right?
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Post by: Melissa K on March 23, 2015, 05:32 AM
Yep, every bit counts. For what it's worth, I'm on Pacific time, so it looks like you got here at 3:51 a.m. Impressive!

:typing
 
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Post by: MVP on March 25, 2015, 03:04 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on March 25, 2015, 05:56 AM
I'm here too.
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Post by: Melissa K on March 26, 2015, 06:15 AM
Seems like my check-in times are creeping later and later lately. I need to get on top of that. But in the meantime, I need to write.

:typing
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Post by: Melissa K on March 27, 2015, 05:18 AM
Checking in. I'm getting back into the groove after a little bump in productivity. How are all of you doing?
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Post by: darshana on March 27, 2015, 05:44 AM
I'm here, just reviewing all my feedback on a PB and trying to figure out what changes to make for the next revision.
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Post by: MVP on March 27, 2015, 08:16 AM
I forgot to check in but I did get up to write. My goal is to finish this revision pass by Easter, and I'm getting close!!  :running They were major structural changes this time, so I'll need to go through it at least once more to polish it up before sending it back to my agent.

Glad to see so much productivity in the group! Yay for getting back into the groove, Melissa. And darshana, good luck with figuring out how to make the best use of your feedback.
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Post by: Melissa K on March 28, 2015, 07:05 AM
Thanks, MVP. Sounds like you've set yourself a steep goal. Best of luck with it!

I got up later than usual this morning, but I'm hoping to do a few minutes of writing before the day gets rolling.
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Post by: darshana on March 28, 2015, 10:40 AM
I'm here working on my PB. Got my hubby to take the girls to gymnastics class. My goal is to get this PB revision done by tomorrow night. Hoping I can do it and be happy with the revision.
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Post by: darshana on March 28, 2015, 11:19 PM
I'm here. I'm determined to get the first pass on my revision done so it can rest overnight. So frustrating I can tell something more is needed in a beat but I can't find the words.
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Post by: MVP on March 30, 2015, 03:53 AM
Melissa, that is a weird rejection. I mean, feedback is a good thing, and it's nice of the agent to let you know if there's a comma issue that needs attention. But it's odd to cite that as the reason for rejecting a manuscript when it's such an easy fix. I wish my agent thought the only thing I needed to do to my manuscript was remove some extra commas!

Anyway, I'm here. Also, tired and grumpy. Mondays.  :P
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Post by: Melissa K on March 30, 2015, 06:18 AM
I agree, Miriam, which is why I think that she was really trying to say she just didn't connect with it strongly enough. I wish that were an easy fix.

Anyway, I'm between freelance projects today but have some childcare set up because I thought it was going to take me longer to meet my last deadline, so I have a rare and awesome full day of writing ahead of me. Woo hoo!

(I don't normally obsess over rejections, but this comma thing is getting to me. I couldn't hit "send" without looking back over my message to double-check the punctuation. At least four of the five commas I've used so far are required according to basic comma rules. I'm not sure whether the comma after "anyway" is required or just permitted. But I get distracted when people don't use commas in that situation because it clearly indicates a pause. Gah!)
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Post by: darshana on March 30, 2015, 10:45 AM
Melissa K, sorry about the rejection. But I agree it sounds like the story wasn't for her. Can't help you will the comma issue as I'm not the greatest with grammar. I have a run-on sentences habit. :-(

I got my revision done Sat night. So was feeling good especially when I got the green light on it the next day from my mentor. Just a few more changes but nothing big. I am thrilled! Now that I have four polished PBs, I will start my agent search in the next few weeks. Not sure if 4 PBs is enough to hook an agent, but I guess it's time to find out.

In the meantime I want to get a draft for a new PB done for my final mentor critique. So I will be here more the coming week. And then it is off to start learning about novels and start working on my YA/NA historical fiction idea!

Back to my day job work.
I'll be back tonight.
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Post by: MVP on March 31, 2015, 03:56 AM
Congrats on getting that revision done, darshana! Sounds like an exciting time for you, with lots of plans in the works! Keep us posted.

I got up late and my 3 year old got up early, so my writing time was cut short, but I got a little done. It would make a world of difference if I could get an uninterrupted three-hour chunk of time to write. I have the day off work on Friday, so maybe I will stay up late on Thursday night and see what I can get done. Depends how brain-fried I am after teaching, I guess. Maybe my class will be calm and peaceful on Thursday. Like this:   :writing3 :writing3 :writing3 :writing3

Oh, who am I kidding? They'll be anticipating their day off. They'll be more like this:
 :running  :yeah :lalala :yeah :running
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Post by: Melissa K on March 31, 2015, 06:42 AM
Darshana, congrats on finishing that revision, and MVP, I hope you get that calm and peaceful class on Thursday.

I'm starting late this morning, but I did an eight-hour writing day yesterday. I spent most of my time assessing what I've written of my YA and making a rough plan for how the story will go forward. I've been wanting to do that for weeks, but this was the first time I'd had the large chunk of time I needed.
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Post by: darshana on March 31, 2015, 09:59 PM
Thanks MVP and Melissa K!
Melissa K - that is great that you had time to step back and assess your YA. Eight hours that is great.
MVP - hope you are able to find some quiet time.

Just trying to get my head wrapped around this new story. Hoping I will get some clarity by the morning on which way to write it.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on March 31, 2015, 10:26 PM
I've always avoided this thread because I want to try to go to bed earlier. But since I'm up, I'll pop in and say hi!

I'm finishing revisions for my editor. I've been finishing for a week now. I may be finishing at this time next week.  :shocked

Happy  :writing3 and  :paint to all you early risers!
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Post by: darshana on April 01, 2015, 11:00 PM
dewsanddamps - welcome! good luck with the revisions.

I started brain farting my new PB story, got the intro down. For the first time in a long time my internal editor has left the building. Which means I actually get to play. Yeah! Let's hope it stays on vacation for the next few days, while I attempt to finish the draft. It's weird I can see so much stuff missing in the draft but I don't care, at least for now. If I am still seeing the same missing pieces by draft 5, I'm sure to be pulling my hair out. Hmm. I babbling. Time to get some sleep (how is there no smiley for sleeping??)

Happy Writing
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Post by: Melissa K on April 02, 2015, 04:39 AM
Hi, Dewsanddamps! Glad you dropped in.

Darshana, you are absolutely right that there should be a smiley for sleeping. I'm so glad you're getting to play on the page. That's the best feeling ever.

:writing3
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Post by: Tori on April 02, 2015, 07:14 AM
So fun to see everyone here, including dewsanddamps, and I hope you'll be finishing sooner, rather than later :). Darshana, I wish my internal editor had left the building -- I love that expression!  :exactly
I have comments from my CP on some mss that I plan to send to my editor later, so I'll have my shoulder to the wheel, so to speak.  :writing3
Have a happy writing day, everyone!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: dewsanddamps on April 02, 2015, 07:22 AM
There are sleep smileys! The code for this one  :zzz  is : zzz (with the space taken out).  And the code for this one  :zzzz  is : zzzz 

And yay for missing internal editors.  :writing3  (Sometimes mine shuts up when I feed her ice cream.)  :EmoticonLickIceCream
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Post by: darshana on April 02, 2015, 11:34 AM
Thanks dewsddamps! I have an off-topic question, is there any quick way to figure out all the "smileys" available and their codes? Scanning through the visuals is kind of hard. I scanned it twice last night but still missed the Zzz .
I like the idea of feeding the editor ice-cream.

Happy Writing!
I will be back tonight to work on my draft.
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Post by: MVP on April 02, 2015, 04:26 PM
Darshana, it was a peaceful day with the first graders today, so I'm writing tonight too. 10:00 pm -12:00 am,  no matter what! Hold me accountable.

 :grrr
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Post by: MVP on April 02, 2015, 08:08 PM
You here, darshana? I've put in an hour, but am getting sleepy.  Time to try out the sleepy smilies:

:zzz :zzzz
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Post by: MVP on April 02, 2015, 08:23 PM
Crashing fast here. Not going to make it until midnight. Still, it was a good night's work. My new draft is officially longer than my old draft now,and I still have least two chapters left to go.

Going to :zzz for real now before I fall asleep on my laptop.
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Post by: darshana on April 03, 2015, 05:22 AM
Yeah MVP! on getting some chapters done. Sorry I wan't there to keep you company. Sadly I was too tired to work last night, so instead I watched TV with the hubs. But I will be here during my lunch hour today and tonight as I have to turn in my story to my mentor by tomorrow.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 03, 2015, 06:14 AM
Spent over an hour this morning comforting a little teething person who is now back to sleep. Those teeth refuse to follow my rule that they're only allowed to arrive during my office hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

I'd rather :zzz than write, but I think I'll write anyway.

MVP, congrats on the progress. Darshana, good luck with those revisions. And Dewsanddamps, thanks for the sleep smilies!
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Post by: darshana on April 03, 2015, 09:18 PM
I'm here but just barely. I rarely drink Coke but I am tonight, hope it will help keep me going.
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Post by: JFriday on April 04, 2015, 04:53 AM
Good morning, all! I haven't' check in for a while, and it's not super early but hey, for a Saturday I'll take it.

Darshana, hope that Coke didn't keep you awake longer than you wanted. And Melissa, oh those teeth. Why do they take so long to come in? I remember getting my wisdom teeth and having such an urge to chew on things way back where they were coming in. That made me totally understand why babies cry when they have a whole mouthful appearing. MVP, congrats on the longer draft! And hi to Tori and dews!

Time to get some  :coffee3 and get to work.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 04, 2015, 05:48 AM
Good morning, everyone. I'm checking in.

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Post by: cynthia-mun on April 04, 2015, 07:35 AM
Are there any Night Owls? It looks like it's just the Early Risers...
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Post by: darshana on April 04, 2015, 12:26 PM
Nope the Coke didn't keep me up later than needed. However I wasn't able to sleep-in on the flip side. Hubs suggested I take a shot of brandy before going to bed.
Yes I finished my first draft and I don't absolutely hate it. Maybe because I sent the editor packing. Now I need to catch up on critiques for others and then crank out a PB revision. That all will take a few days. Headed to San Francisco tomorrow for the day and then the Jelly Belly Factory on Monday. My girls are dying to go. Oh and then my parents are in a town for two days. Hmm Spring Break is not going to be as relaxing as I had hoped. Oh well.

Happy to see you back JFriday!
Melissa K - Hope your baby is feeling better.

Welcome Cynthia - early morning, late at night, lunch hour - anything goes but nothing consistently yet.
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Post by: MVP on April 06, 2015, 08:39 AM
Doctor's appointment this morning! Half a sick day! Two hours of uninterrupted writing time in mid-morning when I'm not sleepy! 1,671 words completed. Man, I wish I could have a doctor's appointment once a week.  :typing

Happy Monday, y'all!
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Post by: Melissa K on April 06, 2015, 09:59 AM
Awesome progress, MVP!

Darshana, I am now so curious about the jelly belly factory that it's going to take some effort not to Google it instead of writing during my lunch break today. Congrats on finishing that draft.

Cynthia, welcome! Hope you decide to join us--morning, night, whenever.

I missed a couple of mornings. I've been tired. Will try for tomorrow.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on April 06, 2015, 10:46 AM
Thanks dewsddamps! I have an off-topic question, is there any quick way to figure out all the "smileys" available and their codes?

Sorry I missed your question, darshana. I've been in my revision cave.

No, you just have to look through for the smiley you want. The admins have grouped them as much as possible--so the food is mostly together, and so on. They put the most-used smileys on this first page (but if you click on [more] at the bottom of the smileys above, you get a whole second page).

There are some smileys I use frequently, and I just know the code-- like : hearts (with no space) is :hearts. Looks like you folks are learning :zzz  :yup

Hope everybody's getting some  :writing3 or  :paint done today. I'm waiting on an expert to approve a scene for me, and then need to read through one last time. This ms. required an enormous amount of research, and made my brain go spinny. :bewildered
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Post by: MVP on April 07, 2015, 03:53 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 07, 2015, 06:30 AM
I made it this morning. Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on April 08, 2015, 06:31 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on April 08, 2015, 07:23 AM
Here, too!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on April 09, 2015, 06:01 AM
I'm getting back into my groove: Wake up. Make tea. Check in. Write.
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Post by: Tori on April 09, 2015, 06:05 AM
Me, too, Melissa, but I'm counting on :coffee3!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on April 10, 2015, 06:06 AM
Coffee, mmmm. I made tea again today, but now that you mention coffee I'm wishing I'd made that instead.

Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on April 10, 2015, 06:44 AM
:coffee3 to you, Melissa!
Happy writing, all; I'm off for the weekend for a family wedding!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on April 13, 2015, 04:00 AM
Tori, how was the wedding? Hope you had some wonderful family time.

I don't usually get much writing done on weekends, but I was so close to the end of this draft, I couldn't wait. I stuck my kids in front of my ipad to buy myself some time. Maybe I was better at writing this weekend than at parenting. But I can't be sorry, because the draft is done!  :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 Now I get to spend the week cruising through it again, fixing smaller errors. I got through the first five chapters this morning.

Happy writing, everyone! Start your week off with some  :coffee3.
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Post by: Tori on April 13, 2015, 07:21 AM
Congrats, MVP, on finishing the draft! What a great feeling! The kiddoes were not permanently harmed in any way shape or form.  ;)  The wedding was wonderful; thank you. :)
Off to write -- have a productive day, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on April 14, 2015, 03:48 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 14, 2015, 07:23 AM
So glad you finished your draft, MVP! That's a great feeling. Tori, I'm glad you had a good time at that wedding, too.

I've been working for a while this morning but forgot to check in here. Just thought of it now. The baby isn't up yet, so I think I'll try for another bit of writing before I start my day.
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Post by: MVP on April 15, 2015, 03:56 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Helen on April 15, 2015, 05:20 AM
Have not checked in in a while. Enjoying the support as I lurk.  :invisible
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Post by: Melissa K on April 15, 2015, 05:35 AM
Hi, Helen! Glad you came out of lurkdom. I'm checking in too.
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Post by: darshana on April 15, 2015, 08:06 PM
I'm back. Feels nice.
What's on tap quick PB revision, preparing a cover letter.
Welcome Helen!

Happy Writing!
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Post by: MVP on April 15, 2015, 08:29 PM
Welcome Helen! Have some coffee. :coffee3

I wasn't feeling sleepy tonight so I started revising. Discovered a continuity error that's going to be a pain to fix. Suddenly I'm exhausted.  ::)

Good night! See you all in the morning, I hope!
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Post by: Melissa K on April 16, 2015, 05:50 AM
Welcome back, Darshana! MVP, sorry to hear about your continuity error. That kind of revision can be so annoying. Hope yours turns out to be easier than you thought. 

I'm checking in.
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Post by: MVP on April 17, 2015, 03:53 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 17, 2015, 06:46 AM
I'm going to be at a conference the next few days, so I don't expect to hang around here much. Happy writing to all of you while I'm gone!
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Post by: Tori on April 17, 2015, 07:00 AM
Here, too. :coffee3 Melissa, I hope you have a good conference --and remember a little notebook and a pencil for those awesome ideas that will strike you.  ;)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on April 23, 2015, 06:21 AM
My conference was awesome but also exhausting, and I'm just now starting to get back into the swing of things. Hope you're all plugging along too!
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Post by: MVP on April 23, 2015, 01:05 PM
Glad you had a good time, Melissa! What was the conference about?

I have done pretty well this week at getting up to write but I keep forgetting to check in. My brain can only handle so much at 6:00 a.m., I guess. Hope everyone has had a productive week! TGtomorrow'sF
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Post by: Melissa K on April 24, 2015, 06:00 AM
Glad you're chugging along, Miriam. Checking in here isn't exactly the highest priority. :)

I was at my local SCBWI conference here in Western Washington, so it was about children's books and writing. There was a lot about diversity in children's books this year. I've been attending every year for five years or so, and it's always awesome.

Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Tori on April 24, 2015, 07:08 AM
Happy writing, everyone! I'll be dillying and dallying with a shiny new (aren't they all, till we begin serious revising?) pb idea!
Have a great weekend, too, fellow-scribblers!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on April 25, 2015, 06:25 AM
Another day. Another morning writing session starting slightly later than I meant it to. Off to write while I have the chance!
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Post by: thunderingelephants on April 26, 2015, 09:30 AM
It's been a mixed bag this weekend.
Yesterday I spent the entire musing and sourcing out venues to rest my pen and paper on. There are a lot of potential coffee shops I could become accustomed to. Ironically, the one that I am most drawn to is a chocolate shop (one the retails the product not made from it). I spent two hours there today. I spent that time to mull over how my characters are best able to overcome and transportation dilemma and check out the cocoa competition.
What better way to spend a Sunday? Which, as luck would have it, is exactly that.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 27, 2015, 06:09 AM
Glad you had a good Sunday, Thunderingelephants. That chocolate shop sounds like a nice place. (A shop made from chocolate would be pretty awesome, though. Let us know if you ever find one of those.)

Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on April 27, 2015, 06:42 AM
Checking in: will be  :writing3 in between loads of laundry  :flame and errands. Right  now, I just need :coffee3 :coffee3
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on April 28, 2015, 06:21 AM
Hope your writing and laundry and errands all went well yesterday, Tori. I'm checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on April 28, 2015, 06:52 AM
Waiting to get a pb manuscript back from my critique partners with (probably) all of my darlings killed. I was unplugged for a week with renovations in my house - when I got back on the boards, there were pages and pages of new posts! I couldn't even get through all of them.

Back to work. Happy writing, all!
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Post by: Tori on April 28, 2015, 07:08 AM
Checking in, and yes, Melissa, all went well yesterday -- thank you! :) I hope your day goes well!
Hope to get some  :writing3 today. JFriday, did you read Anne Lamott's post on her 61st birthday?  One sentence read: "Everything will work again if you unplug it for a while, including you." Love that. I'm trying to do that for a period of time each day, and it's not that easy!

Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on April 28, 2015, 10:22 PM
Hi Everyone,
Sorry to be missing, it's been an intense two weeks at work and home. Luckily things seem to be calming down. Haven't been writing but am starting to catch up on past webinars and will start working on my query letters and new PB ideas.

Happy Writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on April 29, 2015, 05:53 AM
Welcome back, Darshana and JFriday. Tori, can you find a link to that Anne Lamott post?

:writing3
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Post by: Tori on April 29, 2015, 06:11 AM
Good morning, everyone!
Melissa, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/AnneLamott/posts/662177577245222
Today is writing, but from the  :bunny2 :bunny2 who live in our yard to our Adorables....yes, I am certifiable!  Maybe I will have time to mull over the new pb idea. I hope everyone else has a great day!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on April 29, 2015, 09:10 AM
Thank you Tori for sharing that link. It was a really great read.
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Post by: Melissa K on April 30, 2015, 05:49 AM
Thanks for the link, Tori. Great read.

:writing3
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Post by: Tori on April 30, 2015, 06:16 AM
Checking in, but on the way to the Adorables! Maybe I can  :writing3 in the car while DH is driving!
Happy writing, all, and see you after the weekend with your new revisions, shiny new drafts, etc.!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on May 01, 2015, 05:35 AM
Checking in. Not writing but preparing questions for the two agents I hope to be meeting at tomorrow's conference.
Happy Friday!
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Post by: Melissa K on May 01, 2015, 05:57 AM
Darshana, have a great time at your conference. Tori, I hope the Adorables are adorable!

Checking in.
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Post by: MVP on May 04, 2015, 03:55 AM
Checking in with a new WIP! I'm excited to see how it develops this week.

Glad to see such good things happening while I was MIA.  Here's to Darshana's conference and Tori's Adorables.  :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: Melissa K on May 04, 2015, 05:22 AM
Oooh, a new WIP. I'm jealous, MVP.

I got off track for a few days, but I'm showing up for roll call today.
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Post by: darshana on May 04, 2015, 08:40 PM
I'm back. Conference was great got a good critique from an agent and working on implementing the suggested revisions so I can query her later.
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Post by: MVP on May 05, 2015, 03:37 AM
Sounds great, Darshana! Hope the revisions and the querying both go well.

Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 05, 2015, 05:56 AM
That's good news, Darshana. Crossing my fingers for you. 

I'm here this morning, but just barely.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on May 05, 2015, 07:42 AM
Forge ahead, Darshana.
Speaking of which: I was looking over a story I gave a headmistress last year, complete with scrawl-mark revisions that I had taken out chunks of text I deemed unnecessary. She then underlined them and said I should leave them in because they were integral to the plot. :uhuh
Has that ever happened with you guys? :help2
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Post by: venus-brown on May 06, 2015, 03:58 AM
Thunderingelephants,
Something similar happened to me, although I did it to myself. A while back I went through one of my pb stories because I felt it was too long. (I've been trying to keep them under 500 words.) I ruthlessly cut the story down, but was never satisfied with it. Recently I took another look at the story and put stuff back in...stuff that, as your headmistress told you, was integral to the plot.

I'm not saying the story as it stands can't be improved upon, but I am much happier with it now. It was a valuable lesson to me; story trumps everything. If it takes more words to tell the story properly, it takes more words and that's all there is to it.

I hope you find a way to tell your story with the fewest number of words while maintaining the integrity of the plot!
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Post by: Tori on May 07, 2015, 06:40 AM
Good morning, everyone!
:coffee3
I put pencil to paper yesterday and wrote an absolutely horrible first draft of that pb. *rolls sleeves up*
Have a wonderful day!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on May 07, 2015, 07:04 AM
Awesome, Tori! I'm checking in.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on May 07, 2015, 08:49 AM
Tori: please tell me you actually mean a pen and paper not hands to keyboard?  :writing3 We're a dying breed. :sadcry :sick2
I hauled myself into my choffee haven today with my own pen and paper and did nothing but think. However, I am calling it work because I thought a lot and read over my manuscript. Now I must surrender the laptop and let the furry laptop climb onboard: John wants to do some work.
Venus: don't know who said on the boards somewhere but it is true when you can always see something that needs to improved in your manuscript or the plot. Sometimes you just have to leave it and stop writing.

By the way, I am sharing a photo with you because I love my cat but also to emphasise why I go elsewhere to write. Furry and electronic laptops don't work well together!
Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on May 08, 2015, 06:26 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on May 08, 2015, 06:46 AM
Just peeking in -- at the Adorables' for Grandparents' Day at school. Melissa, I am impressed by your determination and hope you're making good progress!  :flowers2 Yes, Thunderingelephants, all my first drafts are pencil on notebook paper!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on May 09, 2015, 05:02 AM
Thanks, Tori. I needed the encouragement this morning since I got up early after a bad night of sleep. Hope I can get a little writing in and also take a quick nap before my little guy needs attention. I hope you had a great time with the Adorables yesterday!
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Post by: Helen on May 09, 2015, 05:18 AM
Good morning! I plot and plan with paper and pen in the initial stages. I also storyboard with images/pictures, creating a big novel journal to inspire me.  :writing3 Don't often check in but waving a hello from ye olde laptop.   :dogwalk 
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Post by: Helen on May 09, 2015, 05:21 AM
And, Thundering Elephants, your picture would make a good painting. Possible titles:"Writer and Cat" or "My Muse and Me"
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Post by: Melissa K on May 10, 2015, 06:20 AM
Hi, Helen! Glad you dropped by. I'm checking in.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on May 10, 2015, 09:09 AM
And, Thundering Elephants, your picture would make a good painting. Possible titles:"Writer and Cat" or "My Muse and Me"
Helen: love it. I abandoned him earlier than usual today and finished my final draught in the choffee haven. (he has reassumed his rightful position.)
I'M FINISHED!!!!!! I can't do any more. If it's rubbish it is rubbish. :yup :yeah
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Post by: Melissa K on May 11, 2015, 07:51 AM
Ugh. Bad night. I think I'm here this morning.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 11, 2015, 07:51 AM
Congrats on finishing that story, Thunderingelephants.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 12, 2015, 06:34 AM
Checking in for a short writing stint before I head out of town for a week's vacation. Hoping to write while I'm gone, but I don't know if I'll be able to get online or not.
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Post by: darshana on May 12, 2015, 08:09 AM
Congratulations on finishing thunderingelephants! Doing the jig with you. :bananadance
Have fun on your vacation Melissa! :beach

Still not back on a routine, but I have made sure I spend 20mins every morning to doing research for my historical fiction novel. Clearly I will need to find more time or speed up my reading, else it will take me forever just to complete reading this first NF book much less get started on my story.
Also need to work on a PB revision this week.

Happy Writing.
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Post by: darshana on May 14, 2015, 08:43 AM
Did my 20mins of research reading. Still haven't cracked my PB revision, hope to be back here again tonight.
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Post by: darshana on May 14, 2015, 10:20 PM
Got halfway through my PB revision. Will be back in the morning.
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Post by: darshana on May 19, 2015, 05:20 AM
I'm here finishing up some back matter on a PB.
Happy Writing!
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Post by: JFriday on May 19, 2015, 06:39 AM
Hi darshana! Revising a picture book here.
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Post by: darshana on May 20, 2015, 03:58 AM
Hi JFriday! Hope you had a productive session.
Had trouble sleeping so I finished my PB revision and sent it off to my critique group. Time to go back to bed.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 20, 2015, 10:12 AM
I'm back from my vacation and feeling eager to get back into a routine. I managed to write most days while I was gone, but I kept finding holes in my plan, so I didn't make much forward progress. Hoping I can do better now that I'm back home.

Darshana, it looks like you're plugging away. JFriday, hope the revisions are going well.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 21, 2015, 05:13 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on May 21, 2015, 06:55 AM
Checking in here, too, till we leave today for babysitting the Adorables till Monday; daughter and son-in-law traveling back east for her 20th (gasp! really?) college reunion, so no more time, though Adorable 6 yo granddaughter always asks if she can help me with my story. Precious moments!  :love5
Darshana, JFriday, and MelissaK and anyone else who wanders by in the throes of creativity, do have a lovely and productive and restful weekend  :writing3!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on May 22, 2015, 06:19 AM
Thanks, Tori. I hope you have tons of fun with the Adorables. How old are they?

Slept a little later than I meant to this morning, so I need to dig in fast if I'm going to get anything done before my little guy wakes up.
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Post by: darshana on May 22, 2015, 09:03 AM
Have fun Tori!
Melissa K - hope you got something in.

Didn't get to a new PB revision, hopefully during lunch today. I did do my 20mins of research reading.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 23, 2015, 06:49 AM
Sounds like you're plugging away at your research, Darshana. What historical period are you researching?

I've been sleeping later, but so has the wee one, so I've been having productive writing sessions all week. I'm crossing my fingers that this sleep schedule sticks because I'm feeling so much better rested.
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Post by: Melissa K on May 26, 2015, 06:02 AM
I made it today. Hope all is well with the rest of you.

:writing3
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Post by: darshana on May 28, 2015, 07:23 AM
Hi All, I am here this morning. Have a PB revision due for my critique group and need to get my query letters done in the coming week. So I should be here more often than.

Happy Writing  :typing
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Post by: MVP on May 28, 2015, 12:06 PM
I have been on vacation and my writing schedule has gone all catawampus, but it's back to work for me next week. I am going to try very hard to make that mean "back to a regular writing routine" as well. Glad to see some good research, writing, and revising going on in this group while I've been lazing away.  :vacation
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Post by: Melissa K on May 29, 2015, 05:28 AM
Good to see you both. Darshana, best of luck with that revision. MVP, I hope you're all refreshed from your break.

Off to write.

:typing
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Post by: Melissa K on May 30, 2015, 06:27 AM
:writing3
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Post by: Tori on May 30, 2015, 10:57 AM
Late to the party, but glad to be here  :writing3
Happy writing to all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on May 31, 2015, 05:32 AM
Glad to see you, Tori! Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on May 31, 2015, 07:01 AM
You, too, Melissa! Hope the writing schedule is going well for you and your wee one! The Adorables are 6 1/2 and 3  :whitebunny
MVP, Darshana, and JFriday, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekends, and any  :writing3 time you get.
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on May 31, 2015, 09:28 PM
I'm here working on query letters.
Hope you all had a good weekend, mine just sort of whizzed by.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 01, 2015, 02:57 AM
Can't sleep, so I'm going to try to write a little.
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Post by: Tori on June 01, 2015, 06:45 AM
Checking in!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on June 01, 2015, 12:31 PM
Gah. Sick kid last night. No writing for me this morning. So much for getting back to a good writing schedule. Tomorrow. Really.
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Post by: darshana on June 01, 2015, 09:21 PM
I'm here working on my query letters and revisions (again).  :typing

MVP - Sorry to hear your kid wasn't well.
MelissaK - Hope you get some good sleep tonight.
Tori - Hi!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 02, 2015, 05:42 AM
Sorry about the sick kid, MVP. Hope everything is back to normal for you today.

Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: MVP on June 02, 2015, 07:05 AM
Kid is better and I got up and wrote this morning.  :typing Didn't get a ton done, but I'm okay with that. I figure re-establishing the schedule is the important thing at the moment.

Good luck with those revisions and queries, darshana! Melissa, happy writing to you too!
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Post by: SarahW on June 02, 2015, 08:01 PM
Looks like I'm back to dawn owlness. That's staying up till two to pen longhand my next chapter book. At least now I can use that time more efficiently I hope.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 03, 2015, 06:16 AM
Thanks, MVP, and I'm glad you made it. Welcome to you, Sarah! I'm checking in.
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Post by: Tori on June 03, 2015, 06:39 AM
Good morning, all, and welcome, Sarah!
Need :coffee3 to  :writing3
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: MVP on June 03, 2015, 08:55 AM
 :welcome2 Sarah!

I wrote again this morning. More productive today,too.

Have a great day everybody!
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Post by: MVP on June 04, 2015, 03:50 AM
Good morning! Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 04, 2015, 05:40 AM
Looks like you're getting back into the swing of things, MVP.

I'm getting here every day, but my writing sessions keep getting cut short for various reasons. Feeling like I've accomplished nothing this week. Maybe today is my day.

Happy writing, everyone! :writing3
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Post by: SarahW on June 04, 2015, 12:31 PM
I just started on a longer story outside of my normal rhythm. (I tend to do more two page stories, and this one was roughly a two page story.) But definitely back into the night shift.

I'm having to balance between writing and illustrating though. Before switching to longhand, I was stuck in this illustration made. Maybe partly as I draw traditionally than on a tablet.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 05, 2015, 05:39 AM
I got a good writing session in yesterday. I'm hoping I can do the same today. Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 06, 2015, 05:28 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: darshana on June 06, 2015, 07:28 AM
I'm here too!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 07, 2015, 06:48 AM
Slept later than usual this morning, but I'm going to try to get in a few minutes of writing before a busy day.
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Post by: darshana on June 07, 2015, 09:10 PM
I'm here working on random stuff - critique, query letter, final touches on PBs
Happy Writing and Revising to you early risers.

 :writing3  :cappuccino  :book4
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Post by: Melissa K on June 08, 2015, 05:04 AM
I'm tired. This early morning schedule is wearing me down a bit. Wish I could be a night owl, but my brain refuses to cooperate. Nevertheless, I'm here, so I suppose I should stop complaining and go write.

Darshana, it sounds like you've been getting a lot done. Cheers!

:typing3
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Post by: darshana on June 08, 2015, 06:09 AM
Good Morning Melissa!
Now that summer break is here, the kids are staying up later which means I'll have to be diligent about getting stuff done in the morning. Too pooped.
Ended up only got other peoples critiques done last night.
Now on to my stuff this morning.  :typing
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Post by: darshana on June 09, 2015, 06:09 AM
Checking in!
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Post by: darshana on June 09, 2015, 09:21 PM
checking in :-)
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Post by: MVP on June 10, 2015, 03:46 AM
Checking in. Back to the old novel, working on revisions based on agent feedback.  :writing3
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Post by: Melissa K on June 10, 2015, 02:15 PM
Missed two mornings in a row because life got in the way, but I'm stealing a guilty hour at a coffee shop this afternoon.
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Post by: MVP on June 11, 2015, 03:54 AM
Ooh, an hour in a coffee shop sounds marvelous. Hope you enjoyed it, Melissa.

Just research for me this morning, no actual writing. I found some interesting stuff that I think will be helpful, though.
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Post by: JFriday on June 11, 2015, 04:34 AM
Good morning! Tweaking some things before I go to work.

Happy day everyone!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 11, 2015, 06:02 AM
Checking in. Happy writing, everybody!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 12, 2015, 04:54 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on June 12, 2015, 09:24 AM
We are off for a month -- near the Adorables -- so any  :writing3 will be catch-as-catch-can, but I'll be cheering you all on from afar!  :cheerleader

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: darshana on June 12, 2015, 09:44 PM
Have fun with the adorables Tori!

I'm here for a little bit, gotta get that last query out for this round!
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Post by: Melissa K on June 13, 2015, 05:56 AM
Have a great time, Tori! And Darshana, best of luck with the queries.

Off to write.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 14, 2015, 06:17 AM
Checking in.

:writing3 :cappuccino :typing
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Post by: darshana on June 14, 2015, 09:27 PM
Thanks Melissa! Hope you are getting some good writing in.
I am kid-free for two weeks, so looking to get some solid writing time or at least brainstorming. ;-)
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Post by: Melissa K on June 15, 2015, 05:57 AM
I hope you get some productive hours in while your kids are gone, Darshana.

:typing
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Post by: darshana on June 15, 2015, 06:56 AM
Thanks Melissa!
I'm here working on PB from the drawer that I have to start over on.
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Post by: MVP on June 16, 2015, 03:58 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 16, 2015, 05:52 AM
I'm here too.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 17, 2015, 04:56 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 17, 2015, 03:10 PM
For a week or so, my son has been waking up about fifteen minutes after I start writing every morning. Today I dragged myself out of bed an hour earlier, and the baby still woke up fifteen minutes after I'd started. I got to feeling pretty low about this, so I decided to get us both out of the house. I ended up at the grocery store at 6 a.m., pushing my stroller around in circles, putting nothing in my basket and quietly weeping.

Not my best morning, in other words. But I had some insights on my main character, so it wasn't a total wash. Nothing is.

Thought I'd take the opportunity to send a :hug to the rest of you. If you're struggling, you're not alone.
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Post by: darshana on June 17, 2015, 08:45 PM
So sorry to hear Melissa. I do hope this new baby routine is temporary.  Glad you were able to get some insights on your MC. Sending you :hug

Hi MVP.
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Post by: MVP on June 18, 2015, 03:49 AM
Oh, Melissa, that stinks. It's so hard to get little ones to settle into a decent routine, and it seems like as soon as you manage it, something happens to upset it--they get sick, or grow a tooth, or you go on vacation, or you hit daylight savings time, or, or, or.... At least that was my experience. Hope you find a writing time that works for you! And good for you, using your time to develop your character, even while dealing with that frustration.

Hi back, Darshana!

Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 18, 2015, 05:22 AM
Thanks for the sympathy. And yeah, MVP, sleep stuff is exactly like that for us. Most of the time I can just go with the flow, but once in a while--like yesterday--I have a rough day. My little guy is completely awesome, though, so it's worth the occasional breakdown in the produce section.

Glad to see you both!

:writing3


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Post by: darshana on June 18, 2015, 12:03 PM
Checking in during my lunch hour.
I hate starting stories it's sooo hard for me. Keep telling myself to just push through it.

Hope you both had good writing sessions.
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Post by: darshana on June 18, 2015, 09:44 PM
checking in :-)
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Post by: darshana on June 19, 2015, 07:29 AM
Gonna try and get 30 minutes in before going to work.
Happy Friday  :flowers2
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 19, 2015, 01:30 PM
Only got one sentence written in the early morning, but I'm stealing an hour this afternoon.

Darshana, I'm constantly impressed by how consistently you find time to write. Hope it's going well!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 20, 2015, 05:19 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 22, 2015, 07:02 AM
I was up today but not working writing. Instead getting closer to my office being clean!! Finally organized all my writing related stuff of four years. :-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MVP on June 23, 2015, 04:06 AM
Yay for organizing, Darshana! I should try that sometime.

Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: SarahW on June 23, 2015, 10:46 PM
Back to writing again, relatively productive. I finished a 500 word fairy tale for middle grade, as well as a 1,345 word Science fantasy short story for New Adult. Also finished a middle grade contemporary 500 word story.

Nothing like a good break kick start you back into gear.

Finding how much of a night owl I am plus quietness helps creative process.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 24, 2015, 06:29 AM
I got knocked out of my early morning schedule after getting attacked by a neighbor's dog and spending a late night at urgent care on Saturday. The dog tried to attack my baby in his stroller, and all I could do was put myself between them. The baby's okay--he didn't seem to realize anything bad was happening--and the bite I got is going to heal fine. Still, I spent a couple of days feeling frazzled and not writing (except to write down how that dog experience felt). Today I'm trying to get back onto my schedule and back into my story.

Looks like there's been a lot of productivity around here. Darshana, an organized office sounds great. MVP, I'm with you--maybe I'll do that someday. Sarah, your "relatively productive" day sounds amazingly productive to me.



Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: SarahW on June 24, 2015, 02:10 PM
I got knocked out of my early morning schedule after getting attacked by a neighbor's dog and spending a late night at urgent care on Saturday. The dog tried to attack my baby in his stroller, and all I could do was put myself between them. The baby's okay--he didn't seem to realize anything bad was happening--and the bite I got is going to heal fine. Still, I spent a couple of days feeling frazzled and not writing (except to write down how that dog experience felt). Today I'm trying to get back onto my schedule and back into my story.

Looks like there's been a lot of productivity around here. Darshana, an organized office sounds great. MVP, I'm with you--maybe I'll do that someday. Sarah, your "relatively productive" day sounds amazingly productive to me.


Yea, I guess I'm a bit spoiled. Hands still hurt from the 1,000 word a day sprint with my YA Dystopian novella.:/ I think I'm going to take a wiser approach, and go with 350 words a day next time.

Glad everyone is productive.^^
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 24, 2015, 02:54 PM
Oh my gosh Melissa, I'm SO glad you and your son are okay! What a nightmare; there's nothing worse than fearing for your child. I'm so, so glad you're okay and I hope that dog is never able to get at anyone again!

I came back on because I finally was able to get something done. Queried an agent. That's all, but with all the stress lately, I was pleased. To borrow from Tori, I have an Adorable! And she is, too. Spent some extra time in the hospital the first week, but she's home with Mom and Dad now, and everyone's doing fine.

So I can write again.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 24, 2015, 08:40 PM
Congrats on your new Adorable, JFriday. What great news! :yay :grin3 :bananadance
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 25, 2015, 05:50 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 27, 2015, 06:11 AM
Good morning! Got three poems sent off yesterday; trying to wrap my head around a novel rewrite these days. Once it gets going, I love revisions!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 27, 2015, 06:53 AM
Good morning, JFriday! Best of luck on those submissions, and I hope you get a handle on your revision plan soon.

I'm checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 28, 2015, 06:37 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on June 29, 2015, 06:33 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 29, 2015, 06:35 AM
Melissa K - So sorry to hear about the dog incident. That's scary. Glad to hear you are okay.
JFriday - Congratulations on the Adorable! Good luck with the querying.
SarahW - glad to hear you are getting writing done.

I went to ALA yesterday had a blast, and a plenty of body fatigue from it. Came home with three bags of mostly free books! My desktop at home died on Saturday, thanks to my wonderful hubs has already bought a replacement and its on it's way. Thank god I keep all my writing stuff on Google Drive. Now back to PB revisions.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on June 29, 2015, 07:40 AM
darshana - glad you didn't lose your work! That would be so awful. What a wonderful husband to already be fixing the problem.

What fun - three bags of books. Happy reading!

Hope everyone has a great writing day. Off to get some writing done!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on June 30, 2015, 06:26 AM
Sounds like a blast at ALA, Darshana. As for the computer breakdown, ugh, but it sounds like you had everything backed up properly. Glad you're getting a new computer right away.

Hi JFriday! I'm off to write.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on June 30, 2015, 06:33 AM
MelissaL & JFriday - hope you had productive writing sessions.

Just checking in. :-)
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Post by: darshana on July 01, 2015, 06:23 AM
checking in
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Post by: darshana on July 02, 2015, 08:11 AM
checking in. did some brainstorming exercises for the novel.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 02, 2015, 01:46 PM
Hi, Darshana! Looks like I didn't check in this morning, but I was here. Got a good writing session in for a change.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 04, 2015, 05:57 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 04, 2015, 02:49 PM
Hi Melissa K - hope you got some good writing time.
Finally sitting down to do more writing exercises.
Happy 4th!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 05, 2015, 05:53 AM
Checking in. I set aside my highly uncooperative YA WIP and started on a revision of my finished MG. It's so nice to be immersed in a story I'm already proud of, making changes I feel confident are the right changes...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 06, 2015, 04:09 AM
Good morning! Working on revisions today. Melissa, it is wonderful to be living in a good story, isn't it?

I hope everyone has a great day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 06, 2015, 05:30 AM
Thanks, JFriday. Hope you have a great day too. I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 06, 2015, 06:42 AM
JFriday, Melissa - Hope your revising went well.

Checking in.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 07, 2015, 06:38 AM
Hope everyone's doing well. I'm at the point in my revisions where I have to find a spot in the Hundred Acre Woods and think, think, think.

And keep any  :tigger  :tigger  from distracting me
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 07, 2015, 06:48 AM
JFriday - hope you found a spot to think, think, think. cute tigger, didn't even know we had that one.

Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 08, 2015, 05:49 AM
I didn't know about that tigger either. Hope you both had productive sessions yesterday. I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 09, 2015, 07:40 AM
worked on revisions this morning, walked the dog, now back to revisions.

Anybody else?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 13, 2015, 07:23 AM
I'm finally back! Last Wednesday woke up with a really bad knot/crick in my upper back, so painful. Thankfully, it started loosening up this weekend. I'm not at 100% yet, but enough to be able to get back to writing in the mornings.

Hope you all are making good progress on your writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 13, 2015, 08:27 AM
darshana, glad you're feeling better. Back pain is awful.

Working on revisions all morning.

Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 13, 2015, 08:51 PM
I haven't been managing the early mornings for the last few days, but I'm stopping in to cheer you on. Darshana, I'm sorry about the back pain--glad it's getting better, though. JFriday, it looks like you've hit a good rhythm. :yourock
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 13, 2015, 09:29 PM
I'm here working on a PB revision.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: dewsanddamps on July 13, 2015, 11:04 PM
Hope it's going well, darshana.

I just finished a crit. Tomorrow I'll work on revisions on my own ms.

I'll bet you early risers are almost up.  :yoiks Go get 'em, morning people! :bunnyrun
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 14, 2015, 05:37 AM
Glad to see you here, Dewsanddamps! Hi Darshana and JFriday.

I'm actually here this morning. It feels good in a befuddled early morning way.   
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 14, 2015, 05:41 AM
Hi guys! I'm here too, gulping  :coffee3 and trying to wake up a bit more.

Off to write!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 14, 2015, 06:59 AM
Welcome back dewsanddamps.
Melissa K - befuddled state is just the pre-cursor to clarity
JFriday - I'm right here with ya!

Happy Tuesday
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 15, 2015, 07:16 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 15, 2015, 08:22 AM
Me, too--good morning, Darshana! :coffee needed.
Working on pbs...spare, spare....
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 15, 2015, 11:17 AM
Forgot to check in, but I worked all morning on revisions. Tori, Tori, I have an adorable! She's a sweetheart.

back to revisions...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 16, 2015, 06:57 AM
Welcome back Tori!
JFriday - happy to hear you had a productive morning

Happy Thursday!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 16, 2015, 05:20 PM
I forgot to check in, too! JFriday -- CONGRATULATIONS!  :babygirl Your life is now officially blessed again!  :flowers2
Darshana, thanks for the welcome back! I've been revising PBs and doing research subbing....all that paperwork!
Happy writing, all, and I'll see you tomorrow AM. :coffee3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on July 16, 2015, 10:04 PM
Night owl here. 1 a.m. EST. Anyone else up and working?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 17, 2015, 06:43 AM
checking in. you here Tori. ;-)
1am - wow - hope you had some good stuff done.

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Post by: Tori on July 17, 2015, 07:07 AM
:coffee3
Here for a bit, Darshana  :flowers2! mirrorsandmagicfrogs, 1 AM  is waaaay past my bedtime! Hope you got some good work done.
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on July 17, 2015, 07:22 AM
I reached 81% on my revisions! Hope you got a lot done too! :)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 17, 2015, 12:34 PM
Congrats on getting to 81%.
I've got 30mins to spare so back to my PB revision.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 20, 2015, 06:19 AM
I was at a writing conference all weekend, and now I'm back with a bunch of good ideas for both of my manuscripts. I'm going to finish my revision first and then dive back into my WIP in a few weeks.

Good to see so many of you are showing up and plugging away. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 20, 2015, 06:57 AM
Hi Melissa - glad the conference was fruitful.

I'm here working on my first assignment for Kidlit Summer School - The Plot Thickens. Should be interesting as I'm realizing I need to do my research and get my characters more flushed out for my novel.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 21, 2015, 06:57 AM
Checking In.
I'm doing my homework for Kidlit School.

Happy Writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 21, 2015, 07:51 AM
Gah, I forgot to check in again. Working on revisions this morning.

Went to Lake George, NY last weekend for my son's wedding - fun time! They were married (by his brother) outside with the lake in the background. The new Adorable was there, too. Beautiful bride, lovely setting, happy groom. What more can there be? :weddingcake
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 21, 2015, 08:28 AM
Oh, JFriday, there isn't much more, is there? What fun to have all the celebrations in the company of the Adorable!
Darshana, your school sounds like fun! MelissaK, there's nothing like having a renewed little burst of energy on the writing horizon, is there?
Happy writing, all!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 22, 2015, 04:43 AM
Checking in. Mirrors, glad you got so much done on revisions. Melissa's post reminds me of how exciting conferences can be. That writing adrenalin after being with other writers all weekend is wonderful.

On to more revisions. Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 22, 2015, 09:13 AM
Just a quick check-in!
Aloha, everyone!
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 23, 2015, 07:00 AM
Congratulations JFriday!
Happy Writing.
Just working on my homework.
Sadly every attempt at drafting a new PB has fizzled out. I'm so much better with revisions.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 24, 2015, 06:58 AM
I'm here!
Happy Friday!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on July 24, 2015, 07:15 AM
To echo darshana, Happy Friday!
Darshana, I do feel your pain, honestly. This too, shall pass, as you well know, but it sure isn't fun in the middle, is it? :stuck
My CP sent me revision suggestions yesterday, so that's on my agenda (along with writing letters to the Adorables from the bunnies who live in our yard -- yes, JFriday, you can do this, too!)  :bunny2 :bunnyrun
and maybe, just maybe a new idea before it, too falls kerplunk!  :faint Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 24, 2015, 09:58 AM
Tori, that's such a cute idea!

Darshana, don't give up. It will come. Tori, good luck on those revisions - and a new idea or two.

Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on July 25, 2015, 06:52 AM
I'm here this morning. We've been moving this week, so I'm not getting a lot of writing time. I think we're out of the woods now, though.

Tori, I love that you write your grandchildren letters from the bunnies in your yard. JFriday and Darshana, glad to see you plugging away.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on July 25, 2015, 11:59 AM
Just checking in and hoping everyone has a good week. I'll be off the grid starting tomorrow - going up to Maine with my sister and cousin. Spending some time on the coast and then out on an island in Casco Bay.

Happy writing week, everyone!

Joan
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on July 25, 2015, 01:27 PM
Melissa K - hope your move is all done.
JFriday - have fun on your trip. sounds totally chill.

I'm here just doing my homework. No new PB drafts in sight. The editor in my head needs to go on sabbatical.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on August 01, 2015, 06:29 AM
Happy writing, all! I'm off for three weeks to get out of the triple digits; Adorables ahead!

Of course, I'll still be scribbling....
 :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 11, 2015, 06:19 AM
I'm here and ready to work. Anybody else?

Maine was great. Some of it was for research, at least that's what I told myself. Tori's busy with the Adorables. What fun!

Anyone else  :writing3 or is it all play in mid-August?

 :beach :palmtree :vacation :trailer :sailboat :airplane   Did I miss anything? Oh - and for Tori -  :babygirl :stroller :horse :soccer

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on August 12, 2015, 07:44 AM
Thank you so much for the inspiration! I've been following your tips for the last three days and I'm very excited with the results! You're amazing!  :thankyou :yourock :yay
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 12, 2015, 10:11 AM
Hi JFriday, welcome back.
I've been here on and off doing Kidlit Summer School. The 30m dares have been great for exploration for my novel. I on vacation next week so I'll be off but then back just as the kids school starts.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 24, 2015, 05:30 AM
Good Morning! I'm back.
Kids' school starts today. So my goal for this week is to just practice getting up at 5am and being able to free-write.
Hope you all are writing away.

 :writing3 :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 25, 2015, 08:17 AM
checking in. did some fun brainstorming for a new PB idea.  :stars3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 25, 2015, 09:20 AM
I'm here! Working on revisions for a current YA.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 27, 2015, 05:50 AM
Hi JFriday - hope your revisions are coming along nicely.

Waking up at 5am is really hard, but I did it. :-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 27, 2015, 06:00 AM
Good for you, darshana! You beat me by a half hour.

Happy writing, everyone.
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Post by: Melissa K on August 27, 2015, 06:28 AM
I'm the latecomer this morning, apparently, but I'm here revising my MG. Happy writing!
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Post by: Melissa K on August 28, 2015, 06:17 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on August 28, 2015, 07:38 AM
Good morning, Melissa, Darshana, and JFriday! I wrote a lot yesterday, now that we've caught up after being gone, and I have a few more writing days before we leave again (oh, those triple-digit temps above 110!), and am always amazed at how many revisions that can be made to a picture book text.  :faint

Happy writing, all, and have a lovely weekend!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on August 28, 2015, 08:25 AM
good morning - i did wake-up at 5am-ish sort of. decided to lay in bed and just "think" about my new PB story, didn't work. i learned to brainstorm i need to have a pencil and paper. but then later while my husband was watching of the mini-video clip of our kids as toddlers for the umpteenth time (our kids are now elementary-aged) i got a new PB idea and will be attempting to story boarding it later since it is a one-word book! weird how our brains work, especially since the video clip is one i have seen many times as well over the years.

Happy Friday!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on August 29, 2015, 06:28 AM
That's cool, Darshana. Isn't it awesome when inspiration comes out of the old and well-known and habitual parts of life? For some reason it always feel like an extra surprise. (Also, a one-word PB: fun.)

Tori, I hope you stay cool and get a lot done while you're home.

I'm checking in.

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Post by: JFriday on August 29, 2015, 07:01 AM
One word? Yikes! That's amazing!

checking in. Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday!
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Post by: Melissa K on August 31, 2015, 06:35 AM
Checking in. Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on August 31, 2015, 07:43 AM
Checking in. Just took a break and walked the dog before it got any hotter. Hi Melissa.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on September 02, 2015, 07:11 AM
It's not early, but I'm here...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 02, 2015, 07:41 AM
I'm also not early, but I'm going to try to squeeze in a few minutes of writing before the family gets up.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on September 03, 2015, 06:23 AM
I'm here! Happy writing day to all! :stars3
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 05, 2015, 06:18 AM
I made it this morning. Woo hoo! Happy weekend!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Tori on September 05, 2015, 06:49 AM
Happy weekend, indeed, Melissa! I'm just stopping by before doing some revision. We're heading out again Wednesday for a few weeks....goodbye to triple digits...but I'm taking my notebook, of course.

Happy writing, everyone! :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on September 05, 2015, 07:40 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 06, 2015, 06:45 AM
It has been really hard to crawl out of bed lately, but here I am. It's a start. Hope you're all doing well! 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 07, 2015, 05:06 AM
Had a good writing session yesterday. Hoping to repeat the feat today. Best of luck to all of you!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on September 08, 2015, 05:40 AM
Gah. Summer's over. It's always too short.

Checking in...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 08, 2015, 06:49 AM
Wanted to stay in bed this morning, but here I am. Hi, JFriday. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on September 09, 2015, 06:53 AM
Getting down to work. Anyone else here?
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 12, 2015, 06:54 AM
I'm here this morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 13, 2015, 07:26 AM
It's after seven, and my son is still asleep. I'm going to try to get a few minutes of writing in. Three cheers for my kiddo!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 14, 2015, 07:16 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on September 14, 2015, 08:56 AM
I'm here. Query day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on September 15, 2015, 06:18 AM
Checking in. Good luck with those queries, JFriday.
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Post by: darshana on September 15, 2015, 07:44 AM
I'm here working on homework. Taking a Character Building in PB for the next few weeks.
Good luck with the queries JFriday.  :goodluck

Hi Melissa.  :flowers2
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Post by: Melissa K on September 16, 2015, 05:00 AM
I'm up earlier than usual and feeling rested. Not sure why, but I'll take it. Happy writing, querying, and homeworking!
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Post by: darshana on September 16, 2015, 05:40 AM
Good Morning Melissa. Hope you got some good writing in.
I'm doing homework. :-)
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Post by: JFriday on September 16, 2015, 09:52 AM
I've sent out some queries and now I'm going to the Jersey shore for a few days with my sis.

Happy writing, everyone!! :vacation

and when I go in the water: :jaws
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Post by: darshana on September 17, 2015, 05:34 AM
Have fun JFriday!
I'm here homeworking. :-)
Also nervous/excited about getting some paid editorial feedback on a PB today.
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Post by: Melissa K on September 18, 2015, 06:14 AM
Have a good vacation, JFriday! Hi, Darshana. I'm checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on September 20, 2015, 04:50 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on September 25, 2015, 05:47 AM
I'm here today.
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Post by: Tori on September 25, 2015, 06:59 AM
Good morning, fellow scribblers! It's good to be back, and it looks as if everyone has been productive and enjoying the end of summer and beginning of fall....Time to  :typing

Aloha,
Tori :pizza :palmtree
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Post by: Melissa K on September 26, 2015, 06:06 AM
Welcome back, Tori! Hope you had a great time. I'm checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on September 26, 2015, 10:11 AM
My husband is running errands with our son until lunch, so I'm sitting in a luxuriously quiet house in the middle of a Saturday. I'm going to spend a few minutes just enjoying this, and then I think I'll write.
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Post by: Cali on September 26, 2015, 04:08 PM
Hi, I'm back after a long time playing hooky.  :yay So good to be home.  :grouphug2


Cali :stars3
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Post by: JFriday on October 05, 2015, 04:21 AM
Well, I don't give up summer until October, but it's definitely gone now. Hope no one along the east coast has been flooded out.

Back to work...
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Post by: darshana on October 05, 2015, 06:13 AM
I'm here. Having a hard time starting this revision. Feels like one of those pivotal moments along the career path. I just need to get out of my head and push through it.

Happy Writing to all of you.
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Post by: Tori on October 05, 2015, 06:35 AM
Back, as well, and  must tackle a revision....le sigh!
Happy writing, everyone!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on October 05, 2015, 07:26 AM
I'm here too.

I'm having trouble focusing on my new YA project, which is one that I've started and failed at several times. I'm excited about the story. I finally have a handle on the voice. I finally have a clear idea of where I'm going. But for some reason I'm avoiding doing the work.

Maybe it's because I've been at this point so many times over the years I've been writing. I'm all optimism, but I know now what inevitably happens to that optimism. I'm on the top of a roller coaster with a lot of bottoms--writer's block, hard critiques that send me back to the drawing board, long slogs of uncertainty, rejections, more rejections, more rejections. No wonder I'm reluctant to get moving.

Sorry to dump this on you guys. I'm just figuring it out. I'm going to see if I can get a few words written. Hope all your writing is going well!
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Post by: darshana on October 05, 2015, 07:46 AM
Hi Melissa - seems like we are in a similar boat. Sorry to hear.
I am going to try and force myself to make at least a few line edits every day, starting with the easier ones working my way to the additional scenes I have to add in. Of course mine is a PB, but maybe you can make small goals for yourself. If you are interested we can be accountability partners through this rough spot.
My goal for today: easy word cutting, free-write for Didi's diary (practice time at home)
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Post by: Melissa K on October 05, 2015, 10:00 AM
Definitely, Darshana. It already helped me a lot just to articulate what was going on in my head, but an accountability buddy would help more.

I switched to writing in a notebook because for whatever reason I feel less pressure when I don't have a computer in front of me. I wrote a couple of paragraphs to finish up a short chapter. My goal for tomorrow is to start on the next chapter.
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Post by: darshana on October 06, 2015, 06:43 AM
Thanks MelissaK! I did some free-write,brainstorming for a new scene that i'll write later.
Didn't do much of word cutting, instead re-wrote two scenes to be more of the MC's personality into it.
Don't have much time today so the goal is to re-write one more scene.
I agree on the notebook thing. I glance at my typed stuff and then re-write the scene in my notebook with pencil, plenty of scratch outs.

Hi Tori! - good luck with your revision.
Hi JFriday! Hi Cali!
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Post by: Melissa K on October 06, 2015, 07:15 AM
I had some time yesterday afternoon, so I sent out my MG to a couple more agents. I keep sleeping later than I should in the mornings, but I'm going to try to work on that next chapter for at least a few minutes before my day gets started. I'm trying something I've never tried before--writing the whole opening of a novel in a notebook before going back to type it up.

Your plan for the day sounds good, Darshana. Consider yourself accountable for finishing it.

Tori, JFriday, Cali--Hope you're all chugging along.
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Post by: JFriday on October 06, 2015, 10:05 AM
Had to be out this morning but here now. So sorry to hear of the brain stalling - happens to me too. Melissa, hope you hear something positive back about that MG. I think this is the only career in the world where we talk about encouragement from a rejection - if it has something personal. Maybe you will hit that perfect match this time. I hope so.

Tori, good luck on the revision and darshana, hope the new scene is coming along.

I'm rewriting a scene and polishing a YA. LOVE this story, I want it to find a home so bad!

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Post by: darshana on October 07, 2015, 07:34 AM
Hi MelissaK - good luck with the MG querying! How's the next chapter coming along?
Yesterday, I re-wrote two more scenes and then started typing of the rewrites into my storyboard template, resulting in some line-editing. Don't have much time again today (i'm actually bummed) so will continue with yesterday's work. But then next need to tackle the new scenes. I'm starting to get back into the groove which is a really nice feeling.

JFriday - hope your rewrite and polish are coming along.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 07, 2015, 03:49 PM
I worked on a different chapter than intended yesterday, but I felt good about my progress. I missed this morning, but I'm stealing a half hour now when I'm supposed to be doing "real" work.

Darshana, I'm glad you're getting back into it. Jury is still out for me, but I feel like I might be getting there.

JFriday, I'm so glad you're loving your story!

I'm cheering for all of you.  :pompons
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Post by: Cali on October 07, 2015, 08:26 PM
Hi, Jfriday, Darshana, Tori, Melissa!  :stars3 I'm polishing a few Twitter pitches, putting last touches on some picture books and squeezing some pacing and tension into a young middle grade that I've been working on. After that, I have several illustrations to finish up this month, that should keep me busy!  :goldstar
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Post by: JFriday on October 08, 2015, 07:44 AM
Sounds like everyone is busy!

Hope we all have a good writing day.
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Post by: darshana on October 08, 2015, 07:58 AM
Hi MelissaK - glad to hear you got stuff done on a different chapter. so what are you focusing on with this set of revisions - character, plot, pacing. Curious minds want to know. :-)
As expected I didn't get much done yesterday on my writing since I had to finish up critiques.
Today's plan is to hand-write/scribble the new scenes.

Cali - wow you have got a lot going on. that's great. are you participating in #PBPitch on Twitter next week?

JFriday - happy writing
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Post by: Melissa K on October 08, 2015, 11:15 AM
I didn't get here early this morning, but I did do some writing when I was supposed to be working. (That seems to be how I get writing done lately. I just blow off responsibilities.)  :whistle

Darshana, your plan for the day sounds good. I'm drafting, not revising, so I'm not focusing on any one thing. I do jump around and revise a lot while I write my first drafts, though. Right now I'm doing a progression of the first seven chapters of a novel, trying to get them approximately right. I've written four of them, and now I'm finding I have to go back and work some more information in before I can do the rest.

Cali, it sounds like you're super busy. Good place to be.

JFriday, happy writing!  :typing








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Post by: darshana on October 12, 2015, 07:25 AM
I'm guilty, fell off the bandwagon a little. :whistle Didn't get much done near the end of last week. Still haven't wrote the two new scenes but have been revising some of the other scenes. My target is to get the revision done by the end of the week.

How is your stuff coming along Melissa?
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Post by: JFriday on October 12, 2015, 07:34 AM
I'm here too. Trying to match up some of the shorter things I've written (poetry, short stories) with magazines.

Oh, oh, I just saw this guy. I don't drink, but this is what would happen if I did... :drinking2

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Post by: Tori on October 14, 2015, 07:00 AM
Hi, MelissaK, JFriday, and Darshana,

Yup, I fell off the bandwagon too, but worked on some new ideas yesterday that I'll try to flesh out a bit more, now. This is the hard part. No. Wait. They're all hard parts!  :stuck

Happy writing, all! :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: JFriday on October 14, 2015, 07:09 AM
Checking in. Hi, Tori!
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Post by: darshana on October 14, 2015, 08:34 AM
It's okay Tori, now you are back!
Happy Writing Tori and JFriday!

Earth to MelissaK, where are youuuuuuu?  :catmoon
Hope you aren't doing this.  :bangcomputer

I finished my initial revision. Done re-writing scenes. Unfortunately my wordcount blew up from 471 to 635!  :faint
The professional critiquer said not to worry about the WC and first make the story as good as it can be.
Now time to do the second go-around on the story, to fix the awkward sentences, word choice, transitions, etc.
Going to our local regional conference this weekend, where I'll get a critique back on this story (august version of it). This always seems to happen where I send in a MS for a conference critique and then along the way I get a professional critique from somewhere else before I get the conference critique back.
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Post by: JFriday on October 14, 2015, 08:49 AM
darshana, I hope you enjoy that conference! Even if the story's changed, you'll get more ideas.

Your wordcount will end up just perfect. Lots of ideas and revisions before then!
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Post by: darshana on October 14, 2015, 09:57 PM
Phew!
my story is actually only 561 words. I feel a little better now. still have to do second round. but I was just cringing at the thought of having to write an above 600 word count in the query.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 17, 2015, 05:41 AM
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Earth to MelissaK, where are youuuuuuu?  :catmoon

Sorry, I should have mentioned to my accountability buddy that I was going on vacation. Spent the last week in a little cabin with no internet and no electricity. Didn't write much, but now that I'm back I'm raring to go.

Darshana, I'm glad your story isn't as long as you thought. I'm guessing your next few revisions will shave it shorter. Hope the conference critique goes well, even if it is on an old version of the story. (That always happens to me, too. Usually the experience is useful anyway.)

Tori, glad you made it through your latest rough spot. JFriday, keep on keepin' on!

My goal for the day is to type & revise a handwritten scene from my notebook. :typing
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Post by: JFriday on October 17, 2015, 07:00 AM
I'm here too, Melissa. Hope everyone has a great day of writing or whatever!
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Post by: Tori on October 17, 2015, 07:34 AM
Hi, All!
Darshana, I so know what you're going through! My CP is always telling me, "Spare! Spare!"  :hiding You can do it.  :pompons MelissaK, what a treat you had, and your quiet time will pay off with :writing3. JFriday, thanks for your encouragement -- we'll all have a good Saturday, I can just tell.  :typing I'll be thinking hard about plot points for my pb.  :paperbag
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on October 18, 2015, 07:16 AM
Checking in. I didn't finish that scene yesterday, so I'm back at the same one today. Happy writing!
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Post by: darshana on October 18, 2015, 02:16 PM
Happy Writing Melissa! Glad your time in the woods re-charged you. So happy to hear you didn't get snatched away by aliens. :-)

I was at our regional conference yesterday. Went really well for an editor and an agent that I will submitting to in the near future. I was bummed that I didn't get either of my two mentioned choices for the critique (agent/editor) but I got lovely critique from an illustrator. Interestingly there were just a few small things "things to think about" suggestions. Which is interesting considering I have re-wrote about half the scenes of the book. Guess I'll see what my CPs say over the next few weeks.
Won't be getting any time to work today. But am reving to get the line-edit revision done by Wednesday so I can send it to first CP group.

Tori- did you figure out your plot points?

JFriday - hop you had a good writing day yesterday.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 19, 2015, 07:09 AM
Finished that scene yesterday and started the next one. I hit 1000 words in a day for the first time in months. Today I'm going to try to finish the latest scene.

Darshana, it's always weird to get positive comments on scenes you've edited out. Are you planning to return to the earlier versions, or do you feel like the new scenes are better? Either way, I'm glad your conference went well and gained you some new industry connections.

Tori, I hope those plot points are falling in line.

JFriday and all, happy writing! 

:typing

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Post by: JFriday on October 19, 2015, 07:17 AM
Melissa, glad you finished that scene. BTW, your cabin sounds glorious.
darshana, I hope you can work through what you need to change and let go of what you don't.
Tori, how are those plot points going?
Sent some submissions out over the weekend and today I'm doing more market research. Oh, and writing, too!
Happy day, all! :running  - love that guy.
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Post by: Cali on October 19, 2015, 10:10 AM
I'm back! I've been busy polishing pitches, queries and first 250 words for Pitch Slam and NoQS. I rewrote my pitch after receiving some awesome feedback from BB friends. I sent my 250 words off yesterday. Now I want to rewrite my query, I may hire a professional to look at it.  :running

Melissa, It sounds like you're getting into the swing of things with your writing schedule. 1000 words a day is awesome!
Darshana, If your story is in the 500 word range, you don't have far to go before it will be finished. Good luck with the CP rounds!
Tori, I usually run through my pb ms several times using 20 tools that Jodell Sadler recommends in her class. I've never thought about using PP in pb's, but that's a great idea because they need to have their own set of energizing points just the same as novels! Lots of luck with your project!
JFriday, what have you been working on lately?

Keep up the good writing, Everyone!!! :goldstar

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Post by: Melissa K on October 20, 2015, 06:53 AM
Welcome back, Cali!

JFriday, sounds like you're chugging along.

I finished yesterday's scene. Only 500 words for the day, but that's still pretty good for me, and I'm still moving forward. Onward!
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Post by: darshana on October 20, 2015, 07:20 AM
Welcome Back Cali!

MelissaK - great job with getting those words out. life stuff is derailing my writing time at home, hoping to spend some time during my lunch hour today.
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Post by: Tori on October 20, 2015, 12:17 PM
Verrrry late to check in, but happy to be here and see how everyone is doing! Thanks for the good words, Cali, and welcome back to the toilers' trench. Darshana, hope your lunch hour is productive.  :writing3 I finished a blog post yesterday for PiBoIdMo (anyone else but me signing up to do the 30 days this year?) and got an idea for my MC in that nascent idea....

Happy writing and revising, all,
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Cali on October 20, 2015, 06:21 PM
Rewrote a first page--the hardest thing ever. Now to put my query and first page together for a submission to a contest.
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Post by: JFriday on October 21, 2015, 05:19 AM
Good morning!

Cali, sounds like you're busy. I hope your query and submission go well.

I'm submitting some pieces to the CETE testing service to keep me busy while my latest novel queries are out with agents. My current project is a rewrite of a folk tale. I'll work on that today, and later, when it warms up nicely outside for probably the last time until next May, I'm supposed to go kayaking. Yay!

Tori, hope that pb idea works. And darshana, don't stress. Sometimes life gets in the way for a bit. That's okay. Hope you enjoy whatever you can get done.
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Post by: Tori on October 21, 2015, 06:16 AM
Good morning, all!
Hi ho, hi ho....:writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza

PS: JFriday -- KAYAKING????  Wow!! :pompons Have fun -- you are a stronger and braver woman than I!  :hiding
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Post by: Melissa K on October 21, 2015, 08:17 AM
Good morning! Wow, this thread is hoppin'. :star2 :star2

Darshana, I'm sorry life stuff is piling on at home. It's great you're finding time to write. We're cheering for you. :pompoms

Tori, best of luck with PiBoIdMo.

Cali, awesome job doing the hard work of rewriting. Best of luck with your queries.

JFriday, good luck with the queries, and with the CETE pieces, too. Have fun kayaking!

I had another productive day yesterday. I'm going to have about two hours free to devote to my novel during my usual paid work hours today, so I went ahead and slept through my normal morning writing time. Pretty sure it was a good choice--I'm well rested and itching to get started.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 22, 2015, 07:02 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: darshana on October 22, 2015, 10:32 AM
I managed to finish my revision and send it off for a first-round of critiques. I'm happy with the work, but mentally/emotionally drained from the home stuff. Do you guys have trouble writing when other parts of your life get a bit bumpy?

I'm kind of yearning to write something new. Good thing PiBoIdMo is coming up in November. I could use an energy boost. Now I just have to send the editor in my head on an early vacation. :-)

JFriday - kayaking cool! good luck with the queries.
Tori - so cool you are doing PiBoIdMo too!
Melissa K - How for along are you in your novel? What's your next goal?

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Post by: JFriday on October 22, 2015, 01:51 PM
Forgot to check in but I was working this morning! Finished and sent off a piece to a magazine, snail mail. Why do they still want that??

Kayaking was great yesterday! My friend and I went upriver on the Schuylkill and we were the only ones on the water. The water was cold but the air was warm and the trees were turning. It was lovely. Tori, you'd love it!
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Post by: Cali on October 22, 2015, 04:44 PM
Spent most of the day thinking about November and all the writing opportunities.  :star2 :star2 :star2 Is anyone else preparing for the big writing month? I'm gathering charts, lists, and story ideas. :goldstar
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Post by: JFriday on October 23, 2015, 06:53 AM
G'morning and Happy Friday!

Cali, I'm always tempted by NaNoWriMo, but I write novels and seem to have my own pace - which hasn't been 50K in a month at this point. Plus I never seem to be at the beginning point when November rolls around. But go for it!! I think it would be loads of fun!
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Post by: Tori on October 23, 2015, 07:00 AM
Good Morning, Everyone!

JFriday, your kayaking sounds peaceful! Cali, yes, I'm in for PiBoIdMo. You're right -- there are many writing extravaganzas going on in November.

Happy writing, all! :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on October 23, 2015, 07:07 AM
Darshana, I'm sorry your home stuff is dragging your writing down. That definitely happens to me--probably to everybody who does creative work. I hope things start looking up for you soon. In the meantime, we're cheering for you.

JFriday, good luck with that snail mail submission. I agree that snail mail in these times is weird.

Cali, best of luck with November. I'm not any of the November events this year because I'm in a slow and steady phase, but I am cheering for you and everyone else who jumps in for a big push. :pompoms

I'm about halfway through the beginning sequence for my YA speculative fiction novel (part one of a book that will be five or six parts). It's going to be a long book, so this "beginning" section will be about 10,000 words, maybe more. It's in an epistolary format, and I'm about to start on the fourth letter. It'll be pretty long, so my goal for the day is to bang out a couple of pages.
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Post by: JFriday on October 23, 2015, 08:22 AM
Ah, Cali, it was PiBoIdMo. Sorry to confuse, of course it's that one. Haven't done that either, although again, it's tempting. Good luck to you and Tori!

Melissa, hope you get those pages done today. There's something that solidifies a story when you reach 10K.

darshana, sorry you're going over bumps. Yes, it makes writing harder. Hang in there.
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Post by: darshana on October 23, 2015, 08:34 AM
Thanks JFriday and Melissa.  :grouphug2
Cali & Tori - I'll be there doing PiBoIdMo next month.

Since I have a week before the critiques start coming back, going to use the time to catch up on class reading and a bunch of webinars. Then I'm thinking I should start brainstorming on the story arc for the 2nd book in a possible character series.

Melissa - cool. glad to hear you are cranking along. I've read books which are three parts. How does a 5-6 part book fit with the three act structure? I'm just intrigued.  :studia

Happy Friday!
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Post by: Melissa K on October 23, 2015, 10:06 AM
Darshana, I'm not following the prescription of any particular writing book, but I'm thinking roughly in terms of an old-school five-act structure, with the first act being (gulp) exposition. Sort of. I show my character going through action, wrestling with a problem, but my real task in the first part is to acquaint the reader with the world and characters. The inciting incident will happen in the last letter of the section.

This is scary for me because I've always been coached to launch straight into the plot, no dilly dallying. But this story is set in a totally different world that takes some serious getting used to, and I feel like I have to give the reader time to understand the main character's unfamiliar (to us) status quo before she leaves it behind. The CPs who have seen the first five pages thought I was on track. We'll see what they say after I give them more.

My rough outline is divided into sections based on natural breaks in the action; like I said, I'm not following the prescription of any particular writing book. But if I think about the outline in terms of bare plot bones, it looks something like this:

1. Exposition & inciting incident
2. Rising action
3. Stakes increase, more rising action
4. Stakes increase, climax
5. Falling action & denouement (or the denouement may fall into a very short sixth part)

Sorry if this was way too much information.
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Post by: darshana on October 23, 2015, 10:35 AM
Thanks Melissa! Since I'm still a newbie to the novel writing craft. I love to hear about other people's processes. Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: Melissa K on October 23, 2015, 12:43 PM
I love hearing about other people's processes too. Feel free to bounce ideas off me as you plan/structure/write your novel.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 24, 2015, 06:13 AM
Hi, all, and happy writing!

Didn't get those pages written yesterday. Ended up revising a previous scene instead. Oh, well. This is why it always takes me a year to finish a first draft. Moving on today.
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Post by: JFriday on October 24, 2015, 07:01 AM
Checking in.

Melissa, those pages will get written! Meanwhile, the previous scene is much better.
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Post by: darshana on October 24, 2015, 02:52 PM
Melissa - I agree with JFriday!

I didn't get up this morning unlikely I will get anything done this weekend. Oh well.
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Post by: Cali on October 24, 2015, 03:08 PM
 :autumn Finishing up loose ends of older PB's while thinking about ideas for new ones for PiBoIdMo. I'm also gathering outline charts for NaMoRiMo--anyone else doing it? I plan to have my novel outline finished before November so in between NaMoing, I can jot down PB ideas on the go. :goldstar

Happy Writing, Cali
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Post by: Melissa K on October 25, 2015, 05:30 AM
I ended up going backward instead of forward again yesterday, but I figured out a problem that's been tugging at the back of my mind. The upshot is I'm going to keep revising instead of moving on, at least for today. My goal is to bang through the global changes and not get bogged down in trying to make every sentence perfect.

Cali--You are a brave brave person to be doing both PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo in the same month. :pompoms

Darshana--Missed days happen. All my best to you.

JFriday and Darshana--Thanks!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on October 25, 2015, 02:54 PM
I feel like I'm living in some kind of weird writing comedy lately. I keep saying, "Here's what I'm going to do today" and then, a few hours later, realizing that I did the opposite. I said I was going to make some global changes and not get bogged down in details; then I went and got bogged down in details. Now my whole first chapter is a mess. I don't know anymore what I want in there and what I don't.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on October 26, 2015, 07:42 AM
Goal for the day: Print out all the recent versions of my first chapter. Decide what needs to be in there and what doesn't. Take a stab at rewriting the first chapter.

Happy writing!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on October 27, 2015, 06:05 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on October 29, 2015, 06:11 AM
Checking in...must, must, must work on PB!
But, need :coffee3

Happy writing, all!  :writing3 :typing

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
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Post by: Melissa K on October 29, 2015, 06:50 AM
Hope that PB work goes well, Tori! I'm checking in too.
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Post by: Melissa K on October 30, 2015, 05:19 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Tori on October 30, 2015, 06:51 AM
Me, too, MelissaK!

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on October 30, 2015, 07:32 AM
I'm here.

Melissa, I have so been where you are. I've revised until it's a mess and it was better before I did anything. But press on; it does clean itself up, even if you need to step away for a day or two and not consciously think about it. Things will fall into place,they really will.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on October 31, 2015, 06:56 AM
JFriday--Thanks. I have a tendency to get stuck in my first chapter, so I was a little worried the other day. But since then I've revised again and moved on. It ain't perfect, but it's a solid foundation for the draft, which is all it needs to be at this point. Hope your writing is going great.

Tori--Hi, and happy writing!

I'm checking in.
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Post by: Tori on October 31, 2015, 07:52 AM
Good morning, MelissaK and anyone else!
I wrote an absolutely horrible first draft of a pb yesterday, and today I'm going to focus on "jacket flap copy" to try to hone in on what's going on.
Maybe :coffee3 will help.
Melissa, I hope you have some successes to celebrate today as you continue on your newly-found foundation! :writing3

Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 01, 2015, 03:01 AM
Checking in. Woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't fall back asleep, so I figured I would make it productive. Close to wrapping up another revision of the same PB from before, need to send it out today for another round of critiques. For better or worse the last round resulted in un-unified feedback.

Hope you all had a good Halloween! I gave out books along with candy and it was a hit!  :cloud9
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 01, 2015, 04:53 AM
Checking in. Our Halloween was a lot of fun. Only problem is that now my 22-month-old knows what candy is. :sadcry  I guess we had to let the cat out of the bag sometime. Darshana, your book idea is awesome. I may steal that next year. 
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Post by: JFriday on November 01, 2015, 08:40 AM
Darshana, that was a great idea! I gave out small bags of pretzels with monster faces on the bag, and the little boys loved them. Older kids got candy because I figured they wouldn't like only getting a few tiny pretzels (they were pre-bagged). Parents liked the pretzels!

Oh, Melissa, the slippery slope. Candy and ice cream and cookies and cakes...

Tori, aren't all first drafts horrible? Even the ones we think are marvelous??

I'm not ready to start another novel so I decided to sign up for PiBoIdMo. Finding a notebook for ideas today.
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Post by: darshana on November 01, 2015, 10:25 PM
Yeah JFriday!
Funny I'm already behind on PiBoIdMo. Thankfully, all you need is a really good day to catch up.

Melissa - do go ahead and steal the book idea. It went pretty well. I posted some pics on my FB page.

I just sent my PB revision out to my local CPs for critique.
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Post by: JFriday on November 02, 2015, 03:46 AM
My little blue notebook already has one idea in it. Darshana, you'll have no problem catching up. Just take a long shower - why is it that ideas come in the shower?

Actually mine came when I was walking the dog. In the woods. Through the leaves.

Happy writing day everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 02, 2015, 04:16 AM
JFriday--Are there dogs, woods, or leaves in your PB idea? All three are popular topics with my little guy.

Darshana (and JFriday, and everyone else doing PiBoIdMo)-- :pompoms

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 03, 2015, 06:15 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on November 03, 2015, 07:36 AM
Melissa - there's going to be a coyote, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Have to come up with 2 ideas today...

And once again someone said I have a MG voice rather than a YA. So I've decided to take my latest story and rewrite it as a MG. It actually won't take much to change it, so I think they're right...

Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 03, 2015, 10:38 AM
Good Luck JFriday!
I have to come up with three. doh! normally I start off strong and then fizzle out, maybe it will be reverse this year.

happy writing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: MariAdkins on November 03, 2015, 11:30 AM
Am I the only insomniac here? Just curious. I was up for 20 hours, slept 6, and here I am.  :shocked It's not unusual for me to sleep starting at 4am!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on November 04, 2015, 03:24 AM
Good morning all! Still have to get some coffee, but I'm here. Mari, if I was up until 4 a.m. I'd be incoherent.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 04, 2015, 05:44 AM
Good morning!

JFriday--A coyote PB sounds awesome. My kid would approve.

Mari--Sorry you're dealing with insomnia.

Darshana--You can do it!

I'm checking in.
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Post by: Tori on November 04, 2015, 06:19 AM
Checking in before a road trip; will be mulling over horrid first draft in mind whilst you all are at the keyboard...Mari, best wishes for shut-eye; Darshana, hang in there, you won't fizzle this year; JFriday, your rewrite sounds like a plan, and Melissa, happy writing!
See you all in three!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 05, 2015, 05:25 AM
Checking in. I've been enjoying writing and feeling productive the last few days. Huzzah! And now I'm going straight to my notebook. Gotta take advantage of this feeling while it's here.

Happy writing, everyone! 
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 05, 2015, 08:15 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm here. Totally behind on PiBoIdMo, but that's okay.
Got feedback from second CP group, still getting a range of responses. Need to work through it so I can post the PB for an agent workshop. Posting deadline is tomorrow.

Of course now I am even more nervous about getting said PB revision done right, since I have to send it to two of my top agent picks. I would like to get it to them by end of Nov.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cali on November 05, 2015, 07:19 PM
Darshana, I'm sure you'll get your book polished in time to send to your favorite agents. :stars3

I started this month working on two ms, but now a third has appeared so I'm spending a lot of time at the computer with my head down. But I love it when I'm on a deadline so I'm in imagination heaven and enjoying every minute! :goldstar
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 06, 2015, 05:48 AM
Checking in.

Thanks Cali. :-)
Yes deadlines can be motivating. I work better that way too.

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Post by: JFriday on November 06, 2015, 06:05 AM
darshana, good luck on getting your writing done by deadlines. Don't fizzle on PiBoIdMo! You can catch up, no problem. You're a writer.

Cali, I love it too, when I'm sitting at my computer but totally somewhere else.

And Melissa, I hope your notebook saw some good writing yesterday.

Happy writing to everyone today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 06, 2015, 01:54 PM
JFriday, my notebook saw plenty of writing yesterday; I'll leave it for another day to decide whether or not it was good. Darshana and Cali, happy writing!

I'm checking in for an afternoon writing session today.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 06, 2015, 03:47 PM
I got my revision done and posted in the agent workshop. Now I just have to critique 8-9 manuscripts over the next week and catch up on PiBoIdMo.

Thanks JFriday and Melissa!
Happy Friday!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 07, 2015, 05:21 AM
So glad you got your revision done, Darshana. Keep us posted about what happens with it. :pompoms :star2 :star2 :pompoms

I'm checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on November 07, 2015, 07:00 AM
I'm here, revising.

Yay, darshana!
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Post by: Melissa K on November 08, 2015, 06:30 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: Melissa K on November 09, 2015, 06:25 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: darshana on November 09, 2015, 07:58 AM
i'm here.
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Post by: JFriday on November 10, 2015, 03:42 AM
I'm here. Need  :coffee3.

Then I need  :coffee3 :coffee3 :coffee3.

One of those days.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 10, 2015, 06:42 AM
JFriday, here's an extra cup of :coffee3 for you, with a :donut2 on the side.

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 11, 2015, 06:24 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on November 11, 2015, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the extra coffee, Melissa. And the donut was delish. Evidently I was coming down with a cold, which I now have full-force. Yuck.

Don't know how creative I'll be, but checking in anyway... :coldsick

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 11, 2015, 01:10 PM
Oh no. hope you feel better soon JFriday.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 11, 2015, 06:38 PM
Can I join? Technically, I'm setting the clock early to get all household tasks done before my husband leaves for work. That means once he's out the door, I have quiet time to write until time to leave for my own job.

Anyway, after spending three years of my writing life on a young adult novel, I reached the place this fall of needing an indefinite break. Now I'm back to writing articles and stories and ... um, breathing :-) My recent writes has revolved about animals, with an occasional religious item thrown in the mix.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 12, 2015, 05:43 AM
7:30 am here! All my household tasks are complete and my husband is getting ready to leave for work.

With a pet curled up on either side, I'm about to start writing my daily book review post. Then I'll continue with research. I'm recording the contents of newsletters from some of our local animal welfare groups, as part of preparation for writing local articles and eventually a book.

Happy writing to everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 12, 2015, 07:16 AM
Welcome, Allison! Always nice to have another early riser around here. Sounds like you've found a cool way to carve out writing time for yourself.

JFriday, it's a bummer you're sick. Hope you feel better soon.

I'm checking in, I hope. I slept later than I meant to, and my little guy will be up pretty soon.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 13, 2015, 03:56 AM
Woke up in the middle of the night, so I'm going to try writing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 13, 2015, 05:46 AM
Checking in. As always, I have a daily review post to write. Then I might get to finish up my research on our local animal welfare groups or a visitor might interrupt today's writing time. I just got the news last night about a visitor from out of town wanting to see our foster cat.

Melissa, I've read enough to know you're working on a novel. For what age group? I don't have a little one to wake me up, but my three cats start getting restless about 5:00.

Happy writing to everyone!

Welcome, Allison! Always nice to have another early riser around here. Sounds like you've found a cool way to carve out writing time for yourself.
I'm checking in, I hope. I slept later than I meant to, and my little guy will be up pretty soon.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 14, 2015, 06:50 AM
Allison, I'm working on a YA. Happy writing, everyone!
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Post by: Melissa K on November 15, 2015, 05:33 AM
Checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on November 15, 2015, 10:49 AM
Checking in, although it's not early.Welcome, Allison!

I've been gathering ideas for PiBoIdMo and polishing a pb which I just sent out. Haven't felt up to working on the novel, so I'm taking a rest from that. Also reeling from what happened in Paris.

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Post by: Cali on November 15, 2015, 04:12 PM
Wrangling two novels in NaMoIdMo; one MG fantasy and one YA paranormal romance. Some days all I can do is research or write. Mostly rewriting today.

I hope everyone else is doing better! :stars3
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Post by: Melissa K on November 15, 2015, 08:07 PM
Wow, Cali. Wow.
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Post by: JFriday on November 16, 2015, 03:34 AM
Cali, I can't imagine. I don't think I could do two novels at once. Bravo!

Hope everyone has a productive day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 16, 2015, 05:46 AM
Checking in. Thanks for the welcomes!

Melissa and Cali, how long have you been working on your novels?

JFriday, two of the ladies in our local writing group are doing picture books. I have ideas, but not ready yet to tackle them.

My day will start with a personal meme at my blog. Then I need to prepare for our aforementioned writing group. Somehow this introvert ended up being the leader. Finally, I hope to find some markets for a couple pet articles in the works.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 16, 2015, 09:58 AM
I wrote for a couple of hours this morning--actually in the middle of the night, because I couldn't sleep. Didn't think to check in at the time.

Allison, I've been working on my novel for a couple of months or so.

Keep on keepin' on, everybody!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 17, 2015, 05:34 AM
Checking in.

My day will start with a quick book review teaser. Then as part of my pet project research, I'm heading out to meet a lady who owns a store that gives its proceeds to animal rescue. Busy morning.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 17, 2015, 07:03 AM
Checking in. Allison, sounds like you have a cool day planned. Happy writing!
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Post by: JFriday on November 17, 2015, 10:00 AM
I'm here.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cali on November 17, 2015, 05:19 PM
I've been working on these for a couple of years, have put them aside, and decided to finish up during national writing month, hopefully. *toes & fingers* crossed.

Hopefully we will all have something to show come January:)

Happy Writings, All! :goldstar
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 18, 2015, 05:39 AM
Checking in.

I have a picture book to review. Then I'm going to browse the Cat Writers Association and Dog Writers Association, before responding to local volunteers in animal welfare groups to set up interviews. The first week of December might be very busy.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 18, 2015, 07:02 AM
Cali, I'm impressed even if you've been working on both books for a couple of years.

Allison, sounds like you're chugging along. Keep at it!

I'm here.
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Post by: JFriday on November 18, 2015, 08:53 AM
I'm here. Already wrote down a PB idea for the day.

Happy Writing, all!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 19, 2015, 05:43 AM
Checking in.

Today is all about preparing interviews.

Happy writing everyone!
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Post by: Melissa K on November 19, 2015, 07:02 AM
Hi, Allison and JFriday! I'm checking in.
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Post by: JFriday on November 19, 2015, 09:58 AM
I've been working. Forgot to check in!
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Post by: Melissa K on November 20, 2015, 04:42 AM
Checking in!
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Post by: JFriday on November 20, 2015, 04:50 AM
Me too! Happy writing, Melissa!
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Post by: Allison on November 20, 2015, 05:29 AM
Hello everyone! I'm checking in too.

Today I have to post a review and a meme. Then it's more research for more interviews.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 21, 2015, 06:57 AM
I'm here working on the same novel I was working on yesterday and the day before and the day before and the day before. I'm alternately loving it and pulling my hair out at how slow it's going. Today I'm planning to love it.

Just want to say I'm always inspired seeing you all showing up and plugging away.   
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 22, 2015, 05:25 AM
Here.
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Post by: JFriday on November 22, 2015, 08:32 AM
A bit late; Sunday mornings I go to church. I'm here now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 22, 2015, 11:22 PM
I was here. Finally started diving back into my PB revision. Once again adding/moving/deleting scenes around. A bit of work, hoping (praying?) the story will be stronger in the end.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on November 23, 2015, 03:22 AM
Go for it, darshana! You'll make it better. Melissa, today is a "love the novel" day.

Waiting for the coffee to be done, working on the MG.

Wonderful writing to everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 23, 2015, 06:09 AM
Hi, everybody. And yes, JFriday, it's definitely a "love the novel" day today. I have family coming to town tonight and suspect I won't write much over the next several days, but this morning is all mine.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 24, 2015, 04:26 AM
Woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep. Free writing time, in spite of the relatives sleeping in the basement. Plus they'll take care of my kid for an hour if I need a nap today. Woo hoo!

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Post by: JFriday on November 24, 2015, 11:38 AM
Nice, Melissa. Grab those times! It's late, but I'm here.
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Post by: darshana on November 24, 2015, 01:04 PM
Okay. I got myself to focus for a half hour during my lunch period and brainstormed new scenes for my PB revision.
Happy writing to all.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on November 25, 2015, 05:56 AM
glad you got some focus time in, darshana.

I'm working for a bit this morning before the big Getting Ready for Turkey Day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 25, 2015, 06:05 AM
I'm here too. Hoping to write for an hour or so this morning. Later in the day I intend to devote most of my creative energy to pie.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 25, 2015, 06:05 AM
Checking in.

The past two days I was sick and forgot to post here. As with every morning, I posted to my blog.

Otherwise, this week, I'm taking a break from regular writing commitments. I have an annual review letter to my family in Canada to finish up and send in time for Christmas. I'm also working on a photo album of cats for our local Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) group.

Our Thanksgiving preparations will start later today. Enjoy the holiday season!
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Post by: Allison on November 26, 2015, 07:01 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Post by: Melissa K on November 27, 2015, 06:34 AM
I'm checking in. Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you!
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Post by: Allison on November 27, 2015, 06:39 AM
Checking in too! Thanks for the reminder.

I just finished writing my review of the final titles in The Lunar Chronicles. Now I'm off to read about writing nonfiction for children. Then this afternoon I'll finish up my photo album of cats for our local Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) group.

Except for my husband's trip to the emergency room, it's been a relaxed Thanksgiving holidays. Hope it stays this way!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on November 28, 2015, 06:22 AM
Trip to the emergency room? Gaak. Hope that wasn't as bad as it sounds. :hug

Being an early riser paid off for me this morning. One of our guests needed to catch an early flight out of town. She missed her alarm, but I woke up early enough to get her out the door in time. Ah, the many unexpected benefits of the writing life...

Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on November 28, 2015, 06:27 AM
I'm here too.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on November 28, 2015, 06:51 AM
Checking in.

Good deal on waking up your guest in time for her flight.

Weekends have a little different routine. I fill them up with family time and animal welfare commitments. Regards the latter, I'm working on an article now to promote a spay/neuter project for a local group. After that, I'm not sure what the plans will be. My husband and I were supposed to have plans, but the streets are icy and the air is cold.

Then there's that darn emergency aftermath. My husband tripped and smacked his head on the door frame. In all likelihood, he'll have a scar. He's also been suffering from headaches and tiredness.

Sorry! Way to long of a report.

Happy writing everyone.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on November 30, 2015, 11:22 PM
Checking in. Catching up on PiBoIdMo.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 01, 2015, 05:39 AM
Checking in.

I have an author teaser to write and an animal welfare article to revise.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 01, 2015, 06:30 AM
Finished PiBoIdMo just barely. Now back to revisions.
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Post by: JFriday on December 01, 2015, 07:49 AM
Yay darshana! I finished PiBoIdMo too! And several of them are actually workable. Can't decide which one to focus on first!

But for now, back to revising my MG. I asked someone for a ruthless crit of the query and first chapter, and she sent one to me. Now I know how to fix it!  :stars3

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 02, 2015, 05:42 AM
Checking in.

Congrats Darshana and JFriday on finishing PiBoldMo! One of the ladies in my writing group also participated in this challenge.

All the best to you, JFriday, in revising the query and the first chapter of your Middle Grade novel. How long have you been working on it?

Off to write a review and to organize research for a new article series.

Happy writing everyone!
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Post by: Helen on December 02, 2015, 05:45 AM
Haven't waved howdy-do in awhile. Been in lurk mode. :trench Happy writing to all!
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Post by: JFriday on December 02, 2015, 05:59 AM
Hi Helen and Allison! Just finished my coffee.

Allison, I've been working on this revision for less than a week. The novel itself I started a while ago and then put it aside. I picked it back up last year and started working on it again.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 02, 2015, 06:48 AM
Good morning all. I'm here working on which twelve ideas to pursue in 2016. Doing the 12 days of Nonfiction (for me includes fiction as well)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 02, 2015, 10:32 AM
Hi, all! It's not early, but I'm checking in anyway. Glad to see so much action around here.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 03, 2015, 08:12 AM
Checking in late.

A cat sought my lap out earlier and I forgot about everything else except petting her and reading my review book. Interview responses are started to come in and so today I'm compiling them into Scrivener.

Darshana, what is the 12 days of nonfiction?

Happy writing everyone!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 04, 2015, 05:22 AM
Checking in early.

Busy morning! I have a review to write and an interview to do. Then it's off to my teaching job.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: jennifer-bryson on December 04, 2015, 06:53 AM
I'm reminded of the sub-plot in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, where witches have to check in with each other or they start to cackle. I'm afraid I'm starting to cackle from the writing isolation, so I'm jumping on the thread....  :crazy Not an early riser or a night owl, but I do have 3 a.m. insomnia so maybe someone else will be up with me tonight? Finished a short story this week for a Halloween submission (MG, if anyone is willing to critique it for me) and am clocking in an hour of work on the chapter book draft this morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 04, 2015, 06:56 AM
Welcome, Jennifer! I sometimes have those 3 a.m. insomnia writing sessions, too. Congrats on using the time to do something productive.

I'm checking in.

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 04, 2015, 08:15 AM
I'm late, but here. I was around yesterday afternoon, too. Plugging away...

If I'm ever awake at 3 a.m., it's a 'staring at the clock, wondering why I can't get back to sleep' kind of awake. Totally non-productive.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 05, 2015, 04:56 AM
Checking in. So tired!

I have a family letter to finish, an article about famous dogs to write, and then.... maybe a nap. ;-)

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 05, 2015, 03:13 PM
I was here this morning, but my Internet was acting up so I didn't check in. I have time for a little afternoon writing session today, too.

Allison, I'm sorry you're tired. Were you productive anyway? Did you get that nap?

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Cali on December 05, 2015, 10:16 PM
Sent PB off yesterday after it was hearted over at #PitMad. Up late working on MG manuscript, it's 30k and climbing, so yaaaa! :goldstar

Goodnite
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 06, 2015, 06:38 AM
I'm finally here and got my BIC. Don't plan to more until the house wakes up, hopefully not for an hour.

Congrats Cali on the fav and reaching 30k! That's awesome.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 06, 2015, 07:25 AM
I'm here, too. Congrats on the fav, Cali! Nice work on that MG, too.
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Post by: JFriday on December 06, 2015, 07:29 AM
I'm here. Nice news, Cali!
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Post by: jennifer-bryson on December 06, 2015, 07:33 AM
Great news, Cali! I read pitches at PitMad for an hour just for fun -- so many wonderful potential books out there. I'll look yours up!

Checking in -- awake at 3 again, solved a character motivation problem and bought board books on Amazon for my niece. I'm apparently an insomniac/sleep shopper, so if you want to shamelessly plug your book for me to randomly buy in the night it might end up under the tree....  :laughsanta
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 07, 2015, 04:28 AM
I'm here. Trying to be not only an Early Riser but once again an Early Worker. Gotta get this revision done. :typing
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 07, 2015, 05:32 AM
I'm here too. Hope that revision is going well, JFriday!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 08, 2015, 09:47 PM
I'm here working on my revision. Took a sick day today and slept quite a bit during the day. Figure I might as well do a bit of writing now so I am tired enough to sleep through the night.

JFriday - hope your revision is going swimmingly.
Hi Melissa and Jennifer.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 09, 2015, 06:20 AM
I'm here. I'm unsure where I'm going to take my story today, but I'm excited about working on it.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 09, 2015, 07:47 AM
Hi all. Thanks for the good wishes on the rev. Giving it one more go-through.

Hope you're feeling bettr, darshana, and Melissa, good luck on the direction!

Everyone, have a great day!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 10, 2015, 10:37 AM
I overslept this morning, but I'm here now. Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 11, 2015, 06:06 AM
Checking in after almost a week of not feeling well. Should have taken that weekend nap!

Cali, all the best with your PB submission! I had never heard of PitMad before. Hope everyone else is doing well on their revisions!

The past week, I did keep up with my book review blog posts. After months of not reporting on news, I finally resumed this feature. I also prepared three articles for our local animal welfare groups about famous dogs who came from shelters. Otherwise, I've mostly been browsing user groups and catching up on posts in them.

Anxious for the holidays to arrive. Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 11, 2015, 06:15 AM
Sorry you weren't feeling well, Allison. Glad to have you back.

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 12, 2015, 04:56 AM
Checking in.

Some interview photos to take, an article to write, and many other writing commitments to juggle today.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 12, 2015, 06:05 AM
Checking in. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 12, 2015, 07:30 AM
I'm here too!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 12, 2015, 09:40 AM
I didn't write this morning, but have started mulling over the feedback I got from an agent and figuring out how to go about it. No actual writing for a few days now just mulling, reading up on craft before I start on revision.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 12, 2015, 02:07 PM
I think that totally counts, darshana. Ruminating comes before writing.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 13, 2015, 04:39 AM
I agree, Darshana. Without thinking, nothing good can happen with the writing.

Hi JFriday!

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 13, 2015, 07:53 AM
Hi, all! Sure doesn't feel like December outside. Happy writing! Or thinking!!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 14, 2015, 02:13 PM
Didn't write this morning, but I'm here now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 14, 2015, 09:46 PM
I'm here. Just moving words around for now.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 15, 2015, 04:24 AM
Checking in. Hi darshana.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 15, 2015, 05:06 AM
Checking in.

With holiday season upon us, my husband and I have begun the juggle of which one of us drives the other to work. I'm hoping to get a post written before it's my time to take him.

Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 15, 2015, 10:23 AM
It's not early today, but I'm here.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 16, 2015, 05:29 AM
Checking in.

I'm working on a review and a story for my writing club.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 16, 2015, 10:27 AM
Checking in late again. Hope you had a good writing day, Allison. Happy writing to everyone else, too!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 17, 2015, 06:03 AM
Checking in.

Draft of my superhero story is done. Still juggling too many tasks!

Happy writing everyone.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 17, 2015, 07:31 AM
I'm here, but probably only briefly. Allison, superheroes are awesome.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 17, 2015, 11:59 AM
I've been polishing all day, just forgot to check in. Rainy days are good for writing.

Actually, sunny days are too. And cold ones. And hot ones. And windy ones...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 18, 2015, 05:23 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 18, 2015, 05:46 AM
Checking in.

Feeling nauseous, but want to revise my superhero story.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 19, 2015, 05:45 AM
Checking in.

I'm soon off to feed campus cats, but will return to finish my annual letter to my family. I also have my last article of the year to write for a local animal welfare group.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 21, 2015, 05:26 AM
Checking in.

With my annual letter to my family done, now it's time to prepare one for friends. That's my only writing commitment this week.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 21, 2015, 06:11 AM
I'm here today. Hi Allison, and happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 21, 2015, 06:58 AM
I'm here too. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 22, 2015, 05:18 AM
Checking in.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 22, 2015, 07:36 AM
Checking in. Plip plip plop goes the rain on the roof. Tap tap tap go my computer keys. Good sounds for morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 22, 2015, 08:35 AM
I've been working for a while; just took a break to check in. It's raining here, too, but at least it's warm.

Hope everyone has a productive day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 23, 2015, 12:17 PM
Checking in late.

Writing is going much better than expected. I might get to take tomorrow off except a review.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 28, 2015, 05:15 AM
Checking in.

Today I'm studying sample magazines. How was everyone's Christmas?

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 28, 2015, 06:48 AM
Christmas was awesome. My kiddo makes holidays so fun.

Oy, but I hear him crying. Looks like I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get back into my writing schedule.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: JFriday on December 28, 2015, 07:15 AM
Back in the saddle here. Christmas was great; it's a wonderful holiday. The best of the year. Now back to work...
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 28, 2015, 09:31 AM
My son went back to sleep after a couple of whimpers, and I got to write for 45 minutes after all. Good stuff. Hope everyone else had a great start to the day.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 29, 2015, 06:07 AM
I'm here.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 29, 2015, 06:50 AM
Checking in.

I have a pain in my shoulder today, but have magazines to study.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 29, 2015, 07:12 AM
I'm back. :-)
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on December 30, 2015, 04:19 AM
Darn heater went off and made it too warm for me, so now I'm up. Just reviewing some research and then hopefully get a little bit more sleep.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 30, 2015, 06:20 AM
Checking in.

Interviews to conduct and magazines to study. I wish my shoulder would stop hurting me. :-(

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 30, 2015, 06:49 AM
Sorry about your shoulder, Allison. Darshana, I hope you get to catch a nap before your day starts.

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on December 31, 2015, 04:21 AM
Can't sleep, so I'm going to write a bit and try to go back to sleep later.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on December 31, 2015, 06:34 AM
Checking in.

Shoulder is a little improved. More magazines to study!

Happy writing everyone.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 01, 2016, 05:18 AM
Happy New Year, early risers and night owls! I wish you all the best, in writing and in life, for 2016.

I'm checking in. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 01, 2016, 05:55 AM
Happy New Year!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 02, 2016, 07:27 AM
I'm here late, but I'm here. Hope you all have a good day writing and/or enjoying the weekend.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 02, 2016, 07:41 AM
Checking in, late.

An article to write. Then I've got to look for missing keys.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 03, 2016, 04:34 AM
Woke up in the middle of the night again. It's happening a lot lately, partly because I'm excited about my manuscript. I'm going to write and then try to sleep a bit more before the family gets up.

Hope you found those keys, Allison.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 04, 2016, 05:37 AM
Checking in.

Today I need to catch up on some reading of review books and recording of notes.

Happy writing everyone!

PS Keys are now considered officially lost.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 04, 2016, 06:36 AM
Checking in. Sorry about those shrinking keys, Allison. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 06, 2016, 05:21 AM
Checking in.

I stayed up late to finish an article. Today I just plan to write a review and do some research.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 07, 2016, 05:05 AM
Checking in.

More reviews and research.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 07, 2016, 05:20 AM
I'm here too. Wishing you all plenty of great words (or fewer but pithier words, for anyone revising PBs).
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 08, 2016, 07:02 AM
Checking in. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 08, 2016, 07:35 AM
Checking in, late.

Our cat got into the garbage and so my morning started with a vet appointment. She's okay!

I have other good news. My keys are found!

Now to speed write a review before work.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Betsy on January 08, 2016, 10:38 AM
I know how important finding your keys can be. I lose mine at least once a day.

And I'm REALLY glad your cat is O.K. My dog is still getting into the garbage and she's fourteen.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 09, 2016, 05:21 AM
Checking in.

I'll be answering emails about writing, comments on review posts, and catching up on all sorts of correspondence. If there's time, I also want to reorganize my notes and contact lists and.... Basically, today will be all about organization.

Betsy, our adopted dog whom we lost last spring also used to get into the garbage. He'd eat any bread or seed I put out for birds and squirrels too.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 11, 2016, 05:41 AM
Checking in.

I have a new series of pet articles to write.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 11, 2016, 06:44 AM
I'm here too. Hope you all do a lot of :typing3 today!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 14, 2016, 06:09 AM
I've been distracted the last couple of days, but I'm going to try to jump back in this morning. Happy writing!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 14, 2016, 07:47 AM
Checking in late.

Two people who I know died this week. 2016 is NOT going well.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 15, 2016, 07:09 AM
Checking in late.

I'm finishing up research for my series on cat overpopulation that I'll start writing this weekend for a local animal welfare blog. The group has also put me in charge of finding bloggers to round out the content on their blog.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 16, 2016, 06:29 AM
Allison, I'm so sorry to hear that two people you know just died. Hang in there.

I'm checking in.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 16, 2016, 07:10 AM
Checking in.

Melissa, thanks for the condolences. Today I'll be writing a few animal articles.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 19, 2016, 05:46 AM
Checking in.

Not feeling well, but I'm going to write a review and then....?

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 20, 2016, 05:52 AM
Checking in.

Still not feeling well....

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 22, 2016, 05:52 AM
Checking in.

Starting to feel better, but will probably keep writing to a minimal today.

Happy writing everyone!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on January 22, 2016, 07:05 AM
I'm here today. Allison, I'm sorry to hear you were feeling sick. Hope you're on the mend.

I've been sort of scattered lately. Haven't been managing to get up early. But I have been pretty productive in the stolen minutes I've found here and there the rest of the day. I'm going to get to it.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 23, 2016, 07:14 AM
I'm here working on a new PB. Gotta get the first draft done by Monday morning.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Allison on January 23, 2016, 07:44 AM
Checking in late.

Two articles to complete today. Darshana, all the best on your PB!

Happy writing everyone!

Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: darshana on January 28, 2016, 03:57 AM
Thanks Allison.

I'm here but not entirely by choice. Tossed and turned for about 90 minutes since I couldn't fall back asleep. Finally realized I should probably just get off. Hope to finish revising.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 04, 2016, 10:42 AM
Haven't been here in a while. I'm hitting a bunch of stumbling blocks preventing me from getting up early, but I'm still around and still writing. Hope all of you are doing well!
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Melissa K on February 05, 2016, 07:40 AM
Checking in late, but I'm here.
Title: Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
Post by: Auri Lynn on March 09, 2016, 04:53 PM
Checking in. It's not that late... but writing instead of heading to bed, so figured it counts.  :bunnyshake