Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Five for January 10, 2014


1. A bit of a rough week. School was canceled all week due to the weather and the after-effects of the frigid temperatures. I was stuck in the house for three days straight with a 3.5 year old. Cabin fever and I became reacquainted. One night, I watched a documentary about the Donner Party and wondered what if that happened in a modern city. Story idea?

2. I managed to do a little bit of writing work, but not as much as I planned. I wanted to be finished the 2nd draft of my WIP, but I still have about 10k to go. I keep telling myself I have no deadline except for what I set, but I'm still working with being flexible with myself.

3. Speaking of flexibility, I wrote about setting writing goals on the Untethered Realms blog this week. I'll be posting my 2014 writing goals on Monday.

4. I had a great review for The 13th Floor Complete Collection on BigAl's Books & Pals. The reviewer said the bonus short story, "The Shadow" was a 5 star addition to the series. Woot!

5. I baked a lot, cleaned some more, and played Uno Moo dozens of times. It always evolves into a story about a farmer and a family of skunks who like to sit on the roof of the barn. I do love it that my son is really big into imaginative play.

Have a terrific weekend!

25 comments:

  1. I find it harder to get stuff done if I don't have a deadline - which I suppose makes it ironic that I'm so reluctant to set a deadline for publishing anything. :) Still, a deadline definitely motivates me, even if it's one I've set myself.

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  2. I hope the weather improves soon so you can get back on schedule. At least you're safe and warm though.

    Have a great weekend x

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  3. I saw the Big Al's and Pals review - it really was awesome. Well done.

    I hope the school goes back next week. Sometimes kids just need the routine of school, and they definitely need to run around with their friends!

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  4. The weather over there has looked scary! I hope it all improves next week!

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  5. Yikes about the weather! I can't imagine what it must be like to deal with temperatures that cold...

    That's great about the review, though! Good luck finally completing the second draft of your WIP!

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  6. You survived a week trapped in the house with your son - next week will be better. Congratulations on the awesome review!

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  7. That weather played the devil with lots of people's plans this past week.
    Congrats on the great reviews.

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  8. Congrats on the review!

    And I hope next week is snow-ice-cold free, so you can get out of the house.

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  9. Congrats on the review!!

    And the schools here have had a similar situation. Looks like school's out for winter. Here's to warmer temperatures soon!

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  10. Oh wow, what a cool and creepy idea for a story! Wouldn't it be great if this crazy weather inspired you to come up with another great book? Something good to come out of the cabin fever at least.

    Congrats on the great review!

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  11. Yes. That would make for a creepy story!

    Congratulations on the fabulous review.

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  12. Yes, I baked a lot of pies this holiday, including a tasty pear/grape pie. My worst holiday trauma? Sitting in the Dominican airport for 15 hours!!!!

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  13. Sounds like quite the week! I hope you enjoy the weekend. ☺

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  14. Thank you, folks! It's finally Friday and I'm looking forward to really get into the normal schedule next week. Have a great weekend!

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  15. Congrats on a productive week, despite the frigid temps. I'm not sure what I did this week, I read some, that was about it. Well, I did, technically, write, as that is part of my goals for 2014 (writing fiction daily), but nothing impressive happened anywhere.

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  16. Modern day Donner Party. I like it.

    The weather has been horrible. I know what you mean about cabin fever.

    Good luck with your writing!

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  17. That's great news about Big Al and Pal's review!

    I remember the days of having 3 1/2 year olds. Takes a lot of energy! Enjoy it though, they grow up fast and then want nothing to do with you! ;0)

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  18. You've been keeping busy.. and congrats on the review:) Awesome.

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  19. While you are frozen stiff that end of the globe, I'm baking in hot and humid weather, sometimes up to 88 degrees F, and we haven't even hit mid-summer YET...

    For me, a looming deadline is a great motivator...
    Congrats on that review!
    Writer In Transit

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  20. Hi Christine .. you were safe and sound inside - must have been really unpleasant out and about. Yes .. not sure about being stuck in with a 3.5 year old, even if he was my son .. !! Glad you achieved somethings ..

    Have a great writing year - Hilary

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  21. Sounds like you demand a lot from yourself and do get things done. Congrats on the wonderful review!

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  22. Imaginative play -- that pretty much sums up most writers, don't you think? I like your story idea.

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  23. You are superwoman, Christine!!! Can I be you for a day??? :)

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  24. I hope the weather improves!!
    Congrats on your brilliant review too!

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  25. Sorry for the cabin fever, but yay for writing goals. You did awesome in 2013 and I'm sure you'll do just as great in 2014! :)

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