June 1st, 2010

Public Shame Writing Challenge Prom!

I got some great writing done yesterday, but I’m sorry to say I got nowhere near meeting my May goal over the long weekend. I did, however, snap a picture of shame. He was hanging out in my dad’s garden, doing his imitation of a scarecrow from the ninth circle of hell.

And then we went to the prom together.

But I know a few ladies who had a much better time at the prom than I did: JoAnn, Kellie, Lorelie, Carla, Callie, Adele, and Lillie...Lillie, send me a pic so I can make you a prom!

Who else deserves a prom? Let us know how you did! Then sign up for the challenge for June.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in May!

Public Shame Writing Challenge for June!

No rest for the weary. Today we start the Public Shame Writing Challenge for June. It is dumbed down for the summertime: we'll be checking in weekly instead of daily. Here's the check-in schedule:

Week 1: Monday, June 7. No, that's actually not quite a week of writing. I can't believe you're whining already.
Week 2: Monday, June 14.
Week 3: Monday, June 21.
Week 4: Monday, June 28.
Week OMG I Have Got to Make Up a Lot of Words Quickly: Thursday, July 1.

Here are a couple of icons you can post on your blog to help your quest, because as we all know, the more public your shame, the more words you will write.

My goals for June are to finish the first draft of this novel by June 25 (I have about 32,000 words to go) and send the revision to my CPs by June 30.

My goal for week 1 is to write 7680 words.

I am going to show you people up this time.

How about you?

Your name

Your goal for June

Your goal for week 1

(Required) A statement of hubris that you will find very embarrassing if you don't make your goal

Endless Summer on the shelves!

What a terrific release week for Endless Summer! Thanks to everyone who bought a copy. I appreciate it very much!

My time on the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is drawing to a close with a few more interviews:

Elizabeth Scott asks, "What do you wish you'd known about being published before your first book came out?"

Jeri Smith-Ready asks, What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?

Linda Gerber asks, "What's one thing most people don't know about you?"

Diana Rodriguez Wallach asks, "Where were you when you found out that Endless Summer was going to be published?"

Amanda Ashby asks, "What's your favorite television series right now?" (but y'all probably know the answer to that already)

Thanks to the Girlfriends for touring me! It's been lots of fun.

Thanks also to Southern Magic for running an ad in Romance Writers Report (June issue, page 39) featuring our published authors, including yours truly, and to Paula Graves for a beautiful design as always.

Finally, for your viewing pleasure, a hilarious video my critique partner cchant sent me. If you have ever had a book signing scheduled at a Books-A-Million in Birmingham at the same time as the Alabama-Florida football game, you will empathize with this poor author.