Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday Check In and Contest for the Week

It’s Monday and for most of us that means, back to the ‘day job’. I don’t know about you (those of you who have day jobs), but I’m so looking forward to the day that I can write all day in my pj’s, leaving the weekend for family and friends. Yes, I know, once that day comes and I’m on deadline I’ll still be working day, night, weekends, and whatever other time I can find in the universe to meet said deadline. Insert: When Erica takes over the world one of the first orders of business must be more hours in the day.

I’m checking in with 741 words this week. Not a lot, but they are new words. Words that I think will stay and not hit the cutting floor. Which is always a good thing. The count looks like I did at least 100 words each day. Don’t let it fool you. I wrote twice this past week. That’s it, two times. My goal for this week is too write everyday (again). Even if I end up with the same count, writing everyday is still better.

Now for the fun part. This week’s contest giveaway is not one but two books that will not actually come out until October 2nd. So, whoever the winners are I won’t be able to mail it out to the, until then. The books will, however come to you signed by the author.

There is one catch with this giveaway. The winners must post a review of the book on their blog. If you don’t have a blog, no worries, you can email the review to me and I’ll post it here. Oh, and for a slight twist the first one to post the review will receive an extra surprise. Don’t you just love surprises?

This is the first in a series for CL Wilson. Cheryl is an amazing writer and this is a book you'll not be able to put down. She worked on this series for several years. Her world building is, IMHO, some of the best I’ve ever encountered. Check out her blog, Cheryl’s World Building I promise you’ll be as amazed as I was. No matter what genre you’re writing, you will be able to glean from this. We all world build: whether its fantasy, paranormal, romantic suspense, set in other worlds, or in a very real place. Cheryl clearly understands the importance of this and how to do it.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire.

Now, a thousand years later, the fierce Fey king must fight to save his race from the brink of extinction and once again stop the evil rising in the homeland of his enemies, the Eld. The key to his success lies in the mortal city of Celieria, where the Mage Wars began, and with a young woman whose soul sings to him in ways no woman’s ever has, whose presence reawakens the primal fury of the tairen within his soul, and whose vast, untapped power can either save or destroy him and his people.

To read more check out the excerpt on her site. Lord of the Fading Lands.

If you are not one of the winners you can preorder it here: Lord of The Fading Lands

Just in case you’re new to my blog, all you need to do is comment to be entered into the contest. I’ll take all the comments for the week, throw them into the proverbial hat and two people’s names will be drawn (not by me). On Friday I’ll announce the winners.

So, how was your writing week? Did you accomplish your goals this week? Was it a crazy busy week where trying to find the time to sit down and write didn’t seem possible? Let us know, we’re here to cheer your word counts and encourage you if you need more. Ummm…that would be me this week. :)

As always, Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,



December/Stacia said...

Ugh, with my older daughter back in school the younger is being a total pest. I managed to get in about 6-7k words last week, only 2k of which actually stayed in the ms. Pitiful.

Patricia W. said...

Not a bad week. Hoped for just over 13,000 words. Wrote about 9500. I'll take it. Plus I've got all those longhand pages typed up.

Please don't include me in this week's drawing. I really need to cut back on my reading to meet my writing goals, and it's hard to do that with all these great books lying next to me!

Jill James said...

Vicki, any writing is good. I'm still on writing vacation until tomorrow. Then it will be 'nose to the grindstone', or laptop, as the saying may go.

Danika / OpenChannel said...
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Danika / OpenChannel said...

december / patricia - holy moly, dat's a lot of words.

Yay for getting back into it, Vicki. I agree, writing every day is the best way to keep that momentum. It's not the amount, it's the habit.

last week: 5,189
this week: 1,700
total: 6,889

Thanks for the tip on CL's site, I love world-building.

Erica Ridley said...

Writing week was fab... Finished WIP, had a fun chapter meeting, won a book, and got to see Vicki Lane. =)

Laurie K said...

Monday is a bad day all around especially when you don't feel like you had a weekend at all. Didn't do much writing this weekend because of being busy and the fact that I'm in a bit of a transitional period in the book - but as always I will get out of it. Have a great week to all.

Vicki said...

December you may have words that hit the cutting floor but look at how much your wrote!! That's great.

Patricia - Wow! You have an awesome week. And just in case you want to change your mind the winners of this weeks contest will not recieve the books until the 2nd week of October.

Jill - enjoy the last day of vacation. Can't wait till next week to hear your new progress. :)

Danika - Yay for your word count. I know you've got a lot going on right now, keeping you very busy. You're doing awesome!

Erica - Although it's great to talk to you on the blogs and email it's always wonderful to get to see you at the meetings. :D

Laurie - since you're my CP and vice versa I know how you write. You may not have written this weekend but girl when you sit down you crank out 4k - 5k words at a time. We'll plot out the transition. ;)

Vicki said...

Oh yeah, December, I forgot to tell you...I love the new pic.

Bill Clark said...

When Erica takes over the world one of the first orders of business must be more hours in the day.

LOL!! I agree!

Anonymous said...

Congrats gals on your writing!

Cool a new author for the weekly contest!

Terri W.