RSW Week 7

RSW Week 7



I’m working my way through Ready, Set Write! this summer 🙂

Week 6 Update:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:  It’s amazing what you can do when you set the bar low.  I wanted 2000 words and surprised myself by getting 3000, so yay!  I also made my goal of 2 trips to the gym.  We were in NYC for my daughter’s surprise birthday trip, which was totally amazing, and ended up walking about 22 miles in 3 days, so I’m counting that as an exercise win as well.  I also ordered the materials to start the 21 Day Fix, so I’ll get started on that probably next week when I have all the stuff.


2.  My goal(s) for this week:  A very loft goal – finish the draft by Wednesday night.  I’ll need probably 9-10K for this, I think, so I’m really suspending all activity and just writing.  Why am I doing this?  Because I get to meet my agent in person on Friday (!!! and back to NYC for a quick adult trip) and I want to be able to talk about this with her.  She knows about it, has blessed the idea, but it will be great to have something complete.  Fingers crossed.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

I head into the kitchen and press play on our ancient answering machine that Dad insists on keeping with our ridiculous landline “in case the power goes out.”

Mom’s voice crackles. “Hi Theo, this is your mother.” No shit. “I know you’re so excited to talk about college with me, but I met a professor at the farmer’s market the other day and mentioned how brilliant you are.” She probably embellished to make herself look good. “He told me he knows some people in admissions up here and would be happy to talk to them on your behalf if you’re interested. Said sometimes they’re willing to consider late applications. Just think about it okay. And call me.” She air kisses into the phone and then the message clicks off.

My mother has sunk to new lows by discussing me with total strangers. There’s no way I’m calling her back or spending any time thinking about the stupid favor she’s calling in. No, Mother, I will not do this just because you want. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me not going to college right away if that’s what I want. And there’s also nothing wrong with me not knowing what I want. And if I don’t figure it out until I’m forty and make lattes for bratty high school kids while I marinate on my life’s purpose, so be it. I’m so sick of this being in my face all the freaking time.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):  As always, just time.  And being distracted by everything else shiny around me.  I’m determined to beat it this week.

5.  Something I love about my WiP:   Right now, I’m excited that it’s almost done and that I can go back and revise, lol.

How did YOU do?


7 thoughts on “RSW Week 7

  1. Love the excerpt and those trips to NYC sound like lots of fun!!!! 🙂 And yay for meeting your agent in person soon! 🙂 I just realized you live outside the DC area…Are you going to the YA panel on August 6th in Alexandria? Katy and I will most probably be there 🙂 So excited about it!


  2. I think 22 miles of walking in NYC DEFINITELY counts for exercise! And yay for meeting your goals! I wish you all the luck in finishing your draft. You can do it!


  3. I think it’s the sense of accomplishment that comes with a low bar that makes it worth setting. But an extra thousand words is no small leap. Yay you!

    Oh, if I were sitting next to your MC right now. I am so with Theo on this. Parents mean well, and I’m sure Mom is trying to help, but a year off from school can be a wonderfully eye-opening experience. Maybe the Peace Corps? 😉


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