Saturday, August 17, 2013

WIPMarathon Check-in #2

Hey there, fellow marathon-ers! It's been a crazy week (but I get the feeling we can all say that, right?). To be honest, I have written very little. I could get into all the reasons behind that, but I don't want to bore you. So, on with the check-in! 

Oh, wait, first I want to say a HUGE thank you to all who left encouraging comments on my last check-in. You guys are amazingly inspiring. I mean it. A kind word goes so very far when the day has been less than awesome. Also, I read most of last week's check-in posts from my phone while riding in the car or waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store so, I didn't get to comment much. I must say, this group is FULL to BURSTING with wonderful writing talent! I loved seeing how everyone commits to their project and pushes through the obstacles. It makes me want to try hard, push farther. And that is what #WIPMarathon is all about! Am I right? So BIG thank-yous to everybody!!!

Now, on to the check-in!

Last word count: Somewhere about halfway through the book (revising).

Current word count: Somewhere a little past halfway through the book. (Total weekly word count was probably around 2k *holding my head high*)

WIP issues this week: There were no major issues with the MS (probably because I didn't get very much done).

What I learned this week in writing: I learned not to compare my writing to other's. Though it seems no matter how many times I "learn" this, I still tend to do it. I have to remind myself that my style is different, my words are different, my characters are different. Uniquely me. And that's alright!

What distracted me this week: We started home school this week. CRAZY!!! Most of my attention was directed at trying to manage our new schedule. Hopefully, things will level out next week!

Last 200 (actually, it's more because I couldn't figure out where to break the scene):

“You’re saying there is no right or wrong? There’s just… what?”

“Shades. Shades of right and wrong. What does your conscience say? That’s the question you need to answer in order to make a decision.” I hold in the next part but then go ahead with it. “Always let your conscience be your guide,” I sing-song.

“What is that?”

“It’s from Pinocchio. The old Disney movie. I’ve never seen it, of course, but my mom used to sing it to me when I was little. When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong, give a little whistle. Give a little whistle. And always let your conscience be your guide.” I include the whistles for effect.

He’s quiet for so long I fear I’ve broken his brain.

“Your voice is beautiful.”

Whoa. And what? A compliment from he who ‘does not like or dislike’. I remind him of that fact. “But Ten Sixty-four,” I drawl. “You do not like or dislike.”

“True. However, my conscience tells me your voice is beautiful. Also, call me Isaac.”

“It’s just the caverns. Good acoustics. Makes it sound better than it really is.”

“I’d like to know how you made the whistle.”

“Oh, um…” He knows how to build a fire with q-tips, kill an elder with his bare hands, and speak six different languages but doesn’t know how to whistle? “Well, Isaac, you make a tight little o shape with your lips and then you just…” I whistle. “Blow.”

I know he’s trying it, even in the dark, because I can hear him blowing. But of course, no whistle.

“It takes practice.”

For the next who knows how long, there is nothing but him blowing. Over and over. No resulting whistle. A slip of moon inches across the cavern noting the passing of time. I’m tired. I haven’t slept in 24 hours? Or is it 36 hours? Far too long.

I’m nodding off when he declares, “It’s impossible.”

“Practice,” I say.

“I just did. It doesn’t work. Have you taught me wrong?”

“No! It’s just not easy. You have to work at it. Took me like, I don’t know, two years, to learn.”

More blowing. More non-whistling.

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  1. Glad to hear the marathon is encouraging you. I'm really enjoying being part of something big too!

  2. I fall into the comparison trap. I look at what I'm doing and it's like, I'm weird, I need to quit. Lol! It's a working progress. You'll get there. :)

    Good luck with homeschooling!

    Your excerpt made me laugh. "He's quiet for so long I fear I've broken his brain." is GOLD.

    1. Thanks, Krystal! And, in my opinion, weird is usually good! So, don't ever quit! :)

  3. Oooooo...great 200+ words!! :)

  4. The WIPMarathon is great for inspiration! :) Good luck!

    1. It really is! And good luck to you as well! :)

  5. You're doing great! Keep it up. As for the comparisons, I stopped doing that years ago but it was a nasty habit before then. It's really hard especially if you have such a high standard for yourself and you feel like you're not meeting them.

    Don't worry, the words will come! :)

  6. A slip of moon inches across the cavern noting the passing of time.
    Aww I sooo love the voice in your excerpt, not just this part. Everything.
    Keep plugging away! <3

    1. Aww, I'm so glad you like it! I really want to do these characters justice. Thanks, Ifeoma! :)

  7. I absolutely LOVE what you wrote about learning this week. It's something I have to remind myself every day, or else I find myself sliding down a dark hole and not even realizing why. I also have to remember that we're all at different stages in our "writing life," and we're all coming from different places, so to speak. I get really anxious when I see people my age publishing books already and being awesome in general. A little jealousy is good motivation, but a lot is... not. Lol. Anyway, thanks for the reminder. You're awesome!

    I love everything about your excerpt. The characters, the voice. This line, "He’s quiet for so long I fear I’ve broken his brain." :-D I want to know what's going on and I want to know your characters, lady! *searches old posts for clues*

    --Amanda Shayne Aszman

    1. Yes! (to what you said about stages) I feel like what I wrote a year ago, or even a few months ago, is really very different than how I write now. I love seeing how writers grow with time because then I'm not alone. It's like, they got better; I can get better! But yeah, it's so hard to get past the comparing.

      As for the excerpt, it's a piece of my YA CYOA. (As you can see my blog is skeletal- no deets here, lol!) I'm racing to finish this one though, because I'm going to need 150 beta readers. Just kidding! But really, it's going to take more betas than normal because of all the "choices" (in case you'd like to be one ;) A beta, that is).

      Anyway, I'm so glad you like it! Thank you! :)

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  9. "Uniquely me. And that's alright!" <--- Great mantra. I need to remember that more often! Your extract is phenomenal. I love the ideas the characters are expressing and the characterisation is awesome! Want to read more!

  10. I also fall into the trap of comparing my writing with others and I'm sure they've probably done the same. It's a hard habit to break but it's worth it because it just hold you back and stops you from being able to embrace your own voice.

    And I feel Isaac's pain...I've never been able to whistle.

    Good luck with this week's words!