Saturday, July 31, 2010


With just hours to spare, I finished Bubba to the Rescue and won my LAFFN Challenge! whoo hoo!!! On to the editing stage...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Only two more days for LAFFN

Well, despite all my pep talks, I haven't had a lot of time for working on Bubba to the Rescue and meet my own LAFFN goal of finishing the first draft. Last night, I lamented to Michy that it wasn't looking good for me to finish. She pointed out that I have worked on it much more than I have for the past year and a half, and I'm definitely farther than I would have been without setting the goal to finish it this month. Good point! She also said that if I put my mind to it, I could probably get it done, and I think she's right. I finished my NaNo last year by writing thousands and thousands of words per day, so maybe I can do this. I have two more days--today and tomorrow--to get done. I don't have a specific word count to get to, I just need to finish these two plot elements, and I think I have it all figured out. I have enough written that the length will be fine however much I do to finish the book. I just need to go do it, so here I go! I think I've wrapped up all my time-sensitive projects for the moment, and everything else can wait until Sunday, except for a couple of quick things. So, what am I waiting for? Why am I still talking to you? Why are you reading this when you should be LAFFN?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ever forget to write part of your book?

So, I mentioned in my last update that I wrote the end of Bubba to the Rescue, but that I had a bit in the middle I had to do before I'd be done. I finally got around to doing that tonight, and while catching up on where I'd left off, I realized there was a whole other sub plot I had to deal with that I forgot about. Dang it! Both pieces happen around the same time, but I need to go back in time a little to lay some ground work for one of them. Ugh. This is the problem with skipping around in the plot! OK, I have 9 days left of LAFFN to get this shouldn't be too hard, right? Just a few thousand words will do it. Back to work.

Monday, July 19, 2010

LAFFN checking in

Today I accomplished something big and difficult on my work in progress: I wrote the ending! yay! This is really hard for me, because I'm so afraid of screwing it up. I always struggle with endings. I had been hemming and hawing on how this book should end ever since I started it (which I HATE. I prefer knowing how a book is going to end before I even start it), but I came up with an idea a couple of weeks ago, consulted a couple of people and decided it was a good one. I've been slowly working toward it for the past couple of weeks, and I finally got there today. Phew! One hard roadblock out of the way. Now, I just need to finish the middle...there's an icky plot element I need to write, and decide how that's going to affect the rest of the story as far as one character is concerned. Then, I need to write him back in, since he's been out of most of the book pending my decision! I'm not so much looking forward to this, but it'll be easier than the ending, I think. Twelve days left to finish, and I think I'll make it. Are you LAFFN?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Halfway through LAFFN!

We're halfway through the month--are you halfway to your LAFFN goal? I'm not. I've written 1106 words, although I'm going to do a bit more after I finish this post. The good thing is, I don't have a set word count. I basically have two scenes to write, the end and a bit in the middle I'm not looking forward to writing. I'm going to wrap up a couple of work things this week, so maybe I'll have more time to write in the next two weeks. OK, back to work with me...get LAFFN!

Bubba Goes on Tour!

Pump Up Your Book! will be hosting Bubba Goes National (and me) on a virtual tour in August! Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Help a couple of worthy projects get completed! is a way to help raise funds to complete creative projects. Here are two that are near and dear to my heart!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LAFFN is here! Get to writing!

July LAFFN has begun! Now is the time to finish that novel that's been languishing on your hard drive, or get it edited, or whatever your goal is for the month (we're really easy going here). It's go excuses! If you haven't already, visit the LAFFN forum and get to know some other LAFFers. Declare your goal, get your participant graphic, and get going.

Set a daily or weekly goal to chart your progress and check in with us...we want to help you succeed! You'll never get that baby published if you don't at least finish it. My goal is to finish Bubba to the Rescue, which is the sequel to my first novel, Bubba Goes National, which I released earlier this year. I want to get #2 done this month so I can get it edited and printed by October. I think another 10,000 words will do it, which is cake--323 words per day.

What's your goal? Let's get LAFFN!