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I’m changing my approach on my blog.  I’m going to try to post more stories to go along with work on my WIP.  I will still write about my learning journey, but let’s be honest, who wants to read what I have to say about writing?  And, maybe, I will pen an occasional post about topics catching my eye.

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My WIP’s Third Revision – The Betas Spoke

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My WIP’s Third Revision

The Beta’s Spoke

I working on my WIP.

cover 1And I cried.I

No…not really…quite.

David, Ash and Alan were the only other people besides my Trusted Reader to go all the way through my story.  Overall, they were very supportive and said nice things.  I knew better than to ask them if I was ready to go.

We had a group of four.  If you’ve read some of my other postings, you know I went last because I was the largest and I was still working on it.  I was very impressed with the other WIPS.  If ever I’d thought I was a special snowflake I found out I’m not.

Still, this is my first serious WIP.  And while I wrote trashy stuff on another website, about the only thing I can say for it is that I was too dumb to know what I didn’t know and just laid it all out there.  Once I decided I wanted to be serious, I looked to the how-to-write-books books for help on story structure and scene structure.  And…it works.

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Am I Really This Dumb?

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Am I Really This Dumb?

pictureHow could I get all the way through school and not know the difference between breath and breathe?  I can’t believe I just discovered this.

I remember a time in school when we kept a diary.  And I discovered February had two R‘s in it.  My teacher wrote with her red pen, fixing every one of my entries.  And…we had to do peer reviews.  I felt like a complete ditz.

I want to be taken seriously as a writer.  But, yikes.  How many other words and phrases do I misuse?

You guys must read my blog for comedy material.  Ha.

My WIP’s Third Revision – Critiques (7)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Critiques (7)

I working on my WIP.

cover 1I’m waiting on three beta readers…and I’m very nervous

My Beta Read

I reordered Part One and inserted three new scenes hours before I sent it to my three beta readers on Sunday.

I committed a terrible sin…I relied on Word’s spell checker.  I didn’t have time to go through my entire story with ProWritingAid.  I did that on Monday…and was horrified.  I debated whether to play dumb, or be that girl and offer them a cleaned up file.  So, rather than have them think me illiterate, I decided on bimbo…and offered them new files.

The woman was nice about it.  One guy was pissed.  I didn’t hear from the third.  Gender gap?  Ha. Continue reading

My WIP’s Third Revision – Critiques (6)

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My WIP’s Third Revision

Critiques (6)

I halted the critiquing of my WIP.

cover 1I’m trying to balance my time between beta reading, working on my story, and living my life.

Something had to give, so I asked family and friends to…leave me alone.  Yikes.

Beta Reading

This week we critiqued Ash’s story.

I’m happy I read it and hope my thoughts might have helped her.  But, I found myself in the minority as the two guys didn’t agree with me on several things.  Ash will have to decide what she wants to do.

When we read our first story, I worried that David ran all of it through Scrib before trying beta reads.  Then I found out Ash hadn’t posted much of her story for critique, starting with beta reading.  So, I feel better, because only part of my story has been critted.

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I Will Never Bet On Football Again

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I Will Never Bet On Football Again

scoreSo, I did a crazy thing this week when I bet a guy at work on the football game.

Boy am I glad Denver won because of what he would have made me do.  And I won’t even make him clean the kitchenette area at work.  Ha.

Wow.  I must have lost ten pounds and my mind in that game.

And I Don’t Even Like Football!

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And I Don’t Even Like Football!

broncosSo, there is this guy  at work.

You know the kind, they are always soooooo sure of themselves, like they know everything.  And, he is one of those New England fans.

I’m not sure how it happened, but he kind of egged me into a bet on the game with the Denver Broncos.

Now, I’ve got all my fingers crossed.  Boy had they better win!