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I’m late to the party, but congrats Cheryl!! That’s awesome news!
Obviously, I don’t know much about canine rescue teams. Thanks for the clarification – your reply was fascinating!
I think having her grandfather have regrets on his deathbed is a better motivator, especially if she was really close to him. What type of job does she have? That could also make her more aware of the fact that she’s not making a difference.
Is this type of training/certification expensive? Maybe she’s stretched financially to do this and if she fails at it she’ll have to save for a long time to be able to try again. Or she loses her job because she has to extend her stay in VT to deal with the fallout from the accidental fire. So she’s got to be successful at this after putting so much on the line for it.
Just more random late-night thoughts. 🙂
I think you’ve got a pretty good start on the GMC. Some random thoughts that came to mind:
Is the hero’s GPS project meant to do away with canine teams altogether? Or is it more to supplement and help the canines? If he’s trying to put an end to the use of canines, you might consider making his reason bigger – i.e., maybe the accident that killed his dog also killed another canine handler as well, or even the person they were attempting to rescue.
I like having her burn down the building and working with him, when he’s resentful of the money that is now being diverted from his project. I think that makes a good conflict.
You say she’s in VT for certification. Is she from somewhere else and will be moving on when she’s done with the testing? That could add another layer of conflict.
How does she accidentally burn down a building? Is she generally a klutz? Accident-prone? Nervous around people, yet confidant and sure-footed when she’s working with her dog?
I feel that your hero’s GMC is stronger than your heroine’s. Is there more to her backstory that would support her internal conflict as you currently have it? Why does she feel like a nuisance/not needed? Is she going to have/find the strength to get through the testing?
Overall, I like what you’ve got. 🙂
Do you know if there will be a replay link available? I want to learn about Kanban boards!!!! It’s the same day as my local RWA chapter meeting, and I don’t want to have to choose between the two!
I didn’t make my goal of doubling my daily word count average (from 400 to 800). Life happened, as always. I only had one day where I was able to fit in an extra sprint. But I ended up with over 3500 words for the week, so that’s over 500 words a day.
I’m good with that. Now to maintain it…
Thanks for doing this SIAW, Cheryl!
I’m willing to give it a try. I don’t know that I’m “strong” in it – it’s one of those areas that I can see easier in other people’s work than in my own. But sometimes just having another person to bounce ideas off of will help.
I’ll be happy to send you a copy. What’s your email address?
Roses Writes Fifty Books is a Yahoo group from a free workshop that Delilah Devlin offers (once a year, I think). Goal setting, time management, etc.
I don’t have a WordPress profile. Do I have to set one up to get a picture in my profile here?
I’ve got a spreadsheet to track my word count per session. It’s actually a mash-up of a word count spreadsheet from Roses Writes Fifty Books and a WPH spreadsheet from 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox. I set it up to record up to 8 writing sprints a day, not that I’ve done that many – the most I’ve managed was a 6 session day when I was scrambling to get finished in time for the Golden Heart.
There’s a summary sheet that shows the daily word count, totals for each week and for the year. Then I have individual sheets for each month that calculates the WPH for each session and totals for each day.
I think keeping track of my word count like this has helped me to continue the chain I began on Jan 1. If anyone is interested in using it, I’ll be happy to share a blank copy of it.
I’ve managed to keep my chain going from January, which is BIG for me! I’m writing 20-22 minutes a day and averaging 400 words with that. For the week, I want to try to push myself to double that. It still doesn’t seem like a lot, but it will be a stretch for me.
I’m in the central time zone. I typically write between 7:00 and 7:30 am because I keep my grandkids during the day and rarely have a chance to focus on writing once they get here. And when they leave, I’m too exhausted to do much more then. I hope to be able to jump in and join a sprint. I can’t promise anything, though, so don’t plan them around my schedule.
Can’t believe it’s almost March already. Yikes!
Late check-in here. Still chaining. As of this morning, 29/29 for the month.
I forgot to check in last week – I was in a bit of a fog as I had been focused on entering the Golden Heart. That’s been a goal of mine for the last few years, but I never felt like I was ready for it. Still don’t feel like I am, but since this is the last year for it I knew I had to just push myself.
My chain is still going strong. 21/21 so far!
I kept my chain going all week. 🙂
How did it get to be January 1 already? Yikes! Okay, I’ve got to get back into my writing, so my goal is going to be 20 minutes a day, every day, for the month.