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  • in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44363
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    Today’s (Thursday, October 22 2-4pm) sprint link:

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    in reply to: Week 42 Check-in #44352
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    Jeanne, this is really good information! If you ever put together a webinar or workshop for us on a step-by-step guide to copyrighting your work, I’d definitely be interested in it.

    I’m so glad you’ve been productive! It’s a tough time for all of us, so productivity feels like hope to me.

    Mona, I’m impressed! Getting your writing in during an emotional time is so challenging. It feels like double the work sometimes. If you decide you want to sprint again, we’re doing them Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. You’re welcome to pop in for a short time if that’s all you can do. Hugs to you.

    Dory, awesome word count again! I hope you can join us again one of these days.

    I mentally flashed on a pic of a raccoon gleefully rubbing his little hands together and thinking “Goody goody” so I hope you got it. I laughed at this! How did you know what I looked like when I picked up my Airstream? I was so excited and nervous. Backing it up for the first time was an adventure, let me tell you. There’s a definite learning curve.

    I hit my goal last week and send my story off to my first reader for edits. Finished a day early! When it comes back, I’ll start on it again. I’m currently in between edits, so taking a short break. I’m playing with doing a Halloween short story for readers featuring my witches. Still noodling that. So, this week is relax and play and rest for me.

    Wishing you all a beautiful week.

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44343
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    Today’s sprint link (October 20 2-4 PDT) We’d love to have you join us!

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    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44332
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    This week’s (October 19-25) sprints:

    • Tuesday: 2-4 pm PDT
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    Hope to see you all there!

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44322
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    Today’s (Sunday, October 18) 2-4pm PDT sprint is live!

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    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44273
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    Here is the sprint link for today (October 15). If you have any issues logging in lmk!
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    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44254
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    Hi Dory:

    I’m supposed to be picking up my Airstream tomorrow (fingers crossed, since they moved the time) so Tami is going to post the sprint link. It’ll be on the Sprints post right HERE.

    The time changed, too. It’s from 3-4 pm Pacific time.

    Cheryl

    Hopefully, the traditions will be back in full force next year, Yes that sprint really helped and I would like it if you sent me a link for Thursday. I was a little under the weather on Tuesday spending a great deal of it in the bathroom,. After I got the camera to work and I could see me just fine. Then, today I had the Webex meeting. the camera was working fine then I noticed I was not moving and it was like a snapshot so I went through the routine again and both lights on the camera went out. I could see and hear them but Cam was out and I could not get it back. as soon as the meeting was over then I went through it again and it was fine. It doesn’t seem to like the teleconferencing software or something. maybe the anti-virus is messing with it, I was told that could be it or that there was Bluetooth interference–apparently, Webex software doesn’t like Bluetooth someone said. hopefully, I can get it under control by Thursday. if not then I may end up incognito again. But I’d get my words in. see you then, I hope.

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44252
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    I was one chapter shy of my goal of 8 last week. This week, my goal is to finish and I have no way to quantify it in a way that makes sense, so I’m going goalless.

    Just trying to keep my head in the game right now. That’s hard enough some days.

    Sending peace and creativity to you all.

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44251
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    Mona, my heart is with you. I hope your writing brings you solace during this difficult time and not pressure. That’s not something you need right now.

    Sending all the peace, love, and hugs I can find straight to you.

    Cheryl

    I kept my goal, but the time was spent laying out changes to make to my WIP. One step forward, two steps back. But I plan to get it right no matter what.

    I know I won’t make my goal for this coming week because I went to see my ill sister. All four sister got together for the first time since 2010. To keep my sister’s spirits up, we told her that since we weren’t there for her actual birthday last week, we decided to have a second birthday party. We didn’t want her to realize we know the end is near. We kept everything upbeat and shared memories of stupid things we used to do. She kept tearing up, though.

    I learned a few minutes ago that the cancer has spread to her lymph glands. 🙁

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44250
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    Nice work on the 4000 words, Jennifer! I’m so glad the sprints are helping you. We’re doing it again this Sunday, too.

    Good luck with NaNo prep! I wish I was drafting for NaNo, but I’ll be editing until Christmas the way I’m going.  😉

    Cheryl

     

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44249
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    Hi Dory:

    Nice word count this week! Did the sprint help?

    I’m sorry you’re having to give up traditions that make you happy. It’s really hard. As for us, we don’t have much in the way of traditions for Thanksgiving, so it won’t be too difficult. Christmas on the other hand, I just don’t know. We’ll probably do a lot of video calls. 🙂

    Cheryl

    Hello Cheryl and everybody.

    Thank-you Cheryl for your help with zoom and spirits. it helped my word count this week. I managed 3470 words last week. I’m taking Beths Nano prep and Jacqui’s Bump in the Night. and 1 new Futurelearn class on the science of success.

    Yesterday we spent the day with BIL and family for Thanksgiving–keeping within our 10 people social bubble. Normally today we’d all be at the Rockton Worlds fair (small town pride) where we’d be looking at crafts and watching the heavy horse demonstrations. One of the things I truly miss with this pandemic. It was part of both our family’s traditions. So much has changed this year that a 2020 planner had to be the most useless item but being optimistic I have already sent for my 2021 planner( never mind that that’s the year in which Mad Max takes place.) With your Thanksgiving coming up next month how do you plan to keep traditions doing or will you modify them? I wonder if those modifications will eventually become traditions.

    Dory

     

     

     

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44242
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    Today’s (Wednesday, Oct. 14 2-4 pm) Zoom link:

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    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44237
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    Great sprint today, Tami, Laura, Delilah, Alex, and JoMarie! 🙂

    Apologies, everyone, but I need to make changes to the sprints this week.

    I’ve added a sprint on Wednesday, and Thursday’s sprint will be led by our lovely social media chair, Tami at 3 pm PDT. Hope you can join in!

    This week’s (October 12-18) sprints:

    • Tuesday: 2-4 pm PDT
    • WEDNESDAY: 2-4pm PDT <—-new day
    • Thursday3-4 pm PDT <—-new TIME
    • Sunday: 2-4 pm PDT

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    Hope to see you all there!

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44235
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    Today’s Tuesday (October 13) 2-4pm PDT sprint link:

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    in reply to: Welcome back to Miranda Darrow!! #44227
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    Hi, Miranda! I’m so glad you’re here. 🙂

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Rhoda Novak! #44226
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    Welcome, fellow Californian! Glad to have you here!

    CherylPR

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Stella Brecht! #44225
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    Wonderful to have you in our chapter, Stella!

    CherylPR

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Deb Perry! #44224
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    A fellow Californian! Hi Deb! Welcome 🙂

    Cheryl PR

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Michele True w/a Mia Vera! #44223
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    Welcome to the group, Michele/Mia!

    CherylPR

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Kathleen Sheridan! #44222
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    Happy to have you with us, Kathleen!

    CherylPR

    in reply to: Welcome New Member Jennifer Henry! #44221
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    Welcome to the chapter, Jennifer!

    Cheryl 🙂

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44214
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    Thanks for sprinting with me today, Laura, Alex, Jennifer, and Tami!

    This week’s (October 12-18) sprints:

    • Tuesday: 2-4 pm PDT
    • Thursday:  2-4 pm PDT
    • Sunday: 2-4 pm PDT

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    Hope to see you all there!

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44191
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    Here’s the sprint link for today, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, 2-4 pm Pacific time sprint. Log in now, if you’re ready!

    How to sprint: Log in, mute yourself, and start working at your own pace!

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    in reply to: REPORTS of Officers and Committees #44162
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    WEBINAR REPORT

    We have some wonderful webinars planned for 2021.

    We’re also discussing ways of expanding Webinars to include Zoom discussion groups, where we meet to talk writing, productivity, and all sorts of things of interest to both indie and trad published writers.

    Cheryl Rider (& Connie Bretes & Christine Grissom)
    Webinars

    in reply to: REPORTS of Officers and Committees #44161
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    Productivity Forum

    The Productivity Forum is active, with some members reporting weekly and others checking in when they’re working on a project.

    We’ve been holding 2-hour Zoom writing sprints on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the occasional extra day tossed in. I’ve opened these sprints up to all FTH members and any guests. I thought it would be good outreach for the chapter as well as a way to encourage homebound writers who aren’t able to join for one reason or another.

    Cheryl Rider
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    in reply to: 3 Questions #44158
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    Thanks, Tami! I love planning and learning new techniques, too. I think we’d have some interesting discussions.

    Cheryl

    I don’t currently use a planner but I’m interested in possibly attending a planning event.  It sounds like a cool idea and I’m always open to learning about new ways to improve my writing productivity. 🙂

    in reply to: 3 Questions #44136
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    Thanks, Ana, Kathy, and Dory for responding! I appreciate it 🙂

    Hmm… I was thinking about productivity in regards to writing goals and scheduling–not plotting or that sort of thing. I’m an intuitive writer (pantser) so I don’t plot a whole bunch. Although, that could certainly work, too. Hmm…

    It was more like, “Hey, let’s all chat while we write out our planners,” kind of thing. 🙂 We could all bring a drink and maybe a snack and talk about writing and work. I was thinking we might even theme the talks. The first one could be on productivity tips. Everyone could suggest one they’ve used. A book, a tool, a technique or anything like that.

    As you can see, I’m still working through this idea and I’d LOVE input.

    Cheryl

    in reply to: Zoom Sprints 2020 #44126
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    Today’s sprint link 2-4pm PDT (10-8-20):

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    in reply to: Week 40 Check-in #44107
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    You’re right, Jeanne. 1000 words is flash fiction. It’s also what I’ve always called micro fiction, which is 100 words, but I should be specific. I meant microfiction as far as the newsletter I was talking about. 🙂

    I have a short story beat sheet for Excel. It’s actually a story beat sheet, but the word count is customizable. I use it to write my short stories and novellas. Jami Gold has them on her website, which is chock-full of cool stuff if anyone is interested. https://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/

    It sounds like you’ve already mastered the structure, though. I find the worksheets helpful to reference when I’m doing a loosey-goosey outline. (I should trademark that term. It describes so much of my process. 🤣)

    Hi, Cheryl,

    I know – flash fiction is a challenge. It’s a challenge getting in the essentials of your story into 1,000 words or less. I had lots of practice writing short romances to submit to Woman’s World Magazine. I submitted 75 stories to that magazine and they only bought one.  A collection of some of those stories will be going on Amazon. 

    While flash fiction is anything under 1,000 words, “short” fiction is typically 6,000 words or less. I seem to be able to get in what I need to in around 4,000 to 6,000 words.  With the ones I’m writing there are typically two major incidents – the inciting incident and the incident that brings the story to it’s conclusion, with some stuff in between. I call those middle incidents, the “traveling” incidents – they move the story from the inciting incident to the ending incident. That’s just my own term that I made up.

    Well, that’s it for today. I’m working on reading my proof copy for the paperback format for my collection of short romances. Found some mistakes. Darn it, that means that what I posted for the ebook also has the same mistakes in it. Thy are minor. I kinda don’t feel like going through the Kindle Create process for that again, but I’ll think about it.

    Well, back to work.

    Hope you and everyone in the group are having a good week.

    Jeanne

     

    in reply to: Week 40 Check-in #44106
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    As if I haven’t overloaded your inboxes already, here’s my check-in. 😉

    I edited six chapters last week. To make my deadline, I need to work a little faster, but I also just needed a break. I’m restructuring my Q4 work schedule a bit, as I want to slow my pace. I have two books to edit and release, but if I get one released in Q4 I’ll be good with that. Maybe. Okay. I’m TRYING to be good with that. Baby steps… Goal this week is 8 chapters edited.

    On a happy note, I’m now taking Mondays to write with my daughter. We wrote a YA together a while back and had a blast, and I need to tap into that creative joy again. Plus, we’re working on urban fantasy/horror podcast scripts, so it’s a fun way to stretch my creativity.

    I mentioned to Mona to be kind to herself, and that’s my mantra this quarter, too. Be kind to yourself. You are enough. ❤️

    Oh, and my Airstream is supposed to arrive at the dealer on Saturday! It has to be inspected, so we probably won’t be able to pick it up until next week, though. When I get it, I’ll post some pics.

    Have a great week, everybody!

    Cheryl

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