Laura Russell

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  • in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #48141
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Day 21 is going okay! At least I’m going. I cleaned off my desk and tossed last week’s notes and I realized I did have a short editing session on Sunday. So that means my chain is only missing one link. This is good for me because I’m training myself not to be a perfectionist, so a flawed chain is perfect for me.

    Ha ha!!

    Laura

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #48115
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Hi Cheryl,

    I had two days off!! My chain lasted 20 days I think, because I started in March. Keeping track in the spreadsheet is going well.  I started a new chain today.

    Laura

     

    in reply to: Week 14 Check-in #48066
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Hi Cheryl,

    The chain event is working for me. I’m making good progress on my revisions.

    Laura

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #48065
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I’m available to sprint Tuesday!

    I don’t know if Friday will work. I’m a definite maybe.

    Sunday is good for me, too.

    See everyone at Tomorrow’s zoom.

    Laura

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #48035
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I have kept the chain intact!

    Cheryl asked for inspirational quotes so here’s a Chinese proverb.

    The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you succeed.

    This feels apropos for this month.

    Laura

    in reply to: New Member Welcome Emily Marsh #48004
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Hi Emily!

    Welcome to FTH.

    Laura Russell

     

    in reply to: OFFICERS’ AND TREASURER’S REPORTS #48003
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Important detail: Voting on revised RWA bylaws ends April 14.

    The current RWA eNotes (Vol 21:13) has links to the bylaws changes proposed.

    Respectfully added,

    Laura Russell

    VP Communications

     

    in reply to: CHAPTER MINUTES #47994
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I second

    Laura Russell

     

    in reply to: Upcoming Webinar: Worldbuilding: Writing Vivid Settings #47992
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Thanks, Cheryl!

    I registered for Weds. 5pm for me, not bad 🙂

    Laura

     

    in reply to: OFFICERS’ AND TREASURER’S REPORTS #47991
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I listened to two zoom calls since our last chapter meeting: the RWA Chapter Leadership Meeting and Member Town Hall.

    The RWA board proposed several changes to the RWA bylaws. One of these would make the number of board members proportional to the number of RWA members. This will have the effect of reducing the RWA board size by two members at our next election in August.
    Members should have received a link to vote on proposed amendments and RWA encourages us all to vote.
    RWA will host a retreat for 250 members in Nashville. The dates are the same as what was scheduled for an in-person conference, July 14-17, 2021.
    RWA 2021 Conference will be online during November 2021.
    The programs for both events will be available on RWA site when ready.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Laura Russell
    VP Communications
    in reply to: BOD meeting this Wed. April 7th #47971
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I have nothing new to report this month.

    Laura Russell

    VP Communications

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #47887
    Laura Russell
    Participant

     

    Cheryl,

    One more thing for me to finish! I should log back on around 2:40! If that’s too late I’m fine writing all by myself. Sniff!

    Laura

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #47883
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I will be at Easter Sunday sprint. 😘

    in reply to: Week 13 Check-in 🐰 #47882
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Happy Easter Sunday to those who celebrate!

    Oh the chain event is so helpful for me. I started my chain early and wrote each day. I am progressing through revisions and happy with how my story is developing.

    in reply to: Week 11 Check-in time ⏰ #47834
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I hesitate to post my sorry results for week 11, but I really need this group!! Last week I limped along wrestling with myself and getting a few things done, but no where near what I had planned. This week is slightly better. I’m working up to April 1. The chain event may help me break through.

    Laura

     

     

    in reply to: April 2021 CHAIN EVENT ⛓ #47833
    Laura Russell
    Participant
    1. Add your name to the spreadsheet 💻 Done!
    2. Post your daily writing goal* here ✅ One 15 minute session per day. I’m setting the bar low!
    3. Tell us how you’re going to reward yourself when you smash your goal! 💐 I’m considering getting a massage!
    in reply to: Week 10 Check-in #47738
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I haven’t been checking in regularly but after the SIAW I realize reporting helps. This was not a great week for writing productivity by me. Instead, I focused on my household routine. I am following a 30-day effort to clear out twenty years of paper from my office and let go of all kinds of stuff. When I needed a break, I cleared a bit of my kitchen.

    For the coming week, my goal is to write each day– I’m starting my chain early and I’m setting the bar low: a page a day.

    Laura

     

     

    in reply to: CHAIN EVENT in APRIL! #47737
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I’m eager to repair my chain!

    in reply to: SIAW: March 2021 ☘️ #47610
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Wow, Tami! Congrats on hitting your word goal each day!

    My goal was too ambitious, but this week I feel like I shot for Jupiter but made it to the moon, so I’m in a much better place than I was at the beginning of the week. I had hoped to get through three chapters and I’m still putting the pieces of Ch 1 of my next book together, but so far, so good.

    I did bits of Red’s course last month about ‘rekindling,’ and enjoyed her insights but the sprint was more effective in recommitting to my writing habit, so many thanks to Cheryl!!

    You have helped me so much. I enjoyed the companionship of the sprinters. Much easier to focus when others do so, too.

    Laura

    in reply to: SIAW: March 2021 ☘️ #47583
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Kestra!

    you are making progress!! Woo-hoo! And thank you for the recipe.

    I liked your note about spending time in your story world because the sprint is helping me do that, too, and it’s great.

    I did a session yesterday and I’m still in Ch 1, making slow progress but at least my story develops.

    Hearts & flowers to Cheryl for tapping her way through the first draft.

    Laura

    in reply to: Getting Started #47562
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Hank,

    Thanks for the pdf. It downloaded and opened fine.

    Getting clean text on this platform stumped me  when I first started using it.  I think cutting and pasting from word worked okay for me but not from google docs or emails.

    I still have not figured out how to edit posts.

    Laura

    in reply to: SIAW: March 2021 ☘️ #47520
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Day 2 went well for me in spite of being unable to read messages with multiple time zones correctly.

    I am still in Ch 1 and hoping to get that inciting incident fleshed out tomorrow, but I have figured out how to get my heroine into hot water immediately due to her own actions.

    Laura

    PS Thanks to Cheryl for these sprints.

    in reply to: MARCH BOD meeting Wednesday, 3,2021 #47519
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Correction to my report:

    We gained two new members in February board meeting for (Risa Edwards, Nancy Mayer) for four total last month.

    Laura Russell

     

    in reply to: MARCH BOD meeting Wednesday, 3,2021 #47507
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Workshops submitted to RWR for final issue.

    New members for February 2021: 2 joined (Madeline Olson and Stacie O’Brien) before Feb 6 board meeting as reported. 1 (Risa Edwards) joined Feb 18.

     

    March 3, 2021 Board Meeting VP Communications Report

    in reply to: SIAW: March 2021 ☘️ #47494
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I had a decent day! Started my week working on my project

    1. NY hospital book 2

    2. Goal: Ch 1-3

    3. Reward: a new scrapbooking organizer

    And got Dose#1 with few side effects.

    in reply to: SIAW: March 2021 ☘️ #47461
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Hi Cheryl,

    I am in!

    Could we do some sprints at 2pm MT / 1pm PT?

    I’m finding the later starts aren’t working for me. Once Daylight savings starts, it will be easier.

    Laura

     

    in reply to: Day 11: Intuitive Writing or Outlining or a Bit of Both #47316
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    Red,

    How the brain works delights me! Your discussion of implicit memory is prodding me to think of all the things I just do!  I like pantsing  but I’m very analytical, so I’m still going back and forth on outlines versus following the thread the characters create in my mind. I am still digesting this and thanks for these chapters.

    Laura R

    in reply to: Day 5: Building More on Your Foundation with Story Elements #47315
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    The logs that grabbed my attention during the video were hook and subtext.

    I’m planning a big blow up between my leads and thinking over what they won’t say to each other is super helpful.  For this project, I don’t have the opening scene completely fleshed out. I know the setting and I know who is there, but I’m still inventing the actions/reactions. That hook is still floating out there.

     

    in reply to: Day 4: Flow and Mistakes #47314
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    OK! I’m giving up on a writing session where I make as many mistakes as possible. It’s not inspiring me at all and I’ve been doing everything but composing as I contemplate this.

    On to next lesson so I can learn a few things before February ends.

    Laura R

    in reply to: Day 3: How to Build a Fire #47206
    Laura Russell
    Participant

    I look at the photograph collection at the Library of Congress’s website.  I also like this website for looking at old pictures. https://calisphere.org/%5B/quote%5D
    Jeanne,

    I love this suggestion!

    Laura R

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