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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Where has the time gone?

Has it really been two weeks since my last post? Amazing! We've been really busy and if I'm being truthful I need to slow things down a little - chronic fatigue is setting in.

Loads of exciting things have been happening - a couple of which I'm not going to mention for fear of jinxing them.

I've had my critique back from the NWS and, while I cringe at a couple of silly mistakes I hadn't spotted, overall it was positive. It's given me a lot of food for thought and all being well I'll revise my plot and the hero's character arc before Christmas. But first, Gray and I need to finish our Medical (we're hoping to complete it before the end of November).

On the health front I have an MRI scan coming up (on Sunday - 08.30am!). I haven't had an MRI since 2001, so while I'm a little nervous about what the results will be, I'm feeling positive that it will at least show what's been going on, particularly with my eyes, this past year.

I'll leave you with a few of our short-term goals:

November - complete Medical.
December - Brainstorm new plot/character arc for my Romance.
Gray to work on his Historical.
January - Both Gray and I to apply for RNA's NWS
February - Gray to submit his Historical to NWS
Submit Medical to NWS
March - Submit my new/improved Romance to M&B (EEK!)

So, as things stand right now, it's all good.

How are things going for

Sunday, September 09, 2007


We have finished the outline for our Medical Romance! The past nine days have seen us brainstorming, arguing oops, I mean debating, and generally having heaps of FUN!

Seriously, neither of us knew when we embarked on this project (pumped with our knowledge attained at Julie & Kate's Workshop) that we would actually be able to do it - but it's WORKED!

Well, at least I think it has. This is where we're at:

Neither Gray or I have ever used this method of plotting before. For my last wip I tried using Gray's method of filling in Excel sheets on the computer but I never quite gelled with it. I can remember seeing this noticeboard method blogged about (on Fiona Harper's I think), and I loved the way it looked.

I should confess that I do have a stationery fetish, so I've been dying to have a 'real' reason to buy the different coloured record cards and gel pens for ages now! Gray wasn't intending to work from my plotting board, favouring documents on his computer, but we were BOTH surprised when we discovered that actually it's a FAB way of brainstorming/outlining. :-)

Firstly, we broke the structure down into twelve chapters, using columns for the beginning, middle and end sections of the story.

We used pink cards for scenes that are from the Heroine's POV, and blue for the Hero's. Later, we also used green to show us where there's a medical part. THEN, (remember I also needed a reason to justify buying different coloured gel pens), I used blue to write external bits that the reader is being shown, red, for the emotional conflict (yayy, it's got heaps) and feelings that the POV character is experiencing, and of course the green gel pen is for info briefly outlining the medical parts.

As we finished the outline for each chapter we also provisionally decided who's going to write the individual scene(s).


We both now plan to have a couple of days distance from the book, (Gray's also waiting for an additional research book to arrive), and we're going to try and get on top of the household chores (at least, I'll be delegating!). Then, we're going to come back to our cave and write out a full draft synopsis. *NEWSFLASH* Dare I say it, but synopses aren't scaring me at the moment - long may this contine (please)!

Once that's done and dusted I'm probably going to panic because we'll be ready to start... *deep breath*...Chapter One...

Monday, September 03, 2007

PHS Hugh Jackman Tour 2007

Remember last year at the Pink Heart society?

No? Really? How could you forget!

Well, here's a couple of pics to jog your memory, because it's THAT time of year again...

Oopsie, did I say two pictures?