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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekly Writing Recap: Endings

Physically, I'm healing. After four weeks battling what turned out to be the Swine Flu, the end is in sight. I'm finally beginning to feel better. Although I'm still not 100%, I have my doctor's approval to rejoin society. After a month of being house-bound, I'm ready to get out again.

With the return of my energy, I was able to make significant progress on Violets & Violins. I now have three-quarters of the story polished and am sending those chapters to my critique partner a couple at a time. I have some work to do on the final quarter of the book, but thanks to a great suggestion from of one of my contest judges, I know what to do to fix a weak plot point, one that had bothered me. I'm eager to reach The End. I'll have to figure out a way to celebrate.

In contest news, I tweaked the first two chapters of Violets & Violins and sent them off for final round judging in the Finally A Bride contest. I did hear last Monday that the story is a finalist in the Launching a Star contest.

I also edited four excellent chapters and a synopsis for my critique partner this week.

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How do you celebrate when you reach the end of a major project?

What are some projects you've brought to fruition lately?

What are you doing to avoid the Swine Flu?


Jessica said...

Using lots of hand sanitizer. LOL I haven't brought anything to fruition lately. *sigh* I really need to get on it.
Congrats on being almost finished! That's really exciting. :-)

Virginia C said...

Hi, Keli! I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill. Please take care of yourself. Congratulations on the book progress! May the Lord always bless you and keep you in His care.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Katie Ganshert said...

So sorry about the swing flu! It's pretty brutal, by the sound of it.

Congrats on all the contests! Wow! What an awesome affirmation of your talent as a writer.

I'm currently in the midst of an WIP and feeling very un-confident about it.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

So happy to hear you're feeling better.

I'm obsessive/compulsive about avoiding the flu. I'm armed with Lysol, antiseptic hand cleaner and my hands are raw from washing with soap and water!

Celebrating my successes usually involve me scream through the house with whirling joy, bugging everyone I know and don't know with, "Guess what? I won, finished, etc."

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

No fun...the flu. I'm glad you are healing. As far as celebration, I don't seem to make a big deal when I finish a WIP. I'm thinking I should. I'll be curious to see how you celebrate.
~ Wendy

Diane said...

Amidst all the sickness exciting things are still moving forward for you. Glad you are feeling better. Hopefully the fresh air will revive you even more. :O)

Cindy said...

Oh, my gosh! I am so glad to hear you are feeling better--and regaining that energy.

Sounds like your book is coming along wonderfully and clearly, with the contests, people are noticing it. Congratulations!

Keli Gwyn said...

Jessica, my daughter has a Bath & Body Works near her university. We spent a morning there, and I came home with hand sanitizer in seven wonderful fragrances. I'll be killing germs with pizazz!

Here's to a productive week, one that leaves you smiling with satisfaction.

Keli Gwyn said...

Virginia, thanks for the well wishes, congrats and blessings. Your email address intrigues me. Are you a cat lover, or are dogs your thing?

Keli Gwyn said...

Katie, I'm sorry to hear that your confidence has been shaken. The same thing happens to me all the time. It's a good thing Gwynly and my critique partner are so supportive. They remind me of the truth.

Do you have a fan club cheering you on? I'm sure you do. Sharing your struggles with them may help. I'm sure they'd tell you what a good writer you are and remind you of how far you've come.

I wish I could meet you for lunch and spend time having you tell me all about your story. I feel certain I'd see your enthusiasm return as you talk about your characters and how much you love their story. Try not to lose sight of that thrill.

I know that when I focus on the tough aspects of this career, such as sending queries and receiving rejections, I can get down. Remembering that I'm writing because God gave me a gift and a calling helps restore my confidence.

I loved learning more about you and your writing journey. For those who want to learn more about Katie, you can read her interview on my other blog, Romance Writers on the Journey. She shared what inspires her as well as five interesting character traits she possesses.

Keli Gwyn said...

Donna, I wash my hands all the time. I credit that habit with keeping me well the four years before I caught this nasty bug.

And I hear you on celebrating with lots of shouting. When I receive a phone call with good news, my poor cats run for cover. I figure that when I actually get The Call, they might stay under the bed for days.

Keli Gwyn said...

Wendy, I don't normally do much to celebrate other than make a trip to Taco Bell. Since I love that place--correction, am addicted to that place--and go there all the time, it's not really much of a celebration though. I think finishing this story warrants more than that. I'll let you know how I decide to reward myself.

Keli Gwyn said...

Cindy, thanks for celebrating with me. And what good things have been happening for you? I love to happy dance with others.

Keli Gwyn said...

Diane, I'm excited to be able to rejoin society. I haven't been to Toastmasters or church in four weeks, and I've been forced to cancel lunch dates with my gal pals. It will be great to see my local friends again.

Virginia C said...

Hey, Keli! I am a dog person owned by cats : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Keli Gwyn said...

Virginia, what a cool statement--and so true. I read somewhere that cats don't have owners; they have staff. Our long-haired orange fellows sure fit that description. I'm kept on my toes trying to figure out what our two feline friends want me to do for them.

Robynn Tolbert said...

I celebrate with a mocha java chiller and mozzarella sticks from Sonic. Of course, I console myself with those, too, so maybe I just want any excuse for excessive fat and salt intake.
I just finished polishing a book I entered in a contest. I won't touch it again until a publisher tells me to. Sonic awaits!
I am almost an OCD handwasher, but I keep my hands away from my eyes and mouth between washings, too. I also drink a tsp of concentrated elderberry juice and 800 mg of Vitamin D daily. It seems to be working so far.
I'll be praying for your continued recovery.

Keli Gwyn said...

Robynn, I've seen many Sonic commercials recently but I've never been there. I'll have to try it. Mozzarella sticks are yummy. The mocha jave chiller looks delish, but I've never developed a taste for coffee. My drink of choice lately is McD's sweet tea.

Congrats on completing the polish of your book. Enjoy your Sonic reward.

Concentrated elderberry juice? I've not heard of that. What is it supposed to do? Strengthen the immune system perhaps?

Anne Barton said...

Hi Keli! When my current project is complete (and out the door) I want to do something fun with the family. Maybe go to a basketball game or even a day trip somewhere. We'll see. For now, I'd better get back to work! :)

Robynn Tolbert said...

Keli, unfortunately, my mother heard the health food store "informercial" on the elderberry juice, so I'm not certain exactly what properties it possesses, but it convinced her to buy it for both of us. It is six kinds of horrible to drink, but one teaspoon is basically one sip, so I suck it up (or down) and go for it once a day. Before breakfast. It really is horrible tasting, but I haven't gotten sick yet, thank you, Lord, and at my office, people are dropping like maple seed helicopters with flu and whatnot. I did hear about the Vitamin D from a pharmacist, though, so I'm doing it.

Robynn Tolbert said...

Oh, and I hate coffee as a rule, even the smell, but apparently, if you add enough ice cream, I am willing to ingest a shot of espresso. I started with the caramel java chiller, but chocolate is my favorite and that's what I get exclusively now.

Keli Gwyn said...

Robynn, after hearing your take on elderberry juice, I think I'll stick with Vitamin C, hand washing and hand sanitizer as my prevention plan. (I've heard I'm now immune to Swine Flu, although I acquired my immunity the hard way.)

Glad you found a way to enjoy coffee. Even adding chocolate or ice cream didn't do it for me. But I do like the smell. I love walking by the coffee grinder at the supermarket when it's in use.

Oh, and I loved your metaphor: "People are dropping like maple seed helicopters with flu and whatnot."

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I'm staying on the homefront as much as possible to avoid that flu. I'm glad to hear you're doing well.

Congrats on the new final. You go girl.

Krista Phillips said...

Poor thing! My 3 kiddos have what they "assumed" was the swine flu, but Scott and I didn't get it. SO SO SO glad you're feeling better!

I just finished my book last week, and am letting it sit for a few weeks. It feels SO good to have typed THE END!

Congrats on your finaling! VERY VERY cool!!

Keli Gwyn said...

Eileen, sounds like staying home and avoiding possible exposure is a good plan.

Krista, I'm so sorry to hear your kids are down with the Swine Flu. I hope they are over it in a hurry and that you and your hubby avoid it.
Congratulation on typing The End. What a great accomplishment.