It’s been a while

Thank heavens January is over. The month of my birth used to be such a mellow month but I think that might have ended with my childhood and its taken until now to realise it.  I have been super busy. The new blog at Lady Scribes is going really well, but is kind of time intensive. I haven’t gotten any new writing done but the edits for Pursuit of Pleasure coming along. I love my Giles. Sigh.

Next month I have to write though – there’s a pot at stake. LOL. The lovely Julie Johnstone has proposed a competition within our crit group and the pot is $5 a piece. I’ve got a month to pound out as many words as I can to win! 

My only concern is that I dont have much of a plot happening. I haven’t outlined and that is pretty odd for me. We’ll see how it goes. I have a heroine’s first name, I know the setting is a country house, but I haven’t even decided a working title to save the file under.

The holiday was a blast … literally. I went to a shooting range! 22 rifle, Glock,  Magnum. I am Dirty Harriet. LOL. Who knew I could actually hit a target?


Oh, and of course, last but not least, I finaled in a writing contest. Lover in Waiting came third in the historical category of the Silicone Valley RWA Gotcha Contest and I am still spinning after a week of going “oh god, I actually placed”. LOL. Next comp might be the Royal Ascot. I do love the sound of that one!

Have a great week!



12 Responses to It’s been a while

  1. Cathryn Brunet February 1, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Sounds like you had a lovely break and the Magnum shoot sounds waaaay cool. What fun!

    Great news on the comp results, too. All the very best with the Royal Ascot and your writing challenge.

    MUST catch up soon!

  2. Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Oh, the shooting was so funny, the magnum rocked me almost off my feet. I had to laugh but guns are so heavy! I did way better with the 22 rifle. (thats the first target pic) All my shots were really close together.

    Hmmm we do need to catch up. We never did manage that coffee did we? Will twitter you.

  3. Jerrica Knight-Catania February 1, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I love heroines who know how to shoot 🙂 Sounds like a lot of fun, Heather! And I’m so excited for our writing challenge. I’m sure I’ll lose, but I’m also sure I’ll write more this month because of it. Good luck with your first shot at pantsing! That’s my method. I would only suggest that you outline as you go so you don’t forget what you wrote. I’ve done that and had to go back and read whole chapters to remember what happened or find an important detail. So now I do a quick summary of each chapter after I write it. Makes life MUCH easier 🙂

    • Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 9:19 am #

      Hey, thats not a bad idea. I was wondering how I was going to keep the story straight in my head. Thanks.

  4. samanthagrace February 1, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    LOL. I suppose you can now say you are packing heat, my lovely Aussie friend. Yes, that means carrying a gun, dearie. Perhaps I’m a little nervous about Australia now. 🙂

    Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished this month. It has been amazing and love the group blog. If it weren’t for you, it wouldn’t exist.

    Can’t wait to compete in the words written contest. You are a day ahead and my clock hasn’t started ticking. Can I distract you today? That may be my only chance of beating you.

    • Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 9:18 am #

      Don’t be afraid of me – we have very few guns in Aussie homes. We have to have a really good reason to have one. There were rifles in my home when I was a kid but we had a farm and only dad used them.

      Well, I’m writing now … word count is 708. Might go log out of skype just to thwart your diabolical plans! 🙂

  5. Melissa Dawn Harte February 1, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    My January is usually pretty busy as well, I would love to have a lazy birthday at least once lol. So glad your vacation went wonderful and agian major grats on placing! I’m super excited about our contest too, I’m like Jerrica, I don’t think I’ll win because I am a slow writer sometimes. But I am definitely going to give it my all lol. Lady Scribes is a big hit and it really is because of you, I don’t think I’ve said thank you enough. I do hope your time slows down some so you can take some time for you though, not just for the contest either. Take some you time as well. Have a wonderful first day of Febuary and congrats on the words!

    • Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      LOL The holiday was me time. I didn’t write and just about went nuts from boredom. Since you ladies are behind me time wise I am going to taunt the lot of you! My story is already going well – halfway to my daily goal.

  6. gail February 1, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Congratulations on the final, Heather! I’d better get ready to write if I want to win that jackpot. . .

    • Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 10:47 am #

      Julie really did know what she was doing when she suggested involving money. This is going to be a hotly contested comp. LOL

  7. Julie Johnstone February 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    A Boyd wip that has not been outlined???? I can’t wait to read this with your fantastic imagination I’m sure it is going to one wild story.

    • Heather Boyd February 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

      Dont have a heart attack on me now – this is stressful enough LOL. First chapter came out pretty tame. I wont have to post warnings when I post it for crit!


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