Weekly Recap – June 20th, 2014

I have a rather large barrel filled with excuses for my blogging absence, but I’m keeping them there since I have no use for an empty barrel.

I will say I’ve made some progress on Wolf’s Tail thanks to a $50 bet. Said bet requires me to write at least 250 words a day over one month and to check in with Lift before I turn in.

I’m halfway there, and by Jove, the process has worked. $50 is not so small it can be conveniently pulled from an ATM; at least not without the hassle of making change. It’s also not so large as to put my family on the bus to the government-run turnip farm.

But who wants to lose $50!?

Also, 250 words is not too difficult for me to achieve most days, but it’s just enough to put my butt in the chair and pull me into a scene. 250 words requires a good amount of concentration, putting me in a groove and often pushing me past that.

If you haven’t yet, I recommend you do a couple of things this weekend while I’m working:

  • Pick up a jinn-yoo-wine, autographed copy of Kevin Brennan’s Parts Unknown. The guy who wrote it is, to quote Cartman from South Park, “kinda coo’.” And it’s $4.99 with free shipping! Come on people!
  • Show some love and support, or some support and love, for J. S. Collyer. Her first novel, Zero, is slated to hit the shelves in August and she’s giving away ARCs for reviews. I know I’ll be giving it the “once over” as soon as I finish my current read. Also, she’s holding an Indie Gogo crowdfunding campaign which has already zoomed past its £1,500 goal. If you have a few pence to spare, please consider unsparing them for her.

If I may return to the topic of  motivation, it’s always nice to see “one of our own” reach the next step in their writing journey. Sure, sometimes those of us still struggling can feel like we’re on the wrong side of the glass:


But let’s turn those frowns upside down and realize how hard those who have succeeded have worked. Let them be an inspiration, a source of friendly competition.

As always, I’m grateful for your reading eyes. I will return to regularly scheduled programming as soon as possible, so thank you for sticking with me.


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – June 20th, 2014

  1. Zero does look interesting. I put my hat into the review ring.

    And that gif is classic! Bart should be shot…

    1. Wise decision, Nila! And yes, I love that gif… Oh that Bart. 😉

  2. Phillip, thanks for the mention! (I have plenty of copies on hand…)

    1. De Nalgas. Hopefully you’ll have a few more orders coming your way.

  3. Glad to hear you’re making some writing progress and nice of you to showcase some other authors. I hope you’re getting some time for fun this summer, too!

    1. Thank you Carrie! I’m hoping to have some more fun after this weekend. Nearing the end of this crazy project (and then on to the next I’m sure, but hopefully I’ll get a breather).

  4. A little each day is better than nothing, Phillip. Keep it up! Happy Weekend!

    1. I’m finding that to be very true, Jill. Happy Weekend to you as well!

  5. Congrats on setting that goal! It’s nice to have doable goals.

    1. Thanks Linda. I think having doable goals is more than half the battle.

  6. I like your grit. I wouldn’t pay that $50.00 for nothing. I would make sure each and every day produced 250 words. I guess that’s what you are doing. Good on Ya.

    1. Nothing like the possibility of losing something substantial to get a person moving!

      1. Yeah we are talking fifty bucks which is one good promotion or a full month of advertising on Good Kindle.

  7. There’s nothing like a good, solid goal (and $50 at stake) to motivate you. 250 is a nice number. What is Lift?

    1. I agree Gwen. 250 seems to be the sweet spot between too much and too little. Lift is an app my friend introduced me to that helps keep track of progress. It’s a web/phone/tablet app where you can simply “check off” your goal once you’ve completed it that day. It sends you a daily email with an inspirational quote and gives you a colorful image of your progress so far. I’ve found it oddly motivating in itself.

  8. What a nice weekly recap, Phillip. Glad to hear you’re making progress on your own writing as well as giving shout-outs to two of my favorite people 🙂 I read your reply to Gwen about Lift. I’ll have to look into that. I need some serious help with motivation these days 😉

    1. I think we all can use a shot in the arm from time to time…the key is finding the right shot. I hope Lift works as well for you as it has for me, though it’s only part of the picture. The $50 is the other half. 😉

  9. The $50 bet sounds awesome. I’m going to suggest this to a few members of my writing group who really have problems with motivation.

  10. I can empathize with your busyness this summer! And I like the motivating wager—maybe I’ll get someone to challenge me with something similar after September…. 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for this, Phillip!

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