June #writemotivation Week 2

photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. httpwww.flickr.comphotossahlgoodeIt’s been a busy week here at the Lawson hacienda. I had the opportunity to see a Shakespeare play at the Philbrook Museum thanks to a generous gesture on the part of fellow blogger Paula at stuffitellmysister. She gave me the tickets when she couldn’t use them. So thoughtful!

It was also Autism Awareness Night at the Tulsa Drillers baseball game. Much to my parents’ dismay, the Drillers beat their fave home team, The Springfield Cardinals. There was such a good turn out for the game – so many autism families participated!

Our family had a great time.

Trevor too involved in watching the game to pose for a picture.
Trevor too involved in watching the game to pose for a picture.
Me and the daughter.
Me and the daughter.
View of downtown Tulsa from stadium.
View of downtown Tulsa from stadium.

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Husband photo bombs pic with me and Trevor.
Husband photo bombs pic with me and Trevor.
Almost good! Foul ball.
Almost good! Foul ball.

Trevor loves baseball and can actually sit through a couple of hours of watching the game before he gets restless and is ready to go home. We all enjoyed getting out as a family in a fun, accepting environment. The kids got to go down on the field before the game and the announcer talked about signs and symptoms of autism throughout the evening. The more education out there the better. That’s why the Autism Center of Tulsa is such a great organization and why our family supports them every year during their autism walk fundraiser. Movie Night at Circle Cinema is coming later this month and in July there is the fabulous family fun night swim party. For any other families with autism in the area looking for opportunities to socialize, make sure to sign up!

Believe it or not, there was actual goal progress made on top of everything else. Hell , yeah! Overall a pretty great week.

Here are my #writemotivation goals for June:

1. Submit Museum Crashers (MG mystery) to editor who requested the full. Getting closer to the end – trying not to rush it. I’m really excited about submitting this one!

2. Submit Institutionalized (YA contemporary) to five more literary agents. I’ve submitted to three agents and received an immediate rejection from one. I’m researching specifics on three more to submit to this month.

3. Work on first draft of Pretty Vacant (YA contemporary). No progress on this one.

4. Read at least five books – review one on the blog. I’ve just finished my second book, Hereafter by Tara Hudson. It’s hereafter-200the first in her Hereafter trilogy. Fantastic book. She recently spoke at our June SCBWI schmooze and I really enjoyed meeting her. There may be more news to post about this meeting, soon. Stay tuned!

5. Work on outlining new blog project idea. I made some headway with this by starting my new series of posts, “Inspiring Stories”. More still to do, though.

6. Exercise 3 times each week. Still making good progress on this and still feeling crippled with pain every day from overworked, whiny muscles. (Tell me this gets easier!)

7. Finish critique of friend’s manuscript. No progress on this one, either. Will do better this week!

Nothing overwhelming me so far. It feels good to be back out there submitting to agents – even with the rejections. How are all of you doing with your goals?

Quote of the day:

“In waiting for the glorious moment of that first book contract, writers must have giant reservoirs of patience. Yet they must persevere because they don’t know the destiny that is being worked out for them. They creep humbly along the ground, without the spacious aerial vision of their lives that would show them the destiny in store for them.”

– Ron Chernow

Here’s to creeping humbly and having massive reservoirs of patience! Have a great week, and keep writing!

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14 thoughts on “June #writemotivation Week 2

  1. Looks like you had a really fun time at that game 🙂 And good job on the list! I need to get back on the submission horse. And the exercise horse. They’re both daunting tasks.

  2. Those immediate rejections can really hurt. It makes you wonder if they even bothered reading the query. I once sent one off and got a rejection within thirty seconds.

    Seems like you’re doing good with your #WriteMotivation goals! Good luck with the rest of the month (and your submissions)!

  3. It sounds like you’ve had a really busy/fun week. Way to make progress on your goals! Sucks to receive an immediate rejection, but I bet you’ll find the perfect agent soon. 🙂

  4. Game looks like it was a lot of fun!

    Also – I think it looks like you’re doing great with your goals. It is half way through the month, so there’s still time. Also – I’m envious about the exercise component haha ❤

    Keep it up 😀

    1. game was fun! we decided we need to get out more often, so there may be more games in our future.

      still plugging away at the goals. next month, i gotta increase my exercise goal – not looking forward to that! i know some day i will be happy about getting in better shape, but that moment hasn’t happened yet!

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