Monday, July 26, 2010

Change of Plans

I had plans to attend the RWA conference this year, but after the TN flooding and a few personal setbacks, I’m now staying home while everyone else is going (okay, I’m being dramatic but it DOES feel that way).

In my attempt to avoid having a pity party over this, I decided to make my time at home MORE important than anything I might have accomplished at the conference. No small task. However, after serious thought, I managed to come up with something. I'm going to finish my WIP. That's about 15k, and yes, I have a day job. But I'm determined to do it. Finish the current manuscript by Sunday night. Is it feasible? Yes. Will I do it? Yes.

How about you? Any goals for those of you not going to the conference? If you're going to the conference, what's the number one thing you hope to accomplish?

Safe travels, everyone.

15 comments:

Amy DeTrempe said...

Good luck on getting the WIP finished. I will be there and I don't have one single goal, but to absorb and learn all I can. As well as connect with other writers. Wish you could be there. Hopefully next year you will be able to go.

Callie James said...

Thanks, Amy! Yes, I've already told hubby next year we're making it a vacation if we have to, but we're going.

Have a safe trip. I love the workshops and spotlights! Enjoy!

JoAnn said...

Oh, Callie -- I'm so sorry you're not going. But I know you will be productive and meet all your goals!

My goal for the conference: Come home inspired, pumped, and motivated. Can't ask for more than that, right?

Callie James said...

You know, JoAnn, there is nothing like this conference to get you motivated and inspired. I came home with four new book ideas when I came back from my last conference.

Have a wonderful time!

Piedmont Writer said...

I'll sit in on that pity party with you. I wanted to go too.

I want to finish my WIP but I know I won't be able to do it by Sunday night (40K words) so I'll say I'll write 10K more. How's that?

Callie James said...

Oh, it's so nice to know I'm not alone! 10k is a wonderful goal. At that rate you'll be done by the end of August.

Not bad at all. :)

Good luck!

Carla Swafford said...

I'm going and hope to meet an editor or/and agent who thinks like I do. Scary, isn't it?

M.V.Freeman said...

I'm commiserating with you!

I plan to finish all of my scenes to the end of the book. SO I can revise as I will as I plot the next few stories in my head.

Not sure how many words...I just want the scenes down....

We can do this...

Callie James said...

Here's hoping, Carla! Crossing my fingers for you.

Callie James said...

I'm with you, Mary. Knock those scenes out. Plenty of time for polishing in August. :)

And get going on that awesome YA. I'm still waiting for the rest ...

Jeanie said...

Callie, sorry you won't be here, but getting a WIP finished is an awesome goal! Please post when you do so we can all celebrate!

As for the conference, I plan to have FUN, to learn and to reconnect with friends. I don't have to pitch this year, so no pressure. I can relax and soak up all the energy. Can't wait!

Christine said...

We'll miss you at the conference, but I believe you can get this task done! I have plans for a similar goal next year--cause I'll be home. Maybe then those of us staying can have a "write in."

Good luck!!

Callie James said...

A conference without the pressure of pitch appointments. That's heaven, Jeanie. Have fun!

Callie James said...

I do hope to go next year, but I won't know if that's in the cards until later.

That's a good idea, Christine. Maybe we can start a "finish the scene/chapter/book week" next year during this time.

:)

Christine said...

We could do a mini-at home conference :-)