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Monday Mayhem – Reform Movement

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 by Margaret Ethridge   6 Comments | Posted in Blog

I know. I know. I’ve been a pretty bad blogger lately, but I promise to reform. The problem is, most the time I don’t know what to write about. My life isn’t all that exciting. But I like talking to you each week. It’s true. I’ve missed you. And I’m going to do five things to make it up to you.

That’s right. Five things. Not bad, huh?

Each week that I don’t have something special to share, I promise to share at least five things with you. They could be five lines from one of my stories or five whats. What’s a what, you ask? They’re pretty simple:

What I’ve been working on:

What’s running around in the back of my mind:

What I’ve accomplished this week

What I accomplished this week:

What new goal I’ve set:

What I saw:

Since I’ve been a bad blogger, this week I will give you both.

Here are five lines from Long Distance Love:

“I’m being transferred to Louisville,” she said in a rush. Her statement landed like a punch to the gut. “Yeah. I just…I don’t see how….”

Ellie’s small, sad smile tugged at him, spurring him into action. “We’ll make it work.”

Not enough for you? Buy the book!

Long Distance Love – releasing THIS WEEK from Turquoise Morning Press:

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Love may be a many splendored thing, but it’s rarely convenient.

A Christmas Eve snowstorm leaves newly-single Ellie Nichols trapped in an airport terminal with only hunky FBI Agent Jack Rudolph for company.

Lucky Ellie.

For Jack, the passing of a long winter’s night turns into a New Year filled with possibility. State lines and hundreds of miles separate them, but the spark that flares each time they meet cannot be denied.

Can two ambitious, career-driven people find a way to make a long distance relationship work when matters of the heart bring them up-close and personal?

And here are my 5 whats:

What I’ve been working on: I’m working on love story for people who saw movies from The Breakfast Club era when they were first released. It’s a racy one, so you might be more apt to find updates on it at Maggie Wells’ website. 😉

What’s running around in the back of my mind: WWII – I have a WWII-era story flirting around the edges. Nothing concrete yet, just a bunch of plot bunnies hopping around in my head.

What I’ve accomplished: Did I tell you I’ve sold a story to Fictionvale Magazine? It’s the short story that sparked this WWII jones, and it will appear in the online magazine’s premier issue in November!

What new goal I’m chasing: At the moment I’m just trying to keep writing. The demands of the day job and the distractions at home have wreaked havoc on my productivity this year. I’ve recently tried to settle into a pattern where I’m writing a minimum of 500-1000 words per day and not beating myself up if I can’t do anything more. So far, it seems to be working. I hope to gradually build on that over the next couple of months so I’ll be back in fighting form for NaNoWriMo. So yeah…my new goal is balance.

What I saw: True love

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Your turn! What are your whats for the week?

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6 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Reform Movement"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    August 26, 2013 at 8:59 am  

    Hi Margaret! 😀 I missed you! Loved reading all about your ‘whats’. Here are a few of mine:

    What I’ve been working on: Editing a story that was just acquired by Turquoise Morning Press! *happy dances*

    What’s running around in the back of my mind: Like a million things. Shiny things, sporty things…oh, a hula hoop!

    Yeah. I’m easily distracted so it takes extra-extra discipline for me to stick to my writing goals, but I’m doin’ it!

    What I’ve accomplished: SO much more than I ever expected. This summer I did the best thing I could have ever done and created folders for all my writing projects. Works Published, Works in Progress, and Works Waiting to be Published. As simple as it sounds, this has helped me stay much more organized and find homes for all my stories. 🙂

    What new goal I’m chasing: My new goal, besides being disciplined with my writing, is to look into the process of publishing children’s books. I’ve got at least 4 or 5 stories that I think could fit the bill. Aaaaand I’m out. 🙂

  2. Comment by Laurie
    August 26, 2013 at 9:20 am  

    Lookie I am back. The computer didn’t freeze getting here. I can’t wait for Jack and Ellie even though I’ve read them once or twice or ten time.
    My whats
    What I”m working on: Getting organized for my camping trip this weekend
    What’s running around in the back of my mind: All the different events, appointments etc I have to do in Sept.
    What I’ve accomplished: House is relatively organized and clean
    What new goal I’m chasing: The ‘dang i need to lose weight’ goal
    What I saw: Toddlers sliding down elephants

  3. Comment by Jennifer (Word Witch) Johnson
    August 26, 2013 at 9:22 am  

    What I’m working on: Cleaning out my office and cleaning up my house.
    What’s running around in the back of my mind: I must start eating like I’m 43 and not 23!
    What I’ve accomplished: just pitched a series of books. Let’s see what happens.
    What new goal: Hmmm. I guess I could go with addressing that whole back of my mind thing.

  4. Comment by Holly Gilliatt
    August 26, 2013 at 9:43 am  

    Great post! Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on. Sometimes seems to me like the more I’ve got going on, the more my mind wanders to new stories and characters. Guess it’s my way of escaping the real world! 🙂 Can’t wait to read Long Distance Love!

  5. Comment by Christine
    August 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm  

    Hi!

    I’m soo sooooooo excited for Elfie and Rudolph to be officially released. I love those two. And having them all in one place, in one format makes my OCD brain very happy. 😀

    And, I’m old enough to have seen The Breakfast Club in the theater, so whatever you are working on, I’m sure I’ll love it. That’s right up my alley.

    Miss you.

  6. Comment by Carol
    August 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm  

    I like the number 5. Good number. Your guys are adorable. And…What have I been doing? Not much. I wrote a story consisting of some 4,967 words, none of which involved a character with a name beginning with “L.” Amazing, huh? What have I seen? I saw “Much Ado About Nothing,” and once I stopped whispering “Is that really Joss Whedon’s house?!?!” I settled back and enjoyed it quite a lot. And I’ve been waiting for “Long Distance Love” to come out. That’s pretty much it!

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