Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Work in Progress Wednesday #22

Let me first start by saying I love WIP Wednesdays. I love the way it keeps me accountable. I love the comments I get on my WIP Wednesday posts and the encouragement they contain. And I love all the people who have joined in on the WIP Wednesday madness.

I wouldn't keep doing WIP Wednesdays for 22 weeks if I didn't love it.

However, this week I am NOT going to talk about my WIP stuff.

One because my parent's visited over the weekend and I don't have a whole lot to report.

Two because I am currently between works in progress, having finished my last round of revisions and being currently in the query stage.

And finally, Three, because I just read a post over at Cindy R. Wilson's blog that really hit home for me. She wrote:

"In seeking publication, in striving for those nibbles and bites, it’s easy to get tunnel vision. It’s hard sometimes to enjoy writing for the sake of writing when it’s all about rules and getting better and finding that perfect agent or publisher."

While focusing on goals is the best way I know to achieve them, I think it is also important to breath every so often and just enjoy the view. So that's what I'm doing today, or more specifically I am enjoying an awesome award I recently received.

This award was passed along by Michelle McLean whom I have known via the blogging world for over a year now! Thanks, Michelle!

Now for the blog award rules (which according to rule #5 I am required to post here):

1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.

4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!

5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

The 5 people I'm passing this award on to are:

1. Cindy R. Wilson - Since she inspired this post, it seems appropriate to pass this award along to her.

2. Jessica Nelson of BookingIt

3. Annie of Annie Writes About Writing

4. Jody Hedlund of On The Path

5. Jennifer Shirk of Me, My Muse, and I

I highly recommend all of these blogs and they are part of my daily blog required reading, among many others and I wish that I could give this to all the bloggers I follow - they are all wonderful!

This past week I was also tagged by Jennifer, who I listed above at number 5. The rules for that are as follows:

1. Link to the person or persons who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random and/or revealing things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your post entry is up on your site.

I am totally going to cheat on this one though and just tag all the people I've already listed to pass the award along to, and I'm also only listing five things about myself. That's because I'm a rebel... and a sort of lazy one at that.

So, five things.

1. Next week is my 20 week ultrasound when I found out whether I am having a baby boy or girl. I am one of those people who definitely want to know, so I am looking forward to finding out.

2. I am dreading potty training my 2 year old son. So far I have bought the potty, and some potty training books, and I am thinking of buying a doll that drinks and wets to use as a working example as well, but I keep pushing back the actual training day. Any tips or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

3. In college as part of my theatre classes I took stage combat. Learning how to throw fake punches (or take a fake punch) and pretend fight with a sword was the most fun I've ever had earning a grade.

4. I have a serious problem with run-on sentences in my own writing. Where other people would put a period I put a comma, sometimes several commas, until suddenly what should be five sentences is just one rather breathless and very long one. If you read this blog often, that is probably not news to you.

5. I have horribly awful year-round seasonal allergies that cause my nose to run a lot. Even though I take pills to help it, I still always have tissues on hand. They are in my pockets, they are in my purse, they are tucked into everyplace I can put one, because if my nose starts to drip and I don't have one - I really really really hate to use my sleeve.

That's it from me for this week - hope everyone else has a great WIP Wednesday!

If you want to participate in WIP Wednesday, simply post your own WIP Wednesday entry on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below. Or if you don't have a blog, feel free to report your progress directly into the comments box.

For more detailed information concerning what all this nonsense is about please consult the original Work in Progress Wednesday posting.

Feel free to also make use of the lovely little WIP Wednesday logo as well!


  1. Thank you, Kate!! That was so-o-o nice of you to award me! I'm humbled! What a nice way to start out my morning!

    And Wow, I can't believe you're reaching your 20th week! Is the morning sickness way behind you now?'s the querying going? You'll have to update us on that soon! In the meantime, enjoy the breather!

  2. Thank you for the award! What a cool one. :-)

    Wow, ultrasound time? So exciting! I can't wait to see what you're having.

    Good luck with your son. I didn't have too much problems with my boys, but I'm pretty laidback and I let them go outside first. They like trying to aim for something. Snort! It's important to make sure he's ready. Sometimes boys take longer than girls and they also leak a little before realizing they need to run to the bathroom. At least that's been my experience. :-) Keep us updated!

    I can't believe you're already querying too! How fun and nerve-wracking, right? ;-) Hope you have an awesome week.

  3. Thank you for the award, Kate! You're so sweet. You DEFINITELY have to keep us updated on whether or not it's a boy or girl. We're starting potty training for my little girl at the beginning of next month so we're in the same boat on this one :D Good luck!

  4. Great award choices! And you know what, I have been thinking about the whole writing for the sake of writing thing too. I think we DO get tunnel vision - and that inhibits our own creativity. Thanks for making me think about this a little more!!!

    Great post, as always.

  5. Thanks for the award! I think last time you gave me one I was lame and didn't pass it along, but I had also recently started blogging and didn't "know" too many blogs.
    But I will pass it along this time.

    I think it's funny you're not really doing an update this week. I'm not planning to either! Maybe it's just the timing.

    I look forward to hearing whether you're having a boy or girl. How exciting!

  6. Hi Kate, I also just totally had to know what I was having. (Could never understand how people would opt for nine months of suspense).

    With my son, I had a CVS test and knew at 11 weeks!

  7. Congrats on the award and taking some time to enjoy the writing! I need to remember that sometimes.

    I also suffer from a constant runny nose, only an ENT told me it's a result of pregnancy (from my first child). "Sorry," he said, "it just happens to some women." So now I always have tissue on hand.

  8. Thanks, Kate!

    Oooh, that part about learning how to throw fake punches was cool! Now THAT'S a class I would like. LOL!

  9. Congrats on the blog award! :D

    As for the potty training thing... I'm in the process of getting my 3 year old potty trained and it's been a really frustrating journey. My advice to you is to read everything you can about potty training. Find as many different ideas on how it should be done as possible. Use Google. Ask friends and family. Read books and magazines. Once you've got all the techniques you can possibly find, sit down and figure out which ones you think would work best for your son based on his personality. That will at least give you a good starting place!

    We tried every method of potty training we'd heard about starting almost a year ago and nothing worked. All of a sudden two weeks ago my daughter decided she was ready and has been really successful since then! Whatever method you guys go for, good luck and I wish you infinite amounts of patience. :)

    Hope your querying is going well too!

    I've got my weekly progress post over on my blog :)

  10. Yep, I've been focusing a lot lately on setting our sights on things that matter more than publication. I wish you the best in getting all your priorities in order and staying happy with your writing at the same time!

  11. Congratulations Kate. Good luck with the potty training. Don't have any specific words of advice except make sure he's ready. My post is up now.

  12. Jody - Yes, the morning sickness is wwwayy behind me, and heartburn has taken it's place. The querying is going well, but slow. I will update soon:)

    Jessica - Ha, I love the idea of letting the boys learn outside. I am not sure if he is ready... I keep going back and forth on that one.

    Cindy - Oh wow, how funny we are both in the getting ready to potty train mode. This is one of those times when I really wish I had a little girl - the little boy equipment just really seems to complicate things! ;)

    Christine - I think we all need the occasional reminder to stop and enjoy the view, no matter what it is we are aiming for in life.

    Annie - It must be something about week 22, we both just needed a break from the status updates.

    Corey - Wow, knowing at 11 weeks would be great! It has been killing me to wait until 20!

    Jaime - Isn't it funny how you never find out all the possible little side effects of having a baby until it is too lat?

    Jennifer - Throwing fake punches really is cool - although if the timing with your partner is wrong, it can sometimes end up being a real punch instead!

    Violet - Thanks for all the potty training advice! I have been reading and googling quite a bit, but there is plenty more to read out there I'm sure!

    Lady Glamis - Thanks, I think keeping priorities in order is one of those things that need to constantly be worked on in life!

    Robin - Make sure he's ready is very good advice! Thank you.

  13. I've missed blogging! This was a great post. Good luck with queries!