Friday Funny with a Reminder: Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

Ahhh, it’s Friday. Friday, Friday, Friday!

In a nutshell, my week was similar to the last few: calm and productive. I’ve continued traipsing through the revisions for my YA manuscript, and despite my ongoing sluggish pace, I feel good about them. As planned, I sent my beta reader the first five chapters of my story, and she gave them the thumbs up.


When I received her positive feedback, I did a little happy dance. I was so delighted! And astonished. And relieved. She isn’t an easy critic to please (hence the reason she’s my beta reader). But she genuinely enjoyed my first five chapters. Here were a few of her comments:

I read the chapters and all I can say is other than some typos and descriptions–like you said just read for the content–well I could not stop reading it. I mean really. I never wanted to stop and you kept me guessing

I chuckled off and on throughout and felt the story’s lightness–not too deep and dark–yet. Your character development was perfect

I am anxiously awaiting the next set.

I will be sending the next two chapters to her tomorrow. I’m not as happy with them–something just feels off…Hopefully my beta reader will be able pinpoint what the problem is. Or maybe I’m just over thinking things and need to carry on. Which I will, as always. 🙂

Unfortunately, my 9-5 job has picked up its pace and workload, so I won’t have as much free time to devote to my manuscript. Blerg! Fingers crossed I’m able to deal with it and just keep writing, especially since I’ve made it an official goal to have a solid draft completed by August 15th. That’s when the first round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2014 kicks off.

So, basically, I won’t have a life the rest of summer. Adios world. See ya later.

Oh well. As the saying goes, “Dreams don’t work unless you do”, right?

*big breath*

In honor of the slightly overwhelming amount of work I have ahead of me, here is today’s Friday Funny:

a-ha-ha-wr-be-a-writer-funny1How was your week? Are you feeling stressed? Or you are kicking back and enjoying some fun in the sun? I won’t resent you if you are…Okay, okay. I might resent you a little 😉

Jen’s Weekly Roundup
In case you missed my posts from earlier this week, here go:

Music Monday – Good Girl – Carrie Underwood

Why You Should Enter the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2014

The First 250 Words of Your Manuscript

5 thoughts on “Friday Funny with a Reminder: Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

  1. I’m impressed that you’re sticking with the work! Congrats on the positive feed back. I’m planning on sitting down and actually starting to write my YA first draft July 1st.


    1. My life’s motto is: If you want something bad enough, you’ll fight tooth and nail for it…So, fight for this, I will! Onwards and upwards. Charge! 😉

      Ooh, exciting! Good luck with your first draft. I had fun with mine. Well, mostly. There were a couple of times I wanted to stab it/burn it/leave it for dead, but…Fight for it, I did, lol!


      1. Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? The online writing community that pushes you to get 50,000 words down in one month? Well I am doing the summer version next month. I have been rewriting my outline for the last two months but not writing on my book at all. So, I decided that doing this would force me to stop worrying about the details and just write!

        And I LOVE your motto! I think writing a novel is an impressive feat!


      2. I actually did NaNoWriMo last November. Sort of like you, I needed a kick in the booty to just start writing–ha! I’m glad I did it, and I’m sure you will be, too. It’s tough, but it’s a great motivator to focus and WRITE!

        If you’d like some tips on how to deal with NaNo’s crazy 50K word deadline, I wrote a blog post about it:

        …I need to re-read this myself to remember all my tricks, lol. Good luck!!


      3. I loved your post! I attempted NaNoWriMo last year but had to back out in order to pass the fall grad semester. I’m hitting it hard now that I am finally out! Hopefully I’ll see you there this coming Nov.

        Best of luck with your edits!

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