Row80 & Pitch Wars News!

I’m so sorry, you guys. I’m soooo late in putting out this post. It’s been a busy day, both on the net and IRL. I don’t have a picture for you to look at today, but there are plenty of entertaining things below. And big news.  First the goals:

  • Write at least 3 short stories intended for publication.  I’ll probably try my hand at several more than three, but the hope is to find three gemstones among the rocks.
    On hiatus.
  • Read the helpful books to prepare me for the editing fest that will be late November early December on SHADE.
    Still working on Story. It’s been kind of busy lately, but if I can find a few spare hours I’m sure I can polish it off this week.
  • Have read all 201 available Anton Chekhov’s short stories, sprinkled with Hemingway and Bradbury.
    I’ve read 50 of 201 Chekhov short stories. No new progress.
  • Polish SHADE to pure awesomeness.  I’m still under 98,000 words with all the editing I was able to do, but there’s big Pitch Wars news coming below.
  • Don’t Dessert December. So it’s my co-workers fault. No seriously! They brought in a froyo machine that will be running until the 21st. But at least it’s froyo, right? Right?! Aaaaaah!
  • The Holiday Book Read! Okay, Pitch Wars teams have been announced, so now that it’s only medium stress to edit and not super high stress (at least it is right now), I’m fairly certain I can squeeze in a couple books. I’ll have to go over my library queue and see which books are the lucky ones.


Pitch Wars teams were announced this morning and I am pleased happy super-di-dooper ridiculously excited to announce that I’ve been selected as a mentee! My mentor is Marieke Nijkamp and I think we’re about as good a match as they come. We geek out over the same things, and most importantly, she’s excited about helping me. We’re going to pwn this contest!

When I read the email early this morning, I immediately jumped up and did this.

And then I might have done a little bit of this.

But I think I’ve got it contained now—at least while anyone at work is looking.

Yeah, I’m super, super, super excited about this and soooo glad I get to work with Marieke. I think this will be a lot of fun. Marieke and I have a team motto. It goes something like:

I’ll keep you update on our Pitch Wars progress. Right now we’re in polishing stage. Marieke will help me polish up SHADE as well as prepare a pitch she’ll send to participating agents in January.

How are your goals going? Any fabulous news from your end? What do you think of our team motto? Feel free to cheer us on via Twitter under the hashtag #pitchwars  You can follow Marieke here.

I’m off to have some more celebratory froyo! Woot!


18 thoughts on “Row80 & Pitch Wars News!

    • Thx! It’s super delicious froyo too. Strawberry, with a real strawberry mix, no fake powder junk. One of my co-workers worked at McDonald’s ages ago and knows how to make a perfect cone. Yeah, I highly recommend a froyo machine for any office!

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • My poor short stories. I’ll get back around to them eventually. They’re a fantastic break from novels, and you can hone your skills even more because you have a limited amount of time to get people’s attention and satisfy them at the same time.

      Did you get a lot of good feedback from your mentor picks?

  2. Congratulations! As you know I’m super excited for you! 🙂 And so you know, your team motto is pure awesomeness! I love the animated Dalek.

    And I’m going to still hold you to the deal of a signed copy of Shade when it’s published. 😉

  3. It’s all been said so I’ll just say the first thing that came to mind, “Wow!” I look forward to your posts on the process and progress. You are a rock ‘n roll gal and glad to have found you here in the big wide world.

    • Thanks so much! Hopefully this leads to bigger and better things. I know at the very least I’ll have a much stronger novel than I did before, and that’s already winning. 😀

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