It's T minus one week. . .and an update

This is my last week of summer vacation. Like most teachers, I've already spent significant hours in the school and will celebrate the last week by - well, going in at least two days. But I refuse to be there at 7:30 (my normal work time), so there's that. . .christy's done a lot more organizing of her classroom than I have in mine, so she's #gonecamping with her fam.

Scroll down for last week's post on Write On Con, what it is, when it is (psst, this week) and why it's important to us.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot:

It's the happy dance, people? Do you know why??

We're done with the first draft of our cowritten novel, The Text Message. Whoo hoo!!!!

And I totally mean "first draft" here. Maybe three scenes of it are what we had originally planned for, it's about 10k too short, and we have at least 2 big edits in our future. One of our own chapters (yes, we wrote alternating chapters) followed by one of our partner's chapters (that one could sting a little). 

Still - we're very happy that first (big) step is over! It's our first time co-writing, it's in a genre we haven't worked in before, and we have crawled so far out of our respective comfort zones, it just might turn out great. I hope to post our query and *possibly* first page or two at the WOC forums by tomorrow and will come back and add the link then if anyone can stop by! Our user names over there are:

Christy is christy_h
Erica is Erica75
Our pseudonym for our new project is Lynnea West

If you've posted at WOC, add your names in the comments and we'll make sure to visit you, too!

Okay, can't help it - here's one more:



  1. Congrats on finishing your first draft. That's a huge accomplishment and an awesome way to end the summer.

  2. Congratulations on completing your first draft! I'm curious about the unique challenges and advantages of co-writing a book with another author. I imagine it would be great to have an instant crit partner, but that it might be frustrating to butt heads on things like voice, plot and character arc. Good luck on your revisions. :-)

  3. Yay! Congrats on completing your first draft! Hope you get to celebrate some :)

  4. Congratulations on finishing your first draft, that's awesome! *dances in confetti*

  5. Congrats! I can't imagine how challenging it must be to write something with someone else! Maybe because I can be a total control freak...

  6. WriteOnCon was great. Always goes too quickly and I never take advantage of it enough. I wind up ignoring lots of stuff to spend time there.

    Good luck with a new school year and congrats on your draft!

  7. Hope WriteOnCon was great! I just had (and still have) too much school work to get involved :-( And congrats on the first draft done!

  8. Man, I am really behind in the news with the two of you... Writing a novel together? How cool! Congrats!

    Didn't get around much at the WOC. I hope you two had fun and got some great feedback...

    Drop me a line when you get a chance... especially you MS. ERICA... I know you said hi to me at the WOC, but it would be great to catch up.

    As for you MS. Christy... I did email you back, but nothing more from... LOL.

    Hope you girls are well and happy.



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