Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #5

The Third Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is coming to the end of its fifth week. It’s hard to believe we’re on Day 36 of the festival – people have been doing an outstanding job meeting their goals and it’s time to celebrate!

Today we complete our 5th full week, and it’s time to officially check in!

If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), jump on over to the regular Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog (the ruby-colored site, at and leave a quick comment about your experience with the Festival and your progress so far.

A few odds -n- ends before we get to the goodies.


Our Chat Room  is open over at the site. You can check the times that are posted on the RSSWWF site (blue site) for your sprint hostesses and come join us.

If you haven’t had a chance to drop in yet or if you’re not sure how it all works, Kim Law put together a great post on how the sprints work right here.

2. If you’ve made your goals so far, you should be at 36 POINTS! (The day one sign up got you a bonus point for the first day!) Don’t forget, you can always make up points so if you’ve fallen behind, just work on catching up over the next few weeks. All writing is good writing!

If you made your goals, please add a line in your comment in all caps saying I MADE MY GOAL!!! You will hear us cheering loudly!!!

If you’ve fallen a bit behind, don’t worry, just jump right back on and keep going!

3. There’s still time to download your Festival Participant Badge right here:

If you’d like to post the badge to your personal site, you can grab it here.  Just right-click on the badge below, choose “SAVE IMAGE AS” and save it to your computer. You can then upload it to your own website as you please!

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Anyone who checks in at the Ruby blog today will be entered in a random drawing to win one of the following prizes – don’t miss out!:

  • Synopsis critique (Amanda Brice)
  • A Breath of Scandal (print) by Elizabeth Essex
  • Edge of Light and 2-book set of Remnants series (eBook) by Cynthia Justlin: Her own Best Enemy and Intrusion
  • Ruby-slipper ring holder (Gwynlyn MacKenzie)
  • $20 Amazon Card (Diana Layne)

So come join us and let us know how you’re doing! How did Week #5 go? Did you make your goals?

42 responses to “Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #5”

  1. elliemurasaki says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! Holy shit that’s a lot of story ideas where did they all COME from?


  2. I MADE MY GOAL. I joined the writing sprints on Sunday, did presidential stuff Monday and paid my Golden Network dues Tuesday. On Wednesday I drafted a query letter for the holiday novella I plan to submit to Carina Press.

    On my to-do list today? The dreaded synopsis for the same novella.


  3. I MADE MY GOAL!!!

    My word count goals are pretty modest. I started with 1K but bumped it up to 1.3K a couple of weeks ago. I often write over my goal, but I give myself permission to knock off early if I did hit goal. Then I read or even clean the house. What I wanted out of this experience was to get back into the habit of daily writing, no matter what. I’m very pleased with how that’s going. 😀


  4. Hope Ramsay says:

    Happy Valentines Day everyone.

    I’ll be honest —- I stopped trying to figure out my points when my life got super complicated in week 1. But here’s the good news. The revisions on the book are done and the manuscript is on the editor’s desk. And, somehow, during this period I also managed to write a 10K word short story, turn it in, and then turn around the revisions. I also updated my webpage, wrote a marketing plan, and went to work every day.

    Don’t ask me how I did all this. I don’t even know. I’ve been a work zombie squeezing in writing time during weekends (when I get no points) and after hours and whenever I can. My plan to have 3 hours of writing time from 9:00-12:00 every day was blown up almost from the start.

    All this proves is that having deadlines is about the best motivation a writer can have. 🙂


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Woo-hoo, Hope!!! I hereby award you ALL the points!! You’re a powerhouse!


    • Addison Fox says:

      Awesome, Hope!

      And I hear you about deadlines….I’ve gotten very little of what I expected to so far yet keep getting things out/back where they need to be. Isn’t January/February supposed to be slow???!!! 🙂



    • WOW, Hope! That’s fantastic, considering your day job and all. Congrats!! Make sure to take time to pat yourself on the back or celebrate the victories in some way.


  5. Elisa Beatty says:


    Mostly because of sprints…but I’m thrilled to be back on the fiction again!


  6. I just popping in, Anne, to say how proud I am of so many. I run the sprints on SUnday at 11-2 and Then Tamara takes over until four and every week we have a great crowd. Each and everyone of the Sunday ladies work their fingers numb. Their engery fuels me.

    CONGRATS on doing a job well done this week, ladies!


  7. I MADE MY GOAL!!! Had to finish my xmas novella, which meant an insane amount of words last week, followed by a rush of writing, plotting and research on two new books. Thanks for keeping me chugging along!


  8. Raven Raye says:

    Sadly, did not meet my goal. Been a horrendous week. I’ll try to do better next week.



  9. Kathy Hills says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!! and still plugging along!


  10. Kristina Mathews says:

    For the second week in a row I’m struggling to make my goal. Between my oldest son not making the High School baseball team and my youngest son being home sick all week, I’ve kicked it into Mommy mode.

    We have a four day weekend, but we’ll be entertaining friends at our cabin. If it was just the family, I’d catch up easily, but with company? We’ll see.

    I’m also at a point where I can’t get going on my book. I’m having trouble with those early scenes where I’m forcing them to be together, but not yet hop into bed together. But maybe I should just keep going and write the love scenes and go back and fill in the other parts later. It’s gotta work better than looking for inspiration on Twitter.


    • Kristina – sounds like super mommy mode is in full effect! Enjoy your kids. Enjoy your company. Those times pass so quickly.

      (But might I suggest setting a small goal – just 10 minutes a day, or 100 words, or whatever seems manageable. It’s so easy to lose that momentum! And hey, if you’re in the mood for love, definitely skip forward to those scenes. Who knows? It might help you figure out where your characters need to be in the beginning of the book.)


  11. Lisa Olech says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! Still plugging along….but I see light at the end of the tunnel!


  12. delia says:

    I MADE MY GOALS! I spent the last week researching a future story idea that popped in my head. It’s put me behind on the current WIP but the idea would not leave me alone. Instead of being upset about the current WIP, I’ve decided to use this an opportunity to let the plot of my next book percolate for a while. By the time I get ready to write it, the plot will (hopefully) be ready to go.



    I’m doing fine on points, but I’m starting to worry I’m not going to finish this book by the end of the festival and that’s been my big goal. Darn thing keeps getting longer than I originally planned on. First I thought this would be 30k novella. Then I figured a 50k. Now it’s closing on 70k and I’m figuring it’s just going to be full length and I’m going to stop fighting it.


    • Annabeth, you must be writing up a storm! Just go with the flow and see where it takes you. You can always (*gulp*) cut later if you want it shorter. Goals can change.

      Congrats on the fruits of your hard work!


  14. Debbie says:

    Got caught up playing cupid that I almost forgot to check in today. Oh and I made my GOAL! I only added 4,000+ new words but 14 more points, so I have 62 points. I’ll be harder on myself next year, but I’m treating myself to some chocolate later to celebrate.


  15. Lyn says:

    Happy Valentin’s day, Rubies.

    MADE MY GOAL although by the skin of my teeth. Not written or revised as much this week as last, and missed a couple of sprint sessions due to having to be in town, but made enough headway to gain my points. Thanks ladies who host the sprints, I’d never do it without you!



    And somehow I keep forgetting its Thursday and I need to check in until one of the Rubies posts something on FB. Then its oh crap! So here I am. Still working on the novellas, about to jump over to edits. I can’t believe we’re over half way done. Thanks to Kim, Autumn, Tamara, and Addison for cracking the whips.

    Keep going peoples 🙂


  17. Julie Opdyke says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’m making good progress. I keep thinking I should join the sprints, but I’m actually doing a 20 minute sprint everyday before work. LOL On the weekends, I read what I’ve dumped during the week and edit and add a bit more. At the moment it’s working, so I’m not going to mess with it. Good luck to everyone during these last two weeks. May the muse be with you.


  18. Kelley Bowen says:

    Checking in late, but happily, I did make my goals. This weekend I plan to finish the rewrites on my manuscript. Yay!

    Thanks for being here.



  19. I MADE MY GOAL! Word counts haven’t been huge, but time spent BICHOK have been consistent and steady. Revised and submitted a ms and started work on a new one 🙂


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