Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #6

Just one more week to go! The Third Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is coming to the end of its SIXTH week. It’s hard to believe we’re on Day 43 of the festival – people have been doing an outstanding job meeting their goals and it’s time to celebrate!

Today we complete our 6th 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 43 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!:

  • 25-page critique (Cynthia Justlin)
  • Perfect (print), by Autumn Jordon
  • Ex on the Beach (Kindle Serial) and choice of either Caught on Camera or Sugar Springs (print), by Kim Law
  • Box of chocolates (US only, Diana Layne)
  • $20 Powell’s Gift Card (Shoshana Brown)

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

62 responses to “Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #6”

  1. elliemurasaki says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! And I seem to be writing a sonnet wtf. SONNET.


  2. Lisa Olech says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! (plus one!) Wish I could think of something clever to write here…but my brain is crispy and I need coffee!! xoxo Thanks!


  3. delia says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I was sick as a dog the past several days so I didn’t get any new words. It’s hard to be creative when you can’t breathe through your nose and coughing your lungs out. I took the “easy” way to rack up points instead. I spent my time researching and typing lots of notes. Here’s to getting new words on the page this week.


  4. Grace Hood says:

    Alas, still a tad behind. BUT I will not give up! I must say, the daily chats are helping immensely. Nothing like sharing the pain to keep motivated.


  5. Tiana says:

    Last week and this week…. I just slept through last Thursday’s check in due to a bad case of whatever the kids shared with me. On a non writing note however I was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa at school. Which is when I found out they have a members only writing contest with Publication in the academic journal Notte Bene (theirs.) So far this years festival has been the most productive for me with joining RWA and NWHRWA, and PTK, it truly feels like this year might be the one to submit something….



    • Go, go, go, Tiana!! Sounds like you’re on a roll. Keep us posted on the submissions – sounds like you’re ready to dip your toe in the water. And CONGRATS on PTK!!!


    • Patti Macdonald says:

      Yay Tiana! So proud of you! 🙂

      Thought perhaps you’d fallen down the rabbit hole, so glad to read you’re still alive despite the “gift” from the kids.

      ~BIG Hugs~
      Patti 🙂


    • Addison Fox says:

      All-around awesome, Tiana!!!!! Congratulations!


  6. Caro Kinkead says:

    Sadly, I’m just staggering back to the keyboard after being laid low with the plague for three weeks. I did the day job (we were in the middle of a project and couldn’t afford to have down time), then simply collapse after work and do the sleep/cough/sleep/cough thing. It’s only this week that I’m starting to get back to the keyboard.

    The bad news is that if I was looking for points, I’ve completely blown that. The good news, though, is that things are picking up steam again and the story was apparently rattling around my head the entire time because I seem to know where I’m going to get to the end. So, not a complete loss.


    • Wow, sounds like the plague is really going around this week. Hope the words flow for you in the coming days (and the coughing relents so you can rest!).


    • Addison Fox says:

      I’ve so sorry to hear you’ve been laid low – to Anne Marie’s point, it seems like EVERYONE is dealing with some crud or another.

      Wishing you a very productive week 7!


  7. Kathy Hills says:

    Finished everything I planned to work on during WWF so I’m off and running with the new!


  8. Kristina Mathews says:

    I’m way behind. Barely making 300 words a day and not knowing where my WIP was going. Then I took the long weekend off to spend with friends from college and their kids. I didn’t get much writing done, but I did figure out a few things. Like my hero briefly dated my heroine’s business partner’s former model wife. This brings up a few more complications and suddenly several scenes are falling into place.

    Oh, and I have a much better ending in mind, as well.


  9. Wow, Day 43 already?! That flew by!

    I didn’t do so well on my writing goals this week, but I set the bar really high. I’m readjusting now, and hoping today will make up for some of the week. Some of it was out of my control – got sick, kids out of school due to holiday, sickness, and snow day…feels like I should just skip forward to the weekend and start over next week!

    However, I did finish the RITA books I needed to judge and put the scores in, so that’s something I finished ahead of time – yay!


  10. Anita Hayes says:

    I made last weeks and this weeks goal plus..Been a weird two weeks here. Had to deal with 81 yr old with Shingles, 21 yr old with flu and vehicle needing fixing..but I am now caught up again. Good job to all who are doing great. big hugs all. take care


  11. Lyn says:

    MADE MY GOAL again this week – thanks to the Rubies and the sprints. Pretty good progress considering I had a lot of work to do on blogs as always – but I’m now making time to write and revise which I hadn’t before!


  12. Debbie says:

    I MADE MY GOAL – I had 7,000+ new words, wrote every day this week, made progress with an online workshop, and avoided whatever crud-bug that was going around. I even worked on my database of Victorian slang 🙂 I don’t know what’s happened – the sun isn’t even out – but today I’m hearing Jim Brown’s “I Feel Good”. I looked up the lyrics and I see why: “Wo! I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of So good, so good, I got you.” Thanks Ruby Sisterhood and chat friends!


  13. Patti Macdonald says:


    … unlike last week. It’s a good thing I had a few extra points racked up from previous weeks or I’d be falling short of the total.

    Even more important is that today’s day 762 of my 100 words minimum per day goal. No matter how bad the day is, I can’t go to bed until I’ve put 100 words on the page.

    Waving from Portland, OR where I’m visiting my younger daughter this week. Hope to see some of you in the sprints next week!

    Patti 🙂



    Right now, I’m just shy of 40,000 words added during RSSWWF. I’m not going to finish this book like I’d hoped during the festival, so my new target is see how close I can get to 50,000 words added during the festival. But I’ve done well with the daily goals, I think because I’ve learned to set more realistic, easily attained goals. I *know* that a good day for me really is 1k. And that aiming too far above that right now just leads to frustration.

    Great work everyone!


  15. I fell behind a little this week, but nothing I can’t catch up on with 7 GH entries to judge & a novella to edit this weekend.


  16. Colleen says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I made it last week, too but totally forgot to check in with Valentine’s Day. Oops!

    AND I managed to finish my manuscript AND turn it into my editor on Monday. PHEW! Moving onto the next project!


  17. To everyone who made their goals: CONGRATS! You guys are doing great! One more week!

    To those that are feeling behind: Don’t be discouraged! Hang in there! Everything you’ve accomplished is bringing you one step closer to a finished book.

    Let’s finish strong next week!


  18. I only have 25 points, but I am proud of every one of them! With my health issues, my dad’s surgery and all, I had quite a few setbacks during the festival. But I am hanging in there and I actually did some writing this week! Life is good!!! 🙂


  19. I only hit my goal six days last week. I’m not too disappointed, but I’m not going to let that happen again THIS week!


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