Aug / 11

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 10

By / Jessica Leake / 17

RSWgoldpolaroidI was invited to participate in Ready. Set. Write! by my CP and best friend Mandie, which makes sense since we’ve already been checking in with each other on our WIP goals. It’s been so helpful have some accountability and encouragement, and that’s what Ready. Set. Write! is all about–writers encouraging one another this summer to meet their goals. This year, it’s hosted by Katy Upperman, Jamie Morrow, Alison Miller, and Erin Funk. Check out their blogs for more information and be sure to link up each week.

How I did on last week’s goals:

I finished my edits for my WIP and sent them off to my agent! I was relieved to finish them because I now have a wicked case of carpal tunnel syndrome and need some time to rest it (in writing’s defense, it’s also due to holding the baby for nursing and my iPhone 😉

I finished one bookSomething Strange and Deadly and am still reading several more at one time.

I did email my publicist, but I still have a few things I need to do for her, so I’ll continue that goal for this week.


Goals for this week:

Rest my wrist!!

Read at least one book.

Read over CP’s revised chapters–can’t wait to dig into this!

Work on any other edits my agent might need me to do.

Send off the last few items on the check-list that my publicist needs.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

I was able to focus better this week, but then my wrist was hurting so I was desperate to finish everything. Ready for a mental and physical break! 🙂

Oh, but I also have a fun story for you IMG_0086about last week. So my dog (pictured at right with the insanity in her eyes) is an escape artist and regularly leaves our fenced-in back yard. It’s annoying, but not usually a problem. Last week, though, she got under the crawl space, encountered a SKUNK, pissed the skunk off, made it spray her, and the AC unit pumped the smell into our house through the vents. Our whole house reeked of skunk–so bad we had to go stay with my parents. I still smell it. Although, it’s much, much better now. Thanks, Sakura.

So that was my week…

Thanks for all the encouraging comments! I hope everyone has a productive week! 🙂

Comment (17)
  • Katy Upperman / August 11, 2014, 2:05 pm  

    Oh, pets are so fun! My dog’s a pain in the neck, but she’s never done anything *quite* so obnoxious! Hope the smell clears out completely very soon. Congrats on finishing your revision, and crossing my fingers that your wrist feels better soon. Have a good week!

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 4:59 pm  

      Yes–such a pain in the neck! Both my dogs automatically received that status after our first baby was born…poor things. Thanks–I’m hoping it’ll clear out completely this week, too! (It’s the worst in our bedroom, which drives me NUTS)

  • Alison Miller / August 11, 2014, 2:18 pm  

    OHMYGOSH! That skunk story is AWFUL!!! I hope your house is smelling better soon and that your wrist recovers from what sounds like an incredibly productive week. Also, your dog is GORGEOUS! Hope you have another wonderful week (less smelly though 🙂 )

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 5:01 pm  

      Thanks, Alison! It was pretty horrible!! I think we’ve just about got the smell under control, though. Just bathed my dog for the second time, and she goes to the groomer tomorrow, so hopefully it’ll be gone!

  • Emma Adams / August 11, 2014, 2:33 pm  

    Great job finishing your edits! 🙂 Hope your wrist feels better, and your house is free of skunk smell!

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 5:01 pm  

      Thanks, Emma! Here’s hoping 🙂

  • Erin Funk / August 11, 2014, 4:05 pm  

    Great job plowing through those edits even with a sore wrist! I really hope it’s feeling better soon, because working with carpal tunnel syndrome sounds very painful and inconvenient. I’m amazed you met your goal considering your wrist issues and the skunk incident! Pets sure can be a handful at times! Good luck your goals this week!

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 5:03 pm  

      Thanks, Erin! I hate this carpal tunnel, but I think it’s nursing that really aggravates it, and obviously I can’t stop nursing (well, I could, but I won’t). Hope you have a productive week as well!

  • Crystal Schubert / August 11, 2014, 4:57 pm  

    Aww, but your pup is so cute! Animals are crazy. I hope you’re able to give your wrist a good break this week 🙂

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 5:04 pm  

      Haha, thanks! She’s cute but totally nuts. 🙂

  • mandie / August 11, 2014, 7:42 pm  

    Dogs! Babies! You need a break! 🙂

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 8:02 pm  

      You know it! Goal is to go easy this week 🙂

  • Anna Langford / August 11, 2014, 7:58 pm  

    Ewww, skunk! I can sympathize with the carpal tunnel. I have both my sexy bowling braces on as I type. The question becomes are you nursing, iPhoning, and writing all at once? 🙂

    • Jessica / August 11, 2014, 8:02 pm  

      I’m thinking I definitely need to get some of those braces ;). Oh definitely all at once! How’d you know?? 🙂

  • Leandra Wallace / August 11, 2014, 9:06 pm  

    Oh, no! That would stink…haha. 😉 I saw one in our yard a couple of nights ago, but managed to get the dog back inside before she had time to go make ‘friends’. Enjoy reading and resting this week, sounds like you’ve more than earned it!

  • Karyne / August 12, 2014, 2:34 am  

    Wow! I can’t imagine dealing with skunk smell throughout the whole house! I thought the general Africa smell here (BO + pollution + smoke) drove me nuts, but you might have topped it! And you need to nurse your baby while side-lying! I have tendonitis, so as soon as they were big enough that it felt natural to nurse them while laying down, that became my absolute favorite! I worked night shift, and I would come home and nurse them while I slept. My husband would come in 15 minutes later to tell me it was time to flip sides. Haha!

    • Jessica / August 12, 2014, 2:50 pm  

      That’s great advice! With this 3rd baby, I pretty much did the side-lying position from the beginning–a necessity for sleep, so I totally agree with you. My problem is more that I have to hold my breast in place for him sometimes, and he sleeps on that arm for hours, which of course causes it to fall asleep. Love that about your hubs telling you to switch sides! Haha. Babies! The things we mommies go through for them, right?? 😉