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Ready. Set. WRITE! Week 11

By / Jessica Leake / 18

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:

This week was so much more relaxing than last week, and my wrist finally feels much better (carpal tunnel syndrome has eased up a lot!).

I finished The Burning Sky–a book I’d been reading for quite awhile, and I ended up really enjoying it. I’m reading Defiance by CJ Redwine right now and REALLY enjoying it–it’s been hard to put down.

I did get to read my CP’s revised chapters–it was nice to critique/edit someone else’s work for a change! And I just love the story, so it was fun for me.

My agent hasn’t gotten back to me on my WIP, which was good because then I could just relax all week.


Goals for this week:

Work on more marketing stuff for Arcana

Do any edits on my WIP my agent might need

Read at least one book

My very first Goodreads giveaway of a signed Arcana ARC + bookmarks begins today! I’d love for you to enter–all countries are eligible 🙂

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Arcana by Jessica Leake


by Jessica Leake

Giveaway ends August 26, 2014.

See the giveaway details

at Goodreads.

Enter to win


The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Actually stepping away from email/laptop/etc and taking the time to relax!


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

Comment (18)
  • Emma Adams / August 18, 2014, 9:08 am  

    Congrats on the giveaway – how exciting! 🙂 I really enjoyed THE BURNING SKY, too.

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 1:04 pm  

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Crystal Schubert / August 18, 2014, 9:42 am  

    Time to relax is always a good thing! I’m not sure if what I get is carpal tunnel–seems to be mostly from picking up my son so much, so I think it’s Mommy Thumb in both hands–but it can be excruciating. Glad yours is feeling better! And I am totally entering your giveaway, even though I have only ever won a Goodreads book ONCE in several years, haha… 🙂

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 1:04 pm  

      Mommy Thumb! Yes! I get that, too. The things we mommies go through, right? Yes, please do enter! I’ve never been fortunate enough to win one, but it’d be exciting if someone I knew won ;).

  • Alison Miller / August 18, 2014, 10:58 am  

    I’m sure the waiting game has been tough, but so glad you could relax! Also, I LOVE Arcana’s cover! Hope you have another relaxing, yet productive week!

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 1:03 pm  

      Thank you so much, Alison! I love it, too–Skyhorse was fabulous at being really receptive to my input–a rarity in publishing ;).

  • laboyden / August 18, 2014, 11:06 am  

    Ooh a giveaway, how exciting. I’m glad you had a relaxing week. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 1:02 pm  

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Katy Upperman / August 18, 2014, 2:00 pm  

    Ooh, thanks for linking to your GR giveaway! I’ll totally enter! Glad you got some time to relax a little bit last week, and best of luck with your goals this week. Have a great one!

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 2:06 pm  

      Thanks, Katy! That would be fabulous if you entered! Hope you win 🙂

  • mandiebaxter / August 18, 2014, 2:36 pm  

    Is that what it takes for CPs to get ARCS now? Enter goodreads giveaways?! Haha. KIDDING. What would be funny if I entered and won! 😉
    YAY. You love my story. <3

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 9:34 pm  

      Bahaha–what do you need an ARC for?? You’re getting a signed copy of the ACTUAL BOOK!! YAY!! (But still enter ;). And of COURSE I love it!!

  • Erin Funk / August 18, 2014, 5:09 pm  

    So glad to hear your carpal tunnel syndrome has eased up and that you enjoyed relaxing for the week! Good luck with this week’s goals!

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 9:33 pm  

      Thanks, Erin! 🙂

  • Tracey Neithercott / August 18, 2014, 7:38 pm  

    Glad your wrist is feeling better. As someone currently battling wrist pain, I know how much that can mess up your writing goals. Hopefully you stay pain free this week and meet all of your goals!

    • Jessica / August 18, 2014, 9:33 pm  

      Thanks, Tracey! 🙂

  • Karyne / August 20, 2014, 1:28 am  

    After all the crazy word I’ve seen you do/post in the last several weeks, I’m glad you had a slower week! Good for you to get some relaxation in! And I’m glad your wrists are feeling better! That’s a scary thing for a writer. Hope you have another great week.

  • Leandra Wallace / August 20, 2014, 7:02 pm  

    I entered! Glad you can relax this week, it’s always nice to take a break when you crammed to finish something. Enjoy some nice quiet reading time!