Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An End, a Beginning, and Horses.

Hello!  Thanks for keeping up the Tour de Writing comments in my vacation absence.  We had a blast, visiting Sesame Place, Luray Cavern, Atlantic City, and the horses of Assateaque Island.  Unfortunately no writing took place.  And, if you are paying attention, you will see that we visited PA, VA, NJ, and MD. Phew.  It was indeed a tour of the east coast.

But today is a different story--WriteOnCon begins, and the Tour de Writing ends.  And four people will win prizes!!

I'm buzzing off to check out the writeoncon festivities, but before I go, I want to say thanks to everyone for inspiring all the revising I got done this past month.  The camaraderie and competitive writing was a wonderful incentive to get the work done.  What with vacation, and the natural rhythm of revision, I'm not quite where I wanted to be today, but I am so excited that I am seeing the end of this revision.  Cheers!

So, here is the protocol for the finish line of Tour de Writing:

1. By midnight on Wednesday, please email me (hegkelly at gmail dot com) with your total count--every word written and every word revised between July 5th and today, August 10th.

2. Let me know the total number of practice rooms, or let me know that you already included those point totals in your above total.  1 Practice Room=500 bonus points.

3. Tell me what is your first and second prize choice.  Mockingjay?  Paranormalcy?  Livvie Owen Lived Here?  Or your choice of an awesome Mad Bag!!

4. Tell me whether your word count is drafted words, revised words, or a combination of the two.

Please check back at the end of the week, and take a view of the fabulous winners!!

Congrats to everyone who has participated!!  Thanks for making my crazy competitive writing game a success!

Okay, and I was going to add wonderful pictures to this post, but maybe later, as I just checked out today's schedule for writeoncon, and it's already in full swing!  I'll see you there!


  1. Thank you, thank you for this competition. It helped kick me in the write direction (hah).

    I started out to finish one set of revisions and wound up smushing two manuscripts together instead. But it needed to be done.

    Numbers coming soon. (I ordered Mockingjay and Paranormalcy the other day so I guess I'm going for something else)

  2. Welcome back! Hub and I have just returned from holiday. Hope to be back into the routine in a few days.

  3. Hope you had a great vacay! And that's awesome you see that the end is near!

  4. Hope you had an awesome vacation, Heather!! I LOVED this race, and thank you so much for putting it on for us!!

  5. Heather,
    I've been so busy over at WriteOnCon, I hadn't checked this. Except for the one week, I didn't keep good track of the numbers. Still, you helped inspire me, and I figured out where to go next in my story. Big relief.

    Thanks for doing this!

  6. Hi Heather, just surfacing from Writeoncon for a moment to say hi.
    Welcome back!

  7. This post is pretty. Nice job. I am glad you're back. So, so glad.

  8. Sarah- Thank you for giving me a run for my money--it was everyone's participation that kept me revising like crazy until my vacation hit. I'm already thinking of the next competitive writing event we can do--maybe in the winter. I'm so glad people found it worthwhile!

    Kittie--Hello! It's great to see you! Welcome back to you too!

    Laura--We did have a great vaca--great but exhausting! And, yes, I can't wait to be done with this revision!

    Marisa--Thanks! And I love hearing that it helped people keep the ball rolling on WIP. Can't wait to do it again!!

    Lori--Writeoncon was so excellent! I think next time I'll try to figure out a way that people can post their progress as they go along. It's hard to keep track, I know!

    Paul--thanks! It's great to see you, here and there!