Friday, October 31, 2008

Big Sticks?

Anyone got one they care to wield in my general direction?

I've got news, good news... I finalled in The Romance Writers of Australia High Five competition. I think most of you who read my blog already know that this is a contest of the first five pages for category novels - ie. those targetted at Harlequin Mills & Boon. I'm up against some steep competition though! Special wave to Melissa and Nikki!

My wonderful writing buddy Bec has given me a stern talking to, asking ''What more inspiration do I need to get off my butt and actually put my fingers to the keyboard again?'' Sleeping kids would be a start :)

But she's right... there's no excuse to not write when getting published is your DREAM!! So... this morning, I'm trying, I really, really, really am trying and have given myself the goal of 2000 words for the weekend.

500 down... 1500 to go. In the words of a train from Trouble's (Son 2) favourite picture book - ''I think I can!''


Kirsty C said...

Go Rach! You're doing a great job, keep the end in sight.

Best of luck with the High 5 final and hearing back re: Mod Heat.


Eleni Konstantine said...

Congrats Rach on being a finalist!

Good luck on reaching 2K this weekend. 500 words is great so far.

Lucy said...

Rach, that's fabulous news about finalling in the contest - congratulations!!

Am with you on the getting into a non-writing rut. Don't understand why, as I love it when I knuckle down to it... Good luck with that increasing wordcount :)

The Dribbler said...

As I have already conveyed, this is FANTASTIC news, Rach.

Now, for me to be able to wander into my local bookshop and pick up the lastest Rachel Johns and brag to the shop assistant that I know you, I need you to write.

So I wanna see that word count rising. Rising, you hear? Not stagnant.

Go on. Get to it. It's only 1500 words!

How's that for some stick weilding?

Rachael Johns said...

Thanks for all your encouragement gals!!!

Happy to report, I made 3000 ks so far this weekend and might do some more tonight!!

And Cath - fabulous stick wielding... just the kind I needed!

Eleni Konstantine said...

Well done! Above and beyond your aim :)

Barbara said...


Congrats on making the RWA finals! And thanks for cheering me on for NaNoWriMo.

I have been following your blog for awhile, just haven't had to gumption to post. I feel like I am a M&B contest winner stalker!

But, I guess because of my nursing background, I am someone who likes to encourage and "nurture" others.

Barbara Burnham

Christina Phillips said...

Go Rach! Go Rach! Yay on your brilliant contest news and also on your weekend word count!

You know you can, you know you can! (I'm being a train, btw, not going slowly nuts...!)