Friday, 29 October 2010

Computer Fail, OA Chats and WIP Progress!

Is it Friday already?

I closed my little eyes at 4am this morning, but it was so worth it. Last night (or this morning for me) was the awesome query chat with Elana Johnson. The verdict? Woot.

We had questions galore, winners of critiques and a rather important discussion about Alexander Skarsgaard from True Blood (thoughts on that topic a) yum, b) Amparo, where are those pics?). Anyway, it wasn't without its disasters. Okay, my disaster.

Forty minutes before the chat started, my laptop decided it didn't want to play. Nothing loaded. I had no Internet access (apart from my phone) and everything shut down. After lots of eye rolls, reloading and "Crap, my CP's and Elana are gonna kill me" thoughts, I made it. Phew. For anyone who couldn't join us, or just wants to soak up the ninja's awesome advice, the transcript is available over on the OA blog.

Although, Kristal did mention my computer may have been protesting due to sheer exhaustion. Why? Last night I finished the first draft of my wip. Woot. Now it's time to revise, revise, revise and NaNo for book 2.

I might take a little nap first though. Oh, and if anyone can recommend a nice new laptop, I may be in the market soon enough!

Happy Friday everyone. :)

P.S. Amparo has an amazing guest post by Janice Hardy over on the OA blog today!

20 comments:

Talli Roland said...

4 a.m.! You are a strong woman! I'm sure it was all worth it, though. Glad to hear your computer behaved in the end; sounds like it was a stressful time!

Renae said...

I am so excited that you finished! I'll be sure to check out the transcript from lastnight, I was so sad that I had to miss it!

Hannah Kincade said...

Wow!! Way to go! That's great news. No wonder your laptop is tired. I just hope mine last through nano because it needs a fine tuning. BAD! Have a great weekend!

Christina Lee said...

Shoot, I missed it! heading over there now!

lbdiamond said...

Oh no's, computer woes!

Congrats on finishing your WIP! Congrats for being a trooper and staying up til 4 am.

I totally wanna get the new MacBook Air...expensive, but totally cool. ;)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Huge congrats on finishing your first draft! I'm jealous. ;)

I didn't have a chance in the end to hang out on the chat. Had to get my kids ready for their Halloween parties today. I'll read the transcript today (or try to). :D

Amparo Ortiz said...

The chat was AMAZING!! Loved, loved, loved it!

Especially all those Skarsgaard detours. I wonder why...

And yes,I have not yet fulfilled my picture promise *hangs head low* BUT I will!! Pinky swear!

Congrats on finishing your first draft!!!

Deb Salisbury said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft!

I'll hop over to OA and check the transcripts. Thanks for the link.

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss lindsay! sorry about that laptop stuff. i hope you could get a better one. hooray for you getting that first draft done! how cool is that! i didnt get to that chat cause one of my brothers was doing stuff for school. if you do it again maybe i could go. i could just want to listen so i could learn more stuff. i hope you have a real nice weekend.
...hugs from lenny

Laura Marcella said...

A MacBook!

Congrats on finishing your novel! That's exciting!!!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

First, I just want to say how incredibly amazing you are for finishing your first draft in record time and then diving right into the second one of the trilogy! I'm very excited about this story of yours!

Second, YAY for Elana! That chat was so much fun, and truly informative. Nobody does lists like Elana. I'm going to be referring to it later as I try to write a query for my current WIP.

Third, how cool is Janice Hardy for gracing our humble group blog?! She's the author of THE SHIFTER, for goodness sakes! I'm so stoked to see her guest post on Operation Awesome!!

For laptops with durability, I swear by our Toshiba. Thing has RUGGED written all over it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Get some rest!
And I always recommend Dell.

Elana Johnson said...

Ahhh! Congrats on finishing your WiP! That is HUGE!!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Congrats on completing your WIP!!! That's something to celebrate.

Sorry about your computer woes. :( The only thing worse is car trouble or going to the dentist. ;)

Jen Daiker said...

EPIC... even with minor altercations!

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats on finishing! That's awesome!

Robyn Campbell said...

Following from Theresa's Halloween Haunting. CONGRATS ON FINISHING. Impressive. :)

Emy Shin said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on finishing the first draft! That's really amazing. :)

And thank you so much to you and other wonderful Operation Awesome ladies for organizing the query chat! (And I'm excited about the critique! :))

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Las Vegas Writer said...

Congrats on finishing the first draft :) Have fun revising and good luck!

E. Elle said...

Congratulations on finishing your first draft! That's always exciting.

I bought a new laptop over the summer. It's an HP G62 and pretty awesome. I still love my old one which I didn't really want to get rid of but was just too slow and the cracked screen was getting more than a little irritating.

I found your blog via the Halloween Haunting. Love to have you come visit the Funhouse, too!