Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hump Day Madness, So How Ya Going?

Can you believe it? The last week of the challenge is here already. Six days, that’s all we have left. Where has the month gone? It only seems like yesterday that we were starting.

Anyway how has your week been going? Are you happy with the way your story or stories are progressing? We have a couple more cross that 50k line this week. Great going Natalie and Diane, plus we have a few that are very close, I’m sure we will be hearing the ding of cyber glasses being raised later this week. How good is RC? I mean 70k+ this month so far, that woman must have bionic fingers, and very talkative characters. I have to say you all have done so well with the challenge, I am so proud of each and every one of you.

Congratulations to Bec Sampson on being a finalist in the Valerie Parv Awards, great going Bec and best of luck with the next round. Paula said her book signing went well, which was great to hear.

Don’t forget we are going to run an editing challenge next month. So anyone how as a MS or two that needs editing hope you’ll join the fun. Also anyone who may not quite make the 50k mark but would like to continue please stay with us, we will be more than happy to continue to cheer you on, so don’t feel that if it’s the end of the month you are going to be sent off to continue on your own. I've added a 'I'm A Winner' logo on the side panel, so anyone who would like to copy and paste it to their blogs pleses do.

I know you are all waiting to see who this week’s Pin-up Girl is, so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. This week as my final Pin-up Girl for the challenge this year goes to Ms Rachael Blair. If not for RACH taking the idea suggested to her and putting the call out to us all we wouldn’t be here. We would still be just writing at our usual pace and making little progress. So ladies charge your glasses, and applaud the lovely Rachael. Rach I hope you are so proud of what you have managed to help us achieve this month. Not only have you brought a bunch of women together who love to write. But for many you have given them the chance to realize what potential they have and what they are capable of achieving. We also now have new friendships that have grown over the month. I for one thank you. So my dear Ms Blair, take a bow. Don’t forget to go over and say “Hi” to Rach and thank her for organizing this challenge.



Rachael Blair said...

Ahhh thanks so much Ms Sandie!!! You've made my day when I was having a real down one. It's been a tough month for me writing wise and I hate not WINNING so this is a consolation prize I'm very proud and happy to have!

And I really am so happy that 50ks has been such a success in soooooooo many ways!

Go GALS!!!!

rhiancahill said...

On feet and applauding the lovely Miss Rachael!
Without you taking up the batton and throwing it out there no of us would be here.
I for one am greatful. I've met some new friends, connected mor deeply with existing ones and written like the demons of hell were snapping at my butt.
I'm amazed at the talent and wealth of support we have here. We will definitely be sticking around after the 30th.

Tannia said...

Hi Sandie and the lovely Ms Blair - yes indeed, thank you for the idea and inviting us all to join. I am not going to reach 50k, barring a miracle, BUT - I will have kept going right through the challenge and written more in a month than I ever have before. Much better than my November effort. So I will stick around to keep adding to the word count next month and cheer you on while you edit...
Hugs to all - looking forward to catching up with some in Melbourne. We should have our own event at some point in that packed weekend!

Eleni Konstantine said...

Yay on the Pin Up Girl win RACH! And you are definitely a winner in our books!!

Diane said...

Woohoo for Rach!

Seriously Rach, without the challenge maybe I would've written 10,000 words but then again - maybe not!

At the end of the June, we need a cumulative word count from all the challangers and then we can thank Rach again for being responsible for motivating us all!

And yes, the keepers of the blog have been very motivating as well!

What a month!

Christina Phillips said...

Yay Rach! You're a star!

There's no way I would have written as much as I have this month without the challenge, and although I'm lagging behind this week I'm still hoping to cross the finish line with 50k.

I've also made some wonderful new friends this month and will definitely be sticking around thru July!!!

Thank you Sandie for inviting me!!!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Three cheers for Rach,
Great suggestion little one. :)
I should be finished by late today, hopefully, that is if I don't answer the phone, the door etc...
Hope you are a little better,

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Three cheers for Rach,
Great suggestion little one. :)
I should be finished by late today, hopefully, that is if I don't answer the phone, the door etc...
Hope you are a little better,

Natalie Hatch said...

congrats.... now we just need to be editing ladies... editiing..... arrhghghghghggh

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Signing off now, although I reached 55.000. I posted on my blog, am so tired, have no brain.


Suz :)

Sandie Hudson said...

WOOHOO Suz, good for you.


Amanda Reynolds-Smith said...

Well done Rach and so very deserving!! From the bottom of my heart thanks for this suggestion... it has spurred my on and had me start something I have talked about for 10 years!! Can't wait to see you at the conference!!

...well it looks like I will be making the 50K into 25K for June!!!

I am now aiming to have completion by the end of July... so I will be continuing on and pleased that I will still have a rah rah squad!

It also gives me a month after that to do some editing etc in time to use it for my learning at the conference!

I have to say there is a part of me that is a little disappointed that I won't make the 50K (have to be realistic here!) However there is another part of me that is so very amazed at having even reached this far!

I would NEVER have done it without the challenge!!

So thanks everyone for your endless support and encouragement... especially you Suz, my own private watch dog!!... and well done to all those who have reached or even strived as hard as they can for their goals!! High 5's all round!