Thursday, April 5, 2012

Challenges and writing work update

Yesterday and today’s assignments for the April platform challenge were to accomplish things I had already done – build a Facebook profile and give myself a Twitter name. I also have a Facebook author page. So I was ahead of the game there. 

However, Robert Lee Brewer is always very generous with his helpful hints. I’ll give you the links to Day 3 and Day 4 here and you can visit both sites if you’re interested in learning more. I feel that I know very little about how to use Twitter so I can use all the help I can get. I have, however, heard that Re-Tweets are golden. I had two yesterday that got to thousands of followers. I guess I’m doing something right.

I’m also keeping up with my goal of writing 1000 words on my novel a week, and I'm now writing a poem a day for Robert Lee Brewer’s other April challenge. The prompts are always interesting. Today’s was: take the phrase 100% (blank), replace the blank with a word, make that the title of your poem, and then write a poem. So far my poems are very drafty. They will need a lot a work before the end of the month. But at least I’ve written something to work with.

And in case you’re interested, here’s an update on the hummingbird.


The hummingbird is gone. I went out to check yesterday morning and it was nowhere in sight. The day before he was quite active. He was talking, turning his head every which way, and sticking his beak into the hole in the squeeze bottle spout to drink.  Every time I came by he opened his mouth. I was told to try putting him on a tree branch, so I did. But he was back on the path within twenty minutes. Maybe that showed him he could fly and he just finally got up the nerve to fly away. I hope so. I’ve left a hummingbird feeder out for him in case he comes back to his old neighborhood. After all he lived outside our front door for almost a week.


5 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

1000 pages a week? Wow, that is amazing! I don't think I've ever written that many pages in a week. I am jealous of your mad speed.

I don't think I've ever had a tweet go viral either, so you're quiet successful on both counts.

I'm glad you're making strides with your April goals.

Madeline Sharples said...

That was a huge typo. I write a bit more than 1000 words a week - mea culpa.

Thanks for reading Angela and keeping me honest.

Ann Best said...

Thanks for taking a few minutes to stop by my blog today. I almost didn't do the A to Z Challenge, but I did have fun doing Golden Movies. This actually feeds into my "memoir" focus. And I don't drive myself to distraction commenting on blogs. I just do what I have time to do in between taking care of my daughter. I do so want to get back to reading, especially the excerpt I printed out of your wonderful memoir. I've read the poetry in it and am very impressed. Really good stuff!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It does seem that authors have to do a lot of networking these days to keep ahead of the game.

Madeline Sharples said...

You are so right, Lindy Lou. Even with a traditional publisher, I've had to do most of the marketing work. It is very time consuming.