Spring Writing Bootcamp // www.yabuccaneers.com

The YA Buccaneers are hosting a Spring Writing Bootcamp. You can see my goals for the Spring Writing Bootcamp here and my first Monday check-in post here.

It's the third week of the Spring Writing Bootcamp, and this is my second check-in. Although last week didn't go quite as planned, I did make good progress on my revisions. It's a bit frustrating because I'm not checking off completed chapters very quickly, but I'm trying to remind myself that the changes I'm making are important, big changes and it is still progress. Even if things are going slower than I would like.

My goals in italics, followed by how I did:

01. During the week, daily writing parties or Word Sprints (I signed up for one Wednesday at 8pm EST if you want to join!).

I started Twitter writing parties on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Wednesday's Word Sprint ... didn't go too well. I had some technical difficulties that kept me too occupied to write. Booo.

02. Keep my Pinterest story board updated (to help me stay motivated & inspired).

I've added a few images, but not a ton. This week, I worked on a scene set in a forest, and since I've already pinned A LOT of forest images, I was all set. Still, here's the visual (since I can't help but add an image to my blog posts!):

Bridgid Gallagher Story Inspiration // www.bridgidgallagher.com

03. No writing on weekends. Recharge with outside time and little to no time at the computer.

I rocked this one! I spent most of my time outside this weekend (hiking and working in the yard, mostly), and it definitely helped clear my mind.

04. Monday check-ins on the blog, Friday progress pics on Twitter.

Hmm. Right. About that. I totally forgot to post a photo on Friday! Oops.

05. Staying up-to-date (emailing, Twittering) with my Accountability Team.

I have an amazing accountability team (Go Team Kang!). We're getting to know each other through emails, plus checking in on Twitter. So a yes to #5. :)

That's my update! I hope your writing is going well!

P.S. You'll find the other Spring Writing Bootcamp participant check-ins here.

Spring Writing Bootcamp // www.yabuccaneers.com

The YA Buccaneers are hosting a Spring Writing Bootcamp. You can see my goals for the Spring Writing Bootcamp here.

Today is the first Monday Check-in for the Spring Writing Bootcamp. My biggest goal for the bootcamp is to complete the first pass of revisions for my Middle Grade Fantasy project (this year's NaNoWriMo project). Since that's a pretty big goal, I decided to break it down into smaller pieces. Here's what that looks like:

  1. During the week, daily writing parties or Word Sprints (I signed up for one Wednesday at 8pm EST if you want to join!).

  2. Keep my Pinterest story board updated (to help me stay motivated & inspired).

  3. No writing on weekends. Recharge with outside time and little to no time at the computer.

  4. Monday check-ins on the blog, Friday progress pics on Twitter.

  5. Staying up-to-date (emailing, Twittering) with my Accountability Team.

So that's the plan!

Last week, I participated in two writing parties and updated my Pinterest story board a couple of times, which always helps get me in the mood to write. I'd like to do better this week - specifically, I'd like to make more time for my writing.

Pinterst Story Inspiration // www.bridgidgallagher.com

How about you? How did the first week go?

P.S. You can learn more about the Spring Writing Bootcamp here.

P.P.S. If you use MyWriteClub and would like to connect, you'll find me here.

Once a week, I join a blog hop for writers called What's Up Wednesday, started by the lovely Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you'd like to join in, you can learn more on Jaime's website.

What I'm reading

A couple of weekends ago, I read THE LOST PLANET by my fellow YA Buccaneer Rachel Searles. It was. So. Good. I couldn't put it down. (Don't you love it when that happens?)

THE LOST PLANET by Rachel Searles

Here's the review I shared on Goodreads:

What a fun book! THE LOST PLANET is action-packed right from the start, and all of the details are fantastically well done. Spaceships, aliens, moons, mud-covered planets - Searles knocks the setting and descriptions out of the park. The cast of characters is great too, and I found myself invested in Chase's story from page one. Although this book is technically MG, I'd recommend it to all kid, teen, and adult readers who love adventure books - especially space adventures. I can't wait to read more in this series!

You guys need to read this one. It's amazing and wonderful, and I learned that Rachel is way, way too cool for me. :)

I also started reading a manuscript for a friend, and I'm super-excited about it. Can't say more right now, but I'm sure I'll be gushing about it soon. ;)

What I'm writing revising

Spring Writing Bootcamp // www.yabuccaneers.com

The YA Buccaneers are hosting a Spring Writing Bootcamp. How it works: From now until May 31st, you set writing goals for yourself, share them on your blog, then check in for giveaway entries and good karma. I love this kind of thing, and I so need some writerly peeps to help me trudge through my revisions. You can see my goals for the Spring Writing Bootcamp here.

Want to join? We'd love to have you! Jump in here.

What's inspiring me right now

The response for the Spring Writing Bootcamp has blown me away! I love the online writing community! :)

What else I've been up to

We went climbing in Indian Creek last week - yay! - plus our usual hiking and exploring the desert. I also started going to my local yoga studio. I tend to practice at home, but it's been nice having company. Plus, it's always great to have someone around to check your form.

How about you? What's new with you this week?

P.S. My other What's Up Wednesday posts: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

Spring Writing Bootcamp Goals

Posted on March 4 2014 in writing

The YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp

The YA Buccaneers - my nerdy and wonderful crew of YA writing friends - are hosting a three-month long Spring Writing Bootcamp, and it starts this week! To participate, you just post your goals for the next three months on your blog, then check in with each other along the way. We're forming accountability groups, hosting Word Sprints, and THERE WILL BE PRIZES (books, critiques, and more)!

We're super excited about this bootcamp, and I hope you'll join us! Learn more.

My Goals for the Spring Writing Bootcamp

  1. Finish my MG Fantasy revisions.

  2. If I finish the above, then send it out to my CPs (and try not to freak out too much). ;)

  3. Finish the last two chapters of my Women's Fiction WiP.

Completing my first round of MG Fantasy revisions is the most important. I've been working on my revisions since January, and, although I made some progress in February (thanks to Writer Recharge), I have a long way to go. I have a hard time sharing my work, so that second goal is worth writing down. Completing my Women's Fiction WiP would be awesome - I'm only two chapters from the end, and I would love to just finish it!

Join us!

If you have writing goals for the spring, then I encourage you to join our Spring Writing Bootcamp! There's nothing like having an army of writers at your back to help keep you motivated. Even if you don't join us, we'll be throwing impromptu writing parties on Twitter (just search for #YABbootcamp) and we'll be scheduling some Word Sprints, too. They'll be open to anyone who wants to join in.

How about you - will you be joining the Spring Writing Bootcamp? If so, I'd love to hear about what you'll be working on!

P.S. If you're interested, you can see the Pinterest board I made for my MG Fantasy.

Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili Recipe

Posted on February 21 2014 in recipes

Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

This is my absolute favorite chili recipe. It's adapted from Kris Carr's vegan chili recipe, found in her Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook*. Although I love her recipe, I made a few tweaks to suit our tastes.

Most notably? I added mushrooms. Lots and lots of mushrooms.

Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

I've made vegan chilis in the past with tempeh, seitan, tofu, TVP (don't do it, man), or bulgur wheat. First, most of those ingredients I just mentioned are HARD on my digestive system. Plus, the recipes just weren't quite right for me flavor-wise. And then I found this recipe (cue angels singing, or perhaps a mariachi band?).

The spices are spot on (toasted cumin seeds! jalepeño!), and we all love beans (riiiiight?), but the real star of the show are the tender mushrooms. They soak up the flavor and thicken the texture until it's just right. Yum!

Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili Recipe // www.bridgidgallagher.com

I recommend serving with a darky leafy green salad, perhaps some cornbread or tortilla chips for dipping (So. Good.).

Enjoy!

Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili Recipe

Adapted from Kris Carr's vegan chili recipe

Makes 6 hearty servings.

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 fresh jalepeños, diced
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 zucchini, diced (peel if not organic)
  • 1 cup yam or sweet potato, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn (reserve 1/4 cup for topping)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups pinto beans (black beans or kidney beans would work great too)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (optional: blend until smooth before adding to chili)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. In a small skillet, toast cumin seeds for one to two minutes, or until fragrant. Once cool, add to a large soup pot with the olive oil, onion, mushrooms, jalepeños. Sauté until onions are golden, then add the garlic and chili powder. Heat for a few minutes.
  2. Next, add zucchini, sweet potato or yam, and 3/4 cup corn. Mix well and heat for a few more minutes. Then add the beans, tomatoes, water, sea salt, and molasses. Cover and heat over medium-high heat until sweet potato or yam is tender (about 30 minutes).
  3. Optional: Once the potato is tender, I like to use our immersion blender to thicken the chili. You can either use an immersion blender and blend for a few moments (just a little, you want to keep some beany texuture), or move a few cups of the chili to your blender, blend, then return to the soup pot. Just be careful. The chili will be warm! (We use an immersion blender that's similar to this Braun immersion blender*.)
  4. Top with remaining corn and chopped cilantro and enjoy!

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