Need structure? Want to find camaraderie? Tired of writing in solitude? Join our virtual office space. At TPR someone is always in the cubicle next to you.

Here's how the practice room works:

First of all, EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

At the given date and time (weekly schedule posted below), meet at post 1. It appears 30 minutes in advance of the hour (barring unusual circumstances), giving us a chance to set our goals in the comments. Declare your goal. Work toward furthering your project; word counting, revision, or whatever it needs - you decide.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED! announces our hour. During that time, we write! The rules: no procrastinations. Please feel free to make tea or stand on your head as needed.

When the time is up, Post 3 appears with a chat box and we will get a chance to converse, or you can comment old-style to tell us what you got done! We are dying to know!

Read about a typical first time here. I make the schedule every Sunday. It will remain up in the side bar until I post the next week's schedule (feel free to make requests for particular times in the comments - I take them into serious consideration). All additions will be noted in in the side bar. Come back and check it often. (The schedule times are listed in Eastern Time Zone but the blog posts in Central - Tina's time zone. Our visitors are from all over the map.)

Please email me with questions, comments, or just to introduce yourself! tina dot laurel at gmail dot com

Don't forget to sign the guestbook at the bottom of the page!


Dec 26, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, Jen, Maria, and Dianne were here tonight. We talked about our progress on tonight's projects, first drafts in general, and e-readers.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Schedule for the week of Christmas

Just Dianne scheduled! Monday, December 26th Dianne 8pm est Tuesday, December 27th Wednesday, December 28th Thursday, December  29th No Th- Th. Crit always at 11 am est. Held elsewhere; Email Amy if you are interested in details. Read about it here. Friday, December 30th

Dec 19, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

Krystey Belle, Maria, Jen, Marisa, and Dianne were present. Not a lot of writing got done in this session, due to various holiday and family distractions/interruptions, but we chatted about upcoming goals.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

Hey, all! What will you be working on tonight? Tell us in the comments. I doubt I'll make it to check-in tonight, because of my daughter's orchestra concert. But I'm hoping to get back in time to work on revisions to my CAGED GRAVES manuscript, and I'll definitely be here for the chat at 9pm.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria, Marisa and myself. That hook thing: they have to give that think another name.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 11 am est until 12. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 11 am est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

Let me know if you will meet me at chat!

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Let me know if you plan to meet me at chat!

Dec 18, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday December 18th


Here's the schedule!

Monday, December 19th
7am est
11 am est
8 pm Dianne!

Tuesday, December 20th
7am est
11 am est

Wednesday, December 21th
7 am est
My son turns 13. BIG DAY!!!!!

Thursday, December 22nd
7 am est
2nd ever Thuper Thursday. Crit at 11 am est. ELSEWHERE> Email Amy if you are interested in details. Read about it here.
Shall we try to TPR after? Let's call an impromptu if we are up for it? Email or comment on schedule post to get notification.

Friday, December 23rd
7 am est

Dec 14, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria, Marisa, Amy and Jon did a drop in. We talked crits. And alternate crits. And ended with mooping and tough love. It was a beautiful day.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 2 pm est until 3. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 2 pm est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Amy visited! She worked on blogging and Heather stopped in. It was great to see folks in the AM!!!

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

Leave a comment to let me know if you will meet me at chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est

Let me know if you will meet me for the chat.

Dec 12, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

We had a great night here with KrysteyBelle, Maria, Jen, Amy, and me. Tried to brainstorm strategies for how to work out a plot snarl or get a character where he needed to be. Talked about Christmas cards, too.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Lots of crit chat talk. Maria, Marisa, Amy and myself.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

THE HOUR RUNS FROM 11 AM EST until 12 AM EST. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 11 est

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 7 until 8 est. Let me know if you will meet me at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am

Let me know if you are meeting me at chat!

Dec 11, 2011

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, December 11th.


Monday, December 12th
7am est
11 am est
8 pm Dianne!

Tuesday, December 13th
7am est
11 am est

Wednesday, December 14th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, December 15th
7 am est
We are starting Thuper Thursday Crits. Email Amy or Marisa or me if you are interested in details. Read about it here.

Friday, December 16th
7 am est

Dec 7, 2011

Dec 5, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

We had a big group here on Monday night, with some new members! Too bad I didn't get around to writing this summary until almost a week later -- now I have to rely on my memory! I was here, obviously, plus KrysteyBelle, Marcy, Maria, Jenn, and Amy. Sorry if I missed anybody. :(

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Amy, Maria, Marisa and myself. Off to be productive.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour goes from 11 am est until noon. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 11 am est

What will you be working on? Let us know in the comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

Let me know if you will be meeting me at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Let me know if you will meet me at chat!

Dec 4, 2011

Schedule for the Week of Sunday December 4th


Here's the schedule!

Monday, December 5th
7am est
11 am est
8 pm Dianne!

Tuesday, December 6th
7am est
11 am est

Wednesday, December 7th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, December 8th
7 am est
11 am est

Friday, December 9th
7 am est

Nov 30, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa, Krystey and J stopped in. We looked at ModCloth together.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 2 pm est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 2 pm est until 3. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 3: Reconvention

Jon, Heather and myself!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED

If no one checks in at post one by 12 pm EST, our Post 3 chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 7 am est until 8. Let me know if you will meet me at chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est

Let me know with a comment if you are going to meet me at chat.

Nov 28, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

So, do tell! What happened?


A chat box will  be here the first 1/2 hour after our unplug. Please sign up (I think you  will have to begin an account with Chatroll but it only takes a  second). After our chat I will remove the chat box and post the  highlights. For posterity's sake. If all else fails, please post your  report in the comments. If there is something I can fix I will do it as  quick as I can. And if you just prefer to do it the old school way, in  comments, that is fine too.







Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

So, do tell! What happened? A chat box will  be here the first 1/2 hour after our unplug. Please sign up (I think you  will have to begin an account with Chatroll but it only takes a  second). After our chat I will remove the chat box and post the  highlights. For posterity's sake. If all else fails, please post your  report in the comments. If there is something I can fix I will do it as  quick as I can. And if you just prefer to do it the old school way, in  comments, that is fine too.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour goes from 2:30 est until 3:30. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 2:30 est

What will you be working on? Let us know in the comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria and me, and then after a long phone call, Anna popped by!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Nov 27, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday, November 27th


Here's the schedule!

Monday, November 28th
Maybe impromptu?
8 pm Dianne

Tuesday, November 29th
7am
11 am

Wednesday, November 30th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, December 1st
7 am est
11 am est

Friday, December 2nd
7 am est
TBD

Nov 20, 2011

Schedule for Thanksgiving Week

Be grateful for TPR!!!! I know I am. Thanks to all of you who make it great. And you know who you are (I hope. Do you know? I hope you know. It is definitely you.)

The schedule though is up in the Air. Completely!

Maybe Marisa, Heather or J will call one (and they are free to do so). Or not. But I am up to here with family (my hand is at about heart level) and I am loving it, but I will miss you dear TPRers and my writing terribly. (Dianne is also doing the family/conference/gratitude thing this week.)

Meanwhile power on!

Nov 16, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa, Maria and myself. Getting through expanses of time and burnout.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 2 until 3 pm est. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 2 pm est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Amy, Anna, and me!

Amy shared this link: http://diymfa.com/

Great site!!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 7 am est until 8. Let me know if you shall meet me at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est

Let me know if you will be at chat and I will wait.

Nov 15, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa, Krystey and Amy in disguise. So happy to hear that her hubby is home and well. So glad that everybody's projects are going well. I love the practice room.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 11 am est until 12. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 11 am est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 7 am until 8 am est. Meet back at post 3 for the chat (but let me know you are coming so that I wait!).

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est

Let me know if you will be working with me and I will wait for you at chat.

Nov 14, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, PirateSavvy, and Dianne were here. KB had finished reading Dianne's ms and had comments. Dianne shared a site with great questions for plotting a loose outline. PirateSavvy shared her NaNo progress.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa, Maria and myself!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 11 am est until noon. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on today?

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour goes from 7 am est until 8. Let me know if you are planning to meet me at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 amest

Will you be here working? Let me know so I will see you at chat!

Nov 13, 2011

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, November 13th

Here's the schedule!

Monday, November 14th
7 am EST
11 am EST - Marisa
8 pm Dianne

Tuesday, November 15th
7am
11 am

Wednesday, November 16th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, November 17th
7 am esT
TBD

Friday, November 18th
7 am est
TBD

Nov 7, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, Maria, and Dianne were present. We talked about first draft dilemmas and children waking us up in the night.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged! We'll meet back at 9 pm EST in post 3 for a reconvention chat. If no one is there, the chat will be canceled.

Post 1: Unpluggage Begins 8 pm eastern

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria, Anna, Marisa and myself. Heather was stuck in a library writing. Where were you, J?

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 11 am est until noon. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 11 est

What will you be working on? Tell us in comments.

Post 3: Reconvene

Amy and Maria - no one else. Thanks for holding down the fort you two!

Post 3: Reconvention

:) Just me. Heather needed to leave before reconvention!

I didn't accomplish any of my writing goals, so I made up for it by taking out the trash and cleaning the kitchen.

Post 2: Unplug Until 10am EST

Get some writing done!

Post 1: Come, Unplug with Us at 9:00 am est

Howdy folks. I thought, maybe I'd do laundry. Maybe I'd take a bath (since I have a sore throat). Maybe I'd...write?

I need the kick in the pants that this Practice Room brings. Join me. From 9-10 est we write. Then we'll chat at 10! Let me know what your goals are in the comments of this post! Let's get serious.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me. Back to my words...

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 7 until 8 am est. Let me know if you'll be at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Let me know if you writing with me and I will meet you at chat.

Nov 6, 2011

Schedule for week of Sunday November 6th

Here's the schedule!

Monday, November 7th 
7 am EST
11 am est
8 pm est

Tuesday, November 8th Writer in Residence again??? I have to check with Marisa and Heather  about hosting but maybe... What do you guys think?

Wednesday, November 9th 
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, November 10th 
7 am est

Friday, November 11th 
7 am est
11 am

Nov 2, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria, Krystey, Anna and myself.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 2 pm est until 3. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 2 pm est

What will you be working on? Let us know in comments.

Tuesday Writer in Res 11/02

Impromptu chat by Jon - Marisa, Amy, Krystey, and Kelly came (and then Marisa shut down to go for a walk to feed her muse)

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me. Back to the words for now.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour is from 7 am est until 8 am. Let me know you are here so that we can meet at chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7

Let me know you are here and I will let you know too. Leave a comment and I will meet you at chat.

Nov 1, 2011

Writer-in-Residence!

Happy NaNo kick off! It was a full chat for most of the day, with much accomplished for many!

Writer in Residence!

Today, beginning at 9am (est), and ending at 3pm (est), The Practice Room will open it's chat room doors for all writers. To kick off NaNo, we will host an open chat for any writer who wants to stop by and hang out! Will we (Heather, Tina, and Marisa) see you there? Let's get writing!!

If you haven't been to a chat before, sign up with chatroll, and you'll be all set. :) Let the chat begin!

Oct 30, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday October 30th

Here's the schedule!
Monday, October 31st
Happy Halloween!
7 am EST

Tuesday, November 1st Writer in Residence???
2 am est until 2 pm est.
NaNo begins and the practice room stays open for those first few words, either Marisa and Heather or I will be here around the clock on Tuesday AM. 9-2 easter time zone (I think this is going to happen, when confirmed all the question marks will be gone)

Wednesday, November 2nd
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, November 3rd 
7 am est
11 am est

Friday, November 4th
7 am est
Kids home from school and I must volunteer - anyone else want to do a tpr hour?

Oct 26, 2011

2 pm Unplug Canceled

Sorry for the inconvenience. :( Write anyway!!!

Post 3: Reconvention!

No one checked in but me, so chat was cancelled! But *I* worked a little, so YAY!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

We are unplugged!

NOTE: If no one else check in to post one by our reconvention time (12 pm EST) I will cancel the reconvention chat.

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on? Tell us in the comments!

Post 3: Reconvention!

just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour lasts from 7 am until 8 am est. Let me know that you are writing and I will wait at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 est

Are you writing too? Let me know and I will wait at chat.

Oct 25, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

I got the schedule wrong so I tweeted the beginning of TPR. But lots of folks came: Heather, Anna, Marisa, Maria, and Amy!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 11 am est until noon. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 11 am est

What will you be working on? Leave a comment.