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!


Sep 26, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, Maria, Marcy, Tina, and Dianne were present. We discussed painting with water colors and working with pastels. Everybody helped Dianne get over a difficult bump in revisions.

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!

It was a full chat! We are racing forward. Slowly. And also running in place and backwards!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Meet you in Post 3 in one hour!

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

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

If no one checks in by 12 pm EST, the reconvention chat in Post 3 will be cancelled. Hope to see you there!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me!

Post 2: I'M UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage runs from 7 am est until 8. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Let me know you're here with me. Leave a comment.

Sep 25, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday, September 25th

Monday, September 26th
7 am EST
11 am EST - Marisa
8pm Dianne

Tuesday September 27th
7 am est
11 am est

Wednesday September 28th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday September 29th
7 am est
11 am est

Friday September 30th
7 am est

Sep 19, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, Maria, Marisa, Jon, and Dianne were present. We talked about what we accomplished tonight, word count, and focus.

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!

(If you don't see a comment from me in this half hour, don't worry. I'll be here by 8pm for the unplug, but maybe not much before that. ~ Dianne)

Post 3: Reconvention!

Heather, Jon, Anna, and Me!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on?

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage lasts from 7 am est until 8 am. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est

Let me know you're here with me. Leave a comment.

Sep 18, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday, September 18th

Monday, September 19th 
7 am est
I can't pull off a daytime one tomorrow -- at least as the day stands for now. Anyone else?
8pm Dianne 

 Tuesday September 20th 
7 am est
11 am est

 Wednesday September 21st 
7 am est
2 pm est

 Thursday September 22nd 
7 am est
11 am est

 Friday September 23th 
7 am est
11 am est

Sep 16, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Anna, Marisa, Jon, Heather and myself. Then Dena shows up! Very fun chat to begin with. I don't even remember what all happened except for beer babies and beer hips and then Nano and then Dena. So, yeah! So good!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage 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 comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me!

Post 3: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage runs from 7 am est until 8. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est.

Let me know you're here. Leave a comment.

Sep 12, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

Jon, KrysteyBelle, Maria, Marcy, and Dianne were present. We talked about our current projects, voice, genre, and potential ideas.

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!

After my snafu of posting and scheduling posts, thank goodness we all got together. It was Jon, Heather, Kelly, Marisa, Krystey and myself. Writing was done by some, communing was done by all.

Post 1: Unscheduled Unplug at 3:15 est.

What will you work on? Let us know in comments.

Post 3: Reconvention!

Anna, Heather, Marisa, Jon, and myself. Good to see everybody. Must be a writing day.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage lasts from 11 am est until 12 pm. 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 comments.

Post 3: Reconvene

Jon, Marisa, Maria, and myself. Oh, and Anna stopped by so I could trump at the guess-who's-viewing game. :) We talked music and concerts and maybe some writing. :)

UNPLUG @ 9am est

Hello impromptu TPRers. Glad you could make it! Let's write. (No laundry, J. Unless you come over and do mine.)

See you at 10 est for a brief chat, all!!

Post 3: Reconvention

Just me!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage lasts from 7 am until 8 am est. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est.

Let me know you're here. Leave a message.

Sep 11, 2011

Schedule for the week of Sunday September 11th

Here's the schedule!
Monday, September 12th 
7 am est
11 am est
8pm Dianne

Tuesday September 13th
7 am est
2 pm est

Wednesday September 14th 
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday September 15th 
7 am est
11 am est

Friday September 16th 
7 am est
11 am est

Sep 10, 2011

Google+ Hangout at 12:30 Today

I will open up the Hangout to my TPR contacts! If you haven't started in Google+ but want to join our write-in today, leave a comment and I will get you an invitation. If you want to read how pat Hangouts have gone read here.

Sep 6, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa and I. We will do Margie Lawson's emo- pack together starting this week.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

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

Post 1: Unplug begins at 11 am est

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

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me. First early morning accomplished!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpluggage runs from 7 am est until 8 am est. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Unpuggage runs from 7 am est until 8 am. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 7 am est.

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

Sep 5, 2011

Post 3:Reconvention!

KrysteyBelle, Marcy, Maria, and Dianne were here. We talked about our current projects, querying, and how we're all going to meet up in Disney someday and hang out with KB!

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!

Sep 4, 2011

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, September 4th

Monday, September 5th
8pm Dianne (A LABOR DAY unplug! YAY!)

Tuesday September 6th
7 am est (Back to trying my early mornings -- can I do it?)
11 am est

Wednesday September 7th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday September 8th
7 am est
11 am est

Friday September 9th
7 am est

I would like to try a hangout on Google+ next weekend. I am calling it for Saturday, September 10th. My instinct is to schedule it at 12:30 est. We will do the 25 minute timing Pomodoro style with a 5 minute check in between sessions for as long as people are able to keep at it. As in the past, I will have you RSVP on the schedule post if you want to come and let me know if you need a Google+ invite. I will send out a message to those that RSVPed if the event is a go.

Sep 1, 2011

Post 3: Reconvention!

Marisa, Maria, Jon and myself. Oh good a chat!

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

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

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 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am est

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