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!


Jan 30, 2012

Post 3:Reconvention!

Dianne, Krystey, Jon, Marcy, Maria, and Jen were here tonight. We talked about the word counts we got done, shared the points where we were stuck and some new 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!

Amy, KB, Maria and myself. Blank middles and getting over big transitions in the draft.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 1 pm est until 2. Meet back here at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug is at 1 pm est

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

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Are you here with me? Let me know if you will meet at chat.

Jan 29, 2012

Schedule for the week of Monday, January 29th

Monday, January 30th 7 am est 8 pm Dianne 1 pm est Tuesday, January 31st 7 am est 11 am est Wednesday, February 1st 7 am est 2 pm est Thursday, February 2nd 7 am est TH-TH CritChat always at 11 am est. Elsewhere. Email Amy if you have questions. Impromptu in the afternoon? Friday, February 3rd 7 am est

Jan 24, 2012

Schedule for the week of Sunday, December 21st



Monday, January 23rd
8 pm Dianne

Tuesday, January 24th
11 am est

Wednesday, January 25th
7 am est

Thursday, January 26th
7 am est
TH-TH CritChat always at 11 am est. Elsewhere. Email Amy if you have questions.

Impromptu in the afternoon?

Friday, January 27th
7 am est
Probably a morning unplug, depends on the hubby...

Post 3: Reconvention number 2!

Maria, Marisa and myself. Lot's of negotiating work and work and play talk. Is writing and life work or play?

We will write some more!

We decided to continue and have a second reconvention chat at 1:30 eastern time zone. Continue with what you were working on and we shall see you in an hour!

Post 3: Reconvention!

We decided to meet again in another hour: Amy, Heather, Maria, Heather, Anna, Marisa, and myself. Meet at the next chat at 1:30 est!

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 am est

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

Jan 23, 2012

Post 3:Reconvention!

We had a big crowd tonight and a newcomer: Dianne, KrysteyBelle, Jen, Maria, Amy Parker, Jon, and welcome, Stefanie! We did some introductions and sharing of our current projects.

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!

Jan 18, 2012

Post 3 RECONVENE

Maria and I represented Michigan.

Post 1&2 UNPLUG

See ya at 10!! Write like a boss.

Post 3: Reconvention!

KB, Amy, Marisa and myself. Rejections, slime and FB.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 2 pm est until 3. Meet 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, Amaris, Heather (who was distracted by a poor sick kiddo) and Jon came in to remind us of tonight's TPR

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 11 am EST

What will you be working on today?

Post 3: Reconvention!

Off to other things.

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 will meet me for chat.

Jan 16, 2012

Post 3:Reconvention!

Nice crowd tonight! Maria, two Amy's, KrysteyBelle, Jen, Marcy, and me.

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!

Lot of book talk today and a full house. Marisa, Maria, Krystey, Amy, Sheri stopped in.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 10 am est until 11. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 10 am est

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

Jan 15, 2012

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, January 15th.

Monday, January 16th: Martin Luther King Day
10 am EST
8 pm Dianne 

Tuesday, January 17th
7 am est
11 am est

 Wednesday, January 18th
7 am est
2 pm est

Thursday, January 19th
7 am est
TH-TH CritChat always at 11 am est. Elsewhere. Email Amy if you have questions. 

Friday, January 20th
7 am est

Next schedule won't be posted until Monday, January 22nd.
Dianne will host the usual Monday at 8 pm est.
Anyone want to throw in a daytime one?

Jan 10, 2012

Post 3: Reconvention!

Heather, KB, Marisa and Maria and myself. We talked being sucked in. Everyone was jealous of Heather. Dialogue. Talk of dialogue. And hardness easiness and how one line can change everything.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 12 pm est until 1 pm. Meet back here for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at noon EST

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

Post 3: Reconvene

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: Unplug Until 10am EST

Turn off gchat. Silence twitter. It'll all be here when you get back! Write for an hour, and let's see how much we can get done!

Thanks for joining me!

Post 1: Unplug will begin @ 9:00 est

Oops. Thought I was hosting later! Let me know what you're working on!! Better late than never!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Just me.

Post 2: I AM UNPLUGGED!

The hour goes from 7 am est until 8 am. Let me know if you will be meeting me for chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 7 am est.

Let me know if you will met me for chat.

Jan 9, 2012

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!

Heather, Amy, Marisa, Maria and myself. Full house. Scene and Sequel and process.

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 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 be at chat.

Post 1: Unplug at 7 am est

Let me know if you shall be at the chat!

Jan 8, 2012

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, January 8th

Monday, January 9th 7 am est 11 am est 8 pm Dianne Tuesday, January 10th 7 am est 12 pm est Wednesday, January 11th 7 am est Thursday, January 12th 7 am est TH-TH CritChat always at 11 am est. Elsewhere. Email Amy if you have questions. Friday, January 13th 7 am est

Jan 4, 2012

Post 3: Reconvention!

Chatroll stopped working for me. But Heather, Maria, KB were all there ready to pick up there drafts and get to work. GOOD MORNING everyone.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED!

The hour runs from 8 am est until 9. Meet back at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unplug begins at 8 am est.

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

Jan 3, 2012

Post 3: Reconvene

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by. If this is your first time, you might need to take a moment to sign in to chatroll. Don't worry, we'll still be here when you get back. Now, tell us, how did your hour of writing go?






Post 2: Unplug Until 10am est

Hello! Everyone has unplugged now to go and write! Here in the 3rd blog post, there will be a chat room at 10am est. Come, sign in, and join in the chat. We talk about writing, and everything else under the sun. Everyone is welcome!

Post 1: Unplug will begin @ 9:00 est

Happy New Year! Let's sit our butts down in the chair and write! See you at 10!

Jan 2, 2012

Post 3:Reconvention!

Tonight we had Marcy, KrysteyBelle, Maria, Amy, Jen, and Dianne. We talked about our progress tonight, queries, whether or not it was good to read while drafting a new story, and shiny new 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!

Schedule for the Week of Sunday, January 1st - NEW YEARS!!


Happy New Year! 

My kids are home from school one more week, so the schedule is up in the air right now, but I scheduled some morning hours (not quite as early) and Heather put one on Tuesday and we will see what other kind of surprises arrive with this baby of a year. Happy Birthday 2012!!!! And has JaNo begun???? We need to get our writing year started.

Monday, January 2nd
8pm est Dianne

Tuesday, January 3rd
9am est Heather

Wednesday, January 4th
8 am est

Thursday, January 5th
8 am est

Th- Th. Crit always at 11 am est. Held elsewhere. Email Amy if you are interested in details. Read about it here.

Friday, January 6th
8 am est