I started editing today and did the first two chapters. They’re generally OK (this is part of the book that’s been gone over before), but since the first draft is done I can dive a bit deeper and better address structural issues and flow.
Took it easy today and just fixed some things that had bothered me after I finished writing yesterday. In the process I realized that a major scene in one of the last chapters…also happens about 10 chapters before. Whoops! The perils of having a lot of time pass between writing days!
The rough draft of Trials is DONE! DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE!!!!!!!
1,500 words done! And the next chapter should be the last—whoo!
1,100 words. Whoo! (This does kind of have to be a lengthy denouement—there’s a lot of denoue to ment this time around.)
Whoo-hoo! 2,400 words and the thrilling climax is DONE! Now I need to wrap up everything in the denouement. Yay!
Between the step-up shots and Thanksgiving, writing got the hose, but I’m back at it now. 1,030 words!
Another 1,000 words down! Whoo!
This is for Trials, by the way.
Tomorrow I have an allergy shot—I’m stepping up again, but it’s only four shots (tomorrow is shot three), and they haven’t been bad. Hopefully I can continue Saturday or maybe even Friday.
Yes! We have progress once again! I wrote 1,100 words—this is part of the climactic end. I’m OK with it as a rough draft, although I do feel a bit like it’s one of these James Bond-type situations where the villain stops to explain his evil plan.
The family stuff has been popping off quite a bit lately, so I’m a bit distracted. Hopefully I can get back on track soon.
ETA: After writing that, I felt annoyed about not being able to get anything done, so I edited two more chapters. Yay!
Yesterday didn’t really work out, and I’m having my shot this week, which may cause issues, but today I went through the first four chapters of Trials—I think that went well.
Yeah, things have been pretty crazy—I had jury duty, and not only was I seated but it turned out to be a three-week trial. After that was done (and I did the research I wasn’t allowed to do as a juror—holy shit, did people lie to us! I mean, we didn’t believe them, so still I think we ruled the right way, but it’s kind of ridiculous what people are allowed to say under oath, and I definitely think the way medical science is presented in court could use some reform), I had to take care of everything else that had fallen by the wayside. At this point I’m mostly just shopping for winter, though, which is something I can obviously do in my spare time. I was going to write today, but I got four hours of sleep last night, so that’s just not going to happen. I should be able to get up and at it tomorrow—honestly, I don’t have that much left to do on Trials, I’m really at the climactic ending now, so I’m hopeful I can get this first draft done sooner rather than later.
I've been away, but I'm back and wrote 1,180 words! Whoot! And some exciting words they were!
You know, I've mentioned that I'm a tough sell with romance books, but I've been really enjoying the ones by Amy Raby (be aware that they are fairly erotic). I think it's because she does a really good job of fitting the romances into some pretty complex fantasy/adventure plots. Often when I've tried adventure romances, it feels like there's this We Must Save the Universe! story going on, and then it gets interrupted by, Will Our Heroine be Able To Find Love? which winds up making the romance feel extremely trivial. (You're never going to find romance if you're all blown to kingdom come!) But with these stories the geopolitics going on actually affect the main characters in personal ways, so resolving the one helps resolve the other and makes it all very gratifying. I like 'em!
1,280 words! Whoot!
It's been busy, and it's going to get busy again, but today I wrote 1,340 words!
I went ahead and popped The Weirld into their Summer/Winter sale, so for the month of July it will be free there (whoooooo)! Since I don't have a sequel to sell, it's not, like, sensible marketing or anything, but I felt like, Why not?
Via Lindsay Buroker, here's an interesting run-through of what is going on in the science fiction & fantasy field, with a special emphasis on what's NOT getting measured via traditional industry measures.
1,475 words! Whoo!
1,550 words! Whoo!
I actually didn't get much sleep last night (it's high allergy season right now), but the cool thing about nearing the end is that I don't have to worry so much about keeping all the background stuff straight.
I managed to get some work done today on Trials--mainly going over stuff already written and getting my notes in order (and by that, I mean throwing away 99% of them, because I'm far enough along that I know what I'm going to include and what I'm not going to include). The next few days will probably be a bit busy, but hopefully I can get some work done--I did better today than I thought I would!