Wow, time flies.

So, haven’t made as much progress lately as I did the first part of the month. But Oracle’s Promise is coming along. I just really want to finish it since I’ve been writing this book for 7 years and never finished. I’m struggling to get through this draft for a variety of reasons. One of which is below the other WiP updates. The other is that I keep questioning where I’m going with this. Currently I’m contemplating eliminating the YA element of this all (names a protagonist who would be pre-teen/teen) and focusing the story where I currently am. We’ll see. But every major change my mind contemplates I shove to the side because I just want to get the dang thing written for once.

Some random facts about Oracle’s Promise:

Current draft: 39, 803 words and 85 pages

Original draft: 90, 931 words and 185 pages

OK, I’m doing good. You know why? Because the current draft covers just about everything essential from the original draft, plus some added intrigue and depth. My current draft has more chapters. And where I’m at now in the current draft is further along in the story than the original draft!

Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve cut roughly 51, 128 words! Wow!

Also, I’ve decided to aim my word count a little lower given this new fact. I was aiming for 120,000 words in order that I might be able to explore the story but have lots of wiggle room for slashing apart. Now I’m aiming more in the range of 90,000 words. So the status bar has been changed accordingly. Which is why you may have noticed a significant jump in percentage completion.

“The” appears 2, 741 times
“Was” appears 421 times
“To” appears 1,106 times

That’s according to Wordle. A fun little gadget on the web for finding those pesky repeats.

I’ve added a poem to …Futile but I still have a ways to go on it. Most of the poetry in it is complete garbage, but that’s because there are a lot of first drafts in there right now. I’m just trying to get to the page count I need before I start making major revisions to it.

As for the rest of the WiPs, “A Rose by any Other Name” is being critiqued bit by bit. Which I may or may not be fully prepared for. Sigh. We’ll see what comes of this story once the entire thing has been through the critiquing process. My poetry collections that are in-progress are stalled. Mostly because I seem to have misplaced my mojo and lack inspiration for any poetry at the moment. Shattered Secrets, the other fantasy series I’ve got percolating, is totally backburner right now because I’m devoting so much time to Sunstone and to Oracle’s Promise.

So, where does this week leave me? Oh, yeah, with a murder-mystery novel screaming in my head to be developed and written. I’m making sure to note down everything that comes to mind for it so that when I actually can devote the time and energy to it, I can remember everything that I’ve thought up for it. Problem is, I haven’t read any decent number of murder mysteries or any related genre in a long time. I went through a Tony Hillerman phase senior year into freshman of college. But it faded. The man wrote too many books to catch up on them all. I did read a Hillerman novel last semester for one of my classes. So I’m going to have to go get a library card and force myself to read a library book. I hate library books. I don’t know why, but I do. But I need to read a lot of mysteries if I’m going to write one of my own.