Update Tuesday 10/9-10/15 — October 18, 2011

Update Tuesday 10/9-10/15

Okay, that time again!

Mirror, Mirror:

FINISHED!

Ahem. Sorry. Just a little excited. I stayed up uber-late on Tuesday night and finished the book. Estimated word count for notebook 2 on this one brings me to just under 60K for a total word count. It’s okay, though, because there are lots of floating head scenes that need fleshing out after I finish transcribing everything.

NaNo Project:

Well, I’ve opted not to participate in NaNo this year.  So this is the last you’ll hear of NaNo for the year from me.  The reason for this is that some other things have come up that make drafting a new novel the lowest of my writing priorities right now.

Top Secret project:

This is what’s taken over.  It’s a project I’ve worked on before, but I’m not saying which one it is or what specifically is happening with this one.  I’ll tell you when I can.

How are your WiPs going?

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Moving on — August 20, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Moving on

It’s time for me to move on.  (No, not from the blog.)

For the past several weeks, I’ve blogged, Facebooked, and Tweeted about my so-called “secret project.”

I called it that for a reason.  I knew if I talked too much about this project, and it ultimately failed to become viable, I’d feel even more heartache than if I’d stayed quiet.  It was too much to hope for, that I’d get this off the ground.

In point of fact, my secret project was a mission to save Oracles Promise.  (For those newer followers, this was my second book.  The one I wrote just previous to the one I’m currently revising.)

My journey with this book has been long, rocky, and paved with break-ups and reunions.  I outlined the completed draft in painstaking detail.  (There’s a reason it came out at a whopping 95 pages long.)  I did this in an attempt to see where I could expand, where plots and characters could be added in.  This would be (to quote the Scott Pilgrim poster) “an epic of epic epicness” when completed.  Something akin to Tokien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.  (I can delude myself well.)

The world at large will never know these characters, or their story.  But they’ve been my companions on the rockiest stretch of my writing journey thus far.  In a way, they were there to comfort me and shelter me in the wake of losing my father and growing up.  (Something which I’ll contend I’ve yet to fully do.)

Thanks everyone for your support through all of this.

WiP Wednesdays 8/18 — August 18, 2010

WiP Wednesdays 8/18

What a week!

Project #1: The top secret project

Finished the outline!  At last!  (Now you won’t have to put up with my whinging on Twitter over it.)

Upon finishing the outline I sent it off to Fed Ex Office to be printed, bound and all that jazz.  It’s got a spiffy cover and is all colorful inside now.  (On the first 14 pages, anyway.)

I’ve started going through it and cutting scenes that mean nothing.  They’re needless fluff.  Why they were there in the first place is beyond me.  I’ve got 6 different colors of highlighter and I’m putting them to good use in the outline.  Thankfully I had the foresight to put together a key for which color is what sort of thing because I forget quite easily.

Project #2: The adventure novel

World-building.  This is my mot favorite part of writing a book.  At this point, just about anything goes.  I can follow my freewheeling thoughts along each path they take and find some way of making the randomness into a cohesive whole.

I love discovering the world my story will take place in.  I try to leave some bits fluid and changeable so that I can adapt as the story takes me to places I never imagined.  But this is definitely the scaffolding I build everything on.

Project #3: The short story

I love this short story.  It’s a lot longer than I set out to make it, but I’ll take it in exchange for my muse taking up permanent residence in my apartment for the remainder of my time here.  And it’s clamoring to become a novel.  But I’m putting that aside for now.  If in a few months the characters and their story are still with me, I’ll consider it.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 8/11 — August 11, 2010

WiP Wednesday 8/11

Remember when I blogged about the plethora of story ideas floating around in my head?

Yeah, well, now I’m juggling 3 projects.

I’ve finished my first round of revisions on Lodestar.  I’m now experiencing the angsty highs and lows of book love/hate as the feelings alternate.  This baby is ready for betas and has actually been sent off to its first such person.  My brother is the first beta.  He is the first one who will read my darling manuscript.  He’s not a writer, but he is a guy.  And I desperately need a male perspective on my main character.  The prologue and first two chapters are off with another beta who graciously agreed to give this novel a whirl.

I think two betas is all I can handle at the moment.  I’m going to be keeping an eye out for other potential betas for later points in the revision process.  The biggest challenge I face is that I’m not writing YA, but most of the blogs I follow, and the authors whom I know best, are.  What’s an adult writer to do in a YA world?  LOL

My secret project is coming along more slowly than I would like, but it’s still coming.  I’m outlining and who knew that the painstaking detail of this outline would be so slow?  Oh well.  The project still feels viable to me and with some major tweaks to the story running in my head, I’ll be all set to outline the three books in the trilogy.  (And maybe it will turn into more books.)

Then there’s the third project.  It’s an adventure novel.  Highly commercial and comes complete with the idea of making a trilogy out of it.  But it’ll be more like the Indiana Jones trilogy where there’s a loose connection, mainly the core cast of characters, but each book is self-contained.

It’s going to take a lot of work on the world-building end of it all, but I think it’ll be worth it.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 8/4 — August 4, 2010

WiP Wednesday 8/4

Whew.  What a hectic couple of weeks it’s been.

Progress has been made on both Lodestar and my secret project.

I finished my first read-through of the former.  There is a ton of work to do on the book, but it’s not near as much as there was with Oracles Promise.  But, maybe I’m just not seeing the work that needs to be done.  Maybe.

The book is both more and less hole-y than I expected.  There are internal inconsistencies that need to be ironed out, but the core is strong.

And the ending left me just as satisfied on reading it as it did when I wrote it.  My chest surged with all sorts of emotions and I felt that the bow was tied neatly, but not too neatly.

As for the secret project, well, the outlining is going slowly but surely.

And I’m beginning to feel that this project is really viable.  It may be one of those projects that I just tinker with while I let others stew, during revisions, etc.

We’ll see.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/21 — July 21, 2010

WiP Wednesday 7/21

I’ve begun reading through my draft of Lodestar in the last few days.  As I go, I’m leaving comments for myself.  Questions, suggestions, etc.  Already I’m catching things that need to be developed more, threaded through the later parts of the narrative.

I’ve also begun marking two different things in the manuscript.  Adverbs go in red and internal monologue goes in green.  I think redundancies had a color at some point but that ended.

As for my other project, the one that I’m outlining.  Well, that’s not going so well.  Every time I sit down to outline, I feel like a 2-year-old mid-tantrum.  I don’t want to outline, but it’s necessary for me to figure out if this project is viable in the least.  I need to finish this outline in the next few days, but I don’t think that it’s going to happen.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/14 — July 14, 2010

WiP Wednesday 7/14

I’m a writer.  Through and through.

I didn’t even last a day without formulating some new writing project to be working on.  Instead of tinkering with adding some new words to the short stories I’ve got sitting in my hard drive, I began plotting on a super secret project.

That’s right.  It’s top secret.  This one requires Level Infinity Security Clearance.  And the Universe doesn’t hand that out lightly.

But in all honesty, I don’t want to talk too much about this one because if I can’t make it work, I’ll be utterly devastated.

In other news, I FINISHED LODESTAR!  I wrote almost 2800 words last Thursday to finish the book. I was giddy when I typed “The End.”  Beyond giddy.

Yay!

It’s currently sitting on my computer, simmering away.  I’ve already started a revision checklist for my first round of edits.  I’ll go through those, fix typos and such, then it’s off to my very first beta reader.  Who is, in fact, my brother.  I asked him to read it because he’s a guy.  And he likes books.  And he can tell me from a reader’s perspective if the book is working.  He can also tell me if my main character (who is male) sounds male enough.

Of course, this also means I’ll need some writerly-peeps as beta readers.

How did y’all find your betas?  And, how are your WiPs going?