Update Tuesday 11/6-11/12 — November 15, 2011

Update Tuesday 11/6-11/12

Wow, is it Tuesday again already? Where does time go?

So, this past week was not so great for me, writing-wise. Why? I always struggle to get back to everything that I like to do, all the routines, when something new comes along that impacts my scheduling.

What impacted my scheduling? My job. I started last week and while I didn’t work a full week I still struggled to get to my writing/revising projects.  I did manage to get a little bit in though on Saturday night, finally.

I’ve started revising Mirror, Mirror and it’s going okay so far.  As I wrote the first draft there were definitely things that came up that I knew would need to be addressed in revisions.  At one point I entirely redesigned the geography of a city my MC starts out in and returns to several times throughout the book and the trilogy. But only after I’d written the opening scene where she sneaks a prisoner of the crown out of the city.

I made note on the inside of the cover of each notebook when there was something that came up to be addressed in revisions. These included noting where I needed to revamp to match the new city layout, ideas that came up that need to be foreshadowed throughout what came before that moment, etcetera.

I’m dealing with those right now on this first pass through the manuscript. Hopefully that will also help me beef up the word count since this one ended quite short of the mark of where it should be. I’m aiming to bump the count up to somewhere in the 70-75K range. We’ll see if people want it longer.

With what I started on Saturday night, and I didn’t get too far, I added 564 words to the story. It now is just shy (by about 160 words, give or take) of 56K. So I have a ways to go. But I’m okay with that. When this pass is done I’ll be going through and making a revision outline and then looking for beta readers.

How are your WiPs going?

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?

Update Tuesday 10/2-10/8 — October 11, 2011

Update Tuesday 10/2-10/8

Another week gone by.  Another week closer to my goal.  And, yes, friends, I’m much closer to my goal.

I wrote two and a half chapters or so last week.  My characters have finally caught a break and the distractions/diversions from their goal have vanished.  Writing those chapters (I’d left off in mid-chapter the week before) left me with two chapters and an epilogue to write.

Which means that perhaps even as you’re reading this I’m writing the last period on this manuscript.  (I always put the epilogue after “The End” so it doesn’t really work to use those two words as the final touch on the draft.)

I’m still debating which project to go with for NaNo.  (Also, I really must sign up on the official website for that one.)  I’ll keep you updated on that once I finish the draft of Mirror, Mirror.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 9/18-9/24 — September 27, 2011

Update Tuesday 9/18-9/24

I can’t remember exactly where I left off at the end of the previous week.  I do know that I fell into this trap where every time I sat down to write, I ended up spending my writing time working out some niggling little detail of world-building that I didn’t think about when I did that initial push in that department.

This was both good and bad.  Good in the sense that going forward I have a clearer idea of some things, but bad in that it means some revision in what’s already been written.  But then good because that’ll actually beef up my word count some and really (I hope) make my world seem more vivid.

I’m pretty sure I wrote a couple of chapters last week.  How’s that for being accountable?  I need to keep better track of my work each week if I’m going to continue doing these update posts.  And I will track it more diligently.  After typing this I’ve gone and written out a sticky note for myself marking where I’m starting the next week at.

I figure I need to fill this spiral notebook and one other to have an appropriate word count; but then I remind myself that the point of writing longhand is so that I’m focused on story and not word count.  I can always find places to add in words.  (I am generally pretty spare in my descriptions and I know readers would like to see more scenery so my characters aren’t just talking heads.)

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 9/11-9/17 — September 21, 2011

WiP Wednesday 9/11-9/17

So, yeah.

I probably only wrote like 1400 words in all of last week.  If I don’t step up my game I’m not going to finish this book before the end of the month.

Although, I did do something really important that will help me finish.  (Not necessarily finish by the end of the day September 30th.)  I realized I needed a little bit more going on in the book to flesh out a proper word count.  So I let that thought simmer and when I wasn’t looking the perfect idea struck me.  It’s not anything I have to weave into what’s already been written, just a couple more stumbling blocks to throw at my characters before we reach the end of book 1.

One night instead of writing I ended up re-outlining the rest of book 1 so that I have a framework to build from.  Which was important.  Unfortunately, I kept getting sidetracked and didn’t yet make it to sitting down and writing by the time the week was over.

How are your WiPs going?

My Life Revolves Around Him… — September 16, 2011

My Life Revolves Around Him…

and I might die if he doesn’t reciprocate or if he does but then he leaves me.

Sounding familiar?

I’ve done my share of deriding this situation in YA books.  That I wouldn’t want my daughters to emulate that as a role model.

Re-reading my journals looking for whatever thoughts I put to paper following 9/11 made me absolutely cringe.

Every single entry is a laundry list of the random things that went on in relation to boys.  Me reading too much into situations, me trying to contrive ways of being noticed by the latest crush, etcetera.

And I realized something.

I was that YA heroine whose life revolved around a boy.

And that scared me.  There are times my journal entries haven’t changed that much since those days.  Recent times.

But then there are the gems of journal entries where I’m actually looking outside myself.

I don’t know where those are but surely they must exist, right?  I can’t still be stuck as a teenager in an adult’s body?

Maybe in some ways I do still have that sixteen year old inside me.  But I know I’ve changed and grown.  For one thing I no longer diagram movements of the boys I’m crushing on.  (Seriously, I diagrammed.  No lie.)  For another, my journal entries aren’t nearly as epic as they used to be.  (I’ve had journal entries that went on for pages and pages.)

Re-reading my journals shows that in some ways I have changed and grown yet in some I haven’t really.  I do still use my journal to (over)analyze (to death) when I’m worried/wondering if a boy likes me.  But then I also really use my journal to let out all my frustrations and worries and such.  Reading through some of them is like reading a roadmap to major decisions.

So, deride the trope as I may have in the past, I guess I need to be a bit more understanding.  Because I’m more Bella Swan than I realized, care to admit, or am comfortable with.

What about you?

WiP Wednesday 9/4-9/10 — September 14, 2011

WiP Wednesday 9/4-9/10

Wow.

Okay, first off, the WiP posts are changing.  These posts will now cover the calendar week previous to this rather than Wednesday-Tuesday following the last update.  That way, I can write (hopefully) all the week’s blog posts in one session and then move on.  This is aimed at streamlining the time I spend social networking and freeing time for writing and real life duties, such as gouging my eyes out, er, job hunting.

On to the updates.

Mirror, Mirror


So, yeah. I finished typing out everything that I had written.  That topped out at 31,230 words.  I won’t transcribe more until I’ve filled this second notebook.

I do still hope (*fingers crossed*) to finish this book by the end of day September 30.  Hope.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 9/7 — September 7, 2011

WiP Wednesday 9/7

Well, it’s that time again.  This time I only have one project to update you on.

Mirror, Mirror (YA traditional fantasy)

I’ve made some progress.  Thanks to a temp job and a sudden move across state lines, August was a rather unproductive month for me.  I’m settling back into a semblance of normal and have been getting some writing done.  Usually this happens at night right before bed.  Which I’m fine with.

I filled the first notebook (I’m writing this one longhand) and moved into the second.  When that happened I also started to type out what’s already been written.  I’m probably sitting around 29K-30K words right now so I am probably going to end up adding a lot in when I go through and revise.  There is room for it as I tend to be pretty spare in my setting and action descriptions on the first draft.  Especially in dialogue passages.  The first revision usually largely addresses the floating head syndrome.

In all, I plan to be done with this book’s first draft by the end of the month.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 8/3 — August 3, 2011

WiP Wednesday 8/3

First off, I’m thinking of taking a new picture to use for the WiP Wednesday posts. What think ye, friends?

Secondly, you might not be getting a photo of me any time soon.  I’ve likely torn all my hair out over query package items.

On to the updates!

YA fantasy WiP:

I finally got the redesign of the capital city and the palace grounds and interior done so that meant I could actually go back to writing.  Which is going slow, but I think that this chapter is really coming alive thanks to the time I took in redesigning everything.  Plugging away at chapter 7 (there are currently 15 planned chapters) and trying to balance everything in my world right now.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/20 — July 20, 2011

WiP Wednesday 7/20

Lodestar (Adult fantasy WiP):

Revisions have begun in earnest.  I’m hoping to get this polished and querying within the next couple of weeks.  Fingers crossed.

This round is going pretty smoothly so far.  But inconsistencies breed like dust bunnies.  Going through the manuscript and highlighting (in a different color for each) the spots where my inconsistencies are showing up and/or where I need to address that element of the story has been very illuminating.  (Pun not intended.)

I started off with one color.  There was an inconsistency in whether these characters have a way of communicating over any sort of distance.  Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn’t.

That grew into 13 different colors for various issues.  Some issues with the science behind the fantasy (using science in a very loose meaning), some random issues that only crop up in one or two spots, and then my crutch mannerisms.  (Eye/eyes/eyed/eyelid, variations on smile/smiled, shrugging, and shaking of heads.)

Yeah.  It’s gonna take some time going through this and getting nitpicky.  Oh well.

YA fantasy WiP:

I’m still stuck in chapter 5.  This chapter will not end, I tell you.  Soon.  But not soon enough.  This will be my biggest nightmare chapter when it comes time to revise.

The writing itself is going a little slow.  I feel like there’s something off with the book and so I think that’s stalling me a little.  I keep getting the urge to write a new chapter 1.  But the new chapter I’m seeing in my head will drastically effect the rest of what’s already written and that’s putting me off making the change.  I mean, I’ve written no few words on this book already and the thought of having to start over now makes me freeze.

I know, easier to restart now than after I’ve written 80K words.

Oh, and also?  I decided on a title.  It’s a working title for now, but it works.  *drumroll*

Mirror, Mirror


We’ll see how long it stays but I needed the file to be named something more than “Draft 1” for locating purposes.

How are your WiPs going?