Draft Zero, Life, OIBM, Writing

#Thankful

I had every intention to get in on the one-a-day thankful meme, but then it was mid-November and, well. But I firmly believe it's never too late to be thankful, so I've compiled my list for Thanksgiving itself. 26 things because this year, Thanksgiving fell on the 26th. 26 Things I'm Thankful For: (or: A… Continue reading #Thankful

Draft Zero, OIBM, Writing

Just Keep Swimming

The benefit of consistently writing for so many years is that you really get to know your process. Which means knowing what works for you, but also knowing where you struggle. I've come to accept over the years that 1/3rd of the way through a first draft is always where I start losing momentum. The… Continue reading Just Keep Swimming

Chronicles of Ghadid Trilogy, Pre-pub, The Impossible Contract (Book 2), Writing

Exciting News!!!

I've been sitting on this news for a few weeks because I wanted to make absolutely certain it was Official(TM), but but BUT: I HAVE AN AGENT! Rainbows! Rainbows for everyone! I am proud to be represented by Kurestin Armada of PS Literary Agency. I still can't quite believe those words. Honestly, any time the… Continue reading Exciting News!!!

Chronicles of Ghadid Trilogy, The Impossible Contract (Book 2), Writing, Writing Tips

On Wordcounts and Madness

You know those little aha! moments when a problem you've been struggling with suddenly becomes clear? And then you can't understand why it was such a problem originally? I received a passing comment on my writing while I was querying TIC that at first frustrated me. I'd mentioned my word count to another writing friend… Continue reading On Wordcounts and Madness

Chronicles of Ghadid Trilogy, The Impossible Contract (Book 2), Work In Progress, Writing

WIP Check-In: The Final Draft and Final Countdown, Day 1

I have a week left until my wholly self-imposed deadline of April 1st to finish this final draft of my WIP. I'm a month late already and April Fool's Day just seems to be an appropriate time to send this beast to my beta readers. There is an awful lot of restructuring and rewriting to… Continue reading WIP Check-In: The Final Draft and Final Countdown, Day 1

Chronicles of Ghadid Trilogy, The Impossible Contract (Book 2), Work In Progress, Writing

First Draft = Done!

I wrote the last word of the first draft this morning. It felt... oddly anticlimactic. But it's done. Every scene is in there, from the very beginning to the very end. Unlike draft zero, which was basically a 130 page outline. This is cleaner, more polished. Almost - but not quite - there. I have… Continue reading First Draft = Done!