It's reflection and introspection season, and since we had a very quiet Christmas and Solstice, I've been doing a lot of that. Looking back over the year, deciding what went right and what went not so right, what habits to keep and what to discard, what I need to start fresh and what I… Continue reading 2015 Review and 2016 Goals
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
I'll be writing so much more! she said. Having a job will give me focus again! she said. I'll have that 20k written within the week! she said. Somebody has been overestimating herself again. But hey - I may not have written much this weekend, but I finally got to go and participate in our… Continue reading Trudging Along
It's NaNoWriMo season! In years past, this month would have found me stocked up on candy corn and bursting with plot. Alas, PCOS means I really shouldn't be eating pure sugar and the events of the last two months have conspired to drag out the draft zero process of this WIP. Instead of candy corn… Continue reading November, November
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
I just spent the last two weeks completely useless and out of it. It started with a flu, only to quickly devolve into walking pneumonia. It's hard to be productive with a fever, so I acquiesced to the sofa and too much Netflix. A brief round of antibiotics was enough to clear it up. All… Continue reading Pneumonia
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!!!
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
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
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!