#ROW80 Check-in 4/16/14

Well, here we are again. I’ve been making some awesome progress on Reaper Girl. Last night, I hit the climax and then…my wrist went all twinge-y. (And I know what happens when I ignore it..so…I was done for the night). So today, pending any more twinging, I should be able to get close to the end. There’s only one teeny tiny little problem: I’m not sure how to end it. Well, let me rephrase. I have an idea of how to do it; I’m just wibbling over the execution of it. I don’t want a deux ex machine ending or an ending that sucks. The ending I want to write involves getting from point A to point B in some unknown way. That’s the real problem.

Now, technically, I could start revising anyway. The deadline is in 2 weeks. I have a ton of ideas on how to make it better and maybe, just maybe, something might jump out at me as I’m revising. (I did this with both Fey Touched and Grave Touched. It seems to work well for me). Soooo if I can’t come up with something pretty soon, I might just hold off till the revision is done.

So that’s what’s going on in my world.


Words written so far: 15,307 words total/2,951 words since the last check-in
Words remaining: We’ve gone waaaaay over the limit, here.
What’s happening: His Highness, the King of the Underworld, is proclaiming his decision on [redacted] things.
What’s next: An epic, thrilling conclusion I have yet to dream up.
Eye report: Twinge-y
Feeling: A bit tired.
Chocolate consumption: 1 Weight Watchers snack. I’m also eyeballing a ice cream bar for later. We’ll see.

#ROW80 Check-in 4/13/14

Just rolling along on Reaper Girl. It is almost done, actually. I wanted to finish it yesterday, but I’d written 1,491 words at one point and didn’t want to aggravate my wrist. So, pending any disasters, I should be able to finish it within the next few days. I also have a plan for the revision, so yay.

So I should be starting the revision soon. After that, it’s either Soulfire or back to Grave Touched. Haven’t decided yet.


Words written so far: 12,356 total/3,838 words since last check-in
Words remaining (Reaper Girl only): +2,356 words
What’s happening: Leliel, the MC, has to fight Hellhounds to reach the King’s Place.
What’s next: Leliel will request an audience with the King.
Eye report: Twinge-y, but not bad.
Feeling: Slightly sleepy
Chocolate consumption: Where to start? Chocolate donut yesterday. Ice cream bar last night. Devil’s Food cookies. Weight Watchers snack.

#ROW80 Check-in 4/9/14

First check-in, whoohoooo! Things are going pretty well with Reaper Girl. Although I am a bit stumped as to what’s coming next. I’m a pantser, and when I had the idea for the part I’m currently writing, I was like, “That’s cool. Lots of character torture.” But, alas, no specifics as to what the torture was. But I trust my muse to let me know soon.

Total so far this round is 2,480 words. Oh, hell, let’s do some stats, shall we?


Words written on Reaper Girl: 9,098 total / 2,480 words since beginning of Round 2
Words remaining (Reaper Girl only): 902 words
What’s happening: The MC, Leliel, is undergoing a trial (torture) to get an audience with the King of the Underworld
What’s next: Something something something and then something.
Eye report: A-okay.
Feeling: A bit tired. But I’ll live.
Chocolate consumption: 2 snacks, both Weight Watchers friendly

Annnnnd I think that’s it for today.

#ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Here we are again with A Round of Words in 80 Days. Since it worked so well for me the last time, it wasn’t a question of whether or not I’d join this round, but what my goals would be.

I have a longish short story, Reaper Girl, due to my editor on May 1st. It’s for an anthology. So this month has been about getting the rough draft written. I’m 6k in, going for around 10k. So this goal is twofold:

~Finish the first draft of Reaper Girl
~Edit/revise/polish/submit to editor

After that it done and turned in, I want to dive back into the Grave Touched Rewrite. Again, like last time, I will count all words written and/or “processed” (edited, tweaked, or any combination thereof) for simplicity. That goal will be 35,000 words, which should put me at or around 75k.

I also would like to rewrite the opening scene of my dark fantasy novel, Soulfire, and maybe get a few thousand words written on that, too. But I’m going to hold off on making that official right now. Don’t want to overwhelm myself.

As some of you know, I have been battling illness and health problems* this entire year so far. I *seem* to be getting better, and I want to be more productive. However, I have to be kind to myself — while being insanely productive is awesome, it can be insane. And I tend to set such high expectations for myself, then beat myself up when I don’t meet them, and…that’s not the way to do things. So. I’m going to keep in mind that if I don’t feel up to producing, that’s okay. Just keep moving. I’ll get there.

So let’s do this!

*A bad fall in January. Back injury in February. Bronchitis. Cold. Ongoing eye pain/migraines. Fibromyalgia…

Year of No Fear – 2014 Manifesto – March Progress Report

This has been a very slow month for me because my back is still a problem, so most of what I wanted to do had to be put off. :( Makes me sad, but the year is still young and I need to take care of myself.

So here’s the rundown of what I’ve accomplished:

~Poetry: I’ve looked over some poem drafts. Still waiting for something to gel. Got everything set up on my HDX so if something hits me on the go, I can jump on it.
~Self-portraits: I’ve started, as an experiment, taking selfies on my new Kindle Fire HDX. Totally not serious, completely goofy, just to get used to doing it again. I’m going to try to take a pic a day for 30 days, and see how that goes. It’s something.
~Photography: Got plans. Need to execute them as soon as my back is better (HDR photos and park photos are planned, so far).
~Ice skating: On hold till back is better. But hey, I got new ice skates from the hubby for my birthday! Can’t wait to try them out!
~Revision: It’s coming along pretty darned well. Just hit 40k in draft, and I’m excited about it again. This month however is devoted to my TDP anthology story “Reaper Girl” which is due May 1st.
~Erotica: Ideas are happening. No real time to tinker, unfortunately.
~Diet: Lost 7 pounds! Trying really hard to watch what I eat and how much.
~Optimism: Been sorta tough with health things happening, but I am trying.

And that’s basically it. Still progressing which is good, right?

#ROW80 Check-in the Twenty-Third – with a bonus snippet!

Yeppers, I did it!  I made my second goal.  Kind of funny…I finished last night’s writing less than 200 words away from 40k. (!!!)  I was running short on time, and I (really!) didn’t have any more time.  So I promised myself I’d write at least 200 words today before posting this (usually I post first and write after).  So, I ended up writing 337 words.  And I hit 40k.

And the groundwork has now been laid.  Now the crap really hits the fan.  It’s gonna be awesome. 

ROW80 has been awesome experience.  I’ve met some wonderful people and I was able to keep focused and accountable, which is one of the best motivators for me.  Who’s in for Round 2?


Running total: 40,155 words
Words remaining: +5,155 words
Feeling: Triumphant and accomplished
Body count: Still 1 person possessed.
Eye report: Slightly twinge-y
Back report: A pain.  Looking into it tomorrow

And, a bonus!  A snippet of today’s work.  Please note that it’s unedited and rough.  But it’ll give you an idea of what I’m doing.  Ignore the wacky formatting — not sure how to fix that.

“Open your eyes,” Soren said. “Talk to me face to face. I want to know why you did it.”

A blast of light killed the darkness. I could see again!

My vision blurred in and out. Adjusting. Excitement filled me.

“Soren.” My lips moved. It was my voice. But it wasn’t me. “Soren, calm yourself. I cannot have you getting distressed.”

Soren was translucent, phasing in and out of corporeality. Oh, Soren. Didn’t he say something about being weakened when the Queen….?

Oh, [crap].

It was her. She was speaking through me!

But could I talk to Soren?

“Soren,” I said, and my voice echoed around me. I couldn’t talk too loud, or Ixania would know I was here. “Soren, it’s me. I’m still here.”

Soren didn’t react to this at all. He just seat there, wearing this horrible, devastated look that broke my heart into tiny little shards.

He couldn’t hear me. I was…mute.

“I am going to be distressed, Ixania. This is not what we agreed upon.”

“You had an agreement?” I asked, then shut up. He couldn’t hear me. Duh.

“Who is there?” Soren asked, looking around him. Had he heard me?

“No one is here but you and I,” Ixania said with my mouth and vocal chords.

“I thought I heard something.”

Ixania scoffed. “Nothing is here, dearest. Now, I know we had an agreement, but I had to…what is the word…improvise. Solstice did their job, preparing Miss Emily to be my Vessel. So it had to be done.”

“And it could not be anyone else?” Soren asked.

“Good question, Soren,” I murmured. I tried to move my hands, my feet, my head. It was like being paralyzed from the neck down — I had no sensations at all. I could hear and see, but that was about it.

I was a prisoner in my own body.

That scared me down to my bones.

How would I get out of this? Could I get out of this? Or was I stuck…forever?




#ROW80 Check-in the Twenty-Second

The past few days have been very difficult as both my eye and my back have been excruciatingly painful.  Haven’t been sleeping well.  I’ve been living on loopy pills and motrin.  So I haven’t been able to do a lot of writing.  I’m hoping I feel better soon so I can get back to it. 

On Thursday I’m seeing my primary doc for my physical and to see what’s going on with my back.  I’m starting to get really worried, as the pain hasn’t changed and it’s been almost 4 weeks.  Even factoring in the fibro, it should be feeling at least a bit better by now.  I’m hoping it’s nothing serious.  I don’t need any more problems.

I am most definitely joining Round 2 of ROW80.  I like that it keeps me accountable and producing.


Running total: 37,578 words (so close to 40k!)
Words remaining:  +2,578 words
Body count: No possessions at the moment, but we’ll see…
Feeling: Not great, but not too bad at the moment
Eye report: Horrendous pain till I took my loopy pill
Back report: Severe pain…:(

#ROW80 Check-in the Twenty-first

It’s been slow the past few days. I haven’t had much time to sit down and write (so unlike me, I know!). So my goal is to make that happen ASAP.

I did write a new scene for Grave Touched. In the story, a Big Something occurred later than it should have. So I made it the first turning point, the event that puts everything into motion. I hope it is better. It feels better, methinks.


Running total: 36,211 words <—4k to go for second (unofficial) goal!
Words remaining: +1,211 words
Body count: Emily's mind has been "overwritten"…or has it?
Feeling: Okay.
Eye report: Twinge-y.
Back report: Hurting like hell. Can't wait to see my doc next Thursday.

#ROW80 Check-in the Twentieth – busy busy busy

I can’t believe I have no new words to report! Well, exactly I have new words, just not on Grave Touched. I worked on a short story for the Turtleduck Press Freebie Rotation. Short stories used to be almost impossible for me to write. I’m such a longwinded writer! So for a very, very long time, I avoided it at all costs. So I wrote poetry for the TDP Freebies and all was well.

Then I was required to write a short story for one of our TDP Anthologies. Yikes! Luckily, I’d come up with an idea and was able to write pretty much to the correct wordcount (the story in question is Stasis, in our Seasons Eternal Anthology, BTW. It’s about a world with seasons that don’t ever change). And I realized, hey, maybe it’s not impossible!

Then I took Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction class. What a challenge. Writing flash felt like writing haiku! But I worked on it and was able to write 7 flash stories. Seven! And I ended up self-pubbing In Flames, my own flash anthology, last August (and it’s freeeeeeee).

So, over the past two days, I’ve written a grand total of 2,600 words. I had a bit of trouble with the ending, the how of it, but I believe I’ve worked it out. It just needs to be edited and/or tweaked, but it’s done. I’m pretty happy with it.

So how come I’m not writing poetry? Well…my poetry muse has kinda been in hiding. I get flashes of stuff occasionally, but haven’t found anything strong enough to sit down and develop. According to my Year of No Fear Manifesto, I’m supposed to be writing poetry. But the year is still young and I’m sure something will come to me. (I did look over some drafts of poems I wrote for the various TDP freebies, some of which I’d abandoned, so looking at them again may spark some ideas).

I’ve also been really, really busy this weekend. Some of my weekends are, unfortunately. I spent most of yesterday reformatting both my poetry chapbooks because I realized I’d forgotten to include a copyright page! Granted, I was just starting out then, so it’s an easy mistake to make. So I have proofs coming soon. And our internet was a bit touchy so every time I made some progress, it’d hang up somewhere. And then came the backups. I have a backup program that does it automatically, but I am severely paranoid (or is it OCD?) about having multiple backups everywhere: on CD, on a thumb drive (this stays in my purse at all times), backup drive, Dropbox, email…yeah, kinda wacky but let me tell you, I’ve had computers die suddenly on me with 10+ years of writing on them, and I haven’t *knock on cyberwood* lost a SINGLE thing yet. So it’s working!

Today alone has been nuts, too. Went to watch the hubby bowl, took a nap (because I was up at 8am on a weekend day! Yikes!), came home, did some housework, cleaned the fish tank, and now I’m here typing this up. I’m not even sure if I’ll get to writing today. I hope so!

Not doing stats as they are identical to the last check-in.

Getting down to the wire now!

#ROW80 Check-in the Nineteenth – made my goal, yay!

I am happy and proud to say that today I’ve made my goal of 35k!  I wasn’t sure I was going to make it at times, to be honest, but I did!

Story-wise, things are getting positively bizarre for my poor characters.  Not only do they have some freaky weather (which is oddly paralleling our weather here in Michigan — no, that wasn’t planned) to contend with, but several of them think they are losing their minds.  The doctor has unearthed an anomaly in one of the MC’s brain waves, but the MC is convinced it is more…supernatural.  Yeah, look out.  It’s gonna be a bumpy ride for sure.

I’m going to continue on and see if I can hit 40k.  If I don’t, that’s okay, but I could use the incentive.

I’m really, really happy I gave ROW80 a try.  It is wonderful for keeping me moving and accountable.  Sometimes the prospect of not hitting 35k is what kept me writing.  Because I *hate* to lose a challenge.  Wrist is a bit twinge-y, so I may take a day or two off to rest it.


Running total: 35,336 words (!!!)
Words remaining: +336 words
Body count: Two characters have been possessed.  Both are okay — for now. ;)
Feeling: Victorious!  Proud! Awesome!
Eye report: Twinge-y
Back report: Slightly better but still a pain (ha!).


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