RSW Progress Report 7/27/15

Annnd here we are again with a Ready, Set, Write! progress report!

How did I do?

How I did on last week’s goals

~500 words minimum on Fireborn/rework current scene – Partially DONE. 1,376 new words written, but did not rework scene. Have determined that I need to rework most of the second half, so that’s a thing.
~500 words minimum on Covenant – DONE. Wrote 2,044 new words.
~Finish book #2 for review – DONE, and will be posting review tomorrow.
~Start Survivor Rewrite…again. Not DONE. I have been working (and reworking) the outline and trying to figure out what the best first scene would be. Have not reached any conclusions, but it is simmering.

This week’s goals:

~Begin reworking Fireborn’s second half/1,000 words min
~1,000 words min on Covenant
~Make ruling on Survivor’s first scene
~Finish Camp Nano (10k, both projects combined)

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: From Covenant, a bit more than one line…oops!

The door squeaked open. A servant with an irritated look glared at him. Reproach. Of course, he wasn’t worthy to even be in this section of the [compound]. Okay, fine. “Um…I’m looking for Annah?” Damn it, he sounded like a moron. She’d never let him see her. He had to project the idea that he belonged here. He cleared his throat as the servant arched a questioning eyebrow. “I was sent here by…” Who? “a Watcher. To check on her progress.”

The servant frowned. “But by checking on her, you will essentially destroy her trance and cause her to lose focus. Why would a Watcher want that?”

Busted. He put his hands up, swore when they shook. Decided to go for honesty. “Look, I can’t sleep because I’m worried about Annah. She’s my best friend, and if I can just see her, say hi, I’ll feel better. And I know she will, too.”

The servant gave him an assessing gaze. “You’re not going to give up if I say no, are you?”

“No.” Osri smiled.

“Very well, then. Make it brief,” the servant said, stepping aside so he could enter and then shutting the door. The room was lit by candlelight only, golden and shimmering. It was not what he’d expected. “Annah is this way.” The servant led him past fancy couches and end tables to a small alcove set into a window.

A huddled form sat inside, her head down and her face covered.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc): Still adjusting to the new medication and it has been tough to stay focused. Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon staring at my screen just unable to make myself do anything because I was so tired. I took a nap, and I perked up a bit afterwards. And being stuck on all three WIPs was a bit rough, too. Starting to work my way through that now.

Something I love about my WIP: With Covenant…there are so many layers that are revealing themselves to me as I go. I was stuck on something, and was mindlessly surfing online and bam! something came to me and another layer appeared. It’s like magic, I swear. And I’m just shy of 10k in the draft so there’s so much more room for more!

#ROW80 Check-in 7/26/15

The past few days have been a bit rough. I’ve been extremely tired from the new medication and I have experienced some breakthrough pain. Even so, I am still happy with how it’s working because it is taking the pain away most of the time. I’m hoping to adjust to the sleepiness at some point (she says hopefully…).

That said, my progress has been a bit up-and-down.

Survivor – Today I continued to work on the outline. I rearranged a few things and considered some ways to torture my characters. ;) It is growing in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I think this will be a tremendous improvement over the first draft. I am still thinking about a potential sequel to include the last quarter of the original first draft and then write the actual sequel I planned years ago as the third book in a trilogy. Still noodling, though.

Fireborn – 1,376 new words, broke 21k in draft. However, I may need to rework the last few scenes. I’m getting the feeling that I may not be on the right track. Typically, I write drafts straight through with the exception of this type of situation. It is giving me the heebie jeebies.

Covenant – 916 new words written, up to 9k in draft. I have an interesting situation going on there and I’m eager to continue working on it.

Camp Nano – up to almost 9k, goal is 10k. :)

Etsy shop – just began the process to set up a shop. I couldn’t have any of the names I thought up, so I went with one that’s kind of unoriginal but supposedly you can change it later. So. Getting there.

Camera repair – Hoping to go next Saturday and get it done so I can run my first test roll! Also hoping to do more digital infrared pics.

Chocolate consumption report: A bit more than last week. Yesterday was my mother-in-law’s birthday party and my hubby bought a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge-like frosting. And we bought M&M ice cream and oreo ice cream so uh, chocolate overload! In just one day! For the rest, minimal as per my one-per-day plan.

That’s it from me. How’d you do?

#ROW80 Check-in 7/26/15

The past few days have been a bit rough. I’ve been extremely tired from the new medication and I have experienced some breakthrough pain. Even so, I am still happy with how it’s working because it is taking the pain away most of the time. I’m hoping to adjust to the sleepiness at some point (she says hopefully…).

That said, my progress has been a bit up-and-down.

Survivor – Today I continued to work on the outline. I rearranged a few things and considered some ways to torture my characters. ;) It is growing in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I think this will be a tremendous improvement over the first draft. I am still thinking about a potential sequel to include the last quarter of the original first draft and then write the actual sequel I planned years ago as the third book in a trilogy. Still noodling, though.

Fireborn – 1,376 new words, broke 21k in draft. However, I may need to rework the last few scenes. I’m getting the feeling that I may not be on the right track. Typically, I write drafts straight through with the exception of this type of situation. It is giving me the heebie jeebies.

Covenant – 916 new words written, up to 9k in draft. I have an interesting situation going on there and I’m eager to continue working on it.

Camp Nano – up to almost 9k, goal is 10k. :)

Etsy shop – just began the process to set up a shop. I couldn’t have any of the names I thought up, so I went with one that’s kind of unoriginal but supposedly you can change it later. So. Getting there.

Camera repair – Hoping to go next Saturday and get it done so I can run my first test roll! Also hoping to do more digital infrared pics.

Chocolate consumption report: A bit more than last week. Yesterday was my mother-in-law’s birthday party and my hubby bought a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge-like frosting. And we bought M&M ice cream and oreo ice cream so uh, chocolate overload! In just one day! For the rest, minimal as per my one-per-day plan.

That’s it from me. How’d you do?

#ROW80 Check-in 7/22/15

Things have been a bit rough for me the past few days in terms of getting writing done. But I think I’m back on track, and that’s what counts!

The BIG HUGE HAPPY NEWS is that I finally have an answer as to why my eye has been hurting me for almost 3 years. It is a facial nerve condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia, and it can affect the eyes (well, typically one, as most cases are on one side of the face only). My new neurologist put me on a new medication that’s great for TN. Had a bit of a rough start (nausea), but 5 days in, my pain has decreased dramatically. I still get a bit, but so far it hasn’t been that bad or that often. My dose may need to be adjusted, but we’ll see.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have an answer, and hope for my future. I blogged about it here if you want to read about it.

Okay, so ROW80!

Here’s how I’ve been doing:

Fireborn – Hit 20k today! 1,117 words written since last check-in.
Covenant – Broke 8k. 522 words written since last check-in.
Survivor – Worked on the re-outline this past Sunday and have been doing research.
Camp Nano – Still going strong! 8k!
Camera – Getting fixed within the next few weeks (as soon as things calm down!)

I’ve been more tired than usual – I suspect it’s the new medication — so I’ve been going to bed at the right time for the past three days (well, I was pushing it sometimes 10 or 15 minutes…but it makes a difference!) but I’ve still had issues staying awake while waiting for the bus. This is a bit worrisome, but I am hoping I can adjust and be more alert soon. Because of the fibromyalgia, I’m tired anyway so this is not good. But, 5 days in. We’ll see. ;)

We have 2 family birthdays + a weeklong camping trip within the next month so I will be busy!

Chocolate consumption report: Hardly anything! I got hooked on “fried bread” (basically donut holes) while camping last weekend. Because of the weather, there were no s’mores, alas. All I’ve eaten lately is my WW Sundaes and WW chocolate-caramel thingies. Guess that’s good on the weight losing side, huh? (But damn, I miss it!)

RSW Progress Report 7/20/15

It’s that time again! Ready, Set, Write! Progress incoming.

How’d I do?

How I did on last week’s goals

The road in front of our campsite. Raw image, no post-processing has been done.
The road in front of our campsite. Raw image, no post-processing has been done.

~1,500 words minimum on Fireborn (Camp Nano) NOPE. 444 words.
~1,500 words minimum on Covenant (Camp Nano) NOPE. 0 words.
~Work on Survivor outline (midpoint, doorway of no return, and clue/discovery/setback)DONE! And got most of the rough outline done.
~Start book #3 for review NOPE. Still working on book #2…very close to being done.
~Photography stuff: take pics at camp (this weekend), play with new camera if it arrives this week DONE and DONE! Took several lovely infrared pictures. They need post-processing, but they look the way they are supposed to look. (Funny thing. Apparently this model does not have the option to shoot in B&W like my other one. Oops. So part of post-processing will be converting to B&W.)

Our campsite. Raw picture, not post-processed yet.
Our campsite. Raw picture, not post-processed yet.

This week’s goals

~500 words minimum on Fireborn/rework current scene
~500 words minimum on Covenant
~Finish book #2 for review
~Start Survivor Rewrite…again.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised Not. Enough. Time. (Okay, three words!) I had some issues finding the time — sounds crazy, but it’s true. Hubby and I went camping this past weekend, so a lot of my time went into packing and prep and seeing the in-laws. I had bad eye pain on Tuesday that made me want to stab my eyeballs so that wasn’t helping matters. While camping I thought about writing, but because I got sick from the heat (yes, that is possible), all I did was lay in the camper in a haze. Seriously. I did nothing. Oh, I did nap a few times.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc): See above. It just wasn’t happening for me last week.

Something I love about my WIP: Talking more about Survivor (sorry!), I love the dynamic between the different characters. I have several POV characters and their lives intersect in interesting ways. In my new outline, I was able to bring that more to the surface and increase tension and conflict. Yet the original bones are still very much there. I *may* need to split the book into two (or three — I have a sort of sequel planned) and that part is about 50k so far. Might work better, but we will see.

How did you do?

 

RSW Progress Report 7/13/15

It’s Ready, Set, WRITE time!

How did I do?

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

~1,000 words minimum on Fireborn (Camp Nano) DONE – 2,830 words
~1,000 words minimum on Covenant (Camp Nano) DONE – 1,903 words
~Work on Survivor this Sunday DONE. Determined that I need to re-outline it, so I started that.
~Finish reading book #1 for review (so close to being done!) DONE!
~Start book #3 for review Nope. :(

My goal(s) for this week:

~!,500 words minimum on Fireborn (Camp Nano)
~1,500 words minimum on Covenant (Camp Nano)
~Work on Survivor outline (midpoint, doorway of no return, and clue/discovery/setback)
~Start book #3 for review
~Photography stuff: take pics at camp (this weekend), play with new camera if it arrives this week

Yep, I bought a new camera last night. It’s a Nikon DSLR converted to infrared only. Sounds odd, but infrared photography is SO BEAUTIFUL (b&w, I mean. With film). I’m gearing up to do b&w infrared as well, and I’d like to see how each method works. I studied this stuff in college and have my own darkroom. I haven’t been able to get back in there after some health issues (a looooong time) and I promised myself I’d do something with it this year. So, that’s a thing.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Survivor’s opening lines:

I took stock of my situation. I was high, drunk to the point of incoherence, and my going away party was starting to resemble a wake. I glanced at my swollen eyes and puffy face in the mirror. My makeup, artfully applied, ran in a rainbow of thin lines down my face. I looked almost comical, if I weren’t so damn depressed.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc):

Making the decision to scrap most of the first draft of Survivor and rewrite it from scratch. The quality of the writing bothers me, and I’m beginning to get ideas of new directions and twists. So that’s good. But, damn, it felt terrible. :( (I will be using select parts, though, the ones written in 2007 and 2009 — there are some GREAT things in there.)

Something I love about my WIP: I’ve talked about how much I love Survivor because of the twins thing and the psychological horror parts, but there’s the whole conspiracy thing going on with mind control. ;) Fabricated memories. Losing memories. Hypnosis. Brainwashing. Several characters have this little problem. If anyone’s familiar with Operation: Mindcrime by the band Queensryche, you’ll understand where that all came from. I wanted something more than just a story about twins. This intrigued me. I did research on mind control and brainwashing and read every book I could get my hands on. I think it’s really unique and horrifying, which is right up my alley. (I love all things dark and spooky and twisted).

How’d you do?

#ROW80 Check-in 7/12/15

Annnd here we are again!

I’ve been doing pretty well with the writing this week. I haven’t made any big numbers but I’m working steadily, and that’s a good thing. ;)

Here’s the rundown of my progress:

Survivor – Going to work on it today. I have an idea of how to work the first chapter. Hopefully, this will work and I can move on.
Fireborn – 1,788 new words, up to 19k now.
Covenant – 672 new words, up to 7k now.
Ever Touched – No change. Still noodling.
Camp Nano – Up to 4k.

I didn’t end up getting my camera fixed. I found a closer place. The guy I talked to says he may be able to repair it on site. That will save me some money.

I am also looking into doing both digital and b&w infrared photography. I experimented with it while in college and really loved it, but wasn’t able to replicate the same results (same film — just hard to use). So I’ve decided to start on it again. Should be fun. Looking at converted-to-infrared DSLRs (yep, they exist. I had no idea! They only “see” the infrared spectrum). So…that’s happening.

Chocolate consumption: Definitely less than usual. I have been taking care to not eat so much. Hopefully this will help.

I also started walking again. Hopefully I can make that stick, too!