#ROW80 Final Round 2 Check-in 6/24/15

Sniff, we’re at the end of the line now (well, tomorrow, but I consider today the end as it is my last check-in). It’s been amazingly productive and I will definitely continue on to Round 3.

Here are my amended goals from after Grave Touched’s release:

~Survivor Sundays – Did as many as I could when I wasn’t camping or on a deadline. Making slow, but steady progress.
~ Finish Fireborn OR add 5k (depends on the muse) – Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into it in time to put a dent in it. I think I wrote maybe 1,500 new words? Well, better than 0 new words!
~Freewrite on Ever Touched (need to get a handle on a few things) – Didn’t really freewrite, but started a project file in Hiveword for Ever Touched and have been outlining, figuring out characters, and names. So far, so good!
~Write Changeling: The Faerie Dance – Wrote and revised! Needs a final edit pass before I post it on 7/1.

I think the main thing was getting Grave Touched ready for release and then the release itself, plus promo and reviews and all that jazz. It really burned me out for awhile, so it took me some time to get the muse back into work mode, and then to start with said work after a hiatus…yeah, not so easy. But I am very happy with my progress.

Over all, I’ve written since 5/3 a grand total of 8,196 words across three projects: Survivor, Fireborn, and Covenant.

I’ve had two good Survivor Sundays.

I am heading into the climax of Fireborn (and I had a revelation yesterday about the ending!)

Covenant was a happy surprise, and it’s going well.

I want to start writing Ever Touched sometime this year. Maybe for Nano in November?

My chocolate consumption report: Today I had a small bowl of chocolate ice cream and a chocolate-caramel WW snack. My plan is to limit myself to one thing instead of a bunch. Hopefully I can stick to this.

Here’s to a great end to the round! How did you do this time?

RSW Progress Report

This is my first progress report for Ready, Set, Write!

I’ve been doing okay, been moving slowly but steadily. I’ve been having issues with fatigue, and today my eye pain required a loopy pill (probably because of the storm we had earlier. It’s such a weird thing). So I’ve been hanging in there.

Here is the rundown on how week 1 went:

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

Pretty decently. I got some writing done on Covenant and Fireborn (although I got a bit stuck and that stalled me for a bit), got more outlining done on Ever Touched (and now have named characters! And a better name for my winged beings!), and discovered an issue with Survivor chapter 1 that will requite me to redo the entire outline.

On non-writing stuffs, I’m down to two names for the Etsy shop. Still reading books for review. Began organizing my office.

  • My goal(s) for this week

~1,000 words or more on Covenant
~Figure out exactly how the next scene in Fireborn should go, and write the damn thing
~Begin redoing Survivor outline/work on Survivor this Sunday
~Outline more on Ever Touched
~Decide on a name for Etsy shop!
~Find 35mm manual camera
~Call camera shop to see if they repair 35mm cameras
~Finish proofing sample and send it back to author
~Put together list for an appointment

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Slow and steady

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc): The biggest challenge for me was realizing that after rewriting chapter 1 on Survivor, I’d completely ignored my outline and notes, and my memory is not as good as I thought. And also that 2007!Erin who first wrote the outline knew nothing about how to progress a story in each scene. So, I must rework the outline and the chapter, ugh.

  • Something I love about my WIP: Survivor is an interesting book because when I first started it, it was one thing, but through the writing, it became something totally different. It’s psychological horror with mental illness, an evil doctor, and twins. And the twins thing is kind of cool b/c I’m fascinated by them. And it dawned on me just recently (11 years after starting the book) that the twins mirror my younger sister and I somewhat. We aren’t twins, but we’re close in age and have been mistaken for twins many times.

It shall be a busy week methinks!

#ROW80 Check-in 6/21/15

Annnd here we are again with another check-in. I’ve been more productive, which is really good. :)

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

I’m still going slowly wordcount-wise so my muse doesn’t get spooked. I haven’t been able to work on both main WIPs every day, although I think I managed it once. So maybe it’ll end up being a back-and-forth thing, and that’s totally okay. I’m being gentle with myself because things have been rough on me as of late, and I don’t need to hear my Inner Slave Driver screaming at me about low wordcounts. Nope, my ears are plugged.

Here’s the run down:

Survivor – Worked on it today and last Sunday. I’m on page 10 of 831 (!!) but I realized that I messed up a few scenes. Oh, yes. It would have helped to take a glance at my outline and notes beforehand, but now I’ve got it straight. It is SO overwhelming, rewriting this book. But it will be better for it, and I still believe it is worth the work to make it saleable. I also need to distill some of these scenes into the core idea, because I can see how little some of them accomplish story-wise. I’ve learned how to identify that kind of stuff, whereas 11 years ago, I knew nothing. So, progress.

Ever Touched – More work in Hiveword (it is Hiveword, not Hivemind! I frantically searched for it last night — didn’t bookmark the site, duh — and discovered this. Oops? But now I’m straight.) Got some characters named and identified, got a few scenes added to the outline. It’s coming along.

Fireborn – No new words here. I got a bit stuck on where to go next. I know the what, just not the how. I thought about it and I think I have a direction now.

Covenant – 646 more words for a total of 4,810 in draft.

Changeling part 2 – I got feedback and have revised/edited it. One more pass for typos and such, and it’ll be done.

I think that’s it for today. Going to try to get more work done today if I can, in between Father’s Day stuff.

As for the chocolate consumption report, been craving it MADLY and have been eating ALL THE THINGS which is really bad for the waistline. I may need to cut back at some point. :(

How are you doing on your goals?

#ROW80 Check-in 6/17/15 – Quick update

Quickie update as I am dizzy and exhausted. :( This week’s been a killer for no apparent reason other than to be killer. But I persevere!


Fireborn – 785 new words, bringing my total to 15,303 words in draft
Covenant – 1,070 new words for a total of 4,162 words in draft
Survivor – unchanged, waiting till this Sunday
Ever Touched – unchanged but have been pondering stuff

I’m waiting on feedback for Changeling part 2, and once I get that, I’ll be editing/revising. Deadline 7/1.

That is basically it. Eye pain eased off a bit today so I feel a bit better, but work exhausts me. Oh hey, today’s my 14-year anniversary with the company I work for. Longevity FTW. ;)

Chocolate, oh man, the chocolate. And hubby and I discovered s’mores flavored Oreos (and I am an Oreo hound) so we’ve been eating those. I also had some Milky Way bites (okay, a bit more than some), and my usual WW chocolate goodness.

How’s the week going for you?

Ready. Set. WRITE Goals

So I’m joining this challenge a bit late, but I figured I’d jump in and get moving. I need a serious kick in the pants this summer, and between this and ROW80, I should be in good shape. I hope. ;)

So here are my goals:

~Finish Fireborn, my fantasy novella, episode #2 in my Reaper Girl Chronicles.
~Outline Ever Touched (Fey Touched book #3) in Hivemind. (I do not do much outlining at all, so this will be light. But I’d like something laid out to follow)
~10k or more on Covenant, my dark fantasy project (stealthily writing now)
~Continue to work on Survivor on Sundays (Survivor is a psychological horror novel I started waaaay back in 2004 and wrote it only on Sundays. Over the years, I got out of the habit — although I had finished the book — and wanted to try it again with the rewrite.)
Participate in Camp Nano July session/pick a project

Non-writing goals:

~Create a name for Etsy shop (still noodling)
~Find manual 35mm camera and see if it still works. If it does, shoot test roll.
~Read (2) books for review and post reviews by August 31 or sooner
~Organize office

I have been working through chronic excruciating eye pain (left eye only) for the past 2 years with no real relief or a diagnosis. Still working on a diagnosis, have some theories. Some days are better than others, and the meds help a bit. It’s been a real struggle, but writing helps keep me focused and sane. :D

Looking forward to having some fun and lots of writing!

#ROW80 Check-in 6/14/15

I’ve made some progress since my last check-in! Yay!

Things have been a bit dicey with my eye and now having dizzy spells. I think it may be my ears, so looks like a visit to the ENT doc is going to happen.

Here’s the rundown:

Fireborn – Nothing new since last check-in, but have been pondering the next scene.
Survivor – Finally restarted it today. 941 words, a rewrite of the current scene.
Ever Touched – Nada, but thought about it this weekend. Leaning toward the clone/psychic connection angle.
Covenant – Up to 3,091 words. Yesterday’s scene was a tough one.

I’ve found I can handle about 3 active novels before my brain turns to mush. I’m really good at keeping things separate — it’s the same reason why I can read 4 books at a time with no problem. Everything has its own place and nothing merges together. It’s great.

Whether I can keep this going remains to be seen. I haven’t done this in years…almost ten, if I’m figuring it right. Sure takes me back!

That’s really about it. I got hit with a freaky mermaid plot bunny and I had an equally freaky dream that might become a story. It’s just that freaky. And, of course, I need to get it out of my head and onto paper. I woke up and was glad it was only a dream. It was scarily dystopic and a bit out there. My kind of thing completely. Thank you, brain and muse. You’re conspiring against me again.

Chocolate consumption has been, as of late, through the roof. Most of it I’m ashamed to admit is stress eating. I gained a few pounds, so I should cut back but damn it, I NEED my chocolate!

#ROW80 Check-in 6/10/15

Getting down to the wire now! Holy crap!


Granted, I’m doing maybe 500 words a day at the most, and I’m keeping a low goal so I don’t scare off my muse. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

Fireborn – Restarted this one today. 267 words, just getting back into the swing. Draft up to 14,510 words.
Survivor – Sadly, was on hold while I camped and did other things. This Sunday I plan on jumping back in.
Ever Touched – Started a file on it in HiveMind. Planning on doing some loose outlining soon.**
Covenant – The new project. Again, few hundred words a day, no pressure. Draft is up to 2,234 words now.

Is that it? I think so.

**Something’s hanging me up on this. Without getting into too many details…I have two directions I could go with this. One is having the protagonist and a clone, and have them be connected and be sort of…psychically sensing each other? Then later the clone will have to cope with the fact that she’s a clone and why she exists. Or, I could just have the protagonist experiencing everything without a clone or psychic connection. Thing is, the clone idea is much more complex, but intrigues me in a few different ways (she is also the love interest of the hero). The other way is less intriguing, but…cleaner I guess? I’m trying to figure out if it’s just a matter of CLONE ZOMG COOL MOAR SCI-FI STUFF or if it’s a valid (and good) idea. Anyone care to weigh in?

The FT books are sci-fi but also fantasy, so a clone would fit into the mix (and with genetic engineering, yeah!) but this is the first time I’m using a psychic connection and precognition which is both sci-fi and fantasy IMO. I believe it still works within the constraints of the FT world. (I had scrapped the original idea due to not fitting, and the 2nd idea…this is my third.)

So once I nail that down, I can proceed.

(I would like to at least start this book this year. Trying to avoid a 3-yr gap between books.)

Chocolate consumption update! Wowza, I can really pack it in! Lots and lots of chocolate. And olive oil. (Don’t ask. It’s work-related and not that exciting).

Eye has been yucky today and yesterday, coinciding with a storm front coming through. Yay. (Working on getting answers.)

I think that’s it?

Heard this lyric and the muse is chewing on it: I will burn the sky.