#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!

10 thoughts on “#ROW80 Check-in 6/14/15

  1. I always have four books going at the same time…reading, that is. LOL. As far as writing, I really struggle to write more than one at a time. But with this second pen name, I really need to do it. I can either spend an hour on one and an hour on another each day. Or do them on alternate days. If I didn’t have a full time job, I could PROBABLY write two books at the same time. But my time is so limited. Let us know if you keep being successful with this. Maybe you’ll inspire me. 🙂

    Keep up that progress! Writing three at a time is amazing!

  2. Interesting, Lauralynn. For the past 8 or so years, I’ve only written one book at a time. And I write slow anyways, and I realized that I wasn’t going to get things done quicker that way, so I figured if I worked on at least two at once, I may have a shot at publishing more often which is really important when you’re starting out. On Survivor, that was something I did with that same book back in 2004 (!!!) that worked so well, I decided to give it another try. Let me know if you’re able to do this. I know some writers can’t, and that’s totally okay. Just another thing to try.;)

  3. Yay progress! Always good to hear. 🙂

    I can’t really work on different projects at the same time. It’s like my brain only has one “currently writing” bucket and it’s always full. I’m *supposed* to still be thinking on the end of In Need of Luck, but it’s not *really* happening. Surprisingly, I’m usually reading on multiple books. The only time that caused me a problem was when I was reading A Room with a View and Dracula. Two Lucys did me in.

    1. Thanks Katherine! I’ve been doing the one-project-at-a-time thing for years, and I thought it was time for a change. 😉 Some writers can do it, some can’t. I’ve had some success in the past, and it seems to be going okay. Ask me how I’m doing in a month or two. 😉

  4. I guess I never gave it much thought, but I have been writing two books at a time for over three years now. Since I only write one fiction at a time, and anything else is nonfiction, it is impossible for the different projects to crossover – much. I still think I would be more productive if I just worked on one thing at a time, but on any given day I need to go where the muse takes me.

    1. Absolutely, Chris! It’s good that the projects are different enough not to cross over. This whole thing started because of my muse. She suddenly gave me all the answers on a stalled project (3 years old!) and demanded I start writing it ASAP. Didn’t want to drop the others, so I started working on both. 😉 Definitely going where the muse takes me. 🙂

  5. As for reading, I can read at least two at the same time. Currently reading The Golden compass and Wicked, and going to try a third. As for writing it depends on what the muse grants me leisure time to write.

    Glad to hear the productivity is on the up!!

  6. yup have always had at least two books(reading) on the go it is three at the moment but normally one novel and two non fiction – with writing I normally have two on the go novel short stories – last year the second was a memoir so non fiction – I don’t have to go out to work though so maybe more time

    all the best with yours – follow the muse:)

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