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Pirouette the Third is DONE!!!!

I actually finished it on the 27th, one month ahead of schedule.  I’m taking a mini-break over the holiday, and then I’ll start my “tweaky pass” to fix a few things before I start the actual revision.  It feels really good to be done. 

Of course, as always, there’s more work to be done.  Also, it came in at 141k, just 1k shy of the previous draft.  So I’ll be looking to make some major cuts.

I wrote up 30 plot cards on Broken, so that story is coming together.  At the moment, the plan is to work on Broken over my vacation in June.  I’m stuck on the second scene, not knowing how to get to where I want to be.  I had a few nebulous ideas, but nothing concrete.  So we’re further ahead now.  And it feels good.

Also going to continue to work on Flamebound’s revision. 

I still would like to finish the revision before I do Pirouette the Third’s revision, but we’ll have to see.  It’s taking a bit longer than I anticipated.  I might just use this time to work on it exclusively.  Maybe….we’ll see.  I’m very indecisive right now.

Oh, and for MayNo, I’m less than 500 words away from my goal.  I will make that for sure!

Getting back on track, finally.

Had a few days I lost to a personal issue that made concentrating difficult, and writing just wasn’t in the cards.  Happily, things worked out okay and I’m getting back into the swing.  I rewrote the current scene, changing where it needed to be changed and weaving in some new stuff.  I need to backtrack and rewrite the previous scene.  Currently, it’s in two pieces and needs to be combined.  In a coherent manner.  Why am I doing this?  Well, the scene didn’t feel right, the emotions all fuzzy, and it was just wrong.  I usually just know when this happens.  Something feels off.  And I can’t move on if it’s like this.  Only reason why I went to the next scene was to bring up my wordcount for MayNoWriMo.  Normally, I’d fix it and move on, but I was 2 days behind.  I’m still hoping to get my 12k.

Soooooooo that needs doing.  But yay, I’m on the last 25k of the book.  109k rewritten/revised.  I have high hopes of finishing it this month, leaving June free to take off.  Possibly.  I don’t know yet, because momentum is important. 

This little mini-break felt all wrong.  It was 2 days, but it felt like 2 months.  I don’t like stopping when I’m going strong.  But trust me when I say that I wasn’t in a very good headspace.  So, recognizing that, I backed off.  Sometimes you need to, despite what your pain in the ass Inner Slave Driver might say.

But I’m only 1 day behind now, so we’re getting there.

On the Surrender front, I’ve got the major stuff figured out.  The part that’s killing me is the main characters’ names. Because the names of the characters are being used for Darkweaver (if you recall, the plot was split) and they work for that book better, I need to come up with new names.  And with names, it has to at least feel somewhat right.  Maybe not perfect, because a few names I’ve used I came up with on the fly, and they ended up working (whereas normally I’d give it some thought first) but they have to feel okay.  Original name was Wynd.  Well, Wynd was a vampire and now she’s Fae, so she needs a different name.  Although Wynd could work because of the whole nature thing, but I need Wynd for Darkweaver.  Decisions, decisions.  I’ve been looking at Irish names.  There are some beautiful names.  Siobhan is one of them, but the pronounciation is killing me (I pronounce it See-oh-ben and the correct pronunciation is Shee-vaughn.  Does not work for me).  Alas, I can’t do anything without the name.  With the male lead, same story.  Only one that’s staying the same is Ashe, the other main character.  And that I considered for a long time.  Thought about switching them: making my Fae Ashe and the other MC something else, but Ashe is Ashe.  She’s always been Ashe from day 1.  So it stays.

So that’s been bothering me a bit.  Luckily, this one is in perc’ing stage, so there’s no rush.

MayNoWriMo

Because I’m crazy, I’ve joined MayNo this year.  Never done it before, but hey, there’s a first time for everything, right?  My goal is 12k, which is just a smidge higher than my highest wordcount all year so far (11k).  It averages to about 400 words a day.  Plan is to finish Pirouette the Third a month early if possible, and if I do finish it before the end of the month, I’ll be working on either Flamebound or Broken or both.  Also, I have some ideas on Pirouette the Third’s opening scene.  So that’s good.

I hit just under 11k for April, and a made my goal for April Fools and then doubled it, and made that too.  So I’m just rolling along.