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#ROW80 Check-in 1/25/15

I had an entire post finished and was putting in my tags when poof! It disappeared! (ETA: I’d somehow made  it a page, so when I looked at all my posts, it wasn’t showing up!)  And it wasn’t saved, and I am now retyping it from scratch.  Ugh.

So…I’m doing fairly well on my projects.  Here is the rundown:

Project: Fireborn
Words written since last check-in: 3,388 words (12,489 total – getting closer to my goal!)
Words remaining: 2,511 words
What’s happening: Leliel dreamed of a second murder
What’s next: Uncomfortable conversations. Learning the identity of the victim.

Project: Survivor
Work done since last check-in: Printed off the outline of the first 5 chapters and made notes.  Still noodling.

Project: Ever Touched
Work done since last check-in: Still noodling.  I want to do a Tarot reading to see if something shakes loose.  I think I may have a premise, now.

Feeling: Okay.  A bit sleepy.
Eye report: Twinge-y
Back report: Terrible yesterday, better today.
Chocolate consumption since last check-in: Oh boy. WW chocolate-caramel thingies, M&Ms, Mini Twix bars, chocolate zucchini bread.

#ROW80 Check-in 1/21/15

Still moving along.  I had severe eye pain last night and didn’t want to take anything for it (too late in the day — it’d mess me up for work) so I took last night off writing.  Didn’t want to, but I just couldn’t think with my eye and head hurting so much.

But today, I was back at it!  I’m heading toward the halfway point, and it’s getting interesting.  While I know the basics of what I want to happen, a lot of the character development has been done on the fly.  I also discovered something about the male lead, Rick.  Hmmm.  This should complicate things, but in a good way. ~evil grin~


Project: Fireborn
Word written: 9,101 words (3,229 words since the last check-in)
Words remaining: 5,899 words
What’s happening: More investigating, and something has just come to light
What’s next: Stonewalling.  More investigation.  Another murder.

Project: Survivor
Work done since last check-in: Nothing on paper yet, but I have been considering changing one aspect of the plot to make it more personal and tighter.  So that’s a thing.

Feeling: Honestly? Stressed out because today was a bad day at work
Eye report: Horrible. 😦
Back report: Twinge-y.  Took a minor fall in the parking lot next door to my work and I am praying it’s nothing serious.
Chocolate consumption: Oddly enough, not a lot! A WW snack and hot chocolate last night.  More hot chocolate tonight, I think!
Soundtrack: Krypteria

#ROW80 Check-in 1/18/15

Here we are for another check-in.  I’m making slow progress on Fireborn.  It’s not moving as fast as I want it to, but it’s moving and that’s the important part.  Up to almost 6k.

On the Survivor front, I did poke at Survivor last Sunday and Monday, which was good.  I read the first 3 chapters and the revised first scene I wrote back in 2007ish, I believe.  I think this is my longest-running book ever.  The read through kind of depressed me because it was so bad.  Granted, the first 9 chapters or so were written in 2004, and the rest was written in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  I’m assuming those parts are better, but it was just painful to read.  So today I’m going to see what I can do besides mope. 😦

(For context, I started writing seriously in 2001 but didn’t really get into it until 2003.  I began Survivor in 2004 for a writing class, and wrote it on Sundays, while I worked on other projects on the other days.  I stopped writing it in 2005 to work on my second longest-running book, Pirouette, and didn’t pick Survivor up again till 2007, when I took a short hiatus from Pirouette. Started working on Pirouette’s second draft until 2008-2009, when I finally finished Survivor.  I looked at it briefly a few years ago when I was considering working on it again and made a master file with every single plot thread in one document.  I also made some decisions on what plot lines to cut.  There are just too many.  So…that’s where I’m at.)

Okay, return of the stats!

Project: Fireborn
Words written: 5,872 words
Words remaining: 9,128 words
What’s happening: Leliel and Rick are investigating stuffs
What’s next: Another murder/suicide

Project: Survivor
Work done to date: Read through first three chapters and alternate first scene

Feeling: Depressed and stressed.
Eye report: Horrendous for the past 2 days, but not bad at the moment
Back report: Twinge-y
Chocolate consumption: Surprisingly, not a whole lot.  Although I can’t resist my Oreo balls or the WW chocolate/caramel thingies.  Or M&Ms. *shifty look*

#ROW80 Check-in 1/11/15

Here we are with another check-in.  I am happy to report that I accomplished a few of my goals!

~Started Fireborn.  Up to 2,582 words currently.
~May have an actual plot for Ever Touched, but I’m still noodling.
~Nothing on Survivor yet.  Hopefully I can get to that sometime today.

So, since I started Fireborn, I’m adding a new goal.  I’d like to have at least 15k written before the end of the month.

That’s about it, short and sweet!

#ROW80 Round 1 2015 Goals

Here we are again with A Round of Words in 80 days, or ROW80 as we call it.  I participated in 3 of 4 rounds in 2014 (first time ever) and it was amazingly productive.  I also met some great people, too.

So, naturally, with the new year comes new goals and projects.  I decided to dive in and join Round 1.

I have a few main goals, which I’m not setting wordcount goals for yet.  Maybe later, once I get rolling. I need to get rolling first!

So here are my goals:

~Start writing first draft of Fireborn (Reaper Girl #2).  I aim to have it written by the end of the month.  It will be a 25k novella (I hope! I write long!)
~Settle on a plot (loose) for Ever Touched (FT #3)
~Work on Survivor one day a week (“work” loosely defined as: plotting, planning rewrite, brainstorming, actual writing, poking at it with a sharp pointy stick…)

I’m going to start with these and see what happens.  I’m coming off an incredibly long, hard year-long slog on FT book #2, Grave Touched, and I need some easy stuff to dip my toes back into the writing pool.  I’m already feeling the itch to write again, so hey, that’s a good sign.  The muse is starting to get interested…

Looking forward to lots of fun, chocolate (oh yes, stats will be back at some point! I promise!), and productivity.