Writing and Goals: Weekly Update

WELP! This is fantastic…
So, I’ve been going in circles with this MS, book 2 of The Seven Stars Series, and I think I finally figured out why.
There was a GIANT plot hole. Like, EPIC. The question, vaguely, was “How does this character know this thing?” And I couldn’t answer the question without breaking everything.
I think, THINK, knock on freaking wood, I finally worked through it.
The problem now? I have to scrap the last 8K words and find a new path to the ending. Or possibly a new ending entirely.
The upside? It didn’t break book 1. From Stars, Come Dragons lives to fight another day!

 

Always working toward that word count goal, but a lot of those words, this week, are going into outlining.

Still waiting on editor feedback for FSCD. Nothing to report there.

I started beta reading another author’s manuscript. I’m a little over 30% done.

Father-in-law is still in the hospital, recovering. Things are looking up.

Time to get back to work! Have a great week!

I’m setting a dangerous standard

This will be the second week in a row, and by happenstance coinciding with the weeks of the year, that I’ve done a weekly status update. Normally, I’d limit updates to monthly, but things are happening right along that make weekly updates possible.

What I’m trying to get at is, don’t get too used to this. LOL Not sure how long I can keep this up. ;P

Anywho… Last week was productive, but it didn’t feel that way. It was odd. I surpassed my word count goal for the week with well over 5K words written. YAY! My WIP (Book 2 in The Seven Stars series) is now over 12K words. Which for my first drafts is roughly a quarter finished! But, I don’t know, I felt like I did hardly anything writing-wise. And now I’m going to have to lower my word count goal for a few weeks, because…

I got my first round of feedback for From Stars, Come Dragons from my content editor!

ME:

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This, of course, makes revising my first priority. I guess I know what I’m doing tonight (and pretty much every night for the next couple of weeks!)

Remember, you can always check in with the What’s the buzz? widget, in the right sidebar, to see what I’m up to even when I’m not blogging 🙂  And if you have any questions about what I’m up to or what I have coming up in the future, please leave a question (reply) on the Ask Me Anything page and I’ll be happy to answer.

That’s it for now! TTYL

Getting Organized

My plate was pretty well full when I signed with FaB to publish my book. My phone had a long list of reminders and was pinging me daily about one thing or another. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand a ringing, dinging or pinging phone.

So, I’m ditching it!

Not the whole phone. I need the phone. I’m just getting rid of the digital organization and going back to good ol’ pen and paper.

I’ve always worked better out of a physical planner. Couldn’t have survived school without it. After Trevor and I got married and I wasn’t in school anymore, I stopped using one. It seemed all I needed to remember was go to work, come home, and grocery shop now and again. Then, by the time we had our son, I was out of the habit and didn’t think to pick it back up.

But not anymore. It’s time to drag out the old notebook and pens and start organizing my life!

For one reason, my memory is terrible now. For another, there’s just too much to remember. With my full-time job, Cooper’s school activities, caring for our house and our cars. Keeping the family healthy and happy. The random, unpredictable things that come up and you can’t avoid.  And now the publishing, which is leading to more writing, more socializing, and eventually, things like book events after publishing… There’s just too much. And I can’t forget any of it, if I want to be a successful author and keep my family together. ❤

So, here it is! Introducing my new, old life filing system. Trevor bought this for me last year and I’ve been looking for a good use for it. Now I think I’ve found it! Thanks, Tebs ❤

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