It was raining this morning. I was pathetically glad of this fact as I just DID NOT feel like running. I didn’t run Thursday either for the same reason so if it’s clear on Tuesday, I fully expect it to SUCK. But I’ve been subbing HIIT on the recumbent bike, so it’s not like I’ve been lazy.
Last night was the opening season bout for the local roller derby. It was my first experience shooting wholly on manual with a flash and the excitement of the night was that I nearly got creamed 6 times in the corner I was shooting from. Hubs almost never had anything happen last season when he shot from that corner. Made for a few great shots though. Today we’re shooting a baby shower.
The writing has been going well this week. My word counts are up. Wednesday: 856, Thursday: 1064, Friday: 947, Saturday: 814, and this morning 982. Three of those days were scenes in one of the contemporary romances I started a series bible for earlier in the week. It wasn’t the plan, but it was such a stressful week, and I’m up to some really important stuff in DOTH, so I didn’t mind working on something else. It’s words. I’m good with that. It’s part of my goal for this year–to keep writing on SOMETHING on the days that I’m not working on my primary WIP. That means more writing days total for the year, which is absolutely my end game. The hope is, of course, that I’ll have more stuff finished this year than in the past. There are 10 days left to go this month and I’ve already outstripped last month’s word count by about 3k, so that’s a big yay.
DOTH is going to require more editing than my last projects. Some of these early scenes are fine. Nailed it in one. But there’s a lot of fumbling and floundering trying to find my voice for the heroine in Act 1, so I suspect there will be a lot of revision to clean that up. And that’s fine. Not every book will come out clean at the end of the first draft. Most don’t. Red was a fluke.
I want to get back to some plotting and detail work on Longest Night, the Mirus novella I started a few weeks ago. It’s plotted out in broad strokes, with story structure and a full scene list, but there are some world building details I need to sort out and figure out what I want to show before I can move forward and write more on it. Which requires, you know, actual THINKING TIME. I haven’t had a lot of that the last week or two, and I don’t expect to have much this week either. Hopefully this is the last of my hell weeks at the EDJ for a while.
I had some seriously whacked out dreams Friday night, of a variety that made me think Claire Legrand had invaded my brain. And I totally started a blueprint based off them. It was a YA dystopian retelling of a story that nobody would ever dream up being dystopian. Well, except for Claire, which is why I think I was channeling her somehow. Dystopian is so not my normal bag, and I may never write it, but it was worth throwing in the idea file in case I want to clear the palette.
At the end of this week, I am meeting up with Susan Bischoff and Lauralynn Elliott over in Birmingham for a writer’s weekend. I can’t freaking wait! It’s a rare thing I really get to hang out much with other writers, so this is the highlight of the next few months. It’s my Holy Grail at the end of this stressful work week. And I’m stopping in Tuscaloosa on my way home to grab some coffee with Bobby Matthews and talk shop, as I just introduced him to Story Engineering. Fair warning, I will probably be REALLY FREAKING HYPER NEXT WEEK.