You know the best part of this weekend? Tomorrow is Monday and I am still off work due to the 4th of July. I’ve been way underslept lately, so this is an awesome thing.
In honor of the 4th, I have invented a new form of crack–I mean homemade ice cream: peanut butter with peanut butter cups. Recipe will be going up at Pots and Plots tomorrow, early enough that you can go grab all the ingredients if you wanna make some for your Independence Day shindig.
My other latest food obsession, courtesy of Jessica Tudor, is spicy roasted chickpeas. I made some up to use in salads (roasting them for 35 minutes to make them nice and crunch), and then hubby and I found ourselves just eating them like nuts. Great source of protein, lower fat than nuts, and good for a snack, if you can limit yourself and not eat the entire can’s worth.
I didn’t write yesterday. I wasn’t home to actually do it for most of the day and busy what time I was. That’s becoming a theme, which is not shocking given everything going on with the house and the moving. EEP.
June left me with a writing total of 18036 words, which works out to about 600 words a day. Which is okay. It’s above my 500 word daily minimum, but left me feeling kind of sad since it’s 9k below May. I have 27,000 words to go on Red (I know, sad, I’m moving backwards with what I cut last week). That happens to be exactly what I managed in May. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
I spent all week fighting with this one scene in Red. We all know what that usually means. I’m doing something wrong. As it happens it only meant I cut about 150 words instead of in the thousands. I was trying to have Elodie act out of character and she just stopped talking and looked at me like are you nuts? Of COURSE I would never do that. So I’ve got to really put myself in her brain and work my way through this fight scene and how she’s going to feel when The Big Bad Thing Happens. I had hoped that once I passed the PP2, I’d pick up some steam and really chuck through the rest of this book, but I’m terribly afraid it’s going to be like pulling teeth.
Which brings me to my ROW80 goals for Round 3. I am moving August 5th (God willing and everything lining up the way it is supposed to). All my stuff will be on the truck probably by August 3 or 4th (at the very least I will be busy loading said truck those days and probably won’t write), so really, I am aiming to finish the first draft of Red by August 2nd. That means that (counting today), I need to write 871 words a day. Tough but not out of the realm of possibility. I want that first draft DONE and off to my crit partners while I’m moving and will be totally useless, so that by the time I’m settled in my house a week or so later, they will have had time to read and make notes and send them back to me. I then intend to tackle any necessary revisions for the remainder of August (or less, if it’s not too much). September 1 (or earlier if possible), I plan to dive into Riven, the next Mirus novella, which is already 2/3rds finished and only lacks about 12k. I plan to knock that out by the end of Round 3 and prep it for release in that 10 days between the end of Round 3 and start of Round 4. If there’s time, I want to plot out Revelation so that I’m ready to dive in for Round 4.
And on the exit for today, I wanted to throw out a book rec. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s the number one YA book on Kindle at the moment. Ethereal by Addison Moore. Currently 99 cents. If you’re into YA and angels, check it. It’s on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.