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A productive week, though I'm still being kind to myself and taking things slow and easy. I started writing The Shadows One Walks without an outline. It just didn't want one at the start, though I knew it would need one eventually. I haven't pantsed it in EONS! It was fun, to be honest--walking that tightrope without a net. I have three main points of view working; each one wanted to say their piece--THEN I needed the outline. I spent most of today writing it. Still, I'm ending the week with 2,870 brand new words.

I haven't been able to lay claim to NEW words in months. Feels good.

I'm almost finished reading through the ARC of A Time Never Lived. Not too bad--so far only ten corrections to make. There will be more, I'm certain. I hope to finish the read through and get the corrections to Eric early next week.

No feedback on Beyond the Gate yet. Soon, I hope.

And that is UFFDA for this week. Tune in next week for more of the same. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! If Easter is your bag, have a good one!
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Well, because I edited someone else's work all week, I almost forgot UFFDA. There's precious little to report. I finished one of my author's edits, sent it back to her for more revision--a day early, I might add. I also got my next edit in--a day early, I might add! The only other writing thing to report is that I figured out that key detail I was missing from the story idea I got while editing ATNL and BTG (book 4) so that's pretty fabulous. If all goes well, I'll be able to start on my new manuscript a whole week early! Maybe even more. We'll see.

Battening down the hatches for another weekend from hell. Let's see if I survive this one!
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147,782, Beyond the Gate is finished.


Feb. 24th, 2012 04:58 pm
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148,748. I'm still not calling it done, even though it is. I have to re-read what I did today before I can call Beyond the Gate finished. I'm in no rush. I'm not quite ready to start writing the next book. I have a three HRB edits I want to give my full attention before doing so. I feel like I'm dragging this out a bit more than I really should be, but I'm having fun with this. My deadline is about six months or so off; why rush? Then again, I don't want to get trapped in that cycle of neverending revision. Next week. Whatever I have by the end of next week (or sooner) goes to my betas.

There. I've said it. Now I must DO it.

Before I sign off, I want to give a heads up that the marvelous [ profile] peadarog is up on Heroines of Fantasy on Monday. I hope you stop by and show him some love!

Happy Weekend!
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15 pages left! FIFTEEN!!! Why did I not finish, you ask? It's a long story. All is well, but the hubs is currently in the hospital. He started to shake and couldn't stop...until he threw up at the hospital. Looks like it's a stomach flu, but they're not letting him go just yet. They might even keep him the night, in case he needs fluids.

Ack! The chaos never ends!!! And, of course, if he needs to be picked up tomorrow, that means I don't go to writing group. AGAIN. I joined in October, and have only been to December's meeting thus far. But, he comes first, of course. I can be disappointed without being a bitch, right?

So, Beyond the Gate is still under 150K, but it's not a matter of revising the last pages, and that's why it has taken two weeks instead of a few days. The change in detail required a whole bunch of rewriting--which THRILLS me because I am so excited to write NEW words. Haven't actually created in quite some time. Anyway, hopefully, I will be finished by the end of next week. We'll see!

You know that old saying about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb?? Let's hope that the weekend follows that pattern, because I REALLY need a break from the chaos.

Happy Weekend!


Feb. 10th, 2012 04:29 pm
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Nope. Not finished! I could have been several days ago, but I just wasn't happy with that ending. It was fine. It worked. I didn't love it. NOW, I love it. It hit me one day while going over it again, trying to pick out just what wasn't sitting right with me. It came, once again, to that teensy little detail that made all the difference in the world. I'm sensing a pattern here. Hmmm...part of me says I should be able to see it sooner at this point, given it happens with just about every manuscript; but the fact is, until I get to a certain point, that teensy detail just isn't clearly THE detail until I actually get here.

The detail has been sought, found, and adjusted. I am in the process of tweaking the last...thirty?? pages of the manuscript to jibe with the change. Easy peasy! Honestly, easier than I suspected, because the back and forth stuff I did to make the UNadjusted detail work was seriously bogging the ending down. No more bogging.

Beyond the Gate is currently 152,652 words. Even if no more words get cut (which they will!) I am satisfied with this word count. Very satisfied.

On another note, wow! Was my build a story in Heroines of Fantasy a bomb this week! No one wanted to play. We got a few entries, but not enough to actually create a story without writing the whole thing myself. There's still time, if you want to give it a shot, but if I get no more entries, I'm just going to call this one a resounding failure and let it go. Pooh!


Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:42 pm
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Whew! Another marathon day. I was up at my desk from 11:00-5:00. I suppose getting through forty (single spaced 11 pt. font) pages a day was a bit optimistic. I did it the first day! But fell short the second. Then realized I skipped a whole chunk of forty in my counting. Ah, well. I am still really happy to say that with about 90 pages still to go, the word count for Beyond the Gate is down to155,069.

It's amazing how many words you can shave off without losing anything of the story. AND! I still haven't gotten to the big chunk I know I'm cutting. Whatever word count this sucker is by the time I finish will be fine-oh-fine indeed.

Oo! Guess what! I'm putting up another build-a-story on Heroines of Fantasy next week. Look for it on Monday. I think we'll have a blast with it--again! The last one was such fun. I'll post a link Monday morning. And if you haven't yet, go read Jodi Meadows' ([ profile] jmeadows) post up over there--The Vilification of Wool. Fun stuff!

Happy Weekending ALL!


Jan. 27th, 2012 03:08 pm
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I started the last pass over Beyond the Gate before sending it to betas. If I do forty pages a day, I will finish this pass by next Friday's UFFDA. That is my goal. I got my forty pages done today, and was able to shave 344 words.

BTG's word count is currently 158,154.

Not too shabby. The front end is tight; I'm not expecting to cut more than a few hundred per forty pages until I get about a third of the way through. We'll see. I'm not going to stress. 158K from 199K is pretty damn snazzy. 

I made myself cry today, and then I laughed at myself for being such a goon. Still, that was pretty damn snazzy too. And you know what else is pretty damn snazzy? The news I got yesterday that I'm not allowed to share. Nope. Can't do it. But it's GREAT news. I'm still sparkling over it. I promise to share as soon as I can.

That's it for today's UFFDA. Tonight, the hubs and I are going out to celebrate the great news I can't share. Cake will be eaten. Mmmm....cake.....

Have a damn snazzy weekend!
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You know what THAT means...I'M FINISHED!


Beyond the Gate has had it's majorest, bestest edit to date. It went from nearly 180K down to a still-sizeable 158K. I'm very happy with what I did--even the ending that I didn't think was going to turn out well. The story is the same story I loved so much. I killed some darlings. In the end, it's a much tighter story.

I still have to shave off about 8K. I'm going over it one more time. I'm pretty sure I can snip it. There were things I left in with the thought, "maybe I'll keep this, maybe I won't." Hmm...some of those I will. Some I won't. In the end, I will have it where I want it.

After that, it goes off to beta readers, one of whom has already read the 180K version (in very small, headachy font!) and another who read not only the 180K version, but the 199K version as well. Stalwart lasses, they be! I'm roping a few others into this as well--mwhahahahaa! But they have to. They're my editors!

In the end, this beloved novel could well be one that stays trunked. I think it works, but my brain might be telling me lies. I'll find out from those I trust, and go from there.


Jan. 20th, 2012 06:35 pm
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A bit late today, because I was up in the loft until FIVE! I usually come down by three at the latest. But I was determinted to finish this pass of Beyond the Gate.

My determination fell short.

I have THREE PAGES left. Three. But they were too important to gloss over, or rush. So no, I did not finish the pass. The word count still has those notes and such weighting it down, but it's right around the same place it was last week: 157,498. When I'm finished, I think this draft will top out at 156K. I'm still not completely satisfied with the ending. Much more streamlined, but...hmmm...there's something not quite right. I'm giving it another tweak read through after this, then sending it out to beta readers.

Tomorrow, it's supposed to snow. Of course, it's the day my writing group meets. least I HAVE a writing group these days, right? Trying to look on the bright side of life. Da-doo, da-do-da-do-da-dooo.

I made my reservations for ConQuest! It is going to be a great time. I can't wait for Kansas City in May.

Have a great weekend, all!


Jan. 13th, 2012 04:23 pm
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I'm not sure writing day is done yet. I'm alone here until about eight or so. No one to cook for but my little own self. I will probably go back up to the loft, but if I do, it will be more about notes than revision so I'll UFFDA now.

My word count report isn't really indicative of the actual WORD count. Included in it are notes, chunks of text I'm going to be pitching once I get the gist of them in place, but BTG now clocks in at 158,491. Next week, when that drops dramatically, don't be impressed. It'll just be junk already pitched but taking up space.

So, needless to say, I did NOT finish this pass of BTG this week. Lucy drama kept my brain preoccupied (and me in the car!) But she is right as right is going to get. It's madness, how quickly and well she recovered. My husband was going to dig a hole for her Monday night! It will get her eventually, this crazy disease I have no name for--but not this time.

I have been writing lots of notes for the next book this week. LOTS. Handwritten, as I revise and think of things. The notebook sits next to my writing computer, ready to be jotted into. Gads, I love it already! It is going to be a bit more...whimsical than Finder, ATNL or BTG. I'm really looking forward to it.

Signing off! Have a great weekend, all!


Jan. 6th, 2012 06:54 pm
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Curses. I closed out of Beyond the Gate today and forgot to get a word count. Last I checked, it was just over 157K. I'm not exactly happy with the ending. I thought I was, but as it turns out, I have a better idea. That's what I'll be working on next week. I'm taking my time, but I'll probably finish it up next week. But that's not the exciting part of today's UFFDA.

Let's go back in time to notes I took when I finished the first draft of ATNL. I jotted down these words:
metal puzzle
Tyo's statement, "I see them in here." He tapped his brow. "They are like family to me."
Vic's dice

Now fast forward to today, when I jotted down these notes for BTG:
bat whistle
(X) as Captain of the Siren's Curse
The King's Eye
Gia in Alyria

These are little threads I left untied, in the event I wanted to do another novel set in these worlds. Now, keep in mind that the worlds for Finder and A Time Never Lived and Beyond the Gate are within the same world. The desert/mediterranean environs in the first two exist several centuries before and an ocean away from the archipelago realm of the latter. Well today, jotting down those notes for BTG, something hit me--these two stories come together in book 4!

The loose threads left hanging in ATNL mesh perfectly with the loose threads left from BTG. I didn't mean to do it! At least not consciously. But, there you have it. I am so freaking excited. I've been taking my time with BTG. I want it to be all I know it can be, but now I can't wait to finish so I can start the next! At least, I need to get the rough sketch outlined so it can start working its magic in my brain. Because Ritual Born is still waiting to be written. And Godseekers. And Fen-nightengale. Egads. I have to stop getting new ideas. 

Wait...that doesn't sound right. :)

In other news--my son is engaged! It's going to be a long engagement. Three years until they graduate from college. They've only known one another for four months. Let's see if they actually wait the three years. Kids!


Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:11 pm
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I cut 3,161 words from Beyond the Gate this week. Huzzah! Down to 164,819. I knew I'd be able to cut away a whole bunch of the ending--lots of back and forth--but I'm confident I'll get this baby below 160K by the time I reach THE END. Then it's just another skim to shave off another few thousand words. I already know a few scenes that can go. I was waiting to get through the whole manuscript before making the final cut. They are darlings! I must kill them nonetheless. I've slaughtered many-a-favored scene in this book, but in the end, they just weren't necessary, even if they were fun.

A Time Never Lived gets closer to ARC. It'll make January a fabulous month rather than the month after the holidays are over. Then comes the waiting and hoping for a review thing...

And for those of you who missed it on Facebook--this is how I embarrassed my children THIS Christmas.

Glad tidings of the season to you and yours!


Dec. 16th, 2011 03:27 pm
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Today is my boy's birthday. He's 26. Happy Birthday, Scott! And I can put this funny picture up, because he will NEVER come in here and see that I have.

I am happy and pleased to announce that ATNL is in the final stages of formatting before going to the printers. It's all copyedited, mostly formatted, and is awaiting the last phase of cover art. I am assured that it will be on its way to reviewers and printer the first week in January. Best of all, everyone loves it! Woohoo! All I can say is--WHEW! When we learned we had a month less to get stuff done, I knew it was going to be tough--but we did it. What a team!

I didn't get to work on Beyond the Gate too much, but it's down now to 167,980 words. I'm fairly confident about cutting it down to 160K, but I really have to get it down to that 150K. I have to! But I have time. Plenty of it. Sill, I want it done and waiting long before it's time to go to press, because exciting as it was, I really don't want another week like the last two. EVER.

Lastly, I have a link to share: The Five Myths of Writing It's fantastic!


Dec. 9th, 2011 03:30 pm
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I was FINALLY able to work on Beyond the Gate again. Have I mentioned how much I love this story? Here's a lesson for you, boys and girls--there IS resurrecting something you formerly thought unpublishable. A few years ago, when I finished and shopped this novel, I believed it was a solid, publishable story. As it turned out, whether it was or not was MOOT. It was too long. Just too long. Since becoming an editor with HRB, I understand that better now than I ever thought I would.

Back then, I hadn't the skills to tame this baby. Now I do. I WILL get it down to 150K--an acceptable length for HRB's "established" authors. What I believed three years ago is still true--this is a gooooood story. Now it will be a good story at a publishable length. The bogwitch, she is happy.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through. My goal is to finish by my birthday (3/26), but really? I'll probably be finished before February has breathed its last. This one won't get published until spring of 2013, so there's no rush. But I DO want to have a good long while to write Ritual Born, because I have a feeling that one is going to take a while. In a perfect world, I'll put out a book a year. 2014? Yeah, I think I can do it.

I finished what should be the last hard edit on my very first HRB as official editor. We have to go back and forth a bit yet, but all that's eft is the spit and polish. I started working on edits for a novel that won't be out until October. There's time, but it flies, so I'd rather be ahead of the game. Always busy at HRB. Always busy. This is a good thing, even if it drives us mad!

Oh, if you haven't peeked in over at Heroines of Fantasy, do! It's lovely.

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the holiday air!


Nov. 18th, 2011 05:37 pm
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I already UFFDAed a big UFFDA this week. Hmmm...what shall I put in this space. Oh, if you haven't added to the story over on Heroines Of Fantasy, you have until midnight on Saturday to do so. The story is great, but it stalled out a couple of days ago, on a cliffhanger, no less! So go. Play. Throw a few rocks at Maia or the-Thing-not-Grandmama, and then come back on Sunday to see how it ends. 

Next week, I will get back to Beyond the Gate--after I finish an edit for one of my amazing authors. Can't WAIT to see this book in print! Well, in book form.

Last and most fun, I'll be at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, Mass for A Carnival of Authors on Saturday, December 19th. Should be lots of fun. I'm mostly excited to meet [ profile] p_m_cryan and, of course, [ profile] jongibbs


Nov. 11th, 2011 02:34 pm
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Aaaaand, here we are again. Another Friday. Nope, I didn't finish final edits on ATNL. That's because [ profile] karin_gastreich told me it was a certain character's destiny to die, and I decided she's absolutely right. Taking this character out after said death has been tricky, but OH! How much better the whole thing becomes. It lends the sort of tension priorly lacking, the kind that pulls at the heart and makes the eyeballs leak a little. Very pleased.

A Time Never Lived is now down to 145,563 words. I started hoping to get it down to 135K, would have been happy with 150K, and now, at 145K (and still going lower) I am a contented bogwitch indeed. And to celebrate, a snippet, for any interested...
No spoilers! )
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Because I am not certain I will be able to get online again before sometime tomorrow, I'm doing an early UFFDA while I have the chance.

A Time Never Lived is nearly finished in FINAL draft. Thanks to some great beta readers (Tracy Dickens, Karin Gastreich, and Erin Turbitt) ATNL is going to be even better than I'd hoped. The great thing about these three ladies is that they all bring their own perspectives. Sometimes they jibed, and sometimes didn't. They made me look at things from different angles and helped me to make some hard decisions I was wavering on. There was, however, one thing they all agreed upon...


Hey, none of them had to say that, right? But they all did. You know what they say--if they all make the same comment, I have to consider it valid. Well that's fine by me!!

Still no power. I'm at work with the hubs today and, for some reason, my own computer won't connect to the internet. I miss LJ and keeping up with all of you. I'm trying! But...sigh...with only an hour or so online each day, I'm not doing so well. Power! Come back!!!

I'm planning on attending Boskone this year--not positive yet, because it is, as always, my son's birthday. It's probably workable. Anyone in reading distance planning it?


Oct. 21st, 2011 03:09 pm
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It's here again, another Friday. I've been a little crazed today, what with leaving tomorrow for WFC and California. I really don't have much to do! It's the act of leaving the nest that has this bird all a-flutter. Gads...wish I were a bird. Then I could fly myself to Cali instead of having to get on a plane. Yetch.

I'll be getting the last of my feedback for ATNL from the marvelous [ profile] karin_gastreich next week. I'll be ready to sink myself into that one once I get home. Then Eric'll be able to do his final edit, and then it's on to formatting. Woohoo!

Beyond the Gate now rests at 170,436. I've cut more than 10K words, and I'm feeling confident of another 10K. I'm hoping for another 20K, but we'll see.

Tomorrow, Newport Beach, California! Got lots of plans! And on Thursday, we leave OC for San Diego, and my poor husband gets abandoned to the golf courses and the zoo. Poor darling. He has a cigar or two to comfort him.

Have a great week!


Oct. 14th, 2011 05:09 pm
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I spent waaaay too much time on the phone this week. It was insane. For some reason, everyone important in my life decided that THIS week was the one NONE of them could make through without me. Ah, well. It's nice to be needed! 

Beyond the Gate has thusfar gone from 179,478 to 172,600 words for a whopping total of 6,878 words trimmed. I did end up going back to the beginning again, because once I hit a certain part, I realized that a whole bunch of earlier stuff could get pitched. TREBUCHET words! I wish I could say I'd miss you! But you were superfluous, and the story is better, tighter without you. Sorry!

I also started reading a submission that has been waiting in HRB's files for way too long. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, though I never count my hopeful chickens before they've hatched out the end. I'll finish over the weekend.

William is six weeks old. He weighs 13.6 pounds already! Eeep! And he's 24 inches long. No, he will not be a basketball or football player. His mother was in the 97th percentile of height and weight until she was five. She was always the tallest in her class, until age 13 when she spontaneously stopped growing at a petite 5' 3". Daddy isn't a tall man either. Then again, neither my husband nor I are tall people, we have a 6' 2" son, so... 

It is going to be a splendid weekend! I hope yours is too!


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