So I get my revision notes from my editor for NIGHT ECHOES, along with the timeframe for getting it back to her. Oct. 1 is the date she writes, and I think, Great! Excellent. Enough time to do the final revision of HAWKSPAR, then do the final revision of NIGHT ECHOES, and still breathe. I tell my editor she’ll have … Continue reading →
So around June, I had everything planned out. And then I needed to write one book a full year earlier than it had been planned. And I did. But doing so wrecked every other item in my schedule. Obliterated. Toasted. Annihilated. Turns out, I could do the insane “everything at once” provisional schedule only for a few days, and then … Continue reading →
Night Echoes started falling into place today. Got 2000 words. Will work on Hawkspar this afternoon. Right now, I’m starting into an open-ended fantasy proposal that has to be put together by next Monday. I am mapping, worldbuilding, language creating, and character-developing like mad—paper flies from my fingertips like lightning from the hands of mad Old Gods. Plus… got potentially … Continue reading →
Got over 2000 on the paranormal, as yet untitled, but currently known as SHADOW MUSIC, plus revising everything I wrote yesterday. Got 2000 and change on the Language Clinic. Have to do an illustration for the written languages section, and write in supporting text for that, and then it will be finished. I figure I’m about 500 words from finished. … Continue reading →
Found out yesterday that the book that was going to be due on August 1, 2007, is now due on August 1, 2006 in order to get an April slot in 2007. This means I have 56 days including today to write the book. But that’s not all. I’d scheduled the next fifty-six days to finish the edit and rewrite … Continue reading →
This morning, I’m starting on the Worldbuilding Clinic, specifically the Create a Language section. I finished outlining that section yesterday, and already I’m seeing a problem with the Worldbulding Clinic — as outlined, the Create A Language section is going to be really big, and full of charts and diagrams and print-out-and-use sheets and illustrations. For e-book download purposes, I’m … Continue reading →
Finished the taxes, finally. For the rest of today, I’m cleaning up and updating the website and starting in on the podcast. Tomorrow, I’ll finish and post the podcast, then start on HAWKSPAR rewrites. I should be hearing from Claire this week on the current paranormal proposal. And I’ll start outlining the Worldbuilding Clinic. I also have to do another … Continue reading →
Got most of the rest of the edits on Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood done today. I should be able to have the book available in the next day or two. In other news, got the revision requests for Hawkspar from Anna. They’re significant. So I’ll be working my way through them over the next few weeks. I’ll print off a … Continue reading →
I’ve been slogging the manuscript revision for days. Tonight, just a few minutes ago, I finished the last of the revision type-in and sent it out to my editor. Tomorrow, I’ll send the tabbed hand-edited copy to her overnight. Done, done, done. I heard from Anna Genoese on HAWKSPAR just today. She really liked it. We’ll bat ideas back and … Continue reading →
Forgot to mention that I put up new Hawkspar background sketches, including some costuming stuff, over the holidays. When I update the site, I really do need to remember to make note of it. Incidentally, all the images are set to load into a single separate window. If you click them one at a time, you can see each in … Continue reading →
Now that I’m here, I’m lost for words. As I mentioned before, I never met Frank in person. But when I needed knowledgeable people to offer criticism on LAST GIRL DANCING, Frank gave me an in-depth view of Atlanta that changed significantly the direction the story took. When I needed someone to look over the shipbuilding I’d done for HAWKSPAR, … Continue reading →
All points answered, all loose ends tied up, final twists inserted, manuscript e-mailed to editor and agent. Now I’m doing math. Have to finish ISY this month, and less than half is done. I need to see what my daily hit is going to be.
It’s never as easy as it looks. I have four of my seven little points on Hawkspar fixed. The remaining three will have to wait for tomorrow. I’ve been at this all day. … Continue reading →
I’ve spent two days numb. It’s like that sometimes. You finish the book, the brain shuts down, you haven’t a word left in you for any purpose. I managed to wring out three final words a couple minutes after I typed the last word of Hawkspar, in order to post here that I’d finished, but that was it. The well … Continue reading →
Just done. … Continue reading →
Nearly two hundred pages down so far today, and a mere one hundred pages left to edit!
Have edited 15,631 words already this morning. The possibility of finishing HAWKSPAR by tomorrow is looking increasingly solid. … Continue reading →
The Wall is behind me. Nothing ahead now but green, green, mostly green. [g] I’m finished with 127,281 words revised out of a total of 184,702, and page 628 of 922. Long, long writing day, and I never made it to ISY. But … damn. What I did get done makes up for that.
I won’t offer setup on this, other to say that the good guys are in a bad spot, with their most powerful warship and its crew possibly in the hands of the enemy.
They sucked, they’re gone. And I don’t have to replace them. Mad dancing ensues.
Starting on Hawkspar today — I’m going to be writing all-new words no matter which book I work on, and right now I’m jazzed about pushing through the wall on this revision. So first up are the LAST two red scenes: the fight between the captains of the Grand Pack, and Hawkspar fighting Ossal’s ghost. I think both of these … Continue reading →
Before me, two reds, two oranges, one yellow. Then all the green. I’m now at 120,379 words, and on page 593 of 943. Long day. But I’m getting there.
I See You started meandering on me. I could feel it turning sideways, so rather than continue, I spent this morning doing a line-per-scene for the last 24 scenes of the book. I’m not quite satisfied yet, but I have enough to keep the boat sailing in the right direction while I get the last bit right before the ending … Continue reading →
Got my 2000 plus, finishing at 47649. Not sure this section is as good as it could be, but it’s first draft, and it’s on paper. Tomorrow, I start blowing things up — that’ll be fun. My hours are — obviously — all screwed up. Going to bed, going to see if I can get the HAWKSPAR pages en masse … Continue reading →
Did over a thousand words on ISY today, which isn’t great, but I left myself in a good spot for tomorrow. I’m on page 553 of the HAWKSPAR revision right now, in the middle of an orange scene that had to be moved about 250 pages earlier in the book, and consequently needs a fair amount of reworking. After that, … Continue reading →
I still haven’t finished my 2000 on ISY. Hawspar is still in my future. I’m spending a lot of time obsessively checking on the hurricane. It looks like it will be following its projected path, which means my daughter and her guy and his folks and most of our relatives and some of my friends are in for a rough … Continue reading →
Hawkspar has found that her destiny is to die, and that before she dies, she will have to conquer three wizards, two of whom are already dead, but even more a threat because of that. The first binds her eyes; the second, her voyage; and the third, the life of the man she loves. It’s an odd bit of backstory … Continue reading →
I’m feeling enough better today to have done a very light workout this morning, and to be writing. Of course, the writing itself hasn’t been flying. I ripped out about 2000 words of ISY, and wrote a new section to replace the point where I went wrong. Went to enter my word-count in my WIPBar, and discovered that I was … Continue reading →
And officially not feeling good enough to do this anymore. Final word count of completed stuff, 108,808. Back tomorrow, I hope. … Continue reading →
I’m still feeling crummy. Crummier, in fact. Skipped ISY, because I’m ahead on that, and am plowing through HAWKSPAR, getting as much done as I can before I fall over. I hate being sick. I am a lousy patient. I’ve been fighting this with zinc and vitamin C, and lots of fluids, and healthy food. I’m probably feeling better that … Continue reading →