Category: My Books

  • Happy Writing… and some love

    Happy Writing… and some love

    My MC has discovered that she is not alone in the world, or the universe… and today I finally got to do some of the happy stuff with that. If I’d been able to keep all the words from today’s scene, the word count would have been a lot bigger. But I had to rip…

  • It’s “Make Yourself Cry” Day…

    It’s “Make Yourself Cry” Day…

    I got good words. 997, to be exact. And I love what I got today. But some of what I wrote was pulled out of my real life, and part of it was me getting to do in fiction something I never had the opportunity to do in real life, because my real childhood was…

  • Ohio 3, and the Shoe-Drop Moment

    Ohio 3, and the Shoe-Drop Moment

    There’s the “make yourself cry” moment, and there was some of that today. I did, indeed, make myself cry. Again. There was a bit of making myself laugh. There was giving my character one moment I would take in a heartbeat if someone could just stop the world and roll back time. And there was…

  • Today was BIG… good words, but also landed a huge PIVOT scene

    Today was BIG… good words, but also landed a huge PIVOT scene

    And made myself cry. That might not seem like a big deal. But this was a crucial scene in the book in which my MC has just come through an massive ordeal, and found one moment in time in which she got to say goodbye to her person in the world — the one who’d…

  • That which cannot be unseen… 45,783 and 699 for the day.

    That which cannot be unseen… 45,783 and 699 for the day.

    This was a tough scene to write. It was emotional, and painful, and just mean. But it allowed me to bring together two characters who need to build a relationship that’s going to affect the rest of the novels… And it sets me up to bring BACK a character who has been silent so far…

  • Heading in — teeth bared, knives out… because the BIG bad is coming

    Heading in — teeth bared, knives out… because the BIG bad is coming

    Rolled out of bed early — couldn’t sleep. Got the shower, drank the coffee, and cleared all the office shit first, because today I’m heading in to the BIG MIDDLE SCENE, where everything changes. I’m taking a deep breath. I have the Rock Gods going, because this section of the book needs my full focus…

  • Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end

    Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end

    I hit a part of the novel today that I got way, way wrong in first draft. And while I’d estimate that in FACT I wrote close to 2000 words — over a period of three straight hours of hauling ass — what I was left with after ripping out that big first-draft nosedive into…

  • Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)

    Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)

    Today’s writing turned into what’s mostly a dark, mean chapter — there’s a lot of bad stuff going on for my MC and someone really important to her. Except for this one luminous, beautiful moment that made come together and just really sing. This was one of the chapters I got very close to right…

  • Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.

    Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.

    According to Scrivener’s word counter, I got 5,508 words today. About 2000 of them were brand new. The others were stuff I managed to save out of the previous version… and while I’m pretty sure some of those will be going away tomorrow, I don’t think it will be all that many. THIS part of…

  • Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total

    Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total

    I cannot believe how fast this scene came together — and this wasn’t even anything I pulled out of the first draft. This was all new, all scary, and creepy in a way that I didn’t manage in the first run through this book. I didn’t see it coming… but I cannot wait to get…