After my main character got to experience the deep joy of finding a true friend yesterday (my time, not hers)… she is now facing the potential of horrible loss. So I’m sitting here after getting a good run of words that led to a cliffhanger, a I’m a bit teary-eyed over what’s just happened (YES,… Continue reading A RIDICULOUSLY good Friday — 3927 words, 24,247 total — and wicked joy
Category: Worlds and Worldbuilding
So today I start the type-in of the Ohio 2 Revision
I was up at six, (when you’re fasting, it’s weirdly easy to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn and be through the shower, done with the first cup of coffee, before seven AM… and at my desk and finished with necessary work emails and the one help desk ticket only I could do… Continue reading So today I start the type-in of the Ohio 2 Revision
Character Paranoia, and the State of Revision
I’m past the halfway mark on the read-through-note-taking process on Ohio 2. I have a lot of the first draft that I’ll be able to use as is. That’s good. I have written novels where I discovered the first draft was The Story I Don’t Want To Tell (and could still run into that in… Continue reading Character Paranoia, and the State of Revision
A Giggly Scene, A Wicked Secret… and I Love You, Tomorrow
No big secret that these books are set in a decidedly sideways version of the Ohio town in which I live. I love this place, and I’m having a wonderful time building some seriously wacky shit into what is in reality a lovely old town with a great history, and some fine and friendly people.… Continue reading A Giggly Scene, A Wicked Secret… and I Love You, Tomorrow
A quirky direction that might be a mistake… 1267 words, and 50,690 total
Today the story took what felt like a logical turn, and I let myself run with it. The understanding here, though, is that I’ve brought an edge of science-fiction and fantasy fandom into the fifth novel, and doing this might be a break in the fourth wall that will break the novel. I’m going to… Continue reading A quirky direction that might be a mistake… 1267 words, and 50,690 total
Behind the third door… 1401 words, and the mystery that revealed the mystery within
Today’s writing was philosophical… and probably a bit expository. Which means what I wrote today is probably going to get heavily edited during the revision. But I learned something big about my novel’s world today — something that has been creeping into the back of my brain in bits and pieces for the last couple… Continue reading Behind the third door… 1401 words, and the mystery that revealed the mystery within
Something unplanned… and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
There’s been this small, ongoing mystery in these books since Book One. And I don’t mean a mystery for the reader. I mean a mystery for me. I built this one set (a set in fiction is a place you use frequently that contains important secrets and other elements your characters need to use to… Continue reading Something unplanned… and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Oh, such wicked fun today! 1257 words, and 44,099 total.
I have only the vaguest idea of where the story is going right now. I’m a long way off of the planned outline, writing into the dark, following the conflict, and asking always, “What could go wrong?” “What could go wrong?” is the right question for this section, for this book, for the aftermath of… Continue reading Oh, such wicked fun today! 1257 words, and 44,099 total.
Wow! 1412 words, two hours… And LIGHTNING struck! (Or… “Am I making a huge mistake?”)
I’d written myself into a corner yesterday, and I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen next. See… Brain writes the outlines and the overall planning. Gut, however, writes the words, and Gut — like a willful horse — is entirely capable of getting the bit between his teeth and galloping straight toward… Continue reading Wow! 1412 words, two hours… And LIGHTNING struck! (Or… “Am I making a huge mistake?”)
MINIONS!!! Minions are awesome! And today my main character had some!
I’ve run out of time, but I got 899 absolutely wicked words in Ohio 5 today. My MC has some helpers who today, in her hour of need, turned into minions — and they’re about to wreck havoc in her defense. It was a fun scene, and will be fun to get back to tomorrow… Continue reading MINIONS!!! Minions are awesome! And today my main character had some!