Posts Tagged ‘last rites’

(writing) Launch day!

Not a lot here today – I’m launching Last Rites, the final book in the Horseman series, tonight at 6 pm!  Come and join us (if you are in the NH area) to the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord at 6 pm for a wine and cheese reception, focusing on my books and Robert Dorr’s amazing art, based on my books!  It’s a free reception, and there will be both books and art for sale!

(writing/to-do/health) Thoughts on the eve of a long weekend

So, I’ve been back to work on the Day Job for three half-days.  Today, I’m exhausted (although I don’t know if it’s because of the two hours at the dentist today to repair a broken tooth or just low stamina), but I have the next FIVE days off, so I’ll be able to sleep in, do some necessary refueling, and see how I feel next week.  Luckily, my doctor is happy to extend my part-time status if needed.  Finding a good doctor is so key – I’m very lucky with mine.  Seriously, if you have health issues and your doctor doesn’t talk to you or listen to you, fire them.  Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up to fail.

 

This weekend, I’m doing some planning.  I want to redesign the website (because I’m aware it sucks.  There’s a reason I’m not a website designer, I’m a writer).  I’m going to actually PLAN it out, though, rather than just try and do it online.  I’m also doing some writing plans, which will involve calendars and metrics and all sorts of fun stuff.  I’m determined to keep my writing going, and this year is the year when I write stuff that I can then pitch to people.  I’m not kidding when I say I have nothing held back.  I’ve sold everything that I have finished.  I have nothing to pitch.  That is not a good situation to be in.  So this year is the year of writing.

 

I also need to start working on some publicity things for Last Rites.  I’m working on the page proofs this week, and then I will have some interesting news for you guys.  And some teasers!  And maybe, just maybe, some other things that you might be interested in.

 

And now, I’m going to bed.  Because I’m mean that way.

(personal/writing) Getting back into the swing of things

I’ve been writing again.  In fact, my new streak is at 8 days and counting.  It feels good to write again, like I’ve found the right thing that I need to be doing.

 

I used to wish I was one of those authors who could have two or more projects going at once, because they always seemed to be getting stuff done.  However, as part of learning my own process, I’m realizing that I’m not built that way.  I have two current stories going, and I’m going to be putting one aside so I can concentrate on the other one.  I can’t switch back and forth from different worlds – not when I’m writing, at least.  So I’ll choose one (Pendragon, actually) and then, once that draft is done, I’ll switch back to Midsummerland.

 

I’m okay with this.  Yes, it takes me longer to write and finish things.  But that’s okay.  It’s my process, and I’m owning it.  I have other things I can work on as well (like the page proofs for Last Rites), and the sooner I finish Pendragon, the sooner I can start shopping it around.

 

And that’s a good thing.

(personal/update/writing) I really don’t do this blogging thing well, do I?

I’m trying, I really am.  I need to get myself on a schedule again, where I settle in to write before work, so it’s done.  I also need to start working on more blog posts.  I just feel like I don’t know quite what to say, so blogging feels – I dunno.  Self-aggrandizing.  Ah well, I’ll get over it.

 

So, what’s been going on?  I’m still writing.  My streak ended at 54 days – I’m starting a new streak today after missing yesterday due to a ghost investigation.  It was a FASCINATING investigation, and I can’t wait to work on my recorder tomorrow.  I have something like 7 hours to listen to.

 

Writing news – I have the interior proofs of Last Rites, which are due by the end of the month.  I’m also working on the rough draft of Midsummerland, which I’m planning on having the rough done of by June 1, so I can revise it and get it sent on the agent hunt by September.  I’m still plugging away on Pendragon Casefiles 1 too, so don’t worry.  Ghost hunters will be out by the end of the year!

 

More later.  I just wanted to make sure that folks knew I wasn’t dead.  And that I’ll be doing more blogging soon.  I promise.

(personal/writing/health/reading) So many things running through my head…

And yet, I fee very calm.  Not crazy, just in a zen kind of mood.  I DO have a lot to do.  And I’m confident I can do it.

 

I’ve been gluten-free now for almost two months, and I can feel differences that I didn’t realize I would.  Things are clearer –  like a fog has lifted.  I’m not even really missing much, except bread.  I need to find a good bread recipe that doesn’t leave me chewing forever.  But I’m working on it – it’s a work in progress, just like a story.

 

I’m running too – I ran twice last week, and realized that I truly need to lose a bit more weight before I run on the track again.  My knees aren’t hurting, exactly, but I’m not doing them any favors by pounding on them with the track with a 285 lb body.  So for the remainder of this pass through the Couch to 5K program (I’m on Week 2, Day 2 for Monday), I’ll be running on the treadmill, working on dropping some weight.  Once I’m running the full 5K on the treadmill, I’ll switch back to the track.  April 6 is my deadline – that’s the Todd’s Trot 5k run that I’m doing for my birthday.  The goal is to run the entire thing.  Even if I finish 2 hours after everyone else.  I WILL run it!

 

I’m feeling more focused on my writing too.  I’ve shelved my pirate story for a while – it’s not working, and I’m thinking I’m going at it the wrong way.  So it goes back into the treasure chest to marinate, and I’m working on my ghosthunters again.  Although they’ve made a change too, which I like.  And I’m plugging along on my edits – hoping to have them out the door by the end of the month as well.

 

I’m reading again too.  I’m not really going to quantify, but I’m reading two interesting books right now.  One is called The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Dr. Atul Gawande.  It’s about how to use a checklist to make sure you are doing everything you need to.  It’s fascinating – he’s a surgeon, so most of his examples are medical-related, but he relates it to the real world.  I’m engrossed.

 

The other book I’m reading is The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly.  Not normally my type of book, but Mom let me borrow it, and I’m loving how she’s weaving the tale of a modern day woman trying to find her way in life with letters from the characters in Little Women (who are this woman’s ancestors).  It’s a good reminder to read outside my genre.  I’m going to have to find some more like this.

 

This got longer than I thought it would, so I’ll put my to-do list on another page.  I do still have a list, after all!

NaNoWriMo update

I am still doing NaNo, and I’m going to be doing daily updates from now on.  Today, my total stands at 8363 words – I’m about 14k behind, but I’m trying to catch up.  I refuse to give up!

I also received my edits for Last Rites this past weekend, so I have to start working on those.  But I really, really need to get my NaNo done, as it’s the Advent Story I’m going to begin posting on December 1st.  Yes, Schrodinger and Molly are coming back for another season!

Also, I’ve been asked about their first adventure.  I think I will be collecting the first Advent Story into ebook form (and possibly offering it on Lulu as well, for those who want a hard copy) and putting it up for sale for a small amount.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to get it done for December 1st, but I’ll try to have it available before Christmas.

So many things are happening right now.  I’m overwhelmed, and excited, and exhausted.  It’s a great time.

(to-do/writing/personal) Sundays are days of rest. Really.

Even when you don’t get home until 3:30 am from a ghost investigation – it’s still a day of rest.  A day to catch up on Once Upon a Time (my new favorite show, next to Castle and Bones), write, do laundry and dishes, and just renew myself.  I really do like this new schedule – I feel more alive.  And the words are coming again.

The words are coming because of a few things: I’m doing the daily pages every day at 750words.com, I’m taking the time to do things like watching TV again (a few selected shows only), and I’m reading again.  I just finished The Between, by LJ Cohen, and now I’m reading Hard Magic, by Laura Anne Gilman.  Because of that, and the fact that I’m on the right schedule, I’m getting words.

Which is good, because I’ve set myself a goal of finishing the first draft of Forgotten, the book I’m currently working on.  I haven’t talked much about it here, and I won’t for a while, but it’s a totally different world than the Horseman books.  Ghost stories, in fact.  I love ghost stories, and now, I’m free to write the books I want to read.  So, first draft of Forgotten is on deadline for May 30th.

I need to post a honey do list for this year, but I’ll do that later.  The big things on it, though, are Forgotten, the first draft of Schrodinger (whatever the title will be) and getting both Spells and Swashbucklers and Last Rites onto the shelves.  And, in non-writing stuff, I need to redesign the website.  Badly.

But today, I have just a few things to do:

– vacuum the living room

– empty the drainboard

– empty the sink

– Daily pages

– 500 words  on Forgotten

– Update the calendar in the living room

 

Lots to do today, and daylight, as they say, is a-burnin’.  Good news is, I don’t have to get up at 6 am tomorrow.

(metrics) Day 28, more NaNo counts

I finished Chapter 25 of Last Rites today, and made myself cry. The entire end of this book is making me very emotional. *sniff* Gotta get through it, though.

Between homework and work tomorrow, i didn’t have time to work on the sekrit project, but I did work on Rites, and I put Word on my big computer. Going to write more tomorrow morning, hopefully on the sekrit project, since I’ve got only a few more days to get it moving!!! Eep!

Starting Count: 92510
Ending Count: 93291
Net Gain: +781
Current NaNo count: 26733
Current Word YTD count: 28352
Val’s Tea Fund: $6

Starting line:
He looked out over the yard. “Do you remember our home, Caran?”

Ending line:
They sat in silence as the moon rose, more of a family than Alex had ever had, and he wondered at the irony of discovering them just as he was about to die.

Darling:
“Because now I understand what I’ve lost,” he said, and watched her blue eyes widen in surprise, then narrow in suspicion. “I’m serious. For the first time in over twenty years, I’m not looking through a veil of Chaos and Blood. In two days, I’m going to die, and I’m finding that I want to know what kind of legacy I’m leaving behind. Besides fear and loathing,” he added. “I know about that. But there’s a good chance that our children may survive us. I did help give life to them. I’d like to know about them.”

(metrics) Day 24 – more NaNo and more words

Today was another hard day writing. I think I’m beginning to burn out: on this book, on NaNo, and on life in general. But I’m still writing, even if it’s just 300 words at a time. I can do this. I’ll work through it. Really.

Really.

Starting Count: 92114
Ending Count: 92510
Net Gain: +396
Current NaNo count: 25425
Current Word YTD count: 25876
Val’s Tea Fund: $4

Starting line:
“Old,” he said, not looking up at her. “Not up.”

Ending line:
“I don’t know,” Alex said. “I really don’t.”

Darling:
“So what happened? How did we end up here?” Caran reached out, and took his hand. Alex turned to look at her, and to his surprise, there were tears sparkling in her eyes. “How did it come to pass that our son killed me, and our daughter hates both of us?”

Word Count Metrics

Starting Count: 25401
Ending Count: 27182
Net Gain: +1781

Starting line:
“Odd place for Death to hang out,” Amy said, turning back to her companion. Nikki was leaning back, a look of peace on her pale face, and Amy envied her for a moment.

Ending line:
“I can’t let Shanna let anyone escape,” Justin said, his hands starting to glow.

Darling:
Justin laughed. “I would, but I’ve been in this warded cell for three weeks. And my requests for access to my Facebook page have been denied, for some reason. I’m horribly behind on all the gossip.”

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I keep forgetting that I really should be posting things here, and not just at the LiveJournal blog.  Sorry!  A habit of 5 years is hard to break!

I will be posting more here, especially once we get the podcast going.  Look for some more stuff here soon.