Thursday, September 8, 2011

ROW80, Edits, and Dark Tomorrows,

It's that time again! My mid-week check-in. So what's new?
Writing goals: pretty minimal progress with the actual writing this week. I got in slightly less than a thousand words. I have been doing a massive amount of editing, though, and that does technically count towards my writing goals. One of the mistakes I made in my early ROW80 goal setting was to skip the editing part of the writing process entirely, as if it would magically happen or that it wasn't that important. Now I've tried to correct for that by allowing a substitution- one day of writing for one day of editing. I'm doing a lot more editing than I thought I would this round, though. Even though I do seem to be reaching the weekly writing or editing goals, I'm having to face the fact that I probably won't reach my overarching WIP goals. I had very specific WIPs in mind when I started this challenge. There was no way I could forsee the projects I'd be have a chance to join. So in a way, I'm anticipating a fail, but with a lesson learned: the importance of staying flexible. I would have greatly regretted saying no to the Dark Tomorrows anthology to eke out a few thousand words on a fall release. And now there's another anthology I really want to be a part of. It's just going to mean extra word count to make up later. In other words, one lesson I'm trying to take away from this ROW80 is how to stay flexible and take advantage of unexpected opportunities without losing sight of my larger goals. And yes, I'm sure I have a long way to go with that.

Just released: I am thrilled with the Dark Tomorrows anthology. It was a lot of fun to do, and it really helped me grow as a writer. Here I am, used to writing paranormal YA romance, wondering how the hell I'm supposed to write something scary and futuristic enough to hang with these guys. What I came up with was a love story, of sorts- a very dark and twisted one. An unstable assassin falls in love for the first time, with disastrous consequences, on a dying Earth: "This Silent Country." When I was done I sat back and thought, "Wow, gruesome. I just wrote something I don't want my momma to read." It was a good exercise, and I got to meet some great writers in a totally different genre than what I'm used to. I'm a big fan of anthologies now- if any of you get the chance, you should absolutely go for it. Or get together with some like-minded writers and start one of your own. You can pick Dark Tomorrows up for free on Smashwords here or on Amazon here. Last time I checked it was still .99 cents on Amazon, but we're hoping it will drop to free any day now. Get to know some cool new horror writers, or check out fellow ROW80er Stacey Wallace Benefiel's "Day of Sacrifice" entry.

That's really all I have to say for this late ROW80 entry. It's hard to believe the end is nigh! I hope everyone is doing well meeting their goals. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks for all your help, Vicki! Sorry I keep distracting you :)

  2. Oh, I just noticed this: Dark Tomorrows is, at the moment, #1 on Amazon's list of Hot New Releases in Science Fiction Short Stories.

  3. Not distracting! I'm talking strictly ROW80 readjustment here, which is what the challenge is all about. I'm not anticipating actual deadline adjustments.
    How cool is that w/ Dark Tomorrows? I am down with the anthomathalogizin'. I just got asked to do another one this past week in- yep- horror. Crazy, huh?