Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday Update: Busy, Books, and More Busy

Hi all! It's time for a ROW80 check in, which is something I've let slide as I got busier and busier. It's funny, because if I was giving advice to someone else in my situation, I would emphasize how important it is to stick with your support group. It's so much harder to see what's good for me!

I won't rehash how productive/ busy this week has been. For more about the book deal, my last post says it all. I can say that it's starting to sink in- to go from ,"Yay! Shiny new book!" to "Ohmigosh, I have deadlines. Massive ones with teeth." And I wanted this??? Yes, I did. Among a storm of things, I've been compiling character background charts. I've never rally done this before, but I was asked specifically for it as an aid to the cover artist(s). I have to say, I found it extremely helpful.

I have to pause here and give a shout out to Kait Nolan. I found the character analysis chart on her website. I didn't even do a Google search for one, knowing how many resources Kait has in her website's sidebar. Susan Bischoff's is the same way; from name generators to entire plot maps, there's a wealth of links and such there. (Also Kait helped me proof a blurb on the fly, for which I am still very grateful. It underscored a cardinal rule: don't try to edit your own stuff, no matter how short or how good of an editor you are. At the very least, have a second set of eyes on it. Or three or four, if you can find them.

Mmm, what else in the ROW80/ writing world? This week, as far as actual word count, I did a 2300 word chapter, a 500 word blurb, and roughly seven pages of character analysis. Yep. Busy. No reading this week; for those of you whose books are in my TBR pile, please be patient with me! I'll get to them. Right now I'm committed to doing some beta'ing and editing for yet another project. Hard to complain, though. I love editing. You get paid to read books and help make them better! What job could possibly be better? (Except making things up for pay!) Speaking of editing, I got a shout-out in a review of J.L. Bryan's Fairy Metal Thunder, an awesome book I edited. It made me happy, and I think there's a giveaway on the site.

Blogging- yep, managing that on time for a change. :) I can't think of anything else... oh, wait! My son asked for a Kindle Fire for his birthday. He'll be the first in our family to have one. I can't wait to check that sucker out. We told him it would be a bad idea to take it to school, even though Kindles are allowed. To be fair, there have been a rash of portable electronics robberies there, but I must admit I smiled at the thought of playing with it during school hours. Not that I'll have a lot of time for that, but it's still a nice thought.

I hope all of you are having a good writing week. Happy Wednesday- halfway to the weekend already!


  1. Now I don't feel so bad. I've been horrible about posting my progress! So happy to hear you're super busy...yeah, happy, because that means you're getting to do what you love :)

  2. Busy is sometimes a good thing, even if it doesn't feel like it ;) Just make sure you get to breathe somewhere in there!

  3. Congrats! So exciting about your book!! Sounds like you're taking care of business. :D

  4. Thanks, everyone!
    I had a more profound comment, but my blog appears to be eating them these days. Be good, Blogger!