Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mid Week Update and Sneak Cover Peek

Just a quick update- I've got a book launch coming up, along with another Free ParTay promotion this month, so there's a lot on my mind. Plus it's going to be my birthday! On the Ides of March, which is where this blog got its name. I'll have to do something to celebrate, maybe!

1. Word count: I hit 3,700ish yesterday, and got one whole chapter written on my serial, Daughter of Glass, over at CQ. I am really happy with the progress I've made and where the story fits in Whitfield mythology. I imagine I just have 4-6 more chapters to go before it gets wrapped up! I'll be sad to see it go because I've really enjoyed writing a novel (or in this case, maybe a novella), in serialized form. I am very inclined to try it again- something abut the weekly deadlines, and the way you have to make sure it plugs into the overall plot, is fantastic discipline for me. The word count makes me happy, too, especially since I have decided to officially revise my expectations down from 6,000 to 4,000 words per week.

2. I spent today doing a good bit of character sketching. I don't mean actual artistic sketches, but rather those useful little character outline tools that Kait Noaln has available on her site. I'm sure they're available elsewhere, but I've gotten spoiled being able to pop over to Kait's and take advantage of all her meticulously gathered resources. It's like a writer's library over there. At any rate, one of my goals was to try and utilize more formal planning tools, and character sheets are both fun and useful. I'm sure I'll do more of them, and maybe even venture into the exciting world of plot outlines and more!

3. My second book in the Chronicles of Nowhere series, Shadowed Ground, is being converted to EPUB as we speak, so it should be out soon soon soon. I'm planning a grander unveiling at a later date, but here's a sneak peek at the cover, which I adore. If anyone is interested in an ARC please let me know and I'll be happy to oblige. The full profile should be going up on Goodreads today or tomorrow. It is very exciting to think that I'll have four publications out there, and by April, that number will grow to six! That's when the third Chronicles of Nowhere book will be available, The Forgotten Fire, and Daughter of Glass will be published in its entirety on Amazon. And then, o anxious Whitfield fans, Blood Redemption is next. I'm even thinking of serializing it so fans won't have to wait- each chapter will be available, for free, every week. But really that's at the thinking stage right now.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far, and that everyone's having an easy time meeting goals. And if not, the week is only half over, so there's still time!



6 comments:

  1. Impressive word counts! I like the more realistic end of the scale myself so as not to beat myself up about words that that don't happen, but it's always wonderful when they do. :)

    Very nice cover too, btw.

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  2. Thanks! The 6k was killing me, and I did wind up feeling bad about it most of the time. 4k is just more realistic. If I go over, then hurrah! Glad you like the cover!

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  3. I do like that cover! Somehow I expect that it pales in comparison to the story though.

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  4. Congratulations, your cover looks great! :-) And good job on the wordcount. I'm aiming for about 7,000 a week right now and it seems to be a sweet spot for me. But it can be hard some days!

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  5. Congrats on how well everything is going right now! I could never manage a serialisation, so I am in awe of you. :)

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