Monday, March 5, 2012

Late to the ROW

A quickie update today since I realized I completely forgot to post yesterday.
1. Word count clocks in at 3700 for the first part of the week, and probably 700 for the last part. That last bit was handwritten, so the count is a little off maybe, but at least I hit my overall goal of 4000. I have to admit I was feeling a little stuck, working through some key scenes in the third Chronicles book, The Forgotten Fire, and so I just had to roll up my sleeves and go back to basics. Frequently when I'm feeling blocked a little pen to paper helps. I can't say I have the scene entirely ironed out, but I know things are going to go one of two ways, ultimately. I have faith at this point that my characters will show me the way when I finally get there- that's one of the things I love about being a combination pantser/ plotter. I work from an outline, and I do plan things, but sometimes you just have to leave a little wiggle room to let your characters breathe, otherwise they'll never surprise you.
2. I'm a really slow reader lately. I have a lot on my mind, plot-wise, including finishing up a series and a serial that will eventually turn into a book. When I get like this it takes forever to actually read anything, and it's even harder to find something that engages my mind. So I'm working through Claudia LaFeve's Parallel, her time traveler's series, and I have to say it's a good, engaging, well-constructed little book. I'm not done yet and already I'm looking forward to the next one, Paradox.
3. My newsletter is going out in the next day or two with offers of ARCs and general announcements. That's definitely on the top of my to-do list.
Ok, I promised this would be a brief one, and I'm on the verge of rambling about totally pointless things like how my entire household had cupcakes for breakfast or that the new trailers for HBO's Game of Thrones, coming out April 1, totally rock. Hopefully I'll have further interestingness next update.
And remember to be on time.


  1. Oh wow! Was browsing through my blog list and caught your post :) I hope you enjoy the rest of Parallel and Paradox is just a few weeks away from publication!

  2. How do you get on the newsletter list? I believe you have my email addy. :)

    I shudder whenever I see the word "pantser". I have no idea why. I'm a mutt, myself. I plot out the entire book, but then I go where the spirit moves me. But I do, I do so hate that word. hahaha