Argh.

I made the mistake of reading a review of one of my books. I usually don’t because it makes me obsess even more about what I might doing wrong with my writing. And trust me, there’s enough of that already.

This one was pretty bad. The number of stars was okay but they tore apart everything from my story pacing to my dialogue to my apparently ineffective use of pronouns. It was just bad. I felt like I was being graded by a really crotchety creative writing teacher.

Sigh.

I won’t be reading more reviews anytime soon. I just need to stay away from them, or else my motivation will be in the toilet. Positive energy only!!! Cue cheesy motivational photo.

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#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear

These were making me laugh and cringe today!

Writing Stuff

Hey-o! A paperback release is imminent. I will post a link once it’s available. The sequel to that release is nearly finished, so I’m trying to decide what I need to work on next. I have 2 other books in progress. One is a rough draft I finished about a year ago. The other is a rough draft that I stopped working on right in the middle for some reason or another. I hate it when I do that, by the way. It’s really the best method I have for annoying myself.

Anyway, so I picked up the half-written thing today, thinking that might be the next project. I really like what I wrote so far. Most of the time, writing feels like I’m trying to run backward uphill. It’s kind of awkward, and I can’t always see where my feet are going to land. When I picked this story up to look over it, I was pleasantly surprised.

Sometimes, despite the awkwardness of the process, things click into place, and they flow just the right way. That was today, and it was a really good feeling. I’m looking forward to getting back to it, now.

The only bad part of having a project that I really love is that I have more trouble seeing what’s wrong with it when editing time arrives. I’ll have to be careful with this one.

In unrelated news, have I mentioned that I like popcorn?

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In the Dark

Hey there, kats and kittenz! I thought I’d pop onto the blog and drop some knowledge, seeing as I’m sitting here in the dark with the power out.

Want to see my super creepy selfie? Of course, you do!

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Slightly demonic, no? Loving those black eyes! There can’t possibly be a better use of precious cell phone battery power.

I tried to write again this weekend. It didn’t work. I was mostly okay on time, except for that short cubicle jail stint I picked up on Saturday. This time, I hit a bad patch in my book notes, and by bad patch, I mean that if I could’ve, I would’ve traveled into the past to smack myself with a rolled-up paper and asked – what the heck is this?

The notes went like this.

Back story, random facts, couple of chapters, more back story, random character notes, maybe some more story and some parts that didn’t make enough sense for me to follow, etc. It goes on.

It was like someone with attention deficit disorder wrote them or something.

By the way, I can make that comment, because I have it, so if you were looking to get offended, continue on down the road! Not today, oversensitive babies. Not. Today.

I discovered that I can’t write without having my thoughts organized and in a file or on paper so I can keep myself on track. I did try to write without proper notes and nothing would come. I actually had a weird moment where I was jumping between my manuscript and my notes, trying to find a way to push through and just write something.

I couldn’t do it.

Is that what writer’s block is? Brain-lock due to poor planning?

Anyway, so I had to spend most of my weekend writing hours deciphering my mess and basically plotting out the rest of the book. It’s much better now. I’ve moved all my reference material to the end of the document, and my chapter notes are at the beginning.

That’s all I have for now. I hope the power comes back on soon.

In which pie was used as a metaphor

I didn’t get much writing done this weekend. Due to some barometric pressure insanity, I woke up with a migraine on Saturday. I threw everything I had at it, but the thing insisted on sticking around until about 3pm.

There was also an additional child in my house and I had to go get people food, etc. Needless to say, my mini writing retreat was a bust.

Sigh.

Maybe next time. I did get started. My very sad word count was just over 2000 words.

Allow me to illustrate my disappointment using this dented pie, which was only slightly less of a disappointment.

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Much like my word count, the pie was squished. It still tastes okay, though, and I am around to write another day.

I have a new goal of getting a few hours of writing in every Saturday. That will be a helpful thing. I may have to spend some of those hours at the library if I really don’t want to be interrupted.

I have a Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Love and the Dark that should go live tomorrow. I’ll post a link on the blog once I have one.

So much writing

This weekend is going to be crazy. The husband has car business to attend to. The children will likely be busy. I don’t have any visits to relatives planned. The only commitment I have for the whole weekend involves helping the boy set up his fish tank. As long as I can keep myself from falling down the Skyrim rabbit hole for hours on end, I should be able to accomplish a lot!

The writing project is going to be the sequel to the middle-grade book that’s coming out in February of next year. This is actually the perfect time to write it because I’m in the process of reading through the first book one last time. Everything is fresh in my brain.

I’m stocking up on coffee and snacks. It’s going to be awesome, like my own mini writing retreat. I can’t wait to see how much I can get done.

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Word Math

I think about time a lot, probably because I never seem to have enough of it. The other day, while I was trapped in cubicle jail, I was thinking about how long it actually takes me to write a book. Then came the question of how fast could I write a book if I worked consistently and on a computer? I type faster on a computer than I do on my tablet or my phone. I would think most people do.

Let’s say I type 40 words a minute. I actually type faster than that if I’m just transcribing thoughts.

A decent word count for a book is 80,000 words, not too much but still a somewhat substantial length. That’s actually longer than most of my books. Mine usually run somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 words.

40wpm = 2400 words per hour

80,000 words divided by 2400 = about  33.3 hours

And now I feel like I’m taking way too long to write books. This is less than a 40 hour work week.

Of course, this would be straight word count only, no rewriting, no proofreading, no cover art or interior layout. Still, this gives me some perspective on what I could be doing.

Here’s a picture of Bleu sleeping. He looks so innocent. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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