First Draft Done!

Hi everybody!

So I did actually finish up that book, like I had hoped. Even after going back to strengthen a couple of points. So… yes!

Some time next year I will have the last book in the Non-Vampire series out, I’ll have this one (my first middle grade book), and I may have a book with a trans main character out. That last one I’m still not sure about. I think so, but I need to go back through it and punch it up quite a bit. Like the story, love the character, just not sure others will find it quite as interesting. Even still, I may put it out there just for my own sake.

I’m taking a few days off to do some reading and thinking before diving back in to rewrites. I have some ideas that may or may not come through for changes on this site, too, and I might look into those. I’m probably going to wait a while, but I’ve been thinking about it some.

Anyone here use Axis 360 from their local library? If so, are you having trouble with it? I can’t get it to show any of my stuff. I can browse the library with it, but I can’t go to the details page and I can’t see my books that are checked out or on hold. The last time I contacted them they told me they no longer support older versions of Android (mine is version 6), so they couldn’t help. I had to find an older version of the app on my own, since they wouldn’t supply one. And now something has happened and that one won’t even work, and it has been working for several months.

Here is where I would slam programmers and say they don’t ever think of anyone but their own lazy selves.

And here is where I would feel really stupid, because I used to work as a programmer, and I have written an awful lot of software myself where people probably found issues that they weren’t happy about.

So yeah, not putting down the programmers. Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble.

Everyone have a good weekend!

That Time Again

Hi all!

I’m in the closing stages of work on a book, and I’m approaching a much-dreaded time for me. Every time I near the end of the book, the work seems to slow to a crawl. Well, almost every time. Faerie Queen wasn’t like that, but the others all seem to be. I will think I have 10,000 words remaining, but it ends up being 20,000. Or I’ll only have the 10,000, but then I realize the ending will be more powerful if I make a few changes, so I have to go back to switch some things around. It seems like this happens so much that I’m starting to fear the endings.

I almost always have a clear ending in mind. I know where I’m going from the start, basically, even if I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to get there. I have a general idea, at least. I try not to get too rigid with my pre-planning, because it seems to ruin my creativity and spontaneity when I try that. So it’s not a problem of not knowing how to wrap it up. I think it really comes down to me being absolutely horrible at estimating how much work remains. I can sometimes get the approximate number of words remaining correctly, but I seem to forget that there often times will be a lot more involved than just those words. Even in a first draft, I often go back and make changes as I go. And this gets more intense as I go along, making changes earlier in the story to strengthen the latter parts.

So yeah, while writing this I’ve realized I’m just really, really bad at remembering all of these story-strengthening fixes while I write. So nevermind, I’ll stop whining.

Anybody else having the longest week of their lives?

Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and friends and to eat too much turkey and pie. Of course some people also pile onto the sofa and watch football, ignoring the family and friends except for the ten minutes it takes to load a plate and scarf their food. That part isn’t cool.

So anyway, I will obviously be doing some of the spending time with family and eating part, but I won’t be doing the pile onto the sofa part.

Just a writing note-I’ve been working on a third (yes third!) work in progress lately, and I’m around 2/3 through it. Then I can finalize the editing on the last Brynne book, and then I can start the editing on a book that has a trans main character. It’s going to be a busy few months for me, but I can see releasing all three of these books in the first few months of 2019. It’ll be good. And then I can start on one of the dozens of other books I have clanging around in my head.

I hope everyone has a terrific Thanksgiving, and I hope all the travelers get back home safely. Happy Thanksgiving!