Dec 072011
 

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Working Wednesday. I’m guessing the last was either the last week of October or the first week of November. Well, folks. I’m doing away with the Working Wednesdays. Not sure what I’ll do instead or if I’ll do anything specific for Wednesdays.

Now that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing my updates. I’m just not going to do them here and not as consistently. For now on, my updates will be done on my website under the category Writing Updates.

Why the change, you ask? I feel like this blog focuses a little too much on me when I have the main website for that purpose. I want more of a separation. You’ll still see posts about my upcoming releases, and I’ll continue to advertise my works in the widgets and such… but no more updates about mundane writing progress.

Let’s keep the focus on books, authors, and publishing in general.

So that’s that. No more Working Wednesday.

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 Posted by at 10:00 am
Oct 192011
 

I totally forgot to do my Working Wednesday last week, which was actually quite exciting. This week? Not so much. :) Still I’ll share what’s happened these past two weeks.

Writing

  • Edit Chasing Shadows ~ I didn’t touch this work. I’m not even sure I pretend to open the project week.
    • Finish/edit one scene a day. Currently at 8/50
    • Get it to an editor (If I earn enough through sales to pay for one, otherwise this might be one of those works which doesn’t get published for awhile. No more dipping into family funds for my publishing ventures. After 3 releases, this business should be self-sustaining, and if not, well… it’s not going to become a money pit.)
    • Release by January 1 (hopefully – pending the funding I mentioned above)
  • Finish writing/editing Regina’s Story ~ TASK COMPLETED
    • Write the darn scene by the end of the month Completed Working Wednesday #21
    • Take a couple of days in early October to polish it Completed
    • Release Regina’s Story by November Released October 10, 2011. WOOT!!!
    • Find links for Regina’s Story here
  • Finish writing/editing Injustice is Served ~ I wrote half of the last story. Still have a few kinks to work out plus the ending.
    • 6.5/7 complete – Finish 1 story a month so the first drafts will be ready by November
    • Polish them in November/December
    • Release before Christmas
  • NEW GOAL: NaNoWriMo
    • Decide which story I’m going to write. Decided to join the NaNo Rebels. I’m not starting a new story. Instead I plan on finishing two stories I’ve already started.
      • Book 1 of Trinity’s Destiny (the gal from ILYF)
      • The Sun Still Rises (single title, but features Gretel’s from ILYF and Nora Tech from Shadow Cat. If I’m not mistaken, there’s even a scene with Bryan Hayes in it.)
      • Work on some short stories if there’s time (Control Freak and/or a May/December erotica)
    • Come November 1, write 2000 words on the week days (M-F)
    • Write 1500 words on the weekends (S & S)

Reading Challenge

  • I’m currently 2 books ahead.
  • My current reads is Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I’m enjoying this one a lot more than I’d expected. It started off really silly. I’m probably about a 2/3 done and not sure where things will  lead.
2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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 Posted by at 10:00 am
Oct 052011
 

I have no idea what I’ve accomplished this week. To be honest, I have the feeling I’ve been very unproductive. We’ll see though.

Your Final ILYF reminder: The giveaway for the last signed copy of I Loved You First ends Friday, October 7.

Here’s how it works: comment on any of the posted on the tour then return to the kickoff post and enter to win. That’s it.

Writing

  • Edit Chasing Shadows ~ I didn’t touch this work. I’m not even sure I pretend to open the project this week.
    • Finish/edit one scene a day. Currently at 8/50
    • Get it to an editor (If I earn enough through sales to pay for one, otherwise this might be one of those works which doesn’t get published for awhile. No more dipping into family funds for my publishing ventures. After 3 releases, this business should be self-sustaining, and if not, well… it’s not going to become a money pit.)
    • Release by January 1 (hopefully – pending the funding I mentioned above)
  • Finish writing/editing Regina’s Story ~ I started polishing this yesterday. Hopefully I’ll have it polished by the end of the week. It’s not like it’s all that long.
    • Write the darn scene by the end of the month Completed Working Wednesday #21
    • Take a couple of days in early October to polish it
    • Release Regina’s Story by November
  • Finish writing/editing Injustice is Served ~ Finished another story. The last one is stewing. I have a few parts of it written in my head, but haven’t settled on a good beginning. I’d love to finish this and get it out next month, during NaNoWriMo
    • 6/7 complete – Finish 1 story a month so the first drafts will be ready by November
    • Polish them in November/December
    • Release before Christmas
  • NEW GOAL: NaNoWriMo
    • Decide which story I’m going to write. Thinking about one of the following:
      • Book 2 of Trinity’s Destiny (the gal from ILYF). I haven’t finished the first book yet. However, I know already how it’s going to end. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for Book 2 (Trinity’s Descent), however I have a nice tone for it. In fact, the first and last chapters are already written in pseudo form. I’m pretty happy with it. Now I’ve got to figure out what goes in the middle.
      • An end of times (biblical revelation) story. I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I have the first two scenes written in my head. I’m just not sure where I want to go with it. Also, there’s a LOT of research needed for it. I started some rough outlines, because I’d like it to be a series. However, I’m not sure I’m ready to start a project that HUGE.
      • Sci-fi space story w/a bit of cybernetic action going. I envision a Star Wars like universe where folks travel from planet to planet. I’ve got an inkling of a story line. In fact, I believe I have a crappy outline somewhere. I wasn’t satisfied with it. Before I finished the outline I  saw plot holes and issues with believability. I think a similar story still has potential, I just need to work out the issues.
    • Write the outline for whichever story I choose
    • Develop character profiles for the main characters (except Trinity… I already know her an have a character profile written from Book 1)
    • Come November 1, write 2000 words on the week days (M-F)
    • Write 1500 words on the weekends (S & S)

Reading Challenge

  • I’m currently 2 books ahead. I’ve been so caught up in reading, I’ve done very little writing.
  • My current reads is Was America Founded As a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction by John Fea. This read is a bit slow for me, so I might end up losing my lead. Growing up, I was never into history. However, the tidbits I do find interesting, now that I’m a bit more mature.
2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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I’m never as quick getting through non-fiction as a real great fiction book. Doesn’t matter how entertaining the non-fiction book is. Page per page, it still takes me longer. What about you? Do non-fiction books slow you down?

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 Posted by at 10:00 am
Sep 282011
 

As you might recall, last week I took a break from the writing-related nonsense. :) I have to say, I’m quite refreshed and feeling a bit of motivation. I even managed to get a wee bit of writing done. I’ll get to that, but first…

Your weekly reminder: We’re down to one (1) signed copies of ILYF. I’ll announce the winner of the blog tour button giveaway on October 1. So you won’t have too long to wait. Until then, try your shot at the one listed on kickoff post.

Here’s how it works: comment on any of the following posted hosted by bloggers then return to the kickoff post and enter to win. And of course, you can always comment on the prior weeks’ posts. So the new posts up for this week on the tour are:

Another short list this week, so be sure to get your comments and entries in. Just two more days left. Exciting! :)

Writing

  • Edit Chasing Shadows ~ I looked at this today (or maybe it was yesterday) and edited maybe a paragraph
    • Finish/edit one scene a day. Currently at 8/50
    • Get it to an editor (If I earn enough through sales to pay for one, otherwise this might be one of those works which doesn’t get published for awhile. No more dipping into family funds for my publishing ventures. After 3 releases, this business should be self-sustaining, and if not, well… it’s not going to become a money pit.)
    • Release by January 1 (hopefully – pending the funding I mentioned above)
  • Finish writing/editing Regina’s Story ~ Didn’t work on this (needs to sit before I start polishing it)
    • Write the darn scene by the end of the month Completed Working Wednesday #21
    • Take a couple of days in early October to polish it
    • Release Regina’s Story by November
  • Finish writing/editing Injustice is Served ~ Finished the story I started during WW#21.
    • 5/7 complete – Finish 1 story a month so the first drafts will be ready by November
    • Polish them in November/December
    • Release before Christmas

Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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 Posted by at 10:55 pm