This year is FLYING by!
I can’t believe that it’s the end of July already.
What’s more, it’s been over two weeks since my last update. So much for my bi-weekly schedule! But it’s been a VERY busy couple of weeks for me on all fronts. Work has been keeping me busy busy, and then my evenings have been spent in a flurry of activity writing.
So, since my last news update there was a guest Blog Post by my wonderful Wifey on what it’s like to live with an obsessive writer. Then I was compelled to write an entry about the furore in the Twitter #WritingCommunity regarding someone using a pen name for nefarious purposes. Oh, and then I found out that Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games) had a new book out with a very similar title to mine! Well of course I had to blog about it. 🙂
Which brings you up to date!
So let’s check in and see how everything else it progressing…
Editing IS ALMOST FINISHED on Hunters.
There are 82 chapters in Hunters (including the Epilogue) and Nikki has helped me get to chapter 75…which is where we ran aground.
She pointed out a pretty big issue in that chapter, which was a bit of a bummer, because that’s one of my FAVOURITE chapters. The set up is that Gayle and her two sisters are shooting the breeze in a bar, and catching up on the big things in each others lives.
The issue was that Gayle has news to tell them, Allyson has bigger news to tell them and Carrie has BIGGER news to tell them. Problem was I did the reveals backwards, meaning that the reveals got progressively less important as the chapter went on. Had to admit, Nikki was right on that score.
So, I’ve been back to the drawing board on that chapter and have been re-ordering the narrative. So far, so good.
There are now just 7 chapters left to run through and then…it’s done!
Or mostly done! LOL
The plan is to have a final read through myself, and also give it to Wifey and a few of my friends to read through and see if they can find anything wrong that we didn’t spot.
If you fancy being a psuedo Beta-Reader for me, just let me know!
Book 2, B2E is getting written at a cracking pace!
I’ve really enjoyed buckling down to it these last couple of weeks and have made huge headway!
There are now 50 chapters which have a complete first draft. There are a further 8 chapters which are almost done – or at least started!.
The leaves just 34 chapters which are in a ‘yet to be started‘ state.
The bigger news, in some respects, is that I breezed through the 100k words barrier. In fact, as of last night I’m at 101,907 words in the document. This feels big. Crossing that threshold feels like a watershed. I think that when all is said and done, the first draft of B2E is going to end up at around the 160k mark. The final edit may come down a little from there, but I don’t think by too much.
Where Hunters was a huge learning curve for me, B2E has been smoother sailing. The lessons I learned in writing Book 1 have been pressed into service, and the first draft of B2E is going to be a much tighter affair.
I have to say though…I love some of the stuff in this book. It really moves the story on in what I believe is a number of really interesting directions, which I’m hoping will engage the reader, keep them hooked and eager to find out where it’s all going as I head into Book 3.
Speaking of which…
Book 3, Tooth & Claw (henceforth to be referred to as T&C) is on the horizon now.
Which that in mind, I got stuck into the old ‘Spreadsheet of Doom™’ and started sorting out the minutae of the plot. I already had the broad outline, and the key plot points, but now I’ve started the work of filling in the gaps and making sure it all hangs together and heads us towards Book 4.
Lots of exciting things are afoot in Book 3, the end of which will be GAME CHANGER for the characters status quo. So I’m itching to get into writing it!
In other News…
Not much to report actually. Nothing to see here…move along please.
On a Personal Note…
There’s been a lot of turmoil in my life recently, and I decided to write a Blog Post about it. I was going to put it out this week, but it’s not ready yet due to me getting diverted into writing about the similar book titles malarky. Look out for it next week, along with (possibly) a little post I’ve been doing that is a chucklesome look at online gaming!
I’ve also been reading up a storm lately. I finished the Marissa Meyer ‘Renegades‘ trilogy, and *spoilers* LOVED IT! Now I’m working my way through Jim Bernheimer’s ‘D-List Supervillain‘ series and very much enjoying them. I’m on book 3 of 5. I’ll probably put up a little review on my blog when I’m done.
Then I’m on to a trio of books from people I’ve met on the Twitter #WritingCommunity.
There’s links to them (and more!) on my ‘Links to Friends‘ page. Check them ALL out!
I’m REALLY looking forward to reading these, as they’re some of the nicest people I’ve met on Twitter and the premises really intrigue me! Plus, I love supporting my fellow creatives!
I will put up little mini-reviews of them after I’ve read them.
Until next time
Love & Books