It has been a CRAZY 13 Days

Oh my goodness. ¬†Between the podcast (you can visit the site for Alone in a Room with Invisible People or just the Podbean Link itself here) and the insane amount of work it took to start it, get the extra episodes ready to air so I wouldn’t have to worry about it during and after my trip, my bug hunter work (they got their information on the 27th, a day early) and my 10 year anniversary that came up, I was running on steam!

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I have to take a minute to mention this because it was an amazing anniversary weekend. 12 years together, 10 married and this man blew me away. ¬†I have only just realized that¬†I am not the romantic one! ¬†HA! ¬†He booked a cottage room on the beach, a schooner boat ride with a singer who had a truly lovely voice I was glad I could hear over all of the other people on the boat and then we did about a half dozen other things. ¬†In about three days, HA! ¬†Also, we chilled like crazy on the back “porch” area of the cottage.

 

He even had a cake, champagne and rose petals all over the room after our romantic (and delicious) dinner.

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On our last day at the cottage we watched the dolphins swimming not too far out and even tried to reach them, but it was too far for us in the dark water. ¬†If we’d been in Key West or Hawaii, we would have booked it!

It was one of the best weekends with him I have ever had and I needed it. ¬†He is a workaholic – the pot calling the kettle black, I know it. ¬†Only thing, his work takes him out of the house. ¬†EMT and a volunteer firefighter. ¬†So he¬†might¬†have a day off a week. ¬†Usually it’s half a day and many weeks it’s been no days off. ¬†He typically works two jobs a day.

Anyway!

Today I also had to finish up my first drafts of my Query Letter and my Synopsis (fitting Harlequin’s specs), so that was a surprising amount of work. ¬†I was grateful that a part of How to Revise Your Novel shows you how to create both, especially the fact that the synopsis is taken from your earlier work!

And yes, I know I talk a lot about Holly’s classes, but I use them constantly! ¬†Just like Syd Field’s series of books on writing screenplays, these courses have just become a part of who I am and how I work.

So, now I am taking on plotting the second book in my Wandalucia series. ¬†I was already throwing out some ideas here and there for it, today I planned to start plotting. ¬†Brock and Angie are getting their book, which was definitely the plan as I started to develop Brock’s character. ¬†When I found the first draft came in under goal (word count) I was more than happy to add in another POV – Brock’s. ¬†Already planning to write the next book about him and Angie, I got a chance to explore Brock a little from the inside and also, bring more of the relationship he shares with Dom into the book. ¬†Being best friends, I plan to have Dom in book two as well.

I went ahead and downloaded my copy of Professional Plot Outline (the only non-affiliate link here of Holly’s, it’s a .99 cents, pure and practical guide but she is not currently selling it on her site as she wants to rewrite it and beef it up to be more helpful) and then pulled out the two clinics just in case I wanted to (or needed to, if my Muse had been stingy today) use them: Create a Plot Clinic and Create a Character Clinic. ¬†Those are under $10 each and I have found them incredibly helpful in the past.

I didn’t end up needing them today. ¬†I did about 2800 words on background information and a bunch of research for characters and their pasts. ¬†I wrote a lot about Brock and discovered some really amazing things about him. ¬†And I found out some cool shit about Angie’s mother (Belinda), her half-brother Richard’s mother (Sandy) and a little bit that makes me like their father, Phil, even more than I already did. ¬†I also enjoyed discovering how Dom and Brock became friends.

Angie’s past and the actual plotting will have to wait. ¬†Tomorrow morning I am getting to work on my final version of¬†Leaving Wandalucia before submission. ¬†I am nervous, but also excited and downright chipper to get to work thanks to the amazing help from my bug hunters!! ¬†They’ve all worked so hard and come through for me and I cannot be more grateful. ¬†I should be receiving the last two early in the morning before I wake up, so I’ll be getting to work both before and after the ultrasound I have at my OBGYN. ¬†We have to check on the cysts from my PCOS and the tumor I have on my ovary before deciding on any next steps.

 

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It has been a CRAZY 13 Days

Altering Characters, Abilities and Adding Details

Though not productive in numbers, I did well today.  Very well, it feels like.

I started out with 451 words written last year, background on characters, two of which are only hints in this first novel.   I had to change a few things built into their characters, the magical abilities and predilections.  As I finally built the bones of the magical system, now I have rules in which to play, thank goodness.  Rules set limitations and limitations add stress, risk and reliability, to name a few things.  The also, most importantly, provide conflict and a world in which your reader can become accustomed.

So I went down to 326 words, then began building the characters up through their characteristics, physical looks, magical traits as well as natural, non-magical but still paranormal traits. ¬†I built up a little bit of the past as well and started integrating the character whose background I needed to build in order to gather the motivation of the villain (you can see where I figured out what I needed while backtracking through what I didn’t have in Not Quite a Fail). ¬†So I’m getting there.

Considering the research I had to do, the berserker kittens that went insane and cost me about 7 minutes of writing and the 5 minute coffee break, I did well. ¬†With 48 minutes I ended up with 1255 words, 929 of them new. ¬†I ended up with images of two of the characters homes and a bit of research done to indicate what elements each character (past) would focus on. ¬†There was also a lot of sitting and thinking, trying to figure out just how these characters differed and how their home lives would effect their choices. ¬†I’m not done but I’d like to think I’m halfway or more there. ¬†Then onto the victim’s backstory. ¬†I just need to get my MC’s family tree open and it’s with a program I originally only had a trial of, argh. ¬†I could have sworn I had purchased it.

I might write more today, but I do also have commissions nearing their deadline and these need to get finished (for the smaller ones) and worked on (for the paintings).

Altering Characters, Abilities and Adding Details