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The Ever-Morphing Novel

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So I was writing last night and suddenly the novel took one of those nifty unexpected turns. I like it when it does that, particularly when I can see how it will effect the rest of the story and change things for the better. On the negative, it also made me realize that I’ve started the novel in the wrong place, and I in fact need to add a good 10k at the beginning, to start things earlier in the overall story than I do (I originally wanted to keep that other stuff I left out for a short story, but now I see that the book would be weaker without it. We wouldn’t get to see the protag’s full character arc in the book without it.). So I have to go back to the beginning and start over, sort of. I’m not really wanting to do that at the moment though, so I’m just going to continue on like I am right now, then I’ll go back and add the beginning. No use in breaking my stride right when I’m starting to feel it coming back.

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So things are moving along a little slower than I’d like, but I’m hoping to make my 3k goal today.

Back In the Saddle

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One of the things I dislike about summer (other than the kids being home constantly) is vacations. Don’t get me wrong, I like taking vacations and spending time with the family, but getting back on the working track after a vacation is always hard. We went camping in Colorado Springs over the holiday weekend, visited the Garden of Gods (which makes me long to go back to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah) and Eleven-Mile Canyon. It was quite hot, and to make matters difficult, we ended up having to take the dogs with us, so it felt like we had 4 kids with us. There was also a sliver incident with one of our kids the first evening, which resulted in a 3 hour trip to the local ER to have an inch and a half wooden splinter removed from her, so we didn’t roll into bed until almost 2am that first night. I never quite caught up on the missing sleep and am still feeling it this morning. I took the Mini so I could maybe get some writing done during the camping trip, but I managed to only write a couple sentences. I didn’t even get much reading done (it could be the book I’m reading though. It hasn’t hooked me in yet, so I kept falling asleep every time I’d sit down to read).

But vacations are over for a while now and hopefully I’ll be able to blast past this drowsiness and get some work done. I need to reclaim my groove.

New Novel Progress and Other Sundries

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So I’ve finally made the move into the new novel with full-steam and things are trucking along nicely:

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There’s no title as of yet and there probably won’t be one for a couple drafts. Nothing is springing out at me, which is par for the course. Titles are, for me, the most difficult part about writing.

Speaking of titles, the other novel now has a new title, and as a result, I think I’ve got titles for the other two books in the series (right now it’s technically only one other book, but after much thought, I think it would be stronger if made into two, but for now, nothing beyond the mulling-around-in-head stage is in the works.). The new title is “The Bone Flower Throne”. In other good news, said novel is now out on submission and the waiting begins. If I’m feeling ambitious today, I might do that post about the agent search and how I found my agent.

In non-writing news, I’ve started a new daily reading regiment. Over the last couple years, I’ve really neglected my reading pile in favor of focusing all my efforts on writing, but now I’m moving to correct that. Every day I’m stopping work at 3pm and spending the rest of the day reading. I’ve been doing this for about a week now and am rather enjoying it. I aim for a minimum word count of 3k with the writing (and I will cut into the reading time if it’s just not going my way for the day), but so far I’ve been exceeding that minimum limit without much issue. Things feel a little more equitable now. Within the last week I read Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Hobson’s The Native Star (which I really enjoyed. I expected a heavy, serious work when I started–it being a Nebula nominee, after all–but instead found it to be an irresistible, fun adventure. It’s not without it’s flaws, but on the whole it was very enjoyable). I’d really like to be able to finish two books a week. My new regiment will also work come school time, since the kids get out around the 3:00 mark and it will be easier to monitor Dana with her homework if I can sit with her and read on the Kindle instead of being locked away in my office and not knowing if she’s working on her homework at all.