Author’s Log: Spinning Plates (& #ROW80)

Warning It’s a fresh new quarter of the year, and I am thrilled–THRILLED, I say–to be starting a new shiny this month. To recap, my 1Q2014 looked a little something like this:

  • Finish a rough draft of THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER (fantasy novel);
  • Begin ACT I Revisions and workshopping THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER;
  • Complete and released Keepers of the Flame: Origins #2 (Apocalyptic Fantasy story);
  • Prep SEARCHER, new fantasy novel, for drafting
  • BRIGHID’S MARK release campaign

I drafted 46,758 words last quarter, an average of 15.5k per month.

I’ve still got the last item on my list to contend with, which I’m currently working on. ARCs need to go out as well–if you’d like one, email me at cstcross [at] gmail [dot] com.

My 2Q2014 looks something like this:


  • Draft SEARCHER–ACT I (30,000 words)
  • Revise Waking Muse #1 (Contemporary Romance Novella)
  • R&D on Waking Muse #2
  • Draw up marketing plan for BRIGHID’S MARK (Keepers of the Flame #2)
  • Post installments of Origins #2 at least 3x/week at Wattpad to gear up for BRIGHID’S MARK release.


  • Draft Waking Muse #2 (20-25,000 words)
  • Revise Keepers of the Flame #4 and release to BETA readers.
  • R&D on UNTITLED GAME PLEX BOOK #1 (fantasy-ish future geeky novel) to test premise viability
  • Submit Waking Muse #1 for a thorough Pink Hammering at The Forge.
  • Reveal Waking Muse #1 Cover Art
  • Flash Fiction Release (tentative)


  • Draft GAME PLEX #1–ACT I (30,000 words) (pending viability test)
  • Prep SEARCHER–ACT II for drafting in July
  • Release Waking Muse #1
  • Submit Keepers of the Flame #4 to Editor Awesome (this may end up happening in July)

I need to continue to maintain a drafting average of 1,000 words/day to keep up my momentum, and I’m looking forward to releasing two books this quarter. I might add some flash fiction in May so I have something to release then, too.

Also, I should hear back from Editor Awesome on Keepers #3 at some point.

So, all in all, it’s gonna be a busy few months on this end. How many plates are you guys spinning?


10 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Spinning Plates (& #ROW80)

  1. lilicasplace says:

    Hi Catemorgan! Wow, I can see you’ve had one heck of a busy first quarter! Congratulations, though. It looks like you’ve gotten a lot accomplished. I loved this post, particularly what draws you to read a book. I agree with them all, and was practically laughing out loud when you wrote crack factor. It makes a lot of sense though. I would definitely want to be an author whose book someone wouldn’t want to put down. I hope your readers find your hard work so engaging! Good luck! 🙂 Lily-Eva April IWSG Co-host

    1. catemorgan says:

      It’s gonna be an exhausting year, Nancy (or two, or three…)! But with a little help from friends I know I’ll get through it, and it’ll be worth it in the end!

  2. Emily Witt says:

    Wow, that is an epic 1Q2014 (love the term btw). Good luck for this quarter! I’m participating in ROW80 again this round after a bit of an absence, so I’ll probably see you about! 🙂

    1. catemorgan says:

      Yeah, I’ve found I’m more productive if I treat my writing like a business and my word count like capital. 🙂

      Looking forward to seeing your around this round, Emily–let’s make it count!

  3. Gloria Weber says:

    You are doing so much and seem to be super organized. It is obvious you have a plan and are working so hard. You’ll do great this round! Allow me to wish you the best, nonetheless. Have a fantastic round.

  4. Denise D. Young says:

    I like the way you broke your ROW80 goals up by month. That’s a good idea. I’ll have to try it next round, depending on what I’m working on. I have two manuscripts I’ll be revising this round. I’m not sure that I’ll finish both of them by the end of June, but I’d like to have at least one revised start-to-finish by the end of this round.

    Best of luck!

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