Author’s Log: Getting The Work Done (#amwriting, #ROW80)

Weekly Stats (Sun-Sat):

Words Drafted: 4,610
Best Word Count: 1,209 (Thursday)
Daily Average Needed To Finish Draft: 1,353


Just a few things to report this week, I think. The Tech Monkey has been off school for spring break, which tends to disrupt my writing schedule. So does the fact that he got laid off from his Evil Day Job a few weeks ago, which means, being a sociable sort of creature, he misses human interaction during the day.

Turns out the getting laid off bit looked to be a blessing in disguise after the fact. He was only working part time to pay his college tuition, and once he was gone his employers, who’d always treated him well, did an about face when it came to the Tech Monkey trying to claim unemployment benefits. It made no sense, and naturally the Tech Monkey felt betrayed by the whole thing, but he won arbitration in the end. So there was that.

On Tuesday (Saint Patty’s, appropriately) BRIGHID’S FLAME (Keepers of the Flame #3) was released by Samhain. YAY! Keepers 4 is under review with Editor Awesome now.

I must say, it’s quite satisfying to see my book list growing apace every ninety days or so. It’s always satisfying to see one’s hard work pay off in a nice, neat row of books with pretty covers. 😀



Extremely late night on Friday. Didn’t sleep well, despite exhaustion, but DID awaken with another plot bunny rattling around in my head. Not sure what it is yet. I only have a title–DEAD MAN’S KISS–which. I think, will be a fantasy. I have a vague notion of an afterlife plane called Eterna, and that DEAD MAN’S KISS is an assassin’s blade, and there are a guild of assassins called the Dead Men. I may, or may not, have the first paragraph.

That’s all I have for now, so I’ll leave it to percolate a bit. Sometimes things have to percolate for a while so the story bubbles to the top. I have no idea when I’ll be able to write it, whatever it is, but it’s in there somewhere.

What I’m Reading:

I’ve started the Johannes Cabal series, which I’m enjoying quite a lot. It’s filling the gap Terry Pratchett left behind in my fantastical humor spot, like a bunch of escaped asylum inmates raucously singing from Necronomicon: The Musical.

I also got pulled onto the Patrick Rothfuss bandwagon, without quite knowing how it happened. I’m listening to the audio of Name of the Wind at work, and am enjoying it immensely thus far. I’ve been resisting audio books up to now, but I have so little time to read without staying up past midnight I decided to give it a go.

What I’m Watching:

I started re-watching Leverage for probably the third time. For one, this show makes me exceptionally happy. For another, I’m modeling my hero from THIRTEEN WATCHES a bit on Eliot, who is one of my very favorite characters ever. Mainly because Eliot would make a magnificent werewolf bounty hunter. He is soft-spoken, and dangerous, and constantly on the edge of Hulking out. Watching Eliot being forced to use guns in one episode is terrifying and heartbreaking and beautiful all at once, and that’s what I’m shooting for with Michael.



  1. Draft 30K Words/Month


THIRTEEN WITCHES (Power of Three #1): 16,468/30,000= 55% Complete.

Upped the drafting again this week, as next week I’m ramping up through the end. Kat has figured out where her sister is, and the people responsible are going to pay. Badly.

I’ve found, at least in my case, that the middle of a book is always that 1K-2K of word counts every day, getting the words in and doing the job. But once I’m through the second plot point (around the 75% mark), as the momentum of the story increases so does my drafting count. Once I’m in that final 10 or 15 percent I go a little mad and type my fingers to the bone getting to THE END. I love that sweet spot when I come out of a writing session in something of a daze, having just written 5K-7K rather unexpectedly. I live for those sessions.

  1. Revise Blood & Steam #1


So far, so good. As far as big items go, I need to find a place to clarify Drew’s motivation and to go into the ship’s engine I hint at in the beginning of the book, so there’s a reason for my reader to cheer when it actually works right when it really, really needs to. Otherwise, it’s little tweaks I need to make, so I know I’m closer than not to a final draft.

I did announce a release date this week, and post my landing page, here on my website.

  1. New Cover Art/Branding:


I started on the new cover for THE LADY TENNANT this week, in addition to trying out some things for Blood & Steam #1. I have an idea of how I want to brand the series, I just need to tinker a bit before I figure out how to pull it off.

I still want to re-release Keepers: Origins 1 & 2 by the end of the month, so I can re-release and widely distribute Waking Muse beginning in April as my KDP Select period begins to run out. This means I need to write faster, so I have time for some of these Admin type things that need to get done, now that I’m starting to get a little more visibility.

Blood & Steam #1 revision must come first, however, after the drafting, since I have a hard deadline on this book. My indie editor is expecting a final manuscript from me on or before April 1.

How’s the writing going for you guys this week? Let me know in the comments!


6 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Getting The Work Done (#amwriting, #ROW80)

  1. Marina Finlayson says:

    Ooh, Dead Man’s Kiss sounds like fun. You had me at “assassin’s blade”. Sounds like your writing’s going well: keep up the good work! I’m still head down in revisions, but a new idea is starting to poke its head up. Fun times!

    1. catemorgan says:

      I have little idea what “Dead Man’s Kiss” will end up being at this point, but that’s never stopped me before! And revisions is a whole ‘nother level of crazy-hard work, but that’s usually when things REALLY come together for me. Good luck!

  2. Cate Russell-Cole says:

    That is quite some happy dance…

    I will have to read some Cabal, now that Sir Terry is no longer with us. It will take me a long time to get over that loss.

    Keep plugging ahead! I know what you mean by that “sweet spot.” I hit it at different times than you do, often, ends can leave me a little stuck… I am a pantser. I like to see what comes out and not overplot. It’s the only area of my life where I am not a total planning freak, work wise. 🙂

    Keep powering forward!

    1. catemorgan says:

      I kind of want to get the Cabal books on audio now, just to hear that dry-voiced narration in peak form, because it is GLORIOUS. Good luck to you this week, Other Cate!

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