Author’s Log: The Process of Re-Discovery (#amwriting, #ROW80)

Weekly Stats (Sun-Sat):

Words Drafted: 8,073 (27% Done)
Best Day: 3,579 (Tuesday)

We’re a couple of weeks into a new round (and new Production quarter), and I’ve already identified a couple of things.

For one, I’ve noticed that my best productivity seems to be between 11:00am and 2:00pm, with a short break either around noon or noon-thirty. If I can increase my word-output speed I should be able to crank out a chapter (approx. 3500 words) during that time, especially if I manage to cut down on distractions. 1000 words/hour should be completely doable.

So (I’m thinking), if I brainstorm out my scenes in the evening for the next day, I might be able fly through the words fairly quickly. *crosses fingers*

The other thing I’ve noticed is that what I thought of as my writing days aren’t it seems, my writing days. Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening? Not so much. I also work out on these days, and working out makes me drowsy and not all that good for much else. Brain mush hurty. Netflix take away hurty. *poke poke*

This weekend I’m starting on Pre-Production for Sweet Home #1, which means going back to the process that got me published to begin with. I really upped my craft when I started using Robert J. Ray’s The Weekend Novelist, so going back to basics seems like a bingo idea at this point. If all goes well, I’ll be able to spend a couple of days a week the Development lab, and the weekends in Revisions/Post.

I finished updated cover art for Keepers: Origins #1 this week, and am working on updating the art for Keepers: Origins #2.

In other news, we’ve got our passes for Tampa Bay Comic Con pinned to the fridge, and the last of my costume pieces came in. I debated (okay, for about thirty-two-point-seven seconds, but still) about dying my hair blonde for my femme Constantine costume, but decided against it. Mainly because I am a redhead by choice and nature, and when I mentioned it in passing there was a Vast Disturbance in the Force. As though every fiber of my husband’s being cried out and was silenced by the shock of the very idea.

So, Tampa Bay, July 31-Aug 2. If you’re planning to attend drop me a line and we’ll meet up at some point. Otherwise, I’ll try to document the event as best as I can between social media platforms with pictures and impressions.


The List (3Q2015 Edition):

The Mysterious Adventures of Becca Carlisle (Blood & Steam #2)

Sweet Home Oklahoma (Sweet Home #1)

The Innovative Adventures of Lucia Carlisle (Blood & Steam #3)

Tess (Keepers of the Flame: Origins #4)


Goals! (July Edition)


  1. BLOOD & STEAM #2: In Production

Three chapters into this bad boy, and so far so good. Becca is definitely the more conventional of the Carlisle sisters, but she’s no less brilliant or courageous. Her adversary is the viperous, calculating sister of Book 1’s villain, and the story starts in a parallel timeline with Book 1’s conclusion.

I hope to have a rough draft completed by 7/25 on this one, and then a week off before beginning revisions August.

  1. SWEET HOME #1: In Pre-Production

I started character work this weekend, beginning with sketches of my hero and heroine. At this rate I think my hero’s sister is going to be the well-meaning antagonist. I’ve wanted to set a story at a ranch for a while now, so now’s my chance.

Also, at some point, I get to watch a great deal of Christian Kane being a cowboy, since I’m modeling my hero after him. Which means refraining from licking my TV screen, but whatever. (What?)

  1. UPDATE BLOOD & STEAM #1: In Progress

I’m using my non-drafting time to go through the manuscript again, scene-by-squirrely-scene. The end still feels a bit rushed and messy to me, but I may have found a way or two to tie it in with Book 2 now that I’ve got my first Act drafted, so making the updates asap seems like the thing to do. Should be done by the end of the week (or so I dearly hope.)

BONUS GOAL: Lose Some Dang Weight!

I largely maintained my weight this week, being down by half a pound and slightly increased BMI. However, I’m feeling and doing better, so that’s the important thing. I missed a day of working out because I wasn’t feeling well, but I should be back on track now.

I have toned up a bit, however, as I seem to have a waist again. (Oh, hello waist. Fancy meeting you here. It’s been awhile.)

Over to you, then–how’s your round going so far?


3 thoughts on “Author’s Log: The Process of Re-Discovery (#amwriting, #ROW80)

  1. amyskennedy says:

    I feel like anything I say would be stupid, because you seem to have it all in hand. And, I will say, I’m so happy you didn’t (or aren’t going to) dye your hair blonde, you are a Redhead, be a Redhead. Ack! Forget about weight, go by how you feel instead. Or, you know, don’t listen to anything I say! Have fun at Comic Con!

  2. shanjeniah says:

    My kids and I will be in Pllymouth, MA that weekend (the one after my birthday, no less!), at Unschoolers Rock the Campground. Both have been talking about maybe trying to make a ComicCon someday, but not so far..

    Their mother may or may not have painted herself green and been an Orion slave girl in her youth…

    Sounds like you’re moving right along, with your customary clear vision. Always good to learn things you can use, along the way. =D

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