Author’s Log: Hitting the Big, Red Button (#amwriting, #ROW80)

Progress at last, fellow ROWers!

(Is that even a Thing? I think I just made that a Thing. Find your Tribe, right?)


I’ve still been overly busy at Ye Olde Daye Jobbe due to a seriously complicated case I’ve been slogging through these last couple of weeks, and October is one of our heavier months anyway, so I’m about to get busier.

HOWEVER. I now have a Save The Cat! Basic outline-looking thing for Blood & Steam #3. And a plot sketch. A fully detailed outline is in the works, which means I can begin drafting any day now.

In other words, I know The Story. Finally. Numfar! Do the Dance of Joy!


Thank you, Numfar.

I’m really happy with the way everything came together, to say the least. There will be Action and Adventure, as well as the usual amount of Carlisle Mayhem, which is always fun. No magic, but Steampunk tech and lots of humor, which is just as good. My favorite “invention” thus far is the hero’s boxing trainer machine, which has been designed to give a serious walloping unless one can get to the KO button (naturally, a Big, Red Button) on its chest.

Seriously, y’all. I’m already making Good Book Noise ™ , and I haven’t written a word yet. But I can already tell it’s going to be so. Danged. Good.

Other than this exciting bit of news, I thought I might try to get the first half of DRAGON’S HEART written during NANO, just so I can play with the other kiddies. That means finding the time to plan sometime this month. Now that I know what was holding me back (like seriously sucky opening scenes that just didn’t feel Right, if you know what I mean), and how to fix them (by bringing my Prologue POV forward into the mix), I think I’m right where I need to be. I always had the Story, I just couldn’t find the right entry point. Now I have that, I think I’m in fairly good shape. But to make sure, I’m going to outline the Unholy Beejeezus out of it. Because I’m paranoid that way.

Hey, Paranoia doesn’t actually mean you’re wrong.

I also learned a valuable lesson this week in terms of marketing and advertising, thanks to a blog post on Writer Unboxed. Granted, it was something I probably should have realized, being traditionally published, but for some reason it didn’t click.

And that is, that Book Promotion should start something like THREE MONTHS ahead of time. So I’ve got some research/recalibrating to do.

So that was my week. On to updates on Project Insanity, aka All The Things:


  1. Finish and release Blood & Steam 3: In Pre-Production
    I get to start drafting THIS WEEK. As you can no doubt tell, I am sooper-dooper excited. So excited! *vibrates* It would be really easy to dive in right now, but I did that with Book 1 and ended up with a fun but seriously problematic story that cause me much grief in the revision/editorial process.
  2. Revise and complete Keepers of the Flame 4: In Revision
    This week I get to take my manuscript apart, scene by scene, and paste/parse it into Evernote so I can begin the process of rewriting. I’ll probably start with key scenes and fully rewrite them, sentence by sentence, before I do anything else. It’s been awhile since I’ve come anywhere near this story, so my perspective should be good and fresh.
  3. Finish Keepers of the Flame: Origins 4: Not Started
    This will come as I do revisions on Keepers 4, and I can the appropriate notes for the purposes of story continuity. From there I can sketch out the plot and write some kick-ass battle scenes. (Because nothing says “impending apocalypse” quite like sword fights with ravening demons.)

Once these three things are complete, and I can move on to the next three tasks on my list:

  1. Finish edits on THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER: Not Started
  2. Complete a rough draft of DRAGON’S HEART: In Process
  3. Complete a rough draft of Sweet Home #1: In Process

Your turn–how did your first week of the round go? Hit any milestones?




4 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Hitting the Big, Red Button (#amwriting, #ROW80)

  1. Esme Took says:

    It seems like we’ve been doing this round of ROW80 for way more than a week. When I realize it’s only Day 9, I relax and don’t feel so guilty for not having all my reference docs, plot, scenes, sequels, and thousands of words written.

    Sounds like you’re making excellent progress! Keep up the good work!

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