Thank God for…. Bowling Alleys?

As far as production goes, this past week has sucked.  I’m talking major suckage here.  Of black hole proportions.

Between my website issues, scrambling to finish up promo for RT and agreeing to help out on Thursday at my old day job, there’s just been little time to write.  But I told myself that today somehow I would get a little bit of work done.  Wasn’t sure how I’d manage, because the bratlet had a birthday party at a bowling alley for one of her classmates. How much can you do with 20 screaming nine-year-olds?

Apparently, the answer to that is….a lot.  Or at least in my case.  Of course, it couldn’t have been on any of the current projects.  Oh, no.  This had to be a different project.  But I did think my way through a couple of plot kinks…I think.  So instead of dekinking two books and plowing forward on a third, I now have a baby story to nurse along and dekink two books and plow forward with a third.

Oye.

But hey, maybe I should just go sit in a bowling alley a few times a week.  Apparently, it works wonder.

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Big Day… Birthdays, Word Counts, Whips

March 1.

Nine years ago today, at 2:15 pm, I had a 6lb 6 oz little girl. I can still remember the day so vividly. I’d gotten up early and for some reason wanted to cook. I didn’t want to eat. Just cook. So I cooked. I made lasagna, chicken potpies, and spaghetti. Enough to feed me and the DH for a week.

He was still working third shift and he came home, found the kitchen a mess and gives me this look…I don’t think I wanna know what you’re doing. Out of the blue, I told him that he probably needed to get some rest.

Less than an hour later, I woke him up and told him we needed to go. That was around 9 am. Six hours later, she was here.

Being a mother is unlike anything I expected. It’s hard work, but it’s fun. It’s heartbreaking, but it also soothes. It makes me want to rip my hair out (or theirs), or laugh until my sides hurt. It makes me think harder than I’ve ever thought before but it also comes so naturally, it feels like I’ve been doing it all my life. Plain and simple, I love it.

Happy Birthday, Bratlet.

March 1 is also the start of Round 3, 70 Days of Sweat. I’ve got a novella to finish, a novella to write and a full length book titled Chains that’s due to my editor this summer. I’d like to get it done by the time Sven wraps ups, edits and all so I can have some downtime before starting the next book.

I’m looking at 120k over the next 70 days. If I write 1800 words every day, I can do it. But I don’t write on weekends. I’m setting a goal of 5k a day to make up for the weekends and the occasional weird day when something keeps me from writing much of anything. With Sven standing over my shoulder, yelling and threatening to whip me into shape, I think I can manage that.

But I’m going to have to learn to say No. I’m going to have to focus, stop procrastinating and just write.

If you’re doing Sven too, then you probably understand all of that. Good luck!

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Buckling down

So on March 1, the next round of 70 Days of Sweat starts.

The past two rounds have really done me a lot of good. For some reason, when I know I’ve gotta speak and say Hey, I got this much done…or worse…Uh, I didn’t get much done at all, it helps me to focus.

I’ve also got RT coming up in April, so I’m planning on making some serious headway on my deadlines. The projects I’ve got worked out for this round are

  • Chains (single author erotic romance antho for Berkley)-it’s at 20k. Needs to 90k. But will probably be longer.
  • VV (working title, paranormal romance for EC) goal word count 30k.
  • untitled paranormal for Samhain goal word count 30k

So I got plenty to keep me busy. I’m not going into hiding on the blog, but if I’m not posting as much, or if I’m not out in blogland as much, it’s just because I need to get this stuff done.

We’re talking a possible trip to Alaska for our family vacation this summer and I think I’ll enjoy myself more if I get these out of the way. ;)

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Ready for Round 3?

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And onto today’s post…

PhotobucketSven is coming back to blogland on March 1.

If you’re a writer and you’ve done 70 Days before, it’s time again. Haven’t tried it? Now is as good a time as any to give it shot. Not a writer but always wanted to try? Now is as good a time… ;)

You can read about the challenge here and sign up here.

Are you game?

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Sven

So Round #2 of 70 Days of Sweat is pretty much wrapped up.

As usual, I didn’t write my starting word counts down someplace…I kept track of the numbers in the sidebar, but I can’t remember what the starting numbers were. But thanks to Ms. Bettie Sharpe and her handy dandy word count tracker, I do have a guess. I didn’t start using it until about two or three weeks into the challenge, but hey… it’s an idea, right?

I’d say all in all, I managed about 140k this round. I finished up a proposal, I finished up Hearts & Wishes (formerly Christmas Kissed) & Share & Share Alike and yep, that title is changing, too. Plus I got proposals turned in for three new books and sold the three of them, halfway done with my next ebook for Samhain so I’m satisfied.

What about you? Did you join in? How did you do? I saw some people a little disappointed because they didn’t meet their goals, but one thing I think all of the sponsors agree on is that it’s not necessarily the word count that matters right now, especially if you’re still finding your feet when it comes to writing.

The main thing is that you set yourself a goal to write regularly, and you did it.

That’s the important thing.

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Done!

Blogged the other day about the end being in sight, and I was right.

Just finished up the romantic suspense that’s due into Berkley in February.  Went a little long, but already checked with my editor and that’s cool.

Still have about three weeks left on Sven, and although I want to get more work done on the paranormal novella for Samhain, I might not get much more done on it.  I have to clean this sucker up, plus there are edits coming for my Feb book with EC, Hearts and Wishes.

But even if I don’t get that novella done, I’m satisfied with this round’s word count.  Looks like it’s going to be around 100K, if I don’t get any work done on the novella.

Added/finished 8k to Christmas Kissed, now titled Hearts and Wishes.

Started the novella, called Hunter’s Night, and it’s at 15k now.

Added 75K to Share and Share Alike although that title will change.

Yep, I’m satisifed.  Now I just need to get this manuscript cleaned up!

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The end in sight

I’m almost there. I can see it. I can almost feel the letter keys T H E E N D under my fingers as I pound out the last few scenes on my current WIP.

It’s a romantic suspense, titled Share and Share Alike…but I think that title will change. Heaven knows the book went and changed on me. Morphed into a creation of it’s own and man, it drives me nuts when that happens.

But now I see why. I see why this had to happen, and I see why that guy wasn’t who I’d originally thought. It all makes sense, a lot more sense than it did a month ago, or even a few weeks ago.

From Monday to Wednesday morning, I managed to write about 15k and now it’s up over 94k, more than 300 pages long and I’ll probably get another 50 pages or so done just in wrapping it up.

I love wrapping it up. I love that downhill slide, that momentum, heaving out that sigh of relief and knowing I met one more deadline.

If you’re doing the 70 Days of Sweat challenge, where are you at? Do you see the end in sight or are you already there? Still climbing the hill? Don’t worry. You can make it. There’s still nearly a month left to go. You can do it!

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Plot kinks

Time’s a-wasting with Sven. We have until mid-January to be done. I’ll make it, I don’t doubt that, but I wasn’t expecting to wrap anything up before January. Why?

Because I had a plot kink.

I hate plot kinks.

I abhor plot kinks. When something gets stuck and won’t get unstuck, no matter what you do.

Loathe and despise plot kinks.

Fortunately, I have one friend who is really good at helping me de-kink. Lora is kind of like my sounding board. An idea hits me, but I can’t work out the tangles, I buzz her. A plot kink sneaks into the story, I buzz her. I just want to strangle my character, I buzz her.

A few days ago, I had to buzz her because of one of the stupid plot kinks, but now I wonder why I didn’t do it a few weeks ago when I first suspected the snag was coming. Could have saved myself headaches…wasted words…wasted hours. ;-) One of those lessons learned things, you might think.

But nope… not me. I seem to enjoy doing it the hard way, pounding my head against a wall for a week or two before I break down and start trying a logical, proven way. Or a way that’s proven itself to me. ;)

Bad thing about plot kinks, usually it requires some serious backtracking…not so bad this time around. I only lost about 7000-8000 words, and I’ve already made up what I lost.

Good thing about plot kinks? Once you work it out and you realize that the finish line is looming just on the horizon…almost in sight. Maybe even before the end of December.

For the writers… what do you do with plot kinks? Bang your head? Call a friend? One, then the other… both? Or something totally different?

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