Aug 6, 2014

IWSG: Starting Over

This post is part of  the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Writing is a series of starting over.

There’s only one real “Start” that gets out of the way when you start your first novel. From then on out, everything is beginning again. You finish a draft, you start over by rewriting or editing. You move on to your next project and you start the entire process over again.

That is what gets at my insecurities.

Most of the time starting over makes me forget. I’ve got a blank page and an outline… and no idea how I managed to get a decent word count into a first draft the last time around. I restart a book after letting a draft sit and I stare at the words wondering how I ever thought they were the right ones to put on the page.

I start over every day. I clear out my word-count goal spreadsheet and I start the meter running again. And I don’t always make it.

But maybe that’s the best thing about starting over… I get to try again tomorrow.

Aug 1, 2014

July is (Finally) Over

July is over and gone…. how did that happen?

I’ll admit, the summer months get me quite frazzled. I blame the excessive heat and the dust storms. (but that’s probably not the real reason)


August is here and now and I’ve every plan of getting back on track and keeping up with this. You are more than welcome to start a betting pool if you think I won’t be able to hack it. Maybe I wont.

So let’s get down to business July’s overview!

Books published: 1 (Though I did get another paperback edition up and running as well!)

Windthrow came out at the beginning of the month and let’s face it, that’s all I really got done over here on the blog this month – talking about that.

First Drafts finished: 1.5

Book 3 of the Flynn series is done and in edits so it is on-track for my planned pub date! and I’ve accomplished my goal of 50% on book 3.5 (a novella that takes place at the same time as book 3).

Total words written: 32,918

Not my best count, but thankfully not my worst count. Let’s blame this on the heat, shall we? I like that you blame it on the heat, I’ll sit over here and be annoyed with myself.

Print Books bought: 6

Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger - Technically this is for Earl though I might read it again and try to change my opinion of it.
Player of Games (Culture Book 2) Iain M. Banks
Mater (Culture Book 8) Iain M. Banks - I don't have 3-7 yet, but matter was on sale so I snatched it up.
Full Blooded (Jessica McClain 1) Amanda Carlson - I'm trying to remember who recc'ed this and can't, but it was super cheap, so I figured I'd give it a go.
Shadow and Bone (Grisha 1) Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm (Grisha 2) Leigh Bardugo - I've been dying to read this series... but I'll be waiting to start until I have book 3 as well.
Books read: 10

I won’t lie… that number surprised me at first, then I realized a lot of the books on my GoodReads list are novellas. So, not so surprising after all.

The Earl in my Bed
All’s Fair in Love & Seduction
The Curious Case of the werewolf that wasn’t, the mummy that was, and the cat in the jar
How to Lose a Bride in One Night
Dark Space
City of Fallen Angels
The Suffragette Scandal
Screwing up Mongolia

I will talk at you again next week!