Archive for March, 2010

Done! Sort of…

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

So I’m just shy of 97,000 words in Biohazard and I’m calling it a Zero Draft. I didn’t exactly finish it, though.

It’s more of a “I’m calling it Quits” than “Finally I can type The End” sort of Zero Draft, and it’s because:

  1. I know how it ends.
  2. No, seriously, I know how it ends.

The actual act of writing the ending is difficult, though, because I’ve hit The Wall. It’s the “I have to fix all the other things before I can write a satisfactory ending” Wall.

It’s the same sort of Wall I keep hitting when I write a Zero Draft, and it happens even if I have an outline. It happens more often when I don’t have an outline, and I have to go back and rewrite more often.

Rewriting is a pain in the [censored]. I don’t hate rewriting. I just prefer to get it right the first time. Or as close to “right” as I can get it. I also hate outlines, because the story never sticks to the outline past a certain point, so I have to continually re-outline. Which is better than rewriting.

Which is, unfortunately, what I have to do now before I can write the ending. On the plus side, I have pages and pages of notes of things that need rewriting. On the downside, I know exactly what needs fixing.


I’ve never met anybody who does that

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Nothing’s worse than having the end in sight — or at least within 10K — and knowing that, once I type “The End”1, I have to go back and cut giant chunks2 to make room for what should be there.

This last week — and every day until I’m done — I’ll be an irritated jumping bean. You just try to fix something at work that insists on staying broken3 when all you’ve got on the brain is The Book. All I want to do is write it. Finish it.

Then go back and put in the bits that need to be in there.

The plan was — finish Biohazards no matter what problems I hit along the way, put it aside for a couple of weeks, rewrite the first 50 pages of NKNK (and get those to my crit partners), then go through Biohazards to rewrite and revise. But I have Biohazards on the brain, so I’ll be pushing NKNK until that’s done.

1 I don’t actually type “The End”.
2 Even if it means cutting darlings. I don’t want to cut them, but if they have to go, they have to go.
3 And has been broken for nearly 2 months now. Broken things aggravate me. Particularly when I can’t fix them.

Steampunk Tattoos

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Steampunk is very in as a genre right now. It’s gone from a little facet of culture and really permeated society. Books, movies, art, fashion…

And tattoos! Check out this post on Weburbanist. I rather like the artwork on the shoulder tat, gearwork bird, way down on the bottom of the page.


Monday, March 15th, 2010


Original, projected word count: 90,000

Current word count: 70,000-ish

Cramming 40,000 more words into 20,000: Priceless



Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I bet if I go back through my journal and count the number of times I write, “Yeah, I know I haven’t posted recently, and I’ll do better, I promise, but don’t worry I’m still around and reading other people’s posts and keeping up with my RSS feeds”, I’ll be embarrassed. Because I hate sounding like a broken record.

What I should be doing is writing down the topic ideas I get during the day in a notebook, then I can pick and choose one to write about for a blog post. What I actually do is think, “Hey, that would be a good idea for a blog post”, then promptly forget about it and go back to work.

It doesn’t help that I don’t have a notebook to write in, and if I do, it’s rarely on me. So, yeah, useless.

And since my brain is in full-on writing mode, all my ideas are about the book. Tying up plot lines. Making sure all the big items are there. Having “Oh that would work!” moments that lead to “Oh crap I have to go back and rewrite that part.”

(I don’t actually go back to rewrite. Just make notes to myself for when I get to whipping the book into shape once it’s done.)

So that’s the excuse this time around for not doing blog posts.

The goal I’ve set for myself is to finish Draft Zero of Biohazards by the end of March. Given my current word count, regularly reaching the minimum daily word count, and having just completed a hard chapter to write, getting that Draft Zero done should be within the realm of possibility.

Now let’s hope I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that…

Contest for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Writers

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Queenoftheskies posted a link to this contest on her blog (thanks!), and not only am I participating, I am spreading the word.

The “Dear Lucky Agent” contest has three great prizes, where first place is a 20-page critique by the agent judge and a one year subscription to Writer’s Digest. Second and Third places are the same as the first place, except instead of 20 pages, the critique is the first 10 pages.

In order to enter, you:
1. Must have a completed novel-length urban fantasy or paranormal romance
2. Must be willing to submit the first 150-200 words (by email)

No purchase necessary! But first, help spread the word of the contest as described in the contest rules.

If you’re entering, good luck! The deadline is March 14, 2010.