In my last update I mentioned the martial arts program, so I wanted to follow-up on that. After a hard workout last Tuesday, I was left barely able to move my right arm and I had limited motion in my left arm. Fortunately, I was able to get into my chiropractor on Thursday evening and he put me on the road to a fairly quick recovery. It still took a few days for me to get back up to speed, though.
As as a result of me being very out of shape and pushing myself too hard on the first workout, I lost some editing time. Not much, though. I’m on page 90, and I had hoped to have been done by now. That’s okay. I’ve found some great places to really improve upon the work.
I’m hoping that the weekend will bring me loads of time to get through the remaining pages.
I just finished the first round of edits on Warmistress.
Does this mean the novel is done?
Not by a long shot!
I’m going to take a week or two break from the novel to clear my head. Then I’ll print the entire thing, three-hole punch it, and throw it into a binder with a couple of red-ink pens. I’ll carry this with me for a few weeks as I do another round of red-line edits. Then the edits will land into the electronic version of the manuscript, and we’ll go from there.
It feels really good to be done with the first round of edits. Quite a large load is off my shoulders.
I think I’ll go write a few short stories now, just to cleanse my palate of writing the novel.
A short update this time:
I’m still doing edits on Warmistress. I’m going through chapters seven and eight right now. I might finish those off tomorrow night and move on to the next segment of the work.
I had hoped to be done with edits before the end of the month, but it doesn’t look like I’ll hit that mark. I’m setting a new deadline of February 15th for getting edits done. At the pace I’ve been going, I’m pretty sure I can hit that date.
Update: I’ve finished chapters 7 and 8. Moving on to the next submission section that ran through the critique group. This section contains chapters 9 and 10.
I’m hip-deep in edits on Warmistress right now. I’m done with chapters one through four. I’m busy polishing chapters five and six right now. I have about four more passes to go before I’m done with those chapters. I’m not sure what the next segment is, though. I haven’t looked that far ahead. I know it starts with chapter seven. I think the next chunk is probably chapters seven through nine. Could just be seven and eight.
Either way, I’m making good progress, and I think I’m still on target for finishing the edits by the end of the month.
I’m eager to get them done, so I can outline the third book in the trilogy: Warmother.
The first draft of Warmistress is now complete. It weighs in at slightly under 104,000 words. My target is still 120k, but a more realistic number might be 115k.
Now it’s time to kick into edit mode and fill in those blanks I skimped on in an effort to get the story out of my head. That’s where those extra 11k (or so) words will come from.
I’m hoping to have the second draft done by the end of the month.
Then I can start on the third book in the trilogy… Warmother.
It’s already nearing the end of the work day here in Colorado, and I’ve just now decided that I’m going to jump in and do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve been pondering this for about week, and I’ve decided that the almost twenty thousand words of Warmistress just aren’t shaping up to be what I want them to be. I don’t like the direction the story is taking, nor how I’m getting there. I’m scrapping all the words. (Yes, with backups, just in case.)
I’m starting fresh with a blank page (okay, okay, LibreOffice ODT file) and heading down the trail to Laurin’s and Gerra’s next set of adventures.
Now to see if I can get to 50,000 words before the end of the month. It’ll be a tight ride since I’ve pretty much already lost a full day and my schedule doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.
I started writing Warmistress tonight while sitting at a Village Inn, sipping coffee and eating yummy cherry pie. The start of the book was delayed by a few hours as I had a few notes that I had forgotten about that read along the lines of, “Research medieval military ranks/organizations.”
Once the research was done and a mix-mash of various terms was listed for use in a manner that the modern reader can recognize, I started in on the book. It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything from Laurin’s point of view, but it came back to me in an instant. This is a character that I could write about at the drop of a hat, and I love doing so. I can’t wait to get deeper in this book when the “fun stuff” really happens. Now that I think about it, “fun stuff” happens to Laurin almost right away.
Yeah, I know. Hook the reader fast.
Don’t worry. The hook for this book happens halfway through page four of the manuscript. That fast enough?
I’ve finished plotting the sequel to Warmaiden, which is entitled Warmistress. I finished the plotting a few weeks ago, but have yet to start writing the book. I’ve had a few other writing projects come up in recent weeks, so I’m very busy with those. Things are settling down nicely, and I hope to jump into the novel with both feet by this time next week.