In Which Our Heroine Finds a New Ally, and Recognizes an Old One

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,066
Running Total: 49,385
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,766

SO CLOSE to 50k! Not that that’s the end or anything, but at least I’m well into Act II – Part II (even if I don’t quite know what I’m doing here…). Still, good progress today (though bad posture–OUCH. I seriously need to work on not slouching over the keyboard…) Things are back to flowing pretty easily, which is nice for a change, even if I’m kind of feeling my way along in the dark. At least it’s a more interesting dark. There are still several issues I’m going to have to revisit in Draft Two, but it’s looking like I’ll be able to continue despite them, which is relieving.

EDIT: I’ll probably be swapping tomorrow for Sunday, as the hubby’s got a skewed weekend schedule, which means I’ll definitely have time to work Sunday, but not necessarily Friday… So look for the next installment on Sunday night!

In Which Our Heroine is Bruised but Alive

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,124
Running Total: 48,319
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,766

Decent progress today. I probably could push on more tonight, but am tired and need to think a bit on how to progress from where I am to where I need to be (and how to mark some significant passage of time). Still, it definitely feels like I’ve hit midpoint–there’s that noticeable rush in a wholly new direction that just feels right in this spot, so that’s something. Had to re-evaluate how much this particular story could handle, time-frame-wise, and while I had to lose some things, it just means they get bumped to the next book (if there is one). All in all, though, I feel like I’m in a pretty okay place right now. Fingers crossed that things keep moving forward as easily!

In Which Our Heroine Encounters an Enemy

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,360
Running Total: 47,195
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,725

And I’m fairly certain I just hit midpoint. It wasn’t my original midpoint, but it fits with the general flow of the story so much better, and frankly: yeeeeeah, don’t care. It’s helping to pick up the steam of the story, at any rate, so that’s something, and should reveal a few vital details about who the enemy really is, and what my MC is going to do about it. So that’s something. Looks like I did manage to hit midpoint this month, after all! Even if it took for freaking ages to get here, and even if it’s revealed a whole slew of issues I’m going to eventually have to address for any of this to make sense-!

But STILL! Midpoint!

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In Which Our Heroine Is Turned Away

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,442
Running Total: 45,835
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,725

Pre-writing notes: I do not want to write tonight. UGH. Really, really—just, no. I’ve got a lot of things spinning in my mind and I’d really just like to flush them out with TV. I want to not do this. I want to not need to have to do this. I want to curl up in bed and just….not…for a while…

Challenging night tonight. Just had a hard time getting into any sort of flow with the words, though in the end, I made some progress. I can tell I’m glossing over things, though, which bothers me, and I suspect I’ll come back to it because of that. Rawr.

Missed last week, but am back now! The last two weeks have been something of a mixed bag. I’ve kind of hit that point in the story where glaring issues are starting to pop up that I’m going to need to spend some serious time thinking about, but after a couple days wrestling with a few of these issues, I’ve realized they may have to be Draft 2 issues, because otherwise I’m going to stall-out hard. SO! With a few tweaks in mind, I’m plunging forward. I’ve got a fairly detailed train-of-consciousness outline up to the climax which I’m clinging to like a tangled root off the side of a cliff, and so far just knowing it’s there (even when I deviate) is so, so helpful.

This week, I’m working on: Plugging ahead. At this point, I’m just trying to get a good chunk of words done and maybe–maybe!–hit midpoint by the end of the month. (My outline significantly bumped up the midpoint, so that’s helpful.)

This week, I’m inspired by: Bargue drawings, watercolor, and composition. Been really fixated on art lately, as I haven’t been indulging that impulse for much, much too long. Am signing up for a drawing class probably in July, and am out-of-my-mind excited about that (and about getting out of the house one night a week to do something entirely different). I love reading about composition, too, and the methods of guiding the viewer’s eye; I’m 95% certain there’s some writing-applicable elements there, but haven’t quite parsed how to adapt it to text.

This week, I’ve been avoiding: Ugh, back to reading (sort of–I’ve been reading about art a lot, but not fiction, so much). After finishing a couple books in the last couple weeks, I’ve gone full slug again. But my audiobook finally became available again, so I’m going to try to find ways to fit that in (and also tackle the other thing I’ve been avoiding: housework). Have determined that the ebook I’ve got currently is about a hundred times too creepy for me to read right before bed, so I need to work that in earlier in the day when the sun is bright and shiny.

 

In Which Our Heroine Boards a Train

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,224
Running Total: 44,393
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,725

After several days of stewing and writing various outlines and interviews with characters and obsessing, I think I’ve finally hit that point where I say: screw it. I’m writing this damn thing regardless of whether or not everything at this point makes sense. Maybe I’ll have to rewrite a lot of it in the future (maybe = definitely), but for now, my main goal is to get something on paper, because there aren’t any easy answers to be found right now, and I can’t keep stalling. The work will out, I suppose.

I really, really, REEEEEEEALLY wanted to post tonight: “I’ve decided to skip today and swap it for Sunday, since I’ll have time on Sunday, and blah blah blah,” but I just…couldn’t quite do it. When I get into a rhythm, I really need to keep with it, otherwise any habit I’ve formed falls instantly apart, and it becomes so much easier to not work. I’ve got my weekend, anyway, and I need those days to just…not. But weekdays, those are work days, whether I know what I’m doing or not. (Hint: I don’t. At all.)

In Which the Mistress Gets the Microphone

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,133
Running Total: 43,169
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 13,725

Well, tonight decided to try something new and write from an entirely new POV just to see if I could shake up some info on my antagonist. It was an interesting experience, though I’m still lacking some key data. But it did establish a hint at her voice and also at some interesting, inhuman traits I’d like to capitalize on. It all goes into scrap for now, but it was an interesting exercise all the same. Will have to see where we end up tomorrow night.