In Which Our Heroine Rescues a Comrade-in-Arms

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,029
Running Total: 79,765
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,752

I can tell I’m rushing, at this point, but I’ve gotten to the end of Chapter 19, which means the finale can begin in full, now. And thank goodness, it’s cooling down. The street racers are out tonight. You can hear the buzzing duets of their engines in the distance as they zip over bike lanes and yellow lines, jockeying for bragging rights. Me? I’m just happy the writing for tonight is done (it was ok, but definitely not the smoothest or easiest segment yet), and that the temperature is now 79 degrees and falling. Should be a much more pleasant night.

Now? I go watch Riverdale with a beer. Maybe knit. We’ll see…

In Which Our Heroine Finds Her Quarry

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,428
Running Total: 78,736
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,752

Ugh, making progress, but it’s horribly hot tonight. It’s nearly 10PM and it’s still 81 degrees. BUH. How much did I not want to write tonight… And I’m pretty sure what I got done is at best lamely serviceable. Rawr. Well, not every night can be a good night, right?

(To learn more about the Sunday Circle, check out author Peter M. Ball’s blog!)

Phew, back again after a raucous birthday week for the wee Bug, who’s not so wee anymore! I ended up needing to take a week off from writing to make sure all the various elements of said birthday bash were in order (including baking this pretty kick-ass robot cake based on the Sago Mini Robot Party game):

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So much fondant…

But I got back into the swing of things Thursday/Friday, so I’m feeling pretty good for the coming week.

This week, I’m working on: 1) continuing the 1k/day routine, which has so far worked out pretty smashingly, and I’m hoping (with some optimism) will carry me through to the finale by the end of the month; 2) trying to get to bed a bit earlier so I can read for a bit before going to sleep. That used to be my guaranteed way to get reading done everyday, but Bug’s nightly routine used to complicate that. But he’s been sleeping so well lately, I’m ready get to start that up again! Weeheeee!

This week, I’m inspired by: Mainlined Stranger Things while my bro-in-law was visiting for the kiddo’s B-Day and forgot how much I love the spit out of that show. It’s just so creepy and fun and it’s great escapism, though Episode Four….ugh… and poor Barb (who was totally me in high school), but there’s so much to love otherwise. Also just finished Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, a graphic novel by Guy Delisle, which I really enjoyed. (I’ve been combating my resistance to reading post-writing by picking up graphic novels and listening to audiobooks–that seems to help me engage with words without having to stare at them, which helps after a couple hours at the screen.) It was a really interesting read, with some really interesting mundane insights that one might not learn about unless physically traveling in North Korea. It felt like being a fly on the wall for someone else’s travels, which was an enlightening and enjoyable experience.

Also: knitting. Finished a blanket I’d been working on for a while, and today finished my first hat! Woo! Also: Wool and yarn.

Also: Comey testimony. Have been ingesting way, way, way too much of the NYT/NPR, to the point of probably burning out on it a bit. May have to step back from the news for a few days.

What I’m avoiding: Laundry. And all the other housework that fell through the cracks during CRAZY BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA WEEK. So…so…messy…

In Which Our Heroine Finds Her Quarry

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,730
Running Total: 77,308
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,752

Forgot to add yesterday’s word count to the total, but got it in there today. 1.7k today, and although I was worried about picking up again after yesterday went so smoothly, today went quite well, too. The words poured out, and I think I’m finally (FINALLY) finding my voice when it comes to skipping over the boring-bits. I suspect this means I’ll have a lot of trimming to do in earlier segments, because good grief, nobody wants to hear about what each individual eyelid is doing when someone blinks. (Okay, I exaggerate, I’m not quite that bad, but I definitely get tunnel-vision from time to time and start wondering how to describe the manner in which someone closes their fist, which finger goes first, with what intensity, etc.–good grief, it’s boring when I’m writing it, too!)

I do think the fact that I’m on the last quarter is what’s happening. I can feel the ending, sense it’s approach, and I am SO READY to wrap up this rough draft. It helps me skip ahead, because I just want to GET THERE, and not waste time. Here’s to efficient–but not threadbare–speed.

In Which Our Heroine Makes a Plan and Trails a Foe

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,325
Running Total: 74,253
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,752

And we’re back, ladies and gentlemen! A whole week away was crazy, but given how busy this last week has been, necessary. Sometimes life happens, am I right?

I was a little worried about tonight, afraid that after so long away from the text, I’d be rusty and terrified, but the truth is, it went crazy smooth. I do think there’s something to be said about putting space between each chapter and letting the subconscious play with it without interference. That, I think, is one of the reasons I so enjoyed writing the FF: I was always eager to get back to it, and that energy totally comes through with each chapter. Ideally, I’d spend a week or two away from the story, then sit down on a single day and bang out 6-10k of a chapter, but until I’ve got more mental space to do that, I’m going to have to wait to test that theory. Would be interesting, though, wouldn’t it?

Still, glad to be back. Here’s to wrapping this baby up for good by the 30th!

No new words today, and probably not for the next handful of days. After yesterday–where I got the writing done–I spent the evening mapping out everything that needed to be done between down and B-Day, and there’s so. much. to. do.

So while I probably could squeak 1000 words in tonight, doing so would make my head explode, and frankly, I’d rather be a little relaxed for impending B-Day. I’m at a good place, narratively, so I’m not worried about making up the word counts. I’ve got a ton to do B-Day prep-wise, and it’s not going to do itself. Besides, Bug only turns three once, and I’ve got a killer birthday cake planned (that just might kill me to make, but DAMN I’m going to try!).

Look for me…no more…

(Or, at least, not until at least Monday, but probably more like Tuesday or Wednesday.)

In Which Our Heroine Decides to Rescue an Uncertain Ally

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,019
Running Total: 74,253
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,731

Swapped out about 250 words from yesterday’s run and got cracking. Have a splitting headache (either from laying with my neck at an odd angle earlier or allergies (yay)), so I’m proud I even managed to summon up the discipline to get my 1k done and call it. And actually, I’m pretty pleased. So, so, SO much better than yesterday. The time in the scenes flowed better, I could suss out what the “boring bits” were and skip them more or less effectively (when I get bogged, I tend to show LITERALLY EVERYTHING, down to every eye-glance and nose-scratch or, in action, grabbing and turning door handles. Lots of door handles).

But! I’ve got a birthday cake to design and make, which may cut my week short, since I don’t want to have to do it last-minute and I won’t have time this weekend. I was hoping to clop along pretty regularly this week, but am only now realizing HOW MUCH STUFF I have to get done before Bug’s birthday…EEEK! So I may be a bit flaky this week, we’ll see. If so, I’ll pick up again next week once the madness is over. :)