In Which Our Heroine Learns of Some Unpleasant Hypocrisy

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,527
Running Total: 16,478
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 8,368

Scrapped–temporarily–the scene I wrote yesterday, as I’m just much more smitten with the pacing of another version I plotted for earlier. SO! Today, I realized I’d missed a meeting the main character was supposed to have before the doctor’s arrival, so I started Chapter 5 with that, and it seems to have worked relatively well. I’m worrying a bit that this entire thread may not be so important to the overall story, but for now I’ll see it through, and if it becomes clear it’s got no legs, I’ll chop it mercilessly. But I do like that it shows a different side of my character Cordie, so we’ll see what the Girls think after deliberating on it tonight. Should be able to salvage a lot of the scene from yesterday, so I’m not too disheartened by the nearly 2k scrap, and in the end, I think it’ll smooth out the pacing.

GOOD GREIF, but do I want to clear 20k sometime soon, though! Progress has been steady–if a bit slow–and I’m very happy with what I’ve got up to now, but I’d still like to say I recooped all that was lost at the end of February by the end of March, but we shall just have to take it one step at a time.

Also! If you or someone you know is looking for a fantastic voice actor or for some technical support work, do look up my friend Kevin Powe–he’s had some tricky life circumstance things swing his way recently, and is available for freelance work.

In Which Our Heroine Receives the Only News She Cares About

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,977
Running Total: 16,928
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 5,599

Scrapped a bit of yesterday’s word count to speed up the current scene, which seems like a good choice, though tonight I definitely fell into the

“Dialog,” she said.
“Dialog, dialogue, dialog,” he said.
“Oh, yes, Dialogue, dialog,” she said.

pattern I sometimes stumble into, so there may need to be some tweaking either in this pass or the next to take out unnecessary dialog, add some more atmosphere, and generally smooth it into something a bit better balanced. But for now, it gets the core issue across swiftly, and so for now, it stays.

In Which Our Heroine Awaits Bad News

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,175
Running Total: 15,358
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 5,119

Back to the grindstone today. Still a bit stuffy, but thank goodness, loads better than I was Saturday. Little slow off the blocks during today’s session, and didn’t quite get into that full-flow I enjoyed the last few sessions, but I suppose that’s normal, too. Still, solid progress, and a bit of character sniping and banter, which is always fun. Looking forward to getting through the next few scenes, though, so I can finally bust out of Act I and get on with it. At least this time, I’ve got things pretty much plotted up through Midpoint, so I shouldn’t hit the same stall-spot I did last time. I’d just really like to wrap up March by catching up to (and maybe surpassing) where I was before the Big Cut.

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Keeping this post short this week, as I’m still recovering from being walloped by the worst cold I’ve had all year as of Friday and all day Saturday. I think I’m on the mend now, so I’m waxing optimistic about this coming week.

What am I working on this week?: Last week was fantastic, until The Plague hit Friday afternoon. There’s no reason why–provided I continue to improve–this next week I shouldn’t be able to hit End Act I in the novel, and maybe even crack the start of Act II, since those scenes are primarily written, and just need some tweaking to align them with the character changes made.

What am I inspired by this week?: Been watching a lot of Midsomer Murders lately, and quite enjoying the ordinariness of Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sargent Troy. They don’t have any super weird “character quirks” to make them interesting–other than CI Barnaby’s continuous need to diet, which is hilariously familiar from my parents’ conversations–they’re just…people. Complicated in their way, but very ordinary. Something I’m really appreciating at the moment, for some reason.

What am I avoiding this week?: I would have said Taxes, but unfortunately we did those today. Not…a great experience when foggy-headed sick… XP

In Which Our Author is Struck by the Sniffling Plague

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 0
Running Total: 14,183
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 5,119

Giving myself a sick day. I knew it was inevitable, but the flowing crud that the hubby and Bug had earlier this past week has finally caught up with me, hand sanitizer be damned. It’s not so bad that I couldn’t probably push through–I’m sure better writers than me would!–but one of the tenents I’m trying to cultivate in my writing practice is an enjoyment of the process itself, I’m going to cut myself some slack. I’m well on my way to making up the words I scrapped last month, and have more often than not written beyond the requesite 1000 words per day that I settled on as my pace, so I’m not badly positioned. I’m confident looking at my revised outline that I’ll definitely hit End Act I by the end of the month easily, and that’s when I get to some of the chapters I’ve already written that just need a rework with the new background details adjusted, so that should make up some decent time, I’m hoping.

Either way *cough* *cough* I’m signing off for the night. If you can’t give yourself a sick day now and then, what’s the fun of being your own boss, ammiright?

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In Which Our Heroine is Struck by the Reality of Her Circumstance

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 2,296
Running Total: 14,183
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 5,119

Good progress today. Not quite as fluid and effervescent as yesterday’s session, but who can expect that every day? Still, made good progress, and am looking forward to chugging right along. I definitely feel like I’ve got at least a tenuous grasp on the voice, now, and that makes it far easier to get into the zone each time I sit down. Can’t ask for much better than that, at this point. It’s going to be long, though, I can already feel it. But that’s a worry for a later day!

In Which Our Heroine Must Face the Consequences of a Game

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 2,512
Running Total: 11,887
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 5,119

WOOOOO~! Oh man, oh man, oh man. Tonight was one of those nights that just…grooves. I don’t know quite how else to describe it: the words were there. The muses were smiling. The creative source of all sources was generous and kind.

It’s rare enough for things to flow so effortlessly (and that’s not to say they’re guaranteed to be good words), that this is an amazing high. This is why I write, peeps. Through the bad days, through the days when writing is the absolutely last thing I want to do, through the days when I scrap days, weeks, or months worth of prior work. I write for this elusive, dilerium-inducing high when characters come alive and the words that come out of their mouths are entirely theirs, when I fade into the backdrop amid their reality and become merely a tenuous filament conducting their energy.

MAN, I love days like this!

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