2017, Day 4: What I’m Working On Now, Winter 2017


New year… new plans…

So what’s coming from me, book wise, this year? I have some seriously ambitious plans, but we’ll see if they come to pass. Here’s what the plan is though. It is kind of novella heavy, but those are quicker and easier to write (usually!), and I have some I’ve been itching to get to.

A big chunk of this depends on how quickly I can get this current WIP done and into a writing-full-time-from-home groove. I’m also in the process of learning how to use dictation and transcription (both via DragonDictation) to improve my speed and am also looking at one of those pens you write on paper with and then it flips it to your computer in digital format. Somehow. I don’t understand how it works, just that it does. 😉 I’m hoping with all of those, I can speed up production. If so… who knows?! It could all come faster :D.

I do have a friend who dictated (via Dragon) FOUR. FULL. FIRST. DRAFTS in November. FOUR! Like three more than one. Full 70-75K drafts (which is about what my first drafts are though I shoot for 85Kish for my final drafts – the rest comes in edits). So yeah. Dictation. Working on it. 😉

Anyway… the tentative plan…

  • January or February: Glimpsing Hope (Christopher Bayfield) – look for a newsletter with release information later this month!
  • February or (early) March: Beauty and the Beast with a twist! (novella set in a BRAND NEW fictional country)
  • March or April (or even May, sigh): Reclaiming Hearts (Prince William of Mevendia)
  • April: Dare You (novella set in Serenity Landing with connections to Montevaro and the new royalty series coming later; this one is done and should release regardless of Reclaiming Hearts )
  • May: Lifeguard novella
  • June: Historical novella set in Mevendia and Ravenzario
  • July: Historical novella set partially in Mevendia
  • August: Grace to… (untitled full length sequel to Grace to Save; also opens on 9/11)
  • September: Novella to complete Mevendia novella collection
  • October: Christmas novella (I already have the cover! Oh. My. Lands. I love it!)
  • November/December: Heart of a Prince (full length first in the new royalty series! Picks up with Jordan from Dare You as soon as it ends – I already have this cover, too, and LOVE IT! And the prologue makes me cry – Every. Time. I read it.)

So there we go. Ambitious, but hey – if you shoot for the stars and miss, you could still hit the moon ;). Yeah. That’s it :D.

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 18 or Three Little Words


That’s the number of words I wrote yesterday.

And they only kind of count because I edited the last chapter and tweaked a sentence.

That’s it.

In fact, I’m posting this from my phone, on the couch, under a blanket because I’m cold and that’s all this post deserves. That pic? That was my dog two days ago. Today, I wish I had a fire.

So no stats except three more words than yesterday’s stats…

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 17 or 50K Bites The Dust

I did it!!! 50K in 16 days!!!! Less really because I wrote more than enough yesterday so 15.5 writing days. WOOHOO!

The book isn’t done, of course, but it’s getting there. By the time I stopped last night, I was at over 52K for NaNo and 62K for the book. I’m still hoping to have this draft done by the end of next week but we’ll see how it goes.

I’m loving my characters and my hero especially made some real growth yesterday, which is always good.

I feel like I should have more to say here, but well, I really just don’t atm ;).

Today should see a fair bit of writing. I write late, get up with the kids some days (like today), then go back to bed until later, so will be doing that shortly. Then I’ll write some more, take a kid to work, send another kid to a friend’s house for the night, then probably write some more. Tomorrow is the Christmas parade and two of my kids are going with friends’ families to Silver Dollar City for the rest of the day. I’ll be going to a write in.

So yeah. There we go. 50K written. Didn’t hit my goal of double what I needed to win NaNo but still over 6K so nothing to sneeze at.

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 6316
Total: 62093

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 6316
Total: 52806
Completion Date (50K words): November 16

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 16 or So Close!!!


I had a GREAT day yesterday, though my official NaNo numbers don’t show just how great, because I did delete those 530 words (or at least moved the file to an area that doesn’t get counted since I’m not using it as part of the manuscript itself… but now that I think about it… It might work as the lead in to the later stuff I wrote last night… Hmm… that would be kind of nice… because they’re all dressed up and everything already…)

I also got all of the above things in the mail/via UPS yesterday!! Oh the hymns! I love the hymns!

Last night, I skipped ahead. I have 50K+ written from the beginning forward (minus one section – I started it yesterday, thought it was going to be two scenes but think it’s going to be four instead, we’ll see). I wrote all the way ahead to a certain point where I’m not sure what happens next, but I knew what happened from another point to the end.

So I jumped to that point. I’d guessed from the beginning of what I knew to “the end” would be 10-12K but then began wondering if it would be more.

Yeah. It’s more.

I’m at 4 scenes so far for what I had anticipated would be 4-5 scenes and it’s going to to be more like 7-8 probably. But they say confession is good for the soul and Benjamin’s finding that out ;).

So yay!

And I only need 3510 words to win NaNo! That should be easy peasy to do! WOOHOO! I knew the circle wouldn’t be green on the book stats yesterday because that was what I needed to win NaNo. But it will be today!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 5005 (but really was 5535 because I deleted 530)
Total: 55777

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 5005
Total: 46490
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 17 (but will really be today!)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 15 or Where’s the Delete Button?

Sigh. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen to me often, but it is today. I wrote 530 words yesterday and most of them are going to get deleted. (Okay, probably not deleted. Probably moved to a different section outside of the manuscript and possibly recycled for a bonus scene for the newsletter or some such thing.)

Sigh more.

But the scene doesn’t really work. I had Benjamin and Katrin going to a birthday bash for the king with dancing and all of that, but I have specific reasons for Katrin not dancing with a bunch of people yet, but I don’t want them to give some excuse like a sprained ankle for her to sit out. So it’s changing to something else.

Which means 530 words out the window, but I have a plan for the replacement. That will take me to about 53K words or so. I have some of the end planned and am guesstimating it’ll take 12-15K words to write, but I think I’m going to jump ahead to it (I really do rarely write out of order) and then I’ll know exactly how long it is and it might give me some hints as to what actually happened in the middle there. Plus, I think it’ll write quickly and I need 9800 words or so to “win” NaNo. That might do it. I’d love to finish today.

I DID get the calendaring done yesterday. So Reclaiming Hearts is all on the calendar and so is In Concert with the King, at least what’s already written. So that’s a yay!

Leaving the official stats for now, but will make note of it tomorrow…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 530
Total: 50772

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 530
Total: 41485
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 17 (up a day)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 14 or 50K!

50K for the book that is. Not for NaNo. Yet. Tomorrow or Thursday most likely, though today is remotely possible (but not probable because I have other stuff to do).

I got the above book today. Research you know! But my other packages won’t be here tomorrow instead of today :(. Guess I looked at the date wrong. Sigh.

Today, I’ll post a discussion question for A Kaerasti for Clari in my readers’ group. I’m also going to read Reclaiming Hearts (or at least skim it). I think I said I was going to do that yesterday, but didn’t. I did clean my desk and find a bunch of calendars for other books.

We had a band booster board meeting and general meeting last night. It was a small group which was kind of nice, though I missed those who weren’t there.

Benjamin and I were also surprised by Katrin last night. We expected her to react one way to something he did, but instead she got mad. Silly girl.

What? You think I have control over the characters?! Pardon me while I literally rotfl ;). Sometimes it amazes me how little control I have. I can TRY to write something the way I THINK it should go, but if the characters have a mind of their own, it just doesn’t work. Then I have to rewrite it. So I usually just let them do their thing and it almost always works better that way ;).

Okay – time to get to calendaring RH and what I have of ICWTK so far.

I keep forgetting to point out the stat at the bottom of the NaNo stats. Over 600K words written during NaNo over the years! WOW!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2736
Total: 50242

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2736
Total: 40955
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 13 or What A Weekend

Sometimes weekends stink. Overall, this one wasn’t too bad, but yesterday definitely had its moments. Sigh.

Also – this is what my dog looks like when I accidentally turn the sound up on my phone and it scares him. Even though I was wearing earbuds :p.

But I got a fair bit of writing done anyway so that’s good. I also /gasp/ did a little bit of /whisper/ plotting.

If you’ve heard me talk about my writing at all, I don’t do that often. I’m what’s called a “pantser” or I write by the seat of my pants. When I wrote Winning the Queen’s Heart I had an opening line. I’d planned some of it out before then, but very little of it actually made it into the story. With Hand-Me-Down Princess, pretty much all I had was the title and knew an older brother prince had refused to marry her so the younger brother was being forced to. I had no idea about the big twist that Jessabelle and Malachi (and his whole family) discover near the end.

But I did some planning. I’m nearing 50K. I have two scenes near the end about half written (from the conferences I went to last spring). There’s 2-4 scenes missing in the middle of what I have written which means this point in the book will (eventually) be past 50K. My goal is always in the 85K range, though some books are shorter and some longer.

I already know some of the things that need to happen near the end (secrets revealed, etc.) so I took what I already know, guesstimated how many words they would be, and determined that Event X needs to start in the mid/late-60K range so… Since, with those additional scenes to be added earlier and finishing up what I’m in the middle of now (another 2500-3000), I’ll be about 55K into the story, I only need another 10-15K to get to the downhill slide near the end.

Which means… YAY!

Now, I have really not much of a clue what will happen between now and Event X, but I’ll figure it out ;).

Today, I’m working on calendaring Reclaiming Hearts because In Concert with the King picks up later in the evening after RH ends, and I need to figure some dates out.

Yesterday’s Stats

In Concert with the King
Yesterday: 3439
Total: 47506

Yesterday: 3439
Total: 38219

Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 12 or MS is Halfway Done

Good Sunday morning!

In Concert with the King is officially halfway done! YAY!

And sometimes I get pretty disparate books in the same box. its kind of fun. 😉

After people-ing all day yesterday, it will be kind of nice to sit at home after church today. I did get some written though not as much as I’d hoped and not as early as I’d hoped.

To be clear, I do love the people I peopled with, but it still meant not curling up at home on my couch ;).

I’m hoping for more today and then I’ve told my family I want to all sit and watch Wonder Woman together since none of us have seen it yet. I told them to call it my birthday present ;).

Okay – time to head out!

Yesterday’s Stats

In Concert with the King
Yesterday: 1866
Total: 44067

Yesterday: 1866
Total: 34780

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 11 or More Birthday Fun

Yes. That’s my dog licking a chair. Sometimes we just don’t ask ;).

One of our very good friends has a birthday two days after me, so last night we went out to his house and sat around and chatted with about seven couples total. We told all kinds of fun Steve stories and ate edible cookie dough (isn’t it all edible?!) then played a game.

It was a ton of fun – especially after getting to spend the day with my husband when he took the day off.

I did manage to get a few words written. Not as much as I was hoping for, but such is life. Today is busy too but I should get some in later… Some of my word count stats are off in my Scrivener screenshot and I’m not sure why… but here they are anyway

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 2133
Total: 42201

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 2133
Total: 32914
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 16 (up another day)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 10 or One Third Done

So NaNo is 1/3 over. I’m 3/5 to the official NaNo goal. Hit 30K yesterday.

But I feel like blech right now. Hubs had the day off so we had lunch then went to the mall and did a little shopping. Tonight we have a friend’s birthday get-together. Hoping to get some words in, but we’ll see…

I even /whisper/ plotted a little bit yesterday… Don’t tell anyone.

I may even do a little more but unlikely…

What about y’all? Having a good day?

That stats on the app on my phone (which is easier to screenshot) and the stats on my computer (which I actually use) don’t agree :p. It’s irritating, because it was well after 2 this morning and I wanted to hit 40K so badly that I kept writing, but on my phone it says I didn’t hit it. Argh!

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 3019
Total: 40068

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 3019
Total: 30781
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 15 (same as yesterday)

#NaNoWriMo2017, Day 9 or Day After My Birthday

Thank you so much to the HUNDREDS of Facebook friends who reached out in timeline posts, sneak attack hugs (that’s you, Terri!), instant messages, and texts. Even Kari who electrocuted and beat/hammered my hip after I hurt my side/back/hip area yesterday. Had breakfast at Chick-fil-A, got my free milkshake, and wrote almost 300 words. Got my tri-weekly craniosacral massage (where said hip/back/side area was also worked over). Found flowers from Matt waiting for me when I got there (see header pic). I think I’ll keep him.

Spent a huge chunk of my day thanking friends on Facebook!

Had lunch with Bobbie. Texted with Felicia. Picked up free Andy’s Frozen Custard because my treat was about to expire. Came home. Hung out with my kids. Took two kids to church.
Got road raged at by a guy who thought four feet was too close to stop behind his new truck and kept eyeing it like I’d dinged it (dude – my bumper wouldn’t ding your truck – yours would ding my hood). Held it together until I dropped the kids off. Bawled my eyes out to Emily. Checked with a local PD friend to see if I should file some sort of official report (since the guy didn’t have a license plate so no way to prove who it was). Did NOT drown my sorrows in the Andy’s, but saved it for another day.
Picked up the girls. Got gas. Realized I pushed my “how many miles can I go” way too far (technically, we put more gas in than my tank holds by a quarter gallon) even though my miles traveled was at least 30 miles under what I should get.
My back/hip/side hurt like crazy. I tried to write but it didn’t go very well :/.
Hopefully today goes better…

Yesterday’s Stats:

In Concert With the King
Yesterday: 685
Total: 37049

NaNoWriMo 2017
Yesterday: 685
Total: 27762
Anticipated Completion Date (50K words): November 15 (up 2 more days)

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