UNBROKEN Update – April 5

I never thought I’d be writing UNBROKEN from inside someone’s game of Plague Inc, but here I am. We’re mostly self-isolated here, only leaving the house for exercise and groceries. Missouri hasn’t been hit too hard, but I’ve read what this virus does, and I do not want it in my household. School is all online for the kids right now. Drum lessons are happening over FaceTime. Jiu-Jitsu practice comes in videos over Facebook. Let’s all applaud the internet for allowing us to still have these things when their physical places had to shut down.

Being stuck in the house means lots of extra time to write, yeah? Sadly, no. We do more cooking now. Three meals a day at home. We’re trying to do more outside, so we’ve been walking a lot, like 3.2 mile stretches with the dog and the boys on their bikes. Our neighborhood sits on the bluffs of the Mississippi, so the streets all around us are great climbs and valleys. Our street has become an alternate version of itself where families spend time on their porches and driveways and talk to neighbors from a yard away, or across the street, all while there’s a constant flow of people walking dogs and riding bikes. The neighborhood is visibly alive, and it’s very retro.

I worry about what we’re not being told about this virus, and I look at maps and read articles when instead I should be writing.

Progress on UNBROKEN is good even with all these strange mods to my sense of normal. First draft done in maybe…one month? I’m writing the climax right now.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (79,742 words, about 79% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – February 23

I’m not ready for winter to end but I am ready to see the end of this book. There’s a lot left to write but I have it all very clear in my head. The work is finding the right words to reflect what’s in there…

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (64,710 words, about 65% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – January 6

More words added to UNBROKEN … and a new critter in the house. A good samaritan dropped this little guy off at our veterinarian’s office with a mangled tail. They patched him up and put him up front to wait for a home. We made the mistake of looking into his eyes. He has half a tail and tiger stripes hidden in smoky fur. We call him Zeke.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (55,225 words, about 55% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – October 24

Progress isn’t happening fast, but it’s happening. Yesterday I made a rough outline of the plot for the entire rest of this book (and I normally don’t outline, so I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing). Now it’s just a matter of filling it with life. And death.

Unrelated: There is a plastic human skeleton sitting in the chair next to me, and its head just swiveled slightly to face my direction. I know it’s just gravity turning the head around because we find its head backward all the time, but STILL.

Happy Halloween, y’all.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (41,810 words, about 42% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Recommended Reads: THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD

Here’s the book that has been ruining all my writing progress. It’s the kind of story that forces you to slow down and savor every word of the enviable prose. And then when you’ve finished, you’ll have to start over at page one just so you can read it again with the knowledge you have gained at the end.

Quietly twisted, to horrifying, to bitterly sad, with the most fitting ending I never expected. What a perfect horror story. It left me perfectly unsettled just as it should have. Exceptional on every level. My favorite read of the year.

(For those of you who are sensitive to animal cruelty, skip a few pages when rabbits are mentioned. It’s not graphic, but the details are haunting enough for me to wish I could unread.)

THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD by Catriona Ward
Amazon | Goodreads

UNBROKEN Update – August 31

In about fifteen minutes I’m heading to my three-season room to open all the windows and let in this cool 80-degree late summer day. Clouds just rolled in, so if I’m lucky I’ll get some rain. If I’m even luckier I’ll get 1,000 more words added to UNBROKEN.

If you’re in the mood for a book con there’s a good one coming up here in St. Louis on September 12-14. I’ll be there signing books and nerding out with other book nerds. Join us!

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (30,974 words, about 30% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started