THE WARRIOR Update – June 20

I never knew there could be someone in this series more brooding and conflicted than TB.

Progress is…happening. It’s a lot slower than I want it to be, not because I’m blocked but because I’ve hit a spot where each sentence takes thirty minutes to write. And they’re not even good sentences. A big scene change is about to happen though, and once I get involved in that hopefully words will come faster.

Also to blame? Chigger bites. I have a high tolerance for pain but a nonexistent tolerance for itching. It’s so distracting. I thought these bites had exhausted their payload but then I found THREE NEW ONES. Why?! How?! I think they’re in my yard but I have no idea where, and I can’t really take a shower every time I go outside. I think they wait for me to come out and water my flowers and then they jump on me in the dozens. Twenty-four hours later the bumps develop but the chiggers are long gone. Which means they, what, dropped off in my bed? After feasting on me, unnoticed, for how long? Pardon me while I bathe in fire.

Happy summer solstice, everyone!

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: About 60% (66,328 words)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE WARRIOR Update – May 18

It’s so hard falling in love with characters I’ll have to hurt and probably kill. I do know the ending of this book but there are…options. It all depends on what the characters do to get there. (please let there be an HEA please let there be an HEA)

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: About 49% (54,033 words)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE WARRIOR Update – April 14

It’s almost Beltane and I’m nowhere near where I hoped to be with this book by now. Current word count is 35,589 (goal is 100,000-120,000). I just started chapter 10.

I need to write in more blood and guts because I expected more and there just simply isn’t enough.

My weirdest Google search for this book so far: “alligator death roll.” Coolest research: ┼ákoda Fabia R5. Can’t tell you why because spoilers. :)

Not much else to report other than last books in a series are hard. :/

THE WARRIOR Update – March 11

Quick update: I’m 22,361 words deep into THE WARRIOR. That’s six chapters in. And I just wrote something more disturbing than the altar TB builds out of you-know-what in book 4. I tried to talk myself out of writing it for days because it’s just…not cool. The story always wins though. So there it is. And the research I had to do? CANNOT PURGE THE IMAGES.

Recommended Reads: THE RAVEN BOYS

theravenboysTHE RAVEN BOYS was so entertaining on so many levels I could barely stand it. It was hard to read without shouting aloud at the end of every page. What would I be shouting? No idea. Gibberish probably. Or maybe fangirl squeals. My brain was so consumed by great characters and story it had no power left to form words.

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
Amazon | Goodreads | Maggie Stiefvater’s website

About Book Five

So. Book five. The big finale. I’m not sure how I’m going to pull it off.

I have 4,558 words written. That’s 18 manuscript pages, almost to the end of the second chapter.

There’s a new character whose head I was afraid to get in. I was worried I’d never connect, that this person was too far away from me to be anything but forced. After writing my way into it, I’m shocked at how alive this character is. Looks like there’s a new star to this series, with a character arc that’s going to be extreme. I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to get through the day with yet another voice in my head.

Like all my books, I know the ending, and I have several bits of plot in the middle that move the story along, so it’s just a matter of writing up to each point until I reach the end. Easy, right?

I’ll post updates about once a month, and I promise to write as fast as I can.