THE CATALYST – First Draft Complete

I wrote the final words to THE CATALYST’s first draft moments ago. This is mostly due to me writing over 1,900 words in one night which is crazy. I think I went through a time warp or something.

Revisions start immediately, from page one to the end, and will be completed by mid-September. That’s almost two months I have to really make this book shine! Then it goes to the editor so she can rip it to shreds. And set it on fire. Then throw it into a black hole. And when it comes out of that black hole I’ll be like, “What is this, a book? Oh, I’ve read this before but it was kind of crappy. Now it’s pretty darn good. Who wrote this? OMG I DID.”

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete! (102,494 words)
My revisions: Just started (0% complete)
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – July 24

I’ve just started the second to last chapter in THE CATALYST. This will probably be the last update before the final draft is complete. A lot of scenes need to be fleshed out, especially the ones in the last few chapters. In order to overcome my fear of writing the end I stopped taking the time to write my best and just started pounding it out. The progress has been great: 12,383 words since my last update. In those 12,383 I wrote a scene that’s going to make all of Christian’s fans weep. Sad tears? Happy tears? Hmm. And I’m pleased to report I did not weep while writing it.

…What? STOP LOOKING AT ME I JUST HAVE SOMETHING IN MY EYE *runs*

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 98% complete (99,068 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – June 26

I wrote about 900 words last night and I hope to do the same again tonight, so I’ll keep this month’s update brief. I’m pretty close to the climax right now, and I’ve run into this weird limbo state where the words are hard to wrench out. It’s not writer’s block. It’s apprehension. I know what’s going to happen to these people, and… no! Just NO! *cries*

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 72% complete (86,685 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – May 30

I’m still averaging about 10,000 words per month for this book. Pitiful! But at least it’s getting done.

The good news: I think it only needs about 30,000 more. And then a heck of a lot of editing and rewriting which usually adds more as I fill out the scenes. That should put it right at the same word count as books 1 and 2.

TB’s character arc is almost complete. He just won’t stop. Keeps coming back, bringing more trouble. Just doesn’t want to quit. At times I’m like, “Stop! I’m done with you!” But I have a real soft spot for him. It’s going to be very hard to say goodbye to him when this series is finished.

In other news, THE ALIGNMENT’s cover is getting some love over at The BiblioSanctum:

This cover asks you step into a fictional land, to leave the world behind and live somewhere fantastic and unknowable, to use your imagination to be the master of the stars for just a little while.

Many thanks to The BiblioSanctum. I wish I could take credit for that cover, but my only contribution to the design was something along the lines of, “stars and mountains and stuff?” :)

Anyway, check out the rest of that blog. Their reviews are great, and I’ve found many books to add to my TBR thanks to them.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 64% complete (77,102 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – April 21

There are too many characters in this book and they’re all out of control. If I could kill a few of them off my life would be a lot easier.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 54% complete (65,329 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Amazon Giveaway of THE ALIGNMENT (Kindle version)

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The Alignment-sidebarAncient feuds, forbidden love, magic and revenge. The Alignment Series is a pentalogy that spans three generations of two rival families and the people caught between them.

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THE CATALYST Update – March 17

I think I need to retitle this book PROBLEMS. I’m at 53,751 words and wow, there are problems. Problems on top of problems giving birth to problems. I’m not sure who’s going to resolve them all.

Wait, what? It’s up to me? In about 70,000 words or less? *runs*

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 44% complete (53,751 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – February 17

On Monday night I broke 40,000 words on the first draft of THE CATALYST. That’s one-third of the way there!

I took last night and tonight off because I can’t figure out what these characters are trying to do. Liv isn’t making any sense and TB is just staring angrily at the wall. I know the next thing that has to happen. It’s pretty important, but it can’t happen until something happens before it and I’m not sure what that thing is.

Now I think *I’m* not making any sense. I should just stop talking and start staring angrily at the wall. I think TB has the right idea.

Anyway, it’s all been put on the back burner to simmer. It just needs time to work itself out. After two nights away I can feel it forming. Just now I got a hint of what’s going to happen and jotted a few notes in my little yellow memo book in my nightstand. By tomorrow it should be ready to come out.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: In progress, about 33% complete (41,016 words and counting)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – January 22

The Irish dictionary has returned to my desk. Last night I wasted lots of precious writing time in a rabbit hole of words. But, it has to be done.
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See all those books propping up that dictionary? That’s research I have to do about something I can’t tell you about because it would be a spoiler. Because it is big. Gonna change things. And last through the rest of the series. I have no idea how to write the massive things it will affect. It kind of scares me.

I’m at about 26,000 words now. Moving at a crawl the last couple weeks because the flu has been running its course through two children and now one man. And I’m pretty sure I’m next.

A Win For Trey’s Coyotes! But They Still Need Your Help…

Coyotes are as critical to our world as they are in my books. They’re already saving Trey and Liv’s butts in book four and I’m only four chapters in. If you’d like to help protect America’s predators from becoming senseless trophy kills that disrupt ecological balance, please read the letter from Project Coyote below. I’m a monthly donor, and I wish I could give more. I don’t want our country’s majestic predators to only live in fiction.

Four donors will match all donations up to $25K by December 31st!

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Warning: The link in the letter below contains gruesome images.

From projectcoyote.org:

Salmon, Idaho Predator Derby Canceled!

As a result of sustained legal and grassroots efforts by a coalition of organizations including Project Coyote, sponsors of the infamous Salmon Idaho “Predator Derby” announced they are canceling the cruel event this winter. This is a huge win for the coyotes, wolves and other predators targeted in this barbaric event that awards prizes to those who kill the most and largest of a given species. You helped achieve this victory!

While we celebrate this hard-fought victory and take comfort in knowing that coyotes and wolves in the Salmon, Idaho area won’t be targeted this winter, the stark reality is that killing contests are still legal in Idaho – and in every U.S. state except California.

To Expose this barbarity, Educate the public and policy makers, and Empower the grassroots to help End this practice, we are producing a film about wildlife killing contests and trophy hunting of predators. Most people have no idea wild animals are being killed for prizes and trophies across the U.S.- and are shocked and horrified to learn such cruelty is legal.

Education is key to changing the way our wildlife is treated in North America. We must raise public awareness and then change the laws to ensure that coyotes, wolves, bobcats and other native carnivores are treated and valued with the kind of respect and appreciation they deserve.

Will you help us complete this film, distribute it and continue our work to end wildlife-killing contests, trapping and other cruelties inflicted against our important apex predators? Four generous donors have pledged to match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25K by December 31st. Please help us and double your impact for wildlife.

Please watch my message below & thank you for your steadfast support.

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

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Warning: Video contains gruesome images.