UNCHAINED Update – May 15

First round of editing just finished, and I’ve written the back cover blurb, which means the two most painful parts of writing a book are behind me. Publication is looking to be August-ish.

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: Complete (112,491 words)
My revisions: Complete
Editing round 1: Complete
Editing round 2: Starts next week
Formatting: Starts mid-June
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Ebook cover complete

UNCHAINED Update – First Draft Complete!

I finished the final words to UNCHAINED earlier today. Finally!

It’s much longer than expected, but I’m not sure there’s any fixing that. I normally write my first drafts very lean and end up adding and embellishing during my revisions (which start tomorrow).

It’s hard to remember the beginning of this book since I’ve been working on it so long. So when I start from the beginning, a lot of it is going to be new to me. LOL

There’s also a cover to be revealed very soon!

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: Complete! (112,491 words)
My revisions: Starting tomorrow
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Ebook cover complete! Cover reveal soon!

UNCHAINED Update – January 2

There’s no way to wrap this book up in 8,000 words as I planned. It’s either going to be considerably longer than books one and two, or I’m going to have to cut it down by a lot. I’ve already cut an entire subplot by just not writing it. It’s hard when the characters spend too much time outside of time itself. I feel like I’m losing track of time too.

Here’s some photographic proof that writing is not a solitary occupation. ;)

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (92,123 words, about 92% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

A Quick Note on Pirated Books, UNCHAINED Update – October 17

If you see UNCHAINED available for download anywhere, no, it is not a legit copy from the future. It’s not even a leaked copy, because there’s no way the written part of it could have been leaked.

My books are only available from well-known booksellers or from libraries, and right now the only free book is THE ALIGNMENT. Any ‘download for free’ copies on random websites are pirated. If you’re short on funds and would like to read my books, please request them from your local library.

Speaking of UNCHAINED, I’ve written a rough bullet list of everything that happens to the end, and it’s under one page long! Now I just have to expand it to about 30,000 words. Easy, right? ;)

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (74,035 words, about 74% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNCHAINED Update – August 1

1,535 words added today to UNCHAINED, after 6+ hours spent yesterday recovering my focus by skim-reading this book from page one, reviewing all my messy notes, and digging through my brain.

Write every day. There is so much truth to that.

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (50,546 words, about 51% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNCHAINED Update – May 18

Over 10,000 words added to UNCHAINED in the last month, which is pretty good progress considering my level of distraction right now.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of what needs to happen. And it’s kind of making me nervous.

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (36,937 words, about 37% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNCHAINED Update – April 1

I’m writing slowly but diligently. Also slowly. ;)

That’s my only news. Here’s a picture of my pretty new pot with some spring flowers. It’s mostly about the pot, though, ’cause … oh, that color!

 

 

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (26,917 words, about 27% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Momentum

I’m struggling to find my momentum with this last Unquiet book. I wrote over 1,000 words last night, but most of those were put down past midnight. Lazy days this week allow me to do that. When my normal schedule returns after the new year I won’t have that Easy Writing Window of Time, which seems to be 11 p.m. onward. Late night writing is how I wrote the entire Alignment series. It’s a schedule I’m no longer physically able to do.

Doesn’t really matter, though, does it? Books must be written, so the time will be found… somewhere…

Cutting back on reading time might be necessary, but not that easy right now because I’m 50% into THE KING’S MAN by Elizabeth Kingston and enjoying the heck out of it. It’s a bit of an enemies-to-lovers story set in medieval Wales. Broody hero with a violent past meets a Welsh warrior princess who is tasked with dragging him home to England to answer to his king. Lots of unexpected movement in the plot and great romantic tension. Can’t quite recommend it yet because I have no idea what’s in store, but the first 50% is excellent.

I also just started THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne. I know I’m late on this one but after seeing it pop up everywhere and never seem to go away I figured I had to do it. It’s a library loan, so I have to put THE KING’S MAN on temporary pause (boooo). The first few chapters of THE HATING GAME are delicious. I’ll probably devour it in days. It’s a nice change from the dark dramatic stuff I usually read. :)

 

Speaking of dark and dramatic… you gotta check out THE GLASS WOMAN by Caroline Lea. Chilling, desolate, mysterious, romantic, a perfect winter read. Kind of like REBECCA in Iceland. Certainly one of my top five reads in 2020.

 

 

I hope you’re enjoying some lazy days full of books, good food and drink, pleasant family time, and all the nice things at the end of this bizarre year. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2021. :)