UNBROKEN

You can write an entire novel every year if you really write for ten solid minutes a day.

But what if ten minutes is too much?

If you’re ill. If you’re overwhelmed with non-writing work. If you have a bunch of kids and a mountain of laundry and volunteer work and a job.

If you have all those things, asking you to give your art ten minutes can feel like asking you to give your art ten hours. Impossible. Just more than you can handle.

And when you feel that stuck, it can be super easy to just skip the whole thing.

Only skipping it doesn’t feel good. Because writing is your sanctuary. It’s the one thing you do for yourself, maybe. It’s your dream.

— Shaunta Grimes in The Every Day Novelist

And I’ll add one more thing: something about me turning 40 has wrecked my ability to stay up past 11:00 PM. All my best writing for The Alignment Series was done between 11 PM and 1 AM. This simply isn’t possible anymore. So the Unquiet Series will be the series written on stolen time. I just need to find someone to rob.

I can’t imagine what would happen to my brain if I left these stories inside me.

Oh, and this book I’m writing right now is called UNBROKEN.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (20,116 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – September 29

Here is what I should be doing:

Sowing grass seed where a blow-up pool killed the grass in my backyard.
Cutting weeds out of the bushes against my house.
Vacuuming the finished section of the basement.
Clearing clutter out of my house.
Washing my car.

Here is what I’m actually doing on this cool early Fall day:

Sitting in my sunroom in my house slippers writing a story.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: In progress (83,670 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – July 3

Another strong month of progress here. I believe we’ve passed the midpoint. Right now I’m in the process of piling as much stress on this hero and heroine as I possibly can. I need to see what happens when they break. And then I need to break them more. Hopefully they won’t take it out on each other.

On second thought… I kind of hope they do. ;)

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: In progress (56,774 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE CATALYST Update – September 22

Happy Autumnal Equinox! A day of equal night and day, when the sun rises due east and sets due west…and when THE CATALYST has been sent off to my editor for round one.

I’ve also sent the book’s info to my cover artist to get the cover started. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. It’s a jaw-dropping surprise every single time.

There are only three months left in 2016. I’m not sure that’s enough time to get this book finished but I’m going to be as hard-headed as TB and as calmly optimistic as Liv and power ahead believing I can still get it published this year.

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Starts Monday
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Started, first drafts due in 14 days

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