UNQUIET Update – December 15

UNQUIET is with the first editor. When I sent it off I was like, YAY I GET A BREAK! Then I realized I have to use this time to write the blurb.

Fact: A novel’s blurb is harder to write than the novel itself.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete (96,621 words)
My revisions: Complete (98,839 words)
Editing: Started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – December 7

Twenty-eight degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for a night walk. A lively dog who sets a quick pace and likes to add in bursts of sprinting is a must. Added bonus is neighbors using their fireplaces and filling the crisp air with woodsmoke. We walked/ran two miles in about 45 minutes. It would have been quicker if we hadn’t needed to stop from time to time and sniff many individual pieces of grass. And pause on the street corner to survey for threats and scrutinize every blinking Christmas light and falling leaf. And go out of the way to avoid the inflated waving Santa who most certainly was trying to kill us. Can I trade June, July, and August for three more Decembers?

On to book news. My revisions are going very fast. Editing starts very soon. My guess for publication is March, but don’t hold me to that.

I still haven’t decided which of the three closing lines is the one…

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started (74% complete)
Editing: Starting soon
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – I wrote the closing line!

…actually, I wrote *three* closing lines. I’m not sure which one is the right one. XD

But what’s important now is this story is written! I’ve done a lot of revising and editing along the way so it won’t need much more from me. I plan to send it for editing in a few weeks (after I’ve completely tortured myself in trying to make it perfect although I know it never will be).

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – November 9

I’m on the last chapter. It’s taking for-ev-er. My goal is to finish draft one and start revisions by Tuesday. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: In progress (92,108 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

Penned Con, Cover Update, Dragons

In a little over a week I’ll be signing books at Penned Con 2018 in St. Louis. This is a really down-to-earth con with two giant rooms packed with authors and readers. You can talk books with real people for two days straight! There’s also a theme dinner, auctions, games, and drawings. Tons of fun. Check out the details here, and come!


 


 
I haven’t read any Seriously Good Books lately but ohmigosh do I have a movie to recommend to you.

I Am Dragon
Amazon | IMDb

I watched it on Amazon Prime but you might find it elsewhere.

It’s Russian, and in Russian, so you’ll get English subtitles but the language is beautiful and can’t be missed. I won’t tell you anything else about it other than it’s an old-fashioned fairy tale that’s darkly romantic, with great costumes and scenery, good acting, and a great love story. Just watch it.
 


 
Did you notice THE ALIGNMENT had a little update to its cover? As much as I loved the original, I think I might love this one even more…