Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The first update in a month...

I  threw myself into my writing on November 17th to help me cope with the third anniversary of my dad's death.  I haven't felt so accomplished in a long time.  My word count went from 4,400 to 6,414 in a span of nine hours.  I have more to come, of course, rattling around in my brain that I have yet to commit to paper.  I finally stopped writing in my notebook when my hand started to cramp up really bad, and I still wanted to write more in spite of the pain.  Is that crazy, or what?

It wasn't even close to the 50,000 word count I was hoping for, but I'm not too disappointed because I was writing almost daily for most of the month at my own pace.  The novel has been giving me one heck of a ride creatively.  I've had the beginning of the story for a while, and a couple weekends ago I was focused on writing the ending of it.  Now that I have all that out of the way, maybe I can finally focus on the middle part for a change.  :)  It's also been interesting having one of the characters based on an ex-boyfriend because I find myself at times sprinkling in tidbits here and there in the novel of why our relationship never worked out.  That's a new experience for me as the story progresses.  I also feel like I've been on an emotional rollercoaster writing some of those parts as well, but I've safely got off the ride since then and try not to dwell too long on more emotions if they come along again.

I've been thinking about providing my blog readers with a teaser of "Magic In Their Blood," but I have yet to choose what it will be. The scenes I've written so far that I've thought about sharing seem to be giving too much away, so it may be awhile before I deem anything in the novel share-worthy!

I guess I have to continue writing "The Shepherdess Princess" soon.  I was informed by my brother that one of my loyal blog readers is wanting to know when it is going to be completed, so they could get a copy.  The teaser I shared a while ago left them wanting more!  I was heading towards the Final Conflict in the story when I worked on "The Shepherdess Princess" last.  I stopped because NaNoWriMo was starting up this year, and I couldn't use the same novel I worked on in a previous year.  I've liked having the time away from it because I was starting to get blocked the last time I tried to produce anything for it.  It wasn't a normal case of writer's block for me because I knew where I wanted the story to go, but I felt like I was starting to beat my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get there from my stopping point.  Prince Philippe and Jazelle had stopped "talking" to me for a bit, and letting me know where they want to go from there.

I had three or four books listed that I was currently reading on Goodreads.com that I can now report that I've completed reading them all.  I read a couple library books: one of which was "The Racketeer" by John Grisham.  I've been in a Vampire-mode with Anne Rice's book "The Vampire Lestat", and then I finished reading "Sense & Sensibility" by Jane Austen which I have been reading off and on for almost a year and a half now.  It took me so long to read "Sense & Sensibility" because the print was smaller than most of the books I read faster, and I would get really bad migraines when reading it too long.

I started reading "Emma" by Jane Austen when I remembered another book I was planning to read, so I'm only seven chapters into the Austen.  The other book I'm reading is "Labyrinth: A Greywalker Novel" by Kat Richardson.  Taken from the back cover of "Labyrinth:" "Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI  until she died--for two minutes.  Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm.  And she's discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of 'strange' cases."

"Just back from London, Harper's convinced that the two-bit perp who killed her is a valuable cluein the puzzle of her past andte mystery of her missing father, as well as a key to figuring out who's trying to manipulate her powers and why.  There's just one problem: The man who killed her was murdered himself while she was away.  Luckily, Harper has an airtight alibi, but now to find the ghost of her killer--and rescue her father--she'll have to enter into the Grey.  And with her growing powers pulling her more deeply into that paranormal world, Harper's afraid she may not be able to come back out."

What got me wanting to read "Labyrinth" finally after reading the first four books in the series was Chaos.  Chaos is Harper Blaine's pet ferret in the series, and I was actually starting to miss her.  :)

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