Monday, March 24, 2014

Kill 'Em

So, last week I hacked the first part of SEER to bits, then slowly stitched it back together again. I condensed/cut down the first ten chapters to just six, and my word count of 89,000 is now at 73,000. 0_o I think I'm beginning to learn the true meaning of the phrase "kill your darlings"...  Not 100% sure if all the changes are working quite yet, but I'll get there!

The aftermath of the hacking! Deleted scenes over there on the right.

In other news, I get to see Shannon Hale tomorrow night at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. I'm so excited!!!

In other other news, I now own the Frozen bluray AND the Frozen soundtrack, so that's pretty awesome. :-D Seriously, that movie is so good I could watch it every single day like a seven-year-old. Beauty and the Beast will always be my favorite Disney movie, but Frozen and Tangled come pretty close these days.

And last but not least, the hubs and I scored this awesome coffee table at a garage sale last weekend:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Once More into the Breach!

You guys. I'm revising SEER again. Fourth draft's the charm, right? Armed with notecards and pens and intrepid daring and my awesome critique partner (who read the whole book in ONE DAY because she's amazing!!), I'm gonna DO this.

*picks up sword and runs bellowing into the woods*

Index cards are super cheap. Who knew??

This is what SEER looks like as wallpaper.

Monday, March 3, 2014

So Many Books to Write, So Little Time

So I'm trying out a new blog template. What do you guys think? I was getting frustrated with formatting issues that I didn't know how to fix on the old template, and decided to go for something new! I'm liking the clean, simple style of this one. I fell in love with a couple of templates on Etsy (here and here), but until I can save up $30, this nice free template suits me just fine. :-)

Kind of a little stalled with ye olde revision—popped back into Part One to try and fix the ending two chapters, but kind of mystified as to how. Might just leave them alone and return to my Part Two rewrite instead and worry about it in my next editing pass. Blech. Ugh. The revision never ends!!!

On another note, I had a shiny new idea last week. It's still brewing right now, but I'm kind of in love with it. I'm tempted to forget the revision and just let this new novel whisk me away into the sunset, but I know that wouldn't be responsible at this point. :-D Anyways. I think it could be pretty special!

Definitely want to add it to the roster, but I've already got:

  • My NaNoWriMo novel from 2009/2013 to finish (princesses and kings and betrayal and war and true love and hidden identities!)
  • That short story idea that wants to be a novel from last year to write (fairytale retelling mashup! Russia! Wolves!)
  • The rewrite-I-work-on-every-once-in-awhile-from-a-story-idea-I-first-had-in-the-90s to finish (basically a bromance, with sword fights and journeys and adventures and battles—this is the first novel I ever wrote; the 2009/2013 NaNo novel is its sequel)
  • My current rewrite's companion novel to rewrite (gods and kings and cupbearers and murder and enchantments!)

So many books to write. So little time. I guess I should stop blogging and do something about it… :-)