First up, ROW80 updates. It's been a good week for me. I've gotten a fair bit done on Verity but I'm still stuck on the same problem. It's at 62k right now and basically needs one or two chapters adjusted and a little bit of rewriting once I figure out how to link the new and old stuff properly. If/when I figure out that niggling problem, it's done and I'm on to Taunt.
One of my original ROW80 goals was to edit Verity and, technically, I have so I sort of feel like I've accomplished something in January. The best bit is that I don't hate the story and I'm enjoying the characters again. I told my OH earlier that I think I might actually be done with it this year. So whoop whoop for that. One month done, lots of up and downs, but I'm a happy camper. :) Hope you're all feeling optimistic for February!
ETA: Okay, been waffling to my OH again. The poor thing (he's not a reader) has no idea what the book is about or who the characters are but he helped me figure out how to bridge the gap I've been moaning about. It's just for now so I have an actual complete story to edit but it might work long-term. We'll see. It'll bulk up the action, which is good because I'm crap at the romance. I feel a little guilty for what I'm putting these kids through. :D
On to other schtuff. Fellow ROW80er, Vicki Keire, author of Gifts of the Blood, made me cry this week. Actual tears, people. She gave Thirst a really generous, thoughtful review on her blog. See, I'm not used to people talking about stuff I've written. When Andrew Mocete interviewed me, he did a little intro about Thirst and said what it was about and I swear, I was on a high for days. Days. That stuff is addictive. My stories are in my head, I talk about them to nobody, yet the characters are like family so when somebody else "knows" them, it gets to me. Sad, I know!