Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Madness & A Haunted Ebook

Check-in - word count met, rewrite of Taunt completed.  Give some lovin' to the other participants here.  (Check out the end of this post for contest info).

New month, new goals.  In February, I finished the rewrite of Taunt, wrote the first draft of a novellette, finished a short story - and met my daily writing goals in the second half of the month. 

In March, my goals are:
  • 500 words a day, Monday to Friday (at least)
  • 5,000 words a week (at least)
  • Plot Tempt
  • Work on fae novel
  • Finish a short story
I would like to write the first draft of Tempt before I start editing Taunt in April (hopefully) because I like having the next sequel written before I work on edited the previous one, but I don't know if I'll manage it.  I'll probably work a little on the fae novel and Tempt, if I can. 

It's only three weeks so I don't expect to finish anything apart from the short story and the plot.  The fae novel could require a re-plot, it depends on what happens when I read through the notes and partial draft.  My biggest problem with this one is that I haven't figured out POV yet.  I kept switching between first and third and then thought about having two or even three POVs.  Make a decision, already!

The short story goals are there purely  to give me a regular(ish) achievement.  I struggle so much to perfect a novel that I need the shorter stuff just to feel like I've finished something and am not a complete failure.  I'm trying a lot of new things this year, trying to face up to fear and embarrassment a bit, and to get rid of that special voice in my head that stupidly tries to tell me that I can't possibly force myself to write short stories unless I get inspired by something, like, deep and shit.

The whole family have been struck down with a cold this week - even my never-gets-sick OH is all manfluey.  My older daughter decided to get up out of bed and cut her hair because she wanted boy hair.  She didn't get very far with the safety scissors but it still needs fixin'.  The baby headbutted me yesterday and gave me a lovely trout-pout.  The dogs ripped apart the bins, leaving a great mess on the floor for us to wake up to.  The twins have figured out how to open the front door and run outside in the five seconds it takes for one of us to leggit out after them.  Teamwork, baby.  One. Of. Those. Weeks.

I'm doing this half-asleep`(what's new?) so sorry if I get the info wrong but JL Bryan, author of Jenny Pox and the Haunted Ebook, is on a blog tour (check it out, lots of prizes) and will be giving away free copies of his ebook over at Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick.  If you tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment with your twitter handle on the blog, you'll be in with a chance to win a copy.  If the book makes it to the top ten in Horror on Amazon, he'll be giving away a Kindle DX on his blog tour.


  1. You are going have a great memoir to write one day. Put me down for that when it comes out.

  2. I don't need to bore people with a memoir, I'm already doing that with my blog. :D

  3. You've done really well in February *is jealous*
    Judgemental Dog approves :)
    I think that even if I don't meet my goals for ROW80 (it's starting to look like I might not), at least I've still got more done than I would have otherwise.
    As far as the daughter attempting her own hair cut... I remember when I was about 6 or 7, I randomly decided that I wanted a fringe, so I set about giving myself one... All I succeeded in doing was making myself look like a retarded cockatoo :|

  4. LOL! *Needs picture evidence* I can see her attacking it again, given the chance, so I'm trying to gently persuade her Daddy that getting her hair cut a fair bit shorter is a good idea. I hate the thoughts of it but she's been complaining about having long hair for a while now (probably because of the tangling issue).

    Oh, and trust me, you won't be jealous when you see how much editing it all needs. :D

  5. Yeah! You're chugging away.

    You do know that trout-pouts are all the rage, don't you? You just may spark a new trend in trout-pout formation- baby head-butts. <-And I do believe that is the weirdest sentence I've ever typed.

  6. Wow, you're pretty busy. Nice focus and great job. I feel exactly like you about needing the shorts to give that sense of completion / achievement. Hope you get your POV question settled. That's something where if I even allowed myself to dabble after I started a piece, I'd really regret it. LOL

  7. LOL @ CM! Think I can patent the idea?

    @ Claire, I've rewritten the beginning a few times now trying to figure out what to do. Still not any closer. Driving. Me. Mad. I'll get there in the end. :)


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