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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week eighteen

Okay, I’m calling it.

Table of Stone will NOT be done by the deadline of by Friday. I’m giving myself another month. Which is going to be interesting, because you know what is done on Friday?

School.

Well, technically, school actually ends a week from tomorrow. But the school where J attends wanted to be done on Friday, and the board voted to end school on Friday because why have ONE half day after a day off? The County, however, said they had to have that silly last day. So the school said, Fine, we’ll have school (wink wink). So, sending J in for a half day for one day, on a day when they’re not going to penalize him for being out? Makes no sense.

Anyhow, here is how things stand.

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

73988 / 85000 (87.04%)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

72525 / 85000 (85.32%)

I’m looking at maybe another five chapters in Table of Stone. So I should be done well before the end of June (stop laughing).

Forged in Fire, on the other hand, is turning in to a monster. I haven’t wandered too much off outline. What I didn’t realize is just how many words it would take to get to this point of the outline! I’m working on chapter 22. Which means we might be looking at about forty chapters all together.

MONSTER book!

I’m going to keep this blog post short, because I need to get other words in. And I need to prep for my panels at Oasis, which is the weekend after next. If you’re in Maitland, come and say hi!

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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week 17

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

66832 / 85000 (78.63%)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

69899 / 85000 (82.23%)
Here we are. There are ten days left of school…. and Table of Stone is nowhere NEAR done. Looking at it, I’ve got maybe five and a half chapters left. And a denouement that I’ve already written, but that might need to be tweaked.  I think this might be the first time in a long time where I blow a deadline. Now, granted, it’s a personal deadline, but still. I’ve never had a book run over into summer break before.
It would be easy to say, “Well, Liz, it’s because you’re working on two books! You’ve never done that before either!” And the answer to that is, yes I have. Written in Water and Ashes and Light were written concurrently, and I brought both of them in early. Now, I was laid up with a broken toe at the time, but…
Yeah, I think we’ll say it’s all the fault of my shoulder. My output picked up dramatically once I wasn’t in pain any more Hrm… imagine that!
In other book news, Forged in Fire looks like it will be running… long. Way long. I might not have it done in time for Indie Bookfest in August long. Yeah, that long. I’m writing chapter 22 currently, and there’s still a ways to go. This one is going to be a monster — I’ll have to update that wordcount, but I think we’ll be pushing the 100K word mark. 85K isn’t going to cut it.
I’ll be heading out to Oasis in a few weeks, and I can’t wait for that! I’ll have a table in the dealers room, and I’ll be bringing out my beads — I’m finally going to be selling off the raw materials from my jewelry business, so if you want good quality beads CHEAP, come find me at Oasis!
All right. Let me get back to the writing. This book won’t finish itself.
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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week sixteen

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

63017 / 85000 (74.14%)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

65501 / 85000 (77.06%)

Okay, I’m going to admit it.

I’m hitting the EEK part of the writers journey. The one that sees the deadline looming on the horizon, and the book isn’t anywhere NEAR finished yet.

I might have to focus solely on Table of Stone for a few weeks. Thankfully, I’ve got up to chapter 20 queued up for Forged in Fire. However, if I focus on Table of Stone, that means I might not get Forged in Fire done in time to have hard copies ready for Indie Bookfest.

Like I said, EEK!

And while I’m talking about Forged in Fire, chapter 17 has some what-the-fuckery that made the first reader/husband come into my office and say “What’s the heck was THAT???? Where did THAT come from?” It will, I hope, make sense in the long run. For now, we’ll see what the Patrons say when the chapter goes live. (Want to be in the room when that happens? You can, you know. Just join me on Patreon!)

Also on my to-do list is prep for my panels at Oasis. I’ll be moderating two panels, and I’m looking forward to them (especially the one on self-publishing!) If you’ll be in Orlando at the end of May/beginning of April, come check out the convention!

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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week fifteen

And we’re in the home stretch… sort of.

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

57749 / 85000 (67.94%)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

60505 / 85000 (71.18%)
I have exactly 27 days to finish Table of Stone. Which means that I’m going to be nose to the grindstone until the end of May. I’m also going to be nose to the grindstone for the next two days, because I’m just under 4K words from my goal for the month. I can do it!
I’m also prepping for Oasis, which is coming up at the end of May. I got my panel schedule:

Friday, May 31st:

5:00 PM — The Monster Panel: What is Going On in the World of SFF

8:00 PM — Wait Wait Don’t  Tell Me

Saturday, June 1st:

12:00 PM —  Ordinary People     (moderating)

2:00 PM —  Self Publishing        (moderating)

9:00 PM  — Writing Sex Scenes in Science Fiction and Fantasy     (with two of my favorite people to be on this panel with — Aria Kane and Elle E. Ire. This is going to be FUN!)

Sunday, June 2nd

10:00 AM  Tropes We Never Want to See Again

I will also have a table in the dealer’s room, so if I’m not on a panel, you can find me there! And if I am on a panel, you can find my books at the table, and I’ll sign them for you when I get back. I will also have beads at the table — BOXES of beads.

(memo to me — order more copies of House of Sable Locks. I’m almost out!)

Right. Of to the grindstone! These words won’t just write themselves!

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Writer Round-up

It occurs to me that it’s been a very long time since I last did this:

To Write:

    • Table of Stone (Swords of Charlemagne Book 4) — in progress
    • Forged in Fire (Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2) — in progress
    • The White Raven: Morrigan’s Wrath
    • Blood, Bound
    • The Sea Prince (started, shelved)
    • The Willow Sword (started, shelved)

To Edit

To Outline

    • Bones of Earth (Heir to the Firstborn, Book 3)
    • Wings of Air (Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4)
    • The Mentalist’s Cat
    • Holy Orders (Sequel to Heart’s Master)
    • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
    • Tales from the Arena: Dead Man’s Hand (Tales from the Arena 3)
    • Men of Mortal Seeming (An Artificer novel)
    • Towers of Light (Metropolis project)
    • untitled Rebel Mage short
    • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

    • The White Raven: Morrigan’s Heir
    • Bonds of Blood and Steel
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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week fourteen

It’s amazing what not being in pain will do for your productivity!

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

Well, in one project, anyway. I’m a little behind where I want to be in Forged in Fire. I need to go back and reread and get back on track. But the words in Table of Stone are really flowing, so it’s hard to tear myself away from that to work on Forged in Fire. 

Now, as to why I’m not in pain any more? I got a cortisone shot on Wednesday morning of last week. Now, if you’ve never done one, let me tell you. They hurt. A LOT. But after a couple of days, nothing hurts any more! So they’re worth it, in the long run. They’re just not immediately pleasant.

I didn’t realize how much being in pain was messing with me until I wasn’t. Until I wrote consistently and made my wordcounts for five days running on Tables of Stone.  Now to get myself caught up — I have just about a month to finish this book. I have a little more wiggle room with Forged in Fire, mostly because I am working about five chapters ahead of what’s up on Patreon. I do need to get it in gear, though, so I do start running behind —  I want to have the finished book ready to go at Indie BookFest in August.

And… several hours later, I just realized that I never posted this. Ummm… oops? Here, have an update.

 

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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week thirteen

Been a slow week. Like… really slow. Like, didn’t break three thousand words added to either project slow.

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

 In my defense, it was my birthday week. I finally got out to see Captain Marvel (Oh, is THAT where the alien from TAHITI came from?) and we found a new Lebanese restaurant that does amazing gluten free food, and that’s right in our backyard (they’ve apparently only been open a month.)

So I had a good birthday week, and a slightly less than good writing week. And a considerably less than good pain week.  Yup, the shoulder.

Look, if you can avoid rotator cuff tears and frozen shoulder, do so. They suck. I’ll be calling my orthopedist tomorrow about what the next step might be. I might have to wait another couple of weeks to see if the PT starts working (since it’s only been two weeks and PT usually runs 4-6 weeks), but if there’s anything they can do in the meantime? Let’s do that. It might mean a cortizone shot, which I’m looking forward to with about the same amount of enthusiasm as a root canal or four more years of Trump. Well, maybe more enthusiasm than the latter.

This week promises some uninterrupted writing time (here’s to getting the car serviced!) as well as some tests of patience (Home Owners Association annual homeowners meetings. Ours tend to resemble an adaptation of Lord of the Flies, one set in a WWE Cage Match, best two falls out of three.) Here’s hoping that this weeks words turn out to be as interesting!

 

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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week twelve

A short update for a week that came up short in words. There were not as many words as I would have liked, because focus appears to be at a premium

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

Part of the problem is pain management, or lack thereof. Rotator cuff injuries are not fun — avoid them if you can. I don’t have enough of a tear to need surgery, but still… OW!

Also? Doing the backstroke with a rotator cuff injury is a mistake. More OW! (Hey, it felt okay until the end of 50 yards, and I stopped when it started to hurt. But apparently that was too late.)

So I’m trying to focus on the writing, and I did pretty well for the beginning of the week… and fell off the wagon hard toward the end of the week.  This week will do better.

 

 

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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week eleven

A pretty decent writing week! I just barely missed my March word target of 33,000 words (missed it by 149 words! SO close!), but 32K words and change is nothing to sneeze at!

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

 Now, my target for April is a total of 32K words. (One day less, one thousand words less.) This is doable, so long as I make my daily words.

I really can’t post excerpts right now, because spoilers, but I can tell you a bit about my writing day. I plan my writing, because there are only so many chainsaws you can juggle. I have my daily word totals for each piece for each day, and I try to hit them. (I don’t always succeed, because the universe likes to look at my plans as say “Yeah, you only think that’s gonna happen…”)

My day starts with getting my son out for school. There might be errands on the way home, or a gym run (that’s three days a week, usually). I come home, do some necessary chores, then get to work. Sometimes, I’ll do pomodoro sprints (write for 20 minutes, stop for 5, repeat as needed), sometimes I’ll just work in fits and starts, going back and forth from one thing to another. Some days, I work in my office, some days on the porch. To be honest, though — the porch can be distracting. There’s new seed in the birdfeeder, which means new birds are visiting, and I have to stop and look them up because I’ve never seen an Eastern Goldfinch before. Today, I’m in the office.

On the days that I go to the gym, I might not get to writing immediately, because I hate getting into the middle of something and having to stop for lunch. But usually, I write until lunch, stop, then write again until my alarm goes off that it’s time to leave for carline. Writing happens again in the evenings, and sometimes continues in my sleep — I’ll occasionally wake up with new ideas.

I just had one of those this weekend, that changes how I’ll be approaching the next few chapters in Tables of Stone. Which I really should get to work on now.

 

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