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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire, week twenty seven

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

98263 / 95000 (103.43%)
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This is the tome that does not end, and it goes on and on my friends…
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That’s how it feels, anyway. This one is going to be a monster — we’ll be north of 100K words when we’re done here.  There are, I think, another four chapters. Perhaps five once all is said and done. So we’ll finish at thirty-five chapters or thereabouts. (I’m working on thirty right now.)
I was hoping to be further along than I am this week. But… well… Mercury went retrograde and all of my home technology decided to go haywire.  We’re talking gas leak in the brand-new dryer  and AC taking an unscheduled vacation in the middle of July.
Now, we’ve been talking about replacing the original to the house (aka 30 year old) AC unit. So when the AC went out, we starting getting estimates for a replacement. And that’s when we found out that they don’t make AC units that will fit in the space where the old one sits. Modern units are all too TALL (funny, I thought modern technology was supposed to be smaller than the older stuff).
So replacing the AC will involve, among other things, demolishing and rebuilding our AC closet.
Needless to say, I’ve been distracted by adulting and other things this week.  I did manage to get some writing done, but not NEARLY as much as I wanted.
I know what happens next. There’s that… and that other thing. There’s the big blowoff, and the big surprise. And the holy crap moment. And… maybe more mountains getting dropped.
And many, many more words.  Which I’ll get on the page starting tomorrow. For now, it’s after 10PM, and I need to get some sleep. I have to wrangle AC contractors first thing tomorrow, so that I CAN word.
This whole adulting gig is overrated.
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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire, week twenty-six

So CLOSE!!!

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

93439 / 95000 (98.36%)
Rocks are falling. No one has died. Yet. Owyn is about to take on his Aspect and raise up his Attribute, , to borrow a concept from Roger Zelazny (if you haven’t read Zelazny’s novel Lords of Light, add it to your reading list.) It’s not finished yet, but it’s a lot closer than it was last week. I’ll probably be walking around Indie Bookfest with a manuscript of Forged in Fire under my arm, and a red pen somewhere on my person, working on edits between panels.
Am I disappointed that I won’t have copies available at IBF? Well, yes. But, I’d rather push the book back than give you a shoddy book. So disappointed but not much. The book will be out in September or October, and will be on my table for one of those two shows.
Wait, two shows?
Yes, two. I’ve been asked to be a guest at a brand new convention here in Orlando. Keiser SuperCon is a one day convention at Keiser University, and will be held on September 14th. Check out their website here, or their Facebook page. (There’s more info on Facebook.) It looks like it will be a fun little convention, and the initial vibe is reminding me a lot of the early years of Johncon (at Johns Hopkins University).
And in other news… I can’t talk about the other news just yet. For right now… things. Just things.
Maybe a draft by next week? Let’s find out.
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Work in Progress; Forged in Fire, week twenty five

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

88851 / 95000 (93.53%)
I can see the end from here!
There are, I think, perhaps five more chapters. Maybe six. I have to finish that part, then drop the rocks, then everyone has to recover from the rockfall before I drop yet more rocks. Then there’s the final black moment, and the end. Yeah, maybe six chapters.
Which means that I have to admit it. Forged in Fire is not going to be done for Indie Bookfest. Right now, it’s looking like I’ll be editing at Indie Bookfest, and I will have a shiny new book on the table at Necronomicon in October.
However, this isn’t a bad thing. Rushing makes for bad books and horrible edits. I’ll finish it, and edit it, and it will be out when it’s good and ready.
And if I keep telling myself that, then maybe I’ll stop trying to have this book done by this Friday.
There’s other stuff in the works. I’m working on the synopsis for Bones of Earth (Heir to the Firstborn 3), and I’m going to flip a coin on which book to start once school starts — Blood Bound (aka BDSM Vampires) or The White Raven: Morrigan’s Wrath. Considering that I haven’t sold The White Raven: Morrigan’s Heir yet, it’s probably going to be Blood Bound. There’s also some stuff simmering behind the scenes that I can’t say anything about yet.
All right. Back to work. This book still isn’t writing itself.
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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire, week twenty four (better late than never)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

85398 / 95000 (89.89%)
The weekly update is a little late this week. Looks like the book might be, too. I’m SO CLOSE,  though. There’s a chance I might have it done in time for Indie Bookfest. A slim chance, but it’s a chance. I know what the high points are for the rest of this book, and it appears that the character who I hadn’t decided if he was making it to the end will actually survive this book.
No, I’m not telling you who!
The big thing I need right now? Time. I need to actually sit and WRITE.
So I’m going to go do that.
See you next week. Hopefully with good news.
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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire, week twenty three.

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

81805 / 95000 (86.11%
Here we are, nearing the end of June, and I’m still not done. I think it safe to say that I’m probably not getting this book done for Indie Bookfest. Considering that my “If I have it done by X date, I can still have it finished” date is this Friday? It’ll be a miracle if I have copies on my table at the signing.
Not impossible, mind you. Just increasingly unlikely. I don’t want to rush the story or the edits. So it might very well be that I’ll have a brand new book at Necronomicon.
The one thing that I don’t have to rush is the cover art. That’s done. Wanna see?
Here you go:
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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire, week twenty two

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

77177 / 95000 (81.24%)
I’m getting back into the swing of things, and getting the flow of this world again after sort of ignoring it for a couple of weeks. Rereading showed that I’ve had my usual “make things up as you go and fix it in post” consistency issues. Needless to say, they’ve been fixed. Mostly. They will be fixed before we go to print.
I’ve also jumped my total word target up — there’s no way that I’m finishing this monster in the 85K words that I’d planned. Here’s hoping that I can bring it in under 95K!
I’m putting some thought into Bones of Earth (Heir to the Firstborn 3), and into where that book will be going. I know the high points, but there are some things that won’t be clear until I see what some characters in Forged in Fire end up doing — I know what my outline said, but my characters never seem to read the outline.
Still hoping to bring this in by Indie Bookfest. We’ll see…
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Work in Progress: Forged in Fire

As I posted yesterday, Table of Stone is finished. It’s formatted and off to the beta readers.

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

91159 / 85000 (107.25%)
Now, this means I can get back to work on Forged in Fire, which has been sadly neglected while I finished Table of Stone.
The race against time starts today. If I want to have this book finished and polished and actually out by Indie Bookfest, I need to get back to it and get it into high gear.
Wish me luck!
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It’s a Draft!

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

91159 / 85000 (107.25%)
Nothing left to do but the compiling. Which will happen tomorrow.
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Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week twenty…sort of

There was a week twenty, but there weren’t many words to be had. I spent last week getting ready for Oasis, and I spent the weekend at the convention, having a marvelous time! I got to meet and be on panels with the brilliantly funny Adam-Troy Castro, met his lovely wife Judi, and see a lot of people I don’t get to see nearly enough. Started off the weekend with co-hosting the fannish version of Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. Saturday, I hosted a couple of panels — one on writing Ordinary People, and another very informative panel on Self-Publishing, and then went on to the annual Writing Sex in Science Fiction panel (aka the Elle, Aria and Liz Comedy Hour).

Can’t wait to do it again next year!

On the writing side, I should be finished with Table of Stone this week. I have a little over two chapters left — finishing the fight scene I’m on, dealing with the elephant in the room, and the resolution of four books worth of… well, everything. The denouement has already been written, and tweaked, and will need to be polished before I say it’s a manuscript. Summer chess class starts this afternoon, so I should be able to get a good bit done then. Then I’ll have the rest of the summer to focus on finishing Forged in Fire.

I have a plan.

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

I’m late. I know. We had a big day yesterday — we went out to Universal Studios for the day, and by the time we got home, all I wanted to do was shower and fall down. Tired Liz is TIRED.

And tired Liz is also confused, because I did all my usual Sunday stuff today, so of course today is Sunday, right?

No. It’s Monday. And the blog is late. Oops.

Had a decent writing week for Table of Stone, and learned something new about writing a series. If you’re going to write a series that takes place in three different time periods… write the earliest one FIRST.  I wrote four chapters of “This is how things really started” that predate all the Carolingian chapters… and that change things in both the Carolingian chapters and the Victorian ones.

Needless to say, in between writing and fixing… there weren’t a lot of words made on Forged in Fire. 

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

80753 / 85000 (95.00%)

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

72650 / 85000 (85.47%)

However, I’m now at three chapters left in Table of Stone, so I’ll be done with that… soon. Soonish. Before my new end-of-June deadline, anyway. Which is also when I hope to have Forged in Fire done, so I can get through edits and have it ready to go for Indie Bookfest. At least, that’s my plan.

(Stop laughing. I do so have a plan!)

My plan for right at this moment, though, is to finish preparing for the panels that I’ll be moderating at Oasis this weekend. Which requires me to… well… end this blog post and get on with that.

Catch me in the Dealer’s Room at Oasis! I might have cake!

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