Progress report, December

I’m very nearly done with Part 4 of No Way Home. Actually, I’m up to 1600 words or so and I might have to begin Part 5 with the one little thing that I haven’t written into Part 4 yet. It’s not a big deal, in fact the start of a new part is a good place to do a scene change.

The reason for this is that well, I tend to have three or four parts per chapter, and a rough average of 1500 words per part. It is by no means a hard and fast rule, but it’s nice to have some sort of a guideline to stick to.

Also, I normally have a scene break (and the appropriate spacing) at the start of each part. What this means is that when the story parts are rolled into chapters, I don’t have to manually add scene breaks, because they’re already there.

The part that I wrote tonight has Caroline being introspective. It’s good to get inside a character’s head and work some things out. And it fits very well.

And I managed to finish that despite having Transformers 2 distracting me for a few hours. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a little preview of Part 4:

Erica rejoined Caroline in the cockpit a couple of minutes later, her uniform jacket still unfastened.

“In a hurry to get back to work?” Caroline asked.

“I was thinking of catching a meal, actually.” Erica raked a hand through her hair and took the co-pilot’s seat again. “And then maybe a half hour of rest.”

“You and me both.”

The shuttle ceased forward motion as they finally reached the Orion. Caroline frowned. “That’s odd. The bay doors aren’t opening.”

“I can see that,” Erica remarked dryly, looking ahead of them.

Not the introspective part, because that is all kinds of spoilery.

Assuming that I either finish up Part 4 or make a start on Part 5, I can put this part in the buffer and post the fifth part of The Maw of Despair. I haven’t actually looked at the calendar to see how often I’ve added new stuff, but it seems that it’s becoming regular, which can only be good for those hoping for more story.

 

End of November update

I’m doing better.  A couple of nights ago I worked on the fifth part of The Maw of Despair (that’s Part 4 of The Rescue).  Damn near finished it in one sitting.

Still haven’t finished the challenge I set for myself.  Who knew that it would be so difficult to find a place to use the word ‘snapped’ in a story?  I suppose that as long as I’m writing, that’s the main thing.

What with feeling tired all the time, there hasn’t been a lot of writing going on.  Still, I need to make time for it, like I did on Thursday there.  Every now and then I need to close down the browser, shut down my e-mail, and just work.  I can do it if I put my mind to it.

I need to work on an outline for The Maw of Despair, as well.  I’m not doing too badly by winging it, it would be nice to have an outline to prompt me when I get stuck.

Also, in case you missed it, I posted Part 3 of No Way Home, here and on Wattpad.

Here’s hoping you have a great December, folks! 🙂

Revisiting old projects and sanity

So I didn’t hit my target of Thursday for Part 4 of The Rescue.

It’s a bummer, but sometimes things will not always go the way I want, and I need to accept that and try to move on.

Part of the problem is that I’ve got to this point where I’m a bit anxious about how well the next part works.  So I’m going to take a little break from it and try something else for a change.

I’m still going to be working on edits for Flight of Passion over the next month with a view to putting out a new version in February.  I’m a third of the way through and enjoying doing that so I don’t think it will be a problem!

Last night I dug up Pegasus and re-edited it with the intention of turning it into a regular story on Wattpad.  So I’ve posted that and I have some ideas for the next few parts already.  Fantastic!

I do want to avoid getting too many projects going and then finishing none of them, but I think if I want to preserve my sanity I’m going to have to allow myself to work on more than just editing one thing and writing one thing.

Thanks for reading, if anyone is actually reading that is, and I hope you enjoy some of the work I’m going to be putting out there. 🙂

Update on updating

Okay.  I’ve pushed the update clock back a week.

The reason is so that I can have a one week buffer.  If updates start to become easier and more frequent, all well and good, but for now I want to have something to put out there even if I have a crap week.  Besides, it’s early days and nobody’s guilting me into updating but me, so there. 😉

I’ve also added a couple of links to the Downloads page, Flight of Passion is now available on Barnes & Noble and Diesel eBooks. 🙂