Progress

Sep. 17th, 2009 03:42 pm
rhienelleth: (Reaper)
Well, the rewrite goes fairly well:



Look at that! 1/3 of the way done!

Have a snippet to celebrate: )

Progress

Sep. 14th, 2009 03:04 pm
rhienelleth: (Mercy Kincade)
Spent an enjoyable weekend with friends. Now it's back to work on the Nemesis rewrite.



This last chapter is mostly the same, or the most the same of any chapter I've done so far, and yet probably three quarters of it is actually re-written, or reworded on a sentence level. We'll see how the next chapter goes, as I expect it to stay largely the same as well.

Although I'm toying with the idea of doing a POV switch for it. Tell it from Reaper's POV...hmmm.

Progress!

Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:29 pm
rhienelleth: (Default)
Well, with the goal to finish the Nemesis rewrite by the end of the month, so I can then move on the Veritas expansion/rewrite, and from there to the Dark Vision rewrite, i have no time to dilly dally!

Progress for the day:



Total rewrite progress:



SO CLOSE to being one quarter done! Ah, well, tomorrow will close that gap for sure.

Also, now that I'm revising old material as well as wholesale rewriting, I've noticed that my writing as a whole has changed significantly since I finished draft 1. On the one hand - yay, better writer! On the other, more rewriting.
rhienelleth: (Dem)
I'm done.



I wrote 10K of those words in the last three days, while on a family weekend at the coast.

Yes, my family is still talking to me, but it's a near thing.

The synopsis and query were written in less than an hour.  The query, in five minutes.  It is definitely not a great query, but I had no idea if "August 10th" as a deadline meant midnight their time, or my time.  I sent in everything in at 9:05pm my time, which is technically five minutes past midnight for them.  Fingers crossed like hell that they take it.

I would hate for my eyes to be bleeding (or feeling like they are) only to fail.

Never let it be said that I cannot meet a deadline. 

I am officially going to go and collapse now.

SUPER THANKS goes to my awesome team of beta readers: [livejournal.com profile] whiskeypants , [livejournal.com profile] woodrunner , [livejournal.com profile] dthon , and [livejournal.com profile] kistha , who heroically read this thing in pieces, whenever I managed to find a Wi-Fi connection this past weekend.  You guys are fantastic, and anything still wrong with the text will embarrass me, since I'm sure you all caught it on your read throughs. 

Here's hoping Samhain reads the text, despite my five-minute query and half hour synopsis. *winces* 


Veritas

Aug. 6th, 2009 10:17 pm
rhienelleth: (Default)
Well, I'm sitting decent at 16K.  Only 9K in the next three days, then Monday for revisions and the synopsis.  So far, beta response approves of my working title.

We almost have a novella in two weeks!

Today's snippet du jour:

~Snip~ )

*yawn*

Aug. 6th, 2009 09:42 am
rhienelleth: (Default)
I wanted Transformers music this morning while I write, so I put the iPod on Artist>Steve Jablonksy and pushed play.

A minute ago, I stopped typing and thought "Now, why am I hearing the Gears of War 2 theme?" Which I hear every time Mark loads the game onto his Xbox.

I actually had to look at my iPod to remember that yes, Jablonksy scored that game, and yes, I did put it on my iPod. Right, then.

I only reached 13K last night, instead of the 14K I'd hoped. Setting up the new phones took half the evening, then there was dinner, and, well, by the time I was writing, I was damn tired. I wrote a paragraph, and misspelled at least half the words so badly, I didn't recognize what some of them were supposed to be - my fingers were that clumsy on the keyboard. That's when I put the laptop down and went to sleep. Sometimes you can do more harm than good trying to reach a goal.

Besides, this morning I had one of those epiphany things. Good stuff.

Today's goal: 17K.

Off to write.
rhienelleth: (Default)
So far today, I've written about 2,250 words. I still need to write 1750 more tonight.

In the meantime, here's today's snippet. These are among the moments I enjoy most as a writer. The unexpected conversations that are unplanned by me, but evolve naturally as the characters come alive on the page, and interact with one another, seemingly of their own accord.

~Snippet~ )
rhienelleth: (Dem)
Nothing like a brisk walk around the site, out in the breeze and the sun, to wake one up from the mid-afternoon, post-lunch lethargy.

Plus, I didn't waste the time - the novella now has at least a working title, if something better doesn't occur to me between now and Monday: Veritas.

Whew. I was dreading the whole title thing almost as much as the query/synopsis I still have to write.

Ah yes, and I haven't actually done a word count thing in a few days:



Half done, whoo-hoo! Provided I reach my goal of 14K tonight, that leaves me with 2750 words/day between tomorrow and Sunday. Totally doable.

Progress

Jul. 31st, 2009 10:39 am
rhienelleth: (Dem)
Um, right. Progress meter.

Yesterday's words totaled a little over 2K.



I had a migraine early this morning, so I'm getting a late start today. I'm also feeling a little "off", as I tend to do after one of those. My goal is to not let it affect word count.

*back to the trenches*
rhienelleth: (Dem)
More than 2K today.  That's better than yesterday and the day before!



17% in three days, you guys!  Whoo-hoo. :D  Still need to pick up the pace, but I'm working on it!

I'm sure you all know the novella features Dem (pictured in my icon).  I had to cast the other new characters, of course, so here they are:

Sanah is Dem's heroine, I suppose, in romance terminology.  She's the other MC in the book, is how I view it.  She's an empath, and much softer than Dem. :D

Nayla is Sanah's younger sister.  At sixteen, she's missing a lot of the socialization a lot of girls her age have had.  Her Talent is extremely rare, and considered quite dangerous, so she's spent the last several years pretty isolated.

rhienelleth: (zoe/wash - shayrena)
This morning as I signed into LJ, I felt this wave of warmth and comfort one usually associates with homecomings. I've been on LJ for going on six years, now. I suppose in way, this is my online home. I love sipping my morning coffee as I scroll through my f-list. It's not just about fandoms, it's about wanting to know how [livejournal.com profile] dragonsinger's revisions are going, or what new adventure [livejournal.com profile] randomeliza is going on, or what experiences [livejournal.com profile] fatema is having in Bangladesh, to name just a few.

I miss you guys when I'm gone for awhile, as I have been lately, busy with writing and other RL things. Even when I'm only doing brief update posts, like this one, they make me feel more connected. How did we get on before this vast social network took over the world existed? I can't imagine my life without my 'online friends' in it.

I just wanted to say. Because I was so happy signing into my LJ this morning. :D {{HUGS ENTIRE F-LIST}}

Now, on to the writing update. I didn't get quite as many words as I'd hoped yesterday, but we all know how beginnings mess with me. I can feel the ball starting to roll, now. I expect great things today.



Also, it was a record breaking 107 here yesterday! You guys, the only other time I have been in 107 degree heat was that summer in Texas! We had a Texas temperature in green, wet Oregon yesterday! OMG!

Today's projected high is supposed to be slightly less, at 105. Dude, I am not built for this. Stop with the crazy heat wave, already!
rhienelleth: (Dem)
Yesterday's high temp: a record breaking 104. Today is supposed to match or exceed that. It's already 85.

Today I went back over the opening scene of the novella (which needs a title. At least a working title. Hmmm.) and cleaned it up a bit, adding some words here and there, deleting others. Now I'm moving forward with a minimum goal for the day of 2k, although I hope to get 3k in.

Since I tend to run long, and the maximum wordcount for this is 30K, I'm setting a goal of 25K and hoping I don't go over by too much. My history with short fiction has not been stellar, but a novella is somewhat longer than a short story, fortunately. I should be able to wrap this up in the words allotted.

Progress so far:


I'll probably do another progress post at the end of the day.

A question for those of you who've written novellas before. With the longer format, do you divide it into chapters, like a novel? Or is there some other format I'm less familiar with? If you do use chapters, are they shorter, or about the same length as a novel chapter? I guess I should have thought a bit more about the structure of the thing before diving in to this!

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