rhienelleth: (Default)
Writing update:

Almost to the halfway point. Well, realistically I think the halfway point will be happening slightly after 50k words, more like 55-60k. 

Most of my favorite bits are spoilery. But since it's been awhile, have a whole snippet, that mostly isn't:

Snippet )


Nov. 19th, 2009 02:42 pm
rhienelleth: (Mercy Kincade)
Thank. God.

I am past that stupid block the book was giving me. The problem, as is so often the case, was not what I thought.

But now, the words, they flow.

I give you a celebratory snippet.

~snippet~ )
rhienelleth: (Mercy Kincade)
I am well over half way, and things are moving really quickly now for the rewrite. I'm finally to a place where some things can stay...but most scenes still have to be rewritten, regardless of that.

For example, I posted this snippet of the original draft, way back when.

And in the rewrite, it's the same...but not.  You know, in case you were curious about things like that.


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: )


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~ )
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~ )

Kick me!

Aug. 4th, 2009 04:13 pm
rhienelleth: (Default)
So, possibly writing 30,000 words plus a synopsis in two weeks' time was a tad ambitious. I mean, I've done it before, when the 30K was part of a book.

I'm at the point right now where I want to bang my head against the nearest brick wall, and ask myself WTH I'm doing, and why, exactly, I thought this was such a great idea. Part of me wants to give up. But another part of me is all "Nooooooooooo! There is still time! You have until Monday, Rhien, just keep writing." (I'm not sure until when on Monday, mind, as the site just says "Monday, August 10th" - does that mean midnight on August 10th? 9pm? EST, or PST? Enquiring minds lunatic authors who are going to be writing until very possibly the last minute want to know!)

Right now, this very second, I have to write 3K words a day tomorrow-Sunday. Not including revising and the synopsis, which would be whatever time I have leftover, and Monday. Now, the actual writing part, that's doable on that schedule. But it sure doesn't leave me much for that two page synopsis, and we all know how much I loathe love synopsis writing. It also doesn't leave my betas any real read-and-response time. So the real truth is, I need to finish this thing faster. I'm working on it tonight as late as I can, and we'll see where I stand tomorrow.

I need some encouraging words swift kicks to keep me moving here.

I can do this.

Oh, yeah - did I mention that I leave Friday for a weekend on the coast with my nephews and literally a house full of people - fourteen to be exact?? I have to carve out writing time each day. Minimum four hours. No problem.

Where's that brick wall again?

~Very brief snippet~ )


Jul. 30th, 2009 11:12 am
rhienelleth: (Treon)
I already have 1000 words in the can today, so I'm hopeful of reaching my 3K goal for the day. I've finally reached the point where my two protagonists meet, yay!

I dreamt about the novella last night. In my dream, I had the perfect title for it. I can almost remember it, too. It was two words...damn.

Maybe it will come to me.

I haven't posted one of these yet, and I'm feeling remiss:

~Snippet~ )
rhienelleth: (drug)
With the rewrite of Nemesis actually *gasp* going well, not only do wordcount posts return, but so do snippets!

This target number is subject to change, should I decide to go crazy and rewrite the whole book, rather than the first six or so chapters. Also, I could end up doing a word count meter for the whole book's actual rewrite process, once I complete these first 17,000 words.

And, to celebrate the day's week's progress, a snippet:

~ Snippet ~ )
rhienelleth: (Cannon)
A particularly piratey snippet from Nemesis:

:Snippet: )
rhienelleth: (mercy2)
I have this thing. This thing where the beginning of a book screws with me, even though I know exactly where I'm going and why. For some reason, oftentimes I have to skip ahead and write out a scene from later in the book first. I don't know why, and often that scene will get rewritten once I reach it in the book. But for some reason, it pulls me into the story and the characters firmly enough to get me past my personal bane: the beginning. Then I can go back and pick up that first thread, and write until I've reached that future spot. It's weird, but it works for me.

Hence why the first chapter of Consort has yet to be finished, but chapter 8 or whatever it will end up being is almost done.

Mostly I write in order, and mostly that works best for me. But sometimes this is necessary for me to fall into the book and get the words down.

Which is why I have this snippet to post. Even though it could change a little when I really get there in the book, the actual action of the scene is exactly what will be happening:
(Er...warning to beta readers, it's semi-spoilery, if you thought Mercy and Reaper's relationship was going to be all smooth sailing after Nemesis. But I'm sure you didn't really think that, right?)

snippet )


Jun. 18th, 2008 02:29 pm
rhienelleth: (Reaper)
So, after writing almost a thousand words, having Reaper tell me very clearly that this just wasn't working for him, and rewriting them all, I think I finally have something going here. 

~snippet~ )


Jun. 3rd, 2008 04:03 pm
rhienelleth: (Reaper)
Finally, a snippet I can post. Still has mild spoilers, but it won't give anything away if you've read very many of my pirate posts.

~Snippet~ )
rhienelleth: (mercy2)
I know a lot of my little space pirates snippets are short, pithy, and amusing, especially lately, but that's because they're the only bits I really can snippet. As the book progresses, snippeting any of the more serious stuff becomes waaaaaaay too spoilery.

So, another amusing moment from the life of Mercy. Trust me, she doesn't find it all that amusing, and anyway, there is all too little amusement in her life at the moment. Author's note: Christopher is a young teen who works for his older half-brother, Connor, who has invited Mercy to attend a super secret thing with him, as his guest.

~snippet~ )


Apr. 1st, 2008 02:33 pm
rhienelleth: (mercy1)
I am officially over 40K on the novel.

I think this calls for a snippet.

~snippet~ )

Yes, indeed. Events are starting to weigh on my poor MC, though she has no idea that this ain't nothin' yet.

ETA: I should also mention that this snippet will probably only really matter to those people acting as my beta readers.


Mar. 10th, 2008 01:35 pm
rhienelleth: (mercy1)
I'm still hoping to finish a chapter today, and get back on my 3k/day goal.  The day job, unfortunately, is pulling me into a meeting this afternoon that will hopefully be blissfully short.  We'll see.  Someone discovered black mold in one of our buildings.  Since this building has had a leaky roof for the past two years, this should come as no surprise.  However, it does, and they've called an emergency (Black Mold!  Oh noes!)  all-hands ES&H team meeting on the subject.  I will basically get to sit there being bored out of my skull, since my job has nothing helpful to contribute.  (Want me to file something about it?  That I can do.  Just hand me whatever needs filing and send me about my business.  Except they won't.)  *sigh*  Bureaucracy. 

So, this is mostly for [personal profile] kistha, who is very nicely being patient with this latest chapter and the foibles that seem determined to keep me from finishing it.  However, I AM still planning on finishing it today.  It can still happen.  It depends on how bureaucratic they plan on being with this mold.

In any case, a snippet from the latest chapter, somewhat amusing for everyone except my MC:

~snippet~ )


Feb. 12th, 2008 10:52 am
rhienelleth: (mercy1)
Writing is flowing smoothly again today, yay! The book has hit one of those golden strides, where I can't write fast enough to keep up with the stuff tumbling around in my head. Thank God, finally.

To celebrate, a snippet:

~Snippet~ )
rhienelleth: (Default)
...But I thought our work bake sale was next week. Turns out, it's tomorrow!!

Help, bakers on my list. I want to make something fun and creative, but not too much work (like, say, tiramisu.) Because I have to make it tonight.

Recipes, anyone? Suggestions?
rhienelleth: (Default)
I haven't yet posted any snippets with Callista, McClairen's heroine, in them. This is fairly rough yet, but should give you a glimpse of her personality.

~Snippet~ )


And no, in case it was in question, the guy in the cage is not McClairen.


Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:45 am
rhienelleth: (mcclairen)
So far, things are going fairly smoothly today.  I ended up re-writing about 600 words from yesterday (I know, one of the cardinal rules of Nano is NO rewriting, but the beginning of the new chapter had to go.)  So I've actually written about 1300 words so far this morning.  1500 more and I'll have met my daily wc goal.  If I do any writing this weekend, it'll be 'extra' as weekends aren't allotted as writing time for me this year.  We'll see.

For now, though, I've just created my first totally 'new' major character for the book, and I'm pleased with how he's turned out.  Sure, he's the first of many, but as McClairen's second in the pack, he's an important first.  I figured I'd celebrate by posting the first official snippet for this year's NaNo.  Warning: it's rough, yet.

~Snippet~ )

I need an icon for Tyrell now.  I'm thinking maybe Tyson Beckford.


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