Saturday, October 8, 2011

I'm on a roll so far...

I just reached chapter 29 (of 40) on my Nook. And a lot of that happened in the past few days [this new computer rocks!] I'm entering these edits like a crazy woman, let me tell you. Unfortunately I still need to go back to chapter 16 where I stopped reading aloud (which is often my final round of editing for most stories). After that, I feel like it's be pretty close to being done. I'm still a bit worried about a few large-level things, but I don't think there will be any plot-crushing gaps. We'll see, I suppose. I've "killed most of my babies" as writing advisers say--but one still remains. I do not want to kill him at this stage. Sure he plays a bigger role in book 2 and 3, but I feel that it's important to introduce him here. My worry is that he doesn't show up enough for people to care. Oh, Colin. *sigh*

Sadly, I know that this novel will have more edits to come in the future. The important thing right now is to get it down and to move on to something new. It's really time for me to start writing book 2. It'll be good to start something new I think. My mind needs a bit of a break--I feel like I've got a bit of cabin fever going on. Too bad I can't multitask and write and edit at the same time. It just doesn't work for me.

MODEL LAND update: I'm on page 73 (I think) and I'm pretty positive I'm going to set the book aside for now (maybe forever). I mean it took me 10 days to read 73 pages! Some of the craziness is thinning out, but there's still a lot of.... I don't even know what to call it. It's just too much at times. Too Tyra. I don't think it's poorly written. I'd say it's about down the middle in regard to most YA writers that I read. It's taking me too long to get into it. I'll try again tonight, but if something doesn't grab me about this main character then I'm likely done with the book. I guess I'm just not really into modeling culture. At this point, I'm not sure if Tyra really deserves some of the negative comments I've seen from people.

I'm not sure what to read next, although THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is calling to me. I'm not sure what it is about this book that's draws me. The cover is pretty nice. It may have something to do with how the main character wakes up in the hospital with no memories. Anyway, this book may be my first Nook purchase over .99 cents. All I know is that I'm ready to be lost in something. I need a page turner. Maybe it's finally time to read HUNGER GAMES. I don't know why I've waited so long to read that series. I hear nothing but amazing things about it. I'm sure I'll love it. Still, I feel like I want to wait a little longer. Maybe until I'm done with SURRENDER. I'm not worried that they're the same, only that I'll feel discouraged with my own writing.


  1. That cover is gorgeous, and I think the title alone grabs you even though it's a sentence. [For some reason I always feel like a title should be one to three words].

    Personally, when it comes to series I love it when the author lays the groundwork in the first book even if I as a reader have no idea that's what they're doing and then I read the second/third book in the series and it's like, wait? what... dude that's from blahblah.

    It also makes everything seem real and tie things together. Of course, it also depends on how he appears/what he does, because if his appearance is absolutely pointless that even if someone reads the later books wouldn't really catch it then maybe you could cut him.

    So that wasn't actually helpful, lmao. But think about it as supernatural and pie. I mean, Dean's love for pie was just a throw away comment in the first series and then it goes throughout the seasons and now it's just <333 if that helps any.

  2. No, it was helpful! I do hope that if anything needs to be done for Colin it won't take much. I already added one scene, but I need to step back and look at it again. I may need one more subtle thing toward the end of this book. But yeah, I do some set up in book one for sure.

    The bad thing is that I'm still not 100% sure how the whole series will end. It's something that I'm thinking about constantly. But I'm not really surprised that this is where I am. It's kind of my method. I remember when I was writing the first KM book--I had NO idea where that was going until the end when I finally had to stop and think about it. So, this one will likely be the same, I just wanted to have an idea of where it was going so that I could set some clues in this first book.

    Anyway... it was a good Supernatural this week. I thought that it would be more about that hospital, but I'm glad to see some of the old Sam and Dean (and no hallucinations this one!).

  3. I was surprised they escaped the hospital so quickly, although I am wondering where they're going with Dean since I thought he'd gone past that stage where he thought all monsters were the same but now it seems like he's back to that mindset.

    Jensen directed this episode too, that's why I think it had a bit of a different feel to it compared to the others.

    Yeah, I think most people figure out the first book in a series, maybe the second and then everything is just building on everything from there.

  4. Did he direct? That's kinda cool, but yeah there was a definitely switch in tone and feel for this episode. I was also surprised that they escaped the hospital so quickly but was happy to see Bobby. Although they didn't really address the burned down house/garage and I feel like they should have. Maybe next time. Good point about Dean too... I was so surprised when he killed her. But, if he still felt that way about demons, why wouldn't he just kill her son? So many questions! Overall, good episode. I'm waiting for Cas to come back... I might be waiting for a while.

  5. Yup, this is the second episode that he's directed, he did one last season as well.

    And I think they kept the child alive to show he still does feel for them or he's not that far gone that he could kill a child, monster or not. I'm not sure.

    Yeah, I was wondering about whether they were going to address the loss of the house beyond him having duplicates of the books stashed elsewhere but maybe they just didn't have time?

  6. [posted too soon].

    They have to figure out how to deal with the Leviathans, have to find all the materials they lost and then Sam has his hallucinations, so it's not as important.

  7. Perhaps so. I'm still curious :). And Dean killing Amy (I think that was her name) is likely going to come back and bite him with Sam. We'll see!