If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Feb. totals

Although I fell short of my writing goal, it turned out to be a half decent month:

6573 words*
17.25 hours
15 days (of 28)

It's nowhere close to where I'll need to be, but it's progress.

*The word count seems low because I counted editing time as writing time. Basically if it was writing-related and not blogging or e-mails it go counted.


Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Officially titled

We finally decided on a title for Book 2. Henceforth, it shall be known as Sword and Scabbard. I can't tell you why. It's classified, but you'll love it.

Progress really is being made. We're, oh, probably 2/3 through the story. Nyakas is officially a Dragon Lord, and so is Sieger, and they're being bombarded with drama to get them to quit and go home. They're not there yet, but soon. Very soon. *insert evil laugh* I found a mother lode of stuff from the first attempt to tame the beast and have made good use of it, so I was surprised when I did a word count of the whole document the other day and it was just shy of 55,000 words. Surely it won't come in so far under The Dragon's Lady word count, which was in the neighborhood of 125,000 after editing. Then again, it's not done yet.

If this is normal second book syndrome, I'm never going to write another series again. The headaches from this book! Oy!


Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Order is still being restored to the Dragonsroost Municipal Library. Good grief we've got a lot of paperbacks. I've been busily adding shelves to the 'some assembly required' book cases (I've only drilled through them a couple times, I swear!) and shelving in quasi-alphabetical order.* I've got a 6-foot book case and a pair of 4-footers filled to capacity. I'm through H!

So yesterday I was sitting on the floor, looking at my three bookcases of A-H. I'd already looked back through them twice, pulled out the duplicates I found (I know there are more), and looked over all of *my* books to see which ones I can part with. That opened up a little space, but not much. I might have to get more brutal in my tactics because we don't really have space upstairs for six more book cases.

The irony is, though, that I was looking forward to tonight. We have a homeschool book club meeting. At Borders. Where I'm going to buy the book in the series** I'm reading that I forgot to add to my Christmas list. Turns out I'm half-way through what I thought was the next book, only to find it's the next next book. Drat. Hopefully it will be there in trade paperback; those go in a different place and I won't have to wedge it in with the other G's.

* I have the letters sorted, but have not alphabetized them within the letters. Why bother? It's not going to stay in order anyway. I just thought it might help me spot duplicates easier.

** Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. I skipped The Fiery Cross accidentally and have had to stop reading Breath of Smoke and Ashes until I get caught up. No wonder I was confuzzled with some of the details!