When I came up with the title for this post I was in the middle of writing ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge‘. I was in my ‘wheeeeeeeeee this is awesome!’ phase and regularly churning out in excess of 2,000 words a day, seven days a week.
Then I hit a lull. I’ve whined about it for ages and though I blamed it other things, it was, in truth, a combination of fear, confusion and laziness.
Well… that’s all changed. How am I doing?
Take a look:
IY: Two months, 106,620 words. First draft of the 2nd story in the Saar’s Legacy trilogy, Walking The Razor’s Edge is now complete. ^_^
— Ileandra & Raven (@ileandraXraven) August 1, 2014
Not bloody bad if I do say so myself. ^_^
Somewhere in the middle of the week it just clicked (thanks Martin, I know you had something to do with that). It all just… dunno… became easy again. I finished it on Friday night after looking at the clock and thinking that I may well as not just keep going. I’d hit 4,000 words already, which was already a hell of a lot more than my 1,000 goal, but I was so close. It didn’t make sense to leave it.
So that’s done now.
I’m enjoying this new lull to be honest. The chance to rest, recharge and recover before diving into something new. And by ‘something new’ I mean going over the beta comments for ‘Silk Over Razor Blades.’ I’ve done some of the tweaking, but I was using those as an excuse to avoid finishing WTRE so I stopped. Now it’s done I don’t need an excuse. I can just get on with it. I’ve had my weekend off; it’s time to get on!
I can say that I’m very happy with how WTRE has come out. There are scenes that I know, even now, will never make the final cut. I love the information they give and how they’re written, but they just don’t fit the tone of the piece. They are going to make good outtakes and bonus material though. ^_^
And do you know what the best part of all that was? I finished a day late. One day. One! After a fortnight of moping and cringing because I just couldn’t get my head back in gear. I finished on 1 August instead of before 31 July. Ha, can’t complain too much about that, right?It’s that time of the month again *snerk* when I go through not only the goals for the week but the entire month. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
Work on WTRE: at least 1,000 words per working day (five days)
I think I wrote 15,000 words this week. Not only did I met that goal but I smashed it and left the shattered pieces in the dust.
Finalise layout and colour scheme for the solo site
Done. A last minute change but I’m happy with the look of it now. You can take a peep if you like; this is the pre-launch period. 🙂
July 2014 Goal Recap
A damn good month despite all my complaining. Just look at what I’ve done.
Another 40,000 words complete of WTRE
Ha, yeah and all the rest. Done, done, double-done!
Finalise solo website and hit ‘go’
Similar to Raven, I won’t be activating the domain name for the site just yet. This pre launch period is to see how the site is received and then go on from there. But you can now visit it, mooch around and enjoy, so this goal has been met too.
Goals for August 2014
Right. I have a lot to do this month. A few things that I’m still not sure I’m allowed to talk to you about and my own projects. o.O Let’s just say that I’ve joined a collaborative team to do some pretty cool things by the end of the year. Fantasy things. Regularly published shaped things. ^_^ I’ll say no more for now.
- Complete changes based on beta notes on SORB
- Work on collaborative project
- Write ghost story for Boo Books anthology call
Getting back into the grind of working is going to be fun. I think, however, after all that work on WTRE I’m going to give myself a little bit of a break before going back to SORB (by which I mean a few days).
- Outline ghost story for Boo Books anthology call
- Speak with fellow collaborators to learn if I’m allowed to talk about what we’re up to
- Read through the reader notes offered by betas and organise them into ‘problem type’
That, I think will be a good way to get into the swing of starting SORBs last changes. The way I see it, WTRE isn’t really resting until I leave SORB alone too, so I can’t begin my ‘one month off WTRE’ until I’m done with SORB. *shrugs* That just means I may well have to leave NaNoWriMo for Raven after all, since I doubt I’ll be ready to start On A Knife Edge (last in the trilogy) by November.