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Happy Monday! I had a peaceful weekend. My daughter is due home from college in a few days. I have to enjoy the quiet time while I have it.

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Let’s see how I did last week…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Tweak Chapters 8 – 11 of Demon’s Birthright before sending to critique partner. Revise Chapters 12 – 15. I wasn’t feeling the story the way it was going. First, I pulled out Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet and compared it to what I’d written. They weren’t matching up. I tried to plug my way along, but the story started too soon. So I scrapped what I wrote. I combined chapters, cut passages, and re-drafted. 

I sent off my pages and guess what? My critique partner got someone to look at her latest WIP and requested her manuscript. So, I needed to find a new partner. I was blessed to pick up TWO. One of my new partners writes the way I do—more than one WIP at a time. Both of them are familiar with my writing.

*Start drafting new short story. I thought I would have had this started. Didn’t happen. I have thirty days to draft. I’ll need to write 200-267 words daily to make the deadline.

*Drafting ideas for teasers and trailer for Rescue. If my alpha reader finishes her read-through this week, I’ll be making those changes as well. My alpha reader finished and she had some awesome advise and tips for me. I loved her suggestions and spent the week getting them made (that’s why the new story draft didn’t happen). I cut 2,000 words from Rescue. 

I also made a decision that there will be a fourth FULL-LENGTH book to The Alliance Chronicles (I may have mentioned this before). The material that I’ve cut is best put in this book which will focus on Ko and Asher. Tru and Zared’s story will end, for the most part, in Book Three.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Write 200 – 267 words for new story.

*Follow up with new CPs and make changes to Chapters 1-3. Chapters 4-8 have been rewritten. I need to review them and then forward to partners. Rework Chapters 9-11.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [This is within the opening pages. Raevyn thought she had a nightmare. Then she found out it was her demon uncle and he marked her.]

A wave of electricity coursed down my back. An intense pain shot through my body. The ferocity soon diminished and left behind an undeniably good feeling. I shuddered. My normally obsidian eyes glowed red. The reflection in the mirror smiled back at me.

This passage represents my refocusing the story. The previous version had too much backstory concerning Raevyn’s parents. I redirected the narrative to focus more on Raevyn and her quest to stop her uncle.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: I’m an individual. Does that statement make you scratch your head? It’s not bragging nor standing up on a soapbox. It’s the realization that not everyone works the same. We’re blessed when we meet someone with our same work ethics and beliefs. For the most part, however, those moments are rare.

If I fail to do something, I tend to over apologize. That’s not the norm. Most people, if they’re lucky, get ONE apology. There are those who don’t even acknowledge their error. I try my hardest to be prompt. A lot of people don’t let it bother them if they’re late with things. Lateness bugs the crap out of me.

My husband is constantly reminding me that everyone doesn’t work the way I do. I was reminded of that over the weekend. It pissed me off until I remembered what he said. It’s a mantra I need to say daily: I am an individual. No one else works the way I do.  And that’s a good thing. A world full of my clones would be frightening, to say the least.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I shared the premise of my story with my mom. She said it was interesting. You have to know that my mom isn’t a big fan of the paranormal. You won’t catch her saying she watched “Supernatural” or “The Originals”. But she found my story interesting. I’ve heard others say it sounds interesting as well. The challenge is to make sure my words uphold that promise of interest.

That’s it for this week!

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