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How was your weekend? Mine was BUSY! I had a lot to do and only human hours to do them in—write and send out my newsletter, get my pre-order ready, prepare and then subsequently post a Thunderclap campaign, make plans for my launch, and read pages for two different critique partners. Plus, I tried to get some writing done. With the hot, stormy ATL weather I didn’t have any outside distractions.

I think I hit some goals over the week. Let’s see…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue short story draft. Goal=2,400 words [total=9,378]. I’m actually hoping to wrap up the draft this week. Done! It’s in the hands of two critique partners. I now have about 30 days to revise and polish it.

*Continue drafting Cursed Hearts. My original plan has twenty-one chapters for this book with a draft deadline of August 1st. If I stick with that goal (and the characters don’t add any more chapters), I need to complete at least SIX more chapters this week. Nailed it! I added SEVEN more chapters thanks to dual writing sprints with friends on Friday. 

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*This is ambitious but… I want to finish the draft of Cursed Hearts. The original plan was to write the draft in a month and then put it aside.

*Continue revising Release (formerly titled Anarchy: an Alliance Chronicles novella). I started revising it mid-week after I finished my short story draft. I finished the read through over the weekend and made lots of notes.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

The queen of evil is at the bar with her cronies, all dressed in sheer attire, gathered around her. [from Cursed Hearts]

This line introduces another character to the story, Edwina Devereaux. She’s a vamp from New Orleans. Victor refers to her as a witchy she-vamp. Might have something to do with her voodoo roots. She’s promising to be a fun secondary character who might see her own story.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Delegation. My college-age daughter is helping me out for the rest of her summer vacation. Right now she’s handling my email and my calendar, reminding me of things, and basically keeping me on task. But I’m a bit of a control freak. I like knowing that if something doesn’t go according to plan it’s my fault, no one else’s. Unfortunately, having an assistant requires handing off things. She’s been very good at asking me each day what I need done. It’s forcing me to think outside of the box and look for those activities I need to do (like marketing research) but would rather not tackle. It’s all good practice, for me, when I actually have to hire an assistant.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:

Cursed Hearts is just fun to write. I enjoyed crafting the short story. It was YA and sweet. Well, I decided the novel (still YA) needed a little more of an edge. So I’ve added Victor’s POV. He’s got his own wish in this story and he’s very motivated to see it happen. I’ve added characters—Luc (the vamp who turned him and his mother), Inés (Victor’s mother), Beaumont (an ancient vamp who lives in the Duquette household), Amy (the manager of the Temptation Club), Edwina Devereaux (a member of the coven), and Cyrena (Kelsie’s mom). These characters are secondary figures to round out the story.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

First, I’m reading an ARC for review:

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Second, I’m studying this:

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That’s it for this week. People stay safe. Think before you act!

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