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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Had a great weekend, it was productive and I caught a sci-fi movie with my minion. If you haven’t watched “Ender’s Game” (2013) be sure to check it out. It rang of “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” but it’s set in space. Here’s the info on the book it’s based on:

375802 Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

Let’s see how I did last week…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue adding to the rough draft of Rebel. Goal is 14,476 words for the week or 2,068 daily. I’m almost done! I hit 43,071 on Sunday (82% done).

*Continue adding to the rough draft of Cursed Hearts. Goal is 6,062 words for the week or 866 daily. Nope.

*Continue with revision for Release. Yes.

*Continue researching for NaNoWriMo project. Sort of.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

Going to Penned Con this week so it will be a short work week.

*Finish rough draft of Rebel. 6,929 words to go.

*Continue revision on Release.

*Continue researching for NaNoWriMo project.

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

I look through the window in the rear door, it’s a snapshot on the world and the girl I’m leaving behind.

-from Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book 3 (Asher)

This sentence comes from the last chapter of Rebel. Asher is about to divulge his big secret to Tru and Zared. He’s reflecting on how things have happened in his life and what waits down the road for all of them.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Knowing when to stop. Seriously. The week was kind of lackluster. I got stuck and had to stop and figure out what was wrong. By Thursday, with the help of my critique partner, the problem was identified along with the solution. On Friday I got a burst of energy and wrote into the wee hours of the morning (I think I stopped around 2 or 3 a.m.). The burst continued on Saturday and by Sunday I had to make myself say enough. The words didn’t want to stop coming, but I had a life to handle too (laundry was begging to be done, food needed to be cooked… you know, life).

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIPs: My characters.

Right now I am so in love with the novella (the prequel) and book three in the Alliance Chronicles series. Tru, who I like to think of as my alter ego, and Zared have always been my favorite characters to write. I learned to like Ko. When her character came to mind she was always the spoiled, bitchy type of girl. She thought she was better than everyone else, knew more than everyone else, and was justified in spreading that knowledge to everyone even when not asked.

With Release, I fell in love with Asher. I liked him so much in Regress, the first book in the series, I nearly broke up Tru and Zared to put her with Asher. Well, I dodged that bullet and held out. Figured Asher and Ko made a couple. This is where my problem started last week. I was forcing him to be with a girl so out of his element it was ridiculous. Asher’s good heart wanted to change her and make her the right girl for him, but he was trying to tell me it was too much work. And as hot as Ko found Asher she kept saying ‘he’s not my type’. So the characters started fighting on paper. They didn’t know if they liked each other much anymore let alone loved each other.

And then I needed to add another character to the novella story. Someone who would introduce Asher to the Alliance. I toyed with the idea of bringing back Malcolm Rivera. But that man wouldn’t have a young boy’s interests at heart unless it was to do something nefarious. So I needed to bring on a new character. This is how Rihana Fakhoury came about.

Asher and Rihana connected on paper. I redirected the story and it nearly wrote itself over the weekend. I’ve even started making notes for Restore, book four. I can’t wait for you to read Rihana and Asher’s story. It’s heartwarming, relevant, and has a few surprises.

Of course, I now have Ko pissed at me. But I think she’ll be happy with an appearance, in a big way, in the final chapter of the series—Renegade: an Alliance Chronicles novella.

News…

Let’s see… as I said I’ll be attending Penned Con this week. Also, my newsletter goes out this week on the 22nd (the winner of the $5.00 Amazon gift card will be announced in it).

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I just finished Aria Michaels’ Killshot. Did you read the review? I’m now reading Ballistic. I still have three books from my September TBR to read. I have a very strong feeling that they will become October must reads.

That’s it for this week.

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