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How was your weekend?

We’re thawing out in Atlanta. Saturday and Sunday were sunny days with a little heat. Hubby threw open the windows and let the breeze air out the place. We’re also in the midst of March Madness. I chose not to participate in the bracket challenges this year. Hubby and the minion are playing long distance. I hear she’s beating him.

Let’s see how I did with my own challenges last week.

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Work on the rewrite of RebelI’m into Act Two on the rewrite. This is actually going better than I anticipated. The characters have made some choices for themselves. After we discussed them, I saw the wisdom and let them be. Nothing quite like having a meeting with fictional characters.

*Finish the plotting/planning and start drafting All Things Dark and Magical by midweek. I’m still working on the plotting and planning. This story is more of a fantasy so it requires careful world building. I’ll continue building and planning this story throughout the month. The draft process will start in April.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue work on the rewrite of Rebel.  I will attempt to finish Act Two. Many of the chapters can be re-purposed from the original draft so the actual rewriting should be minimal.

*Continue plotting/planning All Things Dark and Magical.

*Rewriting book descriptions for all published books. I rewrote the one for Regress over the weekend.

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

Time sputters and chokes as I wait for the ice cold rapper to false asleep. It took no time for him to polish off the soda. The fool even asked for a refill which I gladly got for him. I’m not shocked he didn’t finish the sandwich. Synthetic meat will kill your appetite faster than bug spray on a roach. [from Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book Three]

This passage is from Tru’s POV. She’s waiting for Malcolm, the rapper turned activist from book one, to fall asleep after being drugged. My favorite part is the first line: Time sputters and chokes… Personally, I like the way it describes the passage of time. It isn’t fast. It kind of grinds along and then kind of freezes.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Following a daily routine. I’m not giving it up, but it will take some getting used to. The best part is I can see what I’ve done and what I need to do. I have a daily To-Do List, a Priority List, an Email list along with the daily schedule. I even have notes for things that need to be done. I have managed to complete each day’s tasks. Some days I ran over and had to spend the evening playing catch up. I think I’ll be introducing a timer this week set for 50 minutes of writing. This will give me a much needed 10 minute break for each session (a total of 40 minutes free daily during the work day). I’m also getting better at managing the business elements. I’ll be using a timer to get posting done to social media each day and checking my email.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The logical conclusions.

Let me explain… When I really get into the writing…when my mind dwells in my characters, I get dialogue. I can envision scenes. That happened over the weekend. It was an eye-opening moment. In the last book of the series (due in January 2018), I have Asher making a confession. The way it has been drafted he makes this confession to the wrong person. Not only is it to the wrong person, he has a lot more to say. His actions are different. It’s a deep moment which I needed to make more so. I sat down to write notes. I ended up with pages.

This revelation acts as a reversal of sorts. It changes how Asher interacts in the next story (Restore). Yes, this changes how my draft will look, but it’s a good thing. I’m sealing up plot holes that weren’t obvious to me.

How I’m feeding my soul this week… I’m reading a juicy book by Jacob Chance, Deluge. Very interesting book.

That’s it for now.

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