A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 11

So I was sitting here, hoping dinner would cook faster when I realized, Oh crap! It’s Thursday. Time for another #ROW80 update. Here we are. 🙂 Let’s see how I’ve done.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • I honestly didn’t make as much progress here as I’d have liked. HOWEVER, I did get scene 2 outlined in a way that allowed me to strip the back story which was annoying me. Now I just need to actually edit it so I can move on to the next chapter.
  • Bonus Goal: Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union.
    • Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First. At last count I was at 31,122 words. Now, I’m at 32,759. I skipped writing this weekend but was back on track on Monday. I finally hit the last chapter. I’m the process of wrapping up one major piece. Afterward, I have one minor and one major plot area to tie up, and I’ll be finished. I thought I’d be done last week with this but find myself not trying to break any records with words per day. 🙂 100 words, baby. It’ll get done when it’s done. One thing I can say, the first draft is probably the cleanest I’ve ever written. So that’s a plus. 🙂 Hopefully editing won’t drag me down like Alley Cat is doing. If you haven’t checked out the rough draft of my cover art, have at it. 🙂
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy. Haven’t started this yet but will after I finish I Loved You First.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

FYI: If you’re looking to get Shadow Cat for CHEAP, it’s still available at Amazon and B&N for $0.99. Don’t miss out, because I’ll be putting it back at regular price on Sunday.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 10

Second update in March. I’ll just keep this short and sweet.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • Okay. Here’s the deal with this. I haven’t. I’ve been stuck on scene 2 since last week. Yeah. I suck. And to top it off, I’ve been playing WoW when I should have been editing. Good news though. I’ve finally faced reality. I knew why I was having trouble with it–I need to make cuts. I did it and am back on track… I hope.
  • Bonus Goal: Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union.
    • Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First. At last count I was at 30,130 words. Now, I’m at 31,122. I did miss one day of writing (yesterday), which I only put in 19 words. I’m actually having some problems with the ending. It’s not working out the way I want it. What I might do is just leave it and come back to it during the next round of edits. We’ll see what happens tonight.
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy. I might start this tonight and lay off I Loved You First.

<Sigh> I totally need to just get motivated. I’m overstressed because I’ve been procrastinating and stuff has piled up.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 9

I have to say, cutting back on emails has increased my productivity greatly. 🙂 Let’s to a February recap before I moved on to March goals.

  • February:
    • Finish the first draft of Stray CatChasing Shadows
      • Write 500 words a day. I started this update at 31,370. I finished February with 32,038 words. I bombed the last few days. 🙂 However, I’m satisfied with the first draft… and frankly, tired of working on it. I’ll be setting aside Chasing Shadows for a few months. I plan to come back to this in May or June for edits. As you can see, it’s a short piece. I think the final version will be about 35k. Until then, you’re welcome to read the first chapter of Chasing Shadows which is in my Free Reads section.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. Didn’t do again this month.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I did work on it once, but haven’t finished it. I’m not even sure this will get published.
    • Bonus: Work on New Adult Novel
      • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. Last check-in I was at 28,374. As of February 28, I was at 29,708. So I’ve been doing well with this. I have 2-3 scenes left before I wrap this up and start on the next project. Hopefully, I’ll have this finished by the end of the week or next. Another shorty. I’m pretty happy with this first draft. I can see this being about 35k also when said in done.

So here we are in March. Let’s see what we have planned for the last month of #ROW80.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • Alley Cat (working title) has 26 chapters and an epilogue. According outline, I have 4 unwritten scenes. Originally, my goal was to edit one chapter per day or write one scene. Here’s the thing. I absolutely hate editing, that would really push my endurance, and likely lead to a shut down. What I think will happen is one scene per day. I’m going to give myself two months to edit the first draft of this work. My progress thus far. I edited chapter 1, scene 1, but I’m not satisfied with the job I’ve done, so I’ll go back to that. I also started editing chapter 1 scene 2. I’m hoping to get my edited nice and tidy the first time so I don’t have to go through it again before sending it off to critique partners and beta readers.
  • Bonus Goal: Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First
     

    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. I hope to finish this novel this week or early next. 🙂 As of February 28, I was at 29,708 words. Currently I’m at  30,130. So, I’m still doing well with this one.
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy

I’m feeling pretty great about March. Even though Alley Cat is the last of the Striped Ones series, the idea of sitting on a finished piece of work is quite exciting. It’ll mean I might be able to release the last two novels fairly close together.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

Stray Cat Excerpt Ch 1 S 4

Okay. So this completes chapter 1 of Chasing Shadows. Like I said, this is rough, but it’s a scene I’m 99.9% sure is a keeper. If you didn’t get an opportunity to read the first three scenes, feel free to have a looksee (Scene 1, Scene 2, and Scene 3).

Chasing Shadows

Chapter 1 Scene 4

Kecil woke with a start to the dim trickle of light filtering through the thick canopy of trees. A numbing hollowness consumed her as last night returned to her like a fading nightmare, blotting out any brightness the sun might offer.

She rose to her feet and brushed away the dirt caked to her stinging shoulder, the least of her pain, and took stock of the area.

For the first time, she noticed a peculiar smell, slightly sweet, familiar but with a hint of decay. She traced the scent to a goliath of a tree and circled it.

A binturong, dead, its back twisted abnormally lay in the dirt. She stepped closer.

“Rwarrrr.”

She jumped back and stumbled in her retreat, her heart thudding in her chest as she scrambled backward, her heels finding no traction scraped the dirt. From behind the corpse, a miniature, whiskered face appeared and hissed.

She took a deep breath, calming herself as she stood and returned with cautious steps. Holding out her hand she approached the baby binturong no larger than a newborn wehr-tiger cub.

Its fur bristled as she neared and its hiss turned to a growl, it lips pulled back revealing tiny fanged teeth.

“It’s okay. I’m alone too.” Only inches away, she jerked back as it snapped at her fingers. She tackled it, clamping its mouth shut with one hand while holding it tight to her body.

It spit and hissed as it thrashed for freedom, scratching her stomach and arms, but in the end the small cub’s size was no match for her. Defeated, its struggles slowed though its body remained tense.

“That’s better,” she cooed, releasing its muzzle, letting her hand slide over its head.

It turned to sneak in a bite, but missed. Eyes wide, teeth bared, it snarled as she pet it until eventually it quieted and turning its head into the caress.

“I’ll take care of you now,” she said.

“Find him! He couldn’t have gone far.” Gemuk’s voice called out.

She scanned the area and found the small handful of mated males in her clan approaching, combing the area—all of the men, except her father. If he’d been here protecting his territory, her mother would be here today… waiting in her hut when Kecil returned. Her teeth ached as she clenched them. Why wasn’t he here?

“What are you doing out here?” Kasut asked from behind her.

She spun around and craned her neck to look at him, a giant of a man, like her father, like all of the men in her clan.

His eyes flicked to the binturong in her hands and twitched. “Go back to the village. It’s not safe here.”

“Did you find him?” Gemuk’s mouth hung open as he breathed heavily staring at Kasut. He focused on her, his eyes narrowing. “Get that runt out of here. She’s nothing but trouble… like her mother.”

Kecil’s eyes smarted and she fought to swallow the lump welling in her throat.

“He escaped—the killer.” Kasut nodded toward the village. “Get out of here.”

She edged by Kasut and ran. Leaving behind the scrutiny of Gemuk, she sought the safety of the village, prize in hand.