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Guest Post on The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast

rockingSo today, my guest post on writer’s block went live over at the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast site. If you’re reading my blog instead of writing, why not go have a look? 🙂

http://rockingselfpublishing.com/guest-post-005-confessions-writers-block-survivor/

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Most of the betas have come back

Authors never really know if what we’ve written is good or bad.  We hope, we suspect, and maybe we think we know, but until someone actually reads the book and tells us, it’s a dice roll.

Three of my wonderful beta readers have come back with the verdict and I’m in positive territory.  Two think the sequel is better than Kick, and one “loved” it but liked Kick a little more.  Considering they all liked Kick, I’m pretty happy.

I’m always amazed at how people appreciate things differently. I have a friend who thinks The Godfather is boring. I like Ben Stiller, but I have friends who can’t stand him. But none of that matters because I’m in positive territory! 🙂

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Sunday Word Count: Not applicable, lots of editing though

FarkusYay, I finally get to use this photo of Scut Farkus.  I haven’t been writing anything new, but I have been doing lots of editing. All the major inconsistencies are fixed, no visible plot holes left, lots of clunky writing declunkified, and the typos that are left are hiding in plain sight no matter how many times I read them.  A few more passes and I’ll be ready to send “Kick 2” off to my beta readers. Oh yeah, I’m probably going to have to rename it from “Ride” to something else — there’s another novel called “Ride” and I’d rather not confuse things if I don’t have to. Also, I like to avoid the image of being a claim jumper.

Cheers

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First draft of Kick-2 is done (working title: Ride)

Spice Ralphie

Spice Ralphie

Just wanted to say it’s done(ish).  Still a lot of editing to do, lots of mistakes and inconsistencies to fix.  I mean, I have people’s hair color changing from one chapter to the next, and they’re not even teenagers.  But I did it, I finished the sequel to Kick, and I’m happy with the result.

I thought I’d spice-up my word count Ralphie this weekend.

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Sunday Word Count — 9k

ralphieI think I’m going to invest in one of those word count tracker things for the blog.  My problem is I have a wordpress.com site, and they limit the plugins available.  I need to do more research.  Meanwhile, this last week was touch and go for a while.  By Friday, I’d only written 4,000 words.  I’d hit a transitional point in the story (the middle), and had to go slow while I sorted it out.  That’s right, I’m writing the middle 🙂  I actually wrote the ending first, the beginning second, and…yes, complicated and obtuse, but that’s how it happened. Anyway, sitting at 69k of fun for the whole family.  I’d like to end it at around 80k, but if not, so be it. Who wants to read long strings of “very very very very” in front of everything?  Anyway, it looks like the first draft of the sequel to Kick will be done in a week or two. During the editing phase, I may drop a few comments on how I’m doing with it, but that’s it.

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“Like a junkie returns to his needle”

http://www.pthylton.com/over-used-words-death/

If you dare…

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Sunday Word Count – 12,000 words

ralphieSorry about last week. I was thinking more about the word count for my work in progress and posted 48k words (the actual count was 11k for the week).  This week, I’m sitting at 60k, which means I manged 12k words in 7 days.  Fun fun.  Also, I’m very happy where the story is going, just need to seal the deal now.

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