Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Yoga was awesome yesterday, but it kicked my ass! Small class, lots of individual attention, different style than the yoga on the beach, but I learned a lot and was challenged in a good way. Definitely going back. I’m sore, but in a good way.

Spent most of the day with my students. Got the next assignment from Confidential Job #1, which looks good. Went grocery shopping.

Basic, simple stuff.

Good morning’s work on the book today. I’m in the flow, but I have too much story for one book, so I’m going to break it down into a trilogy, most likely. The way I broke my outline into thirds serves to make each third a book, with some minor modifications so there is some satisfaction at the end of each of the first two books, while still leaving the reader to want more. Otherwise, I have to strip 2/3 of my plot and turn into a typical genre piece, instead of the book I want to read. One of the reasons I’m writing this is because I’ve been looking for something like this in the urban fantasy genre and haven’t yet found it. So I’m writing it, and I hope others will want to read it, too.

At the same time, I have to keep an eye on the realities of the business. I’d rather have a trilogy that makes business sense than an unwieldy book no one will take a chance on, or a piece so stripped to fit word count that it’s no longer the story I want to explore.

Can I tell it in 55-90K? I could tell the bones of it. Once the whole thing is written, I can probably strip 10-30K with just internal cuts and more specific language choices, but will that be enough? It’s too early to know yet.

Lots to do today, and, as usual, only 24 hours in which to do it. Tomorrow morning, I have my first public ceremony as an officer of the local garden association, the time capsule honoring mothers in a local park.

Midnight Enchantments will also start tomorrow, over on A BIBLIO PARADISE, a mix of essays, interviews, etc. on authors and characters who use magic.

Devon

Today’s word count: 2198
Total word count: 25,960

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4 Comments

  1. The ceremony sounds fun. Enjoy.

  2. The hard part of writing fiction for me is giving it an editorial read. That’s why my writer’s group is so important. I’m glad to have extra eyes on it.

    A trilogy? Sounds intriguing!

  3. Best of luck with the garden association!

  4. Hi Annabel – did you get our reminder email? You’re starring at
    http://authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com/ today!


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