Monday, April 6, 2009

The Sun Found Seattle!

This weekend was glorious! Blue skies, warm temperatures, and the trees started budding overnight. It made me feel sorta like this.

Despite the arrival of spring (Finally! Did I mention we got snow on April 1st?), what did I do all weekend? Pretty much spent the whole thing locked away in the writing cave, as I closed in on the end of my first draft of my second novel, Inner Eye.

My husband has taken to calling me his vampire. And when he did manage to drag me out of the house (baited only by a promise to visit B&N), I realized that's not too far off base. I'm so pale I glow. =P

The good news - 1st draft is DONE!
The bad news - I'm 45K words over budget, so the work is just beginning.

Over the past few weeks, in preparation for the 're-write' phase forthcoming, I have read several great books on the craft. I plan to do a blog post on each of them. And to tie myself down to a new reviewing schedule that I think is much more doable. I also plan to get some more free reads posted, and to start to chronicle my journey through my WIP. Perhaps my experience of what works/what doesn't will be useful to someone.

I'll let this post stand for now as a placeholder: changes are coming. In fact, now that I have a drafted story to work with, the pressure is off of writing for a bit and I'll be putting some effort into a total website/blog re-design and possible move to Wordpress.

Hope the sun is shining down on you too!


Thomma Lyn said...

YIPPEE on multiple levels -- finishing your first draft, moving to WordPress (you'll love it), and Spring finding Seattle!

We've had wacky weather lately, back and forth, back and forth. A cold front has pushed in and we might get snow tonight and tomorrow! I love snow, but I fear for our cabbage.

((((((hugs)))))), sweetie, and HUGE congrats on finishing the first draft; I'm so excited about it that I'm jumping up and down. :)

Gwen said...

Thanks Thomma Lyn. I owe finishing it in large part to having such a great cheerleader! {{{{{HUGS!}}}}

Tilia said...

Congratulations on finishing your book. That's fantastic news. Good luck with shrinking it down to the correct size. Maybe you can wash it on high temperature.

Pale glowyness? You're a twilight vampire, you shouldn't go out in the sun or you'll dazzle us all! :P

I'm glad the spring finally began there. Here it's already started and I've enjoyed it very much. You can smell the change in weather.