Writing Update, 10/11


Wicked Witch, Retired
Ended up spending all of last week on rewrites. Didn’t really intend for it to take that long, but that’s how it fell out between the last of the hard drive drama and not feeling well. This week, I’ve added words. The manuscript is over the 60K mark.

Abbott stories
Had a few days off of PHYSIC work and started reading through the first of the One Ahead stories, “The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress.” Still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do anything special for NaNoWriMo. I’m firmly on the fence, but I *have* added my info to the NaNo page. Surprised that my first stab at Abbott was five years ago. What have I been doing with myself? (Don’t answer that…)

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Writing Update, 9/27


Poking along with Wicked Witch, Retired. Lately, I’ve been splitting my time between writing WWR and doing a format and editing pass on Eric’s PHYSIC series. Surprisingly, I’ve found that I like working on two projects at once, though I don’t think I’d like *writing* on two separate projects. My intention was to finish the first draft  WWR in October and then switch over to work on the Abbott stories for “NaNoWriMo.”  But, my part in the reading/editing for PHYSIC is winding down, so maybe I’ll start some Abbott reading/editing in October instead of holding off.

For the rest of this week though, along with WWR, I’m going to work on a new cover for Lucinda in the Window and take a look at the formatting with the intention of maybe releasing a new paperback version by mid-October. At very least, I’ll be doing a promo then.

(Pst. If you’re interested getting an email about when I release stuff, I have a very infrequent newsletter for that:)

Writing Update, 9/13

Progress (and other stuff)
Awww, two tweets from Wicked Witch, Retired about Hanna and Kelvaro. Who are not romantically entangled. Actually, this is something I’ve gone back and forth on. I don’t really want these two together. Hanna had a crush on Kelvaro, but that’s faded into friendship. Kelvaro isn’t interested, but appreciates Hanna as the generally smart, independent woman she is. But the writer/publisher part of me says, “Katherine, wouldn’t some romance in this book make it more marketable?” I suppose it might, but I’ve never been one to make things easy on myself.

Manuscript is back over 50K words. Our heroes are in the middle of a daring rescue.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#sunscribbles is a Twitter event hosted by @DragonspireUK . Every Sunday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 9/6

Progress
The above is actually not from Wicked Witch, Retired, but from one of the David Abbott mysteries that are currently on my back burner. The #TerraTues theme was “magic,” but I haven’t yet used the word in WWR even though its genre is fantasy. Instead, the magical force in that universe is called “wunder.” A user of wunder like Agatha, my “wicked witch,” would be called a wunder worker. Progress-wise, I’m done with this half-draft’s rewrite and ready to add story again.

As for Mr. Abbott, I plan to set aside WWR in November and give the in-progress stories a NaNoWriMo treatment. But that’s the carrot urging me on finish a full WWR draft by then.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#TerraTues is a Twitter event hosted by @leighmlorien and @summerhwrites. Every Tuesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 8/30

I kind of fizzled out on everything last week. Summer is…hard. Even after living in Arizona for nearly 18 years, “back to school” and Halloween candy appearing in the stores just seems like a cruel joke when the forecast is a consistent 106+F for the foreseeable forever. I hate summer.

I’ve passed the one year mark on Wicked Witch, Retired. It doesn’t seem like I started this project that long ago. I’d like to have a full draft done by November. I’m going to have to work hard for that.

 

Writing Update, 8/16

Not much to report, honestly, other than chipping away at drafting and rewrites. And, surprisingly, this isn’t causing me anxiety or consternation. It’s simply part of the work I want to do. Yes, it’s sometimes difficult and sometimes, word-count-wise, there isn’t a lot to show at the end of the day, but I’m okay with that. Maybe I might even be enjoying my work.

Many years ago, a friend from my LiveJournal days sent me the following:

The Vintage Man by Hafiz

July 2017 Writing Wrap-Up

July

I had a secret July writing goal: Camp NaNoWriMo, 15,000 words.

Back in June, I thought adding 15K to Wicked Witch, Retired was a wild stretch goal. I decided that if I managed 10K, I’d be pretty happy. With the con and nationals (and Sundays off), I had 20 work days in July. I knew I’d be formatting/rereading some of Eric’s books too. Adding 10,000 words, that was going to be work. And then WesterCon happened and I left behind what had been dragging on me.

I added 15,428 words to WWR and rewrote 11,286 words.

August

Primarily, more of the above.

I’m also going to try my hand #FlashFicHive. It’s a bi-monthly Twitter-based flash fiction workshop. I used to write more flash fiction and I’d like to again. My only worry is that FlashFicHive is going to be a bit too social. The eternal conundrum of an introvert: the want to participate…but only a little.