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NINE NINE NINE

Oh yes, bitches! I finished Chapter 9 tonight! It only took me 2 1/2 hours to write it. Sometimes I can just bang those keys like a motherfucker. I’m working on Chapter 10 tomorrow and I can’t wait! This story is really shaping up!

God knows it took me long enough to get to this point. GRR. My progress has been SLOW, but I’m into a groove now!

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 4,862
TWO: 3,495
THREE: 3,539
FOUR: 3,920
FIVE: 3,261
SIX: 3,468
SEVEN: 3,686
EIGHT: 4,269
NINE: 3,317
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 33,864
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 36,864
CHAPTERS TO GO: 18

Sk8 or Die

Well, I took more days off, which was unintentional, but unavoidable. I wrote half of chapter eight last Thursday, but had to stop because my niece had to have emergency surgery. (she’s fine…kidney stone), but that meant most of my weekend was spent doing stuff with her and helping out with her baby.

I didn’t get a chance to write again until tonight, so I finished up Chapter 8. Tomorrow I’m writing 9 and 10, come hell or high water! I’m through being behind on this bitch of a novel! I WANT TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS.

Anyway, I hit the 30K mark, so that’s something to celebrate!

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 4,862
TWO: 3,495
THREE: 3,539
FOUR: 3,920
FIVE: 3,261
SIX: 3,468
SEVEN: 3,686 733
EIGHT: 4,269
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 30,547
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 33,547
CHAPTERS TO GO: 19

Seven Up (again)

So I took nearly a week off. Not on purpose. I had a migraine pretty much all that time. IT SUCKS. I hate this time of year. My allergies and my migraines come on like Donkey Kong.

But I’m back at it again! Bigger! Stronger! More ready to write than ever!

Anyway, I got rid of the prologue, and after combining chapters 1 & 2, I put myself back at 6 chapters. I wrote chapter seven today. I’m going to try and write chapters 8 & 9 tomorrow, and chapter 10 on Friday. Here’s hoping!

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 4,862
TWO: 3,495
THREE: 3,539
FOUR: 3,920
FIVE: 3,261
SIX: 3,468
SEVEN: 3,686
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 26,231
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 29,231
CHAPTERS TO GO: 20

Shake them off oh-whoa-oh

I unexpectedly had to take yesterday off from writing, but I’m kind of glad I did because it gave me some time to think about the story structure and what I wasn’t satisfied with so far.

Basically chapters 1 & 2 (which had already given me troubles) felt like they should be ONE chapter instead of two, as it serves as the introduction to the story and characters. I really felt like having it be two chapters broke up the narrative flow of the rest of the chapters, since I structure my stories in a pretty specific way, which is the 3 Act / 9 block story structure. That works out to 27 chapters, which I like a lot.

But chapters 1 & 2 were throwing off the balance of that, plus I have a little “stinger” that served as a prologue that just didn’t fit into the first chapter.

So what I did today was combine chapters 1 & 2 and restructure it as one introductory chapter. That meant losing some things, and rewriting some other things to make it flow better. Currently the “stinger” is a now a stand-alone prologue, but I’m not entirely convinced I should keep it at all. It’s a little less than 600 words, so it’s not very long. Would the story lose anything by not including it? Probably not.

So that prologue may get tossed at some point. I’m going to keep it for now, but a decision will be made eventually as to its fate.

Anyway, after editing and combining and frankensteining chapters 1 & 2 into a brand new chapter one, the word count is now nearly 5k words, which is a little on the longer side, but not too long that I feel like it should be two chapters. And the pacing is MUCH TIGHTER, which is what I was going for with the combination.

Doing this has put me behind by quite a lot, because I had to reorder my chapters. I only have six chapters done now. My original schedule had me finishing chapter 9 today. OH WELL. So long as I’m writing and making progress, I’m not mad about it. The story is stronger by me going back and doing this. I’ll just have to adjust my schedule now.

  • Friday Oct. 11: Chapters 7 & 8
  • Monday Oct. 14: Chapters 9 & 10
  • Tuesday Oct. 15: Chapter 11
  • Wednesday Oct. 16: Chapter 12
  • Thursday Oct. 17: Chapters 13 & 14
  • Friday Oct 18: Chapter 15

Sticking to this new adjusted schedule, I should be back on track by next Friday. Then I get back to writing 1 chapter a day/5 days a week for chapters 16 – 27. I don’t think I’ll have much trouble catching up, as the outline of the story is very strong from this point on.

HAINT BLUE STATS:

PROLOGUE: 576
ONE: 4,862
TWO: 3,493
THREE: 3,539
FOUR: 3,910
FIVE: 3,217
SIX: 3,428
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 23,025
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 26,025
CHAPTERS TO GO: 21

I need a fucking nap.

Lucky Sevens Baby!

Today was a bit of a late start, but I managed to get Chapter 7 of Haint Blue written! Which means I am still on track!

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 3,479
TWO: 3,925
THREE: 3,390
FOUR: 3,539
FIVE: 3,878
SIX: 3,234
SEVEN: 3,423
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 24,688
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 27,688
CHAPTERS TO GO: 20

Tomorrow it’s time for Chapter 8!

Haint Blue Chapters 5 & 6 DONE!

I am on a freaking roll today! I am also now caught up to where I need be, after setting myself back by 2 chapters last Wednesday when I decided to rewrite chapters 1 & 2. I had chapter 6 scheduled to write today, but I had to add chapter 5 to my workload today so that I could play catch up.

I knew it would be pretty easy to do both of them today, as they were very action-heavy and plot twisty chapters, which were both a lot of fun to write. Violent, but fun! (that sounds wrong…but…you get me, right?) All in all I wrote a total of 7,127 words today! NOT BAD.

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 3,479
TWO: 3,925
THREE: 3,390
FOUR: 3,539
FIVE: 3,878
SIX: 3,249
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 21,460
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 24,460
CHAPTERS TO GO: 21

I broke 20k! YASSSS!

My minimum word count goals for each chapter is always 3k. I usually go over that by at least a few hundred words, obviously. Chapters will usually be between 3k – 6k words. If a chapter hits 6k, then I’ll try and split it into two chapters, as I obviously have enough material to necessitate a split somewhere close to the middle. I don’t like to do that, but it happens sometimes.

So far I’m very happy with my word counts. The chapters are ending right where they should. I’m PLEASED.

Tomorrow I’m working on Chapter Seven!

Mental Break Day!

So I was going to write Chapter 5 of Haint Blue today, but I really need a mental break day. I’ve been writing whole chapters since last Monday and if I don’t get a break today, then I won’t have another chance for a break until next Saturday.

And I really, really need one.

So, I’m gonna avoid burn-out and take today off! That means I’ll have to write chapters 5 & 6 tomorrow, but that shouldn’t be a problem, since I have nothing else I need to do tomorrow anyway. I’ll just have to put my nose to the grindstone, and it helps that those two chapters in particular are two of the chapters I’ve been looking forward to writing the most.

So today I’m gonna paint my toes, and do my eyebrows and watch some Netflix and just let my brain have a break. I’ve been going hard all week, and yesterday I both wrote in the morning and spent several hours at the town fair with my nephew, so I’m TIRED AF.

Four and More

I finished Haint Blue Chapter Four! OH YEAH! I’m right on track!

HAINT BLUE STATS:

ONE: 3,479
TWO: 3,925
THREE: 3,390
FOUR: 3,508
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 14,302
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 17,302
CHAPTERS TO GO: 23

I’ve also been keeping an eye on the sale for Permission Granted, and that book is actually doing VERY well so far. The Amazon ranking has been up and down a lot, but I’m not unhappy with how its doing.

The highest (or lowest? I dunno) I’ve seen the ranking has #43,461 in the entire Amazon store, and #243/#245 in the BDSM Kindle and Book categories respectively. NOT BAD for a book I wasn’t even going to publish on Amazon at first. I’ve not done much to promote it, so I’m stoked by how well its done so far.

Anyway, I’m happy with my progress on Haint Blue so far. I’m writing chapter 5 tomorrow…which is going to be a DOOZY. I can’t wait!

And to celebrate getting chapter four done, I’m treating myself to some time at the town fair.

WEEEE!!!!

Haint Blue Chapter Three!

Oh yeah, baby, I got it done in record time!

Okay, so it took me FOREVER to get started this morning, but I wrote the whole thing, plus a new stinger for chapter one from 10am – 1:45pm today. That’s nearly 4 hours, not bad for a whole ass chapter, plus about 800 words added in chapter one.

HAINT BLUE STATS:

  • ONE: 3,480
  • TWO: 3,925
  • THREE: 3,385
  • TOTAL WORDS: 10,790
  • NEXT GOAL: 13,790 words
  • CHAPTERS TO GO: 24

I’ll be writing Chapter Four tomorrow! Wish me words!