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Midnight Struck, Thirteen’s Luck

Well it took all night but I finished chapters 12 and 13 of Haint Blue!

That means I’ve hit the halfway point!

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
TEN: 3,927
ELEVEN: 3,326
TWELVE: 3,615
THIRTEEN: 4,594
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 49,279
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 52,279
CHAPTERS TO GO: 14

Tennant and Smith

I wrote chapters 10 & 11 tonight, so YASS! Progress! OF course I’m still behind by like 9 chapters. DAMMIT.

But I’m slowly but surely catching up. Tomorrow I plan to write chapters 12 & 13, which will take me to my mid-way point. Hallelujah! I get a reward at my mid-way point! 😀 Also, I hit 40k!

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
TEN: 3,927
ELEVEN: 3,326
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 41,117
NEXT WORD COUNT GOAL: 44,117
CHAPTERS TO GO: 16

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.