I've completed the on-screen edits for Druid's Moon, but fallen behind in everything else. There are a few threads on the Forum I need to catch up on, and so many other blogs I'd like to visit and fellow bloggers I'd like to congratulate, like Laurel Garver, who's releasing a poetry collection!
Also, the next couple of weekends are going to be busy with family events, which sort of puts a dent in my editing-all-day Saturdays and Sundays.
On the other hand, NaNoEdMo is here!
So I have to decide, for once and for all, what I am going to fix this month. Just look at how many projects I have, all in varying degrees of completion:
Druid's Moon, contemporary paranormal romance novella, needs a round of paper edits, and limited research
Rome, Rhymes and Risk, historical romance novel, needs a round of on-screen edits, then paper edits, and more research
Captive of the Sea, historical romance novel, needs to be typed up! Followed by edits and research plot bunny, historical mystery short story, needs a title! Followed by on-screen edits
Eyes of the Sky, contemporary vignette, needs a round of paper edits
Out of the Water, historical romance novel, needs a light touch on the first few pages and then further submissions to agents
Just When You're Thinking Things Over, contemporary vignette, needs to be submitted somewhere
He Ain't Heavy, historical short story, needs a light touch, and then to be submitted somewhere
The Face of A Lion - I received my blue pencil comments! This historical Middle Grade novel needs a lot of further editing before I submit it to agents
This isn't counting all the other brewing/percolating ideas, or any of the other items on the To Do List of Life...
The best thing now, probably, is to not lose momentum on Druid's Moon. I'll read as much as I can during the week and even on weekends, and hope (!) to have it finalised by the end of the month, ready for betas.
I was collating some of my research and craft notes last week and came up with a list of tough questions I need to answer, all about my characters' motivations, the villain's intentions, and also: how can a Kraken stay alive for 2000 years?
Meanwhile, since Fred and Lyne of Druid's Moon are always in my thoughts... I took a couple of short tests the other day on the BBC Science site, and during one came across this photo - all thoughts of the test forgotten, I immediately took a screen shot. She looks like Lyne!
While I'm in novel-dwelling-on mode, here's a meme for us to share!
"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to page 77 in your current WIP and post 7 lines."
Here's mine; I included a few lines before the actual page 77 lines, to give you a bit of context for what's happening:
Lyne was shaken, suddenly and violently, and opened her eyes to find the Beast wrestling with the tentacle that had hold of her. He gripped it in his massive jaw, tossing his head from side to side, and rocking Lyne with the force of it, as the tentacle refused to release her leg.
The nearest stable thing was the Beast himself, and Lyne clutched at his shoulder to keep from tipping into the water. She dug her fingers into his fur and regained her balance. But then the Beast rose up, tore the tentacle off her with teeth and paws, and she was flung backward onto the grass near her bike. She rolled over and sat up, in time to see a second tentacle shoot up from the sea.
Will she escape? Or will the Beast turn on her, along with the owner of the tentacles? Ah, the mysteries...
Please share your page 77s!
How many projects are you in the middle of?
And... if you're looking for book recommendations, the Word Wenches are here to help!