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Why is there SNOW on my back porch?

It's been a rough, busy weekend, and topped off by some bad weather, but I'm still feeling pretty good about where we're at.

Anah posted the week 19/20 synopsis exercise over at Write to Work this morning. You can head over there to check it out.

I've finished up some prep work for a new novella we'll be starting soon (in tandem with Ternion) and tackled the submissions process for an award.

...and yet, the to-do has not changed. :P

Fox & Crow Newsletter, May 8
Fox & Crow Newsletter: Trammel Release Day special edition, May 24
9 Naughty Novelists guest blog, May 31
Fox & Crow Newsletter, June 12
Ternion, June 30
A Novella, June 30
Dear Lake 2, June 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, July 10
Fox & Crow Newsletter, August 14
A Novel, August 30
Trading Paint, August 30
A Short Story, August 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, September 11
Fox & Crow Newsletter, October 9
Parallax, October 30
The novella that is not Victory Lane, October 30
Dear Lake 3, October 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, November 13
Fox & Crow Newsletter, December 11
A Novella, December 30
Dear Lake 4, December 30

Whoops!

I just realized that in my rush to get ready to go visit Anah (and then being there, and then getting back), I haven't posted here in a while. I'm sorry!

My visit was great. We got SO MUCH done. Holy cow. Anah says I'm a saint, but she's a freaking rockstar once she gets going.

Since about mid-March, we have edited and submitted a short story and two novels. We've also re-outlined a third novel (that'd be Ternion) and have started outlining a novella.

Of course, we didn't do much else. The weather was crap, so we spent all our time at the hotel, except for visiting with her adorable dogs. Maybe next time I visit, I'll control my urge to Get Shit Done and we'll go to a museum or something. ...which will probably be research (if not when we walk in, then by the time we walk out for sure).

We also put together a bit of a to-do list:

Fox & Crow Newsletter, May 8
Fox & Crow Newsletter: Trammel Release Day special edition, May 24
9 Naughty Novelists guest blog, May 31
Fox & Crow Newsletter, June 12
Ternion, June 30
A Novella, June 30
Dear Lake 2, June 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, July 10
Fox & Crow Newsletter, August 14
A Novel, August 30
Trading Paint, August 30
A Short Story, August 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, September 11
Fox & Crow Newsletter, October 9
Parallax, October 30
The novella that is not Victory Lane, October 30
Dear Lake 3, October 30
Fox & Crow Newsletter, November 13
Fox & Crow Newsletter, December 11
A Novella, December 30
Dear Lake 4, December 30

Now, everything except the guest blogs, newsletters, and the Ternion deadline are flexible at the moment. But it can be helpful for us to see what we're thinking about getting done, so that when other opportunities arise, we can figure out what to push back. ...and I like lists.

Flattened Copper Pennies

Already, today is a better day than yesterday. Let's keep that going, hm?

I have lots to do before the end of the month—and before my trip to visit Anah—but it's looking pretty good that I'll get it all done (or at least most of it). 7 chapters left to revise on a novella, three books to read, more prep work for an upcoming novel project, more prep work for an upcoming novella project...and the day job. (And laundry, grocery shopping, etc., as well as packing for the trip.)

We have a completed outline for Ternion, the third book in the Foundations of Magic series, and we're going to start writing it just as soon as we finish work on a novel revision Anah's up to her ears in now. (I'll be tackling it after she's finished. The query letter is written, and she'll write the synopsis while I do my part of the edits. Yay for work systems that, you know, work.)

We've also got a nice long list of potential titles for the future Foundations of Magic books. No, the series doesn't end at the third book. The first plot arc does, but there's plenty more where that came from...

One Step at a Time

The (new, completely rewritten) outline for Ternion is done and lots of other things are in the works.

Anah and I are experimenting with some new work divisions in addition to the process experiment we started at the beginning of the year. I'm looking forward to seeing how those things help us, and how they inspire us to change other aspects of how we work.

No icestorm...yet...

So last night's predicted icestorm didn't happen. But we got a metric fuckton of rain (still coming down) and it's supposed to drop well below freezing tonight. Taking bets on how thick the ice will be in the morning! Yuck.

In other news, Anah and I shipped off a novel revision we've been working on since January, and with that off our plates, we're chugging along on other projects.

Sekrit Projekt Novel Revision #2 -- Due May 1
Ternion(Foundations of Magic 3) -- Due July 1

And the stuff with no set external due date (but plenty of internal ones!):
edit and submit All Work and No Play
revise PP2 (sequel to Sekrit Projekt Novel Revision #1)
write Trading Paint
write the story that is not named Victory Lane
revise Close Quarters into a novel
and another novel and short story I'm going to leave unnamed

That doesn't include the additional short stories that are set in the same town as All Work and No Play or outlining and writing the second Foundations of Magic trilogy, or the books that follow PP2 in that series.

I love to-do lists, but sometimes they freak me out. Like now, when I can't figure out how to prioritize everything that comes after Ternion. Good thing I have a writing partner to help me figure it out!

What happened to Spring?

Over the weekend, I was wearing T-shirts. Now, I have a winter storm watch because tonight's rain may just turn into an icestorm. :P

On the other hand, Anah and I are getting lots done! I'm doing the last 2 passes over a novel that's getting ready for submission (then I have to look at the query letter...and then send it off!) and Anah's getting started on the first big pass over another novel. We've got a finished short story waiting for edits, and an outline for another novel nearly complete, as well.

I. Am. So. Excited.

No, really. This is the part I love about writing. The feeling that every little step we take gets us closer to some goal. And all those individual goals add up to the one major goal: a writing career.

It makes me happy. :)

Free time, what's that?

Only a short note today to say, omg, dumping 40,000 words of a novel is PAINFUL. On the other hand, it's easier than dumping 80,000 when you don't realize until the end that it's not working. So. I'll take it.

And the new outline is VERY EXCITING. Whee!

Life: A Work In Progress

I feel like I talk a lot about wanting to take a nap, here. Oops? (I want to take a nap. Instead, I shall post this message and then go back to work.)

Today is a day of Getting Things Done, because I'm looking at tomorrow and thinking "oh fuck". An extra couple hours at the day job will do that.

So far, I have: done my morning at the day job, written the March Fox & Crow newsletter, updated my website, and gone to the bank.

Still to do: afternoon at the day job, picking up groceries, checking in with the two workshops I'm currently participating in, job applications, editing, and writing for two hours tonight with Anah. Oh, and I have to stop at the library.

We'll see how it goes!

I could use a nap, but instead...

...I'll give you an update. :)

Anah and I are popping along through Ternion, we're either in chapter seven or chapter eight now (I can't remember and if I stop to double-check, I'll get distracted), and Trammel is up on Samhain's COMING SOON page. You can see the book page here: Trammel.

We're also... let's see. I'm editing two of our sekrit projects. Four chapters to go on one, quite a bit more on the other. Of course, I've started them in the wrong order, so the one with the deadline is farthest from complete, but once I pass the first off to Anah, I can focus on the one with the deadline.

We've started talking about a short story. I think the plan is to outline it tomorrow, and start writing on the weekend.

Oh! And if you liked Driven to Distraction and Going the Distance and wished you could have them in paperback form... you can! Amber Allure has agreed to release them as a print compilation entitled Drive Into Love, sometime in April. You can find out more here.

One Step at a Time

Tatterdemalion is coming out in print in April; we finished up the galley at the end of January. Trammel is coming out in ebook in May; we finished up that galley a week or so ago. And Ternion is being written right now; we've just finished chapter six this morning.

It's a little strange, realizing that we've come so far in the series that all three of these books were 'in progress' in some sense at the same time. A little strange, and a little intimidating.

But I've managed to achieve some sort of zen by focusing on one step at a time.

Today's step is going over the outline for chapter seven, and then writing it.