Well it’s been a good start to my weekend. Despite having surgery yesterday to have my wisdom teeth extracted, it’s been a great start to a weekend. First of all, for those who have never gone under (which I hadn’t until yesterday) it’s not like the TV shows where your eyes just slowly close and drift to sleep. You will be in the middle of talking or thinking something and then in an instant your mouth is packed full of gauze, lol. That was kind of fun, to be honest.
Anyway, though they gave their best efforts, my pain medications were unable to make me tired. I ended up staying up at past 1 AM writing on my debut novel which I am hoping to have released later this year. I am really enjoying writing it, and I’m finding that it’s just starting to write itself. It’s amazing how you can structure something out with a loose outline (I keep it very high level so I don’t back myself into a creative corner) and then before I know it the characters are telling ME the story, I’m just writing it down for them to share with others. I spent a good deal of time last night doing some character swaps, which was a bit tedious but I think will have a good impact on the over story and flow. The swap wasn’t terribly difficult, though. It was mostly giving one character a different name and history and having him come in at different times than he originally was introduced.
The real exciting thing was when I went to close Word for the night I noticed I had passed the 25,000 word mark! That’s a huge milestone for me! I also was struggling with the chapter I was writing to hit my goal word count per chapter. I had spent 3 or 4 different writing sessions on this one chapter (something I’ve never done before) and couldn’t quite get it there. After I changed those characters around I ended up with about 300 words longer than my longest chapter so far. I was really pleased with that. Now I grant it I was still under some form of sedation so we’ll see how well it’s written, lol. It may need stripped out, but it’s a good starting point.
The other big news is that Loose End reached it’s 100th sale today! For a debut novella (17k words total) I am thrilled to have reached that number in just 3 months. Doing little more than promoting it on Twitter and Facebook, along with the help of the most amazing friends on the social network, the word is getting around. I look forward to see what more people think of the story, as it has been averaging close to 5 stars per review. I am excited to get my current WIP wrapped up and released as well. Though I do have a fair few of cover work I’ll need to do while writing, so my time will be split on occasion. My goal though is to have the current novel’s rough draft finished by end of summer, then edited/released before Thanksgiving. Crossing my fingers.
I’ll keep this post short, just excited about a few milestones that hit me this weekend. Looking forward to the many more to come!