Final stretch

7 days and according to my word-count spreadsheet, I’ve got 46 pages to go.  In the word-count sense, per review of my WIP itself, I’ve got approximately 16k to go (as can be seen through the handy-dandy storytoolz meter to your left).  While it doesn’t look like it’s moved much over the past few days, I ended up pitching a scene I wrote weeks ago and rewriting a good portion of it from scratch.  To quote Chris, “That sucked dehydrated blood.”

In that time, I need to make my abruptly sober & off the sauce entirely vamp have one more ‘discussion’ with her beloved incubus, put an epilogue in to show Ares off to his next, nastier trick, go back and write a scene in Chapter 2/3 that I’ve been dragging my heels on, and that’s pretty much it.  I don’t think I’m gonna hit 95k with this go-round, but I think that’s okay.  This is my draft one, where I didn’t know where I was going with any of it when I started.  On the whole, in my too-stuck-on-things and I need to take a solid two-week break world, I think I’m going to be able to keep like 75% of what I have.  That could be me being an optimist (what a shock), or it could be serious.  Not to say I don’t need to polish the heck out of it, but at least the story itself is decent.  I think.  Any beta readers out there?  And no, AA & AP, you don’t count.  You’re already saddled with reading/giving commentary and for which I am eternally grateful for that you continue your lovely assistance and I will do anything you might need in return for eternity.

Hmm, let’s see.  Why am I posting this again?  Oh yeah, b/c it’s hard to focus when one has Tom & Jerry in the background and a four y/o saying “Mommy, I need _______” every 2 minutes.  Certainly not conducive to the infamous scene in Ch2/3 that needs finishing.

Hopefully by bedtime next Sunday, this puppy’ll be put to rest (to stew & simmer & get feedback from my beloved partners) while I head over to Blood Rage (yes, it’s dead for now, but I still need to fix things that came out of changes to Dreams, and I don’t want to wait until I have an agent/editor who wants to see everything else I have on hand – how’s that for optimism?!).  Yeesh, 4-line sentence.  Anyway, while I’m editing Rage, I start weeding through QT to narrow agents on this (premium membership, anyone?), draft
my laughable attempts at a query, and (UGH) a synopsis.  Then I turn back to edit/rewrite Dreams with a vengeance.

Anyway, that’s my friendly update.  Later!

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