Hello, welcome to a lovely Wednesday! It’s Hump Day and that means another one of my updates, as well as a typo. Today’s typo is lovely… I mean bare skin, bear skin… who could confuse them?
I’m on chapter 17 of the second draft of TRACE. If you’ve read my previous WIPs, you know that I take my original draft, print it out and start an entirely new document. It’s going well. My word goal for draft two is 70,000, and I’m a little over halfway through the draft and at 73% of my goal. That will put this book likely at 80,000-85,000, which is quite typical for one of my books. The exception being Ethereal Bodies, which was close to 94,000.
Today’s Teaser Tuesday is the last week of RAIDEN. Next week I’ll start posting teasers of TRACE. I’m so excited to be bringing you this teaser because it’s a blend of both. It’s a teaser about Trace and Vivi from RAIDEN.
And let’s also say, everyone that is anyone who knows me, is so excited that I got the math correct here!
We are hard at work on TRACE. I’m 10 chapters in on the second draft which means I should be done by the end of the month if not a little sooner.
My process is to do the first draft, print it out and then rewrite it all over again in a new document with new content, cutting out excess, so it’s damn near close to what I want minus editing and beta feedback. Trust me to misspell the word shudder once in every book and for it to get through editing. It ALWAYS happens. Generally, it’s caught by an ARC reader when it’s too late. But it will be fixed in future editions when they are eventually published.
One of my WIP image today shows a snippet of two things: I can’t use a comma correctly and Bri was making changes back in 1969 the other night. I thought it was hilarious and I included it. There is another image inside this post with a TRACE WIP snippet so click to read more!
It’s Teaser Tuesday and it feels like it was just like… yesterday that I missed last Teaser Tuesday! But I’m on point this week: I’ve done the newsletter, I’ve posted to Instagram which posts to Facebook. I’m doing here in conjunction with doing my Goodreads blog AND I wrote 800 words in one hour on Trace’s second draft– I wrote sexond draft which might be more appropriate for Vivi and Trace.
Trace is coming along really well and you will start getting teasers from his book in a few weeks. Raiden deserves a little more love yet.
I started working on Trace’s second draft yesterday. I’ve been fighting with one of my office helpers for real estate on the manuscript. This one is a real PITA and writing dirty scenes with an actual pussy on the paper is no assistance at all.
So I’m working on Trace and just finished the rough draft this morning. Yay!
It was really a challenge because I’ve been sick for a week. I’ve luckily caught neither COVID or strep, but I feel pretty wretched. I’ve been sleeping a lot and when not sleeping I’m eating and trying to stay awake and do my Duolingo–which let me tell you is dificíl with a sore throat and no voice. But I persisted and completed Trace and now I can take a nap after I do this post.
So I don’t know if I was talking about raccoons or ragoons but one of these things is not like the other.
Today is release day for RAIDEN and early reviews have been favorable (thank God). I can’t tell you how terrifying waiting for reviews is. I love hearing the critiques because they help me craft better stories but boy are they also hard to anticipate. You have to hope people get what you are selling. Get your vision. And a lot of people DON’T. That is hard. Not everyone is going to like you.