I’m on chapter 27… hallelujah! I have two days to write 13,000 words to reach deadline… whhhhhhhat?
Yes, both are true. I just wrote the pivotal moment of the book where the story comes to a climax, and now I need a resolution. Okay, easy peasy–or it would be if I knew what came next. If I had any clue.
But I do have something for you. My Alpha reader Abbie found this shining exhibit of my ability to describe one eyebrow.
Oh, my goodness. I recovered from one illness just to get another. I’m trying to finish the first draft of JONAH, so I cry uncle on this bullshit. I need a break. But you know, it’s time for a little teasing, and I have something for you. It’s a snippet of Nix and Lizzy, whose relationship is akin to brother and sister and whom I love together in JONAH.
So, I got sick–the flu sucks. I got my flu shot but it didn’t save me though. I must have gotten one of the strains that I was vaccinated for. But because misery likes company, I gave it to my husband and now he’s super sick. My sister is still holding strong, the girl has the constitution of an ox. I hope she remains that way because it really sucked.
All that said, I didn’t have a lot of time to work on Jonah last week between DayQuil shots. But I had a hypomanic recovery and I’ve written five chapters since Saturday. My goal today is only 3000 words and I haven’t started yet, so I have to get going. Yoinks!
Started working on Jonah again and I’m chugging away at it like The Little Engine That Needs More Coffee. I have a little WIP Wednesday typo for you today, though. I apparently can’t write ‘eff that’ with the nearing holidays without an elf showing up.
Oh goodness, it’s been a while. It’s hard to get back on track once you’re off-track but hopefully, my planner is more or less set again. No more shaken and stirred events setting it off the path. I am mixing metaphors, but I’m allowed, it’s been a testing time. I’m still stressed.
I’m behind and literally treading water. In case you missed it, my life got crazy and I soon followed. I just got back from a trip home to my family because my dad was badly injured. I returned home to San Diego, read JONAH only to sink into a depressive dismay that demanded immediate action to improve where I was going with my story. It smells like a dung heap.
So my dad was on a ladder on top of scaffolding, something he would kick our asses for doing, and he fell. He broke a lot of bones and has been through two surgeries now and has so much metal in him that he could be mistaken for a cyborg. His rib surgery alone took 8 hours because all of the ribs on one side were fractured. One of his lungs was punctured and they needed to clean the bone fragments from it. But it gets better, he broken ribs on the other side too. His pelvis was broken. His clavicle and his scapula were also fractured.
Good thing he didn’t bruise his brain–we already know that wasn’t working since he put a ladder on top of scaffolding.
Needless to say, I’ve not got much done because I’m all sorts of a mess. My family is on the other side of the country and we are trying to figure out if I’m flying out to gather my sister and bring her out here with me while my dad recoups. My dad and sister are like two cats in a bag they aggravate one another. If she comes out here then they can both relax and appreciate one another.
All this said… if you suddenly see a catastrophic fall with epic surgery pop up in JONAH I’m just writing what I know. 😆
JONAH is the second time I’ve been novelly challenged. The first time it happened, I moved on and wrote RAIDEN in one week, but that isn’t a luxury I have right now. I have to find inspiration in this clusterfuck that I call JONAH. Luckily while at Books At The Beach, I was around other authors much more experienced than me and one of them blessed me with a suggestion that I’m taking to heart. I’m reading RAIDEN and TRACE to get a sense of Jonah’s voice and where Lizzy and he are in their story.
Thanks for all the advice, those authors I spoke with, your knowledge is invaluable.
I’m still struggling with this manuscript. Won’t lie, I just don’t have the asshat, Jonah’s voice. I’m so ready to can him and write someone else’s book. But, in the meantime, I do have some images that I’m using for inspiration.
That’s what I have for you this week, two of my inspiration images.