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Marathon Weekend, Take Five…

Hmm, Smoke and Mirrors has been used as a title more than I thought (after a couple of LJ comments, I did some more googling and not only has that been used by Neil Gaiman, but also Tanya Huff and a few others I found…eek!), so I may end up re-thinking the whole title thing. That’s what I get for announcing the change so soon without really thinking it over. 😉 For now I’ll probably default back to Subtle Fire until I make a decision. Ultimately, I’ll most likely end up asking Ginger what she prefers if the “perfect” title doesn’t hit me upside the head sooner. Or, who knows, maybe Subtle Fire will stick!

That said, I’ve gotten around 3500ish words today and may try to get some more in before bed. I spent a lot of time writing today, but things weren’t coming as fast because I’m in the homestretch where all the threads are coming together and the loose ends must be tied. I definitely think I’m going to finish the rough draft this week–over next weekend if nothing else. So hooray!

Subtle Fire (Hee) Current Count:

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36,270 / 50,000
(72.5%)

Marathon Weekend, Take Four…

Okay, so I fell far short of my goal yesterday and “only” got in around 4-5k instead of the ambitious 8k I was aiming for. Still, not too shabby at all! I’ve settled in at my desk again and the plan is to write like a crazy writing thing until I can’t take it anymore! (Yeah, yeah, so it’s the same plan as yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get a little more done this time!)

I’ve gotten about 500 words so far this morning; here’s hoping for many more!

Smoke and Mirrors Current Count:

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33,415 / 50,000
(66.8%)

Snippet Rambling…

Marathon Weekend, Take Three…

Since my mother was loverly enough to get my son today, and husband had to work for a few hours, he dropped me off at Panera where I proceeded to participate in a bunch of word wars on FM Chat and got just over 3,000 words in. Hooray! I’m back home now, warring even more, and have scored another 600ish or so words. Have ordered my favorite (stupidly expensive) pizza and am waiting for it to arrive. Planning to keep up the word wars for several more hours, until I can’t take it any more!

In exciting news, my wonderful friend helped me brainstorm a much better title for Subtle Fire, which was always just a placeholder for me until I figured out something better. Her suggestion was something I had considered for another WIP, but it just suits this one so perfectly that I am officially using it for this one. Hooray! No, Jill, you won’t be getting 1% of my royalties, alas, but I WILL acknowledge you in the book. 😉

A preliminary Amazon and Google check seems to indicate that while there are many books with that title, I don’t see any recent YAs with it. Besides, as long as it’s nice and catchy for purposes of selling it, that’s all that matters, since the publisher holds final naming rights anywho. So, without further ado, here’s the shiny new title, which fits in for several world-building as well as thematic reasons…

Smoke and Mirrors Current Count:

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32,301 / 50,000
(64.6%)

Now…back to the marathon!

Marathon Weekend, Take Two…

Got around 1300ish words tonight. Not too shabby for a late start. I’m calling it quits for tonight because we have to wake up early to take Zack to my mother’s and then Shawn has to work for a few hours. The plan is for him to drop me off at Panera so I can write like a crazy writing thing! Hopefully I will be able to pull off massive amounts of words tomorrow.

Almost 60% of the way through my estimated word count…Yay!

Subtle Fire Current Count:

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28,725 / 50,000
(57.5%)

Snippet Rambling…

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Marathon Weekend, Take One…

So, crazy me has decided to launch a marathon weekend to try and finish up the first draft of my YA UF WIP. (That enough acronyms for you? 😉 ) I did some brainstorming/worldbuilding this afternoon and had several epiphanies about Subtle Fire, which is awesome. Most of them had to do with the REAL big bad in this story, since my characters revealed to me a couple of weeks ago that the obvious suspect both the Djinn MC and I just KNEW had to be the villain actually wasn’t. I love it when they throw me for a loop like that. Hopefully it will surprise readers as much!

This completely clarified the real villain’s motivations, why and how he ended up where he ended up, and even why the former villain has done what he’s done and WHY the Free Djinn were so convinced he was a bad guy. I am absolutely loving it and can’t wait to get this draft all out on paper. Of course, at that point I know I have to go back and do a lot of polishing and layering, but now that I’ve learned so much about writing, I actually LOVE the revision stage. Ironic, because I used to hate it!

So probably another 20-30k to go on this draft…let’s see if I can actually make it to “The End!”

And as an aside…can I just say WOW, YA UF with romantic elements is selling like HOTCAKES right now. I would LOVE to do for Djinn what everyone else is doing for vamps, weres, faeries, and now fallen angels! (And can I say YAY! I love fallen angels…have a sexy fallen angel seeking redemption in one of my completed adult UF manuscripts that I hope to sell someday.)

Wordity Word…

Got new words tonight, hooray! Didn’t write Monday or Tuesday due to crappy allergies, and poked at the YA UF last night without much luck. More than made up for it tonight, however, and wrote a very fun, conflict-filled scene wherein our heroine discovers that Evil Ex is not quite what she believes…Muhahahaha! Got almost 2,000 words done. Wanted to start on the next chapter, but realized I need to sit down and re-outline the next few scenes. What I have now just doesn’t work based on the direction the story’s taken. The danger of outlining when pantzer mode hits! 😉

No new news on the agent front, though that’s to be expected. It’s early days yet. =)

Subtle Fire Current Count:

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27,404 / 50,000
(54.8%)