10/11/2018 Weekly Update

10/10/2018→ Wednesday Skype & Write

Short meeting last night – Mickie had an event to attend – but much was accomplished.

Last night was spent discussing the Ortho, Siren, Were Trilogy, which we are about to begin writing. We worked on the over-arching story arc, discussed timelines for when events in the various books are to happen, overlaps and how to handle them, character development and their places in the rest of the series, then began working to drill these large events down to plot points for the next three books.

Like I said – short meeting, but so much was done!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be exchanging our plot points for the next books, to solicit comments, suggestions, tie-ins, overlaps, and foreshadowing opportunities. Then on to outlining, and then the writing! Go us!

We will also be formulating our query plan, finalizing our query letter, and putting together our pitch package. So we will be busy for the next three months, because of course we plan all this as the holidays start!

That’s the news for this week. Tune in next week for more!

10/03/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We met, we discussed, and we did some world-building.

The discussion centered on geographic origins for the different types of Witchery.  We had a lot of fun coming up with the hows and whys that certain Talents would turn up in specific places and which Talents could just pop up anywhere.  This information to lend itself to background information on our characters, and it will help us round them out.

We made some plans for next week.  It’s supposed to be a writing night, but I think we’re going to brainstorm the next trilogy and make sure we all know where we are supposed to overlap.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.  More updates as events warrant!

August 2018 Blog Post! Welcome to GLU!

August blog post is late. Very, very late, and I am sorry. When I had the idea for this post, I didn’t think it would be quite so much. It was so much of a muchness that it became all consuming – I’ve worked on it daily for weeks.

I honestly can’t believe that I finished it.

Though I don’t really think it’s ready (as none of us ever do), I had to let it go. I hope you enjoy, and while my comrades are thinking about other videos we could do, I’m not so sure I’d take on another any time soon.


James says: This is something new for us, having a video blog post. Kind of cool, actually. I like the idea of an orientation video for students at GLU. This is a great way to give a better feel for the school and town where most of our series takes place. Perhaps there could be other videos in the future. It can be a great way to add more depth to the settings we’ve created.

Mickie says: What a fun idea – especially with the mascots as hosts. I want to go to Great Lakes University – do they have an adult program? As James said, it really adds depth, providing a visual element to this world we’ve created. I suspect there will be more video blogs in the future. Yay Sid!

9/20/2018 Weekly Update

9/19/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We arrived, we wrote, we made progress.

These are good things.

Another good thing is that the August blog is (finally) finished! It will go up later this morning or this afternoon..okay, sometime today. As yesterday was Talk Like A Pirate Day, I’ll say, “Keep a weather eye out for it, matey!”

It was a writing night, so we did a sprint.

As James has given the latest (final, we think!) version of Jasper’s Song to Mickie and Sid for review, he worked on the Leftriver Chronicles in order to prepare for an upcoming pitching event. Wish him luck – these stories need to get out there!

Mickie worked up her piece for the August blog and sent it over to Sid. Then Mickie went back to work on the September blog post (it’s her turn) and well, it’s going to be fun. Can’t wait to read it!

Sid worked on plotting Siren’s Secret. She has worked out most of the major points she wants to hit – there are a couple that are giving her trouble, but she has faith that James and Mickie will help her figure it out. The next step is arranging these events into an order that makes a story, and then turning that into an outline. She’s eager to start working on Jasmine’s book.

And that’s all there is to tell, until next week!

9/13/2018 Weekly Update

9/12/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We showed up, we wrote, even though Skype tried hard to thwart us. Still, we pushed through and made our meeting happen.

It was a scheduled writing night, so we did a sprint that resulted in:

  • Mickie adding a couple of new scenes to Charlie’s Web that she feels worked well;
  • James working in some new plot points to his outline for Cat’s Cradle;
  • Sid fighting with the August blog post that is still in process and she hopes to have finished and posted before her next blog is due in November 

    Stressed Emoji

    This is how I look every time I work on the post. 

That was pretty  much it for the evening, except for some cute cats that needed to be admired all around. Since everyone loves the kitties, perhaps I’ll start collecting pictures to spice up these slower  updates.

And that’s all there is for this week. See you next Wednesday!

9/6/2018 Weekly Update

9/5/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write: Monthly Meeting

We met, we discussed, we world-built.

Unfortunately, that means this post is going to be short. Most of what we discussed directly impacts and/or will appear in the books, and the Perfect Coven authors all abide by the River Song rule*.

Most of last night was spent discussing familiars, their witches, and their roles in the Perfect Coven world. There were things we needed to know, rules that are hard-and-fast, rules that can be broken for…reasons.

We made a lot of progress and in the process learned a lot about some aspects of our world that had been murky. We’re pleased with what we’ve done, and that’s really about all I can say.

Because we got so involved with the familiars (they will dominate any conversation if you let them!) we didn’t get around to discussing our querying status. We need to do some work this month on our query letter and put together a preliminary pitch package. So watch for those updates later on.

And that’s all there is for this week. Be sure to tune in for next week’s update!

*No spoilers!