November Blog Post: A Short Story!

Hello, and welcome to the November 2017 blog post! It’s late, and I am so deeply sorry.

As has become my habit, for my last blog of the year, I do a short story featuring one of the Perfect Coven characters. This sketch takes place between Cursebreaker’s Dance and Jasper’s Song. More accurately, this story takes place simultaneously with the opening of Jasper’s Song; while the others are helping Jasper with his show, Jarvi has gone home to visit his family and rejuvenate in his home water.

As always, if you prefer, we are collecting all our out-takes and short pieces over on the Perfect Coven Wattpad.

I’ll put the actual story beneath a cut, so here are the other Perfect Coven authors’ comments:

James says:  And we get our first glimpse into family life of a not-quite-human species on Perfect Coven Earth.  This is fun, but it could just be that Jarvi’s family is basically insane.  LOL  This is some good material for future world-building as PCE develops new facets and more depth.

Mickie says:  Anyone who has a large extended family (or has friends with a large extended family) will recognize the chaos that happens when you get them all in the same house.  This is a fun vignette and a bit of insight into where Jarvi comes from (and how he’s so tolerant of Shelley’s mercurial temper!).

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12/7/2017 Weekly Update

12/6/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write Monthly Meeting

This was our monthly meeting, so we Skyped and we talked.

We’ve settled on a blog schedule for next year. You can expect monthly blogs from us  as follows:

Date Author
January James
February Sid
March Mickie
April James
May Sid
June Mickie
July James
August Sid
September Mickie
October James
November Sid
December Mickie

As it is the end of the year, we will be writing some, but we are also spending this month looking at our 2017 goals, our progress over the year, and discussing why we were able to meet some goals and not others. At our January meeting, we will be setting goals for 2018 as well as some hard deadlines. We are all ready to wrap the first trilogy and get started on the second. So many ideas and plotlines and characters in the air, just waiting for their chance to be onstage!

Finally, we did a bit more worldbuilding last night. We had some deep and interesting discussions about inter-species relationships and how they would be accepted in the different communities of orthos, witches, and the various supernaturals. I won’t divulge details, but I will tease and say that these discussions will have an impact on the next trilogy!

Progress reports:

Sid will have the November blog ready soon, she promises! It’s late, and she’s very upset and embarrassed, but this end-of-year has been really tough on all three of us due to loss of loved ones, illness, unexpected hardships, and just, well, life.

Mickie is still trying to decipher Scrivener and get Charlie’s Web loaded so she can lay it out and see where her narrative holes are. Hopefully, she’ll get a handle on it soon, and get a copy of the manuscript to James and Sid for edit and critique.

James has been hit hard with an illness. Sid and Mickie are encouraging him to take it easy, especially as Jasper’s Song is complete, but he’s got his high-fantasy epic, Even a Wizard,  to punch into shape for submission. He says it’s going well, and claims that he is taking it easy (he probably is, for him, which isn’t all that easy by other standards!).

And that’s all the news. See you next week!

11/30/2017 Weekly Update

11/29/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We skyped, we wrote (finally)! Neither October nor November has been the best month for productivity, unfortunately. We will be doing some Skyping & Writing during December, but we may be sporadic.

So – to recap last night:

Mickie has downloaded Scrivener and is importing all her bits and pieces of Charlie’s Web into the program so she can see the breadth of the story so far. Scrivener has a bit of a learning curve, so it’s going slower than she’d like, but once she masters the software, things will speed up. She does like the program and is planning to write the entirety of her next book, Chloe’s Quest, using Scrivener as it fits her writing style much better than Word.

Sid put in some work on the November blog. Yes, it’s late and she’s very upset about that, but there will be a blog. Promise!

James edited seventeen pages of Even a Wizard, his high fantasy epic last night. He will most likely continue to concentrate on that through the holidays, so he can get it ready for submission. Come January, however, all three of us will be re-focused on Perfect Coven.

And that’s all the news until next week!

11/16/2017 Weekly Update

11/15/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We came, we skyped, we wrote.

Which means a boring update. Oh well, making the words doesn’t make for exciting updates.

But that does mean words were made!

Mickie has downloaded Scrivener and is working on ‘porting Charlie’s Web into it so she can see what she has and can rearrange scenes, etc. until she gets it in a form she likes. Unfortunately, there’s a learning curve with Scrivener, so she’s moving a bit slower than she’d like. Still, people who write episodically swear by Scrivener, and we’re pretty confident she’ll put it all together and probably has a more complete manuscript than she thinks.

Sid knocked out quite a bit of the November blog last night (again, life has gotten in the way and the blog is later/moving slower than she’d like). It’s a slice-of-life holiday piece focusing on one of the trilogy’s main characters – but not, for once, Shelley or Jasper!

James is working on a polish of his high-fantasy epic, Even A Wizard, while he waits on the other two to catch up. There’s an agent actively seeking high fantasy, so he’s giving this book the once-over so he can submit it. Wish him luck!

Tentatively, we do plan to meet next week, so look for an update then!

11/10/2017 Weekly Update

11/08/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Sorry for the late/non-existent updates; life seems to have gone off the chain for all three of us. In fact, Mickie has decreed that if one more outside-the-pale thing happens, she’s calling all meetings until the New Year. There will, of course, be an update if that happens.

That said, in spite of bad news and weird accidents, we managed something of a monthly meeting. We discussed some aspects of the witches and supernaturals that we’d put aside earlier, and talked a bit about the November blog (it’s coming, I promise, things are just off right now).

We also talked a bit about process and tools; Word is giving Mickie fits. She’s decided to download Scrivener and give it a try as it seems better suited to her episodic style of writing. She also likes the drag-and-drop organization aspect, as she is afraid she loses bits when she has to cut & paste with Word. So – does anyone out there use Scrivener? Thoughts? Tips? Tricks? Recommendations? Is there another software that you use that might work? Let us know in the comments or use the contact form.