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!

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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.

10/18/2017 Weekly Update

10/18/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We skyped, we discussed, we wrote.

A few things are happening right now.

First off – a new blog post is up at the Perfect Coven site. For October, James is discussing the limitations on witchery, an excellent read and much food for thought for those of us writing the Perfect Coven series.

James has put Jasper’s Song and Cat’s Cradle aside for the next three weeks. He’s pursuing a lead on a publisher looking for high fantasy, and he just happens to have Even A Wizard lying about, looking for a home! So, he’ll spend a bit of time polishing that manuscript and sending it off. Everyone send him good wishes!

Mickie will be sending Sid and James her manuscript for Charlie’s Web this week. While she isn’t completely happy with it, and is continuing her stitching (she writes her plot points, opening, and ending, then goes back and adds the narrative elements to tie everything together), Sid and James have persuaded her to let them see it (not that either of them just want to get their hands on it or anything, oh no, this is purely altruistic. They’re helping. Really.), and she has agreed. Really looking forward to this!

Sid is working on the November blog post, and trying hard with the revisions to Cursebreaker’s Dance, but things are moving slow. As John Scalzi (among many others) pointed out, writing, art, dancing, singing, any creative pursuit really, is difficult with the constant turmoil and chaos in the world. We have to try, but the facts are that things are going to be slower and harder than they used to be because our minds and energies are being pulled toward other things and that makes it difficult to create. So, Sid has resolved to do what she can and stop berating herself for not doing better, and hopefully that will clear her mind enough to get the creativity flowing again.