7/19/2018 Weekly Update

7/18/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

We skyped last night but the session was shorter than normal because Sid was ill. She got really rambly and loopy at the end, so James and Mickie sent her to bed.

But, while she was still coherent, some good plotting/planning happened for the Ortho, Siren, Were Trilogy. We have our major plot points nailed down and are now beginning rough outlines.

We are working this trilogy a bit differently than the first. We are doing our outlining together, so we can overlap (this trilogy takes place during the shorter term) and know where one of us might need to throw in some foreshadowing, etc. for upcoming books. And we’re mapping out timelines as we outline instead of after we draft. (Yay! No going back and reworking an entire book because the timeline was too long!)

Also, it helps each of us to have a rough idea of what’s going to happen in the other books, even if we won’t know all the details until we have drafts in hand.

We also touched a bit on querying and query letters. That’s our next step. We want some queries out the door while we begin writing the next trilogy.

That’s all the news for now. Tune in next week for another exciting installment!


7/12/2018 Weekly Update

7/11/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Hey, look! We met on the proper day!

Okay, sorta. Someone *cough*cough*me* fell asleep on the sofa last night and if Mickie hadn’t called, I might still be asleep there now. But in spite of the late start, we had a nicely productive evening of writing.

OH! July blog post is up on the Perfect Coven site. This month, James is discussing a perfectionism problem that we all seem to share.

And speaking of perfectionism – Mickie is driving herself nuts with this one scene from Charlie’s Web. She can’t get it right, nothing she does seems to fix it, and she can’t force herself to skip it for later editing because it’s in her brain now, occupying all the space. So she’ll be sending James and Sid a copy of the scene in question and the plan is to do dramatic readings/act it out for her during next week’s Skype.

Expect much hilarity.

Also expect her to figure it out then. Sometimes hearing someone else read your work aloud – or act it out – makes you look at it in a very different light. And suddenly, the issue is clear as is the path to resolution.

James edited about 30 or so more pages of Jasper’s Song. Again with the perfectionism, but since this trilogy is about to sent out on querying rounds, it’s understandable.

Sid is refusing to look at Cursebreaker’s Dance right now. She just sent another revision to James and Mickie for review, and knows she needs to step away. Last night, she worked on solidifying plot points for Perfect Coven 5: Siren’s Secret. She’s throwing things together and is creating, well, basically an outline for her outline, if that makes any kind of sense.

That’s all for this week. Tune in again next week for more exciting updates!

7/6/2018 Weekly Update

7/5/2018 → Wednesday Thursday Skype & Write → Monthly Meeting


Thursday meeting this week because holiday!

Though, to be honest, we’ve all had a rough week, so the meeting was short.

We discussed querying. It is time. So over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be researching and reading query letters, as well as searching for publishers, editors, and agents that are looking for our type of story. We are on schedule to get our first wave of queries out by the end of summer, so wish us luck!

And,um, if you know of anyone that might be interested in Perfect Coven, drop us a line and let us know!

6/21/2018 Weekly Update

6/20/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Whoops! We did it again!

Yes, we did – we made it another week!

This week, we had intended to focus on query letters and reviewing our synopses. But…it’s been a long, rough week for everyone, so we opted to switch our schedule up. We will be doing queries next week instead, and opted to do some writing this week.

Mickie clocked some work on Charlie’s Web. Getting closer and closer!

James said he finally worked out a scene in Jasper’s Song that has been giving him fits. It’s now smoothed out and his final tweaks are coming along nicely.

Sid finished her revisions on Draft Six (!) of Cursebreaker’s Dance, and send it over to James and Mickie on Tuesday. This will hopefully be the final draft until agent or editor gets hold of the manuscript! So last night, Sid focused on researching for the August blog post.

A slow night, but productive. Next week, the excitement ramps up with query letters on the table! Tune in to see what happens!

6/14/2018 Weekly Update

6/13/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Look at us go! Another week, another meeting!

We were writing last night, so word metrics is the theme today.

James is putting final touches to this draft of Jasper’s Song. He found a continuity error that every one of us had somehow missed in multiple readings. It’s fixed now, but whew! This is why we do multiple drafts and use beta-readers!

Mickie had to talk through a problem she was having involving worked objects and charms in PCEarth. However, after some discussion, we do have a solution that works in the context of our magic system and the laws of our world. So yay! More worldbuilding!

Sid is now about 67% of the way through her revisions for Draft Six of Cursebreaker’s Dance. Here’s to wrapping that up soon and passing it back off to Mickie and James so she can turn her attention to Siren’s Song – it’s getting close to outlining time.

That’s all the news from last night. See you next week for more updates!

6/7/2018 Weekly Update

6/6/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write → Monthly Meeting

Hey, we did it again! Skyped two weeks in a row … or have we made it three weeks in a row now?

Anyway, there was skyping last night. Let’s leave it there.

So, June huh? Already? How did that happen? Time is flying by.

Last night our mandate was to discuss our synopses, pitch package, queries, and refresh our goals and timelines.

We found out that we are actually a bit ahead of our synopses deadline; those are pretty much completed. We are each going to look them over (separately), do a quick polish, and call it good. Next steps involve drafting a query letter, and actually finding somewhere to submit. (EEK!). We will be working on that meeting after next; we are each planning to have one possible submission for that meeting and uh, Sid is supposed to have the website updates done by then as well.

As we are speaking of queries, it is a good idea to have completed manuscripts ready when querying, so that if an editor/agent/publisher asks, you have something to send them. To that end, James is going over Jasper’s Song one more time; Sid is 24.92% of the way through her latest (and hopefully) last revision of Cursebreaker’s Dance, and Mickie is pushing to get a full draft of Charlie’s Web to Sid and James.

We have been throwing plot points and timeline events at each other for a couple of months now, so we are on track to meet our goal of beginning to outline the second trilogy by the end of June.

And that’s it. Tune in next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel!