4/19/2018 Weekly Update

4/18/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

So, yesterday was a Twofer Wednesday!

Wait – that doesn’t sound quite right.

Anyway, yesterday, we managed to work in our monthly discussion along with the activity we’d already had scheduled.

For our monthly discussion, we looked over the calendar from last quarter and talked about what we’d accomplished in terms of meeting goals and deadlines. Then we reviewed our plan for the current quarter, and determined that actually, we were still on point to meet the deadlines and goals we’d set out, even with the setbacks and missed meetings we’ve experienced in the last several months. We made a couple of small tweaks to the plan, and called it good. We feel quite optimistic. Maybe because it’s spring or something.

Next, in our original plan, last night was to be spent working on synopses. After the discussion, we did that. Previously, we had done our series synopsis, the one covering all thirteen books. Last night, we began work on the Shaman, Water, Bard Trilogy synopsis, and made an impressive start.  Once that is done, we will do individual synopses for the three books in the series, and then draft a query letter.

And then we will send it out. And wait. And worry. And wait some more. And start writing the next trilogy while we’re waiting and worrying.

So, all in all, a productive night. And we’re even planning to meet again next week – two weeks in a row! Go us!


4/12/2018 Weekly Update

4/11/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

And they skyped!

Yes! James is feeling a bit better, but he isn’t well yet. Hopefully, he can rest and knock this infection out of his system this weekend.

We didn’t want to miss two meetings in a row, so yes, there was skypage last night! Though technically we should have had our monthly discussion, we just weren’t up to it. Everyone is exhausted and ill, so we opted for a writing session and decided we’d do our monthly discussion next week. So.

As I said, everyone is exhausted and ill, so we did a 30-minute writing sprint and called it a night. However, that seems to have been a really good decision. Here’s what we accomplished:

Mickie finished the March blog and sent it over to James and Sid for review and comment. Be looking for that to go up in the next couple of days. Mickie is the group’s historian and has been working on developing the history of PCEarth. She’s been concentrating on the Alliance for now, so the March blog is going to be something that probably won’t be explicit in the books, but is interesting for you and necessary for us to further our understanding of PCEarth and our characters.

James wrote over 400 words on the April blog. His goal is to get it over to Sid and Mickie for review and comment within the next week or so. He won’t give us any hints because he wants to gauge unbiased reactions. Now Sid’s curiosity is going wild, but he’s holding firm. **pout**

Sid wrote a good portion of the May blog as well (last night was Night of the Blog, apparently). She’s continuing her work on the PCEarth Supernaturals. The subject for May is the Nereids, the other Water Elemental Supernaturals – the ocean-dwellers – which kind of fits, as May is MerMay, when artists spend the month doing mermaid-themed art. Nereids aren’t mermaids, but…read the May  blog!

3/29/2018 Weekly Update

3/28/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Well, well, March hasn’t been any kinder to the PC authors than February was. But here we are, with an update (finally)!

Last week we cancelled, as Sid and Mickie were out of town for very sad, personal reasons. This week, we convened and opted to do some writing as our monthly meeting is next week and we’re planning to revisit deadlines and goals then.

So – writing progress:

Mickie continues her work on Charlie’s Web, but last night, she dedicated our writing session to the March PC blog post. It’s coming along, and should be posted soon.

Sid managed to meet her deadline and get Cursebreaker’s Dance tweaked and turned over to Mickie and James! **happy dance** Sid spent last night researching and working on the May PC blog, as it’s going to be another meaty one and she is trying to get a jump on things. Sid is still covering the Deva in her blog posts.

James spent last night working on some updates and tweaks to Jasper’s Song. He hopes to pass that off soon to Mickie and Sid. We are looking at (we hope) the final drafts of Cursebreaker’s Dance and Jasper’s Song as we get prepared to query.

Everyone is looking forward to reading the entire Shaman, Water, Bard Trilogy together and in order, to see how it all hangs together. We think having the trilogy complete will give us a better insight into how to structure the next one to make sure everything connects properly, and also may help us work better to get the second trilogy completed by the deadlines we’ve set.

3/16/2018 (Bi-)Weekly Update

3/7/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write: Monthly Meeting & 3/14/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

The Weekly Updates have gotten a bit away from us due to a number of reasons. However, we have been meeting, skyping, and writing, so there are updates.

The Monthly Meeting was 3/7/2018. We did meet, and we did some world-building and have begun putting forth plot points and suggestions for the Ortho, Siren, Were Trilogy. We also looked over our quarterly plan and made some tweaks, revised some goal dates, and moved some deadlines. We are still on track to meet our overall goals, however, so that’s all to the good.

On 3/14/2018, we had a writing session, which was much welcomed and much progress was clocked. While we moved Mickie’s goal date for completing Charlie’s Web, after the 14th, she’s much more comfortable that she’ll meet her new goal and get the book to Sid and James. James added some tweaks to Jasper’s Song, as well as some nods to the other books in the Shaman, Water, Bard Trilogy and some hints of what’s to come in the next trilogy, and he’s planning to hand it back to Sid and Mickie for another reading pass. Sid has nearly (so close, so so so close!) completed her final tweaks to Cursebreaker’s Dance, at which point, she’ll hand it back to James and Mickie for another read and critique.

The goal at this point is for us to have the entire trilogy in our hands to read back-to-back-to-back, in order to see how the books hang together and work as a whole with our overall story arc.

That’s all for now; it is a short summary of a lot of work! Oh, well. We’ll be back next week, skyping, writing, and working on our synopses!

3/1/2018 Weekly Update

2/28/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Skyping happened this week, even though Mickie is still coughing up a storm. Because we’ve missed two meetings this month, there was a lot to cover, even though we had planned a writing session.

So…what happened?

Sid has the February blog ready, and it should post later today, after another edit pass. Finishing this blog has given her the insight she needed into her MC’s motivations for the next book, and she’s been furiously scribbling notes and plot points. She’s already beginning work on the May blog because it’s going to be easily as much work as February’s was.

Mickie is also furiously scribbling, but she’s doing revision notes for Charlie’s Web, while also trying to complete the story and get it over to Sid and James. It doesn’t help that the MC for her next book keeps popping up with ideas, so Mickie is also grabbing the plot points for her next book as they keep getting tossed her way.

Okay, so seriously – last night was a plot of talk of plot points and character motivations, honestly, because James is also filling his PC notebook* full of bits and pieces for his next book. He’s running through Jasper’s Song one final time, making sure he’s added in some hints at things to come, checking timelines, and making sure characters have stayed true to their looks and personalities. Also, he’s preparing to solicit agents and publishers for his solo project Hand of the Witch (which is fantastic, and I really hope someone grabs it up).

*Not necessarily an actual notebook, just a catchphrase for “he’s also scribbling down plot points as fast as they occur”.

We are actively beginning our search for agents and publishers in order to pitch the series, and this took up part of last night’s work. There has been some talk on social media about actively looking for “new adult contemporary fantasy”, which means college age protagonists (!) in smaller cities/towns (!!) with a diverse cast of characters (!!!). Since the trend seems to indicate that submissions will start opening up this spring and summer, we are working and planning to have everything ready to pitch as soon as submissions are open. Wish us luck!

2/15/2018 Weekly Update

2/14/2018 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Skype & Write was cancelled for life reasons, but we’ve been working individually, so there are some things to report. 

VDay Tree

This just looks like it was done with witchery, doesn’t it?

First, we are all working on our first-round plot points for the next trilogy. We will begin actively plotting and outlining soon, so we need an idea of what we want to do in the next books.

Mickie is still pushing hard to get Charlie’s Web completed and turned over to Sid and James.

Sid has completed her revision pass on Cursebreaker’s Dance; she needs to do one fast read-thru, then it will go back to Mickie and James for a final pass.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and we will be back next week!