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!

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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.

10/4/2017 Weekly Update

10/4/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write – MONTHLY MEETING

Wednesday was our monthly discussion night.   We covered a broad range of items, from our overall story arc to our end of year blogs to our pitch plans for next year!

James is working on the October blog and it should be posted soon.  Sid is already hard at work on the November blog and has been teasing us with some details.

We’re starting our research for agents so we can be ready to pitch at the beginning of the year. If you’re an agent or know an agent you think may be interested in our work, please feel free to name drop!  Our blogsite has our emails as well as a contact form.

We’ll be back at the typing next week.  Same Bat Time – same Bat channel!

9/27/2017 Weekly Update

9/27/2017 → Wednesday Skype & Write

Skyping and writing, skyping and writing….

And that’s really it.

Mickie re-wrote a pivotal scene in Charlie’s Web, and has determined where it needs to go in the book (she initially had it too early on), so now she’s polishing her transition.

Sid added 93 new words to Cursebreaker’s Dance, and is now 17.11% through her revisions.

James has outlined the first three chapters of Cat’s Cradle, which led to an interesting discussion about familiars and secrets they may know or not…and that’s all I’m saying because spoilers!

There is a tiny update to the Other Projects tab on the blogsite. Sid is planning a webcomic-type project, and the link is now on the site here.

Next week will be our monthly planning meeting, so tune in for details then!