Hi, all! I’ll be just one of many fabulous readers at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading at Readercon tomorrow night at 8pm. Readercon is free to attend on Thursday night, so please drop by and say hi! I think I’ll read a brand-spanking new chapter of A Pixie’s Promise, possibly the one with the terrible, terrible puns. You have been warned!
Okay, I think I may have underestimated my writing speed just a bit. When I set my goal for the Clarion Write-a-Thon, I thought five chapters in five weeks was being overly ambitious, especially during the summer when the kids are home a lot more and camp schedules change from week to week.
But this week, despite recovering from vacation, Independence Day, and both girls being sick, I’ve somehow managed to bang out three new chapters of A Pixie’s Promise! Apparently, I write faster than I thought, which is very good news.
I’ve had some inklings of this. Back during NaNoWriMo, I produced a similar amount of writing in the first three days before getting horribly sick. Just before vacation, I finished up a completely different manuscript (more on that in the next few months) by writing a chapter every two days or so. But I didn’t know whether these were flukes.
Now I’m convinced. Once I get in the groove, I can write like the wind. I’ve finally figured out my work/life balance, and I’m producing at least 2000 words per day. I have some minor chores to do now, and then I may well sit down and try banging out another chapter around bedtime.
Here it is in all its glory! The preliminary cover for A Pixie’s Promise. This morning, I wrote 1175 words of chapter 4, and I think I’m about halfway through the chapter already! I may be on to chapter 5 by Thursday. We shall see.
Well, for me, anyway. Yes, I know, the Clarion Write-a-Thon actually started a week ago. But last week I was on a cruise to Bermuda, which was lovely and restful and planned way before I decided to do the Write-a-Thon. So I consciously chose NOT to participate for the first week. But now, I’m back and raring to go!
My Plan: Write five chapters of A Pixie’s Promise in five weeks! My Goal: Raise $125 – that’s $25/chapter – for Clarion scholarships My Incentive: I will match all donations up to $250!!!
And I’ll have written a large chunk of my next novel while helping support the next crop of outstanding science fiction and fantasy writers. If you’d like to support me in my quest, please sign up to donate.
I’ll keep posting my progress as well as tantalizing tidbits to keep you checking back for more! For now, here’s a video of me reading Chapter 1 of A Pixie’s Promise.