Monday, October 29, 2007

Trick or Treat

So, I've been caught up in the 70 Days of Sweat. Then on Wednesday, I was writing along and I hit save. I got a message saying something like, "Some characters will be lost if you continue." That was odd, since I'd saved this file before with no problem, so I tried to get out of it. Unfortunately, MS Word shut down completely and somehow deleted the file.

I was a bit heartbroken about it. I told myself to look at it as an opportunity to rewrite the story now that I know the characters and make it better, but it still killed me to think of losing 50 pages. So, I ended up jotting down notes for another story to keep my mind occupied.

In the meantime, I had a couple of friends take a look at my computer to try and find the file. On Sunday, I was able to recover most of the text. Talk about going from trick to treat! Yes, I could have rewritten it, but I'm so glad I don't have to.

Backups. Always a good thing. I knew that, but I guess I needed the reminder.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Greatest Gift Cover

I received the cover for my next book, The Greatest Gift.

Frauke from Croco Designs made it, and I think it's beautiful! I love the sexy and festive look she's given the cover.

New covers are wonderful. :)


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sweating Update

I'm having a hard time getting the word count meter to work in my sidebar, so I figure I'll do a weekly update for the 70 Days of Sweat.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
5,179 / 70,000

I'm working on Battle, my Vampire Chronicles story for Cobblestone Press. It's coming along quite nicely.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Get Ready to Sweat

I decided to participate in the 70 Days of Sweat writing challenge. Just looking at the banner makes the sweating begin . . .

I'm sure I can do it, though. I need to write 70,000 words between October 15 and January 15 (70 days with time off allowed for the holidays). Since I need to write 50,000 for NaNaWriMo, I have faith that I'll do it. I'm going to finish my single title Vanished and my novella Battle.

Let the sweating begin . . .

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Always Learning

I have a release date for The Greatest Gift! It comes out December 17. I can't wait to see what they come up with for the cover.

I'm working on a new story now. With each one, I learn more about writing. I think the more you do it, the more you learn. That's the way it should be. Luckily there are good moments to offset the ones that are a struggle. The latest lesson is the importance of outlining. I do little outlining with shorter stories, so I wasn't working with one for my latest story. Then the story expanded, and I'm trying to put it all together. My next step: a new outline to get the story back on track.

In other news, I entered the Brava Novella Contest, so I will be waiting to hear the results along with more than 300 other entrants.

Should be fun.

I'm also preparing for National Novel Writing Month--I can't believe it's coming so soon! Looks like I have a lot of outlining to do this month.

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