Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Looking Back to See Ahead #IWSG | March Goals | Bookworm News #SpecFic

The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. March's co-hosts are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson. Please visit the other blogs participating in IWSG here.
First, thank you so much who commented last month. I'm still searching for images, but I have a clearer idea what I'd like to do for The Fate Challenges' covers.

March's Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

My answer is a big YES. Reborn is the first novel I wrote back in 2009. In 2012, I pulled it back out after writing three other novels and numerous other works. From November 2012-May 2014, I rewrote, edited, and published that book. In 2015 and 2016, I wrote the other stories to The Fate Challenges and am now editing them for publication in 2017-2018.

In January and February 2017, I've been doing a read-through/second edition of Reborn, and I've discovered I still stand by that story. It pulled me back in. Yes, I've found typos and errors. Yes, I've found 500 minor things to change about the writing, but while reading it, I fell back in love with the world and the characters. At times, I couldn't believe I'd written this--a real book. It was surreal. So, yes, I stand by pulling out those old stories and seeing what can be made of them. You might be surprised by how it all turns out.

I wish I could say I pulled off my February goals, but that would be one big lie. February was a hard month. First, I was assigned a HUGE project at work. True, that's what the day job pays me for, but it flared up my carpal tunnel and tendinitis and drained me mentally and physically. I wrote little, although I have finished through Chapter 30 of 38 in A Soul to Keep. Then, my grandfather died on February 14. He was my last grandparent, so it hit me harder than losing the other ones. It made it seem more real that they were all gone. I did manage to keep writing a bit, but editing fell apart. I only managed to finish my edit/read-through of Reborn.

So I have a LOT to do in March. My March goals include:
- Finish writing A Soul to Keep. Just eight chapters to go!
- Outline A Soul to Take (Soul Reaper #3).
- Continue my read-through and edits of The Fate Challenges. I'm hoping to make a pass or two of Determined and Marked.
- Edit a friend's novel.
- Edit a friend's novella.
- Edit "The Folding Point" that'll be published in Untethered Realms' Spirits in the Water anthology in October.
- Search for images and decide on a cover artist for The Fate Challenges.

Thankfully, I'm taking a few days off from the day job for my birthday (March 8). I hope to get some of these things crossed off my list then.

What are your March goals?

2017 Stats: 42,894 words written and 176,166 words edited

I only finished reading one book in February, which was Susan Kaye Quinn's Indie Author Survival Guide, which I do recommend and gave it five bookworms, but I haven't written up a review for it yet.

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Spymaster by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes
Shadow Hunted by Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton
Redux by A.L. Davroe
MIND: The Message by Jenn Nixon
Taming the Pack: Box Set by Wendy Sparrow
The Black Lily by Juliette Cross
Extracted by RR Haywood
Fanning the Flames by Chris Cannon
Scorched by Magic by Jasmine Walt