Chapter Thirty-Four was written today. The chapter itself was a shorter chapter than usual at 1,514 words, but I knew that it would be a shorter chapter. It only took me less than an hour to write it. I am so close to finishing the first draft of The Phoenix Prophetess. I only have three chapters left. Chapter Thirty-Five shouldn't be too long either, so perhaps I can finish it up this week too. The big chapters left are chapter thirty-six, which includes the major battle scene, and chapter thirty-seven, which is the end of the book. Right now, the novel is at 84,284 words.
So far between my novel and short stories and work on the Moonlight Murders novel, I have written over 100,000 words this year to date. I never thought I would write that much ever in original work. It's very exciting!
I have plans to write for a few more anthologies this year, and I hope to start working on Moonlight Murders again once the first draft to The Phoenix Prophetess is finished, which should only take a few more weeks. Yes, hopefully in less than a month, I'll have the first draft of my first novel completed!
The next short story I plan to write is for the Beasts Within 2: Beasts Unleashed anthology. I haven't thought up a title yet for the short story, although I have considered "Off the Collar" and "Hounded." Basically, it is about a were-hound detective named Toby Hound who takes the case from a were-cat named Catherine "Cat" Reynolds to find Cat's wild sister Amanda "Kitten" Reynolds.His search takes him to the place she was last seen, which is the bar, the Wolf's Den, run by a werewolf. What they don't know is whether or not Kitten is actually missing or not, but he still must find out and search for the little cat.
I haven't heard back about any of my stories yet (acceptances or rejections), but I will keep everyone posted.