Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday's Writing Update: Stats, Goal Changers, and Cover Art Reveal

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Happy Wednesday!

You can read my review of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games at Surrounded by Books Reviews. Plus my sister and I are going to the midnight showing of the movie tomorrow night! Yay!

I have February's stats.
Word Count: 7,511
Pages Edited: 217

I haven't sent anything out on submission in a while, so I have nothing out there to be accepted/rejected.

I have the cover art for Fighting Gravity finalized. Here it is, along with the description of Fighting Gravity. You can add this book to your Goodreads list here.

Forced into executing Aresia’s people, Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.

The only single woman of marrying age, Marissa flees her prospects of becoming Elder McGee’s third wife for a chance at freedom upon the New Atlantic Ocean.

When Phoebus’s spacecraft crashes upon an asteroid-ravaged Earth, he is captured by a rogue Earthling youth and thrown into a cellar. Marissa stumbles upon the spacecraft, but it explodes before she can find any sign of the alien. When she awakens, she discovers the alien’s whereabouts and vows to help him. They plot his escape when they learn Phoebus’s Aresians have landed and are searching for him. Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their despair and their peoples in their quest for freedom and love. And through it all, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other.

You can also add A to Z Flashes of Foxwick on Goodreads here.

If you click here, you'll see that I modified my 2012 Goals page quite a bit from the start of the year. Yeah, I was overly ambitious at the start of the year, and the only way I could've done everything I would've liked to do is either by giving up social networking (not happening) or sleep (definitely not happening). So I've had to modify it quite a bit and make it much more reasonable.

I've decided to focus edits on two books this year: The Phoenix Prophetess (I'd like to get the edits done by the end of June) and Starred (I'd like to get the edits done by the end of December, preferably by the end of October).

For NaNoWriMo, I plan to write Paranormal Junkies, a YA Horror novel.

I'll still have #fridayflash to write for the blog.

Then, the rest of my focus will be on some forthcoming self-published titles including: the last two books in the Gravity series, my short story collections (4 of them: A to Z Flashes of Foxwick, Women of Foxwick, Men of Foxwick, and Neighbors of Foxwick) involving the Kingdom of Foxwick, and the long-awaited sequel to Once Upon a December Nightmare titled Nightmare Ever After. I'm not sure if I'll get all the Foxwick stories done by the end of this year, but the others shouldn't be too much of a problem.

It'd be nice to get everything done before December, so I can take December off to read more and do some light writing. Of course, depending on time and everything else, this schedule in itself might change, but it's definitely more manageable, I think.

Have you decided to modify your goals before? Do you find yourself planning too much or too little?

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Susan Roebuck said...

Lovely covers - really love the Flashes of Foxwick. You must be happy. Modify my goals? Well I should - I'm in the middle of a WIP and the word count keeps going down!!! (Mystery of Life)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Love the cover of Fighting Gravity! It's best to keep your goals fluid, that way you can figure out what you can handle and actually accomplish rather than try to take on too much and getting discouraged. Been there, done that.

Rachelle Ayala said...

Cherie, you are definitely an overachiever! Star blogger, prolific writer, editor extraordinaire. Did I miss anything?

My goals? Self-Publish Broken Build by fall, and have first draft of next novel done this summer.

Arlee Bird said...

I like the story concept. I'm always for wormholes.

Planning? I've been planning to do that. Procrasinating? I do it all the time, but I've been planning to change--someday.

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Christine Rains said...

Awesome covers! I think you still have a lot of goals for this year, but I know you can do it. I've adjusted my goals this year with the 13th Floor idea hitting me with such force!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cover looks good! And you are ambitious. I just want to write one book this year.

Hart Johnson said...

You're keeping great track of your progress! I'm a month behind because I didn't plan on editing Begonia Bribe (grrrr). Question... if you edit the same pages 3 different times, do you get to count them three times? Because it makes a huge difference in my editing tracking...

Great cover, and sounds like a good book!

Marta Szemik said...

Those are some good stats Cherie. The cover looks good as well:)

Jamie Gibbs said...

Wow, you certainly are keeping yourself busy! The cover looks awesome too :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Great cover!

I had to change the goals that I made at the beginning of the year. I'm not going to stress about it though, that's what I keep telling myself.

Hope you have lots of success with your many projects!

Sarah Pearson said...

Can I just say how much I love the title Paranormal Junkies? :-)

Liz Fichera said...

Pretty cover!

Look forward to hearing what you thought about Hunger Games.

Annalisa Crawford said...

If you're already planning your NaNo project, that might be where I go wrong with it. I think about it somewhere in the middle of October and decide not to bother!