It’s been a big couple of weeks here. I have progress to report in a bunch of areas.
One of my goals this round was to publish Descent, the fourth Children of the Sidhe fantasy romance book. I’m happy to report that it’s done! Out there in the world! Or on Amazon at least. Book three is still exclusive to Amazon…so publishing book four elsewhere is also on hold at the moment. Fun authory decisions.
I’m writing the novel Chaos Calling again. I don’t like measuring in word count right now, because I’m so close to finishing that I’m doing some cleaning up along the way…so I’m spending more time on it than my word count shows. I added 1,000 words this week. I also hand-wrote a peculiar little scene while coloring with my kids one night. I love how differently my brain works when I’m holding a pen (or a crayon, in this case). Sometimes if I can come at a difficult scene in an “out of the box” way, I have a break through. That isn’t in my word count, because it isn’t in the manuscript yet. I’ll add to it as I incorporate it into my draft.
In another coloring session with the kids, I drew out a mind-map of Shield, the fifth and final Children of the Sidhe romance. Once again, I wasn’t expecting to accomplish anything — I was just playing around — but I learned a few things that will help me in a couple of weeks when I start writing the book. I actually wrote the bare bones of the opening scenes with each character this week, too, for about another 1,000 words.
So in total I wrote about 2,000 words in the past week, instead of my goal of 4,000. However, since I both published a book and took care of a bunch of peripheral business stuff (did you notice the new blog look?), I’ve essentially cleared the mental deck for a solid final five weeks of this round. I will finish my first draft of Chaos Calling in the next couple of weeks, and I hope to have Shield drafted by the new year. Sweeeet!
ROW on, people. Have a great one. Let me know how your goals are progressing in the comments. 🙂
J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings.
J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series.
You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.