Sunday Update: Descent to Beta Readers

Thanks to hubby’s help and a fall festival at a local nursery, I had the house all to myself for a few hours yesterday. I tackled the remaining edits on Descent, the fourth Children of the Sidhe novella, and shipped it off to beta readers. Finally!!

Over the course of the week, I wrote 3,300 words on pseudonym projects, adding to the storyline I’m already publishing in episodes, and beginning a new story that’s been bouncing around my brain.

I have an overactive idea maker. 🙂 A couple of weeks ago — when I got sick and then my husband and one of the girls came down with it right after that, leading to ten days of the miserable — about the only thing I did accomplish was solidifying two new story ideas for Delilah Vane, the teen-paranormal-focused pseudonym I started in August. I’m not concerned about writing a lot of these stories at the moment, just getting the plot down. I don’t plan to publish anything new from Delilah until I’m out of KDP Select and have the My Undead Life serial available at other retailers.

The 3,300 words I wrote this week is better than last week’s 2,000 and change….but still not up to my goal of 4k of new fiction each week. And with all of these story ideas, I need to get moving! 🙂 However, it’s going to be another MAJOR week at work, and I always struggle with writing fiction when I’m in the middle of a big non-fiction writing project. I’m hoping this week I’ll be able to perform at both. Here goes!

Happy writing and have a great week, ROWers!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

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

6 comments on “Sunday Update: Descent to Beta Readers

    • Fantasizing about story ideas is one of my favorite activities. I often pull a book or two off my reference shelf, and lug them and a notebook to the couch with me if I’m watching TV. I’ll page through, reading odd entries, and something will strike me…if I think about anything long enough (more than a few minutes) I can make it a story. I LOVE to storytell. All writers are different, so I can’t say what will work for you. But if you keep at it, you’ll find what works. 🙂

  1. Progress is great! You are working up to that 4K goal, so this is good stuff. And hurray for getting your words to your beta readers!

    Remember to give yourself a break. Busy work weeks sometimes lead to smaller word counts. That’s the ebb and flow of life, right?

  2. I tend to have ebbs and flows. I don’t sweat times when I’m doing other things – life is always shifting, and I do best when I go with the energy I have.

    You’re doing well. I’m looking forward to a workout and a few hours alone, tomorrow. I plan to get cozy in my house and my story worlds for a while.

  3. Coming up with ideas is fun. I have participated in PiBoIdMo (picture book idea month) for a few years now and will probably do so again this November.

    All the best as you come up with more ideas – and flesh them out.

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