Sunday Update: Finished Chaos Calling Yesterday

I can’t believe those words, but they’re true. In the middle of our family rush to put on a birthday party this weekend for the newly minted 5-year-old, my excellent, thoughtful husband sent me out in the world to seek my fortune…I mean to FINALLY FINISH THIS DAMN BOOK.


The last few scenes of a book should be just as easy to write as all the others, shouldn’t they? Especially when you’re me, because it’s not like I leave the end to be finished each time. Nope. I’ll just leave a blank space and red note at random junctures…basically when I get bored and want to move on faster through the story.

I basically sat on a story that was 80 percent complete since August, and hardly picked it up again until January. ARGH.

I will do better in 2014. I want the third book in this trilogy finished by the end of the year, on top of writing and publishing the final installment of my Children of the Sidhe fantasy romance series. I also have a bunch of shorts started and will start publishing those this spring/summer as I knock them off. Super fun, myth and magic based short stories — see, my fall didn’t go entirely to waste!

My word count goal was 5,000 for the week, but I wrote just 4,100. I also did a little touch-up rewriting, and that didn’t count as new words.

This week I’ll print and start a paper edit of the novel I finished yesterday. I want that book in the hands of my darling editor by President’s Day. So probably an April release. 🙂

If you struggle with finding the fun in your writing, or if you’re big on adding heaps of emotional pressure and such to the creative process, check out the blog of Dean Wesley Smith for some inspiration. Today’s post on having fun writing is sure to give you a different way to look at your book baby. I’m a daily visitor at Dean’s blog…when I found him it felt like validation for a lot of what I was feeling about the writing and publishing process. I’ve learned a ton from him. He’s wonderful. Check him out. (He also happens to live in my home state, so it’s fun to share weather. :))

Have a great week everyone!

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

4 comments on “Sunday Update: Finished Chaos Calling Yesterday

  1. Why is it that others see our process more clearly than we do? And that sometimes we do need that proverbial ‘kick in the butt’ to move on? Wonderful energy here. I say celebrate every single one of those 4,000 words.

  2. What a wonderful husband you have!
    And well done on getting the book finished, it is always a big emotional roller coaster for me during that last part.
    And 2014 is going to be your year, it will be awesome, you just need to keep going!

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