WIPMarathon Check-in No. 14

March totally kicked my butt and the craziness is still not over because I HEART ROBOT releases on Tuesday and *flail* !!! Despite how busy this month has been, I managed to achieve my goal: “write more words!”

Last report WC for YA fantasy: 14, 624

Current report WC for YA fantasy: 41, 700 – I tried so hard to write another 300 to make it a round 42k but just couldn’t do it in time for this check-in. Also, this puts me at more than half way to my first draft word count goal of 80k! *pass the wine*

Regarding that M/M WIP, yeah that’s on hold. This YA fantasy has taken over my life and I’m not going to fight it.

Writing Issues This Month:

I sent out this story to a couple of readers and they loved it! 0_o While I still struggle with self-doubt, it’s not quite as crippling as before so I’m forging ahead with this story while the Muse is willing. So no real issues I guess other than finding time to write.

Five things I learned this month:

1. Preparing for a book release and writing posts for a blog tour takes up some serious time and creative energy. I felt the pressure when writing these because they’re meant to be promoting my book, as in people will read what I have to say and then decide whether or not to buy my book. Scary!

2. Writing fantasy is still awesome! I’ve let go with this WIP and haven’t put any restrictions on my imagination. It’s weird, but wonderful to write and I’m enjoying writing this so much more than I thought I would.

3. I can’t juggle two works for long (despite my February elation that this might actually become a thing I could do). Nope. Eventually, my heart and brain will latch onto one and those characters become all-consuming. I’m okay with this.

4. I’ve always written to music. I struggle to write without it, however, teaching a lot of music now and finding myself in a noisy school environment most days has resulted in wanting the resounding sounds of silence while writing. This has never happened before and I hope it doesn’t last for long.

What distracted me this month while writing:

All the things for I Heart Robot! Happy distractions, but distractions none the less. Also it’s report time at school so I have been furiously grading dozens of projects, some of which are brilliant and once again I find myself learning so much from my students!

Goal for next month:

Keep writing words. I’m going easy on myself here. I do have a week off over Easter so I’m planning to use that time for writing. I’m hoping I’ll hit 60k on the WIP in April.

Last 200 words: Way too spoilery to post the last 200, so here’s an extract from a little earlier in the work.

Parting the sweeping branches of weeping willows, Taryk entered a maze of ferns and orchids glistening wet from the recent showers. His sandals sank into the mossy ground-cover as he hurried along the spiraling path. As usual, Zenza waited for him in the boughs of the ancient baobab, his black and white plumage visible through the dangling flowers.

“Are you going to sulk up there all night?” Taryk planted his hands on his hips and waited. With a crackle of electricity that prickled along Taryk’s skin, Zenza dropped from the branches.

“I never sulk.” His voice stirred the leaves of the trees like a breeze, wafting away the sour scent of the flowers. Zenza rose from where he crouched, ebony under-feathers melting into silk trousers. Bare above the waist, he opened his arms and welcomed Taryk into an embrace. Zenza’s long black hair fell across his shoulders, soft between Taryk’s fingers. The clutch of white feathers sprouting from behind Zenza’s left ear tickled Taryk’s face as he dusted kisses across Zenza’s neck and jaw in search of his mouth.

He tasted of rain, his kisses as fierce as a storm. Taryk let himself be swept away as Zenza backed him up against the broad trunk of the tree. Hands that a few moments ago had been talons, trailed charged tingles across Taryk’s chest. Cool night air whispered against his skin as Zenza peeled away his clothes until they both wore only shadow.

That’s it for March, how did you do?

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  • Emma Adams

    Wow, great job with the YA fantasy! 🙂

    I can relate to the pressure when promoting. It’s easier to promote other people’s books than my own! 😛

    Best of luck with the release and with your writing goal! 🙂

    • Thank you and thank you!! 🙂

      It’s definitely easier promoting others. I don’t like sounding my own trumpet :/

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats again on the release!! So soon!

    I know what you mean about all the blog posts. I thought they’d be totally fun, but I’m overthinking them. ;-;

    And amazing work on the WIP, while you’re so busy!

    • *flails* It’s surreal! Been waiting so long for this release and now it’s here, I don’t know what to do with myself.

      Yeah – that was me too. In the end, I went with what I thought would be most interesting/entertaining.

      Thank you!

  • Krystal Jane

    Definitely don’t fight it! I love it when my stories take over like that!

    I’m not a multiple books at a time person either. I can do it for a little while, but I eventually get lost in one of them. I LOVE the shapeshifter up there by the way!! ^_^ <3

    Congratulations on I Heart Robot!! *pours confetti* You have nothing to worry about. 😉

    • 😀 So glad you like my shapeshifter. This is the first time I’ve ever written a shapeshifting creature.

      And thank you for the confetti! 🙂

  • Jess Harvey

    Whoa, you got a lot done this month! Good work! I’ve noticed that with music and writing, too. When I was in college, sitting in the noisy student center, I could write without issue. Sleep even. Now I need complete silence, or music without lyrics, like classical stuff, movie soundtracks, or — my favorite– piano music. Good luck next month, and yay for I HEART ROBOT!

    • But it’s so weird for me – I don’t like silence. Hope I can get back to writing with music soon!

      And thank you 🙂

  • Woohooo!!! Congratulations on the release Tuesday!! You must be STOKED! And also congrats on what an incredible amount of writing you accomplished in the past month, on top of prepping for your release with blog posts, etc. A lot of pressure but also an exciting time!! I hope it’s a celebratory April 🙂

    • I am super excited! It’s been more than two years since I first started writing I Heart Robot so to finally get to release day is totally surreal.

      Thank you so much – I’ve already cracked open the wine! 🙂