WIPMarathon Check-in No. 21

It’s check-in day and it’s Halloween and OMG where has this year gone!?

October. I can’t quite believe the year is almost over. October has been another weird writing month. I actually managed to do a little bit of writing and also came to terms with a number of big changes in my writerly world. It’s been a stressful, emotional, confusing, and exhausting month, but ultimately a good one!

Firstly, Scardust is done! This month saw the proofread complete and my book off to production. I’ve also seen the cover – which is all kinds of stunning – and now I’m just waiting for pre-orders to go up before I can kick into full publicity gear for this book. I am excited and terrified and everything in between!

Also, I wrote something! 🙂

Writing Issues This Month:

My brain and all that confusion and stress and turmoiled emotion, but I managed to start on a new project and that felt good.

Things I learned this month:

1. Adulting is hard. Making life changing decisions are hard and terrifying, but they have to be done. Closing one door DOES mean opening another and I am very pleased with all the decisions I made this month even if some of them weren’t easy.

2. Sometimes you just have to force the words. The Muse doesn’t always co-operate and sometimes you’re not in the mood to write when writing is precisely what you need to do. I forced the issue this month and managed to get the ball rolling in the right direction for a bunch of things.

3. Yes, I’m being vague. Yes, there are reasons. Yes, I will reveal all in good time. Please bear with me.

4. The wine helped.

What distracted me this month while writing:

Work again, but in a good way. I’ve been really inspired in my day job and this has actually helped re-ignite my passion for writing. It’s going to be tough always knowing how to balance the two, but I know I want to pursue writing at a more serious career level now as well.

Goal for next month:

Write more. I’m ‘doing’ NaNo even though I know I’ll never hit 50k in November. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to write as much as I can when I can and watch the words slowly add up.

Last 200 words: Not ready to share any of this just yet, but I will share the first line, which was one of a few I asked you all to vote on a while ago 😉 This is it:

My sister twitches in her sleep and bursts into flames.

That’s it for October, how did you do?


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  • Amy McNulty

    I know what you mean about the muse not always cooperating and having to force it to be good! 😀

    Congrats on the ~mystery~ news! I can’t wait to see the Scardust cover!

    • 😉 thank you!

      Cover coming in the next few weeks hopefully!

  • Jess Harvey

    Ahhh I can’t wait for this new WIP of yours! And YAY for your news 😉

    Yes, wine helps a lot! I love wine. Me and wine were friends during edit rounds haha.

    • 😉 You’ll be the first to know when it’s ready for a beta read!

      *hugs the wine – loves the wine*

  • Emma Adams

    Glad to hear you’re pleased with your decisions – I can’t wait to hear your news and to see the cover for Scardust! 🙂

    I hear you on the adulting is hard stuff. Sigh. I need a time-turner to balance everything!

  • Krystal Jane

    Yay for Scardust! Can’t wait to see the cover!!

    Adulting really is hard. I’m glad some things are smoothing out.
    Like the opening line! ^_^

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Glad you are proud of the decisions you made this month! I’m about the opposite: sometimes, I make decisions and then spend weeks second-guessing myself. And I also find it admirable you’re doing Nano this month in spite of your day job and balancing things out.

    Happy Nano-ing!

    • Yeah, not sure how far I’ll get with NaNo, but I’m going to try 🙂 So glad you’ve joined too! We can do this thing!!

  • I love your first line!! That’s an attention grabber if I’ve ever seen one 😀

    I’m glad to hear you made it through some tough decisions and are feeling confident about them. Good for you! Adulting IS hard. Years have earned me the label (and then some :P) but I’m not sure about accomplishments or decisions, yet 😉

    I didn’t do any actual drafting in October because of travels, but glad to see others have been busy! 🙂 Happy November!

    • Yay! 🙂 Thank you!

      Urgh, adulting. I don’t wanna!

      Happy November and wishing you all the best for writerly things this month! 🙂