First WIPMarathon Check-in for 2016!

It’s check-in day which means the first month of the new year is done. *waves goodbye to January* It’s been a pretty hectic month for me in more ways than one.

The biggest life-changing news is that after just over a year in Sweden, we’ll be moving back to Helsinki. The official move will only happen in July but it does mean that the first half of this year will be spent packing up boxes I just unpacked! It also means psychologically and emotionally gearing up for another international move. At least this one is a lot less scary since we’re going back to a country and city we know well. It’s just the thought of packing up our lives again that’s making me tired before I’ve even started.

Writing-wise, things are complicated but going well. Obscura Burning got picked up by Harmony Ink Press for republication later this year so I did a blitz revision on that before sending it in for first pass edits. I’ve also been working on a secret side project, gearing up for the release of Scardust on Feb 8, and attempting to work on the new WIP. At least it has a tentative title now – what do you think of The Ghost and the Star?

Writing Issues This Month:

My brain, as per usual, with all the goings-on in daily life, but I actually managed to get a fair bit of writing done. Also, trying to juggle multiple projects.

Things I learned this month:

1. I can plot and plan a novel like a boss!

2. I can write a synopsis for a book I haven’t written a single word of yet thanks to said plan.

3. I can then write and love what I’m writing without feeling ‘stifled’ by said plan the way I thought I would be.

4. Having a detailed plan halves the time it takes to draft. Why have I never done this thing before?

What distracted me this month while writing:

Getting back into the day-job; all the promo stuffs I needed to get sorted for Scardust; life.

Goal for next month:

Just keep swimming.

I want to add maybe 5k words to the fantasy WIP and see what happens with all the other things on my plate. I’m now waiting on edits from various places so I’ll have to deal with those as I get them.

Last 200 words: I’m not sure how much sense this makes out of context, but it’s kinda fun:

Rezir grabs my hand and presses something sharp against my skin. I snatch back my hand but the damage is done, and a line of blood wells from a crease in my palm.

“Why?” I feel betrayed by my own body, so easily injured.

“This.” He holds up the blade he cut me with. Except it’s not a blade. It’s a tooth. “Imagine a mouth full of these.” The tooth is as large as his palm. “You make a sound, you die.” He dips his finger into the gash on my hand and paints a thick stripe of red down the center of his face. “Gris-gris for good luck,” he says.

“Leave me with the camels.” I clench my fist, welcoming the pain. Maybe it’ll teach me to be tough like Tinari. If I can muster half her strength perhaps I’ll survive the night.

“Nope.” He tosses me a strip of questionably clean fabric for my hand. “You come with us.”

But I’ll be useless.” I try and fail to bind my wound given how badly my fingers are trembling. “I can’t possibly kill a dragon.”

Not useless, princess.” He crouches in front of me and takes my hand, knotting the fabric in a moment of unexpected tenderness. “Not useless at all.” Rezir pats my fingers. “You will be the bait.”

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

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  • Emma Adams

    So many exciting things happening! Nice 🙂

    The Ghost and the Star sounds like a really cool title!

    Yay for plotting! My evil plan worked. 😉 I still fall into the trap of trying to improvise without a plan sometimes, and it’s always less of a headache when I outline first.

    Best of luck with the book release! I’ll be cheering from NZ if I can’t get near an internet connection. 🙂

    • Thank you! 🙂

      Hope you enjoy NZ – can’t wait to see photos!

  • Amy McNulty

    Congrats to all the good news! We’ve been trying to sell our house (well, on and off for 10 years actually…) in the time it took you to move to one country and then back. So weird. XD

    Yes to The Ghost and the Star! I like that title. Good luck with everything, and Scardust’s release!

    • Haha, yeah. This has happened far more quickly than expected but we’re happy to be going back to Finland.

      Yay – thank you!

  • Krystal Jane

    I can’t believe Scardust is coming out next month! It feels like it’s only been a few months since you were knee deep in revisions with it. So excited for you! All the best for it!! ^_^

    The Ghost and the Star is interesting – it gets the wheels turning. A good plan is everything! If nothing else it takes so much stress off of my brain!

    As usual your excerpts are so good I want to cry!! The last paragraph is made of so much gold! Made me laugh, too. ^_^

    • Scardust has moved so quickly! It was just a few months ago that I was knee deep in edits 😛

      Yay 🙂

      Aw, thank you – I’m glad it made you laugh too. I’m trying to inject a little more humor into my stories.

  • Jessica Gunn

    I love that title and the excerpt! 😀

    I wish I could get into the plotting thing… it never seems to work for me! But I’m so SO happy it’s working for you and that it’s made drafting quicker and easier. Anything that makes that half of the process smoother is good news in my book!

    Great job this month! 😀

    • Yay!!! 😀 It’s taken me ages to come up with a title I like.

      It’s taken me years to get into plotting, and I’m still getting the hang of it, but yeah, definitely makes a big difference to my writing.

      Thank you 🙂

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Woah I love that twist at the end of your excerpt!

    I can imagine how emotionally draining it could be moving again! Moving always tends to do that to you, even if it’s back to somewhere you’ve lived before.

    I love the title of The Ghost And The Star! What genre would it be?

    You do have much going on writing-wise! Many Congrats on Obscura Burning getting picked up!

    Happy writing and Scardust release in February!

    • Yay 🙂

      Yup, but we’re getting used to it. This is our fourth international move in eight years so, it’s getting easier.

      This is high fantasy.

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • OOOH, I love that ending!! 🙂

    I can empathise with the move. I’ve done about 23 of them in my life so far, 3 of them international (though admittedly, 2 were when I was little). But coast-swapping moves in the US should count for international as well 😉 At least you have plenty of time to get repacked and get your head around the concept. And yay for returning to a place you know well! I hope it goes smoothly 🙂

    • Yay!

      Yeah, moving across the States is probably more of a hassle than just popping across the Baltic is for us 😉

  • And yes, The Ghost and the Star is rad!