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Progress Report Thursday



So I’m doing my first Progress Report Thursday- some weeks after the day I said I was going to do it. Not much has happened- I don’t even feel like blogging. But I do want to keep track of what I’m doing.

The last time I posted I said I’d have the first draft done by the end of April. I have no idea what I was smoking. The good news is that I did finish the first 50,000 words within a month, and hopefully I’ll be finished with the first and second draft (which is essentially just working on structure) by the end of the month.

But the word count keeps rising. Hopefully, those are a lot of “filler sentences” that can easily be deleted come the later drafts. But I said that about my last manuscript, and the final word count turned out to be at least 170,000 words. I feel this manuscript will be longer, when I’m really aiming for a word count of 80,000 – 95,000 words. Here’s hoping I’ll make it.

I think I’ll save the next PRT for the Thursday after I finish the first two drafts.






New Blog, New Project

So, for some odd reason, I can’t seem to log in to my old blog. I think it might have been hacked- but that might be a bit too extreme.

Speaking of hacking, I’ve started a new project HIDDEN ZERO CHAOS, which is time travel with a bit of hacking involved. My last entry on my old blog, and why I took such a long break, was to focus on finishing it, which I did. I queried it to, maybe ten agents (I stopped checking) and all that e-mailed back were rejections. Which was fine by me, because they were all nice. My favorite one went along the lines of, “While I found your premise exciting, I just wasn’t pulled in.”

I think the reason why I wasn’t upset about my manuscript, THE GIRL WHO ATE THE POISONED APPLE, not picking up is because I already had two fresh ideas, CHAOS being one of them, that I was really interested in. Plus, I was starting to see the faults I had with POISONED APPLE.

So now I’m back to blogging. Pretty much in the same position I started a couple of years ago: jobless, struggling to finish another manuscript and not having the ability to keep friends. I love this life.

Anyways! It’s Thursday, which I want to use as a progress report day. The only thing I can say about CHAOS is I got the idea for it around summer-fall of last year. I was a bit over 130,000 words when I realized the draft was just wrong. The set-up was there, the world-building I felt interesting enough, but I just wasn’t happy with it. So I stopped working on it around October and came back to the story some time last month. I had to look at what I wanted the story to be about, which was censorship and twists, a mystery actually. The background is a dystopian society, but I wanted to break away from YA’s current trend but also embrace it.

And one of the things I’ve embraced was first person narration, which I despise. But had to go for it because I wasn’t getting a sense of what my character, Ophelia, was like in third person. Plus, Ophelia comes from the future and comes with her own dialect and slang, and I wanted to bring that even further out- which is the advantage of using first person.

So now CHAOS is in it’s earliest stage of writing- nearly forty pages in. I hope to finish the first draft this month.