Monday, October 29, 2012

And VE is Done!

Viral Execution, book three in the Cantral Chronicles (Once known as CCB3)  is done.

Well, the first draft anyway.  There are still a billion things to do.

Like take the wristband away from character #3, name Noble programmer #2, and foreshadow the oxygen tank.


Anyway.  While the book is done, it's also really not done at all. The editing stage is quite long and often times, the hardest part of writing a book. Unfortunately, it's also the most crucial.  There will be about 8 stages of editing to VE before I send it to the publisher and it can get into your hands.

I have a cool idea for a cover image, though. :) 

So. Off to work I go! I plan on editing only one chapter today, because I need a little break after writing so much last week!  After I edit one chapter I'm going to work on my neck tie quilt.


Friday, October 26, 2012

I've realized . . .

I've realized that to finish my novel Viral Execution (CCB3) by my deadline, I have to write at least 3,500 words per day.

Whew.  That's more difficult for me than some people.  I know a lot of people who can pound out that many words per day, no problem, but I can't. It takes me from about 9AM - 8PM to get that done with very few breaks in between.

But I'm persevering! I wrote 4,000 words the day before yesterday and 3,500 yesterday.

Unfortunately, I had to kill one of my favorite characters yesterday. *Sigh*

He or She will be missed.  

Back to writing! I have a funeral to plan.

Monday, October 22, 2012

CCB3 Has a Title!

I announced this on my Facebook author page already, but I haven't forgotten about my trusty blog readers!

I appreciate you guys sticking with me despite the sparse updates, I'm trying to get a lot of writing done. :)


CCB3 has a title!

It is . . . .

Viral Execution.

Say it with me.  Viral Execution.

Very good. 

And it will complete the Cantral Chronicles trilogy.

Precisely Terminated - Released October 2011
Noble Imposter - Released July 2012
Viral Execution - Releases July 2013 (We hope)


What do you think of the title? Yay? Nay?

I'm 85,000 words into it, and it does fit the story line, so that's good. :)  The death count isn't very high yet in this story, but maybe it'll grow. Not that that's a bad thing (low death count), it's a good thing, just unusual for a dystopian novel. :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Various Projects

Right now I've been pretty busy getting back into the swing of things, as we say around here. Settling back into being home and doing home type things.

I wrote nothing yesterday, thanks to being at a festival thing, but I wrote some today.  I normally don't write on Sundays, but I feel it's necessary with my deadline fast approaching.

Maybe rainbow smiley socks will help me write faster.

When taking breaks from writing I've been cooking and cleaning and organizing. Went through my fabric stash this evening.

I hope to start a quilt, too. I started cutting out the pieces for it this evening.  My parents leave in 1 week for the upcoming tour!

Back to writing. Aric and Monica are in peril.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Home Again

Sorry for the lack of updates y'all!

I know, you were used to me updating frequently and then I slacked off while on tour. I'm sorry, but it couldn't be helped! We were incredibly busy! Some days we would get up early and go go go until midnight or so, and that doesn't leave much time for blog posts.  I promise I'll try to do better now that I'm home again.

We'll be home again for about . . . 10 days until there's another tour! This tour is going to  Maryland, New York, and possibly Ontario.  The only thing majorly different is . . . I'm not going on this one. Shocking, I know. 

Generally, I go on every tour no matter what. I've been touring with my dad now for about 9 years. Yikes, that's a long time.  During those 9 years I've missed maybe 3 tours.  At the most.  So this is going to be weird.

I want to go on tour, my dad wants me to go on tour, the issue is time. I have to work on CCB3 and turn it in on November 1st. I think with a 2 week long tour with just 2 weeks at home to write, I would not accomplish that goal, so it is wisest for me to stay home, despite my not wanting to.

So you all will be stuck with me for a while. :)

I hope to get a lot of writing done the next few weeks, so I won't have much time to post, but I will try to post at least something!

I'll leave you with a picture of my sock drawer.  It slides out from under my bed. Very handy.

There are about 4 or 5 pairs missing from this picture- due to being in the wash.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Couer D'alene

We have arrived safely in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. At least, I think that's how it's spelled.

I believe today is day 29, but I'll verify that once I have more time to write. It's late right now as I'm writing this, and we're at our host's house.

Today (the day this is posting) we have a few writing events at one school before driving off towards WY and MT on our way to CO. :)

Still working away on CCB3, but it's been a bit slow, thanks to talks and broken keyboards. My N key is still writing N and H at the same time, but I've beenh deleteinhg it almost every time so it doesnh't bug y'all. :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tour Day 23 - (Part Two)

More pictures from Banff!

This is lake Louise, on the shore.

That's Hannah being silly.

We all skipped some stones.

The most I got was 3 skips in a row. My dad got 7. He's had as many as 11 or 12 at once, though

Lake Moraine.

Very blue water.

After we visited lake Moraine we hiked a 5.5k trail, but it was in bear territory, so according to law we had to be in a group of 4 or more or we could be fined $5,000!

Fortunately, we have four people in our group. :)

The young man above, Antoine was hiking alone, though, so he asked to join us so he could go on the trail, too.

These giant rocks were fun to climb.

and very difficult, too

And then we arrived in BC.  It was a fun, good day. :)