December Check In!

Moonday Mania

a blog for the craziness of December

Hi all!

I’m now one week post Nano and finding my romance writing feet with a sick kiddo underfoot all week and catching up from me being sick for two weeks. So…this week will be a check in and next week will be the hysterically funny girls week at the spa blog I’ve been promising you.

I did write romance this week. I wrote a lot. In fact, I wrote so much that I am DONE with the rough draft for BROKEN MIRROR, my third fantasy romance. A task that has taken far too long and cost way too much in terms of lost sleep. WOOT! (Celebratory champagne all around!)

champagne by lynne kelley author

“champagne” by Lynne Kelley Author


Okay, that’s all the celebration I get, because now I have to sit down and edit the thing.

Grr. Editing. Love it and hate it.

I love it because here is where I get to see the whole book come together. All the romance. All the fun. All the revelations.  And I had some DOOZIES! Just wait. I’m so excited about the end of this book and what happens to the Black Court. And the QUEEN!

You will never believe it. It’s so amazing I can’t even hint about it, but I think…no I know…you readers are going to love it. (grin!)

And, even better, I know what the next fantasy romance in the series is about. And the book after that. WOOT!(More celebratory champagne.)

And now, back to the editing. I hate it because it means I’m not done with this book. I have to wade back in and fix all the tiny issues that cropped up while writing. Especially the ones that are bigger and caused by some of the revelations that I had while writing. So…I’m looking at how I write and how I edit, because while I love this book and want to finish it, I also want to dive into the next book.

And I’m going to try to do just that. I’m going to be editing romance and writing romance at the same time for the next few months. I’ll be living and breathing so much romance I’m going to wish I had a few extra hands. Wouldn’t that be cool? Okay, maybe that sounds like a little too much fun! Back to the real job. What this means is that I’m going to try to edit and write on different days of the week and at different times and end up with an edited book and a rough draft of the next book at about the same time.

Why would I kill myself doing this?

First of all, because I need a challenge. No, I really don’t. I’m just a sucker for pain, that’s all. Now you know my secret.

The truth is I feel behind. I wanted to have BROKEN MIRROR done and publishing now, but it’s not ready. I’m like that wine commercial. We will sell no wine before it’s time. Do you remember that one? Well, I’ll sell no romance before it’s time. And right now it’s editing time. And writing time. And, I’m sure I’m supposed to be doing something else time.

How do I plan to do all of this and still stay sane?

I’ve been going to the library during Nano and writing for 2 hours at a time. I plan to keep that up and write at least six hours a week of new material. Some of that will be brainstorming, since I don’t really have the whole plot for the next fantasy romance yet. But once I have a plot (hopefully in the next two weeks) I’ll be creating during that library time.

And that leaves me 2 hours during the day after work and before my daughter gets home. That’s prime editing time. I’ll be editing four days a week. That fifth day is for errands and family stuff. I don’t work weekends. Okay, I do, but I save weekends for blogging, accounting and football. (Oh, and that husband person, he seems to need some time too!)

That’s the plan for December. I’m going to reevaluate in January when I set my 2015 goals and review my 2014 goals. Check back in then and we’ll see how it’s going.

Do you have any last minute plans to get things done for the end of the year? How are you re-vamping your goals or schedule?

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at

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2 responses to “December Check In!

  1. I’m excited for your December challenge. I’m trying the writing/editing mix this week. I’m working as a full time writer for the next four weeks, then back to the day job.

    • Hi Lynn,
      It’s definitely a challenge to edit and write different projects. I’d love to hear how it works for you. So far, I’m getting into the editing, but the writing has been slow because I don’t have a plot yet. I guess what I really need to do is spend some time walking and plotting. I find a really long walk can sometimes get those ideas jumping! Let me know how it all turns out!

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