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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 http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Nano Update and 8 Author Book Sale!

Moonday Madness

a blog just before turkey day

Hi all! I’m Nanoing away, more about that in a minute.

The big news: Black Friday is coming up and you get to shop for romance from your easy chair!

your next favorite book sale

Eight fabulous romance authors have gotten together to bring you a 99cent sale that lasts all weekend.

Everything from spicy Gothic romance (hmm, wonder who’s book that is?) to romantic suspense to romance for women who love men who love curves and everything in between! It officially starts Black Friday and runs through Cyber Monday, so get your clicking finger ready and shop! shop! shop!

Book links, blurbs, and covers will be coming soon!

Back to the Nano front!

I’m still slogging away at Nano. Someday I WILL hit 50 thousand words in a month, but it won’t be this month. The killer cold hit last week and it’s slowed me down. I’m not sure (okay, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t happening this month) if I would have been able to hit 50k, but the good news is I’ve hit a decent word count stride, and here’s how I’m doing it.

I’m hitting the road!

Yes, I’ve had to leave my cozy writing nest with my ever flowing coffee pot and fireplace and head to the library. When I’m there I don’t even ask for the WiFi code, I just head to the quiet room and see if there is a table available and write! If I’m lucky, I can get a whole room to myself, but last week it was crazy there, I couldn’t even find a study carol that was unoccupied and I had to use a sofa and perch my laptop on my lap. (Um, they may be named laptops for that reason, but that was not the best way to write.)

And of course, last week I was hampered by coughing. There’s nothing like being in the quiet room in the library and hacking out a lung. Not only do you feel the shame of being the one to break the silence (unlike that dude who had a whole conversation on his cell-phone, despite the big sign that says NO CELL PHONE USE) but, I also knew that everyone was wondering if I carried some killer disease.

Cough, cough.

Back to the word count!

And now you see why I haven’t hit the 50k, despite the 2k per day I worked in the library. I let too much life intervene. But the good news is I’m almost at 15k, and that is a fabulous word count for a regular month. Also, I’ve figured out what is working for me to get me through this period of my life where I’m the sandwich generation and working part time. That’s huge! Because ever since last year I’ve been struggling to get new words on the page, and that’s not like me. Thank goodness for the library!

So how is the book coming?

Okay, so I’m cheating. I’m not really working on a new book for Nano. I started November with the goal of finishing up Broken Mirror, the third book in the Tales of the Black Court and the book that I’ve been struggling with for months, and then moving on to a new book in the Haunted Holidays series. But, since I’m behind, I’m just working on Broken Mirror. And that’s fine with me. It’s not like I’ll be winning Nano anyway. And I’m only counting new words for my Nano page.

So my grand total, so far is: 16,099 words written in November.

And the total for the book, so far is: 53, 415

In other words, Nano helped me hit 50k and I’m almost finished with the rough draft, which should come in close to 60k and be done this week. WOOT! I’m taking that as a personal win, even if it’s not a Nano win.

Did you try Nano? How did it go. It’s not quite over yet, you might still buckle down and make it! Only if you skip Thanksgiving. Oh, to be Canadian and have Thanksgiving in October so it wouldn’t interrupt Nano! LOL

Next goal? Check out next Moonday Mania’s post next week to see what I’m doing next and how my new habit is going to continue into the New Year.

Also in December: read all about my fabulous road trip to Glenwood Springs with my girlfriends. WOOT!  We laughed the whole time and I wish I could tell you everything, but “What happens in Glenwood, stays in Glenwood.” At least some of it’s okay for sharing!

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 http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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