Wordcount Wednesday

Wordcount Wednesday

Okay, so last week I totally forgot to put up my usual word count post. I have gotten so focused on my review blog of late that this one slipped right past me.

As of last week I wrote 3,577 words in Midnight Dancer. That brought the total up to 48,289.

This week I kinda dropped the ball. I only barely managed 2,413 words. Which gives me a grand total of 50,702 words. I just haven’t felt very motivated lately. Several days this week I didn’t even make my minimum word count goal.  Hopefully I can kick myself into gear this week and make some real progress. The finish line is coming into view in the distance.

 

Shadowsong Release Day!!!

Shadowsong Release Day!!!!

Okay, super excited today. My baby is finally out in the world! *happy dance*
This story has been a long time in coming. I wrote it years ago for a Christian magazine, but it wasn’t quite what they were looking for. I re-wrote it completely this year and was shocked at just how much my writing style had changed in that time. I am so pleased with how it turned out and I hope you will be too!

shadowsong Final Cover

Description:

What happens when the dream of a lifetime turns to dust in your hands?

Rhianna has spent her life searching for one thing: the Master’s Song. The source of ultimate power. Now, she is held hostage by it, her life in the balance. If she makes the wrong choice, she will destroy everything she holds dear.
The Darkness closes in, and the fate of her beloved rests in the balance. Rhianna must make an agonizing choice. Who will she hold on to?

Hold on to the Darkness, or embrace the Light?

An 8,000+ word fantasy/allegory short story.

Amazon Kindle Link here: Shadowsong
This book will also be available with Kindle Unlimited!

The Art of the Fan

The Art of the Fan

You learn a lot of interesting and strange tidbits when you write. Did you know that way back when, around the time of the Renaissance, in a time when women’s freedom of speech was heavily restricted, their favored method of silent communication was via the Hand Fan?

For instance, holding the fan to the left ear meant: Leave me alone

Touching the edge of the fan means: I want to talk to you.

And the obvious one, throwing the fan at someone, means: I hate you!

There are a lot more fan signs than that, but I’m not going to go into all of them.
I first started looking at this when I first noticed my main character’s sister, Rosabella, had a strange attachment to her fan. Almost every scene she has in the first part of Midnight Dancer involves her using that fan of hers in one way or another, though she certainly doesn’t have any problems speaking her mind- and then some- to anyone around!

Wordcount Wednesday

Wordcount Wednesday

This week I added a respectable 3,798 words to Midnight Dancer, bringing the total word count up to 44,712 words. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually keep of this week’s writing. I seem to be on a bit of a creative dry spell, at least with Dancer, even after consuming a lot of extra caffeine.

Shadowsong ended up going through an unplanned major re-edit this week. It took me two frustrating days to do it. But I think it was worth the time. I added over two hundred words and greatly strengthened the story. It’s amazing how quickly one’s writing skills improve with a little practice. Only a few weeks after I thought the story was “Perfect” I look back and find out I was so wrong.

I also took the time to re-write Shadowsong’s book blurb. I never really liked the old one.

 

shadowsong Final Cover

What happens when the dream of a lifetime turns to dust in your hands?

Rhianna has spent her life searching for one thing: the Master’s Song. The source of ultimate power. Now, she is held hostage by it, her life in the balance. If she makes the wrong choice, she will destroy everything she holds dear.
The Darkness closes in, and the fate of her beloved rests in the balance. Rhianna must make an agonizing choice. Who will she hold on to?

Hold on to the Darkness, or embrace the Light?

An 8,000+ word fantasy/allegory short story.

Wordcount Wednesday

Wordcount Wednesday

This week my novel, Midnight Dancer, has at long last passed the 40,000 word mark, making it officially novel length. That makes it the longest story by far that I have ever written. 😀
I hadn’t thought this book would make it past novella length. There i was badly mistaken, for I haven’t even hit the climax yet!

Midnight Dancer: Final wordcount for Midnight Dancer this week is 40,914, which is an addition of 3,307. I also had to cut out a lot of work this week, several entire scenes.

On another note, about halfway through the week I came up with a brand new story idea (unrelated to Dancer) and ended up pounding out 2,215 words on it too, even thought I should be focusing on the series. This one grabbed me and isn’t keen on letting go.

Shadowsong: it is finally finished!!!!!! the pre-order page on amazon just went up this week. You can check it out here: Shadowsong

Shadowsong Cover Reveal!

Shadowsong Cover Reveal!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to show y’all this! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever.

Shadowsong is an approximately 8,000 word short story and my first published work! The release date is Aug 26! it should be up on Amazon for pre-order within the next day or two. I’ll put up a post with the links as soon as they come up.

So, without further ado, the cover of Shadowsong is….

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shadowsong Final Cover

This was my first attempt at making a book cover using Gimp. I think it turned out really well. what do y’all think?

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this!

Wordcount Wednesday

Wordcount Wednesday:

August already. Man, the months are just flying by faster than I can blink. I can barely wrap my head around it sometimes.

Midnight Dancer: This week I am pleased to say i managed to get 5,933 words father into my novel, which brings the word count up to 37,607. It’s almost to novel length now! when I first started I didn’t think Midnight Dancer would get any longer than novella length, but the words just keep on coming, and I have so much left to write still!

This week I wrote some of the best dialogue scenes I have ever managed to do before. Dialogue is notoriously difficult for me and i am so thrilled how those scenes turned out. I even read a few parts out loud to family members and their laughter tell me I might be a bit better at writing humor than I thought. My MC’s sisters are such scene stealers.

Shadowsong: Still stuck.