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Friday, 31 May 2013

End of Month/End of Draft

I took this photo at the beginning of the month, when I was just about to start writing Sierra #5.

It was an exciting day, and I was so ready to face the blank page that I ended up writing 5,124 words. The first three chapters of this book had been bouncing around inside my head for months, so as soon as I started... WHAM! I was off and running.
 
And I haven't looked back all month.

Oh, okay, I did have to backtrack a few times after I decided to change the direction of several scenes. Which meant I ended up cutting a bunch of words so I could replace them. O_o But it was worth it.

Today is the last day of May. I can't believe another month is almost over, and that we're halfway through the year. But it feels good to realise that I spent this month with Sierra Fox and the first draft of her fifth/final book is done! That's right. I finished it yesterday afternoon but wanted to read the Epilogue again. And it's done. For now. I've still got revision to do, but not until I get a little break from it.

So, here are the first draft stats: 88,698 words/223 pages.

Phew. Think I need a nap. Nah, not today. I wouldn't have minded a nap earlier this week when I felt like crap because the weather is changing. Even when it's sunny, it no longer feels like summer. :(

So, asides from working on this first draft what else did I do? Well, I read and reviewed two urban fantasy books for Hachette:
 
DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris: the last book in the Sookie series, which I LOVED. I really don't understand why so many readers were angry about the ending. I thought it was awesome, and I was satisfied with her choice, since I thought they belonged together since the first book! ;) To be honest, I would've been happy with whatever direction Charlaine took. After all, it's her story!
 
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY by Mur Lafferty: the first book in a new series about Zoƫ Norris, a travel writer writing guide books for the monster population. It was SO much fun. I enjoyed it so much I can't wait to read the next one, which takes her to New Orleans.
 
We also caught up with SUPERNATURAL, and are now up to date. Loved the season finale. I'm really looking forward to seeing Castiel in a sorta human role, and how the Winchester Boys deal with all those angels. Yikes! Their world is getting super crowded.
 
Hubby and I watched Season 6 of DEXTER, and are now halfway through Season 7. We should be all caught up by the time Season 8 (the final season) starts at the end of June. So, yay!
 
Well, that's about it. I'm going to reward myself by starting a new book. Reading two books in a month is just NOT enough. ;)

Have a great weekend!

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