Have no fear, we’re not actually pulling anyone’s teeth out today! But I’ve been working on revisions and drafting a new scene, and though I feel like the past few days have been productive, every word I’ve typed has been like pulling teeth from a reluctant dragon.
A reluctant mama dragon with halitosis, even.
So here’s nine sentences from what will be chapter four, if it stays in the story, because September is the ninth month, and that’s all the math my poor, abused brain has energy for right now.
I’m thinkinnnnng… no context. Just words. First draft warning applies.
Her head rolled back as I lifted her, leaving her throat exposed. A strong pulse pushed against the fragile skin, and the collar of her shirt pulled open where she’d neglected to close the top few buttons. At any other time such vulnerability would have seemed pathetic to me, but I found myself pulling her close to my chest, wanting to protect her. It’s her magic, I reminded myself, and released the breath I’d been holding. Of course it was still affecting me. Completely natural. Regrettable, but natural. It will pass, and no one has to know.
I gave into it for another moment and made her as comfortable as I could, removing her boots, loosening the ties at the waist of her trousers (careful to ignore the sliver of bare skin that appeared above them), and pulling a blanket up to her shoulders.
Bonus awkwardness points to this character, who doesn’t want to be here and happens to have no clothes to wear. AWKWARD.
I love my imaginary people.
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“Holy Crappola!” she said in the classiest way possible, which as it turned out was not very classy at all. “It’s the last update for this round!”
Well, I can’t say I achieved everything I wanted to, but it’s been fun. I did get one novel out to beta readers and back, so that’s big. 1,000 words a day happened sometimes, but not other times. Better than nothing, right? I got my other creative stuff done. Here’s the other pony (it was raining the day I had to wrap the presents, so no nice pics for this girl):
You get the idea. I did it, I finished the pony and the doll and a bonus pony. It did put a dent in my writing, because as I’ve said before, I can’t switch gears between writing and customizing.
The good news is, I think I’ve switched back. All it took was being stuck at the car dealership for 2.5 hours with nothing but my computer, a synchronized-snoring elderly couple, and soap operas for company. I got chapter one re-written, and better yet, got the ball rolling on the whole fiction thing again. It feels good.
So would I call this round a success? I don’t know. I’m not as far ahead as I hoped to be, but I also haven’t burned myself out, which is important. Much as I want to treat writing like a job and be professional about it, I’ll give up if it’s not feeding me anymore. The approach I’m taking now isn’t the most efficient, but it’s working for me.
And no, I’m not taking time off between rounds. Nex round (if I participate again), goals will probably include getting a story or two up on Wattpad to try that out, finishing revisions and getting a novel out to different beta readers (so as not to torture the same poor souls again) and to try out a few editors. Editors as in ones I’d like to hire, not as in submissions. How terrifying. 🙂
More ROW80 Updates here (I’m going to get to as many as I can today, what with it being the end and all). Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and supported me this round! You guys are the best.
September 18th, 2013 at 11:40 am
Congrats on your return to fiction.
September 18th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I kind of what to know the reaction when she wakes up. *giggles* I bet it’ll be fun!
September 18th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Probably not at all what you’d expect based on this snippet alone. 🙂
September 18th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
I’ll have to check into Wattpad. Looks interesting. I’m glad you had a good round, and I’ll see you next round.
September 18th, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Boring places always seem to stimulate the writing mind. Is he a vamp? He seems like a vamp. Or a cannibal. Or both.
September 18th, 2013 at 3:01 pm
No. I do miss my vampires, though…
September 18th, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Hmmm… I’m curious then as to why he would pay such attention to her neck. I guess we’ll find out in the future. 🙂 Are you Team Edward or Team Count Chocula?
September 18th, 2013 at 3:05 pm
September 18th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
I miss the days when vamps had Transylvanian accents and were just a bit creepy. But Chocula’s got the cereal going for him. ‘Nuff said. He should be in stores here now. Mmm, maybe I’ll get me a box.
September 18th, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Lucky! We never get Count Chocula here.
September 18th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
Maybe we can do a cereal exchange some day. Puffins for Choculas.
September 18th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
September 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm
Yes, I can award some extra awkwardness points for that! Ooo… Mama dragon with halitosis… Bad image!
September 18th, 2013 at 11:51 pm
Interesting that he knows his sympathy toward her has to do with magic rather than his own sensitivities, but he indulges it for the time, like a dieter sneaking bites of cheesecake in the kitchen while the guests party in the main room. 🙂
September 19th, 2013 at 9:42 am
Okay, that WIPpet had me N’aww!-ing all over the place. I love awkward characters!
September 19th, 2013 at 10:42 am
It sounds to me like you have a very healthy attitude toward your goals! Way to go! And I loved the description of getting stuck with the synchronized snorrers. *g*
Love the snippet too! Poor pov character … 🙂
September 19th, 2013 at 10:44 am
He’ll be fine. He needed to be brought down a few notches. 😉
Thanks for stopping by!
September 20th, 2013 at 8:46 pm
For ROW80, that smells like success to me. I always have that feeling that I didn’t get everything done I wanted, but I know that setting those goals and staying accountable means I got a LOT done that I wouldn’t otherwise. So that’s my definition of success. 🙂
Lovely first draft words. Enjoy the writing!