Sunday ROW80 Update– 3/4 Edition

I know. Late again. Absent again.

No, I didn’t exactly fall off the blogging wagon. I just don’t have time to write here right now, because EDITING. Yep, I’m actually doing it, getting through this thing one chapter at a time. One tiny change, one major scene overhaul, one “just go back and add this earlier and explain that other thing better” at a time.

Chapter 28 is up tonight, and it needs work.

It’s also kind of a big deal. Can’t screw it up.

What this means is that I’m 3/4 of the way through, and could very well be done these edits by the end of the week. The kids are both in school every morning this month, and I’m taking advantage of every hour they give me (and some they don’t, too).

Guys. I know this is only scary for me, and those of you who already have books out are laughing quietly to yourselves, but I’m really getting nervouscited.

Much as I’ve wanted to kick some chapters (and characters) right in the Timbits, I’m excited about this story. It’s so close to being ready.


On chapter 28 of 35. So close I can taste it.


Completed beta read of a FANTASTIC book that you’ll hear all about closer to release time. SO GOOD.


I didn’t really have many other goals for this round, but I’ve got a few other quick projects done. I don’t have time or space to break out the paints, but I gave two old My Little Pony girls new life with fresh hair in brand new colours. I think they look happy. 🙂



Applejack (had ratty yellow hair)


Dancing Butterflies (had slightly less-ratty yellow hair. But just slightly)


So, how about you? What have I missed while I’ve been holed up in the editing cave? What’s happening on your blog and/or in your neck of the woods?


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with six cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

8 responses to “Sunday ROW80 Update– 3/4 Edition

  • L.S. Engler

    Ha! I had that Applejack MLP; she was my favorite (and I may have gone through a phase where I thought she was a cannibal because of the movie, but, that’s another story. Ahem).

    Great job on the editing! I just finished the main run-through of mine, too, but I had fewer chapters, and now it’s time for some reconstruction in a few parts, but I broke it down by chapter, too. It makes it so much more manageable and less intimidating.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Kate Sparkes

      I would very much like to hear that Applejack story. 🙂

      • L.S. Engler

        Haha, well, I tried to find the scene, but I might have been remembering it differently, but, okay, so, the 1984 Sandy Duncan movie, and they’re kidnapping all the ponies, right? And then they have all the ponies locked up and some of them in chains?

        CLEARLY, they were kidnapping ponies to FEED TO THE OTHER PONIES. It made a lot of sense in my five year old head, though I don’t know why I thought it was Applejack. Maybe just because she was my favorite, so I just implanted her in as the master cannibal.

        This. This is why I’m a writer.

        • Kate Sparkes

          That’s amazing! My ponies’ biggest enemy was Barbie. Such a witch. She tried to ride them even though she was MASSIVE, and GI Joe had to help them escape.

          Maybe writers are just people who never let go of the amazing imagination that kids come equipped with. Most people rein theirs in, or turn them toward practical concerns as they grow up. We’re like, “Screw it. Imma tell a story.”

  • Amos M. Carpenter

    “Nervouscited” – I like that 🙂

    Keep up the great editing work, sounds like you’re making good progress. Editing’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it!

  • sknicholls

    Trust me, nobody who has ever edited a book is laughing right now. We wish you the best.

    As many My Little Ponies as I bought for my daughter, I seriously did not know you could change out their hair. They look lovely, brand new.

    I am on chapter eight of the rough draft of a new crime novel, but I do a lot of editing as I go. I kicked my serious story to the curb for a while. I am having fun with my detective and his sidekick. Right now he’s at a nudist resort and his sidekick (shehe) is held captive in a church.

    • Kate Sparkes

      It’s not easy to change out the hair– you have to cut it, slice their heads off, pull the roots out from inside, rehair with new doll hair, and glue it in place. I find it relaxing. You can do it with dolls, too, but find them a lot more frustrating.

      Here’s to having a fun project to work on!

  • Gloria Weber

    Congrats on being so far along. And I’ve done quite a few things and I’ll tell you… The nervoucited never stops. It changes focus/degrees, but it stays there.

    Your Ponies look fabulous!

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