Writing Stuff Wednesday: Insert Interesting Title Here

Yeah, sorry. I don’t have time for a clever title, or to dig deep into all of these cool new scenes to find something fantastic for WIPpet Wednesday.

But since you stopped by… 2 lines of dialogue for the 2 in the date. No context. Just two characters in a life or death situation. No big deal.

“Pathetic as it sounds, you’re the only family I have, and those two are my only friends. I can’t let you all wander off to your deaths without at least joining in, can I?”

“At least you won’t be lonely.”

If you want to see what the WIPpeteers are up to, here’s the link. I hope I’ll get around to everyone this week… I think I managed it last time. I couldn’t comment on everyone’s, though. THANKS, BLOGGER. I did read, though!

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ROW80 UPDATE: TORN

Things are progressing well with this round of edits on Torn. I have one chapter left to completely re-write, one in which I only have to re-write the second half, and one that only needs partial re-writes.

Those climaxes, man. They get me every time.

I was hoping to get that done this week…

But this weather is killing me. I’ve got a migraine today, but am working through it (God help my characters!). The kids were home for another snow day yesterday, and their dad is away for training this week. The boys are old enough that they can play by themselves or go outside when the storms calm down, but I still can’t close myself off, stick my headphones on, and work while they’re around. I have to be listening, and available. They want me to do crazy things like play with them.

I try to remind myself that this is how I wrote the first draft of Bound, but it doesn’t help. That draft sucked. These scenes aren’t allowed to.

And then there’s Bruno, who I have decided is not, in fact, a Chihuahua, but a Mexican Bed Hound. I’m not getting much sleep with him curled up between my knees–between not being able to move and being worried that he’s going to suffocate under the blankets, I’m waking up exhausted.

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But if I shut him out, he cries. And my husband gives me sad eyes.*

I need more coffee. And a plan.

In case anyone’s wondering what the months before my book release look like, here’s the goal, with dates removed–because things go awry. Snow days happen. Editors get sick, or have other clients put them off schedule, or hey, they have personal lives. Beta readers take longer than anticipated, though no fault of their own. I get sick, or get headaches, and until I’m making more money than my husband**, I’m responsible for this household: laundry, getting the kids to school, cooking, cleaning.

I need a housewife, is what I need.

But here’s the plan:

  •  finish rewrites
  • compile notes
  •  final clean-up pass (will take about a week, I hope, and will involve reading aloud, making the prose read more gooder better, adding in a few ideas I’ve had along the way, and really taking it from a solid story to a beautiful reading experience. In theory).
  • Send to second-round beta readers, hope they can get it back in a week.
  •  write cover copy.
  •  Set up pre-orders.
  •  Figure out whether I can format the paperback through Scrivener (wasn’t an option in the PC version… we’ll see)
  •  cover reveal. Pre-orders. Other fun stuff!
  •  newsletters
  •  fix whatever my lovely betas say I screwed up
  •  send for proofreading/copy edits (2 weeks)
  •  Prologue reveal (not to be disregarded, thanks)
  •  formatting
  •  final version to Amazon (10 days pre-release)
  •  teaser photos
  •  relax and/or freak out and/or get back to work on book 3
  •  upload to other vendors
  •  RELEASE DAY. Party on Facebook.

And then REALLY get back to work on book three, because I’ve had some ideas for big, scary revisions.

So… yep. That’s the plan. Please cross your fingers, toes, and anything else you can spare that I can get this all done soon!

For more about ROW80, click here. For more updates from other participants… um… I’ll add the link when I find it.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re all having a fantastic week (and staying warm, if applicable).

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*Not this week, but there’s still the crying.

**Okay, even then, it would still be my job, because I work from home.

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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 a Mountie, two kids who take turns playing Jeckyll and Hyde, two cats, an intentional boxer and an accidental chihuahua. She's the author of the bestselling Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy). www.katesparkes.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

35 responses to “Writing Stuff Wednesday: Insert Interesting Title Here

  • Jessica Minyard

    I wouldn’t worry about Bruno suffocating. My sister’s Chihuahua sleeps under the covers and/or under your butt and he is always fine. 🙂

    And he doesn’t move much when he gets comfortable. He makes you work around him!

  • tpolen

    What a to-do list – hope the migraine goes away! Those Mexican bed hounds sure are cute.

  • Amy

    That’s a looooong list. Heck, it requires more coffee just to read it. Doing all that probably requires buying in bulk. I can relate to the snow day thing, too. Not much work gets done here when there’s a day off. I have not only the kids but my husband as well, since he’s a teacher. That makes it interesting, since I don’t have my own office…yet.

    Like the snippet. I mean, who wants to go off to their (probable) death alone?

  • Denise D. Young

    Migraines are awful, and the crazier the weather gets, the more mine flare up. I hope yours stay away for a while.

    Good luck with your goals! And Bruno is adorable. I’d have a hard time saying no to that face. 🙂

  • ReGi McClain

    Sorry about the migraines. 😦

    I love the snippet. 🙂 I can almost here the avoided group hug as everyone gets ready to fight.

  • ceeleeolson

    Great little snippet!

    I hear you on working from home. It’s damn near impossible to get anything done sometimes – even if you do have help!

  • Ruth Nestvold

    That’s quite a list, Kate! I don’t see any boredom in your future anytime soon. *g*

    Nice couple of lines for the mini-snippet. 🙂

  • Alana Terry

    Sounds like things are coming along in spite of the snow and kids and out of town hubbie. And goon on your character for not wanting anyone to wander off to death alone.

  • Kim

    You’re getting so much done! So exciting that you’re getting that close on the edits.

    Bruno the Mexican Bed Hound is so adorable! I understand about the crowding such a little creature can cause. I hope you find a good compromise soon so you can get some sleep!

  • Abigail Erynne

    The mini snippet made me smile. See, that’s how you know someone’s really your friend. Though probably better to take it on faith if that’s an option.

    Wowzers on the to do list. Get thee a TARDIS. And then come pick me up, because, dude, that would rock. 😀

  • Pax Asteriae

    Loved the excerpt, there’s a lot of character packed into those two lines.

    That’s a mighty cute Mexican bed hound you have there. Funny how the small ones seem to take up more space than the big ones sometimes. And I do not envy that to-do list of yours…

  • shanjeniah

    Here’s my “unschooling mom whose kids are never at school” trick…

    I list everything that i might possibly want to do (and more than I can ever get to). I call these goals (so, any time I do anything more than breathing, pretty much, I can call it progress – seriously!).

    In there are lots of little, not brain intensive things. I do these when the kids might want or need me, so that I can stop easily to hug or chat or try to remove a splinter, or discuss the nature of schizophrenia, or whatever. (Usually, they feed themselves, these days).

    I break those times up with one minute cleaning sprints using my microwave timer. I can do a LOT in a minute, and it gets the oxygen flowing in my blood, and stirs up the thoughts…

    I tend to save the big, mind-intensive stuff for when they’re occupied with TV, reading, gaming, Skyping with friends, outside or visiting their grandparents down the hill. Or when they’re asleep…

    I don’t know if these will work for you – it’s different when kids haven’t ever gone to school, because that’s just not a part of their reality. Their schedule, and mine, really aren’t affected by snow days unless we were planning to do something (museums are much more fun and a lot quieter to visit on weekdays!).

    But maybe you could look at that list and see if there are things that can be easily set aside when you need to be mom, and that allow you to tend to the other stuff you just gotta do…

    The snippet made me chuckle. I like the last line, especially. I detect wry humor in the face of catastrophe.

    • Kate Sparkes

      Thanks! That’s kind of what I do on regular days. I do things like writing blog posts, promotional stuff, and listening to podcasts when they kids are home, and save the stuff that requires more focus for when they’re out of the house. Maybe I just need to be a bit firmer about “me time” when they’re home. 🙂

      • shanjeniah

        I’ve found that my kids understand “me time” better now that they’re older. At 10.5 and 13, they both like to spend a good deal of time alone in their rooms, doing their own things, so they understand my need to do the same in a way that they didn’t when they were smaller (I scarcely wrote anything until they were 8 and 5; there just wasn’t time and energy available for it!).

        Something that helps me to get some time for my own pursuits is to make sure I’ve interacted personally with each of them, if they’re awake and interested, before I try. I kind of “touch base” with both of them (and Jim, too, if he’s home, because husbands need love,too!).

        Because Mom at her laptop is such a common thing, and because it’s hard to tell what I’m doing, I try to let them know in advance when I’d prefer not to be disturbed short of necessity, and when casual contact and interruptions aren’t going to be a big deal.

        I also do my best to respect what they’re doing when they’re deeply engaged, which makes it more likely they’ll return the favor.

        Because we’re nearly always together, we’ve had to learn to get along. What works best for us is always trying to make it so that everybody wins, somehow. People who feel like they’re getting what they need are a lot more likely to try to give that to others, at any age.

        Sending you a few extra doses of the quiet that’s here right now….one kid’s about to go to sleep, since he’s been nocturnal the last few days, and the other is snuggled in with Furbys and Monster High videos and two Kindles….

        If only I didn’t really need to get on thtat going to Oregon list I’ve been stalling on….

  • Gloria Weber

    Like you, I definitely get less done on snow days. On the other hand, I don’t have a huge to do list like yours. If I had that I’d be freaking out! (Sorry. Doubt that helped.)

    But, I’m with you on having the kids be first on snow days. Mine are fairly grown (13 & 9) and have their laptops (which if they could they’d be on all the time). Yet I insist we do at least one thing together as a family (like a craft) and that they read some minimum (sometimes I add in exercise to drain energy and studying for tests or the like).

    Anyways, I’m cheering you on! That list is dead meat once you get a hold of it! 😉

  • Alison Strachan (@Writingmytruth)

    How old are your kids Kate? It’s summer here and doesn’t snow in sunny Queensland but we have 40degree (Celsius) days which are probably very similar. Stuck inside with the air con going, kids going stir crazy. (Mine are 4 & 7) so often break down into arguments because the youngest is still learning emotional regulation and my eldest is learning how to handle someone who can’t emotionally regulate herself very well yet. Ahh.
    I look forward to the days where I can spend more time on stuff. At the moment I get about 1-2 hrs at night after they go to bed if I’m lucky.
    I liked your snippet too… wish I knew what they were heading for.

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