7-2- Sunday Word Count

Two bear sighting since the last post. The bear in the video was a few feet off the road (we were in a car) and he was completely uninterested in us. He fiddled with an anthill, sniffed some grass, wandered along the edge of the road and then finally crossed to the other side. Our other sighting was this morning. We were on an 11 mile run up in 3 lakes and a 450 + pounder ran across the path about 20 casual paces in front of us.  Hubby screamed bear. I had a mini heart attack. This is only my second time crossing paths with a bear while on foot. I hope to never have a third encounter. Yes, I’m a wuss.

Onto the word count.

I finished rewrites to ch 10 and spent the last week on re-edits for ch 11. I’ve been going in circles over just a couple of paragraphs so today, I decided to work on ch 12. And to keep myself from fiddling with anything in 11, I wrote in the color note app on my phone. I got about 800 new words before I uploaded to my computer and knocked off a few hundred more. Then I purged about 600 words. All in all, it was a good day.

How to Sex Your Snake

Genre – Mystery
New this week – 1514 words
Total Count – 27710 words
Release date:  Summer 2015

I only had one Sunday Word Count post for all of June. Not good. Not good at all. I think for the rest of the book, I’ll knock off the first draft for each chapter on my cell phone and then do the second draft on the computer.  It makes it tougher to edit if I can’t see more than a few hundred words at a time and I need to resist editing until I have that complete first draft for each chapter.  Starting tomorrow, my daughter will be visiting for two weeks, so I need to try to stay on track. I think writing on the cell phone will help. I want this book premiering before summer is over.

Goals for next week: A first draft of chs 12-14 up on the computer.  Now to see if I can follow through.

Yay to the Woman’s football club winning FIFA and write on,

Melissa

 

6-7-15 Sunday Word Count

toilet water gel
Exciting changes at our house – a toilet that auto flushes when you wave your hand over a sensor. Or when you lift the lid. Or when you stand too close. Or when you…

So, I put up last week’s word count on Saturday! Woops. Here’s this week’s count.

How to Sex Your Snake

Genre – Mystery
New this week – 968 words
Total Count – 26196 words
Release date:  Summer 2015

Goals from last week: chps 12 and 13 to the editor. Well, ch 12 is in chunks and June feels kinda lost in it all. 13 is just notes.  As you can probably tell, I stayed distracted this week. I wrote 30 new pages to my untitled script because I couldn’t get the characters out of my head and got a couple hundred more down on the YA piece.  I need to work solely on Snake for the next two days. Once I have 12 and 13 in the mail to my editor, I’ll go back to the script.  I’m in the barcart Wednesday night, so I’ll work on the YA piece between drinks.

I’ve stayed on my super hero viewing kick,  finishing Netflix’s outstanding Daredevil series, re-watching The Avengers and then sitting through a painful first (and last) viewing of Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer. Wow. Anytime you see superheros dancing you know you’re in for a stinker. (Ironman 2, Spiderman 3(?)  I don’t recall ever seeing any of the x-men dance though I can easily picture Hugh Jackman hoofing it up as Wolverine)  The F4 actors must have been contractually obligated to return. I can’t imagine anyone reading that script and thinking, yeah, when do we start?  Especially the amazing Michael Chiklis. Antman opens next week and I hope I can find someone to go with me. After Ultron, the hubby has vowed to never set foot in another screening for a superhero movie. I completely understand. Ultron was just tiring and even I was tempted to walk out of and I love that gang.

Speaking of that gang, Netflix needs to give Black Widow the Daredevil treatment and I need to walk the dogs.

Write on,

Melissa

5-30-15 Sunday Word Count

bear near S
It’s blurry but that’s a big old black bear a few miles from my house.

I’m a tad behind in my word count updates. Got distracted by a few things including a call for scripts for my old film producer (she’s quite young actually).  An idea sparked and I wrote 62 pages of a feature last week. For the first time ever, I didn’t use an outline. I just had a basic idea. Got well into the third act (there was some skipping around) and realized I didn’t like one of the main characters. I scrapped about 40 pages and took the story in a new direction turning a one scene character into the other lead. (And that’s why I always use an outline) The story is now blazing ahead and my old (yet quite young) producer is quite happy.  As usual, I don’t expect anything to come of it. Having two scripts dropped by production companies two days apart is what got me into the idea of books instead of scripts. Seemed a better option for me. unfortunately, I’d forgotten how much fun scripts are to write so I have a sad feeling that there will be more.  Maybe I will be able to turn those into books.

I also got to day dreaming while sitting on the 6th hole manning the beer cart and wrote 1800 words for a new series involving genetically altered humans. Not something I expected to ever do. I’m thinking 4 novellas, with each told from a different characters perspective, with each being around 17k words. Probably aimed at the YA audience. So far the characters are drifting that way. We’ll see what happens.

For now, here’s the word count.

How to Sex Your Snake

Genre – Mystery
New this week – minus 70 words
Total Count – 25,209 words
Release date:  Summer 2015 

Okay, this looks bad. I admit it. BUT…I finished chapter 10 and chapter 11(1,635 words in 11 and about 600 new words for ch 10 just today) and sent both to my editor. I realized I had a folder of notes in with my word count chapters so that explains how I wrote over 2000 new words but lost 70. I’ve made sure that none of my remaining notes are included in the word count, so the tally will go up from here.

My goal for this week: chapts 12 and 13 done and to my editor. I feel like I’m on a roll so I’m going stay at the computer as much as I can. I’ll also be working on my altered human series. That one I’m writing on my cell phone while I man the beer cart on Wednesdays and sunny Saturdays. I hope to have a rough draft of the whole book in about three weeks but we’ll see. I also want to finish that script for my old (but seriously young) producer ASAP.

It looks like it will be a busy week, so I’m back to it.

Write on,

Melissa

5-10-15 Sunday Word Count

southwest-pretzel-bag
If they really liked me this would be a steak.

After seven weeks at mom’s, I’m finally home. I missed my word count last week after my traveling companion got food poisoning and spent two days in the hospital. Lots of hanging around as they decided whether it was food poisoning or something else.  Thanks to editing, what I did write, ended up counting out to 3 words less than two weeks ago. Even though the count doesn’t show it, I did tighten up chapter 10, rewrote a section in the middle and with just a few more hours I should finish it up. I’m back to writing tomorrow but for now, here’s the word count.

How to Sex Your Snake

Genre – Mystery
New this week – minus 3 words
Total Count – 25,279 words
Release date:  Summer 2015 

Goals this week: Get chapter 10 to my editor and get a rough first draft of 11. All the beats for the rest of the story are done. Sometime during the week I plan on finally watching Snowpiercer before it leaves Netflix. Rushing out to meet everyone for a mother’s day dinner. Happy M day and write on,

Melissa

 

4-26-15 Sunday Word Count

greyhound candy holder
Would you believe this is a candy dish? You can remove the Greyhound’s head. Freaky.

Another week at mom’s. In the home stretch though. Not as much on the writing front as I would have liked. Here’s the Sunday Word Count.

 

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 751 words
Total Count – 25,282 words
Release date:  Summer 2015 

There was a lot of editing this week. I deleted about 1000 words and then wrote them back along with the new ones.

Goals from last week: finish the book.  Well. I knew that was a long shot but it was worth a try. I am on the tail end of ch 10. (I’ve got the beats down for 7 more chapters, I did that last week.) I’m really happy with the book so far and I don’t want to rush it so I’m not going to. Because I’m still on the road through @May 16, I don’t expect to finish the book until May 31. Unless I get 3 or 4 ten hours days. I don’t see that happening till after the 16th. I’ll keep updating as things happen. 

I’ve changed the release date from late spring 2015 to early summer 2015.

Goals for next weekk: Ch 10 off to Lisa, my editor. A very good 3rd or 4th draft of ch 11, which is only notes at this point. Write at least one post from the road about something non running or writing related.  

Have a good week and write on,

Melissa

P.S. the Greyhound candy dish is from the same museum as the mustache cup.  I think it was about a foot and a half long. Greyhounds are relevant because there’s one in the book and she’s based on my late Greyhound Roxanne. I thought it was cool until the museum lady said you had to take off the head to get to the candy. After that, it was kinda creepy.

4-19-15 Sunday Word Count

chicken in key west cafe
A chicken strolls through a cafe in Key West

Most of this week was delightfully lost to chats with mom. I only get to see her twice a year, because of how far apart we live, so I’m okay with that. And the best part is that I’ve now got notes tucked away for a novel based on one of her early careers in ’48. (mom did a lot of cool stuff including working for the FBI in DC when she was 17) Thanks to all the stories I’ve heard this past month, there is potential for a regular series. I will pencil this one in to start researching this summer.

On to the Sunday Word Count.

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 1814 words
Total Count – 24,531 words
Release date: Late Spring 2015 – still on track

Goals from last week: Finish 9, 10 and 11. Get the beats done for 12.  Well, I finished ch 9 and that went to my editor, Lisa. Ch 10 is about half done and I didn’t get to 11. I did however, get all the beats down for the rest of the book. That took me two days and none of it is included in the total word count. At this point in time, it all clocks out to 17 chapters. That could change as I do the actual writing. Sometimes, a chapter will morph into several. Ch 5 became chs 5-8.  I am running out of time though. I really wanted to finish by April 26th. I’m back on the road again for 3 weeks starting the 27th and I wanted to just relax. Especially after May 4th cause I’ll finally see my husband again after 2 months apart. I kinda forget what he looks like. 

For now, I will keep the release date as still on track until next Sunday. Then I will adjust, depending on how much of the book I have left to write.  I have not checked in with the cover artist recently. I need to do that at the end of the week. And that’s it. 

Goals for Next Week: finish the book. I still have a lot to write but my outline is extremely detailed so that will make things go faster.

Have a good week and write on,

Melissa

p.s.

The photo is from a cafe in Key West. Chickens are feral on the island. The tourists love them. The locals hate them. Now that I’m away from my happy place, I miss the chickens. If we move back, I’m sure I’ll hate them after a week or so.

 

4-12-15 Sunday Word Count

mustache tea cup
a mid 1800’s cup for mustache wearing tea drinkers.

I’m still on the road and missing the family. Right now, I’m sitting in Starbucks for the free wi-fi and I’m losing feeling in my keister so let’s get right to the word count.

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 1561 words
Total Count – 22,717 words
Release date: Late Spring 2015 – still on track

Goals from last week: Finish 9 and 10 and get a good draft of 11. Well, 9 is very close to done. I have less than a page that needs to be edited. I’m just kinda stuck on one little part so I’m calling it quits for the night. I wrote most of the beats for 10 and a couple for 11. I also figured out the exact ending down to the last line and wrote the beats for the first chapter of the next book. 

Goals for next week: Finish 9, 10 and 11. Get the beats done for 12. If I can’t get through these goals I will fall behind and most likely miss my deadline of April 26th.  I do not want to miss my deadline, so I will by kicking butt this week to get through these chapters. I was a bit distracted this week and lost a whole day, yesterday to the salon. 7 hrs and 45 mins to get my hair re done. I kid you not. I’m still irked but might be able to write about it in the near future.

In the meantime write on,

Melissa

 

 

4-5-15 Sunday Word Count

standing mia and football
Fosterdog Mia and the love of her life – her football.

I’m still on the road and missing everyone.  This has been a very good writing week so let’s get right to it.

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 4143 words
Total Count – 21,156 words
Release date: Late Spring 2015 – still on track

Goals from last week: Finish ch 8. I did. Yay. Get a good first draft of 9. I did. Sort of. There are bits and pieces towards the end but all in all, it’s a good first draft. Write a blog post that had nothing to do with running or writing. I wrote about music I listen to while I run. So again, I sorta hit that mark.  Chs 7 and 8 went to my editor.  I sent some more notes to my cover artist. I hope I’m not scaring him off.

Most of my work this week was new stuff. When I finished my rough of 9, I dragged out my outline and wrote up the beats for chs 10-13.  I plotted out the rest of the book, as I was falling asleep the other night and it came out to 17 chapters but we’ll see.  It could be more. It could be less. The book is done when the story is played out.

I went to see Furious 7 for a break. It was okay. There were a couple of my God are they going to do what I think they’re going to do moments, Kurt Russel was a lovely surprise and the ending was sad. If you follow the franchise, go see it. If not, you shouldn’t feel lost. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the Avengers film next month.

Goals for next week: finish ch 9 and 10 and get a good first draft of 11. The book is about 2/3rd done now so it’s all downhill from here.  Have a good week.

Write on,

Melissa

3-29-15 Sunday Word Count

party ferris wheel vegas
A new ferris wheel in vegas with small party rooms that go round and round instead of seats. No way for either version.

Another week at Mom’s. Lots of running and writing and I managed to drag her to see Cinderella. It was very sweet and I recommend it. Thanks to the lovely boy who kicked my seat throughout the movie, I encourage people not to take children under 6. None of the wee ones I saw that day showed any interest in the film. I think I will sneak out to the new Will Ferrell movie next. Not sure if Mom will be interested but I will try to encourage her to go.

Onto the word count. Most of the week was spent on edits. I don’t think I wrote new stuff until today.

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 1540 words
Total Count – 17013 words
Release date: Late Spring 2015 – still on track

Goals from last week: final draft of chs 7 and 8. Rough of 9. Well, I finished 7 and wrote an additional 600 words on 8 and still didn’t finish it. I want to shut off my computer for the day, so I’m quitting there. I didn’t do much more than add a couple of notes to ch 9. I also chatted with my cover artist, gave him some basic ideas for what I was looking for, and he’ll get back to me with some sketches.

Goals for next week: finish that blasted ch 8. Get a good first draft of 9. Write at least one blog post that has nothing to do with writing. Or running.

I did not get to my updated Finley Wade book, which is now called, Script to Screen and Inbetween. Subtitle to follow.  Since today is the day I had planned on having it finished, I need to push it back to summer 2015. I think I will set it aside until the final draft of How to Sex Your Snake goes to the editor.  (I am on track to finish Snake on April 26th)

Warm weather is finally here. Get outside.

Write on,

Melissa

3-22-15 Sunday Word Count

running park auburn
Pretty park near my mom.

I’m on the road, visiting my mom for a bit. The lovely photo is from the park near her place. Though it looks pretty, imagine trying to navigate a mine field of Canada Goose poop and the amorous advances of a half dozen ducks on one poor female. Those boys couldn’t get enough.

I missed my count last week because I was traveling Sunday and Monday and I didn’t write much the fist few days at my mom’s house.  This week was still an editing week so my new word count continues to be low.

How to Sex Your Snake, June Nash 1:
Genre – Mystery
New this week – 884 words
Total Count – 15,473 words
Release date: Late Spring 2015 – still on track

Goals from two weeks ago: chs 4-6 went to my beta reader who loved them (she hated the first draft) and then to my editor. Hurray!  I am almost finished with ch 7 and I have a few notes for chs 8 and 9.  I also made a couple of small adjustments to the book outline.

Goals for next week: have a final draft for chs 7 and 8. Have at least a rough draft of ch 9.

I did not work on Finley Wade updates at all so those counts remain the same.  I will try to dedicate one afternoon to that book but if things are really rolling with Snake, I will stick to that.

That’s it for now,

Write on,

Melissa