November 11, 2019

Your Update Link – Mad World, Chapter 49 & 50

Wow. I really can’t believe we’re here. Thank you guys so much for joining me on this journey. I know it was a dark, twisty one and probably difficult to read. I think this is probably the darkest thing I’ve written in years. I hope you enjoyed it!

Book 3 is probably coming sometime next fall. I’m still working on the details. I’ll have For the Broken Girl in February and Fool Me Twice next summer. I’ll be back later this week with some extra Mad World content and hopefully — flash fiction and some NaNo news. But for now I have to get to work!

November 9, 2019

So I did a crazy thing. I moved the 8000 words I had already written for NaNoWriMo out of my Scrivener compile folder and basically started over. I’m still working on the same project, but I really wanted to try to get 50k done that would actually count towards the finished alpha draft rather than just for winning NaNoWriMo. If I’m running out of time, I can always put them back because I know I wrote those words during this period.

If you’re interested in my progress this NaNoWriMo, I’ve updated the sidebar with a widget that will (sort of) display my progress. I usually use a NaNoWriMo widget but the stats on their site are a bit messed up at the moment and word counts aren’t quite right. So I’m doing it manually. It doesn’t look the way I want it to yet, but it’s time for me to start writing for the day.

I’m also blogging every few days about my writing and how it’s going over at Dear Isobel, so check that out.

In other minor news, I updated the Production Schedule. I’ll be back in a few days with more news.

November 7, 2019

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter Forty-Eight

Only two chapters left — I can’t believe it! I might post those closer together, like Monday & Tuesday. Or just at the same time, because Chapter 50 isn’t quite as long as a typical chapter but longer than an epilogue.

Couple of things have happened since I updated on Monday morning. I’ve been working long-term at the high school in the district where I live, teaching Financial Literacy. That job was scheduled to come to a close on November 18, but this week, they offered me a position at the middle school, teaching English for the rest of the year. They’re desperate for someone to move over, so I’m actually leaving my current job four days early.

This means I’m trying to learn a whole new curriculum and meet another 60-70 new students this month. So much for a low-pressure November for NaNoWriMo, lol. But I’m excited for the challenge.

I was also supposed to have my wisdom teeth out today, but they cancelled my surgery at the last minute. This is is actually good news. I have more time for writing, for getting the house straightened up, and to learn that new curriculum. I reallllly want to do some flash fiction this weekend so hopefully I’ll be back.

November 4, 2019

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter Forty-Seven

We’ll be wrapping Mad World up next Thursday which makes me a little bit sad, but happy. I’ve been living with this story in one way or another since 2004, and though I’ve got a Book 3 planned, the bulk of what I wanted — the serial rapist story — that goes back to 2004 and Brooke’s original rape and the original version of Kelsey & Lucky — Lucky and Brianne. Tying it to Elizabeth, making it her story, too — that’s been with me since 2017. It’s great to finally see it reach you guys.


November 2, 2019

I’m starting For the Broken Girl for NaNoWriMo 2019! I started yesterday, and to spare you guys from my long wordy posts about the project, I’m blogging about it at Dear Isobel where I talk about writing and review books. Subscribe there for updates about Broken Girl!

October 28, 2019

Your Update Link – Mad World, Chapter 45

I’ve been waiting the better part of a year to post this chapter. The first scene in this chapter was written in March, back when I’d only written about seven chapters of Book 2. I’d watched this video on Facebook that made me think this is what I wanted Elizabeth to be like when we got to this point. I’d seen the video earlier, but something about it rerunning this time inspired me to write a chapter that was still twenty chapters away.  So check out the video, read the chapter, and let me know what you think.

October 24, 2019

Your Update Link – Mad World, Chapter 44.

I can’t believe we only have a handful of chapters left! Only three weeks until the last chapter is posted. I’ve received such wonderful feedback on this story — I know that it’s a bit sadder and likely harder to read than others I’ve written, so I appreciate you guys sticking through it.

It’s looking more likely that I’ll be switching For the Broken Girl and Fool Me Twice in the Production Schedule. I’ve been working on piecing together the new draft of FMT and there are just so many moving pieces. I’ll be taking a different approach to writing this second draft — I’ll talk more about it as I get into it. I hope to start working on it today or tomorrow, depending on my schedule. Broken Girl is ready for NaNoWriMo. I’ll be blogging about it again at Dear Isobel, my books and writing blog.

See you guys Monday!

October 21, 2019

Your Update Link: Mad World, Chapter 43

This was one tough weekend. I installed an update early Sunday morning without doing a system restore point (NEVER AGAIN) and my computer crashed so hard I needed to do a factory reset. It then took the rest of the day to get my Dropbox files to sync to the new installation. I didn’t lose any writing — I generally don’t save any files on local machines because I used to use two laptops — one at home and one at work — so no worries there.  It looks like the only thing I lost was all my Sims 4 game saves which annoys me to no end.

In other news, I may need to be making some updates in my Production Schedule soon. I’ve been working hard on Fool Me Twice, but despite writing more than 6000 words last week, something just didn’t feel right. I realized I had left out important characters (Ava) and that I hadn’t paced the book quite right. I also didn’t have the right starting point. I can still use the majority of the 50k I’ve already written, but I need to reset and write a new first half.

NaNoWriMo 2019 is starting on November 1, and I’d already decided to start For the Broken Girl for this project. I’m not changing my mind on that. I’ve been struggling with FMT for the better part of three months and once I get the new outline in place, it’ll be good for me to take a break, dig into a less complicated project for a while, then get back to FMT.

What is probably going to happen is you’re still going to get a book in February — it just might be Broken Girl and not FMT. I figure you guys won’t complain too much. As long as I publish something on schedule, you probably don’t care which one you get. I hope so anyway.  See you guys on Thursday!

October 17, 2019

Your Update link: Mad World – Chapter 42

I put a content warning on this one because Elizabeth gives her statement to the PCPD and goes into some detail. You could probably skip the middle parts and be okay.

I keep saying it, but I’m looking forward to having the last of these chapters get posted. This was some of the best stuff in the story, for me, if you’re here for Elizabeth’s journey. (I imagine most of you are, lol). Particularly Chapter 45. I wrote and plotted some of this stuff before #MeToo hit mainstream, but revised and pushed some of the themes harder because of what’s happening around the world. The rape case definitely drew some inspiration from real world.

In other news, I made a lot of progress this week in Fool Me Twice. I’m nearly done Chapter 10 and I’ve been hitting my daily goals so I’m still on track to finish October 31. I’m going to attempt For the Broken Girl for NaNoWriMo this year. Usually my efforts in November are crappy at best — but in past years I’ve been juggling grad school and a second job. None of those things are true this year. I’m having my wisdom teeth out Nov 8, but I’m hoping to get off to a decent start in case I have to take those days off. (Let’s face it, I probably will.)

Hope you enjoy the chapter! See you guys Monday!