I’m actually really excited that I get to kick off our brand-new TGNA with a good, old-fashioned check-in. My 19th, actually. And man, do I have a lot to tell you.
First–and this, I think, is the most exciting thing, A Magic Dark and Bright is actually going to be two books, not one. I realized when I hit 45k on Draft 2 that I wasn’t even 1/3 of the way through the story, and I was either going to have to cut a lot, or split it up and write more. The story always had a part one and part two that each had their own separate arcs, so in theory, it should have been easy enough.
A separate Book One meant I needed a new antagonist, an actual ending, and I had to bring some subplots to the forefront and create a few new subplots. It’s been so much fun to dive deeper into Asylum and Charlie and Amelia’s lives, and I’m really, really excited by how much more of everything I have. More creepiness, more ghosts, more magic.
But, guys, it’s been so hard. I know that as writers, we’re told over and over and over again to kill our darlings. To let go and let the story tell itself. I’ve cut more than I’ve written. Scenes that I’ve loved, characters that I thought were necessary, even the order of events. I cut almost 20k last week because I was frustrated and holding onto things that needed to go. This is almost an entirely different book now, and the idea that I have to write another 150k to get to the end of Charlie and Amelia’s story is almost daunting. Almost. But it’s really exciting, too, and I hope I’ll be able to share it with you all one day, that you’ll come to know and love them as much as I do.
My other news isn’t as big, but I think it’s exciting! I’ve started drafting an entirely new book for the class I’m in right now, tentatively titled Dead Man’s Hand. It’s historical fantasy that takes place in the circus in 1918. I’m not going to say much more about it now–my attention is pretty firmly fixed on AMD&B until that’s done, which I’m hoping will be by the end of the summer.
Since I won’t be checking in again for another five weeks, here are some goals I’d like to accomplish by then:
- Hit 75k on AMD&B. After all the cutting I did this week, that means I need to write about 45k.
- Finish the first chapter of DMH by 7/11. That’s the date it’s due in class.
- Limit my reading to 1 book per week. Too much reading, too little writing has been happening lately. I need to buckle down and get writing.
What are your goals? Let me know in the comments!
And now, my giveaway! Like everyone else, I’m giving away a first chapter critique. I’m also giving away two ebooks! To me, summer means fun books. I adored both of these books, and I’m really excited to be sharing them with one of you.
Cheerleader Rose Whitfield’s senior year goes up in smoke when she’s framed for arson. Sure that the culprit is her neighbor Paxton, with whom she’s been feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard–not necessarily in that order.
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.
It makes you a One.
Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.
If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.
Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.
Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves.
I’m giving away either Kindle or Nook versions of these, and I’ll contact whoever wins so they can tell me their preferred format. Good luck, and happy adventuring!