Monday, June 30, 2014

"It was the colour of someone buying you an ice cream cone for no reason."

 Wherein Jack can't believe she went AWOL for a month

 There are only 30 days this month, which means I was marking all the food storage things wrong at work because I thought there were 31. Whoever dated the months is not my friend.

 I feel like I haven't been here for 31 days. I know I keep up on my posts somewhat - at least I assume I did since I got comments - and it was technically only 29 days I was locked up working on an unexpected project, but it feels longer.

 I already attempted to explain what I was doing, but now that it is finished I think I will try and go into a little more detail.

 This won't be boring.

 Well, I shouldn't promise that. I am still not recovered yet and am typing half asleep.

 I already told you all about how two of my friends and I decided we were going to do our own Camp NaNo and write 50,000 words in a month and I was doing my first Historical Fiction. I had it planned out where I would write enough each day to reach the 50,000 by June 30th and still give myself time to edit and work on the books I am trying to get written right now. That was the shortest lived plan I have ever concocted.

 I knew something was going to go amiss when I told one of my friends what I had planned to write, and she insisted I finished it. Then there was the bribery which meant I had to finish the book by the end of summer. What I hadn't planned was the book turning into a bigger story than I thought it was going to be and take up all my time I did nothing BUT work on it.

 I am not even sure how it happened, but this isn't the first one to do so. It is just the first since I started publishing and KNEW I had to spend most of my time on the books I would be publishing. That meant all of those months where I could just sit down and type out a rough draft had to be used for editing and formatting and cover work and all of the other endless things I found I needed to do to hit the publish button.

 Taking off all of June to work on one book alone when I am supposed to be publishing on July 14th was not my brightest idea. But when you've got these two dashing boys following you about and being sweet it is hard to tell them no when they ask you to write their story. Add in the parts that were extremely hard to write and them saying I couldn't leave them for long in those parts because it hurt, I felt like I had to finish to get them to a happy ending.

 I was able to accomplish that last night. I wanted to get it finished before the first so I could get back to work with publishing, and I knew I wouldn't be able to concentrate on it until this book was done. And now it is, except - as I said - it turned into a much larger story than I had planned on writing. My biggest concern now is that it has become took long and is going to need some massive editing - which I hate doing.

 But there you have it. That has been my life for the last month, spending insane amounts of time with two Germans and ignoring everyone else. And the biggest surprise about the whole thing is how well the Haphazard crew took being ignored. I was sure some of them were going to be very annoyed with me - especially a certain captain who has attention issues. He handled everything so well I am slightly concerned about what he spent the month doing that kept him from threatening to throw me out of his airship if I didn't write.

 Has anyone seen a eye patch wearing Air Pirate around? If he has been causing trouble in your home town I send my apologies.

 Okay, that is all. I really have to go and do some proper work now - like formatting and editing and reading. And trying to get over the hardest book I've ever had to write.

 Quote is from the newest Lemony Snicket book, the title of which I am blanking on because I need sleep. Look it up though, it is a good book.

 ALLONS-Y!

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7 comments :

  1. But you conquered NaNo! That's still big, even if doing so took you off track a bit.

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  2. Congrats on getting the novel done, even if it still needs work, especially since you are planning to publish another book soon!

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  3. Wow, that is quite amazing. Yeah, you!

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  4. Congratulations! Finishing a book is always a good thing!

    And now that you mention it, a eye patch-wearing air pirate did come through our drive through this morning. I knew there was something ... fictional about him.

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  5. Yes! Congrats on finishing the historical fiction book. :) It sounds awesome.
    I can't wait for the next Haphazardly Improbable book. I loved the second one! It was hilarious. And the ending. . . Yes, I kind of want to know what happens next.

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  6. That's so awesome, that you did it!! Can't wait to hear more about it!! :)

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  7. Let's hope Steed and your other characters haven't gone off and kidnapped another author to hold ransom!
    You've been getting so much done the past few months... I don't know how you do it. It's a gift. Congratulations on finishing your book!

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