Thursday, December 20, 2012

Birth of a Novel and the End of the World

Let's cover the end of the world tomorrow first. My 15 year old is SO excited about this. She's made all kinds of crazy plans for fun. Such as:
  • walking our dog while wearing her Phantom of the Opera cape
  • falling down "dead" in the middle of the sidewalk so she's ready when it happens
  • posting "still here" on facebook every 5 minutes
  • generally being annoying so that we hope for the end by the end of the day
Will any of us survive???

And now...
Last Week's Goals:
1. Work really hard on Fade Into Me. I'd like to add another 10K. Current word count is 24,267
2. Finish another 5 tour posts.
3. Contact those who offered to do Author Interviews and see if they will send the questions (Thank you to those of you that already have!)

I get a giant F for all of those, however it isn't really my fault. The day after setting those goals my computer refused to come on. Then on Saturday I received my galley to look over. Major stress out! How could I do what I needed without a computer?

Monday I dropped my baby off at a computer repair shop and hoped for the best. In the meantime, I tried to keep up with email, blogging, facebook, twitter, and read through my galley on my hubby's computer. Can you see why that wasn't very fun?
Somehow I survived and even managed to finish my read through and send my notes to my publisher.

A strange thing happened with this final read. I'm now terrified! This was my last chance to make any changes to my book before the general public gets access to it. Although I still LOVE my story, part of me wanted to rip it to shreds and start all over. I've learned a lot in the last few months since turning it over to my publisher. I know I can do better. But I'll always want to tweak and improve so it's time to let it go and put all this energy into the  next book. Make it better.

Holy cow it's crazy though. I didn't think I'd be such a wreck about people reading The Magic Wakes, but they are going to judge me by this story. If they hate it, they'll never give me another chance to show how I'm still growing and improving.

I think I'm going to need to join Alex's next Insecure Writers blog chain!

Okay, okay, new goals, or a second chance at the last ones.

This Week's Goals:
1. Work really hard on Fade Into Me. I'd like to add another 10K. Current word count is 24,267
2. Finish another 5 tour posts.
3. Have a wonderful Christmas week with my family

What are your goals? Or are you taking a break until January?