The Lightspeed Year

I love Fall in Vancouver.  Some people are bothered by the greyness and the rain, but not me.  I woke up this morning to find Fall weather in full effect and breathed a sigh of relief.  No more days where it’s too hot to concentrate on writing.  Yay!  I know, messed up priorities.

I’ve been steadily working away at the outline for Still They Watch and it’s going well.  I think I’m now about 3/4 of the way through this thing.  Yes, I really have been that busy.  I copied the outline into Word so I could find out how long it is so far, just for curiosity’s sake. As of this writing, it’s 7,300 words long.  I wanted to get some context for that number, since it seems like a lot, so I did the same with the completed outline for All Stitched Up, which turned out to be 10,270 words long.  Um, wow.  No wonder Stitched was such a long first draft.  I’m starting to suspect I’ll be in that same general vicinity when I finish this one.  I’m also beginning to think I should be counting my word totals for outlines in my mental tally of words written to date for the year.  And yes, that number is getting… big. 😮

It’s almost a forgone conclusion at this point that I’ll have the outline completed by the end of the weekend, which is good, as it gives me lots of time to think and mull it over before November.  It’ll be in the drawer for a nice while before I pull it out to review it and do any necessary tweaks.  Always a great thing.

Which leaves me ALL of October to force myself to not write the book.  I promised I’d do NaNo with a friend, so I can’t jump the gun and start early.  Hmm, what to do… Oh, hi Stitched, yeah, I missed you too.  I suppose it makes sense and fits with my aforementioned list of to do items. I’ll turn around and do the first round of edits on Stitched. It’s just to keep busy, honest. It’s not because I love Devan or anything like that.  Yup, I can hear everyone’s eyes rolling from here.  It shouldn’t take me more October to do the first round to get through that though, given I’m usually about 3 weeks to do that.  You know, I just realized that it takes me about as long to do the first round of editing on a manuscript as it does to write one.  Of course, I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising given the extensive tweaking, me going through the whole thing with a fine-toothed comb, but that’s not the point.  It’s interesting.  Maybe a little crazy, but you guys probably expect that from me by now.  We all know I don’t do sane.

Finally, and I’m going to try to only say this once, but how did it get to be almost the end of September already?  Where has this year gone?  You’d think that, with all I’ve accomplished, it would seem to have gone slower, but no.  I swear, it was February, then I blinked and now it’s almost October.  WTH?  Soon, I’ll have new shots like this to share, if Devan will let me out long enough to take pictures.  It’s been hard to want to do anything other than work on the Necromantic trilogy since I started it.  I love this whole story a bit too much.

About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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