Last Saturday night, at approximately 11:30 pm, I sent my revised manuscript of The Ruby Blade to my editor. I managed to add almost 6,000 words in my rewrites last week and am pleased with how it turned out.
Even though it was late AF and I was tired, I still broke out my traditional bottle o’ bubbles to celebrate.
Fortunately I had plenty of help along the way. In addition to my first readers, new intern Rupurrt Giles was exceptionally eager to take his place as my scribe.
In the meantime, I’m plugging away on book 4 (and I think I’ve settled on a title…reveal will be going out in my next newsletter!), drafting the outlines for my next series, and working on such an exciting editing project that omg, you guys! I can’t wait for you all to read it!
I feel like that’s keeping me busy enough for now, but just in case that wasn’t quite enough, I have some travel planned! I’m headed to Mexico next month for a 100% non-research trip, then Santa Fe in November for a 100% research trip (to finish off book #4!), and Ireland/Spain/Portugal next spring for an at least 50% research trip (that’ll be for Eleanor books 5/7).
I’m debating on whether or not to do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve done it every year since 2013 and dedicated it to my dad each year (he was my first NaNo friend), but I’m not sure I can balance writing 1700 words/day with editing and working and momming and traveling and spending time with the beer guy. (hahahaha…of course I can do it! 2016 was the first year I did it while not employed full-time, and this job is much less emotionally and temporally taxing than my previous. talked myself into it. totes signing up.)