I started writing a post on Saturday morning…. but, then we did the grout on the tiles, and Mum helped me paint the dining room/back porch area and I never had a chance to get back to it. Sunday rolled around and there was more painting and a morning long catch up with my friends and the kids to distract me from the laptop.
Of course, when I tried to finally finish it off, the internet and phone were dead! It’s just been fixed, apparently my dog chewed through the phone cable underneath the house, causing the outage… well done Kali! It’s completely out of character for her, so I’m trying not to imagine what else might have chewed through them…
Anyways… I had a plan. It was to get through all my crit work so that I could focus on Following Faith. It was a big list, but thanks to a few days of no net, the list is considerably smaller. I have just a few chapters to crit for one person, and um an entire novel to crit for Kerryn.
Yeah, I’m not sure Following Faith is going to make as much progress this month as I would have liked! I know a lot of what needs to happen to it, it’s just a matter of having the time. I did promise to get Kerryn’s novel done before NaNo and I am going to have to make that my main focus for the next few weeks.
On the bright side, I’ve also finished reading Ayden now, and I can start planning Novembers novel. The religious themes are a lot stronger than I thought they were so I am going to have to make some firm decisions about how to resolve all the plot points before NaNo starts. Hopefully I can hash out a good outline before I head into the month – it might very well be the first novel in a month challenge where I’ve had an outline which will be interesting. That said, I am only aiming at the 50K in november and finishing the novel off during December.
Ayden was the novel I tried very hard with not to write a skeleton of a novel, and I can see lots of places where I overcompensated. It’s going to need a lot of fat trimmed from it when I get around to tidying it up, there are some interesting character relationships there that I am also going to need to make decisions on… hmmm yes, a lot of uncertainty! It’s a big task, wrapping up a trilogy, but I think I’m up for the challenge.
Anyways…. From now on, I’m going to try and keep the crit stuff down to a reasonable amount. After Kerryn’s novel I’m not taking anything else on until Ryan gets his novel to me near the start of next year. Hopefully by then I will have wrapped up working on Karen’s, and be through the first book of Gareth’s. We’ll see!
Now, I better get a move on while Lauren naps and Ivy is happy to play. There are still plenty of things to get done and simply not enough time to do them in…
Thank goodness I have the net back though!