RoW80 Check-In: November 2nd.

“‘I wish I could say that my offer still stood. That I was still utterly willing to break your bonds with the promise that you’ll come with me and we’ll get rid of the pig together, but I know you far too well now, Auferrix. I know better than that. It would never work between us. What a tragic waste.'”

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for a Wednesday check-in, but that’s good, because that means it’s closer to Friday, which means it’s closer to payday! Things have been going great writing wise! I’ve been making my goals and continuing steadily along, even if it does require me to dedicate a lot of my time and attention to my writing with the addition of NaNo. I was a little surprised at how long it took me to get to the daily 1667 words, but maybe that was just a natural hiccup with getting started. Here’s the week in overview:

Serpent in a Cage: Still coming along nicely with the current chapter; it may be a longer one, or I might split it into two. I haven’t decided yet, since the POV remains in Auferrix’s voice, but I usually do a chapter break when the POV shifts. I might also be booting out another character and moving her on over to the NaNo WIP instead…if not later. I had been debating it for a while, but I finally realized that she really is a little useless, I can give her actions to someone else to develop his character a little more, and then she can be integrated elsewhere easily. This also solves the problem of the fact that I really wasn’t digging her chapter. It’ll need to go through another rewrite, but the rewrite will mean more of Gilferen and Locke’s dynamic, which is always good. Chapter: Eight. Page: 110.

750 Words: I’m back in the game and a new challenge started for November, so here’s to hoping I don’t flake in the last few days again! It’s been helping that I’ve been trying to revive a lot of snippets of shorts stories that have been mostly abandoned. I’ll type up what I have and see if I can push it to something useful by the end of the 750 words. If not, ah, well. If I do, I’ll have an excellent story waiting to be edited.

Novel in 6 Months: I’ve been having an incredibly easy time with this one, developing (finally!) a potential story about some of the people who might be haunting the house. I’ve done a POV switch; at first, it was third person, and I played around with both the perspective of the husband and the wife, but now I’ve switched completely over to first person from the husband’s perspective, and I think I found my voice for the story. It’s been flying out of me and I think the limitations provide by first person help enhance the mystery and confusion of a story like this. Definitely excited to see where this takes me! Page count: 36. Word count: 23783.

NaNoWriMo: It’s here! I started in on Chapter One, which is a variation on a chapter I’ve tried to write for this WIP several times, so that might explain why it struggled. It might not be how the story wants to start, but, after giving it a lot of though, I’m writing up the prologue today and I’m really excited about that. Only a day into it, so nothing too exciting, but I’m starting out right on track. If anyone would like to NaNo buddy me, I’m on there at ellis.engler! Hope I’ll see you there! I’d also be interested to hear thoughts on titles. Right now, I’ve got The Sun-Scorched Land, which is just not doing it for me, so I’ve been playing around with simply Queen Captain, but I don’t know if it’s too…blah. Any thoughts? Word count: 1699.

0 to 70 in 69 Days: I managed to pull together another short story that I kind of like on 750 Words the other day, and so I’m going to stick by my vow to have “Just Right” edited and posted for reading and hopefully critique by Sunday’s check-in. And then “Nosebleeds” gets to come around, and I might even have two whole stories done soon! Even more if I think of a good way to round out “Vegetarian Cookbooks”.

The 100 Books Project: Going to be finishing up another one today, so my quest to finish a bunch of books really quickly is going fairly well! I’m just being better about picking a few books I know I can get through nice and quick. Ahhh. Buffer books! A review on the latest one should be coming tomorrow.

And there we have it! Nothing is too extraordinary stellar or anything, but everything’s right on track and I’m in an upswing again, which is nice, because I have a busy work week this week, too! Granted, it’s usually the weekends that are super crazy for me, and that’s when things get bogged down, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. No point in worrying about the problems of tomorrow today!

How’s everyone else doing? Are you participating in NaNo? What’s your WIP like? Any advice to share with everyone on how to stay on the NaNo path? I’d love to hear from everyone and hopefully I’ll get a chance to check in with all my other lovely RoWers!



  1. Wow, you’ve done quite well! The novel in 6 months process I totally get. I find I come to a halt when a shift or something is off in a story (even though I outline quite a bit). I write straight urban fantasy under a different pseudonym and came across the first person approach and was surprised how easily it flowed for that story line. Congrats on your week and I added you under nano!

  2. Whew! You are a busy one. Congrats on doing so well in the pursuit of your goals.
    I’m not doing NaNo, but I signed up for PiBoIdMo and Art Every Day Month. That plus my NaNo alternative to have the first draft of my children’s chapbook done by the end of the book and all my other ROW goals keeps me out of mischief.
    All the best as you continue with the forward momentum.

    • I have Sue Healy to thank for the Novel in 6 Months challenge. That link will take you to the post where she postulated on such an idea and a bunch of her readers, myself included, decided to take her up on it! And I’m sure glad I did; it’s been a blast and I think I’m going to have a pretty hefty new piece on my hands at the end of March!

  3. Yay for being on track! Also, I totally know what you mean about making that switch to 1st person, and suddenly ‘finding’ your MC’s voice. I’ve been struggling with the novel I’m working on for NaNo for months, partly because I felt like my MC was just so… lame and pathetic and passive. Then I made the decision to switch it up to 1st person, and wow, she’s got all these opinions and stuff that she was hiding from me before. It’s made writing (at least for the past couple of days) a total blast.

    I’m adding you as a writing buddy! Oh, and I definitely want to know the story behind the pig in your opening excerpt. :p

    • It’s almost shocking how much easier things have been since I switched the narrative! Sometimes I wonder if I’m too feminine to really get a male voice, but I’ve also managed to have some fun with that fact, too!

      Yay, writing buddy! And you’ll just have to wait until the book is finished to find out. Mwa ha ha . ; )

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