RoW Check-In: November 9th!

“The next few hours passed with a dull pain that Auferrix had shoved into the back of her consciousness, and when it was over, she felt drained and empty, a dry husk. She started to believe their words, that they would be doing a favor by killing her. In just a few days, this nightmare would be over.

Ahh, there’s a bright and cheery little snippet to start this Wednesday’s RoW80 check-in! I have to admit, after all the rain we’ve been having and spending two days doing very little more than writing, I’m a little burned out. I return to work this afternoon, and I hope it’s a little bit of a recharge for me. I seem to work best when I don’t HAVE ENOUGH TIME. I tend to be more efficient with what little time I have, rather than just lazing about as I have the last two days. But I did get all of my goals met (except one, which will be discussed in a moment), so let’s have a look:

Serpent in a Cage: Lots of work on this one, which makes me feel very pleased. It helped that it was dead as doornails at my side job the other night and I wound up writing two pages while I was there. I divided Chapter Eight into a second chapter, but it’s not turning out to be as long as I though, so I might go back and fix that. And then it’s back to the hard copy, probably after another page or so today. I’ve also filled up my notebook! Time to move onto another. Granted, the notebooks I write in are small and portable, so we’re not talking a full sized notebook or anything here, but it’s still exciting to know that this one’s all filled up with the story! I’ve kind of glossed over some details regarding Auferrix’s torture and rape, mostly because I’m not sure if I can build myself to write it, and if I don’t want to write it, I assume people won’t want to read it, either, but I do feel a little big like I’m copping out. Plus, there’s always the fact that whatever people imagine to fill in the gaps is usually a lot worse than what I could write. What do you guys think about glossing over extremely violent or terrifying events to leave it up to the readers imaginations? I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on it! Either way, Chapter: Nine. Page count: 119.

750 Words: I haven’t done my words for today (always after the blog!), but things have been going well here, too! I’ve been both pulling out some of the short stories I’ve started but havent’ taken anywhere, as well as starting to infuse them with inspiration taken from whatever songs may be playing on Pandora when I’m working on it. I try to keep my word count above the average (gotta love the insane stats available on that site!), which has gone up now that people are working on their NaNos, so the stakes have been raised and I usually need to pump out 915 words. But I’m not complaining!

Novel in 6 Months: I feel like I’m starting to lose the voice in this one; I need more American Horror Story, obviously! Good thing it’s Wednesday, even if I have to work, I hope this means that the episodes I’ve missed will show up OnDemand now. I’m also wondering again if the POV shift was a good idea, and might start writing in third person again. The narrative details of this thing are a mess, as is the plot and storyline, but I’m getting the ideas down now and I’ll just play major clean-up later. I tried the method I’m using for NaNo, but I don’t think it’s going to work with this story. Ah, well, the word count has been steady, and that’s the important part right now.

Interestingly, “Country Death Song” by the Violent Femmes has started playing on Pandora as I type this. AKA one of the CREEPIEST, MOST CHILLING SONGS I’VE EVER HEARD. If that song doesn’t get me in the mood for this project, I’m hopeless. Yeesh. Page count: 41. Word Count: 27,432.

NaNoWriMo: As far as NaNo goes, I realized I’m definitely pantsing with this one, but that’s okay. It’s a little interesting to be working on the first book of a series and the second at the same time, and I’ve been noticing myself putting a lot of the same information into both stories, and so I’ll have to see how best to rework the reintroduction of stories and things like that in each of them. I think I’m finally starting to move out of the introduction, this-is-where-everything-is phase and into the actual action. I’m trying an interesting process where I add a little bit to each chapter before starting on a new chapter for the day. It’s a good way to kind of pad up the word count and keep my brain in touch with what’s been happening in other chapters. I think. I’ve never written like this before, but it seems to be easier for me than just straight up writing. When it’s finished and I go in to edit, we’ll just see how much of a mess it makes things. It’s a good thing I like editing so much, huh? Page count: 21. Word count: 13,989.

0 to 70 in 69 Days: Yep. I’m scrapping this one, guys. I’m still going to work on my short stories, and I’m still plugging away at “Just Right” to get it up as soon as possible, but this is the second check-in I’ve failed to have it finished and I know I’m going to need a lot more time, so I’m going to re-evaluate my short story goal a little bit. The three big WIPs take precedence over short stories any day, though I know I should be producing something in the short fiction field and concentrate on sending stuff out again, but I just haven’t quite figured out the best way to manage that at this particular moment.

The 100 Books Project: I’m halfway there! Well, to the main goal, and I have high hopes now for my short goal, especially since I’m pretty sure I’ll have another one knocked out of the park in the next few days. I did a lot of reading on two different books yesterday, so that made me feel super productive! 78 here we come! Book read: 50/100!

I swear, these goal posts of mine just keep getting longer and longer, but I’ve clearly been keeping myself busy, busy, busy! This unfortunately means I’ve been neglecting checking in on the other RoWers (which you can all do here!), but I’m trying to get better at that. The Facebook page has helped a little with that, as I’m starting to get into Facebook a little more. Twitter, you’re next!

Until then, everyone have a fantastic week! How are your goals treating you? Starting to feel the burn of NaNo, or is it still plugging along?



  1. I still don’t see how you do as much as you do! You just completely rock!

    In answer to your question about glossing over the violent scenes…well, you’re going to get different answers from different people. If I was reading it, I would want to know YOUR idea of the scene, not what my imagination comes up with. I would advise you to describe the violence the way you see the scene in your head. The “degree of graphic” would be up to you and what you can handle.

    There are going to be some people who are disturbed by graphic scenes of violence and would prefer that you “gloss it over”. So my opinion is just that…my opinion. You just have to work it out in your own mind. I can handle just about anything in a book, but some people can’t.

  2. You are doing great! keep up the good work!

    As for glossing over extremely violent or terrifying events, personally I think to many writers leave these details to our own imagination but I don’t see why they do this when they are so detailed in other areas. I wouldn’t do it myself, yeah sure maybe it can be hard to paint the picture if you haven’t experienced it and therefore each person’s imagary of how it ‘might’ be occurring would fit their own experiences (or lack there of) but I think including these details would add real flesh and bones to a story 🙂

  3. The snippet, while not so bright, nor cheery, was beautifully written. Your writing life scares me — so. much. Not sure how I feel about glossing over — hate violence for violence sake (unless it’s ridiculously over the top like “Kill Bill”) yet it seems this violence, will, more than likely, be a future impetus for…something.

    Maybe gloss over for now and come back later to write it if necessary.

  4. Wow! It looks as though you have A LOT on your plate. I don’t blame you in the least for scrapping a bit. 🙂

    With regard to glossing over the violence…. 1) I, sometimes, think that being given bits for their own imagination to gnaw on, a reader can create a picture in their minds more grandiose than we could by illustrating all of it for them. 2) Given the bits that I’ve been picking up recently with regard to craft, it really depends on the significance of the scene. If it’s really significant, then I would paint the picture as clearly as I could. I think there’s a happy medium to be had there, though… Just my two cents! 😉

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