RoW80 Check-In: Snakes and Ladders.

“‘Your pouch of coins may be as large and hefty as my nutsack, and it still wouldn’t be enough to pay me to work for you.'”

Yup, we’re back on Serpent in a Cage excerpts to start out my check-ins. Gilferen really does get all the best lines.

It’s been an interesting few days for me, as I try to grapple with my goals and projects and figure out exactly what it is the Muse seems to want from me at this point in my life. Everything got all jumbled and disorganized, chaotic and disjointed, and I’ve been wrestling with it all to force it into submission and into some semblance of something that can be focused and accomplished. I’ve booted all my various projects to the desk drawer while carefully selecting a chosen few to occupy my time. Of the things that I need to accomplish, there is but one, and that’s finishing a book soon so I can get started on editing and formatting to have another book published by the end of 2012.

After the encouragement offered in yesterday’s post, the task falls into the lap of Serpent in a Cage. I think I’m finally going to do it. I’m finally going to bust that story out, I’m going to publish it independently, and I’m going to get the whole Aryneth epic started, not with a roar, but with a trickle, that will hopefully start drifting down the mountainside until it becomes a vast river and an impressive waterfall in the world of great fantasy literature. I think the push I needed came from my own two hands: “It’s the beginning of so many other things that will be even better,” I said to the ever-inspiring Lauralynn Elliott, “and I’ll never get to those things if I don’t do this one first…

So I will now be working rigorously on completing the current draft for SiaC, while still picking at a few other projects here and there. Today is the deadline for The First Line, and I was really disliking what I had put together. I’m restructuring it a little, making it more of a flash fiction, and submitting that rather than the original story. I want to submit something, and they’ll accept anything from 300 to 3000 words, so I’ll just hoover closer to the lower end of that scale. The reading is going well: I’m on the cusp of finishing several books, so there’s likely to be a slew of reviews coming. I find it interesting that I also seem to finish books in groups. I want to get started on a submission for next seasons’s The First Line, as well as dig out To Cross a River of Blood and the Auferrix book that follows Serpent in a Cage so that I’ve got some work done there, too.

It feels really good to have direction again, and, already, my mind is spinning with ideas on how to start promoting SiaC a little more. If anything, if I start promoting it and talking about it, I put a little more pressure on myself not to veer from the path, and that’s usually the pressure I need to succeed. Plus, hopefully, in an ideal world, it will get my readers as pumped up about these characters and this story, as I’ve been pumped up about them for nearly ten years now. So, if you’ll excuse me, I have some scribbling to do, but feel free to check out my fellow RoWers here when you get the chance.

Happy writing!



  1. Oh, I love Jeanne’s “no pressure, no diamonds”!

    This is the time of year I spin out of control a bit. (Okay, that’s EVERY time of year.) In the end, you do whatever keeps you going, because, yeah, that trickle does turn into a raging tide – but every drop helps.

    • LOL, that’s every time of year for me, too, Camille, but you’re right. We keep on strong as we can through those times, because then you hit a little moment of a good stride and magic happens.

  2. Glad you’ve found some direction. It really is an insane time of year for everyone. Good luck with tackling everything!

  3. Love that quote, I want to meet that character, buy him a drink, and start taking notes as he talks.
    Good to see you still pushing at some objectives. I assume your use of ‘hoover’ is a Freudian slip because there’s not a lot of housecleaning on your list. Similar lack on mine.

    • Gilferen would be fun to have a drink with, but I’d have to worry about him hitting on me. You’re a lovely man, Mike, but I think you’d be safe from those advances from him. ; )

      And LOL about “hoover.” especially since otwo of the things I’m desperately lacking in my life are a vacuum cleaner and FBI agents.

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