22 May 2017


So it's Monday which means I'm back to work (say it isn't so!) and the staycation is over. I thought I'd check in with what I accomplished (or didn't accomplish...). My initial goal was to get 11 chapter edits done for Uneven Lines and get to the last 3rd of the book where I'll start completely rewriting.

Did that happen? Of course not. Who do you think you're dealing with here? I don't always make goals, but when I do, they're ridiculous and unobtainable. That doesn't mean I got nothing done, either. I got....some stuff done. Which I'll take as a win because I don't usually get any writing done on days I work.

Editing is not easy, either. You have to figure out what's wrong with the words in front of you and find ways to make it better. Sometimes a scene or a chapter took a lot longer than I thought it would to get through. But the awesome thing is that when I do figure something out, I instantly know when it's the right choice for the book. I think I've just been with this story for so long, I know exactly what it needs. Eventually, of course.

One great thing about working on editing so much is that I got so many blog post ideas! Which I will be utilizing in the coming weeks.

Another thing I had to this past week was finish up the blog tour for the Hero Lost anthology. Before we started, I volunteered to organize the whole thing and do all the communication and setting up the posts. I think this was equal parts wanting to help and really, just being a control freak. I think if you've got too many people working on the same thing, it can get confusing and go very slowly. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know! It was definitely a lot of hard work reaching out to everyone and getting everything we needed. Some people were instantly cooperative and others just completely ignored me for some reason. Oh well! I could write more on it but I think that would be in bad taste. I'm just going to let go and thank the universe that it's over, because I'm exhausted. I'm swimming in interview questions and links and HTML code. The last post is on Wednesday and it's already sent out so YAY!

So, without any further psychotic rambling, drum roll please...


Chapters Edited: 3
So, not 11. But still probably way more than I would have gotten done if I was working. Got through Chapters 8, 9, and 10.
New Words Written for UL: 1,893
The three chapters I edited initially had 6,698 words altogether, and now have 8,478. So that means I'm adding a lot as I edit/rewrite, and considering all of my "more" notes, that's a good thing! I also just wrote a random 113 word snippet for waaaaaaaaay later in the book (hooray for ideas!).
Other New Words Written: 3,031
Literally all in Book 3. Most of it at the very very end of the book (I make so much sense!). Also some of an epilogue that I probably won't even use.
Days Spent Complaining About How Hot it Was: 2 
It was in the freaking 90s and we don't have an air conditioner (yet) so there.

Gizmo spent the hot days on the floor where it was cooler :(
New Blog Post Ideas: 6 
Emails Sent: 16 (Honestly, I thought it was more)
Blog Tours Finished: 1 (wooooooohoooooooooooo)


  1. Good job accomplishing all the things you did! :)

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sarah for the blog tour!!! I'm really thankful that you took that ball and ran with it. (where did that sports analogy come from? I don't usually watch sports.)
    I'm super glad that your weekend was productive in a variety of ways - sometimes it works best when we get some unexpected benefits (blog post ideas).

  3. I have a ton of words written for the end of my Book Three, but only one sentence (and a short one at that) for the beginning. It happens. We'll fill in the rest eventually. I hope.

    When it's in the 90s here, my cat's always out on our screened porch, basking in the sunlight. I, on the other hand, try to cram myself into the freezer.

    Congrats on surviving your blog tour—and double hooray for ideas. Here's hoping they keep coming (regardless of what book they're for...)!

  4. But you've accomplished a lot and made headway, so WAY TO GO!!!! Woo-hoo! Keep it up. You can do it.

  5. I think the tour has gone well!
    You did get some stuff done and blog post ideas is a plus.
    We were in the nineties this past weekend. I would've died without air conditioning.

  6. No writing or research is ever a waste of time. Sounds like you did a lot of goal reaching, organizing a blog tour takes a lot of time. Congratulations on doing it and doing such a great job.

  7. I love Gizmo!

    Every bit counts. Since you were also putting together the tour, that probably threw you off a bit.

  8. After watching my granddaughter all day, I feel like Gizmo. Edits are hard but I wish I could get my first draft finished so I could fix it.

  9. Gizmo is adorable. It sounds to me like you've accomplished quite a lot. I often plan more than I can realistically accomplish and have been trying to cut back some. I'm so slow.
    Enjoyed your post. Have a great week.

  10. Thank you so much for all of the work you did on the blog tour! Gizmo seems to have the right idea. It's really hot where we're anchored just now and I think a nap on the floor of our boat sounds like a great idea.

  11. You did a great job with the blog tour, Sarah. Now you REALLY need a vacation to recover from all the hard work.

  12. You did awesome. I saw posts for the tour all over, so great job there.