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17 December 2011 @ 09:33 pm
Yeah, I should be writing *right now*  
So has everyone survived finals? Must say that's something I certainly don't miss...

I'm still working on my YA novel. I expect it'll be a bit shorter than I'd first thought. I'm currently at 38.8k (and I'd bloody well better get to 40k tonight) and the first draft is looking like it'll be 50k or so, though I'm already aware of a number of things I'll have to flesh out in the second draft.

I keep vacillating between totally believing in it... and worrying about not being original enough, that the pacing is all wrong and I'm making the same mistakes as in my last novel, and whether I should've done it in the first person (since that's what everyone else is doing *groan*). Confidence FTW!

Then there's the matter of lining up readers when I get the second draft done. I've pretty well lost touch with the two people who read my novel, which is too bad as they gave solid feedback, but I don't think they read YA anyway.

In other news, I do want to submit a short piece for the latest fe_contest prompt. I've been trying to work on it on weeknights. Because it's a short, light piece I can manage to do it in spurts, which I've never been able to manage with longer fic. I can't stand writing guides that advise people to write a tiny bit ever day. I'm like: Screw that! I'm just gonna write a whole lot on weekends! *shrugs* Well it works anyway. I find I can't get any flow going if I'm only working for a short while.

EDIT: 40,197 :)
Current Mood: deviousprocrastinating
Current Music: This City-- Patrick Stump
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on December 18th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm not done with finals until Monday!!!!!

SO WRITE. Write for both of us! I'll need it ._.

Love you! <3
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on December 18th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)

It's not even S/E so I'm not sure why excited. lol
Samuraitersamuraiter on December 18th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
40,197 is worthy of applause. :-) *applause*
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on December 18th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I got a late start last night so I'm glad I accomplished something in spite of it. :)
Sarah: Christianpocketcucco on December 18th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I still have finals this week, but they should go pretty smoothly. :)

And congrats getting to 40k in your novel! :D Best of luck to you!
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on December 18th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And good luck to you too!
Starlitladystarlitlady on December 19th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Congrats hun! I haven't heard from you in a while? How are you doing? :D
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on December 19th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I could say the same about you! I thought maybe Nano had finished you off. ;)

The weather is pretty miserable here-- warmest fall on record by a whopping 5C-- which has resulted in icky grey weather and drizzle rather than snow. Cold rain is not pleasant.

Aside from that things are fine but man do I need that vacation I have coming up! Will you be around on AIM at all? I keep forgetting to sign in because no one is ever around when I do. :/
Starlitladystarlitlady on December 20th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah Nano was crazy, but I finished! I'm still working on that project too; I'm determined to get this draft done before the end of the year! XD /crazy

Yeah, it's been weirdly warm here too. It's getting colder, but it's still not wintery cold.

What are you planning for your vacation? And yes, I sign on quite often! I just don't stay up very late. XD I'm usually around.
aquatic_lilyaquatic_lily on December 19th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on making it! : D

What, if you don't mind telling me, is your YA novel about?
wolfraven80: Citywolfraven80 on January 9th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Sorry for taking so long! I've always found it really hard to explain what my original stories are about. Here's my first attempt at a blurb:

Danny Fox is a American high school student transplanted to Ottawa, Ontario thanks to his father's job. Walking home one night, he finds himself pursued by a pack of red-eyed black hounds. His would-be rescuer, Gillian, pulls him into the Otherworld, a distorted reflection of reality where memory, history, and fantasy are intertwined. At first, Danny is reluctant to return to the Otherworld, but it's difficult to resist what it offers: in the Otherwold he can transform into a fox just as Gillian can take wing in the shape of a raven. And it's much easier to escape the hounds on four legs rather than two.

But what are the hounds? What connection do they have with the Otherworld and why are they chasing him and Gillian? The answers lead Danny deeper into the Otherworld and face to face with the master or madman behind the hounds.