(Not so) brief update…

The past several days have been … very hectic, to say the least. 🙄

I haven’t managed to get quite as much done as I’d wanted, but it’s been a hellish week.

Morgan was feeling social on Wednesday, so we went out to see X3 with a friend of his. I liked the movie a lot, but I was very disappointed with how they handled Phoenix. I remember watching the animated X-Men series on TV when I was a kid, and there was a lot more conflict and exploration of Phoenix’s character in that then the movie. Which is sad in a way, cause you expect more of a teen/adult movie than from Saturday morning kiddie cartoons. Well worth seeing, despite that, though.

That was the fun bit. The not so fun bit:

I’ve had a sinus headache from hell all week. Literally. It was bad enough that I thought it was a migraine — because I mostly the same symptoms — but meds did pretty much nothing for it. The stuff I normally take for sinus problems didn’t help, either.

Yesterday, I had to go up to Boston to let the vampires collect their vials of blood. I’m seeing an endocrinologist for (extremely) elevated testosterone levels and have to go back again today, after taking an adrenal suppressant, and then again on the 6th for an ultrasound. Then back on the 8th for a follow-up with my doctor. Sometime this month, I also have to see a gyn. I’m on doctor overload here. On the bright side, I haven’t seen anyone who hasn’t been pleasant to deal with yet. (I’m a nurse’s daughter… I was trained from very young not to put up with doctorial bullshit. LOL.)

Boston + forecast of rain + sinus headache = da ebil.

It was bad enough I picked up a box of claritin yesterday — or rather, walgreen’s generic brand, because the price for the brand label is fucking ridiculous — thinking that if it was caused by an allergy of some sort (pollen?), it might help.

Heh. Heh. Heh.

It started my sinuses draining, which increased the headache by a good three times. So. Not. Fun. Add to that, the 85 degree heat (it felt like at least 90, but it was so damned muggy) really hit me hard. Unfortunately, since developing the fibromyalgia, I don’t have the heat tolerance I used to.

I got back to South Station and took the train back home. For once, the train was well air-conditioned, but the shock of going from 85+ heat to something in the high 60s = not good. I was extremely nauseated by that point. Morgan picked me up, we went back home, I got another shock from the heat to cold and lost my lunch.

I pretty much crashed in bed for several hours, and when I woke up, I still had the headache. >_< Then I remembered the bath salts I have that are frickin loaded with eucalyptus. Grabbed the bottle, opened it, took a big whiff, about fell over as the eucalyptus started burning out my sinuses. Okay, not really, but that's what it felt like. Got rid of the headache, though, and don't have one this morning, which is, like, YAY. Writing-wise, I've only managed to revise a couple chapters of Resurrection and write the synopsis. The syno was not as good as I’d want it, but with the headache, I didn’t have the time or concentration to get it the way I want. So I let the male look over it, gave everything a final pass myself, and sent it off right before the contest deadline. Whee!

It’s kinda weird, because, for all that I’ve been writing and submitting this many years, I’ve never submitted a novel before. It’s like … woah. This could really sell. (At least, I hope!)

It’s an … intimidating sort of feeling, in a way. It’s odd, because most unpubbed writers talk about how much they want to be published and how they fear rejection. I don’t fear rejection — never have, really. Even when I was fourteen and fifteen, I had a professional attitude; if it didn’t sell, then I’d just keep shopping it around till it did. (Nowadays, I’m not surprised that none of it did, because it sucked ass, but it was the best I could do at the time, and I was proud of it.)

It’s not rejection I fear. It’s success. I’m not entirely sure why that is, because it seems to be the antithesis of the rest of the writing community. Then again, maybe more people fear it, too, and use rejection as a foil — both from themselves and from the rest of the world.

I dunno. But I’ve got to run here … I’ll probably write more about that later, though. 😉

I may be losing my mind here…

Last night, I was browsing RD when I came across a link to Liquid Silver’s Satisfy Our Naughtier Side contest. (This is actually what prompted me to help Pet with her synopsis — I showed it to her because she’d been talking to me about an erotic romance novel she was going to sub to Ellora’s Cave.)

Of course, now I’m thinking: Hmm. I could submit Res …

The due-date? June 1st.

The first two chapters are polished. I just need to go over the third and write a — *gulp* — synopsis. (Gods, I hate those.)

And I need to come up with a better title — Resurrection was only a working title. But that’s not entirely necessary, I don’t think. At least not right now.

Progress for the past couple days…

My gods. I feel so dead right now. Okay. Lemme backtrack a bit.

Yesterday (Saturday), I wrote a lecture for the class I’m teaching at Evo, which was a few hundred words. I also wrote two chapters in Stronger. One mostly just needed editing, but the other needed rewriting. So 1151 there. I also wrote 262 words in the next chapter.

Today, I wrote a book review (515 words), revised two chapters of Resurrection (about 5.5k), finished the Stronger chapter (adding 1244 words, totalling at 1506), and rewrote a friend’s synopsis (about 770 words).

My. Fucking. Gods.

I feel so dead.

Two pieces of good news…

First off, I got my cover for Waking the Shadows today. Click here to see it. 🙂

Secondly … I finished Resurrection! After the absolute hell I’ve gone through with this damn thing, I’ve finally finished it. Total wordcount: 53610

I’m going to post the total manuscript for my crit partners to look over and hopefully get to rewriting it in short order. As the first sixteen chapters were written three years ago, I think that’s enough time to let it sit. 😉

*squeeboing*

Whee…

Finished Chapter 24 in Resurrection last night.

So, basically, I have one chapter and an epilogue left. And then I’m done.

… *squee*

Trimming the to-do list…

Or to be more precise, trimmed. 🙂

I’ve finished the Bites edits and will hopefully have more information on release date, etc, soon. I’ve had a lot of fun with this, even though I got crunched for time at the end of April. Granted, that’s cause I was starting at the wrong place and from the wrong POV. Kinda. I started over in first person instead of third, and it worked out a lot better. 🙄

Of course, now Arielle (the main character) is nagging me for a novel. >_< I also wrote the blurb for the stories:

The last thing Arielle Thompson needs is romance.

It’s tough enough risking your butt on a day-to-day basis fighting vampires, demons, and mud monsters for the FBI’s Paranormal Investigations Unit. Adding stress over dying and leaving a lover behind? No thanks. Besides, who needs a man when you’ve got a vibrator?

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Arielle from checking out her sexy as sin vampire partner, Jackson. While she knows he’s got the hots for her, neither of them have acted on their impulses.

But when they’re sent to investigate rogue demonic activity in backwater Louisiana, the dam bursts loose and everything heats up …

I hate writing blurbs, but I don’t think they come out too bad.

I finished the review of Fire and Ice yesterday and sent it off; I’ll put a link here when it’s up. 🙂

I still need to:

  • Finish Resurrection
  • Write Stronger than the Night query letter
  • Keep hammering away at CSS
  • Write A&B lecture on Stakes (not the vampiric kind)

Resurrection … hopefully I should have it finished soon. Yeah, I know I’ve been saying that for awhile now. Like, a couple months? 🙄 I’m half-way through this scene; I got stopped at a sex scene I didn’t feel like writing. (And I’m unfortunately one of those writers who really can’t just write [INSERT SEX] and keep going.)

So I’ve got to finish that scene, after which Veren and Shaiandral face down the villainess Xalidora. Having some second thoughts about the last scene, though — I think I’ll probably do it more as an epilogue than directly continuing, as I’d originally intended. *ponder*

The query letter shouldn’t be too difficult to write … but it’s kinda like blurbing. I hate doing them ’till I actually sit down and start banging away at it. 🙄

Same with the lecture, actually.

As for the CSS … well. I’m still plugging away. I haven’t really worked on it too much. I need to figure out the sidebar and then I think I should be good… I really don’t want to deal with something that’s too complicated, for the sanity of both myself and viewers. If you’d like to see what I’ve got so far, clicky da link. 🙂

In good news, I’m getting excited about working on Stronger again. Maybe cause the Bites are set in the same universe, though a bit further along in the chronology. I was playing World of Warcraft last night and had to stop to jot down a bit of dialogue that came to mind. Dialogue snips coming to mind like that, usually a good sign. 😉

Eee!

Chapter 23 done on Resurrection.

This puts me at 49000 words total … and three scenes left to finish, though they might mesh together somewhat.

Almost there! *bounce*

Progress!

Resurrection
41320 / 50000 (82.64%)

Finished Chapter 20. I now only have six scenes left to write. Then I’m finished.

Wow.

Feels … very odd to have it this close. Like it’s something within reach. Been a very bloody long time since I felt that way about anything writing-wise.