July is going to be hellacious. No time for the dog days of summer here! Victor and Shiloh will need to wait just one month longer so I can get two shorter pieces whipped out by 7/31.
Right now, my number one priority continues to be Revision Xibalba. After screwing up majorly this weekend (working on the WRONG file!), I need to grind through some fairly significant surgery. I axed a scene from around the first 1/3 of the book and moved it up to the beginning, so there’s trickle down all through the story until I reach the original spot — which needs triage to blend. Then I still have several other small revisions to make. I’m getting there, but slower than I’d like.
Meanwhile, I’m doing character and plot work on two short pieces. One will be anywhere between 5-20K. I don’t think I can do 5K easily and I want to stay away from the high end just because of time constraints. Guessing about 10-15K right now but I’ll know more once the plot is finalized. All sorts of interesting research going on for it, which is good an bad, obviously. I love research…but it’s a time hog.
Lastly, I’m working on a Christmas piece set at Beulah Land, Miss Belle’s B&B. I have the characters and loose plot figured out, but it needs tightening and details.
Details, details. They’re so important.
If…WHEN…I make both of these deadlines, I’ll probably crash a week or two in August and read everything I can get my hands on. Then watch out Victor and Shiloh! I’ll be ready to begin their first draft in September I think. Or I might work on Seven Crows instead. I’ve had some interest in it and I’d love an excuse to get it going…