One of my main goals for the current revision of SoR is to give my protagonist, Jhayni, more agency. In previous versions, bad things just happened to her. She tumbled willy-nilly from bad to worse. Her reactions were instinctive, not volitional. This time around, I want Jhayni to dig her heels in [read more] about WWJD?

Sir I. helps me revise

What are you doing, Mommy? Writing my book. What chapter are you on? Mm, eight, I think. *reading over my shoulder* Something brushed against.... a house! No, not a house. *rustles paper* What's this? It's a map of my city. PLEASE don't lose it. What's this? And that? And, [read more] about Sir I. helps me revise

wheels and walls

Oh, the things that keep me awake at night. Is it a wall, or a fort? Are there six forts to an isle, or twelve? How many wheels would you pay for a bag of rice or a month's rent? How many isles does your average Jane (or Jhayni, in this case, heh) earn in a year? And how many stars is a million [read more] about wheels and walls

recovery and revision

I have been shamefully neglecting this blog. My apologies. What with sickness running rampant through my home, the revision of Season of Rains turning my brain to mush, and my heroic attempts to finish the gargantuan A Suitable Boy in a timely manner, blogging has taken a backseat (or sent to hide [read more] about recovery and revision

mid-week ramblings

Got over 3K words on the new book. Can I just say that the romance in this story is going to be SO much fun to write? I still get a warm fuzzy contented feeling when I think back on Saturday. D. took the older kids and went out the entire morning and early afternoon. Left to ourselves, the baby [read more] about mid-week ramblings

challenge: complete

The Stories Xenobiologist Broken (an Elinor story) Exposure Beauty & Beast retelling (unnamed, because I suck at names :P) The Wordcounts 4410 6244 1637 3510 Written in collaboration with Angst & Whining, hot chocolate, and the album The Better Life by 3 Doors [read more] about challenge: complete

the Plan

I love Plans! And now I have one! So, here is my writing Plan for the rest of the year: Write short stories. These may or may not include: an Elinor story; a story set in the Out of Shape world; a retelling of Beauty and the Beast; something to submit to Beneath Ceaseless Skies; the story I [read more] about the Plan


SoR progress: 249/249 pages. So, this revision is done and sent to two trusty beta readers. There are still some minor details I need to take care of (fixing the astrological system, coming up with an alternate to rather lame minor plot point, for examples) but I'd rather hold off on the cosmetic [read more] about malaise

making stuff up

One of the cool things about my protagonist Jhayni in Season of Rains is that she's a (an?) historian. This means that I get to make up all kinds of artifacts, sub-cultures, texts, dynasties, legends and colorful anecdotes about historical characters of her world. And oh boy, did I ever do so, [read more] about making stuff up