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Progress Update – The (first) changes have been applied!

It’s a short progress update this week-


Yesterday I’ve applied the last few changes to the draft from the printed copy, so now it’s time to add chapters and go over everything again! I’ve got so many battle plans and related to-do lists by now that I’m sure I’m ahead of my self-imposed schedule but I don’t want to jinx it. Compared to when I first printed the draft there’s definitely some wear and tear showing, partly because the mascot sat on it and pawed at the pages a lot.

Speaking of which…

mascot 4

She’s tried her hardest this week to stop me, but, well, it got done πŸ™‚ I think she’s earned some cuddles today so whether I’ll start adding chapters today or from Monday has yet to be decided. Probably today because I’m actually quite excited to have a word count again.

Next week I’ll post the first sci-fi *ahem* idea I’ve mentioned before, and then the second one will follow in two weeks time πŸ™‚ There’ll be updates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so I’m not spamming you with everything at once. I’m reluctant to call this one sci-fi since there are no elements showing yet and I’m undecided where I would take it, if I took it anywhere at all, but we’ll see.

But more on that next week πŸ™‚

Guess what I bought myself?

baby name book

I love reading through possible character names and while websites like behindthenameΒ and nameberry are great (check them out if you haven’t already and are struggling to name your characters), I really wanted something where I could use sticky notes and highlighters. So I’ll be going through that today ^^

Now! Time for the excerpt!

As I’ve been editing these past two weeks I’ve copied and pasted potential excerpts into a new document, so rest assured we’re covered for a while πŸ˜‰ I might have to start giving my characters nicknames though so I can stop worrying about big spoilers.

Anyway, here you go! πŸ™‚ (nickname free, possibly for the last time)

“I don’t understand prophecy fully, Rachael. I only know that we have given up before, and in doing so we fulfilled a prophecy we didn’t believe we’d be able to achieve. Sometimes it’s not how hard we try that matters. Sometimes you just need to accept things as they are, and work with what you’ve got. I don’t care that you can’t find your magic source. If you don’t kill King Aeric with magic maybe you’ll stab him with a dagger instead. Maybe, by the time you face him, he will be so terrified of the predicted outcome that he will take a few steps backwards, and fall out a window breaking his neck. Don’t worry about the how, Rachael. I believe in you, even if you don’t. Prophecy will see itself fulfilled, one way or another.”


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  1. I had a mascot once that was very much like that. She would sit and scratch all my good work. As for what your story is – my view is that if the story contains scientific elements and or concepts then it’s scfi, if it’s fantastical concepts like magic, then it’s more fantasy. I don’t know if that helps.
    It’s good to see some of your work πŸ™‚

    • I’ve been posting excerpts every Friday for the past few months if you wanted to see more πŸ™‚
      It doesn’t, but thank you πŸ™‚ The problem is that I don’t know yet which direction I’d take the story into, I only know that it wouldn’t be right as a fantasy and that it feels more right as a sci-fi. Anyway, you’ll see details next week πŸ™‚
      Mascots are great like that – destructive and distracting but too adorable not to have!

      • It all sounds interesting. I’ll have to look back on your previous work and look forward to more.
        I’m interested where you’re taking this and I’m keen to find out more. I hope you sort out the direction you’re taking it in soon πŸ™‚

        • Thank you, I hope you enjoy the other excerpts, too. I’ve got the blurb (as it currently stands) in the ‘Relics of Ar’Zac’ page, if you’re interested πŸ™‚
          Me, too! Of course, since then, another idea has crept back into my mind so I might have to focus on that for a bit.

          • Make sure you write all ideas down. I have in google keep which is useful. If I don’t write them down I forget so easily…

          • I’m the same, that’s why I always keep a notebook as well as a notebook app handy πŸ˜‰

          • I thought you might, you seem the type to keep notes. Sometime perhaps we should have at look at the ideas we both have.

          • I’ll update my notebook collection at some point on CookieBreak, I’ve added a few since the last update. We probably should do, it’ll be a great backup plan if we ever get stuck for ideas!

          • Absolutely. Ill have to look up cookie break. What is it? Can you share notes there?

          • Oh yeah. Duh! SMH
            Ill have to put some on hereπŸ˜ƒ

          • Ill have to let you have a peek πŸ˜ƒ

  2. You’re making great progress even with the help of your mascot πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to hearing more about you upcoming projects. They sound like a lot of fun!

    • Yes, ‘help’ πŸ˜› Ah, bless. She’s trying so hard, Mollie. Thank you, they are. I enjoy plotting after having edited for the past few months, it’s a really welcome change! πŸ™‚

  3. I love hearing about your progress. And these excerpts you keep sharing are so intriguing! I can’t wait to hear more about your projects!

    • Thank you so much, I’m happy to have you intrigued ^^ And thank you for popping in every time, your support means a lot!

      • I’m glad to give it where it’s deserved πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on starting your revision! I’m in the same phase for one of my WIP’s and I feel like it is definitely a love/hate relationship.

    • Thank you, congrats to you, too πŸ™‚ I think the worst part is over now, the next edit shouldn’t be as bad since the worst offenders *should* be gone!

  5. My favorite part of writing stories is the character names…well, one of my favorite parts! I love how I can be as creative and unique as I want. Then, if I find fancy in it, I can be mundane and use something overused by the general public to add that “normal” factor. Hopefully everything goes well for you! Fingers crossed!

    • I love naming characters, too, I always feel like there’s so much potential to it! So many things they could be!
      Thank you, so far so good! πŸ™‚

  6. kay kay

    Congrats on all your progress! Your mascot is adorable. Cats are the best, though they do seem to love sitting on papers while people are working. And yay I love the excerpts. Excited for the next update!

    • Thank you, it’s not been too painful so far. Apart from the paradox and every time I’d rather write than edit. My cat does just that, she tends to jump up on the desk specifically to sit on my printed draft! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the excerpts – more to come this week! πŸ™‚

      • kay kay

        I’ve got the “I’d rather write than edit” bug too. I haven’t done real editing in 10 days, instead working on writing another project. Though I did feel a little too close to the book I was editing. I’m hoping this break gives me a better perspective for when I dive back in, which I am planning to do on Saturday. (Let’s hope I follow through!) Can’t wait for your excerpts! πŸ™‚

        • Taking a break to distance yourself a little is definitely a good thing. And it’s not like working on another project is a bad way to spend the time πŸ˜‰ Hope the editing goes well when you get back to it!

          • kay kay

            Gotta keep the ball rolling. Editing, writing, reading, or researching. Nice cycle. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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