Project DDD Publication Continues

I haven’t forgotten Daisy Meeks and Kane Sullivan.  I haven’t dropped the ball on getting Drop Dead Daisy published this month.  No, no, I’m still going.  In the midst of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to keep plugging away.  I’m ahead of NaNoWriMo by several thousand words, so I’m still doing well.  I can maintain this and do some editing.  I am feeling very much that My Vienna, this year’s NaNo novel won’t be remotely drafted by the 50,000 word line, so I’m okay with working on both at once.

9:40 That being said, I’m going to read aloud one more chapter tonight.  Chapter 26.

10:15 Well.  That went better than planned.  6000+ words, and I finished the final 3 chapters for the read-aloud.

And you know what?  I’m really happy with this book.  It still has a lot of work to make it what it should be, but this story is one that really speaks to my heart.  I’m nothing like Daisy, but I still relate to her and love her.  And I guess that’s what it’s about, right?  Hopefully my readers will love her as much as I do when she finally meets the world this month.

Zack's Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)--writing inspiration

Zack’s Bass Guitar (photo by Pixomar)–writing inspiration

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Count Down Day 3: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I’m not getting started until 9pm tonight.  It was a long work day, and a slightly crazy after work day as well.

Going to attempt to finish the read-aloud in the midst of packing for my weekend trip.  We’ll see how this goes!

9:00–read-aloud chapters 20-24.

10:45–calling it quits.  Ugh.  I wanted to keep going, to make it all the way through, but my voice is shot and my eyes are troubled at the thought of staying open.

I’ll try to squeeze some more in, in the morning before work.  We’ll see how that goes.

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy

A Drumkit that would make Velma happy–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 4: Project “DDD” Publication

That count-down is getting close.  And I know I won’t get anything done on the 30th or 31st, as I leave town immediately after work on the 30th.  I guess I’d better get a lot in tonight and tomorrow!

Today’s goals: Finish read-aloud edit #1.  Do modifiers pass on as many chapters as I can plow through!

6:10–Read-aloud edit of Chapters 11-14.

7:30–break for dinner and start the first load of laundry (Yep–even writer’s have chores!)

8:50–Read-aloud continues!  Chapters 15-16.  Whew!  These are long ones!

10:05–break.  Had to go get my laundry!  Sadly, thinking I won’t make it through the rest of the read-aloud tonight.  But I’ll keep plugging away!

10:20–Back at it for now…  Chapters 17-19.

11:25–Gotta call it a night.  Half-way through 19, I knew I was done for the night.  Bummer.  Oh, well.  Pressing forward tomorrow!

Surfcaster Guitar--writing inspiration

Surfcaster Guitar–writing inspiration

Count Down Day 6: Project “DDD” Publication

Goals tonight:

Finish last major revisions on chapters 25-29.

Get through chapter 5 in the first read-aloud edit.

We’ll see after that!

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6:00–revisions on chapters 25-29!!!  Yay!!!  FINALLY done!!!

6:55–break and dinner

8:20–first read aloud edit, chapters 1-5.  No intense changes, but definitely made several in each chapter.  It’s amazing how things flow better after they’ve been read aloud.

10:20–calling it a night!  If I keep going, I’ll make weird changes and probably make it worse. 😉

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Drop Dead Daisy book cover

Count Down Day 7: Project “DDD” Publication

2:45pm Time to dig in and catch up as much as possible.  Starting with chapter 15 today for the last major revision.  Here we go.

5:00 break time!  I’ve made it through 2 chapters (15 & 16), though.  Both had a LOT of work to be done, so it’s not bad only getting that far.  Whew.

6:00 back to work!  Revised chapters 17-23.

7:45: break!  Need some kind of refreshing beverage or something…and a mental break!  Revision is hard work!

9:30: Revised chapters 24.

And my brain just said “buh-bye!”  So, calling it a night on the revision process.  But, hey.  I came in with having 14 more chapters to revise as of this afternoon.  And in a matter of about 6 1/2 hours, I’ve got 4 left.  Knocking out 10 in a day.  I can live with that!

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)

Writing Daisy: Charvel Surfcaster Guitar (image found on wikipedia)

Count Down Day 8: Project “DDD” Publication

9:30am: Assignments today include attempting to catch up on the major revisions “overdue” from earlier this week.  I’m supposed to be doing the read-aloud editing phase today, but I’m not there yet.  I got behind this past week, and only managed to get through chapter 9 in the final major revision stage.  Today, I’m starting on 10 and getting as far as I can.  I am attending a play here in Chicago (Esperanza Rising) at 2 (leaving at 1), so limited time before that.

11am: At least I’ve gotten 10 done at this point.  Will attempt to finish 11 before going as well.  After the show, I’ll get as much done as possible as well.  Some of the up-coming chapters don’t need nearly as much revision work, so I could get reasonably far today.

All that said, the goals for the day are to get at least through chapter 12, but then as far as I can after that.

Success? Chapters 10 & 11 revised before the show.  Chapters 12-14 after the show.

And I’m done for the day.  I need some rest before singing with the band at church tomorrow morning.

writing (by photostock)

writing (by photostock)

Count Down Day 9: Project “DDD” Publication

Well, I am definitely behind on this project.  But that’s okay.  I’ve still got time, and I’ve got determination!  I’ll keep plugging away at it until I finish!  I’ve got a few hours yet tonight and some tomorrow, and then more on Sunday.  I can catch up!  Yes, I can!  Somehow…

Today’s successes:

Earlier this week (though I forgot to record it here), I revised chapter 3.

Tonight, I revised chapters 4-9 (5 chapters in a couple of hours–I knew it could be done!), with very specific notes made for chapter 10 for tomorrow’s revision time.  And…exhausted now.  Time for bed!

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)

Revision Time (“Red Pen” by fantasista)