Sadly, I had lost focus on my fantasy novel, Shadows in the Stone, and worked on it very little during the first 31 days of 2012. I could beat myself up about it, but instead, I think I’ll lay down the law. This always works better for me, and it’ll force me to think about that looming deadline when my novel goes to print.
Laying down the law to me means keeping track of what I’ve done, setting goals and being held accountable.
In the next few days a new page will appear on this blog. It will detail the progress on my book and the steps I’ve taken to get it from draft to print.
For now, I’ve created a working cover which appears in the right margin. Below it is a short update on where I am. More detailed updates will appear on the Shadows in the Stone page.
At the moment, I’m going through the manuscript, chapter by chapter, and targeting was words. I began this in November when I discovered I was an over-user of that three letter word. I even wrote a blog about it: I am a Was Girl.
Yesterday, I completed chapter 15. Later today once my Roots to the Past column is submitted and riding lessons are completed, I’ll begin chapter 16.
For anyone who’s interested: The stone seat on the book cover is over-looking the Atlantic Ocean at Rose Blanche, Newfoundland near where the ancient lighthouse sits. It was taken three summers ago during my last trip to the rock.
…Or you could imagine it rests in front of a castle and if you looked over your left shoulder, you’d see the looming stone towers and the drawbridge.