Shadows in the Stone Update

Can you believe it’s already February 8th? Where is winter going so fast? And where is all the work I had planned to finish in that first long, glorious month of the year?

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.

8 thoughts on “Shadows in the Stone Update

  1. It’s easy to lose focus from time to time. I seem to do that on a regular basis. I had such big plans for the new year, but got sidetracked by another project. I’m hoping to get back on track next week.

    I really love the cover art of your book, Diane. It’s beautiful.


    • Thanks, Darlene. I’m fascinated with stone, so when I visited Rose Blanche and its old lighthouse, I took dozens of pictures with the plan one would make it to a book cover. MS Word is great for locating every ‘was’ including the ones in words such as ‘washing’. lol


  2. On the bright side, with January suddenly gone, the winter is that much shorter, although I did get snowshoes for Christmas that are still sitting in the porch. I’ve just gone through my latest nearing completion novel during January taking out all the extra THATs that snuck in. February will be WAS month. WASes are harder. They have to be replaced. Good luck with chapter 16…17…18…


    • On one hand, I can’t wait for winter to leave; it will be more pleasant out on the farm. But on the other hand, I’m disappointed winter is leaving so soon. Winter is great for trapping us indoors so we can write. Congratulations on nearing the completion of your next project.

      By the way, tomorrow’s blog (Thursday) is about how I deal with ‘was’ words.

      Thanks for dropping by, Art.


  3. The other day I was having a chat with myself about my goals and all I wanted to get done for the month…then I realized the month was over. Where had January gone?!

    I actually didn’t believe it for a moment, that I had dithered away an entire month!

    Now, I’m right there with you on goals and being accountable.

    I really liked that picture of the stone seat, even more so when you pointed out it is a real thing, not something photoshopped. Love it!

    Christi Corbett


    • It’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it? Realising January is gone and what was planned still sits undone. I’m still wondering how it could have happened. I feel like a procrastinator, a layabout.

      Rose Blanche is a beautiful location, raw and wild, particularly on stormy days. The old lighthouse is something to behold. Tomorrow’s blog holds the original picture.

      Thanks for visiting, Christie.


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