Busy February

I got home from Florida Feb 7 (it was so much fun). It feels as if the next time I looked up, it was Feb 20th. *whoosh*    I have been focused on day job ( new database to learn, new codes memorize) and edits. I got Vanished back from my editor ( the excellent Laura Anne Gilman), who gently pointed out that in a mystery it is good if they work on solving the crime. Oops. So, a lot of February was spent on replotting Vanished.  The outline was 3000 words long, but at least I have figured out all the plot holes. I hope. Hurrah.

I also got Daughter of the Dark back from the copy editor (dubble hurrah) 🙂  The plan is to work on the copy edits for the next week or two. ( I love this book. It is so good!)

Then I am going to focus on Vanished. Normally revision takes 4-6 weeks (unless it is for a really messy book, then if is 4 months *cries*), so hopefully I will be done at the end of April.

Then.. I get to start the next book.  Which also need a new outline.. sigh.

Anyway, I am going to read a book now.

Plans are made to be changed 

When I booked my Helsinki tickets, I was planning on travelling after it was over. Those plans were cancelled when my sister decided to get married on August 19th in southern Sweden.

Except I found out today that the wedding is moved. Let’s just say that the reason is the best birthday present ever. :D.

It does mean that I suddenly have time to travel. Except my original travel partner is uncertain if he can go to Helsinki due to work. (Boo.) 

The Prolific Reader!

A couple of days ago,I discovered The Prolific Reader which is a repository of Instafreebie books intended to be listed longer than 3 months.  On a whim, I decided to list Exile there, since I am planning to offer it for free until Vanished releases later this year.

The repository has a lot of interesting books, with new ones added every day.  I am definitely planning on stocking up for my trip to Florida in February. I have a long flight over the Atlantic, a charged and fully loaded Kindle is definitely a must. 🙂


Back to the drawing board

So. Last year, I outlined The Dragon’s Blade, from Erwan’s POV. And it was a decent outline.  Except… I realised last week that I was using the wrong POV.  I had begun writing it from Erwan’s POV, and the 5000 words that I had wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t the right words. I took some days off to think about why I felt like that.  I realised it was because of the title. The Dragon’s blade is the perfect title, since it both hints about the plot and what the heroine does. Yeah. Having a title that hints about the heroine, while the book is told by another POV…. Is probably not the smartest thing to do.  So it is back to the drawing board for me. I will probably able to reuse a chunk of the outline, but we will see. I am much happier with the new outline, though.  Now I just need another 1000 words, though I would prefer 1500, then I can begin to write the book.  *looks at calendar* Though that should be around the time that I get the edits back… Good thing that I have until August to finish the book. ( I am also planning to work on it in Florida.)  The outline will also help me write faster. If I know what happens, the words flow more easily, which means I can write more every day. (It also means that the revision wont involve adding 20 000 words. Hopefully.)

Hues in a Crater Slope

Impact craters expose the subsurface materials on the steep slopes of Mars. However, these slopes often experience rockfalls and debris avalanches that keep the surface clean of dust, revealing a variety of hues, like in this enhanced-color image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, representing different rock types. via NASA http://ift.tt/2iDXvCA