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Monday, November 30, 2009


Only three hours until midnight, here. My husband, the story-prince-consort is kindly washing the last of the dinner dishes so I can finish the writing projects I took on this month.


Project 1: Picture book, working title Mugly Ugly, the Cemetery Dog. Status: Complete!
(Yay!!! I hadn't even envisioned this book until I needed a break from the other two things I was working on. I like the draft. A lot.)

Project 2: Chapter book, working title Nix the Naughty. Status: Complete! This is the one I finished tonight, with my eyes propped open so the last few pages probably don't make much sense, but I don't care. I can always fix it, right?

So, um, two out of three ain't bad, right Meatloaf?

Project 3: YA Novel, working title Wren Faire (Yeah, the girl's name is Wren and she works at a Renaissance Faire where she meets and falls for a cursed boy from the sixteenth century. Cheesy title, I know, but I think it kind of works.) Status: Er, um, well.....See, I just wanted to finish this. I was already about 30 k into the story (28k actually) and I thought I could finish it...but, well, I couldn't. I got about 20k more, but I still need about 20k more on top of that. I really wanted this done before December so it could simmer for a while before I'd touch it again. But alas, 'twas not meant to be. The most I could get on this story was 1000 words a day, without rushing it. I hate it when my writing sounds rushed.

So, I am going to try and continue with my 1000 wd goal and hope that I finish it soon. I would love a break from longer pieces then, and Chicken Wizard has finally consented to let me write his story. Mighty big of him, considering he's a chicken and all.

Happy December!



Corey Schwartz said...

I think two out of three is GREAT!

Kim said...

I am incredibly impressed! I love "mugly ugly". Too cute! Is he a pug?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Shelley, what you've done is so impressive! Really sounds like a creative, productive month and I love the concepts of Mugly Ugly and Wren. And, personally, I think 1K a day is a very good rate. Congrats to you!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'd say two complete works is woo-hoo and enviable! I LOVE both titles - they sound wonderful!

Julie Dao said...

Congrats on being so productive! I love your story titles. Happy December!!

Susan R. Mills said...

Hey, two out of three is awesome! And 1000 words a day is an accomplishment. I'd love to get that done. Not happening for me lately. :(

Natalie said...

Two out of three sounds pretty fantastic to me. I'm working on one out of one :)

MG Higgins said...

Oooh, I want a story prince consort! And he does dishes? Oh, I guess I have one of those already--without the snappy title. Congrats on what you DID get accomplished.

Kelly H-Y said...

Two out of three is FABULOUS progress ... and the third sounds like it's well on it's way! Very kind of the chicken, by the way! :-) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lisa and Laura said...

Holy crap! November was a big month for you. Can't wait to see what you get done in December!

Catherine Denton said...

Just proof of your story QUEENness.

storyqueen said... looks better on paper than it feels...I really wanted to crank out all three.

Kim-Actually, I only know he is very skinny...maybe not a pug.

Tricia-Thanks. I worked a lot, but I really wanted to finish more. (However, I am glad I have something unfinished, but I'll probably have to do a blog post about it.)

Shannon-Complete, but probably due for a it of revision. At least Nix will need some.

Julie-Thank you!

Susan-Thanks...1000 words is only possible because I allow them to be as cruddy as they need to be, so long as they exist.

Natalie-(Did you notice that I only finished the short ones?)

MG-Haha! At first, people referred to him as the Story King and I was like...wait a minute...he married INTO royalty. The highest he can get is prince consort. Sorry but that's the reality.

Kelly-thank you...and the leftovers from Thanksgiving ended today. Woohoo!!

L and L-I need to finish the weird ren faire book. If I get that done in December, I'll be happy....for a day.

Catherine-I prefer Queenitude, if you must know...hehehe.