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  1. Hey Belinda,

    Nice to know you’re still alive and that grad school is working out well for you. I can’t say I miss it :D Since you’ve been gone, I finished up the plotting phase of my current WIP and am hovering around 30k into it. I’ve gotten back into a daily writing routine, and trained myself to write in 5 minute microbursts during the work day–spewing out as many un-self-edited words as I can before the timer goes off. It’s worked out pretty well for me so far.

    Welcome Back.

    1. Thanks Kait!

      That's wonderful that you're able to schedule writing throughout your day, and unedited, too! You've reached the first hurdle of 30k, for some reason, I always falter around that number and have a hard time getting past it. Good luck, and thanks for sticking around.

  2. Hey Belinda,

    Nice to know you’re still alive and that grad school is working out well for you. I can’t say I miss it :D Since you’ve been gone, I finished up the plotting phase of my current WIP and am hovering around 30k into it. I’ve gotten back into a daily writing routine, and trained myself to write in 5 minute microbursts during the work day–spewing out as many un-self-edited words as I can before the timer goes off. It’s worked out pretty well for me so far.

    Welcome Back.

    1. Thanks Kait!

      That’s wonderful that you’re able to schedule writing throughout your day, and unedited, too! You’ve reached the first hurdle of 30k, for some reason, I always falter around that number and have a hard time getting past it. Good luck, and thanks for sticking around.

  3. Belinda! You live!

    You’ll be happy to know that I’ve finished the third draft of my book, and am now working on the revision/crit stage. Almost done! :D You know. Before I start something new.

    Good luck with grad school!

  4. Belinda! You live!

    You’ll be happy to know that I’ve finished the third draft of my book, and am now working on the revision/crit stage. Almost done! :D You know. Before I start something new.

    Good luck with grad school!

  5. Eliza – I live! It’s a miracle! Haha though really, sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a miracle. Grad school is intense.

    3rd draft status! That’s excellent. Do you have sequels in the works, or do you have other ideas brewing?

  6. Eliza – I live! It’s a miracle! Haha though really, sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a miracle. Grad school is intense.

    3rd draft status! That’s excellent. Do you have sequels in the works, or do you have other ideas brewing?

  7. Other ideas, yes. Sequels, no. This really is a one-shot story. I've finished over a quarter of revisions now. After that, I edit based on my test reader's input, then, agent-hunting.

    I've an idea for my next project, that said. Clockwork angels, mad scientists… very 'steampunk'. We'll see.

    1. @Eliza – Excellent. I love the idea of one-shot scifi and fantasy… I don't think they happen often enough in today's publishing world. And I'm very into steampunk, so it'll be awesome to watch your progress with the new idea, if you stick with it.

      @Word Nerd – Oh I definitely got the impression that you liked it, so no worries. But going back through, I can see why it was confusing. So I'm trying to be very explicit in describing the characters and the relationships between them. And sure, you may not read historical fiction much, but I find my best critics are from outside of my genre. They question what others wouldn't think to question, making the story more robust.

      Definitely know what you mean though, about work-work-work. It's exhausting.

      @Jill – Thanks. It's good to be back.

  8. Other ideas, yes. Sequels, no. This really is a one-shot story. I’ve finished over a quarter of revisions now. After that, I edit based on my test reader’s input, then, agent-hunting.

    I’ve an idea for my next project, that said. Clockwork angels, mad scientists… very ‘steampunk’. We’ll see.

    1. @Eliza – Excellent. I love the idea of one-shot scifi and fantasy… I don’t think they happen often enough in today’s publishing world. And I’m very into steampunk, so it’ll be awesome to watch your progress with the new idea, if you stick with it.

      @Word Nerd – Oh I definitely got the impression that you liked it, so no worries. But going back through, I can see why it was confusing. So I’m trying to be very explicit in describing the characters and the relationships between them. And sure, you may not read historical fiction much, but I find my best critics are from outside of my genre. They question what others wouldn’t think to question, making the story more robust.

      Definitely know what you mean though, about work-work-work. It’s exhausting.

      @Jill – Thanks. It’s good to be back.

  9. I did like Trentwood… and I've had the same thing happen with the people who read my WIP and then suggested changes. Take them all with a grain of salt… I don't read historical fiction very much!

    I've been trying to improve my WIP, but I've been awfully busy with work work…

  10. I did like Trentwood… and I’ve had the same thing happen with the people who read my WIP and then suggested changes. Take them all with a grain of salt… I don’t read historical fiction very much!

    I’ve been trying to improve my WIP, but I’ve been awfully busy with work work…

  11. Good to hear from you! :) Sounds like things are going well.

  12. Good to hear from you! :) Sounds like things are going well.

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