RoW80 Check-In: September 4th.

‘No,’ said Gilferen levelly. ‘When a woman is clearly insane, I lose interest. Or did you already forget that she nearly took off my head with that staff of hers?'”

I am happy to say that things for my RoW80 work, Serpent in a Cage, has not only stopped merely plodding, but has decided to come along swimmingly recently and I’m making excellent progress. Chapter Two is finally finished, going swiftly into Chapter Three, and it’s been an awful lot of fun because, while I’m still using the first draft as a guide, there’s a lot of things that are being changed. It’s a rather cool exercise to take something you’ve written before and write something else by taking certain parts of the first one, keeping them, and building something better out of them. We’re just about to find out about Tayahyla and Estialog’s mission to find Auferrix, and Gilferen and Locke will decide that they’re going to try to get there first. So the plot is coming along, I’m very pleased with the results thus far, and everything is just gravy.

Part of my brain wants to be all, “OH, sure, you can totally pick up the pace and finish it by the 22nd!” That’s the part of my brain that isn’t very realistic. The part of my brain that is has decided that I would like to get to the Caves of [Name Likely to be Determined Later] by the end of this round. That’s approximately the half-way point in the book, and I could definitely be satisfied with that. And I’m so glad people seem to be enjoying the snippets before each check=in, too! I mostly started it because the first one were lines I liked so much I had to share them, and then I just thought, “Hey, why not make it a tradition?” I spend so much time just talking about my writing here, without ever really showing any of it.

In other notes, thanks to Kait, I was inspired to do a little bit of a Flash Fiction Prompt yesterday! Go and check it out and be inspired and submit something; it could be lots of fun!

Best of luck with all my other RoWers this week! How’s it going for you guys? I look forward to trying to read all your updates!


  1. Glad to see things are moving along “swimmingly” (love that word choice). I can identify with Gilferen’s statement, opening with lines from your work is a great idea.

    Have a excellent week 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s been really encouraging and fun, writing lately, and I can’t help but love that.

      And I wish you the best for your week, as well! Thanks for swinging on by!

  2. I kinda did the same thing. Before starting ROW80 I had part of a first draft written. Then I read some craft books and blogs and realized that I was making A LOT of mistakes. So I started on a new fresh draft and cut and pasted and re-adjusted some of the content from my first draft to fit this draft. Now I’m far past the point of “recycling” my material from draft 1.

    I haven’t shared any fiction online yet…maybe its something to consider.

    • When I went and took a red pen to the first draft of the novel and realized there was more red ink than typed ink on the paper, I figured at that point it would just be easier to rewrite the damn thing. : ) It’s amazing how much we can improve in just a few short years, isn’t it?

  3. I am taking the same kind of approach. I am hammering out a first draft and I expect to do HUGE amounts of editing. I just feel I need to get the story down. Glad things are going well for you and thank you for your comment on my Fear post.

    Have a great week!

  4. This is excellent news! I’ll be doing the same thing over the next couple of months, taking my first draft of my WIP and trying to impose a bit of order on it. I’m excited, because I think there will be less pressure for me to get the story onto paper, which will allow me to have more fun crafting the world and whatnot.

    Hope your week is going well!

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