RoW80 Check-In: January 22nd!

There was another sound, this time from the man who owned the burning inferno around them. She thought it was an expression of pain at first, but then she recognized it as a sob. Shaking and sobbing beside her, dampening her shoulder and making her feel utterly helpless. This man had almost died and now his livelihood was turning into ash before his eyes, and it was all her fault. It was all because of her. She steeled herself in defiance of the truth, making her steps bolder, longer, moving them more quickly.

Welcome, everyone, to this Sunday’s check-in for A Round of Words in 80 Days! I’d offer you York peppermint patties and the instant coffee my roommate bought at Trader Joe’s that has me very intrigued, but I don’t know how I’ll get it to you. It’s going to be an odd check-in today, as I’m feeling a very strong urge to reexamine most of my goals in the light of a new revelation that’s upended a whole lot of stuff. But let’s start with the goals as they are now:

Serpent in a Cage: Some of you may be aware, most of you probably not, but this is where the new revelation comes in. The other day, I decided to push the giant red re-do button on SiaC. Part of me thinks this is insane; this is a project three years in the making, and now I want to scrape most of what I have and rewrite it with yet another change in the plot. But most of me is excited. Most of me knows that the changes I’m going to be making will make it a better story, set up the next books better, and brings all the characters back in, too! I’ve started the rewrite, which isn’t too difficult since the Prolgue will remain the same, and I’m 4 pages in. The story should be more streamlined, more realistic, and hopefully much better, but we’ll just have to wait and see!

Another effect of this reboot is that now I am totally charged for this one project, almost to the point where I don’t have the desire to work on the others. Now that is weirding me out a little, because you all know how much I love to juggle projects, but I think it would also be really great if this sticks around, I stick to this story, pump it out in record time, and then who knows? I’m going to see how the rest of the week goes, and, basing off of that, I might just refocus my goals to concentrate on this one even more.

Bowlful of Bunnies: The old vampire story that I thought would make a really great novella is turning out to have a really crappy middle part, and it will probably be more work than the time I’ve given myself, so I might scrap that idea and go back to collecting the other short stories. I’m starting to worry that I might not have as much as I would have liked to have had, so I’m going to have to start putting out some new short stories here soon, methinks.

The 100 Book Project: Finished my first book yesterday, so tomorrow will likely be a review! Only 22 days in, but, hey, I have a few other books that are half, if not more, the way finished that will soon be joining it, so it’s excited to start getting some headway on this project. Books read: 1/100.

Black Dome Society: Is quickly losing steam. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that me and my partner in crime on this one haven’t really talked to each other since December, so the spark has died out. I know after about five seconds of talking to him next time, though, it’ll be back to being inspired, so we’ll see. Right now, I’m thinking of shelving it for a bit to concentrate on SiaC and BoB.

Blogging: Well, today was the first day I missed, though I was going to try not to miss a day. With my work schedule and just how I was feeling, it simply didn’t pan out. It happens, though. This is my 300th post, however, so that’s pretty exciting. I’m good for the month, I’ve been slacking a little on visiting other blogs, but I’m not going to stress out about that, because there’s enough to worry about in life.

With the exceptions of the changes for SiaC, then, it’s been pretty uneventful. I’m extremely eager to get going on the new take on book, though (outlined and everything!), so I’m going to go do just that, and hopefully get a chance to peek in on my fellow RoWers here, too.

Happy Writing!


  1. Yay for feeling so psyched about SiaC I’m sure it won’t hurt to focus on it for a while, the other stuff will still be there for when you fancy a break or drift back into juggling mode! lol Have a great week 🙂

  2. I know that feeling of having a completed project and then realizing, “I could make this better!” I just finished reworking a novel that I pitched last February, thinking it was done then. I like the new version better. The plot is tighter and has more forward momentum. Best wishes with that project!

    Congrats on the 300th post! Wow. Your goals and progress are looking good. Best wishes for a great ROW80 week!

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