RoW80 Update: Another One Bites the Dust.

Another Sunday RoW80 check-in has sneaked up on me yet again, but I’m fairly okay with it, because it’s a post that requires a celebration. Another one of my goals for this round has been knocked out cold! Serpent in a Cage Version 3.5 is officially transcribed! The document is saved in both my Google drive and Microsoft Word and ready to be all spruced up. Part of it is already pretty amazing, if I do say so myself, but the majority of it needs some major facelifting. Still, it’s the best version of the book I’ve pulled off so far, and it’s only likely to get better from here. It’s not a top priority, and probably won’t be until The Slayer Saga concludes in 2016, but it’s always good to be improving it bit by bit. That way, when I am finally ready to send it out, I know I’ve taken lots of time improving it and making it as good as it could be.

Of course, the last time I finished Serpent in a Cage (Version 2.0), I got halfway through transcribing it before I realized it needed (another) entire revision. So at least I got further with the third version, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I started Version 4.0 in a few weeks. I hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Ahem.

I haven’t decided whether or not I want to jump right into editing it, poking and prodding and trying to improve it, or if I want to let it sit for a while before going back. This round is almost over, so maybe I’ll just take it easy and focus on the other two goals, my short stories and the rough draft for Soulless‘s sequel. They have been neglected a little recently, so perhaps it’s just time to shift gears.

So how are you all doing as we head toward the end of the round? Have you knocked out any of your goals. I’m definitely pleased over the fact that I’ve managed to get two out from under my belt, but there’s always more around the corner. Don’t forget to check out my fellow RoWers here and support them, too!

Happy writing!


  1. It might have snuck up on you but you laid it flat. Great job on knocking out another goal. It’s always good to step away from a draft, unless you already know what you need to fix from transcribing it. Seriously, you’ve been kicking butt.

    • Thanks. 🙂 And, yeah, I’ll probably let it marinate for a while, especially since betas should be getting back to me on Soulless soon and that’ll become my new focus in the next few weeks. I should just enjoy a little time off until then, get some short stories pumped out in the meantime.

  2. Congrats on achieving that major goal this Round! Have you sent Serpent in a Cage out to any beta readers yet for their input?

    • Thank you! And, no, SiaC is a long, long way from being ready for betas! I have a different book out to readers right now, so that’s where most of my focus is at the moment. I don’t see Serpent going out for another two years now. I’m…a little overprotective of that one.

  3. I love that moment when a draft is complete. Celebrate! Yes, now that project may need to rest a bit, but it sounds like you are working on other good projects to keep you writing. Interesting that you’re not quite ready for beta readers. Sometimes feedback for even an early draft can be helpful, but, above all, trust yourself. And have a great week!

    • I always like to do one read-through/edit myself before I send it off to betas, if only to catch the most obvious things. Sometimes, too, it helps me spot out where I think the problems are, and then I can compare my notes to theirs. If they mention a lot of the same things, I know i’m on the right track, but if they point out a lot of other stuff, I know i need to re-evaluate my thinking a bit.

  4. It’s a great feeling to finish another step in the process, even with a story that still isn’t 100 percent complete. I think a lot of non-writers don’t realize how long the road between first draft and final draft can be. I spend more time revising than I do writing a first draft, but it’s worth it to make the story sing.

    Happy writing! Congrats on meeting your goal!

    • Thanks, Denise! It’s funny, too, because each draft can be pretty different. SiaC is a book more than ten years in the making; it took me about a year to churn out a satisfactory draft for Soulless. Granted, I’m not as invested in Soulless as SiaC; Soulless is something I just whipped up so I could have a few more books out, but still, kind of interesting how vastly different the processes have been for me.

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