151,971 of 156,000 ??!?

So, somehow, in a month of not writing, I managed to increase my wordcount by four thousand words. Not sure how I did that. I might have inserted a tiny bit of my plotting notes into the pages somewhere. Hmm. Got to weed that stuff out. Darn it.

In other news – I finally started a book website. I know, this is a writing website, right? Nope. It’s just me, goofing around. The other one’s the real deal. Now I just have to finish something and hit publish on it so there’s something to put on the site. Yeah. Like that’s easy. Right now it’s just sitting there, an empty framework, waiting.

I’ve been hearing for years now that if you’re ever going to publish, you need to start your website as soon as possible. I always thought that was a little silly. I mean, if I don’t have a book yet, then why have a website to showcase the book? Well, finally someone said it in a way I could understand a little better. Well, kind of understand. It’s something about search engines giving preference for older websites. With content. So now I have to generate meaningful content. Oh, dear. Don’t even get me started on the need for a mailing list. I don’t have a book yet – how am I supposed to get a mailing list???

Anyway. There was a pretty steep learning curve in putting together the website. And I’m still figuring it out. Why does it all have to be so complicated? I can definitely see why someone would pay to get it done for them. Apparently I’m not that great at wordpress. Even though I’ve been using it for years. Who knew? I’ve been fiddling with it all week. Which is kind of fun actually. I need to get back to writing though.

What else did I do…

Christmas… stress… dog… yard work… family…

And I drafted a blurb for the current project. I thought it would be a lot harder to frame up, but I tossed it off pretty quick. Which makes me a little nervous. Probably I will rip it apart and do it a few more times. Is it melodramatic? Yes! I love that stuff. Ok, fine, I may have to tone it down eventually, but for now, here it is (picture the scary movie voice over guy reading it):

“Humans co-exist in a world rife with fantastic creatures – some with great power, some without. And as the battles for dominance and freedom among the powerful spills from shadowed hidden places and into the streets, the few humans aware of the truth of their world will fight to survive on their own terms.

Jane has hidden in the shadows since she was a child – hunting those who ripped her family away from her, she is determined to beat them at their own game even as she is drawn deeper into their world, out of the shadows that have protected her for so long. The earth itself will feel her wrath. And the face of power will be forever changed.”

Remember – first draft – no judging. The process was cool though. I did it in seven steps (that I made up), one part of a line per step – with a space in the middle (step 4). Possibly it’s a bit short and sparse on detail. I’ve got to do some thinking about that. Is it gripping? Is it dull? I don’t know. I’m going to make a few victims read it and give me their knee jerk reactions on it. We’ll see how that goes.

…maybe I should get rid of the word “rife”…?

Until next time!

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