Book Diet Report Week 2

Weight loss goal: 16,000 words

Words lost: ~4,900

Status: Distracted

It was a crazy week. The week started out with me trying to edit Chapter 6 in the midst of a frakked up prednisone induced haze. Picture a blind man cutting wood with a rusted sword and you’ll get a good feel for what that endeavor was like. In the end I cut out 865 words, which is good, but barely a quarter of what I did the previous week.

Although all was not lost! I didn’t get any more writing done, but we did have a pretty awesome time in Austin, Texas as is evidenced here:

and here:

In other words, neither I nor my book had a good diet week!

Now on to week 3…


Book Diet Report: Week 1

Weight loss goal: 16,000 words

Words lost: 4,000

Status: on track!

Good progress this last week. I got a head start by purging my new Chapter 1. I had a suspicion I didn’t need it and The  Scribblerati confirmed it. That got me 1,500. From there it was a lot of hard work. Those other 2,500 words came from the next five chapters. A word here, a few words there. Lots of restructuring but not much wholesale cutting.

Lots of work ahead.

Think slim!

My book is fat!

It wasn’t that long ago that I was blogging about how even though my book was 132,000 words, that’s how big it needed to be to tell the story.

Then somewhere around the last half to third of my previous draft, I started noticing a lot of chaff amongst the wheat, and then I started getting good at weeding it out. By the end of my last draft it was down to 116K. That’s still long, even for epic fantasy, but it proved to me that my book wasn’t big boned, it was just plain fat!

So that’s the main focus on this final pass. I’m putting my book on a strict diet that – I hope – will slim my word count down to under 100K.

It’s going well so far. I’m on chapter 3 and I’ve cut out over 1000 already.

I think there’s a chance that To Kill the Goddess just might fit into her skinny jeans!

A Crisis of Gagh

I’m blogging over at The Scribblerati today.

Check out A Crisis of Gagh.


Those of you who are loyal readers of this blog know things have been a little angst-ish around here lately. Jon’s deep into the middle of his first draft and Lisa’s contemplating both the end of one journey and the possible beginning of another. As for me, I just finished my latest draft. You would think I would be pretty stoked about that, but I’m not. I’m going to keep the angst train alive, kids, at least for a little while.

So what’s my problem? I’m worried it’s still not ready.

Read more here.

The Big Fight & The Big End

So I’m in the middle of a nearly complete rewrite for Chapter 35. I hadn’t intended on that but once I got in I realized that I had to do things differently. So I’m keeping maybe 25% and redoing the rest.

And it’s really hard!

Why? Because it’s the Big Fight! The whole thing is one big roller coaster battle with 5 characters all throwing down at the same time and it’s insane! Truly, I never could have wrote this a couple of years ago – not so that it made sense – but I’m hammering it out and I think it’s going to be awesome.

Cross your fingers!

In other news…

The Avengers is frakking amazing. It’s so funny and so good that I want to marry it! Well, maybe not marry it. Don’t want the Lovely Leann to get jealous. 

Maybe I’ll just spoon it a little.


So all that you just read? I wrote that sometime last week and saved it as a draft and completely forgot about it. LAME.

But in the meantime, I finished it. Not just the fight, but the whole thing. I still have one more editing pass, but I think I’m done.

More about that soon. Like, tomorrow – ish.

Almost there… Almost there!

I’m almost done.

And, yes, I’ve been here before.

And, yes, just like the Red Squadron leader Garven Dries (thank you, Wookieepedia) my previous efforts have fallen short, impacted on the surface, if you will.

But this time I’ve got a good feeling. Everything feels right. It’s slimmer, trimmer, focused – it’s going to slide down that thermal exhaust port and explode into brilliant awesomeness.

So how close am I? Four chapters, all of which just need some editing. That’s “You’re all clear kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!” close. And that’s pretty amazing considering how sick I’ve been these last few weeks.

Jedi focus, my friends. Jedi focus.

But now for the big question: is To Kill the Goddess done done? Not quite. There’s still one more quick editing pass and I’m running the new material past the Scribblerati, just to be safe, and then it WILL be done done. Thank the Goddess!