Hey everyone. If you follow me on Twitter or my fan page on FaceBook, you’ll know I recently had a “four day” weekend (not counting Labor Day) for writing. DH went to Seattle recently for the PAX convention while I stayed behind with the kidlets and had myself a fun writing weekend.
What am I writing? RENEGADE!! This book is filled with so MUCH, that I honestly think it’s the best book I’ve written. I’ve learned so much over the years with regards to prose, voice, POV, emotion, and showing vs telling that I’m sooo hoping it’s come across in this manuscript.
I stayed up late a couple of times, burning the midnight oil with a pot o’ coffee. I tried hard to get 100 pages written over my four day weekend, but alas, my final page count was 89 pages and 16,000 words. I would have loved 100 pages and 20K, but I’ll take what I can get.
Of course, you have to realize, at any given time, I had eight children, and at times, ten children in my house, including two infants.
You see, the “price” for being left behind for the PAX con, is that I was designated baby-sitter. Not so hard, as I have a few older children who can help me with the youngers. Throw in there the neighbor kids (who are thankfully very well behaved!) and you’ve got a daycare chock full of DRAMA!
Needless to say, the lion’s share of my writing came after bedtime, which is why I burned the midnight oil until 3am a coupla times.
However, I didn’t have three of the children (including one of the infants) for the entire weekend, only Thursday morning through Friday night. Then they were passed on to their grandma, who took over for Sat/Sun duties. However, the drama continued, due to the dire straights of the neighbor kids.
They’re a Mexican family, and in their father’s hometown of Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-haka), each citizen must serve a year of community service. He did six months of that year awhile ago, and came back to the states for a time. He has since left to serve the other six months, so they don’t have their father around. Couple this with their mother traveling to Mexico to be by her dying grandmother’s bedside, you have a bunch of older teens watching younger kids and trying to make a little $$ to get by. (older teens meaning adults at 17/18 years of age)
They had to work really early in the morning down in McMinville, which is about 50 minutes away from where I live, and is actually where the Spruce Goose is hangared (is that a word?) in the Space and Aviation museum. Anyway. They couldn’t take the two younger kids with them, and in their desperation, they asked me to watch them for an evening because they couldn’t be left alone.
These folks make AWESOME Mexican food, so keep in mind, saying yes is somewhat selfishly motivated. LOL
Anyhow, even though the kids I’d been watching for our friends had left, I was still watching the neighbor kids. It was a rough weekend, not just because I had kids in the house, but because I just wanted to WRITE and at times could not.
DH has said many times he will make it up to me. I’d just love some kind of vacation FROM the family. lol I homeschool my kids and stay home all day. There’s never really a time I get away, unless it’s for a random movie in the afternoon with girlfriends. Needless to say, I was indeed a tad jealous of my hubby’s kid-free weekend.
And also because he met all sorts of super-cool celebs in geeky circles.
Anyhow, I did get a good chunk of my book done, and have at least one more love scene and some wrap up to do before I can call it finished.
Anyone keeping score? How many stories is that now? Lessee… It started with BLACK ANGEL. That flowed into THE FALL OF JERICHO. Then I finished KINDRED. Then I wrote HEAVEN SENT. Now, I’m almost done with RENEGADE. Five stories in 11 weeks? That’s a pretty good track record, even if only one of them is a full novel.
I should be writing the blurb to RENEGADE soon. I’ll pass it on once I do.