First Monday: March 2016

Cliffside in the Burren, Ireland
Cliffside in the Burren, Ireland

I miss February. Well, parts of it. February was a bit of a mixed bag. The final, final work on the actual book of Game of Shadows is done, at least on my end. I don’t have anything left to do on it until it comes time to start promo.

Edits for Game of Vengeance are going surprisingly well. I had some word-count worries, and my editor assured me they don’t matter, she just wants the best story she can get. It turned out to be a much more emotional and character-driven story than I’d thought, and I’m super pleased with it. I finished the current round of edits yesterday afternoon; a couple of tweaks this evening and it’ll go back to the editor, where I’m sure she’ll say, “No, Amanda, you can’t just say ‘reasons’ when I ask you to explain something.”

A girl can try, right?

Game of Lies is coming along. The first draft is done, and I’m hoping to finish the first round of revisions within the next two weeks. By the time I hit the halfway mark, I figured out the solution to a problem with the plot that had been bugging me, and it’s been soooo tempting to just stop where I am and go back and revisit the first ten or so chapters. But my anal-retentive heart won’t allow me to do something out of order. It’ll keep. If anything, it’s just more motivation to plow through the last seven or so chapters so I can get back to the beginning again.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying out something new as far as my other works in progress are concerned. Every so often my brain refuses to settle on one project, and I jump from story to story in the hopes I can eventually focus on one and finish it. For some reason, the jumpiness has been worse than usual the last couple of weeks. I ended up opening the current chapters for all three of my main projects at once. So far, it’s working. I write a hundred or so words on one, jump to the next, write a hundred or so there, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s slowly helping me work through a block I’m experiencing with one project. Crossing my fingers that once Game of Lies is turned in at the end of the month, I’ll be able to put more time into one of them.

No additional news on the anthology front. The story itself is turning out to be a bitch to write. I’m lucky if I can manage 500 words at a time some days. Only three more chapters to go, though. The end is in sight!

The BF and I spent a week in Ireland, in a hamlet called Fanore. It’s literally right on the cliffs, in an area called the Burren. Everyone always thinks of Ireland as being incredibly green and full of sheep. Well, this area is all stark landscapes and cows. Lots of cows. It seemed everyone had a couple of cows. Our little cottage was right across from the beach. Well, sort of. You could definitely see the ocean.

The view from our cottage.

On the other side of the road there’s a pasture and more rocky cliffs before you hit the water. The actual entrance to the beach wasn’t too far from where we were staying. We had some adventures – grocery shopping, buying gas, getting run off the road by giant tour buses – and saw lots of lovely sites along the west coast. The quiet and lack of internet connection was exactly what I needed.

March promises to be jam packed, what with Broken Down releasing next month and work continuing on the Game of Shadows trilogy. I’m ready for another vacation! Happy Monday, my lovelies!

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