… to bring you a special news bulletin!
First, I just had a mental block and couldn’t figure out how to spell ‘bulletin’ for, like, five minutes. Which is weird because I’m usually a pretty good speller …
Second (and more importantly), I just finished writing Ivy Introspective! I know! It’s so exciting! Yes, I do realize I was supposed to finish it in a while ago … June, I think, actually … but you know what? It’s great to have it finished even if it was supposed to be finished a zillion years ago! Now I can concentrate on planning At Her Fingertips and not always feel like ‘I should be writing.’
You know … until November.
Today I was researching the distance between Edinburgh and the Scottish border (51.23 km, 31.84 m) and how fast trains went back then (15-20 mph average, though they could go up to 70 mph … if being chased by rogue cowboys or something, I guess). 😄 So much fun! It was such a relief to just be finishing and looking up one last fact that I needed to complete the novel!
Not that it’s all that thoroughly researched … yet.
Anyway, the final word count is 48,192! That’s more than I expected for the first draft (although I’m shooting for 50,000 for At Her Fingertips this November!).
So … here comes the hard part …
I need a couple volunteers to alpha read it.
Now, I mean a couple, so don’t feel guilty if you don’t have time.
So here’s the thing.
I want a couple people to read the first draft (well, the revised first draft) of Ivy Introspective and tell me if they think I can feasibly turn that mess of words into a novel. It would also be amazing if someone were to point out the most obvious plot holes,
but y’know … I should really do that myself.
I want to get the draft all to myself again by January 31st … so, yep. It’s not a super quick deadline.
Gives you time to dance a jig, write a novel (NANO ANYONE?!?!), dance another jig, eat some chocolate, eat some more chocolate, eat yet more chocolate, celebrate Christmas with your family, get chocolate for Christmas from your family, dance a Christmas jig while eating chocolate, read every blog post I post in between them, buy a copy of The Dressmaker’s Secret and The Lady of the Vineyard, read and review those copies, eat some more chocolate while re-reading TDS and TLOTV, and then and only then do you need to tend to your alpha-reading duties.
We should be good.
Anyway, here’s the link to sign up to alpha read! It will only be up for a bit, until I have a few people signed up. Then it’ll be closed.
What? I only trust so many people to read my baby in her infant stage … the first people who sign up, that is. Although they’re random people … who I might not know ……..