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Writing progress, booksigning and cold...

Two chapters written in my Backstory last night. After close to 80,000 words I finally got around to the original idea that sparked the backstory in the first place.

Also, the new opening of my WIP has been kicking me really hard in the shins to stop ignoring it. So, I managed to write some more of that as well.

And I went back and re-read the last chapter I wrote. Perhaps its because the POV character is one of my personal favorites, but I really liked it. The character's narrative voice comes through strong. Even if I removed the character's name from the passage I would know exactly who it was (well, besides knowing because I wrote it), which is what I'm aiming for. I've been trying to concentrate on narrative voice and it feels good to see my hard work paying off.

Now I get to write the last act of the Backstory so I can get back to my main WIP. I still have a good 20,000 words to go at least, but I'm on the home stretch. And then, even as messy as it is, it goes to a potential new beta reader (NaNoWriMo promise).

Even though we are in the middle of an arctic freeze here in New York State, it should be warm enough tomorrow to venture out to the booksigning at Waldenbooks in the Oakdale Mall on the outskirts of Binghamton, NY tomorrow afternoon. Joshua Palmatier (jpsorrow), Patricia Bray (pbray), S.C. Butler (scbutler) and Barbara Campbell will be there signing books from 2-4 PM. I'm currently reading Patricia's The First Betrayal, Book One of The Chronicles of Josan. And, I've been looking for an excuse to branch out and include the others in my TBR pile. It should be fun. I haven't gone to a book signing in a long time (since they didn't seem to exist where I was living down south).

Also, on Sunday I get to finally start reading Jim C. Hines' (jimhines) The Stepsister Scheme [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], which I have been looking forward to for some time. (by the way, the two links above are from Jim's LJ where not only can you use them to buy the books but (at least on the Amazon one) he gets credits built up which he's been known to use to buy copies for giveaways).

Last thing, since it bears repeating: it's cold outside!

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