The First First
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The Second First
The first book of my trilogy is drafted. I finished the initial draft in the middle of May, so only a couple of weeks past my goal. However, my 60K goal turned into 74K. I learned that my story had more going on than I thought.
I'm currently in the middle of a quick inspection pass before sending it to my critique partner - mostly filling in the notes I made while drafting. My goal is to have it to her by mid June.
I'm also working on the timeline for the second book. My goal is to begin drafting it on or before the first Monday in July. And to complete the first draft by the end of September. As with Book One, my goal is 60K. We'll see how I do this time.
You've probably noticed I still haven't shared anything much about titles or stories. It's way too early for that, so you'll just have to wonder. I will say this story fits my Crime Fiction with a Kiss brand, just in a slightly different way since it's a trilogy.
I'm also going to share the current first paragraph - the one that starts the whole shebang rolling. Just remember it's subject to all kinds of changes since it's first draft.
Slaton Enloe relaxed in his desk chair, his booted feet propped on the windowsill. Spread beyond the glass, as far as he could see, was the rocky, rolling land that had been in his family for generations, since 1851--six years after Texas became a state in 1845. Patches of bluebonnets paraded their beauty in the early morning April sun.
The Third First
It took me a little more than four months to draft the first book. That was with blogging every week in January and February, and twice a month in March, April and May.
My goal to finish the second book in three months means that during the summer, I'll only be here the first Monday of each month with a new post.
It's open-ended as to when I'll return to twice monthly blogging, as I'll still have the third book to draft and all three books to edit. So for the foreseeable future, I'll be here on the first Monday of each month only.
It probably also means I'll be straggling by your blogs to visit at various times during the month. So if I don't respond to your comments right away, give me a couple of weeks. I'll get there. I'll also be sharing what's going on with me on Facebook and Twitter. Links are in my left sidebar here.
And remember ... I don't love you any less. I'm just getting my priorities in order. Finally.
It would be much easier if I didn't love you and blogging so much ♥
HAPPY early 4TH OF JULY!