Work in Progress: Bones of Earth

Bones of Earth
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 3

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And, yet again, I’m running over the amount of words that I thought it would take to tell the story. Bones of Earth has, I think, two chapters left. There might be a third chapter hiding in there, though. So it will be a total of thirty-two or thirty-three chapters. We’ll see how the words fall out.

Writing has been challenging this past week. Every time I think I’ve figured out what we’re doing, something changes it. What changed last week was the results from the RWA Special Election. I am now on the RWA Board as a Director at Large. We all had to hit the ground running — we have a job of work ahead of us, and only five months to do it. So part of my new normal has been adding in daily board business.

What changed this week was that school started again… sort of. Florida school are still all closed. But class is back in session, at least virtually. At least… if they can get the technology to work! First day wobbles and all that. I’m thinking it’ll be worked out by the end of the week. Then I’ll have mornings to write while the kids do school.

I also have two evenings a week to write — several Circlet Press authors have started a virtual writing group, and we get together and do writing sprints. Those have helped incredibly!  More than half of my words last week were written in the two writing sprints I “attended.”

We’re still figuring out which way is up. It’ll take some doing — there is no normal any more. At least, not one that we’d recognize. Now it’s one day at a time, one moment at a time. One step. Then another. Keep moving.

The only way out is through.


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Busy week

Short post tonight. It’s been a busy, and very odd week here in the Schechter household. I’ve been working around the edges on Adavar, and I’ve posted some more worldbuilding to Patreon. But the end of the week has been a bit distracting, so I’ve done very little since Thursday. I’m hoping things settle into place this week.

One of the changes has to do with our homeschooling status. In a nutshell, it’s coming to an end — starting in August, my son is going back to school, to an amazing school that we’ve been trying to get into for a few years now.  So come August, I’m going to have a lot more writing time, and I’m going to have to get used to that! It might mean that Ashes and Light gets written faster, or it might mean that I work on both Swords of Charlemagne and Adavar at the same time. I’ll figure it out as I go.

I’m also working on refreshing my brain, aka catching up on my reading. Last night, I read the first four pages of Catherynne Valente’s delightfully dippy Space Opera aloud to a very confused child of my acquaintance. I think I’m going to need to start him on Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while I read this.  (If you haven’t read Space Opera yet, go get a copy now.  Right now. I’ll wait.)

Also on my pile are Roxane Gay’s Hunger, and a reread of Ursula Vernon’s Castle Hangnail.  And I’m still reading Damon Suede’s fantastic writing book Verbalize, which I have to take in small chunks, the better to absorb the information. Oh, and I’m refreshing my memory on Victorian household management for when I dive back in to Swords of Charlemagne.

The reprints of the Tales from the Arena books release soon — I know it was supposed to be June, but things happen. I’m still loving the new covers, though.

I should stop — I’m rambling like a Lake Wobegon broadcast. Although I do have to say — here in the Schechter house,  all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.


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Work in Progress: The Lady and the Sword, week 2.

Busy, busy, busy! There’s been a lot of running, a lot of research, and not nearly enough writing this week. But I had a fantastic time at Coastal Magic this past weekend. If you need an excuse to come to Florida in February, this would be it.

Now, as to writing, I started the book on the 15th, as planned, and immediately bogged down. I finally figured out that I had started in the wrong place — I had initially started the book with a scene in 1898. Nope, Roland was not having that. So I went back and started over (yes, I did save what I’d already done), and I’m now in the middle of chapter 2. I’m thinking this book will follow the same pattern as Hidden Things — two or three chapters set in the past, then the “present” and the main storyline. So I’ll have one more chapter in 774, then go back to 1898 and get that ball rolling.

The Lady and the Sword
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 2

By the way, I learned my lesson. If you want to know anything about anything? Ask a homeschooler! I posted on my Twitter about researching the location of the entrance to the Louvre museum in 1898. My Twitter posts crossposts to my personal Facebook. Where, after hours of my beating my head against a wall,  a friend of mine chimed in with “Oh, the original entrance was here. But then this happened, and they moved the entrance over there. And after that, they moved the entrance over to that spot there.”

Funny part? The entrance I finally decided on using, because I was tired of researching and not writing, and it was the closest door to where I wanted to be? Was the actual entrance after the wing that closed the palace courtyard was burned down during the French Revolution.

So, tomorrow, I get my nose to the grindstone and really get this book into gear!

After coffee.


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Today we went to see The Nutcracker, which was awesome. Neither of us have ever been to the ballet before, so this was new and nifty. J. really enjoyed it.


  • an indeterminate number of spritz cookies (I lost count).

This ends the holiday baking for 2015.


I would have written more, but Nutcracker and baking. Spritz cookies are time consuming!

Total words today:  877 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage


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In the home stretch


With the exception of a field trip, our homeschooling is done until the new year. J. completed 4th grade math today, and did quite well on the (unannounced) EOC test that I gave him (for my own peace of mind. This homeschooling thing is new. I’m still not sure I’m doing it right).


  • 2 dozen molasses cookies


Total words today:  1,046 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage


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Went to Yoga today, and finished up Life Science. We’ll finish Math and Handwriting tomorrow. The Odyssey will probably be done by the weekend.


  • No baking today.


Total words today:  1,135 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage


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End of the year scorecard

It’s the end of the writing year! I have a novel ALMOST done. I also have baking to do.So, let’s have some accountability.

Today’s score?


J. finished reading The Iliad. He also finished his 4-H Butterfly Wings workbook and took his second to last weekly quiz in 4th grade math. Cursive is coming along nicely, too. On target to finish 4th grade math next week. Debating on starting The Odyssey now, or waiting until January.


  • one batch of coconut macaroons.
  • baked the layers for three color cookies and sandwiched them.
  • a dozen gluten-free cupcakes
  • one slightly odd Winnie-the-Pooh cake with leftover cupcake batter. (Well, I had this pan, you see…)


As of 3:45 PM: No words yet today

Update as of 9:44 PM: 1,298 words.

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

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