Preptober: Week Two

Annicka/ October 14, 2017/ Blog, Editing, Excerpts, Writer's Life, Writing/ 0 comments

Hello, lovelies! Boy, it’s been almost a full week since my last post. I’ve been busy with those edits and outlines! It’s been a little harrowing and I’m not even close to being ready for NaNoWriMo, but it’s getting there. Slowly, but surely.

Who’s ready for a recap of the week? 😀

So, as of this week I’m going forward with the SciFi YA story for NaNoWriMo. We’ve got the first three chapters outlined, all the main characters named, the ending planned, and a vague idea of the middle bits. So basically, we’re entirely behind!

I’m not too worried. This coming week I’m going to work on fleshing out those characters a little bit more. We have general personality traits lined up, but I’m gonna work on a little backstory and family dynamics. I’m also planning on bugging Fabian for a few more chapters. I’d like a good five chapters planned out by the time NaNo comes around, more if we can swing it. I think we can.

I also got started on the blog posts! I’ve been guzzling coffee for the Autumn Roasts post and I’m digging through my books for Autumn Reads. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any autumn coffees outside of the Starbucks brand. So… I guess I’m stuck with Starbucks. Which I love, so that’s okay. I do have more brands to pick from for winter, though!

As for character spotlights… I’m working on it. I’ve got some aesthetics for different characters and I’m working on more. I’m excited to introduce some of my favorite characters! If you’ve read my posted excerpts, then you’ll have an idea of Catori at least, but Catori in The Unbroken is entirely different from Catori in The Unbeaten. Writing her Spotlight might be a little more difficult to do.

However, there’s also Arik Mercer, Arngier Fuoco, and I’ll probably do ones for Medroni and Herald as well. Those should be fun! I haven’t begun gathering images for those two, yet.

Good news! I finished the first round of edits and somewhere around 40k words wound up on the cutting room floor. I’m still not close to being done, obviously — one round of edits is just not enough — but it’s a damn good start, I think! I started with approximately 160k words in the first draft and now I’m down to about 117k words. Seeing as this is the second book in a series and the first book is at 103k words, I think that’s… decent. I’d like to be closer to 110k (preferably lower) by the time I’m ready to shop it around, but that’s a long way in the future, I think.

All in all, I think this week’s gone really well! Not too much prepping for NaNo, but I’m also getting stuff out of the way so I can focus on NaNo when the time comes (which is equally important, I think.) Keep an eye out for some Spotlight posts in the next week and maybe another excerpt or two!

And just because I’m super duper excited, have a mini excerpt from this draft of The Unbeaten!

Medroni was fighting a man bearing a net and trident. “Another net nancy,” he muttered as he stood by Reinar’s side. “Fighting this guy Niro. Heard of him?”

“Aye.” Reinar raised a brow at Medroni. “He’s very good and quickly becoming a favorite. The magistrate’s slave, too.”

“Bah! Fighting a slave.” His lip curled at the thought. “I’d prefer a willing opponent.”

“Hm.” Reinar was distracted by the sight of Catori sliding into Marik’s lap, her cheek pressed against his to whisper in his ear.

“Slut,” Medroni grunted.

Reinar gave him a reproachful look. “We made no promises,” he said.

“Not the point. I always call her a slut, it’s a term of endearment.” He grinned at Reinar. “Glad you finally got her,” he said. “Not many have.”

“You ever try?” Reinar gave him a funny look, half curiosity and half jealousy. “You three are close.”

Medroni laughed and shook his head. The idea of him chasing after Catori was ludicrous. She was practically his sister. “No,” he said. “She’s not my type. She’s all yours, Reinar. Enjoy. Watch out for Doran, though,” he added quietly.

Reinar’s expression clouded and Medroni had a feeling he already knew their new sponsor had a more lustful interest in Catori than the woman realized.

Medroni left Reinar to brood over Catori’s flirtatious and suddenly physical conversation with Marik, choosing to study the other gladiators instead. He recognized a few from the tavern and from Reinar’s circle of friends, but there was one he’d never seen before.

The man stood alone, save for one of the magistrate’s guards nearby, and expertly checked his weighted net. He was a finely built man, well-muscled, but streamlined for speed and agility. He had the dark, umber skin of an Old Mennosi and a strong, undeniably handsome face. But even with his honed body, Medroni could beat him.

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