Updates for April/May 2016
*Burnt Silver: no word count progress, but lots of brainstorming and planning, especially for how this book segues into the rest of the series. I’m kind of miffed that it’s taking me so long to figure out the direction for this series, and that it keeps changing/evolving, but given that this is the first series I’ve ever attempted, I suppose it’s only natural.
*Secret Project middle grade novel: I passed 30K in mid-May and am plugging away valiantly! The silly thing keeps growing, so now my guesstimate for word count is 60-70K, rather than the 50K I’d originally planned, and as such, I keep having to push back the completion date, which is now the end of June. Hoping *crosses fingers* that I’ll FINALLY finish this story–not because I’ve grown to hate it, but because I really do need to be moving on.
*Short stories: Not much in this department since March. I’ve gotten Stealing From the Wolves submitted, but haven’t had any progress on Blood Mage.
*I’m almost back down to pre-baby weight! Yay! It’s going down a lot faster than with Toby. Hoping that means I can soon just work on getting back down to a healthier weight.
*I’ve been slowly re-teaching myself how to knit, because I love the look of knit garments over crocheted garments. My great ambition in this area is to knit myself a sweater some day. Some. Day. 🙂 I also crocheted a hippogriff and a dinosaur for friends’ kids, and finished up my Multiplicity shawl, crocheted in Nerd Girl Yarn’s 221B Baker Street colorway. In sock weight (read: REALLY THIN) yarn, no less! Pictures will come when I get it blocked and buttons sewed on–currently searching for the right buttons at the moment. Oh yeah, and I made an adorable bucket hat for Jase because for some reason we didn’t have one.
*Rock climbing! Toby even tried it a bit–he didn’t go very high, and the kids’ harness went over his shoulders and clipped in front as well as around his waist and legs like a typical harness, so it was very safe and secure. He did pretty good! And I made it almost to the top of the cliff (first time out in the year too!), but my toes and legs began cramping up too badly to make it the last few feet. Of course Justin scaled the cliff in all of about ten minutes…the long-legs. *snorts* We’ve done several family bike rides–Toby loves his pull-behind on Justin’s bike, and I’m mildly surprised at how easy it is to pull the trailer with Jase…I tried once with Toby when he was a baby and found it too hard, so hopefully that means I’m still in better shape than I was a couple of years ago! 😉 Can’t wait to go mountain biking and camping! And of course Realm Makers is coming up at the end of July…so I need to start working on the costumes for that. (eeeeek!)