Category Archives: Dusk Gate Book Two

Daily Writing Progress, Week Three: Monday

Well, last week was definitely more productive than the week before. Perhaps if I can continue the trend, I’ll get somewhere. 🙂

Grand total words for week two: 8,100

Week one was 6,341. So, definite improvement, but still not to my 10k goal. Still going to stick to that 10k goal and see where I can get with that, but I will be pretty happy if I can at least break 30k words this week.

The story is progressing nicely; some fun things have started happening. In the scenes I’ve been working on for the last couple of days, Quinn has been showing a side of her personality that I haven’t seen much of before. Thomas is … Thomas. He doesn’t know how to even pretend to be anybody else, and I love him for that. I can’t wait to see what happens this week.

Book Two progress so far: 21,883 words. Onward!

Since today marks the beginning of a new week, work-wise, anyway, what are YOUR goals this week? Writing, personal, or anything else counts!

Book Release Party

Today was the “official” Book Release Party for Seeds of Discovery: Dusk Gate Chronicles Book One, and I have to say, I have the best family, friends, and readers in the world, and I feel truly blessed.  Thank you so, so much to the wonderful people who came to celebrate with me over the book (and my housewarming and Little Goose’s (excessively belated) Fourth Birthday). Words cannot express how much I love and appreciate you.

So, it’s 9:43 P.M., and needless to say, I haven’t gotten any writing done today. I do hope to snag a few more words between now and when Little Goose either gets tired of playing with her new fairy costume, puzzle, and Color Wonder Markers, or when she starts throwing up from the 1,000 grams of sugar she ingested today.

Writing Progress – Week Two: Saturday

How many words did I write yesterday? 576 – Yeah, so a little distracted with party preparations, and then we spent the evening building a Playmobil school with my sweet nephew, Monty, and my dad, who makes an awesome “Papa.”

How many words have I written this week? 5,617 – Eh. 😉

Book Two progress so far: 19,350 – Yup, still have not hit the 20k mark.

How are you doing with your goals this week?

Daily Writing Progress, Week Two: Thursday

Is it Thursday already? This week has gone by so quickly. Two more days until a fun party where I get to celebrate my book release with family and friends. No, I’m not ready for the party, house or preparations-wise. But those who truly love and support me know that kind of thing about me, and that is going to have to be enough. 🙂  If any of you have some fun party ideas or recipe ideas that I can manage in the next two days, though, send them my way.

How many words did I write yesterday? Thanks to the encouragement and advice of an awesome friend, fellow writer, and beta reader, Kristy K. James (really, she is incredible, click on her name to see her blog!), I am going to count the scene I wrote yesterday. Probably not all of it will really make it into the book (though, yes, Kristy, I will make a special edition, just for you – at least a Kindle one), but that’s okay. That is what rough drafts are for. So… yesterday’s word count? 2,313! Definitely better than a sharp stick in the eye. 😉

Today’s beginning word count: 17,743 – The 20k mark is beginning to appear on the horizon…

How many words have I written this week? 4,010 – Still a long way to go to hit my 10k goal, though, and it’s already Thursday. Onward!

Daily Writing Progress, Week Two: Wednesday

How many words did I write yesterday? 627  It turns out that the evening session is a very important one, because last night I was busy taking care of two very sweet little girls for a friend of mine, and didn’t get any night writing done.

How many words have I written this week? 1,697 Better than last week at this point.

I have written 1,016 words today on a scene that will quite likely never make it into the book, but it was in my head.  I haven’t decided whether I can count those words or not.  If it helps with my flow, I’ll count them. 😉

Today’s beginning word count: 15,430 – Past the 15k mark! That’s something, right?

Daily Writing Progress, Week Two: Tuesday

How many words did I write yesterday? 1,070  — a little over 1/10 of the way toward my goal of 10,000 words for the week.

Today’s beginning word count: 14,803 – I’m getting close to hitting the mark of having 1/4 as many words done on this second book as Book One has altogether, although I expect Book Two to be longer than Book One, possibly significantly so.


For those curious, the part of the draft I’m currently working on has Quinn back in Eirentheos, reuniting with some of my favorite people, notably Linnea, Mia, and the ever-adorable Emma.  There is, of course, a good amount of Thomas (what fun is it without Thomas?), and we’re getting to see some of the great side of William that isn’t always there…. I’m having too much fun.  Gotta get back to it.

Daily Writing Progress, Week Two: Monday

How many words did I write last week? 6,341

My goal was 10,000, so I didn’t make it, by a long shot. 🙂 But it has been getting better, and things are possibly starting to flow, just a bit. Everything about the story is really rough-draft stages at this point, but I am about to start writing in Eirentheos … can’t wait to get back there. 🙂

Book Two progress so far: 13,733 words.

Let’s see if this week can go more smoothly, writing-wise than last week.  My goal, again, for the week is 10,000 words. Can’t raise the goal, like I might have hoped to, but maybe I’ll make it this time.

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week for everyone. A new chance, so to speak. What are your goals for this week? (No, they don’t have to be writing-related!) What can we do to support each other in reaching them?

Daily Writing Progress, Week One: Saturday

Thanks to those who have joined me on this adventure of tracking my writing goals as I write Book Two in the Dusk Gate Chronicles. 🙂

How many words did I write yesterday? 599 – Bleh. 😦  It was a Friday, and I spent the early part of the day getting puked on (at the Children’s Museum, no less) by a cute baby. And I spent the evening enjoying dinner with friends and then going to the bookstore and having a movie night with a dear friend.  These things are important, too.  Still – not where I wanted to get.

Today’s beginning word count: 10,645

On the plus side, in those 599 words I managed yesterday, I *did* solve some of the scene issues I had been having, and I think I like the direction it’s going. Beta readers – it’ll be posted as soon as I post this blog. Let me know what you think. Of course, this is all still just rough draft!

Words written this week (M-Sat.): 3,253 Yeah, so, time to get writing. 🙂

Daily Writing Progress, Week One: Friday

How many words did I write yesterday? 919 – Still not where I want to be/where the magic just flows, but closer.

Today’s beginning word count: 10,046 – The first 10k milestone! Yay! It took me MUCH longer to reach the first 10k on Book One, so hopefully this represents progress.

Total words written this week (M-Sat): 2,692 – A stark reminder that I’m nowhere near my goal for the week!

What goals do you have for yourself this week? Share your progress!

Daily Writing Progress Update

How may words did I write yesterday? 673 – Not much better

Today’s beginning word count: 9,127

Total words written this week (M-Sat.): 1,735  At this rate, nowhere close to my goal! 🙂

Daily Writing Progress

How many words did I write yesterday? 623 – Better!

Today’s starting word count: 8,454