May 2017

It’s probably a bit early for an update, but I can’t see me magically doing anything of note for the rest of the month *cough* new Fire Emblem game *cough*, so here we are.

I’ve been editing Sleepwalker this month, mostly adding new scenes based on changes to the rest of the trilogy, but I wanted to write a bit to break up the day, too. A couple of years ago, I had a dream that inspired a story (loosely connected to Chaos), so I got up, went Yaaas, let’s file that in our folder of random ideas that we never look at again, and tried to forget about it. The idea never went away, but I couldn’t figure out the ending, so I didn’t touch it. Because I didn’t have an ending, I thought the story would be a quick novella that I’d blast out whenever I got stuck on editing. That was three weeks ago, and I now have the longest first draft I’ve ever written on my hands. Thanks, brain.

And I’m not the only one writing in the house right now. My kids always write stories and stuff anyway, but kid #2 is taking it very seriously right now. It’s a werewolf novel, with chapters, and word count targets, and she’s completely devoted. She gets extremely irritable if anyone disturbs her because she’s desperate to know what happens next. It’s adorable. She came home today all excited because there’s a writing competition at school. “I don’t really want to win first place because you only get a trophy. But if you come in second, you get book vouchers. Book vouchers.” She’s so my kid.

Kid #4 is about as sad as I am over Chris Cornell’s death, (Can’t Change Me is one of his favourite songs), so we’re going to spend the rest of the day listening to his music.

Stay well, and enjoy your weekend.

4 thoughts on “May 2017

  1. I’m so sad about Chris Cornell too! He’s always been a favorite. So glad to hear you’re writing – can’t wait to read it!

    • He’s a regular on my writing playlists. I’ve loved his voice since I was a kid, so it feels like the end of an era.

  2. hi Claire you my thinks its to early to write an up date but I have been checking for past 3 days for one lol .
    I have read crossroad 3 times since I got it and omg I keep saying to myself the stories about phoenix and Ava just cant get any better then BAM as always you prove me wrong which I am very grateful for soon as I finished I had to start back at the beginning for a reread as always the whole series well form phoenix entering the series swoon lol,
    I must admit out of 3 thousand books I have read over the last 7yrs I have never read characters like Ave and phoenix there character’s are totally original and there never boring so there my favourite character’s your stories never fail to deliver so thank you for all your hard work ,
    I hope your daughter dose well in the compotation I wish I could get my 2 girls to read never mind write a story I am the only one In our family that constantly reads books 🙂

    so before I start again it on another note it

    • I’m so glad you’re happy with Crossroads. I’ve gotten very shy/nervous about people reading my stuff again, so it’s stomach-churning stuff when something goes out there!

      She loves books, but she didn’t always. This time last year, she hadn’t found “the one” to make her fall in love with reading. Then she discovered Skullduggery Pleasant, and it’s been non-stop ever since. It’s never too late to start anyway. 🙂

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