Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday

It's time for What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!

What I'm reading


I finally read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. The sequel to The 5th Wave is just as gripping as the first book!

I also read Between by Megan Whitmer, a fun YA portal fantasy.

And I finally read These Broken Stars, and was totally hooked from the first page! I absolutely loved it!

What I'm writing

I'm... not drafting. For the first time in months, if not years. o.O But I am assembling a master editing spreadsheet for Books 3-6! The first step is fixing all the big-picture continuity/worldbuilding stuff across the series. My second drafts are all about fixing plot and character issues, adding in stuff that's missing and making sure sub-plots actually pay off and aren't forgotten. I'll also be checking for loose ends and character arcs and developments that aren't properly foreshadowed.

My writing goal this week: More brainstorming/edit list-making. Sorting out the mess I made of Book 3 when I rearranged half the scenes...

What works for me


Editing series books back-to-back. I'm in the early stages now, but I remember how much easier it was to see large-scale structure issues with the Darkworld series when I edited books 2-5 back-to-back. It actually meant fewer editing passes. Given that Adamant went through ten drafts, Nemesis is on Draft 7 and the novella's on Draft 6 and still not ready for betas, that might not happen this time around. :P But I'm hoping it'll save a few headaches!

What else is new

Well, the proof copy of Adamant arrived! :D 






Not only that, Walking Shadow is now available in paperback, so I could finally send some long-overdue contest prizes to winners. I now have copies of all three of my books. ^_^

43 comments:

  1. I haven't read The Infinite Sea yet, but it's waiting on my bookshelf! I've heard so many good things about These Broken Stars, I'll have to get myself a copy!

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  2. The Infinite Sea is just amazing, isn't it? I loved that book ^_^

    Very nice paperback you have there ;)

    Good luck with the editing. Sounds like a mammoth task, but I'm sure you can do it :D

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    1. It is very pretty. :D The editing's a bit daunting, but hopefully it won't be too painful!

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  3. Best of luck with all that editing!

    The cover for Adamant is very pretty. :)

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  4. Love the cover of Adamant, have fun with edits!

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  5. Gorgeous book :) Editing that many books back to back sounds. . .heavy. But I can see how it'd work. Have fun with those!

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    1. Thanks! :) It's a bit daunting, but I hope it'll be worth it!

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  6. The covers of your books are beautiful!!! A multiverse story, eh? Might need to check it out.

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    1. Thanks! :D I've had so much fun writing it!

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  7. All three of those books I have on my TBR!
    Ooo, I bet it's awesome seeing your books and all their pretty covers like that! Exciting!

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    1. Thanks! It's so awesome to be able to hold them!

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  8. Blogger ate my comment. Grrr...
    I totally forgot about THE INFINITE SEA, which just reminds me that I'll never, ever in this lifetime get caught up on my TBR pile. Happy to hear that it's just as good as the first book, though. Good luck on your brainstorming and edits. I can totally see the value of editing a series back-to-back for continuity and overarching plot reasons. Hope you're able to sort out any tricky parts! Have a great week, Emma!

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    1. I know the feeling - my reading list is never-ending! Thanks! :D

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  9. I'm reading Between right now and am enjoying it. It's been a while since I read a fantasy, and it's a nice change. Good luck with brainstorming and editing.

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  10. Congrats on getting the copy of your book! I am so excited for you, that has to be a good feeling!

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  11. How amazing to have beautiful copies of your books just hanging out on your bookshelves! Lucky you!

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  12. Emma, I am constantly in awe of how much you get done during the week. Tell me all your secrets! Also, your proof copies are beautiful. Congratulations!

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    1. Lol, I don't always feel productive! Thanks! :D

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  13. I still haven't read THE FIFTH WAVE, which I only ever hear amazing things about. This TBR list is way too long!

    I think I mentioned this before, but I love, love, LOVE your ADAMANT cover. Gorgeous!

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  14. I've had THE INFINITE SEA sitting around for ages, and the sequel to THESE BROKEN STARS just got here in the mail, so I need to work them both in sometime. Too many good books to fit in!

    Your copies of ADAMANT looks so awesome! Talk about exciting to have the print copy in your hands finally! Good luck with all your editing, and hey, you deserve a break from drafting! Your poor overworked brain lol! :)

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    1. There really are too many great books to read!

      Thank you! Lol, my brain's used to it. :P

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  15. I love a good spreadsheet! Good luck with the editing :)

    I'm loving the covers, especially WALKING SHADOW.

    I loved THESE BROKEN STARS so much! I read that last month and had the worst book hangover. Love it so, so, so much.

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    1. Thanks! :)

      It gave me a book hangover, too. So good! :D

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  16. So exciting to have your books in your hand!

    I've had THE INFINITE SEA sitting in my TBR-stack since Christmas and I will hopefully get to it soon.

    Good luck editing!

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  17. GORGEOUS book!! Congratulations!!!

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  18. They're stunning!!! Congratulations! :D

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  19. Congratulations!! Having the hard copy in your hands is so much fun!

    And good luck with all the editing and brainstorming! Hope you have a fantastic week!

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  20. You're looking great with your book, Emma! That's so exciting!

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  21. I bet it feels great to have that book in your hands. Congratulations!

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  22. Those books are all looking NICE. I bet it feels great to be able to hold them all!

    Good luck with all of your editing. Your description of what you're doing reminds me of why I love lists and spreadsheets so much.

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