So first: Thank you once again to Alison, Jaime, Erin, Elodie, and Katy for hosting this. Without you guys, there's no way I'd have finished the first draft of my MS this summer. And thank you to everyone for stopping by with your encouragement. What an awesome summer for writing!
- WRITE ALL THE WORDS!
I finished my current WIP, which is Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1800's Savannah, Ga. I'm also about halfway through putting together my revisions checklist!
- READ ALL THE WORDS! I read Code Name Verity, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Between Shades of Gray, The Wrath and the Dawn, Things We Know By Heart, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Saint Anything and Darkness Brutal this summer plus two beta reads. So that's a huge success for me!
- DO ALL THE MOVES!
I finally figured out a workout routine that works with my schedule and my body. And I'm seeing results--so that's awesome.
Onto my manuscript!
As I mentioned earlier, it's sort of a Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe. So it's twisty and scary but also romantic. Plus, there's magic. Here's my inspiration board on Pinterest. I'll actually be taking a trip to Savannah in October with some of my girlfriends so do a little research (and a lot of drinking) to fill out this story.
Here's an excerpt from the first page:
Moonlight scattered through the moss hanging from the cemetery’s trees, casting a crisscross of light over the resting place of the dead. Fog settled on the grass. It hovered over freshly fallen leaves, freshly turned soil, a shadow in itself, but not the only shadow that moved among the graves.
Tonight, the darkness roamed. Tonight, the darkness was a woman.
She rose high above the ground—five, six, seven feet tall—a small bundle in one arm. She glided past the newly dead, deeper into the night, trailing shadow-born fingers across crumbling tombstones.
As the moon slipped behind a cloud, she knelt and placed her prey before her. The child’s chest rose and fell, but she was lost in her mortality, comforted only by her dreams.
For my manicure, I chose a dark gray. In some lights it looks black, in others like storm clouds. So basically it's the perfect color for my story.