I wrote 3,431/5K today.
I got a late start today because my mom came over and did some much-needed housework for me and we visited for a while. Then it started snowing – which is a big deal in Beaverton/Portland area because it rarely snows here and we are ill-prepared for it – and the kids were at school and stuff was being canceled and there was much texting about pick up and how people were getting home and what not.
I wrote in 20 minute sprints for most of my writing time and then after the fourth time I was interrupted by texts – which I would normally turn that stuff off but I needed to know if I needed to have someone go pick up the kids – I moved on to 10 minute sprints that sometimes only ended up being 5 minute sprints.
I’m not really frustrated by today’s work, though, I’m writing an extra-long chapter right now that I didn’t think I would finish today regardless of if I got in 5K words or not.
Exciting news – I contacted an editor today and she had an opening in mid-January, so now I have an official deadline. Her Other Life must be done by January 15th. I’m stoked to be working with this person. We used to beta read for each other back in the day and she always had really great comments. I’ll let you all know who it is after I’ve signed the contract.
I’ve also got a great list of new beta readers going. Anyone know if I should give them the manuscript before or after the editor reads it? Normally, my friend Sarah edits my books for me, but she’ll be right in the middle of a big move to Europe in January and does not need the extra hassle! After Sarah reads it, it goes to the beta readers. I’ll probably follow the same process here. Just wasn’t sure if there was a “right” way to do this.
I did not have much response to the pen name inquiry. Two people said they liked S.M. Wallace but people would probably think my book had S&M in it and two people said not to have a pen name.
So, Stacey Wallace, it is. 🙂 Bonus that it is also the easiest to type!
If you’re snowed in like we are, I hope you have chocolate.
(I totally only took two Aleve today if you’re tracking me for suspected prescription drug addiction.)