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One of the great parts of being a writer, especially a fantasy/paranormal writer, is all of the fun research we get to do. I did a post a while back about researching taffeta, and for my latest WIP, “The Hedgewitch’s Charm,” I’m having just as much fun. So far I’ve researched aura colors, healing herbs, making poultices, and the best time (magically speaking) to harvest plants. I’m learning a lot, and I’ve had to rely on the Internet since all but a few of my books are packed up.

ROW80 progress…

ROW80LogocopyI’ve written a whopping 350 words so far this week, though I’ve made progress in other areas. I missed Monday due to a migraine, so I’m starting from behind anyway. I did manage to edit two chapters and send them to critique partners, so that explains my puny word count. (That 350 words doesn’t include anything I wrote or rewrote during edits, just new copy.) Hopefully I can get back to 1,000 words a day for the rest of the week. *knock wood*

I haven’t managed to read any writing books so far this week, so that’s another goal I’m hoping to catch up on.

We officially only have one week left in our apartment. Then it’s country living with the in-laws for a few weeks until the new place is ready. I am getting excited, picking out paint colors and planning home-improvement projects. Hubby has been busily measuring all of the furniture and using software to figure out how we can fit everything in. So we’re ready. Now it’s just packing and waiting…

Currently reading…

Just finished “The Viper and the Urchin” by Celine Jeanjean. I definitely recommend it. The characters are really well developed, and the story takes a lot of interesting twists and turns. I just started reading “Visions of Magic” by Regan Hastings. I haven’t formed an opinion yet, but it’s off to a good start. And it’s perfect timing, since hers is a story about witch trials, and my current WIP is about witch hunts, though the eras are different (contemporary for Hasting’s book, fantasy/medieval-esque for mine).

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to see what fellow participants are up to.

What about you? What are you researching? Do you enjoy research, or does it feel like a chore? How are your goals coming along? Read any good books lately?