Slow Going: A midweek ROW80 check-in

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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).

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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?

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11 thoughts on “Slow Going: A midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. Nothing in the research queue, but that depends on what I am working on. I do enjoy researching, it takes me back to my college days. Don’t always have a enough time to research in depth. I need to make a time when I can research, just strictly research stuff for stories and blog posts.

    1. I have to remember not to lose myself in research. I’m fine if it’s something small–such as when taffeta came into common use–but if it’s something in-depth, like medicinal herbs, I can get lost in research. Like anything else, it’s a balancing act.

      Thanks for commenting, Cindy!

  2. I love the research phase of a book. I also love the editing phase of a book. It’s just that bit in the middle, that horrid first draft that’s like pulling teeth (for me anyway). You’re very good not to count edits and rewrite in your word count. I definitely do, and it makes me feel much better about myself, especially on those slow weeks! 😉

    And thank you so much for the mention, so happy to hear you enjoyed the book!! 🙂 Visions of Magic sounds interesting, you’ll have to let us know what you make of it…

    1. I’m the opposite. I’m great at finishing first drafts, but tend to get stuck more easily on revisions. It’s something I’m working on, and one day I might feel differently–once I get my revision process down.

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  3. I don’t mind doing research. I always run across something new and interesting, and I love learning new things. I’m reading Celine Jeanjean’s book, too, and enjoying it. Good luck with your WIP and your move!

    1. Like you, I enjoy the process of learning something new. I now know that sage can be used to treat a sore throat, for example. I hope you enjoy Celine’s book as much as I did. I found the characters and their banter highly entertaining. Thanks, Lori!

      1. Sage? That’s interesting. I’ll remember that. Yes, I agree, the characters are really well done. I particularly like Rory, and I’m looking forward to seeing how everything plays out.

  4. I haven’t done research up to now. But I am feeling blah about some scenes. I need to find out some proper legal jargon and research how certain court cases are handled so my mystery does not fall apart.

    Good luck this week 🙂

    1. That’s one of the hard parts about writing mysteries, especially police procedurals. They require really intense research. I know some writers who have gone on police ride-alongs to add some realism to their books–depends what kind of mystery you’re writing, I suppose, and how adventurous you are. I started a paranormal mystery a few years ago that I’ve set aside at the moment, but it was set in a fantasy world, so I had more room to be creative and write the rules myself. Good luck!

  5. What fun research topics! Plant on a waxing moon, harvest on a waning, I think? And what I know about taffeta would fit in a thimble. Google’s the best. Missed your pretty blog and I’m looking forward to following along with your goals this round. Nice to see you again! 🙂

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