That's why I gave myself a new one this morning so that this lesbian werewolf novel that I've been working on for a while now could actually get done. It was supposed to get done by the end of November but halfway through the characters demanded that the book be switched to a different POV. I didn't listen, kept trying to make it work, and realized pulling 1,000 words a day out of them wasn't going to work. After a week of wasting time and trying to force something that wasn't working I did what Shae and Maiki said to do and started over. I'm happy to say that the book is working much better now and I should have just listened when Shae first started talking to me in "I" instead of "her" like most of my characters do. I've decided to finish this novel by Friday which means writing about 6,000 words per day since I can't write on Wednesday due to an appointment. It'll get done. It has to. This book has been going for far too long.
I also realized when looking at my 2013 writing plan that I'm only a few slots away from completing my goal for the year of having forty submissions. I'm three away to be exact. Once this novel is done the other two will be easy since I have ten anthology calls I want to submit to, many of which have a deadline of the end of the month. Easily done once this book gets submitted.
Also happening today are edits on The Wolf's Gift which is Evangeline's story from my Pine Hollow Wolves world. This story does not have to be read with the others to make sense of the final book in the series and in it Evangeline gets her guy. And his boyfriend.
After those edits I have the novel that I'm doing with Cari Z. She bounced it back to me late last night so I'll pop a few thousand more words into it today and send it back to her. We're so close to getting it done, just a few more scenes left and I'm really excited. Like most of my books, this one has a publisher picked out already and since its a new publisher to us and they have a fantastic reputation I really hope they take it. There are back ups of course but I really want them to take this novel. This one could be done by the end of the week as well if we both push ourselves. Then its on to editing it, fixing the formatting that somehow got screwy (I don't understand Word at all), and then sending it off to the beta readers. It likely won't get submitted until mid January or early February but it'll be fantastic when it is all done and polished up right to hand over to the publisher.
And in my other co-authored project, Tabatha Heart and I are working on edits for our novel as well. It'll get done soon too, likely by the end of December. Its been beta read already and is getting new edits because of wonderful suggestions from her. Beta readers can be wonderfully insightful. We may have another beta reader go through it again after the work is done this round or we may declare it ready to submit.
I'm excited to see both of these projects coming together. Working with co-authors can be an excellent experience because, at least in my experience, there is growth there and learning to be better and work with another person until your styles mesh. I've had plenty of rocky starts with other co-authors but I finally got lucky with these two. And what's even better is that they are both good friends that live