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  1. I wrote words!Today's date: July 7th, 2019 Previous month's total: 15,601 wordsWords to add: 2,593 wordsNew total: 2,593 words
  2. I finally started making good headway around the middle of the month on my main project. I've got the first five chapters done. I also worked on a scene that I was going to submit for June's writing challenge, but didn't get it done in time. It's a scene that takes place near the end of the book and I'm pretty happy with it. It's given me a solid point to write towards, so I may take another day and work on the scenes leading up to it to get the monster reveal and get clues seeded in. I also took a couple breaks to work on something new. It's a skewed kind of fairy tale that will be broken up into short reads when I get them finished. The premise is a witch whose job is to help people find their path realizes that not everyone fits into their tale (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc.,), and not every fairy tale is suited for that particular person. The first story centers on a Cinderella, only she's already in her mid-twenties, had an evil step-father, was the lone survivor of a wildfire that wiped out the estate and evil step-family, and the princes in the surrounding kingdoms are too young. So the witch creates a new path, one that leads to a strange valley full of lemon trees where these people have the opportunity to create their own stories and endings.
  3. I wrote words!Today's date: June 30thWords to add: [5,318] wordsNew total: [15,601] words
  4. I wrote words!Today's date: June 18th, 2019Words to add: 5,740New total: 10,283
  5. I've got a love-hate relationship with summaries. I like working on them just fine until it's for the official-official blurb that goes on the Amazon sales page. I often write blurbs for my projects as I'm working on them to give myself a clear idea of what the promised shape of the story is. Sort of a way to keep myself on track when I lose sight of the bigger picture. But every blurb I've drafted for the sales page I want to drop kick into the ocean. I'm never satisfied and they tend to feel too clunky or just wrong. This is the current blurb for the first book of Witches of Texas that I have posted on Amazon and my website. It still bugs the tar out of me: One of my plans for this summer is to update the story file and re-write this blurb so that it feels more suited to the story. The first time around I went to IMDB and looked through the blurbs for movies I love that enticed me to watch them so I may do that again.
  6. I wrote words!Today's date: June 10th, 2019 Words to add: 1530New total: 4543
  7. I wrote words!Today's date: June 5th, 2019 Previous month's total: 7,588 wordsWords to add: 3,013New total: 3,013 words
  8. Came up with a small ditty about one of the gods of Texas, whom you wouldn't want to meet on a dark road. 50 words.
  9. I never did get around to answering this very well for myself after I posted it. Work got in the way, but I'm off for the summer now so I'm able to think again. My main characters, Fred and Taz, would fall into the low end of the poverty scale, so they never had many toys. But, being as Fred possesses the gift of Animal Speaking she charms animals into friendship and so the two of them never lacked for companions to play with. For Taz it was normal to wake up with all manner of creatures sneaking into bed with them and playing games with rats, cats, stray dogs, squirrels, birds, and even some fish. She doesn't encounter actual toys until she's nearly 11 and honestly doesn't have a desire to play with the charmed ones. Most other children on the upper scales of poverty and into middle class have access to the charmed toys. Those toys have spells stitched or carved into them that make them move in limited ways. The spells on these toys have to be recharged frequently but it's a simple spell working that most everyone, including children, learn fairly early. But eventually the stitching or carving wears out and can't hold magic anymore, so the toy becomes a permanent stationary object. High class children, especially those in families who supported Mexico in the war, had access to actual mechanicals. Due to Mexico's fascination with melding metal and magic, they first experimented with the process on toys that had inner mechanics (clockwork gears, magic charged batteries) and stumbled upon a way to inscribe a primitive sort of "life" that could interact and play in more ways than toys with simple charms. They later weaponized the process to create their military-grade automatons. In the present story such toys are banned and most were destroyed along with the blueprints on how to infuse metal with magic, but some were hidden away to tinker with and reverse engineer in secret.
  10. I think I would skip ahead in my books and visit Granny Ness' witch camp in the Rockies. Of all the witches who disappeared/escaped after the War with Mexico Granny Ness was by far the most feared and still has a standing warrant out for her execution. She's one of those few witches who has delved so deep into magic that she's become attuned with its very core essence, and it with her. She keeps a hidden camp far up in the dragon infested Rockies, only reachable by traveling hidden roads and paths half in this world and half in the next. Her camp is a sprawling nomadic collection of witches and their families in a series of caves and floating houses on a lake where she rules it all uncontested. I would love to spend the day with her taking a walk through the camp and around the mountain just listening. She's older than any other character, possibly by a couple hundred years if some of the stories are true. I bet she has more than a little bit of wisdom and history to drop on willing ears.