Progress Report

Hey, all! Here’s a quick update on how things are going in my writing world!

Those We Trust: Still trying to figure out that silly cover while familiarizing myself with all things Smashwords. I’ve finished the formatting guide, which was lovely and helpful and wonderful and now I’m looking at the marketing guide and the book of secrets to e-publishing success. I highly recommend checking both out (they’re free!), no matter who you decide to publish with. They’re just packed full with general tips.

To the Death: I’ve put it through it’s first official round of editing. Natalie is putting it through the second (or she’s supposed to be…. I’m not entirely sure it’s happening quite as quickly as she’d like, but I’m pretty patient). Since I’m still waiting on ways to earn my copyright fees for Those We Trust, I’m not too particular.

But What Can I Do?: E.M. and I have decided to wait until our Camp NaNoWriMo experience for the year is well over before cracking down on our adaptation, and even then it will be brainstorming and figuring out details, not doing the actual work involved because we’ll both be in classes and whatnot. This is pretty much on hold, sadly, but it’s not like we’re ditching it for good.

Morrison Girls: The outline is completely finished (okay, so that’s been that way for a while) and it’s just waiting for August  1st so that I can start writing it. E.M. and I are racing to 50k words this time, so as much as I don’t care about getting a head start on this sort of thing, it wouldn’t be fair in this instance. I’ve got a couple of the poems written, but that doesn’t really count. I basically had those written YEARS ago. It was more tweaking than writing, and I’ll probably change them again before I actually put them in the novel.

Whatever I’m Calling This Princess Thing: Yeah, I’ve finished the prologue of the first book, anyway, and started the first chapter. I’ve been writing it by hand, but as I have an internship now three days a week I’m suddenly exhausted ALL THE TIME again and I literally fall asleep about five minutes after getting into bed and don’t have the energy to write then like I did before. That should change at Christmastime when I’m not doing work or school or anything but making and eating fudge. Gosh, I miss Christmastime already and it’s not even here yet….

To the End of the Earth: This is the so-far title of the sequel to To the Death. I’ve got the first five chapters outlined, but I’ve only written a chapter. I’m trying to outline a chapter for every third of a chapter I write so I don’t get ahead of myself in writing. I might hit a moment of inspiration and just take off, but I’m trying not to do that. With such a piece as this where it needs to be structured right or it’ll fall apart, I need to keep myself focused and not take to flights of fancy too often. Which is really too bad in a way because I just LIVE for flights of fancy in my writing.

Fan Fiction: I’ve basically gone on a fan fiction writing spree because I finished my chapter obligations for the MONDO collaborative project Natalie, E.M., M.N. and I are working on, so now I have time for all my OTHER fan fiction obligations, like finishing stories I’m writing for people (requests and things that people fell in love with), and in some cases STARTING stories I’ve promised fans I’d write. I had a request for a Severus/Hermione pairing…. I really don’t know how I feel about it, but this reader is a great regular reviewer (albeit a newer one) and I’d like to keep them happy. So we’ll see how that goes. AH, this isn’t for the faint of heart or the under-18, but Mark of Mark Does Stuff (great blog, btw, check it out!) read aloud a fan fiction I wrote on YouTube. My friend Meg (who he errantly says is the author a few times in the video, but I promise it’s not hers) got him to do it, I guess by paying for it. Apparently you can do that now. I wish I could pay him to read all my stories, it’s great advertising because he calls me a genius a few times in the video even as he’s squirming in his seat. Just search Mark Reads The Forbidden Fruit and it should come up. Enjoy!

Work: So, as I mentioned above, I have an internship now, which means I can’t just sit on the couch and write all summer… OR DOES IT? In actuality, I’m an intern for public relations/communications at the local theatre, but what I’ve ended up doing (rather than the budgeting project I was started on) is writing a MURDER MYSTERY. Yes, that’s right, I get legit experience in public relations for my resume and I get to sit around and write one of those interactive murder mysteries. They’re usually dinner theatre, but this is downtown, and people get to walk around and ask the characters questions. Think like if they did a murder mystery at Williamsburg or something like that where they have people doing period acting. I mean, I’m writing the mystery and whatnot, but I’m also doing a press release for a call for actors and working on promotional materials, so I AM getting PR experience, it’s just not in the way I originally thought. Best boss ever.

That’s it for me for now! What are you all up to? Tell me what sorts of projects you’ve got going in the comments! Let’s get some conversation going, guys!




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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