Please forgive the lack of posts, but for the past month (actually, the entire summer), I have been in head-down-and-writing mode. According to the last post I wrote on this subject, I officially set aside Cinderella and started working on Fairest, my Snow White story, during the week of July 10th. Since I am now finished with it (except for an epilogue), this story has taken me about 7 or 8 weeks. It’s 20,000 words, which is my usual 2000 word a week average. Right now the story is very sparse, so I expect to add to the final word count during my editing passes.

I worked on Cinderalla, which is also a novella, for almost a year.

It gives me heartburn to think of it. I’ve written entire novels in that timeframe. Seriously. It took me 11 months to write a 120,000 word novel, and 9 months to write another one at 80,000 words. Why did I stick with it for so long? Why didn’t I just set it aside back when I first had that urge just before The Sevenfold Spell came out? I probably have over 50,000 words worth of scenes that are both keepers and deleted scenes. For Fairest, I don’t even have a deleted scene file. That may change as I edit, but right now, all 20,000 words I wrote are still in the story. I am hoping this is a sign of greater writing maturity.

It’s been a hard, time-consuming lesson.

Ok, I’m done whining about it. I expect to have some blog posts soon because I’ve also done some reading. I’ve finished reading three books in the past month, all that I can recommend to one degree or another. And I might do a game review. Or two.

And that’s what I did during my summer vacation. What did you do?