Wednesday, September 16, 2009


You've probably noticed the three progress bars to the right. I've had one up for a while, but since I'm working on three different stories at the same time, I figured I'd put two more progress bars up. Just so you know (that is if you are even interested) they are all based on a goal of 80,000 words. So if you multiply the percentages by 80,000, you'll know how many words I have on each rough draft.

Right now it's kind of depressing because the percentages are so low that there's no little bar to see. I'm not sure how high the percentage has to be to actually get the bar to show up. I hope we find out.

I've made a goal to write for at least an hour every day, so the percentage on at least one of them should go up every day.

And should you still be reading this post, here is a quick bit about each story so you kind of know what I'm working on when those progress bars change.

The Hinky manuscript (none of these are the titles, they are just working file names so I can keep the stories straight) is a reconstructing of what was once going to be a collection of embarrassing moments. I have gathered hundreds of embarrassing moments from people I've met and haven't met and at first I was going to try to publish them as a simple collection with some witty bits about embarrassment-what happens to us physiologically and emotionally when we get embarrassed or recall those memories, the various ways people deal with embarrassment, what it means when people don't get embarrassed vs. what it means when people say they don't get embarrassed, but really do, etc. I decided that wasn't working for me when Deseret Book asked for something additional and there was really no way I could do it being that I have no idea where 99 percent of my contributors are now.

So now it is a fiction story that incorporates many of the experiences I collected as well as many of my own. I am still thinking I'll try to sell it to Deseret Book or Cedar Fort. We'll see.

The Two draft is about what happens to a woman when she chooses something other than her destiny and is given the opportunity to change her life to reflect the choice she "should" have made.

Arlie is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea.

So there you have it. Three of the ideas floating around in my head. I have others, but these are the three that I am choosing to actively think about and plan.


Ry and Kris Jones said...

That sounds awesome!!! I can't wait to read it :)

Laura Moffitt said...

Amazing. I am so happy for you for taking the time to write!

Leanne said...

good luck!

rachel said...

I'm proud of you! The story ideas sound great-it's so hard to find time to write as a mother, but you are making it a priority and it will pay off!!