October 10, 2019

Your Update Link – Mad World – Chapter Forty

Hello! I’m not sure what happened to my morning, but I woke up at 5 AM, about 30 minutes too early, picked up a book to relax until I had to get ready — and then somehow it was 6 AM and I was running late. Listen. This life.

Super excited to hit this chapter! There are nine chapters left (can you believe that?) and we’re really getting into the weeds here. I was highly amused by how any of y’all were suspicious of Sarah. To be honest, I threw her in at the last minute to give myself something to work with in Book 3. I’ve got plans for her then, but she’s done for now.

I’m plugging along with Fool Me Twice, but a couple of my students are really trying my soul this week and I’m not writing as much at home. I write on my prep period and usually manage 1000-1500  words. I need to boost that by 1000 to get done on time. I’m going to put away a lot of work this weekend — THREE DAY WEEKEND WOOOOOT. I have my plans done for next week for the most part, so it’s a lot of relaxation and getting things done around the house. I hope to have a flash fiction but you guys know how my schedule gets.

October 7, 2019

Your Update Link: Mad World – Chapter Thirty-Nine

Another early morning update! I got my haircut yesterday and stopped by my parents’ new house and then my cousin brought over her three month old perfect baby, and well…my Sunday got away from me, heh.

Last week was killer — progress reports were due and students were rushing to catch up with all their work — I spent a few hours after school staying to help them. Crazy. Hoping this week won’t be as insane. I’ve been writing FMT (officially halfway done, so excited about that) and finalizing the plans to break them apart. I’ve also worked on the plot sketch for MW3. After FMT, I’m going to work on Broken Girl, then MW3, then come back to FMT, Book 2. So I want to be ready with the basics of the plot.

Hoping to get some flash fiction this week 🙂

October 3, 2019

Your Update Link: Mad World – Chapter 38

If you’re up at 6:15 AM, you’ll probably notice that this is being posted earlier than usual. I forgot to schedule this chapter and there’s no point in waiting now until 7 am. I’m tired, you guys. It’s progress report time and I’m chasing like 35 kids for missing assignments and tests. I can’t wait until 2:30 when I can just start putting 0s in. It’s going to be glorious.

Hope you guys like this — I should see you guys this weekend for some flash fiction.

September 30, 2019

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter Thirty-Seven.

I’m closer to nailing down a full plot for Mad World 3. I have the umbrella story (Carly’s kidnapping, the serial rapist, and now something new) but it needs to be integrated properly. I’ve enjoyed writing the larger GH universe in MW and you guys seem to like it too. Hopefully, you’ll have Book 3 by this time next fall.

Lots of busy stuff happening at CG! I’ll see you guys later this week with the next chapter. I’m curious as to what you guys think about the new turn Chapter 37 takes.

September 26, 2019

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter 36.

I’m really glad the posting schedule worked out this way so that 36 was the last one over the weekend. It represents the end of part one and it’s the last one set in July 2003. Next week, we’re jumping into September.  I’m starting to final coalesce around another umbrella story for Book 3. I just have to figure out how to make the pieces fit together.

September 23, 2019

Your Update Link: Mad World – Chapter Thirty-Five

Hey! Sorry this update post is so late! The chapter was up at 7, but I got distracted at work and haven’t had a chance to deal with it until now. This week’s chapters are the halfway point in this book — when we come back on Monday, the story picks up in September. I’m reallllly excited to be getting to this part of the story. I’ve moved a lot of pieces around, set up a lot of things and I feel like the last 14 chapters are just jam-packed with a lot of emotion and action. This chapter also has one of my favorite scenes — the ending scene with Ned and Lois. Hope you like it!

September 19, 2019

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter 34

Late again with this update post, even though the chapter went up at 7 AM. Apologies — I was trying to get to work before 7 and almost made it. But then my Wawa coffee cup somehow….imploded in my hand as I was walking towards my classroom. I had to get the floor cleaned up and get new copies of my HR’s class voting forms. (Because of course, why not). I really hope that’s not a sign of how the day is going to go, but since I still have to see my ninth period students, it probably is.

 

September 16, 2019

Your Update Link: Mad World – Chapter 33

I don’t have a lot to report outside of the update. Writing for Fool Me Twice is moving steady, but very slowly. That should change this week. I say that a lot, heh, but seriously — we’re in the third week of school which means my curriculum is moving along, the students and I are mostly in a routine, and I’m going to be taking my other laptop to work.

I had been taking the older laptop, but it started having issues on Friday. Plus, it has a different screen resolution than my new one which made it a giant pain to go from screen to screen with writing. Bringing this one means I can actually get a scene or two done on my lunch. It’s actually a win-win situation. I’m even buying a second adapter to keep at work to make transporting it back and forth every day easier.

I had always planned for Fool Me Twice to be posted starting in February, so if it takes a bit longer than two months to get the first draft done, it just cuts into my three months of revision time. That’s why I pushed the production schedule so far out to begin. I wrote an update over at Dear Isobel talking about writing and why this story has been hard to get going.

September 12, 2019

Again — I forgot to write this update post that actually emails you guys on time, but I’m only ten minutes late so that’s not so bad.

Update link: Mad World – Chapter 32

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their lovely feedback to the last few chapters. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I got stuck back in late May/early June and it was during this period of the story. These first 12-13 chapters of Book 2 were the hardest to write because I had to write Brooke’s trauma, and honestly, I was undecided right up until Chapter 29 whether or not I was going to go through with the turn her story took. But not doing it would have changed the trajectory of the rest of the book, so in that respect, I’m glad I went through with it.

I’ve seen some feedback regarding my story beat about the processing of rape kits. Some readers were wondering if that was a story clue to the bad guy, and it’s actually not. As I’ve said before, I did a LOT of a reading before I sat down to write this story. I read a lot of rape survivor testimony, researched rape statutes, and what were some of the most common investigation obstacles. Over and over again, the backlog in processing rape kits lept out at me. All around this country, even today, it is not standard practice in many jurisdictions to automatically run a rape kit. So just imagine what it was like in 2003, before Me, Too, a movement that also very much inspired my writing in this project.

A great site to look at this in more detail is End the Backlog, which also has some options if you want to help stop this terrible injustice.

Thanks again for the amazing feedback and for joining me on this emotional journey. We have 18 chapters left to go, and I’m really excited for you to see where this story goes.