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Sunday Report Card
Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I’ve been rewarding myself for book progress with nightly NCIS marathons. I didn’t discover the show until a couple of months ago. Yeah, it’s been on for years, but I TIVO everything, so never ran across it. The show’s not brilliant. The acting’s solid, I guess. I’ve never been a Mark Harmon fan, but I like the rest of the ensemble and he works well with them. But now that I’m hooked, I’m rabid about catching up on all the previous seasons. The problem I have is that USA is showing them all out of sequence. Do you know how confusing that can be? I get that Kate was killed, but haven’t seen that episode yet. I like Zevah a lot, but after last night’s episode I can’t figure out how she came back after being sent back to Israel. It’s frustrating. Kind of like watching Memento and piecing the bits of backstory together with crazy glue. Finally, last night I saw what happened to Director Shepard. Wah!

But back to my progress report.

This week wore me out. I finished chapters 12 through 14, and have added 44 pages to the big book. I’ll be editing today, so I have no doubts that I will hit my 50 page a week goal. Plus, I started work on the next Lone Star Lovers story. I completed chapter one, although it’s really, really ugly at the moment.

Small things. I got the first round edits of First Knight back, and really it was just little stuff. Yay, me. And of course, Fun With Dick and Jayne released, so I’m super excited to see how everyone likes it. Remember, if you ordered it off the Ellora’s Cave website, please leave an honest review afterward! That’s one of the best ways you can support your favorite authors—by letting someone else know if you enjoyed a story.

This coming week, I’ll pound out another 50 pages of the big book. I’m switching gears to write a short story for a Cleis call for submissions. Don’t have a clue about what yet. And that’s enough, right? Until next week…

9 comments to “Sunday Report Card”

  1. Wesley Nichols
    · February 21st, 2010 at 10:56 am · Link

    I am really excited about your book Beloved Captor and can’t wait to read it.

    After completing the Big Book are you going to take a break and work on smaller stories?

  2. Delilah
    · February 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am · Link

    Wesley! Not much of a break. As soon as I finish the big one, I have to put together the proposal for the second book. If that’s approved, I’ll be writing another big one starting in June. But I will be writing a novella for Nocturne in May—the one I needed to know about fairy lore for.

  3. Wesley Nichols
    · February 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am · Link

    This is a question on world building in your stories.

    When you start a series, do you begin building the world the story takes place in before writing the actual story or do you build the world as you are writing the story down?

  4. Wesley Nichols
    · February 21st, 2010 at 11:24 am · Link

    When do you think you will be able to begin working on your Medieval fantasy series and Fairy story?

  5. Delilah Devlin
    · February 21st, 2010 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Wesley! I most always start with a scene I’ve day or night-dreamed. I write it, then begin to layer it with elements of the new world. The world forms as I move through the story. I try to plot the major turning points once I’m past the first three or four chapters, but the world keeps evolving as I write.

    The medieval is tentatively scheduled for May, the fairy story for April, but lots can happen between now and then.

  6. Rachel Lynne
    · February 21st, 2010 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Hey, where is cat tails? Did you finish this month’s installment?
    If you like NICS you should read one of my back posts on my blog, (Characterization: Or the Great Jethro “gunny” Gibbs) I love that show for the character’s and dialog, so funny. I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the same reason! (Oh, and if you want to know what happened in a previous episode do what I do, read them from this site: I DVR everything and am constantly confused!

  7. savonna
    · February 22nd, 2010 at 5:14 am · Link

    You are sooo busy!!! I appreciate that we benefit from all your hard work. I loved Fun With Dick and Jayne. I will head over to EC and leave me review. I can’t wait to read the next Lone Star Lovers book. I’ve been trying to plot a book surrounding the fae. If you can share, what are the best sources for info about fae lore?

  8. Delilah Devlin
    · February 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 am · Link

    Rachel Lynne! I pushed off Cat Tails for a month because I had another free read, Love in Bloom, available. And I will llok for that backpost on Gunny!!

    Savonna! Thanks so much for the review! If I were going to get just one book on the Fae, it would be The Fairies in Tradition and Literature by Katherine Briggs. Not the easiest book to read, but very imformative! Wesley turned me onto that book.

  9. savonna
    · February 23rd, 2010 at 5:16 am · Link

    Thanks DD (and Wesley) for the book info on the Fae. Thanks for the warning that it’s not an easy read. I’ll find the book and take my time with it!!

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