Alison MillerKaty UppermanJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk are once again hosting the summerlong Ready. Set. Write! initiative. Each week there will be a few headings, with short responses to allow for more writing time.

  • How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I finished the process of preparing Little Ragdoll in EPUB format for Nook Press, and am waiting for it to be put up on the site. I also put it up on Kobo and am waiting for it to go up there as well. iBooks is a little more complicated, but hopefully it’ll be up there sooner than later. The final e-format will be Google Books, and then the print copies.

  • My goal(s) for this week

It would be nice to return to my WIP and finish up Chapter 79, “Terror at Tarawa.” I’ve already got most of the bare bones, built around the historical timeline of the battle and the role Rodya and Patya’s regiment played in it, and just need to mostly add in some more personal scenes and details.

Since I’m also hoping to release my first Russian historical sometime in the fall (I’m thinking November, for the anniversary of the October Revolution [which was really in November by the modern Gregorian calendar]), I’ll need to go back to that and begin the final edits, revisions, and polishes. Maybe I’ll finally have enough lead time the third time around for at least a few bloggers to do a cover reveal or release day announcement.

  • A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I love my opening pages of my WIP, when Lyuba and Ivan are in their heated barn on Russian Christmas Eve 1933 to give their animals Christmas treats. As she’s feeding and talking to their belovèd old Kabardin house, whom they brought with them when they immigrated, she says, “If only more people were as gentle and accepting as animals, the world wouldn’t be such a dark forest.”

That horse, by the way, was probably the last character I ever created on our old 152K Mac before it finally gave out, and yet he’s been nameless for over 21 years! I’m very open to appropriate name suggestions for a loyal old Russian horse!

  • The biggest challenge I faced this week

Getting rejected by iBooks with the publisher name (my DBA) I provided. I’ll need to look into how to do it properly while still using my own publishing name. I’m not ashamed of my very Slovakian real name, the name I was born with and the name I’ll die with; I just chose to use pen names and my own publishing imprint for a reason.

  • Something I love about my WIP

I just love how organically and naturally it developed from my notes and outline from 2001 and the storylines and timeline I’ve had in my head for just as long. So many things turned out much differently, like how Inna’s little brother Vitya wasn’t shot in the Great Terror but became one of the main characters, along with his children, and ended up as Inessa’s second husband. I’m also glad I brought back Vsevolod and took him to America to become Vera’s husband, and that I was able to keep using not only secondary character Granyechka, but her surviving children as well.

5 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week Three

  1. Great job on your goals for last week! I’m impressed with all these pub things you have going on! Hope next week is just as productive!


  2. I love it when a story develops organically and naturally as well. I’m a huge planner and my outlines are really detailed, but it’s still the best feeling when the creative process introduces a twist or some new detail that takes the story in a new direction or just takes you by surprise. Good luck with your goals this week!


  3. Congratulations on LITTLE RAGDOLL, Carrie-Anne! What an amazing accomplishment! Best of luck with revisions and edits on your Russian historical. I’m rooting for you!


  4. No ideas for Russian horse names, but I like horses! =) Very neat about Little Ragdoll, congrats!


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