Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Jaime 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 Chapter 82 of my WIP, and true to my guess going in, it turned out as the longest chapter of Part III. So far, it’s also the longest chapter period, coming in just a bit above the length of Chapter 51, “The World of Tomorrow,” which closes Part II. It’s still about two thousand words shorter than my longest-ever chapter, “Union with a Snake,” Chapter 41 of my second Russian historical.
- My goal(s) for this week
Complete Chapter 83, “Brutal Winter,” which begins with Darya and her friends being evacuated from the Polish farm to a rocket and munitions factory in Germany to avoid the approaching Soviets. The factory is based on the brutal Mittelbau complex, though my fictional factory is run by much more humane overseers who treat their prisoners like human beings. At the factory, they discover Halina and Maja’s brother Teodor and adoptive aunt Zofia, who have some very bad news for Matviyko (Halina, Maja, and Teodor’s father). Then the chapter moves to my five Army characters (four American soldiers, one Canadian Army medic) during the Battle of the Bulge.
- A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
Vladlena rubs the uninked edges of his arm as she takes in the new decoration. On top is the Marines’ symbol of a crested eagle on top of a globe, showing the Western Hemisphere and speared by an anchor. Below is inked, “USMC, Saipan, 16 June 1944.” In the remaining space above the elbow is a heart with Vladlena’s name inside, and in the two inches left below the elbow, in simple block print:
- The biggest challenge I faced this week
The death rattle which has continued coming from my left fan. I can’t use the computer without a fan right behind it, to keep it cool and lessen the noise. It’s long past time to get a new computer.
- Something I love about my WIP
I love the grand, epic scale, with so many characters, storylines, and settings, but all ultimately linked together. It reminds me a bit of my first Russian historical, and how amazed I was to reread it for the first time in almost a decade and see how perfectly I wove all these seemingly disparate characters and threads together at such a young age. I also love seeing my characters growing up and becoming adults, when I’ve known the younger generation since they were born or were very young in the first and second books.