Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Sequel!! (An Update)


First of all, I must say THANK YOU for all of your support and encouragement, comments, feedback, and enthusiasm for GAIA'S SECRET! Without you guys, I wouldn't be sitting here today, writing a post about her sequel. 

That being said, the following is a result of your pokes and prods regarding GAIA #2 (thanks for the pressure, guys :P ), so I decided to shed some light on the matter. Publicly. 

I've been working on GAIA #2 for about a year, now. I had her outlined, wrote an entire draft and it was, well, all wrong. Wrote more drafts...still all wrong. SHE JUST WASN'T COOPERATING! Then the holidays hit, and no matter what I wrote, she sat and glared at me, like this:





So, I stopped working on my current draft, sucked it up, and spent a few weeks fixing everything via writing an extensive outline (it's a lot easier to alter points in an outline than it is to alter entire chapters). The result? A TWENTY-THREE PAGE OUTLINE with a separate character reference guide! O_o

Needless to say, I am quite excited and the story is moving forward at ludicrous speed (Space Balls, anyone?) and I HOPE to share her with you this summer :D

Thanks for your patience! (I know, you don't REALLY have a choice in the matter...)

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    1. THANKS, Laura! YOU know what it's like...and you know how liberating it is once "they" start cooperating :D

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  2. Congrats on figuring it out. Hope it flows smoothly for you from here on out.

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    1. Thanks! So do I, haha. Though anything is smooth compared to what I just trudge through... O_o

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  3. That sounds like me. I keep reworking the same novel. I'm glad yours is coming together!

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    1. I know! ARG! So frustrating sometimes....

      I just hope this one continues coming together. It helps knowing exactly where to go...

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  4. I did the same thing yesterday with my novel. It really helped. Yay for both of us!

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    1. GOOD JOB!! Doesn't it feel like you just took the weight of the world off your chest? YAY!

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  5. Yes, I am an avid planner and simply could not write without an outline. I'd love to be a pantster, but alas, it is just to be. I'm at that point where I'm researching so I can start on my outline in earnest. Good luck to you. I hope Gaia #2 turns out to be exactly as she was meant to.

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    1. I here ya!! And, thanks so much...you never know just HOW they're going to turn out, despite, you know? :D

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  6. I've just started using detailed outlines and it is helping me a ton! It does go much faster that way. Good luck.

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    1. Doesn't it, though?? Hard to go back to the other once you start outlining...

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  7. I have to say that I normally don't start trilogy books until they are all released because I am lacking in the patience department. I didn't even start Harry Potter until I was within a year of the final installment and read them in lightening speed and then sat around sulking for 7 months. Then book 7 was released just after I gave birth to our twins and I made Kody diaper them for the next 72 hours while I tucked myself into a bedroom to devour and weep through the last book! However, I picked up your first book knowing this would happen again and....it did. I am anxious for the next one! I am wishing you many sleepless nights of maniacal writing to satisfy my need to read. Thanks for the great story Barbara!
    :) Jenny Marrs

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    1. YOU!!!! (I know I sent you a note already, but still...)

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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  8. Hahahaha! I love your Malfoy pic ( : It makes me giddy... like having butter beer bubbles in my tummy!

    Also, I'm OOBER excited for Gaia numeral dos! Please, please, please sign me up as a beta??! I'd love to get a sneak peek ( ;

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    1. Thought you might love that photo!!

      Um, YES! I'd LOVE to get your feedback! Not ready, though. ALMOST!!!

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  9. I've heard that second books are hard to write, so your experience here...sounds about right. But I wish you luck! It sounds like you've got it under control now with that monstrous outline! :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, because IT HELPS KNOWING I'M NOT CRAZY! This outline has helped TREMENDOUSLY and now, I'm almost done writing the story!!!

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