I believe Paty is driving over the hill today to the Reader's Luncheon in Portland so I'm going to risk stepping on toes and go ahead and post a challenge check-in. The fact is a lot of us rely on having a place to state our progress, a place to feel accountable where our audience is both knowledgeable and sympathetic.
I'll start with me. Monday I called my editor and told her I couldn't make this a three book series. There were many reasons I did this, the most important one being I could not find a connecting thread nor plot the second and last book. My editor was very supportive and kind -- I had no idea how terrible it would feel to admit defeat. Apparently, that angst acted like a wake up call to the lazy, no account brain cells loitering in my head, and they started scurrying around like ants on a drop of honey. The result is a shift of backstory and a glimmer of light. Hopefully, this will lead somewhere and I can call my editor back and tell her all is not lost and she can put a big red mark on my file (I picture red marks on all the crazy writer files. My dog once had a red mark on his file because he bit the vet... about the same thing, right? I digress....)
A writer friend of mine said, "Don't worry too much about it. I think editors expect us to be a little nuts." I aim to please.
So, how did your week go?