#tbt review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

#tbt reviews is a periodic feature in which I gush about a book I finally got off my TBR pile. I don’t read fast enough to review new releases. This is what you get.

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I often don’t realize how much enjoyment I get from a book is determined by random circumstance.

TJ Klune is new to me. I’ve been suffering from were- and shifter fatigue for a long (LONG) time. In many circumstances, I wouldn’t have picked up Wolfsong, much less devoured it in two days. But sometimes things come together in the perfect circumstantial storm.

Circumstance 1: It was on sale on Amazon.

Circumstance 2: I couldn’t sleep.

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The Finish Line(ish) (10 Days to 20k, Day 10)

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Well. That’s it folks. Except not really. I crossed 30k in 10 days today. I didn’t think that was even possible when I left the office 10 days ago. I’d put my hands up and cry like an Olympic sprinter, except I haven’t really finished anything. My best estimate is I’ve got 40k to go to get to the end of this draft, and I already know I have to completely rewrite Martin’s back story for the first 30k or so.

No one said novel writing is easy.

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The Home Stretch (10 Days to 20k, Day 9)

Back at it today. For realz.

I wrote about homes today. Seb drove Martin to his childhood home. It didn’t go well because Act 2, drama, blah blah blah.

I’m going home tomorrow, except I’ve been home all week. When does your parent’s home stop being yours? I haven’t lived here full time in 17 years. It’s gotta be soon, right?

When I came up with this challenge, I thought 2000 words a day was aggressive but doable. It turns out I can do that in about an hour and a half if I don’t have many interruptions and my synopsis is solid. 4000 words is aggressive, and requires shutting out most of the people around me for the day. That will be harder to do when I get home and have to do things like go to work and talk to my husband. But the point is, at 2000 words a day, a 120k first draft can be written in two months. That’s crazy to me, but apparently achievable, particularly if I give myself some room for gravy on the weekends.

Fortunately, I like gravy and my weekends are often quiet.

Tomorrow is the last day. I’ve got a three hour train ride home. I could hit 30k if I really push it. I’m traveling with an eight-year-old, so we’ll see how that goes.

10 Days to 20k Summary
Day: 9
Words Written Today: 4143
Total Words Written: 26,631
Words Left: 0
Percent Complete: 133%

 

Wet and Wild (10 Days to 20k, Day 7)

Short post today because right after I took this photo it started raining so hard the water was coming in under the front door and two trees came down in the backyard.

On this day, Day 7 of my 10 day challenge, I crossed the 20k mark, natural disasters be damned! I didn’t write much more, because the power is out and I’m trying to save some battery, but I’ve got 3 days to go and 3k a day will put me over 30k for my challenge. It’s all downhill to the end of the draft from there!

10 Days to 20k Summary

Day: 7

Words Written Today: 2,111

Total Words Written: 21,954

Words Left: 0

Percent Complete: 110%

The View from Here (10 Days to 20k, Day 6)

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No seriously, that’s my view today

That sound you hear? The Jaws-theme-like music of something creeping up ominously behind you? That’s me, creeping up on my goal with shark-like determination. I’m seriously so close I want to write 200 more words just so I can say I completed my challenge in six days, but I stopped in a good place where it should be fairly easy to pick up tomorrow, so it’s probably better if I just stand here, Peter Pan style, with my legs apart and my hands on my hips, looking dead proud at what I’ve accomplished.

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Writing on an Iron Stomach (10 Days to 20k, Day 5)

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In sixth grade, my mom came as a volunteer to my school and taught everyone in my class how to touch type. I have no idea if this is a skill still taught these days. It smacks of secretarial pools, but I gotta say it’s been invaluable in my lifetime. It means I wrote papers at school faster than my classmates, and it’s meant turning out reports on time at work, even when the crunch is on.

More importantly, it means I can type in a moving vehicle without puking my guts out, because I can look around, even as my brain and my fingers are generating stories.

Key skill. If you’re a writer on the go, learn it. If you’re one of those people who gets motion sick just thinking about this idea, I am very sorry. I don’t know how I would cope.

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On the Road (10 Days to 20k, Day 4)

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Short day today. We hit the road early to spend the day with family in Stratford, one of Ontario’s theatre meccas. Fortunately, my chauffeur likes driving. I had to marry to get him to drive full time, but it meant I squeezed in a few words.

A year and a half ago, I met Shaunta Grimes. She’s a multi-talented writer and teacher. Her theory is that you set small goals and do it every day. 10 minutes. 500 words. I knew today wasn’t going to be a big word day, so I told myself to just try to write 500 on the drive. The nice thing about small goals is they’re easy to hit, and often times by the time you’ve hit them, you’ve picked up some momentum and want to keep going. I’m going to need more than 500 words a day to meet my goal of getting this draft done by October, but on the days when I know I won’t write much with mitigating circumstances, hitting a small goal makes me feel like I’ve still accomplished something.

What’s one small goal you can set?

10 Days to 20k Summary
Day: 4
Words Written Today: 1,073
Total Words Written: 10,749
Words Left: 9,251
Percent Complete: 54%