Coming soon to a blog near you.

So yesterday, I started doing something I haven’t done in YEARS.

I’m culling the follow lists on Bloglovin. (DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN!)

Don’t worry, though. See in the course of my five years of blogging, I’ve followed about 5000 blogs. (It’s so bad that back when Google Reader still existed, I broke it in about two years after starting. This, in case you’re a new blogger, is one of the reasons why I have 1000+ follows.)

The thing is that I only really realized the need for separating the blogs a bit sensibly after I broke my Google Reader and I’ve been putting off creating order ever since.

But last year, my more-often-than-not absence has dwindled to nothing because I can safely say I haven’t been visiting enough people. So I thought, what better way to get out there than to go down my follow list and commenting on every single active blog I have on it? (And while unfollowing anything that hasn’t been posted on in the past year or more.)

I’m trying to see how many I can visit before April, because I’ve entered three of my blogs for the Challenge. (Still need to decide what I’ll be writing about.) I really really want to meet some new bloggers. But before I do, I’d really really like to actually be able to find them again later.

Then I changed something else today. I noticed a big drop in my comments from yesterday to today. (Which is unusual for my blog. Not blowing my horn, but yours. You regular visitors are AWESOME.) Today while on my visit spree, I noticed that I’m having problems with getting to the comments page on Blogger if the comments pages are embedded. So now I’ve changed mine to a pop-up. If, for some reason, the comments don’t work (or word verification – oh how I loathe those), please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com to let me know.

In case you’re wondering, I’ll still be visiting people who commented on my posts. And if you haven’t been commenting lately, I should be dropping by anyway at some point. Right now I’m at A. Don’t laugh. I’ve already been through a whole lot of blogs starting with numbers and punctuation marks.

How many blogs do you follow? How do you maintain order?

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Sometimes, it’s just necessary to talk to someone.

I’ve been having a frustrating couple of writing weeks centering around the third book in The War of Six Crowns. 

In case you’ve missed updates on it, I’ve had to re-draft it twice now. I haven’t had time to mention that right before the house move came, I got seriously stuck. The moment I got past the re-introduction of the characters in the current draft, the wheels fell off spectacularly.

I just couldn’t seem to make the book work in my head. It even got to the point where I was wondering whether I had to scrap the whole idea for what I had in mind for this book, which meant scrapping the whole rest of the series, because a significant amount of it depends on the events taking place right now.

Just like everything depends on the two first books.

And you know what? There comes a point where one’s fears multiply to such a point that you can’t even think straight about something. No amount of telling myself to be rational and just think things through helped. The moment I put serious thought into this book, any thoughts that might have been stewing away vanished and I was again left with nothing but a vague yet growing sense of panic.

So what’s a girl to do? I went to the Untethered Realms Facebook group and said:

“I can’t seem to make book three in my series work. *curls up into a sobbing little ball of misery.*”

Luckily Graeme Ing stepped in and offered to help. How? Basically by asking me a ton of questions about the first two books, then the third. 
It might sound silly, but it really helps. I think it’s just the fact that writing out the answers for him required that at least at first, I had to stick with what I knew. Once there, I could focus on what I didn’t know and needed. 
Scary thing: Everything that’s not working comes from two causes: 1) I’ve been nitpicking just to add more problems to my process. (Panic does that. Creates problems where there aren’t any so I have more reason to panic.) 2) I haven’t yet figured out how to get two characters to meet. 
That second one… it’s… well. Stupid. I’ve been panicking about something stupid. It’s just that when one panics, it’s not easy to get into perspective again. Talking to someone else puts things into perspective. Even if I’d talked other writers through their plot problems in exactly the same way. 
Sometimes, another set of ears is just necessary. 
Do you have another set of ears? No? Well, you have me. All you have to do is drop me a line. mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com. 

I survived February and deserve a gold star

Guys. I can’t even begin to say thanks to everyone who left encouraging comments to my last post and those who kept me and my family in their thoughts and prayers. Truly, you are all awesome. Amazing. Wonderful.

And won’t you believe it, I wanted to post this days ago, back when I would have been on time for my own bloghop, but my Internet (bad as it was) died and then we moved into a house that pretty much fell into our laps. (Never underestimate the value of warm water and proper electricity.)

Today, they installed our new, much improved Internet. And here I am. Very late for my own bloghop, but I’m posting anyway.

For those of you who don’t know, Beth Fred and I host a monthly bloghop. Basically, we and the other entrants have shared our crazy or just crazy important goals. We update on our progress and encourage each other on the last Friday of every month. If you’d like to join or to check out how everyone else is doing, click here.

Obviously, this sudden finding of and moving to a new house has made a dent in my plans, so I didn’t do as much as I’d wanted to. (Worth it, though.)

Here’s a rundown of my February goals and how I did with each:


1) Sort out covers for Wo6C1, Wo6C2 and BvB1.

Still a no, but at least I should be able to do *something* now that I have contact with the outside world. 

2) Finish copy-edits for BvB1

Done in theory, but I’m not really happy with BvB1 yet, so I’ll have to do another pass.

3) Rewrite Wo6C3 and the Untethered Realms Anthology Short.

Good news: I finished the short story. The bad news: while prepping the Wo6C3 rewrite the day after posting my goals, I discovered that for the second time, my edits had made the rough draft redundant. So now I’m drafting for the third time. Just can’t rewrite this story without it. Sigh.

4) Start with revisions to ES1

Didn’t get a chance to open the manuscript.

5) Write 50k words total, rewrites included. This means about 15k toward my rough drafts.

I wrote about 26k words total, of which about 15k words were toward rough drafts.

Visually, this is what February’s writing looked like:


1) Start reading Mansfield Park.

Finished it.

2) Start reading King Lear.

Didn’t get to it yet.

3) Read four other books.

I read five in total.

Social Media

Still delayed pending a proper Internet connection.

Should be able to get something done now. 


To continue with preparations etc. for the house building thing.

House building is shelved for the time being.

All things considered, I didn’t do too badly. It’s been rough, but I’m hoping that – now that things are going better – I’ll actually get even more done. March might be a bit tough on my goal achieving ways, so I’ll be happy if I get at least a few of these done:

Goals for March:


1) Sort out covers for Wo6C1, Wo6C2 and BvB1

2) Proofread Wo6C1 and Wo6C2.

3) Edit my Untethered Realms Anthology Short Story

4) Start Revising ES1

5) Rough draft 35k words.

6) Rewrite 15k words.

This is what I hope March will look like, writing-wise.


1) Start King Lear

2) Start a French book

3) Read four other books.

Social Media

1) Get back into a regular blog posting schedule.

2) Visit everyone who’ve been stopping by since the beginning of the year.

3) Prepare for the A to Z Challenge.


1) Finish applying for a government grant for my one business.

2) Finish crocheting a blanket for my room.

3) Do something else crafty. Painting, perhaps.

That’s it for me. Do you have any goals? How are you doing? What do you think of my red-walled room?