On my brain being a douchebag

Jan 02

Well, friends, I have good news. Well, good news and bad news. The good news is that the writing of Terrestrials, book 2, is officially underway! I wrote a few scenes last night, as well as an opening line that I’m already pretty sure I’m going to change, haha. But this one scene… oh man… I mean, I’m the one who wrote it, and it still had my heart racing and blood pumping. It is goo-ood stuff (is that super conceited-sounding? Bahahaha.)

Of course, I already mentioned that there’s a second, less happy part of this announcement. So, the bad news isn’t really bad news. It’s more like… a revelation of douchbaggery. Because, yes, I have discovered that, truly, my brain is a douchebag. Why do I say this? Well, I say this because even though I sat down in front of my laptop in the afternoon yesterday, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to write my little heart out, I didn’t actually do any writing… until after 1 AM. Yep, as I was laying in bed, having not written a single word despite my best intentions, a scene started to play itself out in my head. And yeah, as mentioned, it was a good scene, too.

I knew I couldn’t just go to sleep and leave it for the morning, for fear that not only the idea itself, but the motivation to write it would be gone by then. So I sat up, pulled my laptop back out, and started to type. Flash forward two hours, it’s 3 AM, I’ve written something that is, in my opinion, pretty banging (I really hope I don’t need to change it too much as the book comes together, as it’s a scene that takes place pretty far into the book), but it’s THREE FRAKKING AM and I have to go to work in the morning. Le sigh.

Oh well. C’est la vie. The burden of having the tortured soul of an artist, or some crap like that, hahahaha. Thankfully, this late night spurt of writing has really invigorated my drive to get book 2 going, and am really excited to keep going with writing. So I guess the ends justifies the means in this case. I’m trying out Scrivener for book 2, a novel writing software that has been getting super high praise from authors–self-pubbed and traditionally-pubbed alike. Sean got me the software license and a “Scrivener for Dummies” book as one of my Christmas presents, so I’m slowly working my way into it. It’s definitely a different way of working than my old open-multiple-windows-in-Microsoft-Word-and-do-tons-of-copy-and-pasting method… and by different, I absolutely mean better. It’s just taking me some time to take full advantage of all the functionality and whatnot.

And now for a semi-exciting, semi-announcement: book 2’s working title! Terra was originally the working title of book 1, and I ended up sticking with it (I just loved the double meaning too much to let it go, y’know?) so who knows if this will end up as the final title, but it most certainly works for now. Drumroll? No? Oh, fine.


Yep, Underground. Are we starting to sense a theme here? Hehe. Well, I’ll just let you all mull over that as I get back down to work, hehehe. Allons-y!


  1. So glad you are writing again. Like the title, can totally see the theme

  2. Oh my gosh Gretchen, I gobbled up Book 1, and am so excited to hear you have started in on Book 2. Can’t wait! Thanks for a great adventure!

  3. Awesome! LOVE the working title for book 2. Obviously, I can’t wait!!

  4. I love Scrivener! I used to use it for writing long articles.



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