September was a weird writing month, as the numbers below will show. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air right now and there’s circus music playing in the background. As a result, a lot of what I’m writing is the thoughts going through my head. There’s more gone into my journal this month than in a long, long time, and I’ve written some essays that will probably make fine blog posts or additions to the Book of Lance once I go back and scrub the dictation software out of them and make them read well.
But there hasn’t been a lot of fiction. I did get 10 submissions out this month, but they were all in the last three days.
The quick summary for September, 2014:
Nothing. Really. Totally and completely stalled. Staring at a blank wall in the middle of the book that no longer makes sense and I find myself not wanting to write on the other side of it.
Arena was a NaNoWriMo project a few years back. For some reason, I hauled it out for a quick skim this month and found that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d thought. The world stuck in my head enough that I had to run off a quick opening scene for its sequel, Shrine, to the tune of 832 words.
With the exception of a 220-word flash piece titled “Long Distance Murder” the rest of the 8,028 words short fiction work happened in the Year of Trek arena.
I did do a couple of editing passes for my story “Natural Order” appearing in the upcoming Xychler anthology Legends and Lore.
Year of Trek Fiction
Finished the Sulu novelette at 9,673 words, although I feel like it comes together too quickly at the end. My vague ideas for a story centering on Scotty has seen a very rough opening scene and that’s it.
The “catch everything that doesn’t fit into any of the fiction categories” bucket caught a lot of words this month. 49,285 of them, in fact. This pulls in a lot of journal entries, some blogging, poetry, philosophy, and scripting for both Days of Geek and a Star Trek project or two. Lots going on here, most of it the world will never see. But it’s still writing.
Total for the Month
It all totals up to 59,619 words for September. A good total, it’s just that most of it isn’t where I’d planned.
Goals for October:
- Figure out the problem I’m having with The Godhead. I don’t really care what the fix is or how many words I get on the other side of the wall, but the problem needs to go away. I like to say I never get writer’s block because I can always write something else. Apparently, I don’t want it badly enough on this project.
- For short fiction, I want to complete the Scotty story and then get back to The Undead. Yes, I said something like that last month, but maybe I can gain some ground when life settles down in a couple of weeks.
- Don’t think I’m making my story submission goal for the year, but I need to get more out there. I currently have only thirteen out. That includes what I sent out this month.
- I’m going to edit and polish “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus”, a 12-ish thousand word near-future SF novelette. Why? Because starting Friday, I’m intending to post a piece of it every week. That’s right, back to serial fiction. The story itself is complete and fairly tight and has been through a second draft, but I’m only halfway thorugh the third. The “read out loud” draft will probably happen for each post.
- I’ve got a new plan for blogging, putting myself on a schedule. Monday and Wednesday for a blog post, Friday for fiction, and Sunday is for if I release something in audio.
Looking for the overall October word count to be a little higher than September level, and hopefully more of it to be fiction.
Be well, everyone.by