Writing Report for the Week Ending 05 February 2017

Writing Report for the Week Ending 05 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap.

First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  3. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to 4 more episodes. 5, for a stretch.
  5. Storyline two post for the original BSG** pilot.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  9. Stretch Goal 3: start on the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

 

The Results:

  1. 2,504 words of new fiction. Wrote what turned out to be the last flash piece for the undead project, coming in at 1062 words. The rest of the words were on Chapter 10 of Shrine. I’d like to make a little more progress there in the coming week.
  2. 9 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. I actually revised the goal here mid-stream. I decided I wanted to get the second draft done by the end of March, so that made a daily need of a little less than 750 words of first draft to fix/revise per day. That meant 5,250 words in a week, on average, to get me to that March 31st
  4. ISIRTA*. Squeezed 5 episodes in between podcasts during my commutes.
  5. BSG** pilot, storyline 2 written, but I haven’t quite posted it yet. It’s on today’s list. These have both been longer than I originally thought they were going to be. Wonder if that’s going to be a trend.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 0. Kinda struggling on this one. The only goal I didn’t make this week.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: added four and things are about to get really bad for the hero who thought he’d retired to a more or less office job. And his friends.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: I’m now about ¾ of the way through the make it pretty draft of Chapter 5. Puts me almost 20% of the way through the story
  9. Stretch Goal 3: I did manage to find a little time for the final read through and polish of five scenes in Uhura’s story, about 40% through the narrative. Which really needs a title.

All in all, a pretty great week. Only one goal I missed this week, and most of them I overachieved, a couple of those in a big way.

Why I’m struggling with the story submissions is a bit of a mystery. Or maybe it isn’t. There are only so many minutes of free time in each day and I feel like it takes quite a few of them to manage even one submission. What would probably be smart for the way my brain works is to build up a bunch of possibles at once and set up the packages together, emailing a whole bunch at a time. And yet the goal of just getting one out in a week seems so reasonable.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction. I have to admit that this goal has been there all the way along, too. This includes things like blog posts and journal entries, but the word counts for the BSG** and ISIRTA* projects go in here too.
  3. The last 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  4. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to series 2.
  6. Storyline three post for the original BSG** pilot.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: start on the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

The more I break things out, the more ridiculous this list gets, visually.

Be well, everyone.

 

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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