Writing Report for the Week Ending 19 February 2017

Writing Report for the Week Ending 19 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap. First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,000 words progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to the first four episodes of series 3.
  6. Episode 4 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: finish the final draft of the Uhura novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

  1. 275 words of new fiction. A little weaker than I wanted (obviously, since I missed the target by almost 90%). I’ll discuss the primary reason for that in the commentary.
  2. 1,589 words of new non-fiction. Yeah, a little skimpy here, too. Two planned blog posts I didn’t even get drafted. There are reasons. I’ll push them to next week.
  3. 7,201 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. I put daily targets on this and met them all, unlike on some other things.
  4. 5,229 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. Daily targets here, too, and that worked out all right. I’ll probably do the same next week.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listened to 1 episode of the planned 4. Got too absorbed in the audiobook I was listening to (Raising Steam), and the commutes I would have spent listening to ISIRTA went to that instead.
  6. BSG**. Managed my watch of the next episode for enjoyment but only got through a third of the episode for note taking purposes.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 19. That’s right, 19. I decided to kickstart this by using one whole day off to do nothing but story submissions after I hit the daily editing goals – 17 done on that first day and a couple since. Three of those have come back as rejections already, but one has passed on to round two at a certain magazine. Hopefully, I’ve broken through the mental barrier here and I’ll just continue on.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: done.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: I actually did this all in one go on my other day off because it’s what I felt like working on.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: I want to use them all. Probably can’t, but I want to. No selections made for sure.

Things would probably have been even better this week, but a medical emergency resulting in an emergency appendectomy for my son. Very, very glad that’s over. Very, very glad he’s having a much easier time of it than I did.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. Keeping that pace will have this draft done in mid-March.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. And keeping that pace will have this draft done before the end of April, but I’ll probably pick up the pace here once I finish the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  5. ISIRTA*. I’ll leave this at 4 for the week. If I can manage that, it will take me three weeks to listen to the rest of Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Let’s finish off episode 4, shall we?
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. After last week, this should be no problem, right?
  8. Stretch Goal 1: the usual adding of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. Slowing this down is making me think about the plot a little more, which I think I like. But then I remember a couple of weeks back rough plotting an entire novel in one night.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: starting on the second draft of my Sulu novelette. If I can do 3,250 words per week of polishing here, it will be done in three weeks.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead. Trying this one again.

Not anticipating any emergencies this week, but then when does anyone actually anticipate emergencies. Being prepared for them is one thing, figuring it’s time for them to happen is something else. Always be prepared, at least mentally, if you can, which isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Be well, everyone.

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

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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