Writing

Writing Report for the Week Ending 26 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 of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. I’ll leave this at 4 for the week.
  6. BSG**. Finish the post for episode 4.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: 3,250 words of second draft on the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

  1. 0 words of new fiction. I’ll get to that in a minute.
  2. 1,446 words of new non-fiction. Ditto.
  3. 8,710 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. New strategy is to pick a primary goal and once I’ve met secondary ones for the week, reallocate the time I would have spent on those each day to the primary. That was Draugr Rising this week, and probably will continue to be until it’s done.
  4. 5,032 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listened 4 episodes of the planned 4.
  6. BSG**. Finished the handwritten version of my notes during my second watch of the episode, but haven’t actually transcribed those or written the post yet.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 0.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: done. Twice. I actually added four chapters to this. Working my way to the climax of the novel.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: finished this one in five days then shifted the time to making extra progress of Draugr Rising.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: not enough static time.

So, this week’s trip to the emergency was the result of a horrible Xbox Kinect accident that resulted in my youngest daughter dislocating her left kneecap. This was not fun for anyone involved, least of all her. Her leg is in a semi-soft brace at the moment to give it a few days to heal. Other, less traumatizing, events have also intervened, but we deal with what comes up.

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.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Planning to actually write the post here.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. Let’s get back on track. I’ve already got five stories picked out and the places I intend to send them, so I just have to take the formatting time.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: the usual adding of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. I think there are probably only six or eight chapters to go.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: another 3,250 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead. Trying this one again.

Once again, I’m not anticipating any emergencies this week. However, I am going back to night shift for the first time in close to three years. Have the feeling it’s going to be tough to settle my sleep schedule, so I’m not sure how productive I might end up being.

Marking the second draft of Draugr Rising as the primary project right now, the one to work on when other things are complete or when I have a few spare minutes. Editing, I find I’m more able to do in short bursts when those bursts are available. Drafting takes a little more long range focus. Since I have lots of stuff to edit right now, that works out.

Be well, everyone.

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

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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