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Writing Report for the Week Ending 05 March 2017

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It’s time for the what I’m trying to make the traditional weekly recap. Last week’s 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*. 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.

The Results:

  1. 0 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,632 words of new non-fiction. Blog posts and book reviews, mainly.
  3. 9,962 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,520 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three. Accomplished.
  6. BSG**. Mostly written the next post. Not completely written. I need to finish a little polishing time and find or capture the images I want.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1. The problem here might be that I don’t have a lot of time to just sit and do stuff in the last little bit. I’m not sure that’s going to get better. Still, with the day I spent a couple of weeks ago just doing submissions, I’m a little above target for the year so far.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: actually, I finished the rough plot here. While there are a couple of things I might expand and one that may not be necessary for the plot, the scene list breaks out to 47 chapters.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: another 3,554 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: not so much here. But that’s okay. Stretch goals are supposed to be stretch goals. That I hit the other two so well for the last little bit means that mentally, they were more primaries to me.

Another really busy week, but at least no new trips to the hospital. Actually, it was probably less busy than it feels at this point. Half of my problem was learning to sleep during the daytime again after three years without a night shift.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 4,891 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising, because that’s what’s left.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  3. I’m going to start the scene description step of Bad Teenage Poetry. Looking for five chapters worth this week. The scene-level outline has 40, but that could change.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three, finishing the listening for pleasure step of this series. There are nine altogether.
  5. BSG**. Finish the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 1 and make notes for Part 2.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: 2,935 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette, because that’s what’s left.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

I’m going to drop the new fiction and non-fiction goals for the rest of March and just see how much other work I can get through. Mostly editing, a little plotting, and we’ll see what I squeeze in for new words in whatever category.

Be well, everyone.

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

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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