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Writing Report for the Week Ending 19 March 2017

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Weekly recap of writing-related activities. Last week’s goals:

1.   10,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.

2.   Second draft on my Scotty short story. First draft stands at 3,953 words.

3.   Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Five chapters would be good.

4.   Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.

5.   ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.

6.   BSG**. Write the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2.

7.   Short Story Submissions: 3. Theoretically, I’m on vacation this week, but there’s a lot going on. I don’t think this should be hard for a change.

8.   Stretch Goal 1: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

1.   Not just not a bump, but a dramatic underestimate. I finished this draft and still teared up at the last scene. Setting this aside to rest for a bit and I’ll come back to the “read it aloud” draft in a month or so.

2.   Done.

3.   Hero’s Life revision notes: 7 chapters accomplished.

4.   Bad Teenage Poetry scene descriptions: 6 chapters accomplished. Missed one day or it would have been 7.

5.   Nope. Managed to not get to these. Catching up on several podcasts.

6.   Well, I got the notes done for episode 5. I wasn’t at home for more than half the week, but I did have it on the computer I had with me. Time usage noted below.

7.   Zero. Moving right along.

8.   Nope.

I said something last week about an event having some waiting involved? I seam to have used that waiting to accomplish rather a lot of editing beyond the original targets while ignoring a few other goals. Under the general heading of “all writing is good writing” from a polishing your craft perspective, that’s okay, especially because I’m rather happy with what I accomplished.

So now we should set some goals for this week, right?

1.   Hero’s Life revision notes continued. I managed seven chapters last week, so let’s try the same again. Marking this one as the primary project this week, so if I find extra editing time, this is top of the list.

2.   7,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising. I actually started this last night, polishing the first chapter.

3.   Second draft on my Chapel short story. With the first draft (with notes) standing at 5,637 words, this is a loftier goal than the same draft on the Scotty short last week.

4.   Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. Since I made six last week, this seems reasonable.

5.   ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.

6.   BSG**. Write the post for “Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2.”

7.   Short Story Submissions: 3.

8.   Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

I wrote as the second last line of a story once, Every day is a new one. That’s true for everything, but I’ve got it in my head for writing right now. Every day is a new one. So is every week, bringing new targets and goals, new distractions, and new directions. Wonder what I’ll accomplish and find this week.

Be well, everyone.

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

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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