Writing Report for the Week Ending 23 April 2017

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I think I’m finally adjusting to my crappy schedule (don’t feel sorry for me – I knew what was going to happen when I took the job). Of course, just as that’s happening, I’m adding to things. Well, not just me, but still.

On the good news side of things, I was offered and excepted the PT job of Publishing Assistant for Bards and Sages Publishing. There was a post here, if you want a couple of details. A couple of hours per week exploring a different piece of the publishing industry and hopefully contributing in a positive way to a great little publisher.

And my oldest child is moving out a week from today. That sucks. I was supposed to have him until Labour Day before he went away to school, but he and four friends have rented a house together, taking possession late in the day on the first of May and they’re all moving in on the 2nd. Came up on us fast, and not just faster than it was supposed to. You always think you have more time. You’re usually wrong.

Anyway, last week’s goals:

  1. Hero’s Life 5 chapters of revision notes.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising.
  3. Second draft on my Kyle short story.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Watch and take notes for The Lost Warrior.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

Actually accomplished.

  1. Hero’s Life revision notes: 6 chapters.
  2. Draugr Rising 3rd draft: 5,400 words.
  3. Second draft on my Kyle short story completed.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.
  5. Fail.
  6. Fail.
  7. Fail.
  8. Never got there.

So, four out of seven hit, three completely missed, and the bonus goal never really in sight. I did, however, write several blog posts, get set up for my new part time job, and review the first group of stories for that job. All in all, I’m satisfied with the week.

Next Week’s goals:

  1. Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Hoping to get at least five of the nine chapters between me and the end of the book.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising. Just under 41k to get to the end of the story.
  3. Starting the third draft of my Sulu novelette. This is really more of a hybrid 3rd/final draft. The Trek stories I’ve written were all dictated and I did a lot of cleanup during the revision notes and second drafts on them. I don’t expect a lot of changes at this point. Hope to get to the 5k mark here, with the story currently standing at 10.6k.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. This would take me to the end of the planned narrative. I expect changes during the first draft when I get there.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three. Really.
  6. BSG**. Watch and take notes for The Lost Warrior.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

Again, with current life events, that’s probably much more than I really can hope to get done, especially with a new second job and getting ready for my son to move. Have to see how it works out.

Be well, everyone.

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

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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