Writing Report for May 2019

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So my word count for May is closer to what I’ve been expecting the “average” month to be: 62.8k. May was a tough month for the day job, with a lot of stuff sucking my energy and time away and our family situation altering a bit as my oldest settles back in to living at home, albeit mostly in his own space in the basement. Average monthly word count for the year is now about 72.7k, and I’m still pretty happy with how the year is shaping up.

Accomplishments in May:

  1. Plotting: finished the detailed outline level of what might be the first shorter novel (50-ish thousand words) in a series of pulp-y SF adventure stories. I have rough ideas for more stories, but I’m going to see how writing the first one goes before I dive too far down the rabbit hole.
  2. Plotting: finished the detailed outline level of a story partially set on Curaçao where we vacationed this year, involving a stranded alien and human trafficking.
  3. Big Hair Day completed at 50,112 words in the first draft, but lots of dictation clean up still to be done. Finished up on the 2nd of May.
  4. Fallen Heroes: switched to being the primary projected and, if a couple of spots have been a struggle, I’m finishing the month with this at 48k with about 5k left in primary plot. Shortest of the trilogy, but a complete story, I think, and it will be longer when it’s done the final draft.
  5. Short fiction: three short stories, all SF. “Stranded on the Moon” (not a final title) at 2997 words, “It’s All Downhill From Here” at 3307 words, and “Johnny and the Dread” at 5207 words. Two more in progress, both about half done. Might be finding my short fiction groove again.
  6. Editing: Forest. Finished the notes-making pass on this, with fewer things to fix than in Shrine. As these were originally one book, I’m not sure if that means it’s in better shape or not.
  7. Editing: Palace. Haven’t gotten too far into revision notes of what is now Book 4 of Troll World, so this will likely stretch a big part of June as well.
  8. 14 blog posts.
  9. 16 journal entries.

Total word count for the month of 62,803 and that’s a solid number, especially considering the interventions from life in the last 31 days.

On the publishing side of my goals:

  1. Turn the World Around technically published on the first of May. I mentioned that last month, so it’s possible I’m taking double credit here. The serial started on Wattpad, as well.
  2. Heroes Inc. launchedas both e-book and paperback on May 31st.
  3. “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” dropped as an ebook on May 15th.
  4. Graceland complete and programmed to drop on June 12th.
  5. Also on Wattpad, Skip to My Luu continues as a serial. It will be going there for most of the year.
  6. Fanfic, Fractured Unity is scheduled for June 16th launch on Wattpad and file availability.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 10. Hey, made the goal for once. Should I mention I did these all in one day?

Next up, primary writing goals for June. Not as light as the original May goals, but closer to the revised ones, with some increased daily targets on primary projects. The May resets basically had me hitting the primary goals all on the last day of the month, and that’s a bit tighter than I’d like, but is in the ballpark to make me feel like I’m actually working for those goals to be successful.

  1. Fallen Heroes first draft should be done not too far into June. I’m actually projecting June 5th at the moment, but there’s room for adjustment there.
  2. Which means it will be time to launch into the sequel to Universal Destiny, creatively titled Converging Destiny, fully plotted and fairly fresh in my head.
  3. Secondary Novel project: the Curaçao project. Looking for about 5k words, just enough to scratch the itch while still getting some short fiction done.
  4. Short Fiction: at least 10k in short fiction. Actually, between numbers 3 and 4, I’m looking for 15.5k for the month.
  5. Plotting: Strewn Across the Stars. Sequel to Scattered on the Wind.
  6. Editing: Palace, finishing revision notes.
  7. Editing: starting on Battlefield. If I can get all the way through Palace.
  8. Editing: “Trollsign”. I need to get this one to final draft because it’s on my list of things I want to turn into ebooks this year. Yeah, I was supposed to do that last month. It’s only 3rd and Final to go. Should be easy, right?
  9. Non-fiction word count goal for the month: 12500 words. Blog and journal, mainly, but we’ll see what happens.

Switching over to publishing:

  1. The standard target of 10 short story submissions.
  2. Keeping working on finding a home for Ancient Runes. Traditional publishing, so this goal is going to get repeated a lot, I think.
  3. Serialization continues for Skip to My Luu, “Turn the World Around”, and starts for Fractured Unity.
  4. Indie release for Graceland, and “Mummy Powder”.
  5. Pub prep for the haiku collection as well as “Design for Conspiracy” (ST:TOS fanfic).
  6. Design prep for Universal Destiny and “OCS Bound”. These are for August publication and will keep me two months ahead.
  7. Design prep for “Trollsign” and “Sub-Solar Whispers” (ST:TOS fanfic). These are for September publication, so this will get me to where I’m working three months ahead and that’s my target.

Remembering that post about goal revision {link here}, I have set the dailies a bit higher than they were previously for June, similar to the revised versions for May. With that in mind, the total word goal for the month is actually 60k, which includes the assumption that the novel I want to do the detailed plotting on will be worth 5k. I haven’t included words from plotting goals in the past, but that’s a rough average for detailed plot documents on novel-length stories in the past year for me, so it seems fair.

Be well, everyone.

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Lance
Lance Schonberg is an eclectic genre fiction author with more than two dozen stories published or on the way. 2019 is the year he dives into independent publishing, starting with "Thorvald's Wyrd", "Skip To My Luu", and "Turn the World Around". And he needs a more exciting short bio.

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