• WIP,  Writing

    Writing Report for March 2019

    by Holy word count, Batman! Going back through my records, this was actually my best month for word count ever, and the first time I’ve ever broken 100,000 words in a month. Distant number 2 was January this year at under 82k, and 3rd place was September last year at a touch over 81k. I know I’ve said my goal is progress rather than word count, but wow. Accomplishments in March: Battlefield: complete at 74.4k, but with a lot of dictation cleanup still to be done. Of course, that’s goes along with the previous two novels in the set, so there’s still a lot of work to be done there.…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Back On Track?

    by So I’m starting to feel like I’m back on track with the writing. While I’m not back up to the daily output of August to October yet, there’s at least some word count. Some days are pretty solid. Others are lighter. This past weekend, I actually had no words on Saturday, but that was due to a set of all-day seminars in the karate part of my life. Whenever I take all day for something like that, there are other things are left done, so I when come home, there are a whole bunch of chores to do. By the time I was caught up to where I wanted…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Writing Report for the two weeks ending 12 August 2018

    by I may do a couple more of these weekly just to help establish the habit, but I think over the longer term monthly is better. It’s a nice way for me to catch up, but I want to get as many words into active projects as possible. During my vacation week, I built the basic set of targets, making things concrete-ish beginning August 2nd but not going beyond the end of the week at that point. Since coming home, I’ve fleshed out a real plan on multiple levels (as suggested last week), and thought I’d list what I’ve managed since starting to use the keyboard for its intended purpose…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Writing Report for 08 August 2017

    by There should have been one of these last week, but I guess that will just make this one a little longer. Projects completed: Last week, I finished off the Star Trek Marathon logs, at least the written versions of them. All 53 drafted. A little polishing at a later date and then recording sometime after that. Late this afternoon, I finished the read through on the “final” draft of Scattered on the Wind. Time to find some beta readers for this one, and a couple of other things. Which makes the “next 10”, in currently anticipated completion order: Star Trek Comic Strips Haiku Selection Novella/Novelette Review Catch Up Shrine…

  • NaNoWriMo,  WIP,  Writing

    What I’m Writing: Scattered On the Wind

    by A quick snapshot of works in progress. Novel: The Godhead, Book 2 Short: “Hitching Home, A Ghost Story” Year of Trek: “Scotty’s Enterprise” Editing: “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” Plotting: Scattered on the Wind Too much? Well, it’s not technically everything I have in progress at the moment, but these are the main things and I am trying to limit myself a bit. I’ll draw your attention to Scattered on the Wind today. I have, for reasons I don’t understand, decided to attempt NaNoWriMo this year. It’s been a while, and I feel like I need the boost that will come from writing a 50,000 word story in a month. Except…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Note on the Godhead Trilogy

    by So the Godhead trilogy that I keep talking about is my primary new fiction project for the year. It’s a fantasy trilogy that I originally plotted out to about 100,000 words per book based on the scenes I originally wanted to include. Note the word originally. This story seems to grow in the telling almost every time I start a new scene. The first book had the shortest outline by several thousand words, with an original projected length of 94,500. This was based on previous work, knowing my own writing style well enough to estimates how long I would take to tell each little piece of the story. But…

  • WIP,  Writing

    The Novelette Project Update

    by So when I first conceived of the Novelette Project, sometime late last year, the idea was to write three 10-15,000 word novelettes, all falling into the general bucket of the Fantasy genre, but all of different sub-genres. These would go along with Thorvald’s Wyrd, possibly to build a small collection. I had thoughts for three more novelettes when I began, with a fourth idea coming in later, and five is a nice number, so I let myself have that leeway, and I gave myself December to get the bulk of them done. Three times 10,000 words is 30,000 words, which seemed like something I could accomplish in light of…

  • WIP,  Writing

    Not As According to Plan As I’d Like

    by Writing is a very strange business sometimes. Actually, writing is a very strange business all of the time, but I have something specific in mind at the moment. When I try plotting something, or even just figuring it out in my head, I usually have a decent idea of the wordage something will take, at least at the scene level. I can think about what’s supposed to happen in a scene and guess roughly how long it will take. The first draft will usually wind up somewhere in the ball park. If I estimate a scene at 2500 words, it will almost certainly break 2000 and probably won’t reach…

  • WIP,  Writing

    I Should Have Killed the Shepherd

    by In the novelette I’m currently working on, “Last of the Sorcerer Kings”, there’s a scene where one of the two POV characters comes across the results of the killer he’s chasing entertaining himself. In the raw outline, I just listed it as “The Shepherd Scene”. The idea was for the hero to further his resolve to catch the bastard who can do stuff like this to other people. When I got there, I realized I’d already hardened his resolve based on hints dropped about events before the story began. I also saw it as a way for the other POV character to impress the hero and develop her as…

  • WIP,  Writing

    November Numbers

    by Writing Report, November 2013 Keeping myself honest, and not because I expect many people will read this, it’s time for the first of the month writing update to cover the previous month. In this case, November 2013. I won’t go into the “productivity” experiment parameters again other than as they match up with the goals I reached or didn’t for November. Again, there are numbers involved, so if that bores you, skip ahead to the end. First, a quick reminder of the parameters of the writing experiment: Limited, but daily when possible, social networking, mostly over breakfast. (I’m semi-failing at this. FB has done well enough from me, but…