• Writing

    2013 Writing Recap

    by It’s been a turbulent year in some ways, but I’ve had worse in recent memory. Creatively speaking, the year has had equal parts frantic activity and abysmal nothingness. It rounds out not too badly. First, a quick re-cap, pulling a few choice bits of information from blog posts and plans of a year ago and reality measured up.   Writing Goals for 2013 1,000 words per day of new fiction, totalling 365,000 words, but with the relaxing caveat of every day being a new one and only the new target matters. Somewhere in this total, the first draft of Tashiik Dreams or Dreams of Freedom. Reality: I wrote no…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, December 2013 and the Whole of Q4

    by So many words, so little time. I’m going to make this a quick post, I hope, as I’ve got a lot to accomplish in the few days I’m off this week, and a lot of it isn’t writing related. As usual, there are numbers involved, so if those bore you, skip ahead to the end. (Note that these are all as of going to bed New Year’s Eve. I did write a little yesterday.) December’s targets versus reality: Project Target Actual Untitled Novelette Project 40,000 43,156 words Short Fiction: included in Novelette goals 2,158 Godhead, Book 2 plotting 50/50 51/50 scenes Short Fiction Cleanup   Breaking things out: Untitled…

  • Reading

    Reading Goals for 2013

    by And, to round things out, reading. I haven’t been reading enough for pleasure in the last few years. There was a time, long ago before I became a parent or a serious writer, or a fully functioning adult, when I read a lot more. Through most of my 20s, I read 150-200 novels per year, haunting bookstores new and used alike (and not just because I tended to work in them). Those days are gone. Most of my short fiction consumption (and there’s still a fair bit of that) is online these days, but I read thirteen novels last year. When I closed out my career with Chapters, I…