• Writing

    Writing Report, December 2014

    by December was all about focus. NaNoWriMo type focus, but without NaNoWriMo. A quick summary: Novel WIP Scattered On the Wind Spent a few minutes here and there tidying up the dictation to come up with a final clean word count of 64,779. And that’s 2,457 words higher than when I officially counted the story complete on November 26th. The Godhead A total of 16,781 words to finish the story off, deliberately truncating three chapters and throwing away one scene entirely, at a much shorter than the first book total of 103,919. The back half of this story was rough and I dragged through the writing. That tells me there’s…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, March 2014

    by This is late in coming. March had some additional real world stresses built into it, as well as a vacation where I chose to spend the time with my kids rather than in front of the keyboard. No regrets on the latter, and most of the former has been lifted in the last few days. April will be better, but probably still below target. May should be back up to par, I hope, or even a little above. But, for a very quick overview of what I actually did accomplish in February, 2014:   Major WIP The Godhead, Book 1 15,062 words written of 30,000 target. Which is okay.…

  • Writing

    Writing Report, February 2014

    by Quick overview of writing accomplishments for the month of February, 2014. Major WIP The Godhead, Book 1 30,063 words written of 30,000 target. Barely dusted that one on the last day of the month, but I’m still pretty happy about it. As previously mentioned though, the story keeps getting a little more complicated. At just over 56k, I should be almost 60% through my original plot, give or take a few points. Based on my current projectsions, I’m looking at barely 47%. My forecast for overall length is leaning towards 120k now, a far cry from the 90 I’d first thought and the 95 I’d pretended to work with…

  • Writing

    Writing Report – January 2014

    by This is going to be quicker than usual, I think. Way too much going on. Major WIP The Godhead, Book 1 26,181 words written of 30,000 target. A clean miss, but a pretty good number. I’m also no longer projecting this as a 90k novel, but 100k. Surprise. Novelette Project “A Gathering of Heroes” 3rd of the 4 novelettes, complete at 22,031 words of an originally projected 15,000. Interesting how that works. This makes exactly one of the 4 novelettes that’s actually fallen into novelette count. Not this one, obviously. “Company of the Dead” 4th of the 4 novelettes, complete at 7,711 words written of a projected 15,000. And…

  • Writing

    2014 Writing Goals

    by Based on my 40s so far, projecting anything over an entire year is difficult. I’m going to try anyway. In the last three months of 2013, I proved I can maintain the pace needed to produce a significant body of work. I’d like to think the quality is high enough to be worth reading by someone who isn’t family. While I’ve sold short fiction in the past, and hope I continue to do so, the jury is still out on my novel length work, so I’m focusing a lot of effort there this year.   Writing Goals for 2014 Rather than setting a daily goal, I’ve got specific project…

  • Life

    New Year’s Resolutions 2014

    by I don’t usually make a lot of resolutions. Those I do, I tend to keep simple. There are usually a lot of goals, and I talk about those all over the place. Several posts about my writing goals for 2014 will be appearing in the next few days, for example, so I don’t need to cover those here, and I have karate goals and financial goals and cleaning the house goals, among others. But I’m doing a bit more for resolutions this year. Sort of. There’s always one, and it’s the first one on the short list that follows, but for a change there are others. None of them…

  • Reading

    2014 Reading Challenges

    by So I did the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge this year, with the goal of reading more than I have been the last couple of years. I set a modest goal of 32 books, have counted 34 so far, and still have a couple of weeks (admittedly busy ones) to go. But I’m thinking about next year. There was a time, when my kids were small and slept more, when I didn’t spend much of my spare time writing, when I worked for a book retailer or in the aftermath of that career, I read more than 100 books per year. Before kids, before the internet, that number hit 200…