• Writing

    Q4 Goals Update

    by Sort of. Q4 being October, November, December, which account for a total of just over 50,000 words once I’ve totalled all the buckets. Light compared to the two quarters preceding it, but still well over the less than 22k achieved in Q1. While I’m not formally in school at this point, I have altered my life so that a major portion of each day is about Academics. I’m gradually working through an in-depth TESL course (Teaching English as a Second Language) and I’m relearning/reviewing senior high school math and science. In that second piece, it’s been a while, so it’s not as quick as it might have been, say,…

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    Driving and Dictating

    by I seem to be getting a little more comfortable with driving longer distances. Not that I’m ready to become a transport driver, or anything, but being able to sit in the car for several hours at a time is probably not a bad skill at this point my life. I have one child in university in the city that is about two hours away, door-to-door, and, parents that live almost as far away it almost the same direction, plus two more children who will be trying to figure out where they’re headed in the next few years as well. And it will not surprise me in the least if…

  • Life

    Time for a Mid-Life Crisis

    by It’s the first of November, 2018 and I’ve decided that it’s time for my midlife crisis. Nice bombshell, eh? Now, I say midlife crisis, but mine is not going involve a sports car or plastic surgery or a 20-year-old girlfriend, or anything stupid like that. Mine is coming a reorganization of priorities and some significant goal setting. Some of those goals I’ve already started to work in earnest towards, while some are just getting started and some which a brand-new. The high points, and there isn’t going to be a lot of detail on some of these as there are things to consider and build in the background: By…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Set a New Writing Goal Day

    by For those of you taking note of the Year of CelebrationTM, Tuesday (Februay 19th) was Set a New Writing Goal Day. Yes, a totally made up holiday, it falls on the 50th day of the year, a good day, I thought, to review goals for the year and adjust them if they seem too unrealistic in one direction or the other. My overall writing goals for the year, while aggressive, still looked doable. January started slow in terms of hitting targets, but February seemed to be a month for good, solid performance and I felt like I’d hit every target for the second month of the year. I skimmed…

  • 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…

  • Publishing

    Publishing Goals for 2013

    by Part 3 of 4 in the “Goals of 2013” series. I don’t want to rehash the Three Year Plan post too much, but the independent publishing goals stand: Small Realities 1-4. Small collection of my short fiction targeted at 28-30,000 words each and published in March, June, September, and December. I’ve already picked the stories for the first one, and I’m thinking about cover art and author’s notes. “Turn the World Around”. 35,000 word Science Fiction novella/short novel. Figuring on late summer for this. “Thorvald’s Wyrd”. Epic fantasy told in 100-word scenes. Late in the fall. It’s a wintery kind of tale. “Where the Water Tastes Funny”, a 6,000-ish…

  • Writing

    Editing Goals for 2013

    by Added to the new fiction goal of 365k, the list of editing goals for this year looks a little absurd, but: Skip To My Luu needs some minor tweaking here and there. Just a couple of manners of speech and items that I think pull the reader a bit out of the story when they come up. A little smoothing out. Warforge: Caledonia is to go through its second draft. While I’m putting this into the Editing category of goals, the “fill in the gaps” story expansion that’s part of this draft needs, at a guess, 40,000-ish words. But the target on this one is the end of the…

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    Writing Goals for 2013

    by So, the Three Year Plan notwithstanding, I’ve got some writing goals for 2013. I don’t want to use the word “resolutions”. Too easy to give up and I’m all about flexibility and adaptability in accomplishing my goals. My overall word target is a moving one, but the initial one is big. Bigger than I’ve ever managed before. Bigger than the last two years combined. Granted that the last couple of years have not been the best, creatively, but I have high hopes for 2013. Looking into the future, it seems pretty bright. And the goal amounts to only 1,000 words per day, not counting blogging or philosophy. Both of…