Writing Report for the Week Ending 23 April 2017

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I think I’m finally adjusting to my crappy schedule (don’t feel sorry for me – I knew what was going to happen when I took the job). Of course, just as that’s happening, I’m adding to things. Well, not just me, but still.

On the good news side of things, I was offered and excepted the PT job of Publishing Assistant for Bards and Sages Publishing. There was a post here, if you want a couple of details. A couple of hours per week exploring a different piece of the publishing industry and hopefully contributing in a positive way to a great little publisher.

And my oldest child is moving out a week from today. That sucks. I was supposed to have him until Labour Day before he went away to school, but he and four friends have rented a house together, taking possession late in the day on the first of May and they’re all moving in on the 2nd. Came up on us fast, and not just faster than it was supposed to. You always think you have more time. You’re usually wrong.

Anyway, last week’s goals:

  1. Hero’s Life 5 chapters of revision notes.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising.
  3. Second draft on my Kyle short story.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Watch and take notes for The Lost Warrior.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

Actually accomplished.

  1. Hero’s Life revision notes: 6 chapters.
  2. Draugr Rising 3rd draft: 5,400 words.
  3. Second draft on my Kyle short story completed.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.
  5. Fail.
  6. Fail.
  7. Fail.
  8. Never got there.

So, four out of seven hit, three completely missed, and the bonus goal never really in sight. I did, however, write several blog posts, get set up for my new part time job, and review the first group of stories for that job. All in all, I’m satisfied with the week.

Next Week’s goals:

  1. Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Hoping to get at least five of the nine chapters between me and the end of the book.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising. Just under 41k to get to the end of the story.
  3. Starting the third draft of my Sulu novelette. This is really more of a hybrid 3rd/final draft. The Trek stories I’ve written were all dictated and I did a lot of cleanup during the revision notes and second drafts on them. I don’t expect a lot of changes at this point. Hope to get to the 5k mark here, with the story currently standing at 10.6k.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. This would take me to the end of the planned narrative. I expect changes during the first draft when I get there.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three. Really.
  6. BSG**. Watch and take notes for The Lost Warrior.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

Again, with current life events, that’s probably much more than I really can hope to get done, especially with a new second job and getting ready for my son to move. Have to see how it works out.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 16 April 2017

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It’s fair to say that life has been kicking my ass for the past few weeks.

And by life, I mean one or two specific events plus the unpleasant work schedule that temporarily goes along with the promotion I accepted at work. The schedule leaves me drained and not interested in trying to accomplish much during my off hours. I have started watching the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series for the first time ever, but that’s about the extent of my energy level most of the time. There’s been little editing, less writing, and not much creative work at all.

That’s making me unhappy. Unhappier, maybe.

I’m not going to review the bits and pieces I have or haven’t accomplished since taking the new job, but I think I do need to dive back in and start setting some goals again. I don’t know if I’ll get that far with them for the next week or two, at least, but I need to start trying. I’m going to be a little less aggressive than I have been, but not too much. Still worthwhile to push a bit. So…

  1. Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Going to shoot for five chapters this week, with fifteen left to go in this draft.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising. A little more than 46k from the end of the story at the moment.
  3. Second draft on my Kyle short story. The first draft (with notes) stands at 3,226 words.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. I’ve got ten to go in the planned narrative. Of course, that may change when I start writing the first draft. It often does.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three. Really.
  6. BSG**. Watch and take notes for The Lost Warrior.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

That’s probably more than I can hope to get done, but I always like to aim high.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 19 March 2017

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Weekly recap of writing-related activities. Last week’s goals:

1.   10,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.

2.   Second draft on my Scotty short story. First draft stands at 3,953 words.

3.   Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Five chapters would be good.

4.   Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.

5.   ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.

6.   BSG**. Write the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2.

7.   Short Story Submissions: 3. Theoretically, I’m on vacation this week, but there’s a lot going on. I don’t think this should be hard for a change.

8.   Stretch Goal 1: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

1.   Not just not a bump, but a dramatic underestimate. I finished this draft and still teared up at the last scene. Setting this aside to rest for a bit and I’ll come back to the “read it aloud” draft in a month or so.

2.   Done.

3.   Hero’s Life revision notes: 7 chapters accomplished.

4.   Bad Teenage Poetry scene descriptions: 6 chapters accomplished. Missed one day or it would have been 7.

5.   Nope. Managed to not get to these. Catching up on several podcasts.

6.   Well, I got the notes done for episode 5. I wasn’t at home for more than half the week, but I did have it on the computer I had with me. Time usage noted below.

7.   Zero. Moving right along.

8.   Nope.

I said something last week about an event having some waiting involved? I seam to have used that waiting to accomplish rather a lot of editing beyond the original targets while ignoring a few other goals. Under the general heading of “all writing is good writing” from a polishing your craft perspective, that’s okay, especially because I’m rather happy with what I accomplished.

So now we should set some goals for this week, right?

1.   Hero’s Life revision notes continued. I managed seven chapters last week, so let’s try the same again. Marking this one as the primary project this week, so if I find extra editing time, this is top of the list.

2.   7,000 words of progress on the third draft of Draugr Rising. I actually started this last night, polishing the first chapter.

3.   Second draft on my Chapel short story. With the first draft (with notes) standing at 5,637 words, this is a loftier goal than the same draft on the Scotty short last week.

4.   Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. Since I made six last week, this seems reasonable.

5.   ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.

6.   BSG**. Write the post for “Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2.”

7.   Short Story Submissions: 3.

8.   Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

I wrote as the second last line of a story once, Every day is a new one. That’s true for everything, but I’ve got it in my head for writing right now. Every day is a new one. So is every week, bringing new targets and goals, new distractions, and new directions. Wonder what I’ll accomplish and find this week.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 12 March 2017

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It’s that time again, time for what I’m trying to make the traditional weekly recap. Last week’s goals:

  1. 4,891 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising, all that remained.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  3. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry. The outline actually has 30 chapters, not 40. I was remembering a different plot, I think.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to 4 episodes in Series Three.
  5. BSG**. Finish the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 1 and make notes for Part 2.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: 2,935 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette, all that remained.
  8. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

  1. Complete.
  2. 12,765 words of progress on the “make it pretty” draft. This takes me to almost 2/3 of the way through the narrative, and I have to say I’m a lot happier with the story than I thought I would be at this point.
  3. I actually managed 8 here. Not bad progress. The actual first draft isn’t on the list to start for a little while, but since I seem to be struggling so hard with Shrine, I might rearrange the projection a bit.
  4. Somehow, these never made it to the front of the play list. I’ve fallen behind on a lot of podcasts lately, and wanted to catch up on a couple.
  5. Well, I watched the Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2, but I need to go through it again to make notes.
  6. 0 submissions this week. Moving right along.
  7. Finished the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette. I think this works fairly well, too.
  8. Someday.

I got a little sidetracked this week, or maybe a little focused, or both. Aside from the extra progress on two of the primary goals, I also started the Revision Notes draft of Hero’s Life, the second book in the Heroes Inc trilogy. Enjoying this so far, and I think it can go on the regular tasks list for the next couple of weeks.

  1. 10,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. I don’t think this is too much of a bump considering this week’s progress.
  2. Second draft on my Scotty short story. First draft stands at 3,953 words.
  3. Hero’s Life revision notes continued. Five chapters would be good.
  4. Five chapters of scene description step on Bad Teenage Poetry.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Write the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. Theoretically, I’m on vacation this week, but there’s a lot going on. I don’t think this should be hard for a change.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

Like I wrote above, I’m on vacation for the week, but there are a couple of significant events going on that are going to need a lot of my time. Things that are, gasp, more important than writing. For one of these, there may be an appreciable amount of waiting involved, so things may balance. We’ll see

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 05 March 2017

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It’s time for the what I’m trying to make the traditional weekly recap. Last week’s goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Planning to actually write the post here.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. Let’s get back on track. I’ve already got five stories picked out and the places I intend to send them, so I just have to take the formatting time.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: the usual adding of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. I think there are probably only six or eight chapters to go.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: another 3,250 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead. Trying this one again.

The Results:

  1. 0 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,632 words of new non-fiction. Blog posts and book reviews, mainly.
  3. 9,962 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,520 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three. Accomplished.
  6. BSG**. Mostly written the next post. Not completely written. I need to finish a little polishing time and find or capture the images I want.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1. The problem here might be that I don’t have a lot of time to just sit and do stuff in the last little bit. I’m not sure that’s going to get better. Still, with the day I spent a couple of weeks ago just doing submissions, I’m a little above target for the year so far.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: actually, I finished the rough plot here. While there are a couple of things I might expand and one that may not be necessary for the plot, the scene list breaks out to 47 chapters.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: another 3,554 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: not so much here. But that’s okay. Stretch goals are supposed to be stretch goals. That I hit the other two so well for the last little bit means that mentally, they were more primaries to me.

Another really busy week, but at least no new trips to the hospital. Actually, it was probably less busy than it feels at this point. Half of my problem was learning to sleep during the daytime again after three years without a night shift.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 4,891 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising, because that’s what’s left.
  2. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  3. I’m going to start the scene description step of Bad Teenage Poetry. Looking for five chapters worth this week. The scene-level outline has 40, but that could change.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three, finishing the listening for pleasure step of this series. There are nine altogether.
  5. BSG**. Finish the post for Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 1 and make notes for Part 2.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: 2,935 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette, because that’s what’s left.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

I’m going to drop the new fiction and non-fiction goals for the rest of March and just see how much other work I can get through. Mostly editing, a little plotting, and we’ll see what I squeeze in for new words in whatever category.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 26 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap. First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. I’ll leave this at 4 for the week.
  6. BSG**. Finish the post for episode 4.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: 3,250 words of second draft on the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

  1. 0 words of new fiction. I’ll get to that in a minute.
  2. 1,446 words of new non-fiction. Ditto.
  3. 8,710 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. New strategy is to pick a primary goal and once I’ve met secondary ones for the week, reallocate the time I would have spent on those each day to the primary. That was Draugr Rising this week, and probably will continue to be until it’s done.
  4. 5,032 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listened 4 episodes of the planned 4.
  6. BSG**. Finished the handwritten version of my notes during my second watch of the episode, but haven’t actually transcribed those or written the post yet.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 0.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: done. Twice. I actually added four chapters to this. Working my way to the climax of the novel.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: finished this one in five days then shifted the time to making extra progress of Draugr Rising.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: not enough static time.

So, this week’s trip to the emergency was the result of a horrible Xbox Kinect accident that resulted in my youngest daughter dislocating her left kneecap. This was not fun for anyone involved, least of all her. Her leg is in a semi-soft brace at the moment to give it a few days to heal. Other, less traumatizing, events have also intervened, but we deal with what comes up.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to another 4 episodes in Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Planning to actually write the post here.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. Let’s get back on track. I’ve already got five stories picked out and the places I intend to send them, so I just have to take the formatting time.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: the usual adding of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. I think there are probably only six or eight chapters to go.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: another 3,250 words of editing on the 2nd draft of the Sulu novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead. Trying this one again.

Once again, I’m not anticipating any emergencies this week. However, I am going back to night shift for the first time in close to three years. Have the feeling it’s going to be tough to settle my sleep schedule, so I’m not sure how productive I might end up being.

Marking the second draft of Draugr Rising as the primary project right now, the one to work on when other things are complete or when I have a few spare minutes. Editing, I find I’m more able to do in short bursts when those bursts are available. Drafting takes a little more long range focus. Since I have lots of stuff to edit right now, that works out.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 19 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap. First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. 5,000 words progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to the first four episodes of series 3.
  6. Episode 4 post for the original BSG** pilot.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: finish the final draft of the Uhura novelette.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

The Results:

  1. 275 words of new fiction. A little weaker than I wanted (obviously, since I missed the target by almost 90%). I’ll discuss the primary reason for that in the commentary.
  2. 1,589 words of new non-fiction. Yeah, a little skimpy here, too. Two planned blog posts I didn’t even get drafted. There are reasons. I’ll push them to next week.
  3. 7,201 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. I put daily targets on this and met them all, unlike on some other things.
  4. 5,229 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. Daily targets here, too, and that worked out all right. I’ll probably do the same next week.
  5. ISIRTA*. Listened to 1 episode of the planned 4. Got too absorbed in the audiobook I was listening to (Raising Steam), and the commutes I would have spent listening to ISIRTA went to that instead.
  6. BSG**. Managed my watch of the next episode for enjoyment but only got through a third of the episode for note taking purposes.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 19. That’s right, 19. I decided to kickstart this by using one whole day off to do nothing but story submissions after I hit the daily editing goals – 17 done on that first day and a couple since. Three of those have come back as rejections already, but one has passed on to round two at a certain magazine. Hopefully, I’ve broken through the mental barrier here and I’ll just continue on.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: done.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: I actually did this all in one go on my other day off because it’s what I felt like working on.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: I want to use them all. Probably can’t, but I want to. No selections made for sure.

Things would probably have been even better this week, but a medical emergency resulting in an emergency appendectomy for my son. Very, very glad that’s over. Very, very glad he’s having a much easier time of it than I did.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. Keeping that pace will have this draft done in mid-March.
  4. 5,000 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. And keeping that pace will have this draft done before the end of April, but I’ll probably pick up the pace here once I finish the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  5. ISIRTA*. I’ll leave this at 4 for the week. If I can manage that, it will take me three weeks to listen to the rest of Series Three.
  6. BSG**. Let’s finish off episode 4, shall we?
  7. Short Story Submissions: 3. After last week, this should be no problem, right?
  8. Stretch Goal 1: the usual adding of two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. Slowing this down is making me think about the plot a little more, which I think I like. But then I remember a couple of weeks back rough plotting an entire novel in one night.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: starting on the second draft of my Sulu novelette. If I can do 3,250 words per week of polishing here, it will be done in three weeks.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: Story selection for inclusion in The Undead. Trying this one again.

Not anticipating any emergencies this week, but then when does anyone actually anticipate emergencies. Being prepared for them is one thing, figuring it’s time for them to happen is something else. Always be prepared, at least mentally, if you can, which isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 12 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap. First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. The last 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  4. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to series 2.
  6. Storyline three post for the original BSG** pilot.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: continue the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

 

The Results:

  1. 1,801 words of new fiction. A little weak, but not too bad.
  2. 4,029 words of new non-fiction. Mostly several blog posts and the lion’s share of that on the Battlestar Galactica pilot finale.
  3. Finished the final draft pass on Universal Destiny. Actually, I finished it all in one sitting last Monday.
  4. A little over 9,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. This is going to be my primary editing focus for the next few weeks, and I made a pretty solid inroad here.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finished listening to series 2.
  6. Storyline three posted for the original BSG** pilot. The longest of the three posts yet. Probably, the next one will be shorter. Probably.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 0. Moving right along.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: added two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: about 4,800 words of progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. Because I finished the last pass on Universal Destiny so early in the week, I focused a little more on this.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: a little over 4,400 words on the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

Really, a pretty good week. Mostly editing work, but there’s a good reason for that. There are four novels and seventy-eight shorter works (of various lengths from flash to novella) on my hard drive that are somewhere between first draft completed and final draft not completed. Not that I don’t want to produce new stories, but the old ones need some attention. They may not all be great stories, but I’d like to try making them all at least readable.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. My primary editing project for the next little bit. Probably 4-5 weeks of daily work correcting the problems with the story and tidying up the transcription errors (the story was originally dictated during commutes).
  4. 5,000 words progress on the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. This is going to be my secondary editing project
  5. ISIRTA*. Listen to the first four episodes of series 3.
  6. Storyline three post for the original BSG** pilot.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes, which will get me to 75% on the basic plot. Ish. A couple of things I’ve decided I want to include will lengthen things a bit.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: 3,869 words progress on the final draft of the Uhura novelette, because that’s what left. This now has a title, by the way, tentatively, at least: “Sub-Solar Whispers”.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: story selection for inclusion in The Undead.

 

I’m going to try to have two major editing projects going for the next little while. Leaving the short stories aside, Scattered on the Wind, Draugr Rising, Arena, and Hero’s Life are all past first draft status and not yet final draft complete. By the time I get those done next year, I hope that Shrine, Bad Teenage Poetry, Fallen Heroes, and maybe even the sequel to Universal Destiny will have entered the editing mix. Not to mention all of the stories for The Undead that need polishing before that’s ready.

Be well, everyone.

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 05 February 2017

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Time for the weekly recap.

First, the goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  3. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to 4 more episodes. 5, for a stretch.
  5. Storyline two post for the original BSG** pilot.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  9. Stretch Goal 3: start on the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

 

The Results:

  1. 2,504 words of new fiction. Wrote what turned out to be the last flash piece for the undead project, coming in at 1062 words. The rest of the words were on Chapter 10 of Shrine. I’d like to make a little more progress there in the coming week.
  2. 9 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  3. 7,000 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. I actually revised the goal here mid-stream. I decided I wanted to get the second draft done by the end of March, so that made a daily need of a little less than 750 words of first draft to fix/revise per day. That meant 5,250 words in a week, on average, to get me to that March 31st
  4. ISIRTA*. Squeezed 5 episodes in between podcasts during my commutes.
  5. BSG** pilot, storyline 2 written, but I haven’t quite posted it yet. It’s on today’s list. These have both been longer than I originally thought they were going to be. Wonder if that’s going to be a trend.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 0. Kinda struggling on this one. The only goal I didn’t make this week.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: added four and things are about to get really bad for the hero who thought he’d retired to a more or less office job. And his friends.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: I’m now about ¾ of the way through the make it pretty draft of Chapter 5. Puts me almost 20% of the way through the story
  9. Stretch Goal 3: I did manage to find a little time for the final read through and polish of five scenes in Uhura’s story, about 40% through the narrative. Which really needs a title.

All in all, a pretty great week. Only one goal I missed this week, and most of them I overachieved, a couple of those in a big way.

Why I’m struggling with the story submissions is a bit of a mystery. Or maybe it isn’t. There are only so many minutes of free time in each day and I feel like it takes quite a few of them to manage even one submission. What would probably be smart for the way my brain works is to build up a bunch of possibles at once and set up the packages together, emailing a whole bunch at a time. And yet the goal of just getting one out in a week seems so reasonable.

Goals for the coming week:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 2,500 words of new non-fiction. I have to admit that this goal has been there all the way along, too. This includes things like blog posts and journal entries, but the word counts for the BSG** and ISIRTA* projects go in here too.
  3. The last 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  4. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising.
  5. ISIRTA*. Finish listening to series 2.
  6. Storyline three post for the original BSG** pilot.
  7. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  8. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  9. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind.
  10. Stretch Goal 3: start on the final draft of the Uhura novelette.

The more I break things out, the more ridiculous this list gets, visually.

Be well, everyone.

 

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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Writing Report for the Week Ending 29 January 2017

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The original goals:

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction.
  2. 4 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny.
  3. 4 chapters of revision notes for Draugr Rising, taking me to the end of the story.
  4. Listen to 4 episodes of ISIRTA*.
  5. Storyline two post for the original BSG** pilot.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 1.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: start on the final draft of my Uhura novelette.

The Results:

  1. 516 words of new fiction, almost finishing Chapter 9 of Shrine. Not what I was hoping for, but I got a lot deeper into editing this week than I’d planned, so that’s okay.
  2. 9 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny. Yes, more doubling the original target. Love that. Fifteen of twenty-nine chapters have had that final read through, and I have made some small additions and adjustments here and there. By raw word count, I’ve made it through 56% of the narrative, and I like how it’s shaped up.
  3. Finished the reading and revision notes phase for Draugr Rising. And actually also started the second draft, making it through the first three chapters there. This is a bit more involved than the usual 2nd draft as I appear to have dictated with worse audio quality than other dictations and there’s a lot of clean up to do at the same time. I did a little during the revision notes phase, but not much.
  4. ISIRTA*. Enjoyed the early skits, though the original “pilot”, had worse audio quality than I remember and a couple of bit are cut up a little. It was also recorded on stage and clearly had some visual elements that didn’t come through as well as I might have liked. I wonder if there’s a video version somewhere.
  5. BSG** pilot, storyline 1 posted. Notes complete for storyline 2, but I need to write the post for real.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 0. I’m not quite going to call this a failure, as I did take some time to refamiliarize myself with a number of submission listing sites and noted some anthologies that interest me.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: accomplished. I added two chapters to the rough plot of Fallen Heroes. I’d actually hoped to do more, but got sidetracked one night, staying up until 1 am or so and doing up an entire scene list for Bad Teenage Poetry, my first planned foray into a different genre.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: adjusted. I didn’t touch the Uhura novelette. Instead, I started on the third draft of Scattered On the Wind. This is a SF YA story that I did as a NaNoWriMo project a couple of years back and actually come through the process pretty well. I did the read through and 2nd draft last fall, and I’m still quite enjoying the story as I start on the “make it pretty” draft.

Overall, a very successful week. Maybe not so much in the raw new words measurement, but I got a lot done, and I’m pretty happy with things.

I’m going to mostly keep with the same basic goals for next week, making a couple of adjustments to different drafts here and there.

  1. 2,500 words of new fiction. I still feel like this is the basic correct target for me with my current schedule.
  2. 5 chapters on the final draft pass on Universal Destiny. By word count, this takes me to the ¾ mark in the story, putting the rush to the ending in sight.
  3. 3,500 words progress on the 2nd draft of Draugr Rising. Putting a word count goal here instead of a chapter count one. With the amount of dictation cleaning that needs to be done, 500 words per day is a good goal.
  4. ISIRTA*. Listen to 4 more episodes. 5, if I can manage it. There are 9 episodes in the second series, so I’m looking to be around half way complete this week.
  5. Storyline two post for the original BSG** pilot. Which means I need to finish writing it.
  6. Short Story Submissions: 1. Let’s try this again.
  7. Stretch Goal 1: add two chapters to the rough plot for Fallen Heroes. Maybe more.
  8. Stretch Goal 2: continue with the third draft on Scattered on the Wind. I won’t set an actual target here and just be happy with whatever progress I happen to make.
  9. Stretch Goal 3: start on the final draft of the Uhura novelette. I’m going to keep putting this goal in here. Sooner or later, I’ll manage it. At some point, I need to decide to do something with my fanfic, too.

Further to that article about Asimov’s writing habits, I remind myself that I’m not Asimov. Maybe I need to learn more focus overall, but I like having a lot of things in progress at once. I’m never bored.

I am trying to more or less focus on one thing per writing session, unless it’s a particularly long one and I finish something short. There should be a primary focus for the week, and one that I go to when I’ve got extra time. Right now, I’m going to make that the final draft of Universal Destiny.

Be well, everyone.

 

* ISIRTA = I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

** BSG = Battlestar Galactica

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