October Writing Accomplishments

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As I kick the student thing into high gear, both in terms of the course content for TESOL and in prepping for becoming a full time student in May (not January 2021 as I’d expected until recently – acceptance is in hand although not completely registered yet), the writing is naturally a little more limited. Overall, October just barely crossed the 20k barrier.

Still, it’s less about the numbers and more about what I managed to accomplish which, while less than I originally wanted, was still enough to justify the time I put into things this month.

  1. Warforge editing: while the original target was to get through the final draft all three of the books in the Caledonia triad, I finished that final draft on the first book and the second is about a quarter complete.
  2. Short stories: five of them this month, ranging from a 100-word Drabble up to 2400 words, so none of them fantastically long, but putting me back in the short fiction from of mind.
  3. The longhand story: the longest of those was the one I wrote a hundred or two hundred words at a time in a notebook. I’m about 1100 words into another one right now and pantsing it so I have no idea how long it’s going to be. That’s part of the fun.
  4. A total of 10 blog posts published, giving me a weekly average of 2.3 for the month. Lighter than I originally wanted, but life gets in the way sometimes.
  5. 1 journal entry. It could have been more. There’s probably still some to come out of the event that spawned that one.

Due to other issues and family commitments, I didn’t publish much in October. Actually, I didn’t publish anything in October. That can’t, and hopefully won’t, continue. There’s so much I want to do.

I’m hoping to accomplish a little more in November, and there are a couple of things I really want to get out before Christmas. One of those things might even be Christmas-related.

I still haven’t missed a writing day since March 19th. Counting today, that’s 227 in a row, and I’m happy with that. Very happy.

Targets for November:

  1. Warforge: Caledonia books. Let’s finish the final drafts on these.
  2. Finish the basic outline for the Draugr Rising sequel, Kami Falling. I’m down to the detail and scene level plotting at this point. Yeah, this was on the list for October. It’s possible it might spill over into December, too. We’ll see how it goes.
  3. Short Stories. I’d like to get the first drafts of three in, maybe including the handwritten one being completed.
  4. 3 blog posts per week. October was a miss here, but I have solid hopes for November. And a lot of topics.
  5. Publish 1-3 books or shorter works.

As always, there is a grand plan, and I’ve started building the 2021 detail level plan. I always get a lot of joy out of planning things. Once the 2021 detail is more or less set, I’ll move on to the semi-detail level of the three-year plan, revise the rough five-year plan, and expand the high-level ten-year plan out to ten years again. Much fun will be had.

And, of course, today is November first, so there’s always the temptation to say, screw it. I’m doing NaNo.

Stay safe and be well, everyone.

(Note: November = NaNo = NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month, where, contrary to the national piece, slightly insane writers worldwide decide to attempt to write a complete novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November. I just missed in 2010, with the original first draft of Arena making 50k by the end of November but still needing another 8k words to finish the story, which I stretched out a bit. And I “won” NaNo in 2014 with the first draft of Scattered on the Wind coming in at a little over 62k on November 26th, but I dictated about half of that novel and it took me a while to clean it up, so the final product first draft I officially count at almost 65k and on December 17th of that year. It’s a temptation every year, but I haven’t given in to that temptation since 2014.)

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