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    April Writing Results

    by While April came in at just over 12.4k words, the lowest month of 2021 so far, and actually the second lowest month (after December) since the pandemic was declared and that fateful day they sent us all home from the casino. It’s hard for me to be upset about the low word count though, because I handed in my last assignment for the Teaching ESL course on April 30th, finished the third draft on Forest (the third book of the Troll World Quintet) plus I dusted off a novelette I’ve been intending to get back to for a long time and made some revision notes, published a 6k short…

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    March Writing Results

    by Just over 20k words for March, keeping me in line with the year so far, but still low. And yet, I’m happy with the progress because a lot of my time was spent editing. I’m not drafting a whole lot, but I’m making progress in catching up on the polishing of stories I want to move forward on. March accomplishments: Work on the 3rd Draft of the Troll World Quintet continues. Shrine, the second book, made it to the end of the make it pretty draft. I’m working on Book 3, Forest, now, still at kind of a slow pace, but getting about a quarter of the way through…

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    February Writing Report

    by Just over 19k words for February which was a little higher than January, but still on the low side for the last year or so. Not horrible, and still mostly editing, but still a decent month overall. And I even finished a story. February accomplishments: Work on the 3rd Draft of the Troll World Quintet is a bit slower than I would like, but it’s progressing. I’m still in Book 2, about 60% done, and having added almost 5,000 words so far. It’s slower going than I’d like, but between the dictation clean up and the making it pretty part of things, it’s some fairly heavy rewriting. Two short…

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    January Writing Report

    by January Writing Results A light word count for the month of a little less than 18k words, but a lot of editing done. That doesn’t always (or even usually) produce a large word count, and I track that by net change to put a number on it. That net change doesn’t tell you much about the effort involved in an editing session, though. Still, I feel like the month worked out well overall. January accomplishments: Starting the 3rd Draft of the Troll World Quintet, at the end of the month, I was about a quarter of the way through Book 2. This is the heavy lifting draft for this…

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    November Writing Results

    by So yes, I’m a little behind on this reporting, but for reasons I’m not going to go into, I’m a little behind where I expected to be on a lot of things at the moment. That’s okay. Life goes on. NaNoWriMo as a whole didn’t work out for me, more details of which under the drafting section, but I’m still happy at the bonus word count. I also have a freshly reorganized office and a whole lot of handwritten stuff to get into electronic form which, considering my handwriting, isn’t going to be that easy. Transcriptions are likely to feature as part of things for some months. The overall…

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    September Writing Report

    by A direct quote from my August writing report: “September will either be comparable or less than half of that, depending on how something works out. It may sound strange, but I’m actually very much hoping for the less than half version because that means something really, really important to me and the rest of my life has become possible to launch right now.” Kind of how it turned out. September was a weird month. The first week or so started out solid but then I migrated away from some writing and most publishing tasks as I tried to get everything lined up for my future life plans. Then the…

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    2020 Q2 Writing Overview

    by Q2 being April, May, and June or all but about two weeks of the time my industry has been shut down (so far) by the pandemic and all but about a week since my job was classified as unnecessary. As a result, my production levels have been far higher than they would have been if I were still out of the house or dealing with work stuff for 60 hours per week. Setting that aside, it’s been a good quarter. A very good quarter. Lots of boxes checked, lots of words forged, lots of words polished. On a raw wordcount basis, I averaged almost 1700 words per day and…

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    June Writing Accomplishments

    by I’m not saying “quick” this month since the quick version for May still turned out to be 600 words. The overall breakdown for Q2 will follow tomorrow and look at how things match up in terms of goals I set as well, but June was a great month, the best this year, and with a word count comparable to a couple of my best months ever early last year when just about all I was doing was pounding out first draft fiction in every spare moment. On the writing side, and note that I’m typically working on at least two things at a time, one drafting and one editing:…

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    December Writing Report

    by “I’m going to try to do the daily blog thing for the rest of December”. Well, that lasted a whole three days. <sigh> Time to try again, right? We’ll see how it goes. As I’m typing this, it’s late in the evening on the 2nd of January. I haven’t posted since the 8th of December. I’d like to be surprised, but then I look back at December, even having had a few days off and making a short trip down into New York state. More on that another day. But today, it’s worth noting that I have managed some progress on the editing front. Since that last post on…

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    Catch Up – Writing Report for June

    by In the first of a series of catch up posts, please find below the writing report for June. Future (although still past from the moment) iterations of this might combine months. These are going to be quick recaps, short and to the point, talking only basic accomplishments and skipping over what goals would have been as the plan has moved on from those. Accomplishments in June: Plotting: about a third done on the detailed plotting for Strewn Across the Stars, the sequel to Scattered on the Wind. Big Hair Day completed at 50,112 words in the first draft, but lots of dictation clean up still to be done. Finished…