• Announcement,  Podcasting,  Writing

    Podcast Pushed Back a Week and the (Late) Monthly Writing Report

    by Doubling up on what goes into this Monday post so I don’t wind up writing two posts. First, like the title suggests, I’m pushing the podcast launch back a week for the Weekly Writing Report. Since I don’t know that anyone will actually listen to this one, and that’s okay, it’s not a big deal. Life intervened. Well, that’s not really true. I left my laptop and USB drive at my parent’s place on a visit and my last backup was a disgusting three weeks old (older by the time I got the USB back and fixed now). I didn’t want to duplicate everything I’d done so had to…

  • Podcasting

    Podcast Update

    by Tentative, although pretty solid, launch date for the Weekly Writing Report is two weeks from today: 08 August 2022. I have: Semi-scripted (okay, mostly scripted) the first 5 episodes, Made notes for 5 more, 20 potential writing-related topics beyond those, Have the physical and software infrastructure I need, Selected a hosting platform, though not actually set up the account yet, Found theme music and the sound effects I want for what I need. Next steps: Actually set up the account on the hosting platform, Record, Start releasing episodes. Sure, Lance, but why do you still need two weeks to get that done? Just produce it already. Well, if it…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Bringing Back the Monthly Writing Report

    by Only now it will be called the Monthly Writing and Publishing Report. Or maybe just the Monthly Report. I reserve the right to add other creative endeavors to it. I used to do this as much to give myself a boost for accomplishment as to keep anyone who cared to read up to date on what I’ve been doing. For the rest of this year, I’m not going to match anything up with goals – the 2022 goals went out the window sometime in January due to academics, which is something I should have known would happen based on how much I got done in the Fall term. Or…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Writing

    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…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    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…