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Black Lives Matter.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER. I believe this to be an undeniable truth. BLACK LIVES MATTER. I, as a person raised within a sphere of privilege, misinformation, and willful descrimination, have to accept my complicitness in our country where people will hear those three words and feel the need to argue. BLACK LIVES MATTER. We need to fight anyone who says otherwise, in real life, and through fiction. Because fiction shapes world views in ways that are sometimes subtle, but can have lasting effects. BLACK LIVES MATTER. Performative activism isn’t enough. We have to force change in any and every way we can.Sign Petitions - https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/ Donate what you can - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 If you protest - https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#bail Black bookstores to support - https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/83495-black-owned-bookstores-to-support-now.html

Progress Report 2020 #34

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  It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 22,197 / 481,492 1,700-words of admin + 5 projects. This week saw a lot of words into the counter, but 15k of those were into something super easy that I wasn’t supposed to be writing. (oops!) The funniest part about that, is that those words will likely never see the light of day (without EXTREME reediting--like, we’re talking it would have to be a completely new book all together.) These words are basically a writing exercise, and they've also become an exercise in letting go, in writing with no plans to put them into the world. 83 pages edited My weekend editing went well (even if I’d always like to do/have done more), and I’ve carved out some time this weekend too. This weekend's edits are all about stitching. In my usual way, the book in question is being Frankensteined together, so it’s time to sew up the pieces and figure out what I’m missing. What I’m reading I’m about to start

Progress Report 2020 #33

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 15,336 / 459,295 747-words of admin + 7 projects.  This week was rough. I don’t even have an explanation for it. I just didn’t get much done. In an odd twist, the usual rule of: more projects = more words didn’t hold true this week. My brain was apparently scattered, but not in an “at least I’m productive” way. Letting that go, though, because dwelling is the opposite of productive, and spending too much time on that, means next week's numbers will also be down. And while I am keeping ahead of my baseline goal for the month the two other tiers are presently out of reach. At this point, I’m hoping to catch up with the midline, but have no plans to stress myself out over the “best” month numbers. One of the reasons I do these updates is because checking in periodically helps remind me where I’m at. If one day feels like I did ALL THE THINGS, and another feels like I did jack all… it can be hard

Progress Report 2020 #32

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 18,512 / 443,959 596-words of admin + 4 projects. I have a few drafts that are lining up like dominoes, and another one fell this week. Finishing a draft is both exciting and distracting. For me, that means my brain wanders off, thinking about the fun thing I could put in its previously scheduled time slot. Doesn’t matter that the slot already has something waiting to move (usually the next closest thing to a final draft). But if I don’t write down a clear plan, my brain gets flighty. So I finished a draft of something that is due in October, and now it’s on to the next thing. In an odd turn of events, I managed to get over 2k in for the day last Friday… despite it being a tattoo day. I think it was because I’d gotten mostly used to getting tattooed at that point. After three appointments in 4 weeks, my pain receptors just threw in the towel, cussed me out and left the building. (Btw. I’m not exc

Progress Report 2020 #31

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 10,191 / 425,447 598-words of admin + 4 projects. Along with plugging away toward my next deadline, I managed to finish up two drafts and filed those away for the next stage of their lives. The “end of life” stage of drafting is always slower than just starting out. Mostly because early drafting is a place you can make huge, ugly mistakes and fix them later. When you get to the end of a later draft, you have to be careful you aren’t stabbing the next one (which could be the final go) in the proverbial back. On 8/3 I passed the 2019 August count… which wasn’t hard. I think I missed recording some stuff though, because I know I did a fair amount of writing in the mornings while we were at lake Tahoe the final week of the month, but they aren’t in my spreadsheet… and if I don’t put it in, my brain questions whether or not it really happened. 156 pages edited Between a final pass on a short story, a “

Progress Report 2020 #30

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 26,476 / 415,256 664-words of admin + 4 projects. Half of this week’s w/c was put in by outlining a future series. Four books fully outlined, one is only half done 13 in the books. The rest was divided between editing input (necessitating 2 additional chapters drafted into this version) and some slow-write side projects. Monthly word counts passed this week: 2016 and 2013. Yesterday was the last day of writing for the month (with the exception of the content of this post, the total is pretty much set) and when I hit 2013’s count yesterday, that put me spitting distance to the rounder goal of my “best” benchmark. Ending the month just over 95,000-wds. 256 pages edited I spent six straight hours sitting at the table editing on saturday, and let me tell you… it was worth it to get it out of the way, but it did NOT feel worth it at the time. Editing can be exhausting normally. Marathon sessions…. ugh

How Drafting a Novel is like Getting a Tattoo

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Let’s start by talking about tattoos. I believe it’s safe to say the normal person would call me “moderately” tattooed. Including an unfinished sleeve, almost the entirety of my legs from both hips to ankles and a few others here and there, I have 21 in total. I’ve been getting tattooed since I was 18. I’ve spent many cumulative hours in artists’ chairs under the needle. One of the questions that always confuses me about my tattoos is: did that hurt? Because… the answer is yes. It’s always going to be yes. You’re being stabbed, rapidly by anywhere from 1 to 15 needles (or 50 if you’ve got a piece that needs it and an artist that has that mag on hand). The only thing that’s up in the air is how badly it’s going to hurt. And that depends on you! Because I have as many as I do, I can tell you that tattoos hurt me less when the needle is running over muscle or bone. They’re not necessarily fun, but those two areas are no big deal anymore. Void and fat on the other hand… I shudder at the me

Progress Report 2020 #29

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 18,263 / 388,780 578-words of admin + 3 projects. As always, my word count is lower when I have fewer projects. Less one project, less ~4k. This week’s count wasn’t helped by the fact I had a tattoo appointment on Friday and tattoos and word counts don’t mix. It’s the wrong combo of brain chemicals. Also, the top of my thighs were basically wounds, and saniderm isn’t an excuse to drop a warm laptop on that for hours at a time. Luckily, my desk top was there to get me through ;). Monthly word counts passed this week: 2017 and the minimum requirement to keep on track for the year. 0 pages edited Getting through the fast draft (and yay, I finished it) was the priority this week, so the editing pile languished. There’s quite a bit of editing scheduled for next week though, so this number should be decently high next time around. What I’m reading Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron was absolutely fanta

Progress Report 2020 #28

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 22,532 / 370,517 319-words of admin + 4 projects. This word count brought to you by week two of fast drafting a book. The fast track approach means lots of words, and lots of future edits. Which is sometimes (definitely in this book’s case) the better option. Monthly word counts passed this week: 2018, 2014, July Average. On top of those, I surpassed the total word count of 2015 on the twelfth! Which is always exciting. 33 pages edited Most of my time was spent getting words down, not necessarily getting them right this week. And I’ve got one more week of getting draft-to-paper before I can get my focus back on edits for a little while. Scheduling sometimes unbalances my workload. What I’m reading I added a lot of previously read things to my GoodReads list, including: The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe and Seized by the Pack by Ava Lunaria. I’ve been REALLY remiss in keeping up with that this

Progress Report 2020 #27

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 23,033 / 347,985 132-words of admin + 5 projects. My determination to kill July seems to be going well… If I can keep up this pace, I’ll be able to hit (if not pass) my highest June count in recorded history. I have two upcoming tattoo appointments, so those Fridays are going to be low on the w/c, unless Arizona shuts down again (which it probably should, but most likely won’t). I passed the 2019 and 2015 July word counts on Monday/Tuesday respectively and should pass up 2018 today, if I stay on track. The bulk of those words (the 11,058-words that make up the pink part of the draft) are from a straight-up SFR that has been largely rewrites… and will likely need to be rewritten again. 57 pages edited I am plugging along with the GDS rework revision. Much like SBD, this one needed a lot more work than I’d originally anticipated. But as with that one, this is going to be a MUCH better book. There’s

Progress Report 2020 #26

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. Words written (week/YTD): 7,745 / 324,952 997-words of admin + 4 projects. The last few days of June were alright, but I’m blowing into July like my life depends on these word counts, and that’s making me happy. I’ve written more in these first two days of July than I did the final four days of last month. Fingers crossed I can keep that up. 151 pages edited The low w/c from the final days of June can probably be attributed to this, only 8 pages of these are from July (yesterday, to be exact). It’s a give and take, so the more the editing takes, the more the writing has to give.