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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 #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.

What …

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 memory …

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 fantastic.…

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 year.

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 anot…

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.

Progress Report 2020 #25

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.

Words written (week/YTD): 11,484 / 315,559

288-words of admin + 3 projects.

I’d say I’m back to my normal flitting through projects, but if I actually look at the individual totals, instead of the project count, I threw ~1.5k into the project I finished over the weekend and ~1k into a book that’s mid edit just to clear my head out from the project that took over the other ~9k.
It’s the one that I’m focused on drafting*. So, I was fairly focused.

475 pages edited

Every once in a while I look at numbers like that one, and think… really? But this is part of the reason I do this. Because I forget how productive I am sometimes, and that fun voice gnawing at the back of my head likes to tell me I haven’t done anything. Evidence to the contrary is helpful.

What I’m reading

My own work as I edit it, because that hasn’t left time for much of anything else.



*The one I was focused on drafting this week. I’ve switched gears because I’m 65% …

Progress Report 2020 #24

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.

Words written (week/YTD): 16,054 / 304,075

638-words of admin + 1 projects.

This week’s round of rewrites went remarkably well. I cannot remember the last time I managed to get that many words into one project without flitting about five others as well.
I’m not on track to make this my best June ever, but that’s okay. I’ve managed to fly right past 2018, and then 2014’s June numbers. And the little goals that count just as much as the big ones (and twice as much as the over the top ones), right?


29 pages edited

Pretty safe to say the drop in pages edited is directly related to the focus on the one book. I did start color coding my editing spreadsheet, so I know that I got in 28 pages from the book that’s my new editing focus, and only 1 from the last set of edits. (have you ever had a page that was so atrocious you had to print it out all by itself just to make it bleed?)

What I’m reading

I haven’t managed to keep track of my r…

Progress Report 2020 #23

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.

Words written (week/YTD): 12,856 / 288,021

109-words of admin + 3 projects.

Displaying an uncharacteristic amount of focus (Let’s be real, inputting changes and rewrites as I edit gives me a clear road map and I just followed it), I managed to throw almost 10k of those words into a single project. *snaps party hat elastic under chin*

I had a tattoo appointment on Friday, but unlike the last time, which bumped up against memorial day weekend, I managed to keep my pen to the grindstone, or fingers to the keys… it’s a mix of both. That might also have been contributed to by the fact I bought one of those weird angled lap desk things (since my lap is not presently useable real estate for a computer). However, I hesitate to use the thing too often, because it seems to freak our blonde dog out….

207 pages edited

I finished the free writing mess and now have to finish up the rewrites and missing connectors, but she’s so close to bein…