Progress Report 2020 #7

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

Catching up on a week’s worth of day-job work has felt like slogging through a swamp. But I’ve managed to find some solid ground, so I think the worst of it’s over.

Words written (week/YTD): 7,527 / 75,418

137-words of admin + 3 projects.

It is a testament to how ingrained my feelings of Productivity=Worth are that before I actually pulled these numbers I thought I’d basically “failed” this week. I mean… it’s still chewing at the back of my mind because I didn’t pass the 10K mark. But I’m working on those feelings of “NEED TO WRITE ALL THE WORDS.” It’s an uphill battle… like, 5.15.

But I managed to pass 2015’s February count of just over 30,000-words. And the reason I track things like that is to keep me from feeling like I’ve failed the whole month.

132 pages edited

Despite some attempts at interference from my two little assistants, I got a decent amount of editing done in three sessions on Tuesday/Wednesday.

That *shou…

Progress Report 2020 #6

It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week. (a little late)

Earl had a minor surgery this last Tuesday, and we’ve been having a recovery week since then, so I’ve been writing, but it has been spotty.

Words written (week/YTD): 11,808 / 67,365

607-words of admin + 3 projects.

Two of the projects are on the “finish this month list”... the other wasn’t. But when you’re sitting in a recovery room, waiting for someone to come out of surgery, you work on what your brain lets you.

0 pages edited
In pre-surgery prep and other distractions, I didn’t get a single page edited this week.

What I’m reading

Nothing new this week.

Did some comfort re-reads this week in between episodes of Brooklyn 99 and Assassin’s Creed.

Progress Report 2020 #5

It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.
First week of February is in the books, and I’m mostly recovered from the sickness that gripped me the final week of January. It only feels like I’m breathing through moth wings about 25% of the time.

Despite that, I managed to push through and get a decent amount of work in.

Words written (week/YTD): 13,613 / 55,557

967-words of admin + 4 projects.

I’ve got 5 projects I’d like to finish this month. Among them is a short story (about 6K) that I haven’t’ started yet, and a 905th draft that is in its final edit (at just shy of 111k). Never let it be said I only write one length of work.

As always, though. I am feeling SUPER distractible, and have a hundred and a half projects that are on various back burners that are fighting for my attention, so we’ll see who wins out in my “do what you want” Sunday writing sessions.

I managed to finish two drafts. One was a first/fast draft, which means that it’s only at 88% of the planne…


Month two, 2020.

Does anyone else feel like January was a bit of a wash?
Maybe it’s because I spent the last week of it sick as anything, or maybe it’s because I wound up 5,800-words shy of my word count goal.
I don’t know. Something about the month was vaguely disappointing.

February’s question:

Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Most of the time, if a photo/work of art inspires me, it’s for a specific setting/character/scene. Sometimes, it’s just the general feel that pulls me. But it’s rare for a single piece to inspire the entirety of another in me.


Back in 2012, a local magazine decided to put out a call for exactly that. They asked for short stories and poems based on (your choice of) a single item housed within the Phoenix Art Museum. I thought it sounded like fun, so I took a walk and meandered the halls, looking for something that spoke to me.

Two things did.

One inspired a long form poem that was vaguely lik…

Progress Report 2020 #4

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

I was Sick AF this week. Literally slept 90% of Monday.
My Fitbit logged just under 21 hours of “exercise-level” heart rate between Monday and Tuesday… but it tracked no heart rate at all between about 2:30PM and 6:30PM on Monday, so… who knows.

But I’m past the worst of it… and I’m now just in the coughing to break up the last of the crap in my lungs and trying not to cry over how much my throat hurts.

Words written (week/YTD): 6,284 / 41,944

945-words of admin + 3 projects.

Fewer projects this week from last.
One of the three was on Sunday, which is my “write whatever TF you want” day (A choice I’ve made to combat plot bunnies distracting me throughout the week, and also as way to break my brain out of stagnant patterns.)

No writing happened Monday or Tuesday, and very little happened Wednesday and yesterday.
And Saturday was a light writing day because…. Well, you’ll see in the next section.

This week’s small count…

Progress Report 2020 #3

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

Words written (week/YTD): 9,203 / 35,660

1007-words of admin + 4 projects. Same amount of scatter this week, but a few less words.

Looking at The Spreadsheet, I don’t really have much to say about this week. No big milestones were passed. I started drafting a follow up to something I finished last week.

It was basically a “normal” writing week with all the boring trappings.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bored of the stories… it’s just not all that interesting to tell you I sat in a chair and abused a keyboard. But that’s how books happen.

22 pages edited

Fine-tuning edits are simultaneously the best, and worst sort of edits. They’re the worst, because they take forever to get through. They’re the best, because they mean the book is almost done and ready to be seen.

Hopefully I can dedicate more time to editing in the coming week.

What I’m reading

Just one book this week.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

It was good, but I’m st…

Creating A Map Of Your World: Part 1

I’ve seen a lot of posts about how to make maps of your fantasy worlds. And I thought I'd share mine with you.

Because this is a long-ish process, I'm breaking it up into four easy to follow parts over the next weeks.

Having a map of your own world can be useful when plotting quests, or just figuring out how things relate to each other spatially.
The maps I've created are almost exclusively for my fantasy worlds (In the Clockwork Fairy Tales as well as unpublished works).

Part One: Scour the Globe “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” may ring hollow in a lot of cases. Here it is the most helpful way I’ve ever found to deal with coast lines.

Spend some time on Google maps. I suggest the map version, not the satellite one, just because it’s going to be a better, more solid line. Follow coast lines, look at the features you want and need.

Have a set of islands you need to put together? Look at the islands that already exist.

Need a bay or port? Look for those specif…