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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 #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…

Progress Report 2020 #22

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

Words written (week/YTD): 15,632 / 275,165

140-words of admin + 4 projects.

As you may notice from the bar graphic… two of those four projects were tiny little adders to the two projects that I put ~8 & 6K into.
Junes of the past were apparently completely TERRIBLE. I cannot figure out why I wrote so little in June of 2019, but I passed that word count on the 1st (at 819-words it wasn’t hard). And on the 2nd, I passed 2015 (3,260-words). The Amys of other years did marginally better, so I won’t pass the next one until next week at the very earliest.



71 pages edited

The book that’s next on the “get this done” pile is a mess. SUCH A MESS. I can’t even begin to tell you how bad this thing is. I had bits of chapter 3 in with chapter 17, etc. The whole thing was a cautionary tale about free writing too far into a book.

I need to start color coding my edits like I do my writing so I’ll be able to figure out what I worked on when…

Progress Report 2020 #21

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

Words written (week/YTD): 6,689 / 258,496

231-words of admin + 3 projects.

So, because these counts are totalled from Friday to Thursday, and because I started memorial day weekend out by spending all day having my leg tattooed, the first 4 days of word counts for this progress report are a string of zeros. It’s really weird working on a laptop when you only have half a lap.

I did get one book’s fast draft done, and it’s been added to the stack of “OH MY GOD WHY HAVEN’T THESE BEEN EDITED YET.” Which is nice. There’s a scant five thousand words until it meets the bare minimum count, and I imagine going through the mess of the fast draft is going to give me more than ample opportunity to get that done.

I passed my May 2014 word count, leaving only 2016 (which I may hitin the next 3 days) and 2017 (which I definitely won’t--8,478-words per day is not something I’d be able to sustain right now, and I have a feeling trying would b…

Progress Report 2020 #20

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

Words written (week/YTD): 13,671 / 251,807

1,033-words of admin + 4 projects.

I am so close to being done with two projects. One is the “short story” that has run away with itself, the other is a novella for a different pen name. They are both going to need a decent amount of work on the back end (as always), so “done” is never done.

Because of scheduling, and the holiday weekend, I know I”m not going to beat my best word count out of the past several Mays. But I did pass the count from last year, 2013, and the Average of the previous 7 Mays. It’s always nice to do better than past versions of myself.

95 pages edited

That’s 65% of the month’s editing down last week. Another tiny chunk bitten out of the thing… before the pile gets about 3x as much added back in.

I probably need to rework my schedule to add in my editing-specific days. Be the solution, not the problem, Amy.

What I’m reading

This week’s only reads were two short boo…

Progress Report 2020 #19

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

Words written (week/YTD): 30,501 / 238,126

337-words of admin + 4 projects.

This week was some 2013-level writing.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my story asking if I should keep cleaning up the mess from that edit? Or if I should write a 7k-word story on saturday…. Just over 20k of the words this week are in that story, which is no longer “short” and it isn’t quite done yet. *screams into the void*

I passed the May word count for 2015 and then 2018 (and I should hit 2019’s tonight).
30 pages edited

Honestly, If I didn’t keep track of these things on a spreadsheet… I wouldn’t have known I’d edited any pages this week. It was actually a struggle to look at the daily breakouts and remember what the heck I’d edited. (turns out my brain had filed them with last week instead of this week).

What I’m reading

This was one of those weeks where I bought books… I didn’t read them.
Largely because of the word count up ther…