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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…

Progress Report 2020 #18

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

I was the kind of sick yesterday (and still am today) where it might be an ear infection? Or it might just be the crushing weight of apathy and stress….
I’m assuming it’s the former because my ears feel full and I’m easily dizzy/am more prone to losing my balance than normal. Considering the latter because I’m not in any pain, nor do I have a fever or any other symptoms of an infection.
If you know me, you know that I have a really hard time sleeping in unless something is wrong, and I don’t nap (any sleep that is less than three hours long usually leaves me feeling like I’ve got a wicked hangover) but I did both yesterday, and the former today.
So I may have some errors in this text….

Words written (week/YTD): 12,508 / 207,635

1841-words of admin + 3 projects.

Finished one book, got to the 65% mark on another, and was pretty good on focus otherwise.

May 1 was a great start to the month with just over 6,500-words, but the rest o…

Progress Report 2020 #17

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.
Words written (week/YTD): 12,848 / 195,127
330-words of admin + 5 projects. 
I was on furlough from the day job this week (possibly my last? Not sure.) and so I had all week to do the full-time author thing. (Do I have to go back?). My dogs seem happier.
Two of the days this week were no-writing days that were consumed by edits, and yesterday would have had a higher w/c, if not for the research rabbit hole I fell down. Neuroanatomy is so fascinating. Seriously, if I’d known it was an option back in the day….
Anyway, it’s the first month doing this style of progress report/update, where the post lands on the first day of the month…. And therefore, I can throw in some info about April as a whole.
48,956-words racked up for the month. I’m about 10k under the average for past Aprils. That said, I did manage to pass 2014, 15, & 18’s counts for April, so that’s a little victory. And I only recorded words for 7 projects (I may hav…

Progress Report 2020 #16

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It’s Friday, time to look at what we’ve done for the last week.
March felt like three years. Here we are, almost out of april, and I feel like it’s gone by in a literal blink. I cannot tell you how often the words “time is stupid” tumble out of my mouth. 
Words written (week/YTD): 7,354 / 182,279
229 words of admin + 1 projects. 
Let this week’s numbers be further proof that fewer projects equals fewer words. I’ve got a few deadlines coming up, which means I’ve got to put all of my focus and energy into a few very specific things. I’m not perturbed by this week’s low count, though, because of the number of pages I got edited.
I blew past 2015’s April w/c yesterday, which is always a good feeling. But my “Productivity = Worth” brain continues to tell me I’m failing if I don’t write more than I’ve ever written before. I can rationalize all I like, but my brain won’t accept defeat.
121 pages edited
Pro Tip: If you’re going to work on a book without having locked down which tense you’re going to…

Creating A Map Of Your World: Part 2

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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).

Didn’t see part 1? Check it out here.


Prep your proportions

If your map is crazy big (like mine was) you may need to deal with that. In my case, I took a picture of the whole map and then I popped it on my computer, dropped it into a word document (because I needed to be sure it worked on a 11x17 sheet of paper) added a few minor details, and then printed the thing out on a single sheet!
You may be able to skip this step if your original version fits on a normal sheet of paper.

Break out your black marker

This step…

Progress Report 2020 #15

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

A lot of non-writing activity this week. Means a low word count, and a lot of progress that isn’t visible on “paper”.

Words written (week/YTD): 8,046 / 174,925
325 words of admin + 3 projects.

It never fails: The fewer projects I work on in a week, the lower my w/c is. My brain needs constant flitting. It is a humming bird, and my books are only some of the flowers.

I’m very close to passing the 2015 April w/c, and I’m trying DESPERATELY to not let things on the low end of the priority spectrum distract me from what needs to get done first. But I’m very distractible right now.

20 pages edited

Content edits are great. They help me deal with finding where I forgot to write something because I skip around a lot and also with those scenes that I just can't get flowing without making a real pen bleed on the pages. Another fifty to deal with over the weekend, so… hopefully that’s the number (or higher) we seen next week.

What I’m …

Progress Report 2020 #14

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

I try to drop an interesting fact on my coworker every day and today’s was something I semi-suddenly remembered from Rainbow Brite’s San Diego Zoo Adventure. What the heck was that even?

Words written (week/YTD): 10,685 / 166,879

145 words of admin + 4 projects.

No time off this week, so the count was pretty normal compared to other weeks. It was interesting to total up the projects and find that they were all pretty close, averaging 2,635 a piece.

I need to get myself back in gear and get stuff done. My monthly average isn’t where it needs to be and I’m getting frustrated with my numbers. But I only have myself to blame.

Time to turn back to the to-do lists that start out as a massively complicated plan before I distill them down to something that will actually work.

23 pages edited

These were final passes and a few pages of content edits. Steadily creeping forward….

What I’m reading

The everchanging CDC guidelines, a Russian Cri…

Progress Report 2020 #13

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

No April Fools, just April fun.
Kinda.

I put Slow Burn Dark out over the weekend, and have once again proven to myself that I’m not great at marketing, but… we’re working on that.

Words written (week/YTD): 16,590 / 146,171

652 words of admin + 4 projects.

I had some time off, so I did both more, and less writing. More during traditional “work hours” and less in the normal time slot reserved for it.

In March, I passed 2014, 15, & 18’s month counts putting the month total pretty squarely in the middle of the pack.

0 pages edited

Oops.

What I’m reading

CDC guidelines and revisiting some old favorites.

IWSG APRIL 2020 : COVID-19 and a New Book (Free through 4/4)

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We’re officially in the last for-sure nice month here in Phoenix, as far as temperature goes. Next month might be great, but it also might be rubbish. Meteorology is a pseudoscience, and there’s really no telling what May will give us.
This year, that almost doesn’t matter.

Normally, I’d be trying to get myself ready for the air-conditioning-all-the-time months to come, by spending as much time outside as possible. WiFi extenders mean I can take the laptop into the garden and write to the sound of mesquite leaves falling on the sun shades, which is more like rain than you’d expect. But going “out” is obviously a thing of the past.

At least the dogs are definitely a fan of this time of year no matter what.

While the coming summer months are good for writing, they are brutal, but I imagine they will make a prolonged “stay at home order” or “shelter in place” a teensy bit easier for those of us who live in this particular oven.

On a much happier note: I have a new book out!
Better yet, It’s f…