Nov 19, 2013
As of 2:51pm yesterday afternoon. I met that goal!
The words that qualified were any of the things I typed into a story (short fiction, novella, novels...)This blog post would not have counted, emails, etc. I wanted one million words of fiction. And I got there.
I think it's still sinking in.
Nov 15, 2013
I don’t recall what I was distracted by last Friday to keep me from getting to green, but Wednesday was a jumble because I was sorting out publishing stuff for TBFM and getting the word out (however marginally). Regardless of that, I technically won NaNo yesterday. My current count for the month of November is 50,206.
What’s even more exciting than that is that I’m under 10k-away from hitting my Million Words in a Year goal!
Unfortunately, I’m not a writer of few goals, and to get Book 2 of Flynn out in February like I’d like to… I have to finish the first draft before the end of November. That means I need to buckle down and get focused. Not something that is easy to do with the approaching holidays!
What I read this week:
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Wrayth by Philippa Ballantine
Random thought of the week:
This week, I realized a few things. The one I’m going to talk about is one that should have been obvious to me for a long time.
I love writing endings.
I wrote the final scenes of the final novel in the Flynn Monroe series before I’d published Enemies of a Sort. Yesterday I wrote the final chapter of Book 2 (I’ve had the final scene done since before I finished TBFM. I just love having that ending in place. It makes writing easier, because I can see where I’m headed, and I know how everything has to work out. Can I change it? Sure, and I usually do. But it’s nice having a finish line in place.
News and other things you should really check out!
Even though you probably don't need the reminder, I have two books out now!
Enemies of a Sort (a $0.99 e-book Novella in the Flynn monroe series)
The Betrayal of Flynn Monroe (first Novel in the Flynn Monroe series)
(At present, they're both on Amazon's Best Selling Science Fiction Western Top 20!)
Janice Hardy is helping out Crits for water. You can get a three chapter critique from her, and if you’ve ever read her blog, you know how awesome she is. Auction ends tonight!
Nov 8, 2013
If you notice over in the corner over yonder (------>) I've gotten to 97%
But let's talk about this week.
Words Written: 30,418
Books Read: 1 (Neruomancer)
We're officially into November... and that mean's I'm almost at the point of the year when my brain decides to flop out of my head onto the concrete and all I can do is stare at it until after the new year. I'm in a mad dash to get through my Million W/C goal, and to get a first draft finished.
So yeah! Hopefully I can keep up the pace and get to that wonderful number in time!
Nov 1, 2013
Oct 1, 2013
Next month has the added difficulty of getting a book back from an editor, so I’ll have to deal with the wordless void that comes from paying attention to an already-written book. But, I think it will be a nice change of pace all the same. Hopefully, it will help me get a little more focus. As it is now, I’m getting in my w/c by bouncing around from project to project. It keeps my brain from getting bored, but it certainly doesn’t feel like I’m getting anything finished!
Here are my counts for the month of September:
Words Written: 121,800
Books Read: 3
The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan
Geist by Philippa Ballantine
I hope you had as productive a month as I did!
Aug 30, 2013
Well, it is as far as writing is concerned.
Words Written: 97,728
Books Read: 0
I made it to my overall goal before I left for a long trip to Oregon for a wedding. It was one of those goals that you cross your fingers, close your eyes, hold your breath, and hope it actually happens.
But, becasue of my mad dash to get the word count in in 11 days, I didn't get any reading finished. I made a pretty good dent in The Darwin Elevator, but haven't actually gotten to the end of a book this month.
Monday starts another month, but September and October are hoping for MASSIVE word counts. So, fingers crossed!
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 2, 2013
That being said, this update is going to really short. I’ve got a huge chunk of this month where I’m not going to be able to do much (if any) writing, and so I’ve got some huge daily w/c goals!
Books Read in July: 5
I always make this list according to goodreads, that’s the only reason my own book is on this list.
Aug 1, 2013
Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
Punk (a pictorial encyclopedia)
If the Slipper Fits by Elizabeth Harbison
Once Upon a Dream by Katherin Kingsley
Jul 29, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Words Written: 72,041
Also, please notice that I only had one full week of writing this month. so I'm very proud of myself for getting as close as I did to my goal. (The light grey days are revision days, fyi.)
And I finished work on the third draft of Enemies of a Sort. It is almost ready to go! I'm shooting for July 22nd. But I'll definitely keep you updated through out the month.
Books Read: 6
I hope you had a wonderful month!
Jun 3, 2013
Books Read: 11
Mar 1, 2013
Feb 7, 2013
Feb 6, 2013
Etiquett & Espionage by Gail Carriger - I loved Gail's Parasol Protectorate Series, so I have high hopes for the Finishing School series. And I'm in love with the saturated colors they went with. Basically, I don't see much chance of this going wrong - especially with a main character named Sophronia! It should be interesting to see how Gail's saucy banter translates into a YA series.
The Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz - This series was foisted upon me by my mother (note the broken spines - they've been read by at least two people before me). The fifth book should be heading my way... soon? I'll have to make a call to be sure about that. I know very little about these books other than what I assume the basic plot is, and that my mother thinks they're funny. We'll see how I feel at the end of the month!
Feb 5, 2013
Feb 1, 2013
Jan 9, 2013
Jan 3, 2013
As a fun bonus, I started work on a timeline for a particular universe.... it's a lot of fun, but there are things that happen off the page that I write down and then think "That'd be a really fun book to write!"
Jan 2, 2013
- Read 60 books (5 a month – I’ve already got Jan – Apr figured out)
- Buy one new release a month (I’ve already got Jan – July & Dec figured out… 2 for January, actually)
- Revisions – I finished quite a few books last year…. Which means I have that many to fix. My goal is to get all of them ran through and sent off to Betas.
- Writing – I want to get to 1,000,000 words this year (I’ll include rewrites and new stuff).
I’m going to keep a running total in a spreadsheet, which means you’ll probably have to hear about that trough out the year too....
Jan 1, 2013
Okay, okay, so I didn't do that, my charaters did. So you want real concrete stuff? Things with numbers?
Overall, I think this year was pretty decent. I say that because I managed that word count with most of my writing happening exclusively between the last week in June and the second week in November... That's not even six months!
I have plans and goals for next year.... but I'll get around to that tomorrow.
What did you get done in 2012?