Jan 9, 2013

January’s Five Books

The new books for January:
The Kassa Gambit by M. C. Planck – Released January 8th, I preordered this back in September, but I’ve been waiting for it for – what seems like – forever. His wife’s novels Song of Scarabaeus and Children of Scarabaeus are among my favorite new SF, so I have high hopes for his.  M.C. Planck on why he wrote the book: “My wife doesn't like fantasy. So I wrote her a sci-fi story where everything was exploding on the first page.”

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Not Pictured) – Released January 15th, this is the final book in the Across the Universe trilogy. I’m honestly both excited and terrified to read this book. The second had me in a complex state (wanting to finish the whole thing in one go, but also wanting to lock it up in a cupboard and pretend it was not killing me a little inside.) I know Beth won’t disappoint with this last installment because, as a follower of her blog and twitter, I know that writing this was an intense labor of love.

The ones that have been in my TBR pile far too long:
I could not get a good picture without the flash - sorry!
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld – the sequel to Leviathan’s paperback edition was released in  August of 2011. I don’t remember precisely when I picked it up, but as I reviewed the first in the series in September of that year, I feel like I should have gotten to this one well before now. I reviewed this alternative history steampunk novel yesterday, so hop back a page and you can check that out.

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – the final novel in the Leviathan trilogy, the paperback edition was released in August of 2012 (and I probably bought it and the second about that time). This get’s a January spot in my reading list because I want to finish the series in one go. I really do love the steampunk genre, and the approach Scott took with these books is amazingly refreshing.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire – to be completely honest, I tend to shy away from time travel novels. But I’d heard enough good reviews about this novel that I decided I had to get my hands on it and give it a go. Also, because you can’t feel this book, I have to tell you. It is AMAZING. The cover feels like some sort of strange velvet substance.

Jan 3, 2013

What I did in December

Okay, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m TERRIBLE about getting things done in the last two months of the year writing-wise. Awful I tell you!

But this year, I may have found a way around the irritation that is the distraction of the holidays. On a good writing day I can get a good 5k+ on the page (on a spectacular day, I’ve done 14k, and on an insane day back in 2011 I managed a whopping 19K…. but that has never happened since). In December, I’m lucky if I get any. However, this December was different.

In the past two years I’ve acknowledged my failings in the last month of the year and pretty much given into the lethargy. This year, however, I managed to do that – in respect to actual novel word count – while still getting something spectacular accomplished.

I can’t exactly tell you what this is for just yet (Shhhhh, it’s a secret), but I managed to get down a full set of novel premises, and then write out two full Chapter maps for two of the novels on it.

All in all, I managed to get in about 12k words and have a decent jumping off point for when it comes time to work on this particular project.

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

Goals for 2013!

January is a time when many people make resolutions. I call them goals, but I suppose it’s pretty much the same thing. More than a few people have called me an over achiever… and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

My goals for 2013 (and I’m sure they’ll augment at some point):

Other People’s Books:

  • 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)
I'll definitely be blabbing at you about that each month....

My Books:

  • 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

2012 in Review...

This year I:

Fell in love a handful of times, lied and was lied to in turn, woke up in an unfamiliar bed with a splitting headache, watched my only living relative die, fought dragons both fake and real, got a tattoo, destroyed a planet, and was poisoned by a slug.

I argued with an artificial intelligence, fought pirates, found a friend in a windowless cell, made an inappropriate and ungrantable wish, revived an extinct race, found there was no possibility of a happy ending for me, buddy-breathed with a nixie, adopted a stray, and got plastered with a girlfriend.

I disregarded direct orders, found the person I was in love with frozen, nearly froze to death myself in an abandoned lighthouse, stopped a mass murderer, realized someone wasn’t what I thought, tortured a man nearly to death, planted the seeds to dismantle a regime, fought against and lost to a kraken, incinerated an oasis, and killed dozens.

(Not necessarily in that Order…)

Okay, okay, so I didn't do that, my charaters did. So you want real concrete stuff? Things with numbers?

Drafts completed: 7 (5 first drafts 2 revision drafts)

New Words Written: approximately 608,807

Novels read: 44 (According to Goodreads – and who knows if I spaced putting something in.)

Cups of Tea Drank: Innumerable

No. of Emails sent to Betas/Crit Partners that made me sound like a stark-raving fool: aprx. 20,746

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?