Nov 19, 2013

One Million Words

At the beginning of the year, I decided I was going to write 1,000,000-words. 2013 became the year of a million words. And I set about tapping away at daily, weekly and monthly goals.

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

An Update. Or, I Technically Finished NaNoWriMo Yesterday.

Words Written: 19,788

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

First Update for November

It's here. The last of my recorded writing months (I already know December is a bust and I'm not the sort to set myself up for failure.

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

October Update

Happy November. Some of you will be starting NaNoWriMo today. If you are, Good Luck. I myself am not going to participate. I have my own set of goals and while they might line up with NaNo quite well, I’ve found that the competition doesn’t encourage me as much as I thought it might.

So! Let’s get on to the update. Another month has come to pass. There’s only two left in 2013! Where the heck has this year gone? I swear I fully expected it to drag on and here we are, almost at the end.

This Week -
Words Written: 22,676
Books Read: 3

This Month –
Words Written: 103,827
Books Read: 11

I didn’t reach my month’s goal. I was only 17,000ish off. And I blame that entirely on the return of edits. Okay, not entirely on edits. But it is getting close to the end of the year and I am rubbish at staying focused around the winter holidays. So! I’m hoping I’ll still be able to get my words sorted out and get to my Million W/C Goal!

Only 59,309-words away… Funny how such a small number (in the grand scheme of this year’s writing) can seem like such an enormous task…. It’s entirely a matter of the time of year. I have approximately half of November before I can count on my brain turning to mush… so it’s going to be a bit of a mad dash for the finish line on that one!