May 19, 2017

Every Book is a promise


Story time!

A while back, I picked up the latest book from an author who's back catalog had been enjoyable. There were stories I loved and stories that shot for the moon and just barely missed, spiraling off into space where the good and the bad got lost in a mishmash of familiar.

But that latest book...

As an author, every book is a promise. You make that promise with your blurb, your first page... sometimes with your name. In this case, the promise started with genre and name and even though the blurb had me reaching for the book with trepidation, the rest of the series had been SO. DANG. GOOD.

Established authors give an expectation simply by dint of being the one who wrote the book.
This book did not fulfill the promise set out by the author.

Reader, I was disappointed... and then, I was offended.

The content itself was not something that would offend anyone. It was the laziness the book was written with. It felt like a throw away. Like a collection of words smashed together with only the intent of fulfilling a contract.

I know this author can write beautiful books. I have fallen in love with their characters. But this book was sloppy. Characters never became likable. Characters suddenly did things that made no sense for the people they'd been set up as. The reversal felt too shallow and was repetitive of the recurring plot problems in the beginning. The resolution resolved next to nothing.

In short this book lacked believability. There was nothing to grab on to. No door to float on as the ship sank.

By the end of the book, I was so offended--I'd held out that entire time because I just knew this author would manage to pull it off, and then she didn't--that I returned the book.
That's not something I do. If I get five pages past the sample and realize I've made a mistake, sure. But I don't return books I've read all the way through. This one though... I was that offended.

My disappointment festered for a week and I sat down to write the first version of this post, thinking I'd sorted through my thoughts. I was still mad.

More importantly, I no longer trusted that author.

That lack of trust translated to my venturing to Amazon where I cancelled a preorder of a new book. I haven't bought one of her books since. Because I don't trust that the new ones will fulfill the promise.

The book that so offended me was from a series that was delightful otherwise. I don't imagine she would have half-assed the first book in that new series... but maybe.

Maybe she'd become complacent. Under delivering on a 3rd book seems safe enough. A readership from the first two is likely to continue on to the third and a readership after a few series is likely to give an author leeway. In theory, this first book in something new should be crafted in a way to draw in virgin readers... but I don't trust that anymore.

May 1, 2017

April Numbers


84,747-words in 20 days
(AVG: 4237-words/day)
7 projects + Admin

 


Edits always screw up my writing mojo. This month’s edit happened to also screw up my editing mojo. Pretty sure the best thing I can do with this book is to burn the print copy, delete all the digital versions and start fresh.

I’m not going to do that, but there’s every possibility this is evidence I’m in a cycle of literary self-brutalization. Let’s hope not.

Apr 3, 2017

March Numbers

 
88,190-words in 20 days
(AVG: 4409.5-words/day)
9 projects + Admin

Focus was not exactly my friend this month (when is it ever anymore), but I did manage to get a BIG chunk of one WIP done.

I’m going to blame that lack of focus on the two long weekends we took this week, one for my birthday, and one for our anniversary. Fun times, but the sort of thing that lets my brain wander freely to play with ideas that I don’t really need to harvest.

Another thing I decided to pay attention to this month was how much admin I did.  I tried to write enough fiction to keep that admin down below the 15% mark (and managed it this time around—probably because I did next to no blogging or prewriting).

I did manage to surpass all of my recorded word counts for March, so that’s pretty fun.

On to April!

Mar 2, 2017

February Numbers

Writing
71,471-words in 24 days
(AVG: 2,978-words/day)

6 Projects + Admin


Last month was…. Interesting.

I set out to do one thing, started strong, and then had something thrown at me that required ditching that particular goal. I’ll get back to it in a month or so, but for now, I’ve got a 6-week schedule that is possibly going to challenge my need for planning. Structure and I are friends.

Feb 8, 2017

What I'm Excited For In February


IRL
I’ll be finishing up my lower leg sleeve (Yay!) which is always fun. I have to say, the knee-adjacent work in the lining and shading was a lot easier than I expected, pain-wise.

We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day. I don’t know that we have anything specifically against it, we’ve just never seen a need. I find cut flowers depressing and the mark-ups on things are ridiculous (yay consumerism).

Lego Batman
Something tells me this is going to be my second favorite Batman movie (right between Batman Returns and the original)

Trainspotting 2
Who hasn’t been waiting for this? Who isn’t surprised they didn’t use the book’s title?

John Wick: Chapter 2
I have a SEVERE problem with the beginning of the first movie (don’t you dare hurt another dog, Alfie) but otherwise, I enjoy the chaos and shoot-em-up nonsense of it. Possibly my favorite thing Keanu has done since Speed.

A Cure For Wellness
I’ll take things that look like a mind-f*ck for five hundred, Alex.

Tulip Fever
First of all, can we talk about the madness of Zach Gallifianakas in a period piece? Because, bring that on. Otherwise, the trailer kind of reminds me of Perfume. And as disturbing as that movie is, it is beautiful and it gives me hope that this one will be too.

The Stars Are Legion (or Lesbians in Space) by Kameron Hurley ALREADY OUT!
Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution.  As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Wintersong by S Jae-Jones
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.   

A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory
Henry Kyllo is a member of a secret society called the Inferne Cutis. A Runner whose goal is to achieve full-body lead content. He is chased through the city every day by Hunters whose goal is to shoot the Runners — with the threat to both sides that if they do not participate, through a mysterious force no one understands, one of their loved ones will simply vanish from the face of the earth.

Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves “ascension”, but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure.

Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time, to Henry Kyllo.   

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.   

Feb 6, 2017

Movie Plots

Let’s talk about plots! Only four today, and just because these ones were on my mind.

I consume a lot of media. Books, Music, TV, Movies, Memes. And movie plots are one of those things that I’m exposed to often, thanks to a cinefile husband and the relatively small time commitment. (Assuming I’m not binging on LOTR, or doing my annual Christmas Die Hard Marathon)

Let’s talk about four of the Plots I see a lot.

The Watch It Twice Plot -
This sort of movie comes with a twist, or maybe it’s a mystery. Either way, you have to watch it twice. The first time, you watch it to be surprised. The second time, you watch it to look for the clues you missed the first time around. (Of course, this excludes poorly done versions where you spot all the clues and aren’t surprised at all.)

A lot of people I know say you can only watch an M. Night Shyamalan movie once, and while there are a few that I’ve agreed with that on simply for premise, I think others require a second go, just so you can pay attention, so you can spot the clues.

The “We Both Know This Isn’t Going To End Well” Plot -
Sometimes, a movie makes no effort to hide the fact that EVERYONE (or almost everyone) is going to die. This shows up in Horror and Military/War plots all the dang time. They might dangle the possibility of survival. Maybe THIS time that group of kids will come out on top of the crazy killer/spirit/curse they happened to stumble upon in the woods. But let’s face it. We all know.

If you didn’t walk into Rogue One expecting all of the main characters would die, I don’t know what to tell you.

The Love Triangle That Should End In A Polyamorous Situation, But Society Isn’t Ready For That Yet Plot -
The girl loves two guys. The guys are best friends. She bounces back and forth between a choice because it’s too hard, and they alpha-male it off to win her for themselves. Can I just tell you, life would be so much simpler if love was treated like love and not a competition. Reminder: it’s not a finite resource. And let’s face it, you could still work in a ton of conflict in that situation.

The When Is This Going To Be Over Plot -
We’ve all watched a movie and thought “How are they going to wrap this up, they have no time left?” and then realize you’re only 20 minutes into a 2 hour movie, it’s just dragging and as beautiful of a movie as it is, you really want the plot to pick up, because you just want it to be over. *cough* Doctor Strange *cough*

Sometimes, it’s a bad movie that makes you cringe and you thank whatever deity you pray to that you’re at home and no one objects to turning it off in favor of watching paint dry. Other times, you paid fifteen bucks to sit in a packed theater full of people who don’t seem to notice that it’s never. going. to. end.

Feb 3, 2017

January Numbers 2017


Reading:
6 Books (+Oath Breaker)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3909899

1 Classic Murder Mystery | 2 Graphic Novels | 1 Memoir | 1 Non-Fiction | 1 Sci Fi
 
I’m two below my goal, sadly. But I blame that on the beginning of the year, the general state of the world, and other goals taking precedence.


Writing:
43,256-words in 17 days
(AVG: 2,544-words/day)
4 Projects + Admin
 
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I’m totally willing to count this month as a “win” in the focus category. December wasn’t because of the disparate numbers between admin and projects, but this time, Admin accounts for a little over 1/3rd (ish)!  And two of the projects make up the other 2/3rds (ish). It’s a lot of ish, but who cares! Progress!

 
Next month--
I have lofty goals for next month. And the biggest one is in that focus area. I need to rewrite a draft from scratch and my hope is to get that done next month. I got 133k down in February of 2013, I can get about 100k in this time, right? (Especially on a book I’ve already written twice before…)

Feb 1, 2017

IWSG February


Is there anything more nerve-wracking than putting out a book?
I honestly don’t know how many I’ve written. My step-mother asked me, recently, and I didn’t have an answer for her. I’m not certain I want to know. I mean, I do, of course, but I don’t.

Writing is something I love. I imagine if you’re a part of this blog-hop, you love it too.

I think the thing about writing, though, is that the better you become at it, the worse you think you are… the more you think you need to improve. I can attest that it’s gotten more difficult to write a book. Not because the story isn’t there, but because I’m constantly forcing myself to push on and NOT edit halfway through. Or I pick up something old and can’t help but wince at it.

The book I released on Monday might be my best to date… or it might not. I have no idea because I’m too close to it at this point.

Do you feel that way too?

If you want to check out Oath Breaker, my newest release, travel over here and take a gander.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Jan 30, 2017

Oath Breaker is Out Today

Today, I get to share my murder baby with you.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N21TPSL

Join me as I anthropomorphize a spaceship who was never a baby and technically can’t murder anyone… because she’s not a person. More accurately, she’s not a human. There’s a whole lot of person packed into that gigantic warship.

Let’s talk briefly about the book!
What’s it called?     Oath Breaker.
What’s it about?    A warship with a sentient AI uses deadly force to keep her captain alive and convince her new crew to start a war that ended a decade earlier.
How long is it?    Print copy clocks in at 406 pages.
Where can I buy it?    Get your copy in ebook or in print.

Now, I’m going to spend the rest of the day celebrating the release. Grab your copy, crack her open and enjoy my murder baby!


Jan 27, 2017

Friday Reads 2017 #1


My goals for the first 2 weeks of January included 4 books (I didn't make that) and my goal for the month was 8.

And I’ve managed to get close (if you count the fact that I’m in the middle of book 6 and should be done with it tomorrow).

Let’s talk about what I’ve read, shall we?




Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie - It has taken me far too long to read this book, and I hope to blow through the rest of the Marple books, when my schedule allows.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Vo. 1&2- The graphic novel version of this book is lovely. I'm really excited to finish the rest of it.

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories - One of my reading plans this year is to read at least 5 memoirs/biographies and I figured, why not start off with one that would have me wincing and questioning another person’s life choices? Note: I married a punk rock kid, and while I like the music, I never would have survived the scene

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil Degrasse Tyson - Slow going, because I've got my highlighter out and I'm sneaking it in here and there between fiction, this book is a lovely look at our universe. I may be in the middle of it still, but it is a lovely piece of non-fiction.


I'm in the middle of:

Heir to Empire by Timothy Zahn - I do not even know how long I’ve owned this trilogy without having read them. Pretty sure the actual answer would fall into the “embarrassing” realm. But it’s classic Star Wars EU, and it was recommended by a friend whose taste is impeccable.

Jan 25, 2017

Author Spotlight: Jamie Wyman


Throughout the year, I’m going to talk about some authors I really like. These are people I’ve met in various situations that are just great people, who also happen to be authors. People whose names you should know for two reasons: a) they’re awesome b) they write kickass books!

So let’s talk about Jamie Wyman.




A local phoenix author, Jamie first caught my eye when I discovered the Cat Sharp series. Her novels revolve around a tech savant whose soul is up for grabs in a vegas poker game played by the various gods of mischief.

And on top of all that, she’s the best kind of person: a total nerd.

If you read her bio on her site, it’ll tell you she can read and write in circular gallifreyan, spin fire and wield drumsticks like weapons.

What it won't tell you is that she hates quinoa and tapioca, and has some interesting (uncomplimentary) thoughts on artificial cherry flavoring. It can’t tell you that she is a fierce proponent of feminism and lady love. That she’s amazing at color therapy and can draw zendalas for days.

And as with most people, the fastest way to her heart is through her stomach so make sure to ply her with chai and (if you can find one) a gluten-free chimichanga.

She’s incredibly kind and a delight in person.


If you're a writer in need of an honest editor, she's great for that too. Check out her information on that and consider getting your book looked at by this pro.


Go read her books, become her patron, or just stalk follow her on twitter.

 

Jan 23, 2017

Planning the Year


I work best with a plan.
That’s true of writing a book, both in plotting and time management.

A book is a huge task. It’s hours out of your life. It’s 100,000-words beaten out of your fingers by little plastic keys. It’s 300 page bloodied with ink, crumpled and thrown at the wall in frustration. It is a piece of you carved out, thrown on a slab and stabbed a few times, just for good measure.

Or at least that’s what it feels like sometimes.

But a page is not an insurmountable task. A scene. 1000-words. Two hours.
Those are things that are easy to wrap your head around. Little goals. They make the world go round.

 

I’m lucky enough to have approximately 6 hours of my weekdays to devote to authorial work. But without an actual plan, those 6 hours might as well be 30 minutes. I’d love to say I’m an inherently focused individual, but that would be a lie. I’ll chase imaginary butterflies all day long if given the opportunity. So I plan. Because when I don’t, I wind up with missed deadlines and a whole pile of things that I didn’t really need to have done.

But plans, I’ve found, need to be flexible. A militant daily list of things is not they way I can best get myself to work.

It’s one of the reasons I make a list of things I need to do throughout the week and then decide what I’m going to be able to get done each day as it happens. That allows me to work on what my brain will let me, while still knocking the important things off my list.

I also only put the big things on my calendar well in advance. Things change on a small scale, but more often than not, those major things stay rooted like a body in cement shoes (how do you feed your fish?). I break down those big things one by one and then I worry about the little stuff on a monthly basis.

 

Jan 20, 2017

7 Reasons I Would Never Be Cryogenically Frozen


I Hate The Cold. This one might be a little on the nose, but it’s true. On top of that, I am abnormally sensitive to the cold. As I write this, I’m sitting in an office where the building’s system is set to “Fan” and my fingernails have a lovely purple ombre.

Freezer Burn: The Science Isn’t Here Yet. Here’s the thing. I’m skeptical of anything touted as being remotely close to the cryonics of SciFi film and books. I don’t think we’ll get to a place I’d be comfortable with in my lifetime.
 
I Don’t Trust the Mechanics. Like the reason above, this is about the technology. Even if we know the “How”, that doesn’t mean we can execute it. On top of that… how will we know when it’s worked? How will we know if it has a minimum and maximum freezer date?
 
I Don’t Trust the Technicians. Say the science works. Say the technology is created. Humans are just big scarecrows of fallibility. Even with safety regulations and training, there are going to be mistakes made. Silvia will accidentally key in the wrong observation setting and pop you out of your foil a decade too early. Marcos will spill his coffee on your control panel and you’ll be peeled out of your tank twenty years later a bloated sack of flesh that was once revivable but now…. Not so much.
 
It’s like playing the Lottery. Remove, technology and human error from the equation and you still have to deal with political and religious agendas. Who’s to say some politician won’t rally the troops about the legality of cryonics? Who’s to say a religious zealot won’t lead a campaign against the unnatural disregard for the laws of god? It’s not like you’ll have a say. It’s not like you’ll be able to defend yourself if fanatics come to destroy the facility in which you’re housed….
 
I Honestly Don’t Think We’re Meant To Live In Any Time Period Outside Our Own. This is, of course just my opinion and if you disagree, I’m not going to argue with you (hop in that time machine and have yourself some fun). But I do think that the universe works in a way that puts us all where we are for a purpose. I don’t claim to understand--or even like--that purpose, but I don’t think a cold trip through time is something that makes sense with that in mind.
 
I’m Not Ready For the Singularity. There is a point in the future where everything will surpass what we can possibly imagine now. And I’m not ready for that. I imagine my reaction to waking up centuries from now (and really, if you’re going to skip ahead, you should shoot far so  you don’t have to deal with people you know being old or dying etc) as being something akin to what I’d guess Mary Shelley would experience if she wound up here and was introduced to Apple products. (also, let’s just point out that she’d likely be freaked out by that whole head transplant that happened a little while back.)
 

Preorder Oath Breaker now

War is on the Horizon...

Danielle Cholla saves a legendary warship from eternity in a junk yard, never expecting to run afoul of the craft’s murderous artificial intelligence. When the ship wakes the captain locked in cryonic stasis on its lowest deck, and begins killing her crew, Danielle must decide which lives she values more—the crew she’s come to know and love, or the masses enslaved after the galactic civil war ended fifteen years before.

Revenge is a bitter taste in Osiris Bowlin’s mouth, but he would rather dine on vengeance than starve in submission. While he’s spent the decade and a half in stasis, the government body known as the Pääom sank their claws deeper into the citizen’s he’d sworn to protect. It’s a duty to which he’s still bound, one that leaves him asking what one man can do against an enemy whose influence strangles every part of the known systems.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Jan 18, 2017

Oath Breaker Insights

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N21TPSL

So, in 2011, I had an idea. It probably resulted from a fever dream about the TV series Andromeda (a show I only partly remember anymore). That idea was for a sentient ship AI who, unlike Rommie, was not helpful in the slightest. An AI that was just as selfish and easily influenced as a human… one that could love, hate, and experience every emotion in between. One that didn’t know how to handle those emotions in the only way given to her--logically--and thus did things in a way that didn’t always take those emotions into account.

From there, I cut things down and made her a little less crazy. If I hadn’t the crew wouldn’t have survived past chapter 3. But I gave the ship someone to love. Something to fear. And a goal that was neither logical or practical… but was entirely influenced by that love and fear.

With the ship’s fears, a universe came into being that supported her worries. It is a universe much darker than I’d ever explored before. And I populated it with very bad people. With broken people. With people whose situation was so bleak, the only reason they continued on was the innate human desire to persevere.

I gave the one person the ship loved a reason to fear her, a reason to love her back, a reason to want to protect her AI regardless of the fact that she’d come to deserve my affectionate nickname of “murder baby.”

But this still wasn’t enough. I gave the ship a complication. A time gap. I gave her a reason to betray the one person in the galaxy and a reason to betray a whole galaxy.

And then, I gave the ship a rescuer. Sort of. I placed a woman from her captain’s past smack dab in the middle of the ship’s path. Gave the ship a reason to hate her and her crew. Gave this ship a reason to need her.

And finally, I gave the ship a metaphorical loaded gun, and let her take pot shots at whoever she liked.

Five years, countless drafts, at least three edits that completely rewrote the book… and here we are.

Oath Breaker comes out on the 30th, but you can preorder my murder baby now.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N21TPSL


 

Jan 13, 2017

Unanswerable Questions

In rewatching the J-series of QI on Hulu, I was once again amused by the dream question thought up by Victoria Coren Mitchell.
Why was the March Hare so important to the Aztecs?
And then of course she referenced Lewis Carrol’s question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
She called them both unanswerable questions, but they’re not really. Questions like that have a hundred answers. At least, they do if you’re a writer.
Take either of these questions and you can come up with a heap of answers in almost every genre (I admit I’m struggling to find a way to use it in contemporary or historical romance, but I’m sure there’s at least one way).
And that is truly one of the many ways being in this profession is utterly glorious. Others struggle to understand the world around them. We can ignore anything we choose and make up our own answers, rules, and problems.
Why is a writer like a trigonometry test?

Jan 11, 2017

Writing Resolve

  I’ve mentioned before, here and elsewhere, that I don’t make resolutions. I make goals and I set them all throughout the year and shift as necessary, etc.
But some goals simply HAVE to be set in January. There’s no getting around it. With the exception of school things, January is place where our year starts and so, if you want to track something over a year, it just makes sense to do it now.

One of my main goals each year is a writing goal for word count.
In 2013 it was a million words--something I’m quite chuffed about completing as you’ll know from the fact I absolutely NEVER talk about it.
In 2014 it was to average 1,000-words per day (which I did) because after writing those million words, I had a ton of editing to do.
In 2015…. Well, health issues took me on a fun downhill slide that didn’t end until I got on the right medication in October. (I got 1/3rd of my total in those last 2 months). It wasn’t a wasted year, but man does it look sad next to 2014 and 2016.
And last year, my goal was just to do better. I measured each month by my ability to surpass 2013 and then 2014. There were only 3 months during which I did not surpass the counts from the previous two years.

Quick reference:
2013: 1,000,497-words
2014: 438,943-words
2015: 357,764-words
2016: 787,126-words

For 2017, my goals are a little different. They are word counts based on the completion of specific books. So, Technically, my goal for the year is just under 700,000-words. Divided throughout the whole year, it’s just over 1900-words per day. Considering my average last year of 23 words a month, I’ll be able to hit this goal with just under 2,700-words per writing day. Totally doble (I hope).


What about you? Do you set writing goals on a yearly basis? Monthly?