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Progress Report 2020 #34

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

Words written (week/YTD): 22,197 / 481,492

1,700-words of admin + 5 projects.

This week saw a lot of words into the counter, but 15k of those were into something super easy that I wasn’t supposed to be writing. (oops!) The funniest part about that, is that those words will likely never see the light of day (without EXTREME reediting--like, we’re talking it would have to be a completely new book all together.) These words are basically a writing exercise, and they've also become an exercise in letting go, in writing with no plans to put them into the world.



83 pages edited

My weekend editing went well (even if I’d always like to do/have done more), and I’ve carved out some time this weekend too. This weekend's edits are all about stitching. In my usual way, the book in question is being Frankensteined together, so it’s time to sew up the pieces and figure out what I’m missing.

What I’m reading

I’m about to start Legendb…

Progress Report 2020 #33

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


Words written (week/YTD): 15,336 / 459,295

747-words of admin + 7 projects. 
This week was rough. I don’t even have an explanation for it. I just didn’t get much done.

In an odd twist, the usual rule of: more projects = more words didn’t hold true this week. My brain was apparently scattered, but not in an “at least I’m productive” way.

Letting that go, though, because dwelling is the opposite of productive, and spending too much time on that, means next week's numbers will also be down. And while I am keeping ahead of my baseline goal for the month the two other tiers are presently out of reach. At this point, I’m hoping to catch up with the midline, but have no plans to stress myself out over the “best” month numbers.

One of the reasons I do these updates is because checking in periodically helps remind me where I’m at.
If one day feels like I did ALL THE THINGS, and another feels like I did jack all… it can be hard to rem…

Progress Report 2020 #32

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

Words written (week/YTD): 18,512 / 443,959
596-words of admin + 4 projects.

I have a few drafts that are lining up like dominoes, and another one fell this week. Finishing a draft is both exciting and distracting. For me, that means my brain wanders off, thinking about the fun thing I could put in its previously scheduled time slot. Doesn’t matter that the slot already has something waiting to move (usually the next closest thing to a final draft). But if I don’t write down a clear plan, my brain gets flighty. So I finished a draft of something that is due in October, and now it’s on to the next thing.

In an odd turn of events, I managed to get over 2k in for the day last Friday… despite it being a tattoo day. I think it was because I’d gotten mostly used to getting tattooed at that point. After three appointments in 4 weeks, my pain receptors just threw in the towel, cussed me out and left the building. (Btw. I’m not excite…

Progress Report 2020 #31

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

Words written (week/YTD): 10,191 / 425,447

598-words of admin + 4 projects.

Along with plugging away toward my next deadline, I managed to finish up two drafts and filed those away for the next stage of their lives.
The “end of life” stage of drafting is always slower than just starting out. Mostly because early drafting is a place you can make huge, ugly mistakes and fix them later. When you get to the end of a later draft, you have to be careful you aren’t stabbing the next one (which could be the final go) in the proverbial back.

On 8/3 I passed the 2019 August count… which wasn’t hard. I think I missed recording some stuff though, because I know I did a fair amount of writing in the mornings while we were at lake Tahoe the final week of the month, but they aren’t in my spreadsheet… and if I don’t put it in, my brain questions whether or not it really happened.

156 pages edited

Between a final pass on a short story, a “fix t…