Progress Update

As with everything writing-related, things tend to take longer than I think they will.  It’s taken me about two weeks to get one story from drafted to what I consider reader ready.  That said: the first of the Tattoo Magic stories is reader ready and off to my proofreader (Jared).  I’ve also spent a good amount of time putting work into my Patreon page.  It’s not live yet, but I want it to be ready for launch when I need it.

One down, three to go until launch!

Progress Update

I’m working on cleaning up short stories for my Patreon project.  At this point I have one story that is pretty much good to go, and another story that I’m in the macroediting stage of.  The one that is finished, I’m not sure where in the story arc I’m going to place it. Right now it’s the first story, but I’m not sure that it really fits in that location, though for continuity reasons it needs to go before some other stories.  I think the second story might make a better first story, but that one needs some serious work.

I also launched a writer page on Facebook and did some Patreon research.  So far, this getting up early to work on writing thing is really working for me.

Progress Update

I’ve started writing regularly again.

I’ve started writing regularly again.

I think that should be enough of a progress update in and of itself, but in the spirit of getting back to my old habits, I composed, edited, and posted a poem on my website here.  That really got me missing creativity.  Not guilting myself about how I should be writing but aren’t, but missing the creative process.

I’ve started writing in the mornings.  Since then, I entered two hand-written stories into Scrivener and started to create a Patreon.  I’m also thinking about launching a Facebook writer page so that I don’t unnecessarily spam friends with writing stuff.  I counted my stories for the Patreon short story arc and I’m up to eight.

Editing will begin next week.  Once I have a few of these good to go, I’ll launch my Patreon and have myself a project.  Finally.  But it will be out of excitement rather than obligation, and that’s the best feeling in the world.

So Irresponsible

Go to college, they said
(to a kid from the trailer park)
You have scholarships, they said
(to a kid from the trailer park)
You can afford it, they said
(to a kid from the trailer park)
Loans will cover the rest
It’s only 20%.

There are no jobs, they said
(to a kid with student loans)
Go back to school, they said
(to a kid with student loans)
You will have scholarships, they said
(to a kid with student loans)
You’ll be able to afford it
It’s only 20%.

We want you in public service, they said
(to a kid with expensive degrees)
You can afford it, they said
(to a kid with expensive degrees)
We won’t ask for more than you can pay, they said
(to a kid with expensive degrees)
We’ll forgive the rest
Up to 100%.

So irresponsible!  So foolish!
Went to schools you couldn’t afford!
Took a job that didn’t pay!
This is your own fault!
You should have made better choices.

Friday Progress Update–Goal to Launch Patreon Project

I’ve finished four stories of the initial five that I want to have set up as my buffer for my Patreon project.  Then I need to revise these stories until they shine, and do some research on Patreon in general, and I’ll be ready to launch.  To reiterate, this is the short story project cataloguing the rise, misuse, and fall of a magic system in a secondary-world fantasy setting.

Cue (more) heavy breathing.

This entire thing is making me apprehensive, much more so than my usual querying apprehension.  I think it’s because it’s such an unknown.  I have to keep reminding myself that this is an experiment, and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out, even if I’m not entirely sure what ‘working out’ looks like.

Since I’ve made progress to the point where I feel like I should be setting a deadline to be done with editing and so on, my personal, non-binding goal to launch is April 1.

Friday Progress Update

I’m currently embroiled in a writing sprint, which is exactly where I need to be in terms of getting stuff ready for my Tattoo Magic Universe project.  I’m mostly working on rough-drafting the first few stories, so that I can revise those and get going on the project.  I’m torn between being anxious that it won’t be successful and having no idea how to define to myself what successful will look like.

It’s just something I want to do to show myself that I can do it: my little adventure into self-pub.  But I want to make money on it to validate to myself that my art has value.  And then I want to give some of that money to other queer artists because we need all the support we can get right now.

So far, I’ve modified one entire story to fit into the universe.  It always wanted to be in the universe, but it lacked that little extra kick of connection.  I’ve moved two stories over (both of which were already set in this setting, but before I had a firm idea of what the setting really WAS), and I’m about 2/3 through drafting the first or second story.

I figure when I have the first four or five stories in the arc good to go, it will be time to actually seriously start that Patreon thing.  That would give me four or five months of buffer, which should be good enough to keep the project going even if I don’t have everything drafted out in advance.

I’m also looking at revamping my website and turning it into more of an author website with a blog than a blog about writing.  I might do that today or Sunday, or I might push it back until next week.  Stay tuned!

Patreon Short Story Progress Update

It’s been a hard week to focus on writing, but I did make some progress worldbuilding and thinking on my (probably) Patreon short-story project. Namely, I’ve worked on the magic system, created a syllabary and some language/grammar rules that were necessary for naming conventions, and drawn a preliminary setting map.

I’m not yet decided on whether I’ll post finished but unrelated stories in the meanwhile. That’s kind of a tougher decision than I thought it would be.

This weekend will be busy with real-life stuff, but I intend to take the time to draw a more official setting map with my Wacom tablet. Then comes the fun part of creating borders and the notes that go along with them.

I’ve also decided on the project format. Instead of just doing an array of short stories in this setting, as I initially planned, I’d like the stories to themselves tell the story of the setting. Think World War Z. So I will have to invest some initial time into loosely plotting out the stories and how I’d like them to connect.

The result will be that the Patreon project will have a delayed launch, but I think in the end, it will be more satisfying this way.