Holiday weekends and holiday weeks are always hard. In good news, I got to spend a lot of time with my family! In bad news, I didn’t get very much writing done.
The first story in the short story series is Done with a capital “D,” though I’ll probably give it one final read before I launch the project. The second story is a bit more problematic. I’ve discovered that it needs quite a bit of work as I’m reading it through, which is kind of discouraging, but I plan on plugging away at that this coming week.
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!
As you can see from my previous post, I finished Surviving the Road! I also submitted four out of my eight possible queries, decided that I’d see how the responses on those look before I submit the other four, applied for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and did some major world-building and magic-system-fleshing-out for the secondary world setting in which I intend to set a bunch of short stories.
On the plate for this coming week is seriously looking into Patreon for my short stories and doing more world-building for what I’m thinking of as the Tattoo Magic world. I likely won’t start revising Flight, my second book, until February. I’m giving myself a little time to cool off from the high-pressure stuff like drafting and revising in favor of something a little more light-hearted.
Honestly, other than getting my website back up and writing another chapter in Surviving the Road, I haven’t made much progress this week. Happy Holidays and all that!
Okay, here is the update of the last two weeks of wordcount by day!
- Day 12: 34706
- Day 13: 38052
- Day 14: 40101
- Day 15: 40575
- Day 16: 43620
- Day 17: 50533
- Day 18: 51533
- Day 19: 58852
- Day 20: 72167 (this is what competitive all-day write-ins do for me)
- Day 21: 72601
- Day 22: 75088
- Day 23: 75174
- Day 24: 75215 (d’oh)
- Day 25: 75215
I was going for the write every day for 30 days participation badge. As you can see, I again didn’t make it this year.
Well. It wasn’t a good week for NaNo or for anything else around here really. Normally I front-load pretty heavily, but it’s not supposed to be so that I can emotionally crash and burn during week two.
Still, I’m back to writing again, some days with more focus than others:
- Day 6: 20282
- Day 7: 25088
- Day 8: 25091 (“I am afraid.” Will be worked into the novel.)
- Day 9: 25092 (The single word this day was a swear, but I will also be working it into the novel)
- Day 10: 31293 (I made myself go to a write-in.)
- Day 11: 32454
I’m just now coming up on the half-way point of the book and getting to the part in my outline that is an absolute muddle. I have a write-in tomorrow, a write-in Monday, and then more write-ins going forward into the week. At this point I’m just going to let my characters take the wheel and hope they get me to the ending I picked out. If not there, I hope they get me to a good and interesting one instead.
Oops! I lost track of time and suddenly it’s Saturday! Here are my NaNo numbers for last week:
- 3995 (including a midnight write-in)
- 13175 (including a write-in)
- 13239 (burn out from the day before!)
So far I’m on track for meeting my stretch goal of writing the whole novel during November! Whee!
I haven’t really had much in terms of progress this week, besides decided to write Plague Novel the Second this NaNoWriMo. I’ve also started up with my critique partner again. We’re working through the Flight novel, which is what I’ll be revising after I finish the first draft of PNtS.
As I mentioned in my Monday post, I’m presently doing some recharging of my creative batteries. This doesn’t mean that I’m entirely inactive as a writer, though!
I’m catching up on some YA and short-story reading, preparing my talk for the CCWA (more on that in Monday’s post), and meeting with my resurrected writing group on Sunday. I’m also still trying to decide what to prep for NaNoWriMo. Right now, I’m leaning Plague Novel Sequel, though continuing or finishing the Touchdown novel is also a possibility.
This week I’ve been playing around with poetry. I’m not a trained poet, but there is a story I want to tell that has decided it wants to be a poem, so what else can I do. I’ll probably just end up posting that here eventually, since I don’t feel accomplished enough as a poet to try to shop that around.
I’ve also been catching up on my YA reading. I’m not really sure whether I’ll get around to doing some Book Thoughts posts, but I’ve blown through a couple of books and I still have two more to go.
I know that I should be submitting my short stories around again. I have zero in circulation right now, and six stories that could be in rotation. But between my depression and anxiety issues flaring up, the motivation to set myself up for possible disappointment just isn’t there. I’m focusing on cleaning those stories up instead. I’m also engaging in the process of writing, which is the fun part.