Progress – February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

Last year, I really began to see how discipline (yes, I know I used a bad word) and routing could keep someone on track to at least continue doing a little bit every day. Those habits are once again serving me well as my non-artistic life kicks into overdrive. I’ve had so much going on this week, yet I’ve also gotten a lot done. I admit, I’ve kind of amazed myself.

I finished my children’s story — more on that later in the week. I even made several corrections to things I didn’t like, as well as some color changes. Now that I’m done with that, I’m going to turn my attention to my next children’s book, though I haven’t made a commitment yet. Part of me thinks I should do this one story involving a dragon because I have so many young kids who see the Stardust cover shout at me that they love dragons. They are disappointed when they find out that Stardust doesn’t have pictures. It makes me sad. But, I really want to do a story about a wizard and his dog. It’s just flat out cute and I’ve lived with this story for so long that I want to get it done. Both stories are written, and I’d need to do page breakdowns on both of them. So, it’s not like either of them have an advantage right now.

I did also spend some time working on the next page of my Weblinks comic. Now I begin my rotation of working on different illustration projects. This should be interesting. I’m excited to see what happens.

Onesong is growing. OMG, it is so developing and at the moment I’m wondering if I’m reaching for three books. A trilogy wouldn’t be too bad, I suppose. Okay, I can’t even go there right now because that though scares me. Any yet…

Yeah, more on this later too.

I am now halfway done editing the audio for Quest for the Three Books. I also have only 6 more chapters to record. Yes, this project is coming along nicely too.

Speaking of Sacred Knight, I have a big announcement. Yes, you guessed it: later this week. Sorry. I feel like such a tease today, but I just don’t want to give it all up at once. (grin)

Well, let’s get to the numbers.

Fiction words written last week: 5.217 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  3.857 words

Writing month to date total:  20,690 words – my writing streak for hitting my daily word goal is now at 47 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 7 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 56,984 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 5 hours working on my kids’ book and Weblinks. No painting this week.

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

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Progress – February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

I have to wonder what I was thinking with Onesong. Really!?! Let’s take a story that I know has to happen before the Sacred Knight series and make it into a novel. Brilliant idea. Not! It’s like taking a skeleton you found lying around and deciding to put muscles and flesh on it.

Yeah, can you say, “Frankenstein’s monster”?

I must be just as mad as the good doctor.

Now here’s what may really surprise some of you: this story should have been told from Alityka’s point of view.  I really intended on it being her story. I have no bloody idea why I started telling it from Rivic’s vantage. None.  Well, okay, maybe an inkling. I remember thinking that I needed to tell the story of how Rivic build Lilinar. I honest thought it was going to be something like this: drop Rivic in Gohaldinest, destroy Gohaldinest, begin Rivic’s wandering. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

I survived last week.

That is amazing on so many levels that it’s not even funny.

My brain just kept wanting to work on stories and jumped around like a monkey. Every time I would start to pin it down to work on Prince of the Ruined Land or Onesong, it would remind me that I had other things I needed to be taking care of before I could continue. It was right. I really needed to start to make a list of all the leaps in time. There’s a lot of them and I have them all in my head, which is getting to be a bad place for them. So I started a list. I was surprised at how many their were already, not to mention the ones that I know that have to happen. Good grief! Kids, don’t write time travel; it just messes everything up. (grin)

Then there was Stonecharmer. For as fast as that story had been going, the scene I’m working on now feels like it is taking forever. I swear I’ve dedicated three different writing sessions to it and I’m still not getting my main character any further along. She’s developing her abilities, so I realize it’s going to take awhile.

Then, Loki. I had one evening where I needed to get my words done fast in a short amount of time. I hear him tell me, “Yeah, you only work on me when you need to get your writing done fast. What do I look like to you?” The rest of what he added is not fit for blogging. I just told him to shut up and start telling me the story. (grin) I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon. We pumped out over 900 words in 45 minutes. That’s really the top of my time to word production. Yes, Loki, I do write fast when I’m working on your stories. They just roll. Thank you!

I also got so much done on Onesong this week that I really think I’m going to have to divide it into two books. More to come on that later.

On to the numbers:

Fiction words written last week: 6.530 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,219 words

Writing month to date total:  36,294 words for January and February is currently at  4.181 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 33 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 5 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 40,475 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 3 hours working on my kids’ book.  It is now completely sketched out. I only spent 1 hour painting last week, which is less than I wanted to do, but my Saturday got weird on me. The weather was nice, so I took the paintings I brought back from Nevada outside to really give them a good cleaning and after that my throat started to get sore again. Dang dust. I didn’t think I was allergic to it, but I must be. It just made me feel not quite right all day and I couldn’t bring myself to get to painting after that.

Audio: I spent 4 and a half hours recording and editing audio. I am nearly to the halfway point in Quest for the Three Books.

It feels like “slow but steady” is my motto for right now.


Onesong – Chapter 29

January 31, 2018

Coming out of my creative procrastination on this story, I am seeing more and more things that I need to put into the story.  It is currently over 111,000 words long. To Birth a Destiny (#3 of the Sacred Knight series and so far the longest in the series) is over 96,000 words long. 75,000-100,000 feels like a good length to me for fantasy novels. So, if I get this up to around 150,000 words (which it might very well do), I’m going to split it into two novels.

Of course, you’ll get as much of it here as I possibly can do. There will have to be some cycling back in the earlier sections, so the books will be slightly different than what you’ve read here. Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 28

January 24, 2018

I admit that I’ve still had some “creative procrastination” going on with this story. Other projects have bumped it aside. But, I sat down earlier this week to try to work on Onesong and I have yet to figure out the puzzle. I know it’s there. I trust the process, so I know the answer is in something I’ve already written. I’m trying to stay calm since I know I still have a lot of this book to piece together. I just haven’t figured out what scenes still need written and that’s a problem. I’m not even seeing the scenes any more but I have wholes that need filled. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

Another week and more words done.

That makes it a good week, right?

Yes, it was a good week (mostly). My son took me out to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Not as good as Your Name, but still a beautiful movie and well done. I love it when I’m told a wonderful story.

I’ve started working on my last pass through Prince of the Ruined Land. I finished another story which I hope to get out in February. And, I don’t know if I should feel lucky or not, but I started the 8th Loki novella. For the record, I haven’t even finished the 7th one, though I figure I’m nearly halfway there.

I have also gotten over halfway through my children’s book which I’ve been posting pages here. It feels really good to be making progress on it.

My new novel is coming along and is nearly 10,000 words in length so far. I’m getting to know these characters and what they want. And yes, I’m having fun keeping that away from them.

Let’s get to the numbers.

Fiction words written last week: 8,318 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  785 words

Writing month to date total:  26,021 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 19 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 3 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 26,021 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 4 hours working on my kids’ book. I didn’t get any painting done last week.

Audio: I spent 4 hours editing audio. I still wish I could speed up this process some. I keep reminding myself that it’s getting done, even if it is in small increments. When you spend half an hour doing something that translates out to 4-5 minutes of a project that I estimate to be about 17 hours, yeah, patience. I’ve never been very good at patience. Again, I’m still learning and working on speeding this up. I believe it can be done. I swear it’s truly a curse of wanting to achieve lots of things. You can’t look at the whole staircase and wonder how you will make it to the top. All you can do is take the next step.


Progress – 2017 official report

January 4, 2018

I have finally gotten caught up on sleep and my word count for the last two weeks of 2017. As promised, I’m ready to give my official wrap-up of 2017.

Fiction words written in the last week of December: 1,747 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  175 words

Writing month to date total:  18,228 words – this does have some words scattered through the middle of December that I had written but not logged (or those ones I’d referenced that I’d dictated but not transcribed — I went back and placed them on the actual day for a more accurate count.

Drawing/painting last week: I spent 4 hours working on my kids’ book.

Audio: I spent 4 hours recording and editing audio.

So how did the year turn out overall?

Writing year to date total: 373,833 words. I don’t know if I mentioned it anywhere along the way, but my writing goal for 2017 had been to do 500,000 words. I knew that writing half a million words would be a stretch when I started, but I wanted something that would push me. By October, I was hoping to get to 400,000 words at least. I fell short of that too, but I still averaged over 31,000 each month so I think that’s pretty spectacular, especially all considering what happened in 2017. Talk about failing forward. I honestly think that having this huge goal kept me focused and in my habit of writing when my dad died. Without it, I would have stopped writing any probably wouldn’t have gotten back to it yet. It would be the middle of 2018 probably before I thought about writing again.

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