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.


Children’s book progress – February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

I finally finished up my two page spread:

eggs

I just noticed that the branches of my tree are missing. Hmmm, I wonder what layer they are hiding on.

Also, as I was coloring these pages, I had the thought that I always imagined this story to be taking place in the middle of the night. But if that’s a window above the sink (I suppose it could be a picture), then it’s clearly daytime.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

Jugging projects.

That’s been the description for this week.

I’ve been working on Onesong. I had a couple people who read my post on Wednesday as me: what do you mean you’re not working on it?!? I just shrugged and said, “Creative procrastination.” As I knew would happen, the other book, Stonecharmer, settled down. I knew it would happen. I wish I could describe the feeling. It’s kind of like putting a tractor in neutral after you’ve had it going in 4th gear for a while and just letting it roll until it settles into its parking spot. Yeah. I was cruising along with Stonecharmer, then it just eased back. I felt it slowing down, not necessarily the story but the writing. The time for its “creative procrastination” has come.  That means I get back to Onesong.

The two-page spread I’ve been working on for my children’s book has more detail than any other pages so far and I’ve spent all week working on it. I also got a few additional pages inked, but I feel like the whole week has been dedicated to these two pages.

I got a cover done this week and worked on mocking up another cover.

Corrections for Prince of the Ruined Land are coming along.

And I recorded the audio for a short story.

All in a week’s work.

I just want to remind you that I don’t say all this to impress anyone, but rather to impress upon you that if you decide what you want to do and focus your mind, you can achieve big things. Choose and act. That really is the magic formula.

Let’s get to the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week: 5,470 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,275 words

Writing month to date total:  32,766 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 26 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 4 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 32,766 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 3 and a half hours working on my kids’ book. I didn’t get any painting done last week. I do regret that — I really meant to spend some time on it over the weekend, but it didn’t happen.

Audio: I spent 7 hours recording and editing audio. This included my short story (and I keep asking myself why I’m spending time on this – craziness as part of the creative procrastination process? I probably would have been better off painting.) and working on Quest for the Three Books.

And now that I’ve had a moment to ponder why I would use audio work as creative procrastination, I wonder if I use audio as a way to procrastinate on painting. That would certainly make sense, considering that I swapped my planned painting time for working on audio. I will have to examine this more because I think there might be something to it.  That’s one tractor I’d certainly like to get out of neutral.

Until next week…


Progress – January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Well, we survived the first week of 2018. Personally (and honestly), I’m ready to throw this year back into the river and hope we catch a better one.

Yet, I trust that there is balance in all things, so I know some good will come for the sh’tuff I had to deal with last week.

It felt really hard to get back in my groove. The dust irritation which gave me a cold left me hardly able to do any audio editing because I knew I wasn’t hearing everything correctly. I also forced myself to admit to myself (yes, some of my self talk goes just like that) that I needed to get some sleep and that pushing myself, especially when I wasn’t feeling 100%, was really not healthy physically or mentally. So, I let myself sleep in for a couple days. Yep, that threw off my morning groove. As a result, I didn’t get much audio work or illustration work done. Oh well, healing is important too.

I also had my quarterly publishing business meeting with myself. I write out what I’ve done in the last quarter and what I want to get done in the next quarter so that I can build a picture of where I’m at and where I want to go. Generally I leave these “meetings” feeling optimistic. This time, I just felt overwhelmed. Not because I have so much to do (which I do — I’m not trying to close any gap — I have a lot of projects I want to do and the Universe keeps serving me up with new ones, which I’m glad for because I love starting new stories), but because… well, I’m not really sure. I had hoped writing out the sentence would clue me in, but I still don’t know.

WARNING: authenticity ahead! Tread carefully. The waters will get murky.

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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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