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.

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Progress – January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

This has been the week of getting lots done in small time. Yes, you really can get things done by working in tiny increments; it doesn’t take big blocks of time.

I confess that I haven’t been able to get up as early as I had been and though I’ve been trying to work back to my usual time, I’ve been losing roughly half an hour. So instead of spending about 45 minutes working on audio and another 45 on my kids’ book, I’ve been getting about 30 minutes each and sometimes less. Literally, one morning I spent 15 minutes on audio and only worked through 3 minutes of audio, but that’s 3 minutes more than I had done the day before.

I finished my correction edits on a novella and got it sent off to a first reader. I took that reader’s edits on another story done and submitted it to a magazine. Wish me luck. Hopefully we’ll see that story published in a magazine soon.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017

I’m in the land of no internet and typing this on my phone, so it’s going to be short. 

I’ve been busy between the holidays and another trip to Nevada to help out, so I haven’t gotten as much done. 

Fiction words written last week: No idea. I did some writing, even started a new story but none of the words got logged. I also have some dictation to transcribe. Yes, there were words done; I just have no idea. 

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  Again, no clue here as I didn’t log the words. 

Writing month to date total:  13,666 words (this should be “no change,” but I must have done something last week after writing the blog and decided to add it into my count for that week without updating the blog.)

Writing year to date total: 369,271 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 3 hours working on my kids’ book. 

Audio: I spent almost 4 hours recording and editing audio.

Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating  it. 

See you on Wednesday for another chapter of Onesong. 


Progress – October 30, 2017

October 31, 2017

I hope you all enjoyed your little detour to the beach yesterday.

I’m home now and running at full (mindless) speed. I haven’t even had a chance to unpack yet, but my day has been busy.

Since I’m so tired and only wanting to get to bed right now as I’m typing this, I’m going to make this quick. Obviously I didn’t get as many words done last week as I had been doing, nor did I meet the goal I had for the week, but I didn’t do too terrible either. I got words done. And something is better than nothing. (As long as I’m not trying to compare myself to Kevin J. Anderson who finished a novel before even coming to the workshop and was out on the beach dictating several times. But who’s comparing, right?)

Fiction words written last week: 2,370 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  989 words

Writing month to date total:  29,221 words

Writing year to date total: 312,623 words

Drawing/painting last week: No painting, but I did sketch nearly every day, even some days when I didn’t feel like drawing and it just frustrated me to have to do it. That’s not a story worthy of telling.

Audio: Even thought I took my headphones with me and I felt like I was working on audio quite a bit (more than writing actually), I only have an hour recorded for time. I think something’s missing, but I’ll go back and check my log later. With what I learned in my workshop, I hope can start speeding up this time.

I wish you all a happy and safe Halloween. Don’t let any of the spooks scare you. They probably just need a day at the beach too.


Progress – October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Last week involved a lot of getting ready for a writers conference, driving to the conference, and beginning the conference. It started Saturday night and will run through next Saturday.

I say this because I will soon lose track of days. If I don’t have my usual Wednesday post done on time, you know why. I am trying and fully intend on having it up as usual, but I Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

I’ve been having quarterly business meetings with myself over the last year so that I can really focus in on what I want to do with my writing and my art. This has been really good for me. But yesterday when I had my meeting, I had to give myself a stern talking to. Thank goodness I was writing it down or the people at Barnes & Noble would’ve thought I’d lost it. (grin)

All considering what happened last quarter, I got a lot done. Granted, most of it was busy work because the writing/publishing side of things got smacked against the floor a few times. Yes, you may think about Hulk and Loki here. I give you permission. “Puny god.” Especially since it was the 6th Loki novella which really took the beating — I’d planned Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – October 2, 2017

October 3, 2017

I had fully intended on posting my progress yesterday as scheduled, but when I sat down to do it, I really felt I needed to say something about the tragedy in Las Vegas since Nevada is my original home state. I soon found myself on a mission with that post and felt it wouldn’t be right to finish it with a, “Oh, and here’s the fun I had last week,” kind of thing.

I really do mean what I said: people need to read more, read for fun. We are a planet losing our imaginations. We take what others so readily want to spoon feed us without ever really thinking about it.

I hesitate to go on. I have a prime example, but I really don’t want to go down that trail. Not now at least. I don’t want to put myself in a funk. Let’s go back to what I was originally going to post.

So, last weekend was Snake River Comic Con. Let me just say that it was an exciting adventure. If you missed it, you lucked out. It was their first comic con, so several people, Read the rest of this entry »