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.

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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 »


Progress – September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

My son has been wanting to ride on the section of trail along the canyon rim that just opened. So, I’m writing this after we’ve done that ride and I’m a bit tired: “Hey, Mom, let’s ride the trail,” he says. “It’ll be fun,” he says. Me: I barely make it back alive. Everything was fine until we passed Evel Knieval’s jump site. Then the trail starts to go down into the canyon. I got about halfway down and realized that there was no way I wasn’t walking out.

Worse, when we did turn around and I walked partway out (and sat on a bench panting heavily for a good 15-20 minutes), I realized that I had a flat tire. A big, old puncture vine had left a goat head in my tire. Fortunately, I had goo in my tire, but it took awhile for it to seal up. I did manage to ride back to the start of the route (6 miles!) on it, however, my poor old bike only liked 2nd and 5th gears. I’d lost all shifting in between.

“It’ll be fun,” he says!

It’s been a good hour and a half since we finished the trail and I’ve gotten home to take a shower, but my heart is still going at 110 beats per minute. And, of course, my watch just told me that it’s time to MOVE! What a sense of humor it has. I can barely type this; that’s all the MOVE anyone is getting out of me right now.

As for the rest of my week, well, I’ve been putting together some ads and testing them, trying things out. I finished Mystery of the Stardust Monk yesterday. It’s a good novella length of nearly 25,000 words, so I’m happy. Been spending a lot of time working on Onesong as well. Plus, I’m nearly finished with the audio tracks for Stardust. I’m nearly all ready for Salt Lake Comic Con next weekend and have Snake River Comic Con in Pocatello the following weekend. Super excited to get out to these shows and share my stories with people there.

Well, I’m tired, so I’m cutting it short here today. Here are the numbers:

 

Fiction words written last week: 7,689 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,263 words

Writing month to date total:  18,023 words

Writing year to date total: 275,106 words

Drawing/painting last week: I didn’t do any painting this week. I was spending my normal painting time to organize my artwork for Salt Lake Comic Con. Doesn’t help that the days are getting shorter too.

Audio: I spent 4 hours editing audio and recording some retakes.

Hope to see you at Salt Lake Comic Con!


Progress – 08/21/17

August 21, 2017

Happy eclipse day! If you are somewhere with a good viewing position, please stay safe and sane out there. All of your senses are worth taking care of.

Fiction words written last week: 8,535 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  3,956 words

Writing month to date total: 22,107 words

Writing year to date total: 248,536 words. I am less than 2,000 words short of my word goal that I had set for last year (250,000), which means I’m about 12,000 behind what I actually accomplished for last year (260,108). If I have another good week like this last one, I’ll hit it next week. I’m still far off on my word goal for this year — I’m not sure I’ll make it, but one never knows. Maybe I’ll really buckle over the rest of the year and knock it out of the park!

Drawing/painting last week: 5 5″x7″ paintings completed (175 square inches) and I got started on two larger pieces. I spent about 6 hours painting, maybe a bit more.

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: I hit my streak again for 6 out of 7 days for the word goal. Saturday I spent doing business related tasks, so I didn’t quite meet my word goals on that day. However, I did meet my word goal for the week, so I’m on a streak of 1 week Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 08/14/17

August 14, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 4,423 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,174 words

Writing month to date total: 9,616 words

Writing year to date total: 236,045 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 35+ square inches

Audio: I spent 3 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: This week doesn’t look too much different than last week, except that I did some painting. It was busy though. I began rearranging my office last week. I really wanted to be able to set my easel up in my office. With my son’s help, we got that accomplished. There’s still a lot of cleanup and organizing that needs to be done, but at least I’m able to get in there to work now.

I also revised my word count spreadsheet to count consecutive weeks of hitting the word count. Yes, it’s hard to write to a certain word count each and every day. Life happens. I Read the rest of this entry »