Progress – April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

It’s been a good week and I feel almost human again. I did spend the first part of the week all scattered and distracted, but as it progressed I got myself together.

Prince of the Ruined Land was released and I got my print books just a few days later. This made me able to fill orders pretty fast and that made me happy.

I finished my review edits of the sixth Loki novella, designed a cover, sent the book package to my reader (since I’m trying to not be behind the 8 ball in publishing any more), argued (grin) with my reader about the cover, debated, and decided she was right. I haven’t put together the official cover yet, but I’m certain there will be a reveal soon.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018

Feeling a little bushwhacked.

No lie.

I have spent all weekend working on Prince of the Ruined Land. Will it be ready by the  release date of April 17th? The ebook version will be. Still not sure about the print, but it’s getting there. I mean, hopefully formatting won’t take too long. If I have one done, the other shouldn’t be too hard, right?

So, I’ve been revising this latest draft by using the strikeout feature in Word. That allowed me to kill passages without actually taking them out. Now, before I broke Prince, the manuscript was about 96,000 words as I recall. As of Friday when I finished threading it back together, it was over 102,000 words. After I lopped off all the scrap sections and the chapters I was pulling out, the manuscript was 70,000 words. Now it’s approximately 72,000. I hope that helps put a little perspective on why this has been a major project.

I’ve done an initial continuity read-through. I still have a little work to do to slow down or revise one scene that goes a bit too fast — end-of-book-itis? Possibly. It might need a complete tear down and revamp, but since I’ve done that to all the rest of the book, what’s one more scene?

I would still love to read through it one more time since I was still revising as I went. If I can have one draft where I don’t correct major issues, then I’ll feel a lot more confident in releasing it.

I still have a map and a character list to build. The cover needs some tinkering. Blurb for the back needs to be written. Just a few things. No worries!

Last week I also decided to start to get up earlier in the mornings. I’ve been getting up at 5:00 a.m. to work for about half an hour on audio, twenty minutes on Weblinks or Rockin’ Life, and about an hour editing. So far, this has been a workable schedule. We’ll see what happens as the weeks progress onward. I do like the idea of having scheduled time for editing. Right now it has obviously been time I’ve used on Prince, but next up is Loki. I really hope that someday I get well versed enough at my craft that I can cycle back better than I do now. It would save me a lot of time. But writing like I am now doesn’t afford me this looping. Someday.

Well, I’ve been looking at words all weekend, so I don’t even want to write at the moment. Let’s just get to the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week: 4,958 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  2,160 words

Writing month to date total:  29,009 words for March. April has a whopping total of 630 words mostly because I was reading today and deleting nearly as many words as I was putting in. No joke. At one point my word count was actually negative. My writing streak for hitting the weekly goal is now at 13 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 96,407 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 2 hours working on Rockin’ Life and Weblinks.

Audio: I spent almost 5 hours editing audio.

Progress – March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

I lost my word count writing streak on Wednesday. I was so depressed that I really wanted to quit. I had no energy left. I went to bed. After spending all afternoon holding back the tears, I really wanted to cry myself to sleep. Of course, then the tears wouldn’t come.

It’s truly devastating to be told that the last 13 years of your life have been hijacked by a company who won’t play nice because you’re going to take your business away from them. I’ve spend less than $100/year with them between all my domains. Certainly this small amount can’t be worth that much to them. They can’t possibly be making that much after paying the domain Registrar for the renewal. Really? You’re going to be a baby over a few dollars at most?

But I have learned a very important lesson — never let someone have full control over the name on your domain (the Whois listing), and never let them be able to lock your account without you being able to unlock it. Yes, I will be doing things differently in the future. I’ve learned my lessons. No matter what happens, I will take those lessons with me. And, if that little piece of advice above helps someone else, great. If you own a domain and you have no idea what I’m talking about there, go dig around in your site and learn. Purchase a domain from someone else just to see what features they give you or don’t. Teach yourself, learn, observe, Google questions that arise. Don’t let all your domains be held by one company. Read the Terms of Service.

Yes, I am working on a backup plan. If I’m going to have to rebuild, I rebuild. It means that all writing is probably coming to a near-complete stop and that really is bad (in fact, if you’re a reader who really needs me to put out more, this really ought to upset you). I have to focus on Prince of the Ruined Land. That is quickly becoming priority one. Then, I have to rebuild the interior links all of my books as well as on the covers – print and ebooks. I have to redirect websites. I have to go into a ton of websites and update email addresses. On the bright side, this is probably a good time to set up the imprint lines I began considering at the end of last year — I considered this for the different age levels of my books. Since I’m getting so many, I don’t always remember what age they are appropriate for when I’m under pressure at a show and have a million questions coming at me at once. There’s also my newsletter to update. New banners. Business cards Updates to all of my websites — new directs for them (books, comics, art).

Do you see now why I was so depressed?

13 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Progress – February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

I let myself get run down this last week. I felt it coming on about Wednesday and thought that if I made it through the week it would be incredible.

I didn’t make it through the week.

I’d watched my son get wore down and he got sick. I was just a few days behind him. Dang.

Fortunately for me, I did get my weekly word count in before I completely crashed. But it felt like the bare minimum, especially as the week went on.

Nothing like a stuffed head, aches, chills… the worst of it is the random pain in my wrists, feet, and in-between the vertebra. Fortunately I’d been active with all the natural healing things for Adrian: herbs, essential oils, etc., so it was easy for start doing it for myself.

But there was so much other stuff going on, things I didn’t need to get sick while trying to handle.

There are some things I don’t want to walk through. Transferring my domain names and setting up new email are just two of them. Yet, it seems like my number is up on this one. But does it really have to be during tax season? Every time my domains come up for renewal, no matter how far in advance I pay for them, they always go down. It’s time to find new services.  It’s just frustrating.

Especially while trying to get along with stories. It’s a time when the business hat and the artist hat both have to be pulled down over my ears to get things done.

I need to stop. I obviously don’t feel well enough to dredge up coherent sentences right now.  I’d much rather feel better right now.

Let’s get to the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week: 6.438 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  481 words

Writing month to date total:  27,609 words – my writing streak for hitting my daily word goal is now at 54 days (which was a stretch to keep this streak up this week) and hitting the weekly goal for the last 8 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 63,903 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 2 and a half hours working on Rockin’ Life and Weblinks.

Audio: I spent 3 editing audio.

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 – 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.