October 11, 2017
I hope you enjoyed having a longer chapter this week because this one is a bit shorter. You just never know how they will turn out.
I say that while laughing at myself. I’ve had to completely tear apart Sacred Knight #5 to do away with the chapters and am writing it scene by scene. Sacred Knight has been the strangest series for me. Every book has to be done differently. The Three Books (Book #1) changed genres repeatedly and the only way I got through it finally was by writing it as a script, then changing it to prose. Manifest the Magic and To Birth a Destiny (Books 2 and 3) had to be written together as one piece and was a combination of script and prose. Prince of the Ruined Land (Book 4) was half scripted when I tore it apart and wrote it as prose. The Missing Thread (Book 5) has been entirely prose, but chapter headings have been completely useless throughout.
Another book I’m working on for my dragons series, has just been one long straight story without any breaks. The 7th Loki novella is working out in the same way.
Yet, while each story has a tendency to be different, I was asked earlier this week if I have a process or a ritual that I go through when I sit down to write. I know people that have rituals to get themselves ready to write. Some people use a different computer than their normal computer. Some writers have a mantra or a prayer that they say.
No, I don’t have a ritual. I’ve always had to be ready to write at a moment’s notice and the method has never mattered to me. Getting the story that’s jabbering at me out of my head is what’s important. I have mentioned a couple time that I dictate some of my work. I’ve been doing that for a long time. I use to use a tape recorder. I hope my mother burned all my old tapes! I’d sit in the closet and record my stories. Yeah, and you all wondered why I wanted to sit in a box and record the audiobook for my stories! (grin) I discovered DragonSpeak when it was at version 3 and have been using it off and on since then. Instead of having to transcribe everything myself, it has made the work so much easier. Not perfect, but what is.
The closest thing to a ritual that I might have is turning on music. Why? Because what I want to write determines what I listen to. Here’s a list of my Internet radio stations and what I write while I listen to them: Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
September 25, 2017
Salt Lake Comic Con.
The convention was fun. The hotel where were stayed was fancy (or seemed so from a first glance. I’m not so certain once I got to peek beneath the surface a bit — it’s amazing what a little observation and opening up conversations with people will provide. Can you hear my evil laugh? Yeah, writers think way too much, especially when the expensive room that has been booked has no microwave, refrigerator, or breakfast as other less expensive hotels have). So, yes, for as swanky as the hotel seemed, I came Read the rest of this entry »
September 4, 2017
This is now the third time I’ve tried to write this post. Third time is the charm, right? How about we start off with this:
Happy Labor Day.
Goodbye summer of 2017. Let’s not do that again.
While I’ll be glad for a reprieve from the yard work which I haven’t been diligent about this summer, I’m certainly not ready for the steadily approaching winter either. I’m not much of a fan of ice and snow. Maybe this winter will be a mellow one. Keep the snow in the mountains. Yeah, don’t want to think about that either. Moving on.
Last week wasn’t a very productive writing week. Certainly not as much as I had hoped. Oh well, some weeks are like that. I’m hoping the next four months can be very focused and productive.
By the end of the year, I really hope to have Stardust and The Three Books out in audio, as well as the 6th Loki novella (tentatively titled: Mischief on Wheels), Prince of the Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
July 31, 2017
Fiction words written last week: 1,170 words
Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written: 470 words
Writing month to date total: 37,745 words
Writing year to date total: 224,962 words.
Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either
Audio: I spent 0 hours recording and editing audio.
Week’s happenings: There was no getting back on my writing streak. Unfortunately, my emergency, which ended my streak as reported in last week’s progress report, had a Read the rest of this entry »
June 12, 2017
Fiction words written last week: 9,131 words
Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written: 1,649 words
Writing month to date total: 18,032 words
Writing year to date total: 151,250 words.
Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.
Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.
Audio: I spent 7 hours editing audio. More on this below too.
Week’s happenings: From the cover picture above, can you tell what’s coming? Yes, I hope to have the audio for 1-800-Mischief uploaded to ACX by the end of the month. I had previously recorded the audio and so far it sounds solid enough that I’m going to use it. I figure I’m almost halfway through editing it right now — still some touch ups to make, but it’s coming along nicely.