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 »

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Progress – September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

Salt Lake Comic Con.

Yeah.

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 »


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 – September 4, 2017

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 »


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 »


Progress – 08/07/17

August 8, 2017

Okay, I’m actually a day behind here. More below.

Fiction words written last week: 4,431 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,054 words

Writing month to date total: July finished with 39,212 words, August is currently at 4,018 words

Writing year to date total: 230,447 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: It’s 2 a.m. and I’m getting caught up on my blog because I can’t sleep and this is nagging me to get it done. I was driving home on Sunday from another Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 07/24/17

July 24, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 5,842 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,167 words

Writing month to date total: 36,105 words

Writing year to date total: 223,322 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either

Audio: I spent 4 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: My writing streak ended at 43 days. So, what happens to break a streak? In this case, a family emergency which made my Thursday end on Friday at 3:30 in the morning. Words didn’t get done during that day and the next while I was distracted by other issues. I’m finding a new balance while I’m still dealing with things. Hopefully things will settle out over the next week, but even then it will take a while to balance out.

I am nearly finished the sixth Loki novella. I hope to finishing it this week — of course, that depends on what goes on in the next few days and how much time I can actually dedicate to writing. I did spend some time each day writing, which I feel was still good.

I spent some time recording audiobooks, but that had pretty much come to a standstill. I’ll get back to that when I can.

I’m trying to keep this short as I’m having a moment of rest while I can.

Don’t forget that Stardust comes out tomorrow! Pre-order now!