Friday, January 1, 2016

January 1, 2016

Ringing in the new year with a sinus infection, as usual. Trying to be productive, regardless.

Lately I've been notecarding.  Is that a verb? Outlining doesn't usually work for me, but for some reason notecarding my chapters and scenes have been worthwhile.  It works, so I do it.

I've notecarded more chapters of the WIP, plus a short story, and have written both yesterday and today.

Short story and WIP...about 2,000 words, total.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A New Beginning 12.30.15

Okay, so it's been a few months, but I'm back.

Back, and writing another WIP.  This one is actually more than 150-200 pages in, but it's in pieces and chapters and fragments, and there's actually enough here and in the little noggin of mine to maybe make a trilogy. We'll see.

For now, I think I've finally nailed the beginning (again).  It's been challenging finding where to begin. I keep going back, and back, and back. But this is a good problem to have, as the novel has been progressing in its regression, and the textures and voices have really shown themselves.

So in the past few months, plus the excerpts and chapters and pieces before this, there've been at least 40,000 words, but let's just start with what I think is the beginning, and go on from there, though I may find a spot where I see it's a good place to drop this chapter there, and this piece needs to go there, and this fragment works really well there...so I'll just add those as I go.

So for now, the last few days...10 pages...

2,787 words

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It's Good to Be Back

It's been a long time...

Let's see.  I'm going to combine the totals of my writing of the past couple days. Consider them an accumulation of daily entries here over the past few days that I didn't press PUBLISH for.

617 words today for a blog entry I've staggered until a few days.  600 more for one written and published a day or two ago.  I forgot if I was counting blog entries or not.

1,446 for a piece I hope to finish in a couple of days and sell to a local publication.  I'm typing out the second part now, so...

Okay, 698 words.  Not bad.

So, over the past 2-3 days, about 3,361 words.

And I found all of the fragments--ranging from a page or two, to about 75 or 80 pages--of my next novel-in-progress, written in spurts over the years.  I printed all of it out, and it took an entire ream of paper, and much of a printer cartridge.  Overall, over 100,000 words.  That's the one I think I've got a trilogy-amount of.

I'm going to try to outline all of that stuff.  Outlines will definitely count here.  And Part 3 will conclude the piece I'm writing, so that'll get done tomorrow, hopefully, and I'll send that out.

It's good to be back.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP No Longer IP -- It's Done

It's done.

The manuscript is finally done.

At 1:57 a.m. on July 1, 2015, I finished the entire novel.

May all my edits be small.

And make a publisher tell me to make them.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week Ending Sunday, June 29, 2015

Whoa, sorry about skipping last week.

Major things due at the job and now I'm on vacation for awhile.

And I'm just a few chapters away from giving the whole thing to my beta-readers!  Very cool!

So...about 2,500 words.

How's everyone been?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week Ending Sunday, June 14, 2015

Whoa!  Looks like we both backed away on this!  With my building closing, the end of the job upon me, and sending out my chapters to my beta-readers (and what a formatting nightmare that has turned out to be!), plus some other added ridiculousness...Just kinda got lost in the shuffle there.

Sorry about that, especially since I'm the one who called this meeting to order.

How's the wrist?  Feeling better?

Editing and query letters this week: About 2,000 words.  Actually, not bad for me, considering all the above.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Week Ending Sunday, May 24, 2015 -- Beta-readers

Editing red pen comments over last manuscript and lining up my beta-readers and sending the work to them via email or snail-mail, so I haven't kept track of my word count.  I'm going to guess...1,500 words.  Paving over a manuscript by the red pen comments in the manuscript is as much a tedious process as it is a productive one.  I got sick again, too, with a sinus infection / virus situation that made my head quite swimming.  Exhausted, too, really early in the day.  Really hard to write, edit, and save correctly that way!

So, yeah, 1,500.  Sorry for the whining.

By the way, I have 7 beta-readers lined up, and I would love 10, and I haven't asked any of my e-friends yet.  I mean, haven't we all been buried by people asking us to read their books and manuscripts?  And I especially feel bad because I haven't had the time to read and comment on too many of anyone else's work lately. 

But if you're an e-friend of mine, and you wouldn't mind being a beta-reader, please let me know by Wednesday the 27th.  My email is on this page somewhere.

Please and thank-you!