Another week behind us, another week or writing done.
Writing: Goals met. It’s… ill-planned at this point? I’m ready to get onto the next conflict. It’s very possible all this that I’m currently writing will be edited out later.
Editing: Finished working through chapter 4. Only have 2 parts that I need to go back and correct later. Shouldn’t be too bad. On to Chapter 5. As mentioned before… love this story. Going back through for edits reminds me of this. Just need to make it shine.
Currently reading: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. Really enjoying the book. So far, it’s one hell of a ride.
I found this at some point last week and it amused me. I love watching Adventure Time with my kids, but really, I’d watch it even if they weren’t around. Jake the Dog speaks the truth here.
Posted by Joshua Evans on November 25, 2013
I want to get back to more regular updates, even if it is just a status update. So for today: Status Update.
Writing: I’m well over my goal by now (16%) and the novel is flowing well, so I keep plugging away. It’s slightly weird to be writing a SF novel while editing an F novel, but not necessarily a bad thing either.
Editing: Up to Chapter 4. I think my main thing right now is to not move on to the next chapter until I’ve completely fixed all my comments and notes that I have for a chapter. (Though it’s hard to say if I’ve done that for the previous three chapters.) Also need to do better about making notes for names/places I’ve used to make sure I’m not mixing anything up. Half tempted to start a wiki to manage this…. Would make sense given the far ranging plans I have for the world.
Other: Currently digging Ill-Esha on the electronic music front. Playing Vanguard Saga of Heroes. There is so much world to explore there! Scratches the old school itch. Getting ready for the holidays, which I’m looking forward to.
Posted by Joshua Evans on November 18, 2013
Not to imply that I’ve done nothing lately… I still wrote. I’m about 5% over my goal for the year. But you know, I haven’t been super excited to get to it either. Writing sessions have been relatively short, followed by a video game.
This weekend I received some positive feedback from a friend on my Dwarf Lords novel. I mean, sure, I love it and it’s awesome. I know this. But I just wasn’t sure how well received it would be by people who aren’t me. So, back to the edits that I need to hammer out (haha, little dwarf humor there for you) and I’ll put the polish on this novel that it needs.
Posted by Joshua Evans on October 14, 2013
Tomorrow I’ll reach my word count goal for the year, 3 months ahead of schedule. I would do it tonight (there’s not much left) but I want to spend that time editing.
Why have I reached it three months early? I haven’t spent much time editing. Doom on me. I edited the Dwarf Lords one time. There is still much work to be done. So that is my goal for the remainder of the year. Wrap up another draft or two of edits and see if I can really make this book shine. Then the hard part will begin… publishing.
Posted by Joshua Evans on September 23, 2013
So, I finished outlining last week and them jumped right into the next novel.
I’m also in the last 10% of my goal for the year. Way ahead of where I’m scheduled to be.
All of this leads to the fact that I’m not spending as much time editing as I should be. Going to work on turning that ship around. If I don’t edit then I won’t publish and no one will hear about it. (But you know, if I don’t publish it, I can’t hear about how terrible they are, assuming anyone actually reads them.)
Posted by Joshua Evans on September 2, 2013
Well, after my proclamation last week that I would have the novel done before GenCon, I am happy to say I met that goal. The first draft of Mordraeth’s Rise and Fall (tentative title. I like it, doesn’t really go with the titles for the other books in the same world.) is completed.
So what’s next? I’ve been chomping at the bit to start on a SciFi novel. So I have started outlining that, setting up the galaxy etc. It’s a continuation of the earlier SF novel I wrote, set some 20-30 years ahead. I’m enjoying the world building and knocking out a very rough outline. I’m sure I will work on that when I’m not gaming at GenCon next week.
Posted by Joshua Evans on August 12, 2013
Of late, I have wondered why I maintain this blog. Short of a few dedicated souls (I DO appreciate your comments/likes!) This doesn’t get much traffic or interaction. I’m not overly concerned with “building a platform”. Write an awesome book and the fans will come.
In the short term, my goal is to have this novel wrapped up before the start of GenCon. That gives me 8 days and I think that is achievable.
Posted by Joshua Evans on August 5, 2013
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Gandalf offers Frodo this advice when Frodo wonders why he must hear the burden of the Ring.
Gandalf’s advice is aimed at keeping Frodo on his path to deliver the ring.
For me, the advice has a more practical application. As you may have guessed given the content of this blog, I’m referring to writing. Everyone one of us has the same 24 hours available. Our responsibilities may differ but it still must be crammed into that time. I have a family (two children) and a full time job. There are most definitely days where I want nothing more than to just chill and do nothing. Some days all I want to do is play a video game.
(Some times I DO play video games. That’s okay too.)
I just keep reminding myself, if I want to reach my goals, it’s something I have to put the time into.
I have decided what to do with the time given me.
Posted by Joshua Evans on July 29, 2013
Writing is a good excuse for not having a a decent post, right?
Marginal at best? Well, deal with it. I am down to the last chapter, and I’m happy to say things got away from me a bit. I’m excited to reach the culmination of this book. It’s been several years in the making. Another update will be along soon.
Posted by Joshua Evans on July 23, 2013
Just a quick status update. Writing is flowing onto the page lately. I’m ~12K words over my current goal for the year. I’m roughly a chapter or two from the end of the current novel. I’m planning the next novel. It will be a change of gears to a science fiction (space opera) story. I’m ready for a little break from fantasy. Yeah, it’s going well. I love doing this.
Posted by Joshua Evans on July 15, 2013