It’s April Fools Eve and there are no jokes in this post. Just remember, believe nothing on the internet tomorrow. More so than you already disbelieve it. Just assume every web page is the Onion tomorrow.
So, exciting times last week. I finished a short story AND a novel. Very exciting. The novel will need some work later. Details were omitted. But overall, I like the way it turned out. I’m excited to get back to doing some more fantasy based work now. I’m still editing Dwarf Lords, and I’ll also begin edits on the short story.
Other excitement? Nothing too crazy. Summer is drawing near, which we’re ready to enjoy. Winter has felt particularly long this year. My wife and I also started in playing the EverQuest Landmark beta. So far, it’s like MineCraft with updated graphics. It doesn’t really feel much like EverQuest, at least not yet. But the precision of the building tools is nice.
Was a busy week last week. We were getting over sickness, and my wife had to go out of town for work. The kids and I had fun, didn’t totally trash the house, and I even managed to write a bit.
Battling sickness and snow this past week has stretched all of us a bit thin around our household. I’m hoping the sickness clears up for us this coming week. So on that note, I did manage to add 3000 words to various projects, and edited for 36 days out of 61.
Nothing monumental for this week. Things are moving along as intended. I edited 31 of 54 days this year and I’m ~2000 words over my goal. More importantly, I feel like I’m coming into the final run on Dwarf Lords. Then it will be time to take a crack at editing the first of the Dragon Lords.
Not a big update this week. Met the goals for writing and editing. Still moving along.
Early on, there was a lot for me to learn. That’s not to say I’ve learned it all, but I’ve definitely come a long way. There are a lot of rookie mistakes to make, that will depend a lot on you what you read and who your teachers were. For me, I used the word ‘had’ all the time (3rd person stories).
I came to realize it was completely unnecessary. Nine times out of ten, you can remove ‘had’ or ‘have’. Or if not removed, you can replace it with a better word. Often had is used when the verb should be past tense.
He had taken the pills. – He took the pills.
The sun had broken over the horizon. – The sun broke over the horizon.
She had two cars. – She owned two cars.
Of course, I’m not saying you need to open your files right now and remove every instance of the word. YMMV. Do what’s best for you. Just something to think about next time you’re writing.
Moving right along here. I’m up to just a hair under 13K, and probably the last quarter of the novel. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been as into it as of late, but I’m going to see it through to the end. I can clean it up in edits later. I also edited 18 out of 31 days.
More to come soon!
Another busy week. Aren’t they all? (Which gives me a great idea for Thursday Trenches.) I edited 13 out of 24 days, so I’m keeping ahead of the pace, even if it’s just a little. I think I’m roughly 2/3 through the novel. I also wrote 9,919 words so far this year, which is 1500 words ahead of the pace. So far, the year is off to a good start.
Other than that, not too much going on. Like most everyone, we’re in the midst of the cold and snow, so we stayed inside and hung out with the kids all weekend. It was a lot of fun. I’m reading through Booklife and Crossing the Line, both of which I’m enjoying for different reasons. What kept you busy this last week?
There is nothing super exciting over this last week to report. I’m a day ahead of schedule so far on the word count and I’ve edited 9 of 17 days. I’ll take that ratio. I’d be happy with editing 5 days out of the week, but that doesn’t always work out.
We had a pretty chill weekend this weekend. Well, after my daughters birthday party anyway. That was fun, but another milestone birthday, so to speak. It’s simultaneously exciting and scary. She’s growing up to be an amazing young woman. All the while, she’s still growing up!!!
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The year started off well. The novel is proceeding as expected. Even more important, I edited 6 days out of 10. I need to keep myself focused on making that novel the best I can. Look for more coming soon. With me spending more time editing it, logically I will get it cleaned up faster and hammer out the rough edges and slag. Anyway, more to come soon.
Over the weekend, we got sucked into Minecraft… I’ll have to do my best to not let it interfere. The impermanence of your character definitely helps with that. We shall see.