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.
Woohoo! Happy St Patrick’s Day! Grab a Guinness and enjoy a drink with friends.
As for me? Last week was a “failed” week. I *gasp* didn’t meet all my goals. That’s just the way it works. Some weeks it works, out, some weeks it doesn’t.
I’m getting down to the end of this story, and I’m not surely how I want to end it. In the general sense, I know how it ends. I’m just not sure what words I want to use to get there. Hoping to finish it up this week. Take a week or so off to get some space from it, then I’ll start in on edits. Then I’ll finish up the current novel. Then I start the new novel.
So much to write and so little time. All I can do is…
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.
Well, I can’t take credit for this post. It’s a timely topic, as I expect to do this very soon. Susan Russo Anderson created this easy and concise guide to creating a mobi file in Scriverner for Windows. (She also has one for Mac.) So if this is relevant to you, take a look.
How to Compile a sparkling mobi in Scrivener for Windows
Another year is here and it’s time to determine my goals for the coming year. I don’t do resolutions. I set goals, then meet them. It’s worked out well over the last 3 years, so I’ll continue the trend this year.
The final numbers are in. I wrote ~115K words last year, completing one novel and started another. That was 26% over my goal. On the editing front, I edited Dwarf Lords once, and started through a second time. I edited on 67 days out of the year.
So, on to the new goals. The word count I’m shooting for is 130K. Given my previous years, that’s doable. The toughest part will be deciding which novel to work on after the current WIP is finished. I think I’m roughly half way through it. I’m definitely ready to get back to my fantasy setting. That leaves me with rounding out the 2nd/3rd Dwarf Lords or working on a new character in that world. I’ll see what I’m feeling as the time draws closer.
For my editing goals, I’m going to shoot for editing 180 days out of the year. I think that’s doable, and that will really allot me the time needed to give that book the polish it needs. That should also give me time to have a second novel edited as well. Could it be that I have two novels ready to go this year?
You may notice on the side here that I’m reading Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer. This was an excellent gift from my wife that is also well timed. I’m looking forward to the information I glean from that book and will share any tidbits I find there. Jeff also created the website Booklifenow.com which is a more up to date version of the info provided in Booklife. So between the two, and my own determination, I may just have a book on the shelves soon.
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.
So, I finished outlining last week and jump right in to the next novel.
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.)
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.
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.