Upcoming Projects

I’ve been working on a new writing schedule, one where I pick away at multiple projects and genres at once of various lengths. This means all sorts of fun stuff coming up.

What exactly are we looking at? Well! Five genres to start with right now. Steampunk, horror, litrpg, urban fantasy, and paranormal. The urban fantasy and paranormal might overlap.

The five genres will rotate, and I’m also going to try to work in some pen name books too. As always, I’m probably biting off more than I can chew, but that tends to be how I roll.

In the scheme of things, I’m looking to roll out releases no later than the first week of August, some of these projects are at least half written already.

More to come.

By the way, this post was written on my phone. Autocorrect is not your friend. 😁

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Blogging Life

You’d think being a writer I’d be better at blogging. Writing can be about collecting one’s experiences and documenting them – thus the blog. Yet so often maintaining a blog takes away from other writing – in my case, fiction.

On a day to day basis, we are collecting experiences, namely through social media. Maybe the two should go hand in hand.

I’ve been giving this some thought. I go through phases with social media. Lately I’ve been using it less, and have only been making a half-hearted effort to get going again. I’ve been thinking about making this blog reflect more of capturing thoughts and experiences.

Many writer’s blogs focus on writing advice or the current market. I rarely care to share my thoughts on such. Another pitfall is only focusing on sharing information about personal projects, which is usually only of interest to a loyal fanbase. When you blog rarely, you don’t get either a lot of readers or writers stopping by.

So anyway, I’m thinking about trying to chronicle life, whether interesting or boring. The challenge, then, is to be interesting – I suppose. Maybe, for this month, I’ll see about blogging day to day, whether it’s about writing or whether it’s about family, or random musings. I’ll make an effort to use pictures and social media along the way to bring the blog to life.

And honestly, you probably don’t really know me well enough to know if you care enough to stop by every day or not to check in. I’ll plan on blogging in the evenings, keeping the rest of my writing to daytime. So whether this is of interest or not, consider this my statement of purpose for a new challenge. 🙂

 

Changes Other Than Writing

I’ve been making some other changes in my life other than writing, and not on the artsy side, either. I changed my diet, going vegan, I track what I eat for nutrients, and to make sure that I can actively gain weight, and have started bodybuilding again. I average 10,000 steps a day. Diet-wise, I have to consume over 3000 calories a day to gain weight. Any weight. Anything less and I lose it.

Unlike a lot of people, I didn’t start this because I needed to. Technically it is something that we all should do to some extent. For me, however, it’s something I enjoy. Except for maybe the diet change. That wasn’t an easy decision, but more and more I came to realize that it was the right one.

Obviously going vegan is a huuuuuge choice. It is also one of the biggest for reducing your carbon footprint on this planet. While I initially did it for my health, I find it easier to stick to, knowing the difference being vegan makes upon the world, whether the environment or animal cruelty. And over time, meat and dairy becomes less appealing.

What made the transition the easiest was Dr. Greger’s book How Not to Die, and his companion app, Daily Dozen. To track what I eat, I like Lifesum the best, so far. Honestly, I would not have been able to go vegan at all without these tools.

It might seem that I’m making eating complicated, but it’s probably because I’m nerdy and like to track things.

Anyway, I’ll probably go back to writing-related posts tomorrow. Probably. 😛

 

Losing the Habit, Maybe Refinding It

Since the release of the unresting, I’ve taken a few weeks off from my writing world. I still haven’t begun working on the paperback edition either. It seems like I’ve got a backlist of stuff I need to go through… moving certain books to additional distributors… actually that’s a big thing.

But mainly, I need to find my habit again.

Amazing how easy it is to fall out of.

It’s like hitting the gym. My gym is in my garage. During the winter, it’s off season. My garage becomes a thing of clutter, with tables and chairs and other backyard stuff packed in. Oh… and hoses! They never roll properly and spiral as mad chaos everywhere. During the winter, there is no gym.

When Spring comes, as I dig out all of the stuff that makes a backyard livable, I get a gym back. By then, even if I want to, I have to get the mindset back. THere are years I have not used my gym. Because I have other things to do. I just don’t care. BUT! If I get back out there, for a couple of days, I rebuild the habit. Eventually, I like forward to being in there.

Writing is the same way, though I have never gone years not writing, especially since donning this writer’s cap. The fact that I have written very little the past few weeks is depressing, but it’s not a real long time. I need to find my habit. I overwhelm myself in planning. I just need to write.

Slow Revision Day, and Died for You Sale

I revised a single chapter yesterday.

That’s not much considering what I intended. Saturday’s are notoriously full, usually consuming my entire day, so for what it’s worth, I’m happy to at least have shown up. The problem is, it throws off my groove. I have to get myself back into the game.

On the other hand, I’ve got some new ideas for The Unresting as I near the end of its production.

So I’m extending the number of days I’ll work on The Unresting, and currently plan on finishing revision by Monday. That gives me two days, planning for no interruptions (I should plan for them, but I’m not going to). Mondays are fairly notorious for interruptions. I’ve got around 15k to work through, but there are some significant rewrites ahead.

How About a Sale?

Died for You is $0.99, this week only.

died-for-you-low

Limited Time

I intended yesterday to split my time between two different projects but ended up not quite getting in the time I needed on project one.

I came close though. within 300 words of editing to hit my goal of 7k. Then I needed to start on another book for 3500 words, but never found the time, as a long shopping trip happened, followed by pizza and movie.

Today is where I want to split my time between three books. I can already tell that’s not going to happen. I’m going to be hard up for much time. I slept in until 5 am, and it’s almost 5:30 now, so I’m an hour and a half behind, and I haven’t started yet. I’ll be working for someone else at 7 for most of the day.

So I’ll get done whatever I can.

Doing Writer Stuff

My morning routine is interrupted because my Mac is updating, so I’m working on my tablet. I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, except that I’m a creature of habit. When I switch machines, there’s a bit of a delay. I googled Mac updates, but I still have no idea what changes are happening. Whatever it is, it’s taking forever.

Anyway.

Yesterday I did somehow get in all of my desired writer-stuff time. The Unresting is progressing nicely, though I won’t be done editing it this week. I’ve given myself 7 days to get through it, requiring a minimum of 7k worth of editing a day. Yesterday was day 3. That doesn’t sound too bad, because it’s already written, right? But I still do major revisions, even though I’m 95% happy with what I wrote the first time.

One thing about revisions is that you as the writer can get a feeling for the emotions that you tried to evoke the first time. Often if you feel like the emotion doesn’t carry long enough, you can expand the scene. You get a feeling for what’s working and what’s not. Maybe it requires an additional scene to really cement in what the character is going through.

I also added a second book into the loop. It’s for a pen name (I guess that means I’m ghost writing for myself), and I’ve already written 10k of a desired 25k. Unfortunately, I wrote it more than a year ago, so I’m going through previously written stuff. My goal with this book is to get through 3500 words a day in 7 days, and yesterday was day 1.

Today I’ll repeat the process with both of those two books, targeting the same numbers. tomorrow, however, I intend to add a third book to the mix, from scratch.

See what I’m doing here? I want to complete three books a week, with a two day interval between them. Though The Unresting is a full-length 50k novel, many of the projects will be 25k, novella length. At least for now. If you ‘ve followed my blog for any amount of time, I chase new ideas all the time.

But, by next week, I want to be pushing through 75k a week, over 10k a day. Wanting and accomplishing rarely go hand in hand, and this goal is not something I’ve ever accomplished in the past. The most I’ve done is ~35k.

Editing and Stuff

I had a full day working yesterday for “the man” but still made it through my editing goal for The Unresting. That goal is a minimum of 7k words.

Today I intend to get through another 7k, plus start on another book. My daily writing goal on that book is 3500 words, and it will also fall under a pen name.

It’s amazing how much I revise my writing. On the second draft, it’s like I have a completely different voice in my head from the words I heard when writing the first time. Writing and editing use different parts of the brain. I read that somewhere.

Writing and editing use different parts of the brain. I read that somewhere. I believe it because of experience, and I really hate editing. I want to be finished with projects and on to something else, and I spend so much time revising other things get bumped. I think my writing brain and my reading brain are the separate entities, though. Because when I reread my first drafts, my brain judges my previous word choices. The question for cleaner word drafts is how can I make myself hear my reading voice on the first pass? That question won’t be answered until I’m knee-deep into new manuscripts. MAybe dictating would beat this?

 

Productivity

I’ve been thinking about how I want to up my writing production. I have a tough time just focusing on one project anyway, and as I currently work, I ignore some of the genres that I’ve put under this pen name.

My what-if is this… Can I write around 10k a day (on average) and produce… say… maybe three books a week?

I’m not talking novels, more like novellas. I’d actually be trying more for 75k words a week, not the 70k that the math adds up to. There would be full-length novels, but I’m thinking about going slightly shorter for most books, in the 25k to 30k range.

So… three books a week, but I’m also thinking that I wouldn’t write them all under one pen name, but spreading them out between three different ones. Though this blog just follows the works I do as Garth, I write lots of novellas anyway, and I think I have something like 5 active pen names. For this idea, as long as it lasts, I’d only be focusing on 3.

The other idea is that I would stagger the three books, so I’d be finishing them two days apart each.

My biggest challenge? The time I spend in the revision and second draft phase. I do two, sometimes 3 drafts.

Pulp era writers who maintained a steady output and release of 40k+ a week for their writing career learned to do clean first drafts, only revising at the behest of an editor or publisher. No revising is a writing rule of Heinlein’s. And those guys used typewriters! Obviously it’s a skill that can be learned.

To try and produce a clean first draft, I’ll be writing slower (at first), so I screw up less. I’ll be focusing on the voice while I write so I have to revise fewer sentences afterward. I’ll also do a quick reread after I finish writing each chapter. And, of course, each book will be heavily outlined before I start.

Today I’m only focusing on the revision of The Unresting. It’s going to take most of this week to finish, then I’ll return to my LitRPG project.