Writer’s Life – March 14, 16

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I had a fantastic day at the Magic Valley High School, and they made me feel incredibly welcome. The students and faculty were wonderful to spend time with, and we had some great conversations about Broken Things and writing in general. It was a great honor to be selected for their One Book One School program.

With writing yesterday, I worked just a little on short stories, and did some editing on Apocalypse Witch. I’m seeing some covers that are getting close to completion, so I might have a cover reveal soon!
3/14/16 Word Count: 1,651 (ave. 1,651 wph) Editing: yesPen Name Novella #2 +0 13,065/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #6 +878 4,110/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #7 +666 1,512/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009 Editing

Apocalypse Witch Trilogy +15 57,872 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648 Editing

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 15,138/15,000 Editing

March Word Count: 44,044

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 158,893

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 5 Short Stories, 1 Short Story Bundle (of 3 titles)

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Writer’s Life March 13, 16

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Had a fairly good writing weekend, all things considered. Well… I had a good Sunday. I didn’t update my blog in favor of getting writing in, on Saturday and Sunday. But since there’s things to update, here I am. The added words only reflect yesterday, by the way…. That word count was from 5 hours of writing. I would have liked to be over 10k with that time, but I’m currently writing a bitter slower.

Spilling Blood ep. 12 is written, and is entering the editing phase. Along with everything else. My awesome artist has the Apocalypse Witch covers nearly completed too. 🙂 Yesterday had my highest word count written for the year, passing the 8.5k mark.

Today I’ll get a little writing in, but I’ll be at the Magic Valley High School most of the day. 🙂

3/13/16 Word Count: 8,607 (ave. 1,721 wph) Editing: no

Pen Name Novella #2 +6,017 13,065/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #6 +878 3,140/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #7 +842 842/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009 Editing

Apocalypse Witch Trilogy +0 57,857 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648 Editing

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +870 15,138/15,000 Editing

March Word Count: 42,393

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 157,342

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 5 Short Stories, 1 Short Story Bundle (of 3)

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Writer’s Life March 10, 16

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Thursday was a good writing day. Though the word count was just okay, I knocked out a short story, edited it, designed a cover, and sent it out into the world. Because I have three short stories with a similar theme, they were all packaged into a bundle, which I will release on a rainy day (like next week). FYI – those are under pen names.

Apocalypse Witch is moving forward. Aside from the writing, the editing is proceeding nicely. I kind of expected to have Spilling Blood 12’s 1st draft completed this week, but I don’t see that happening any sooner than Sunday. Maybe I’ll give it a full hour of writing, today.

That’s something of interest, which is also kind of sad. 🙂 I write for maybe two hours or so a day, and give around 4 projects my attention. That’s usually moving any given project forward by 800 to 1100 words every day. It’s great for the short stories. If I have two going at the same time, I can release a short story every two or three days, targeting, of course, 5000 words. The longer projects, even something as short as 15k, still stretches out. I don’t think the goal is to change the focus of what gets my writing time, instead, I’d rather get in more writing time than just two hours. Frankly, I spend a lot more time working on my books than just 2, but there’s other stuff, such as editing, marketing, and cover design. So yes, more writing time.

3/11/16 Word Count: 4,539 (ave. 1,800 wph) Editing: ~1 hour

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +893 12,010/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +1,753 7,290/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #5 +1,855 6,061/5,000 COMPLETE!

Pen Name Short Story #6 +0 2,262/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009 Editing

Apocalypse Witch Trilogy +38 57,857 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648 Editing

March Word Count: 31,528

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 146,477

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 5 Short Stories, 1 Short Story Bundle (of 3)

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Writers Life and an Apocalypse Witch Update March 9, 16

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Yesterday I did other things than doing much writing. I went to Storytime at the library with my youngest, I went to Twin Falls to get back my two repaired acoustic guitars, and I grilled for supper. I also had an article about me appear in the Buhl Herald, the local newspaper (see yesterday’s post). Writing-wise, I wrote a little on a short story, and I put together Apocalypse Witch into one single volume, and am going through all three books as though they are one.

If you are still waiting on Book 3 of Apocalypse Witch, it is on its way. However, since I’ve taken a large amount of time in getting it done, I’m going through all three books to make sure they are cohesive as a whole. It’l be better this way. I promise. 🙂 That also means the complete collection of all 3 books will be out sooner rather than later, and the paperback of the same will be right on its heels. I’ll probably do this with Hungry Gods too.

3/9/16 Word Count: 973 (ave. 1,736 wph) Editing: ~1 hour

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 11,117/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +0 5,536/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #5 +868 3,861/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #6 +0 2,262/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009 Editing

Apocalypse Witch Trilogy +105 57,819 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648 Editing

March Word Count: 26,989

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 141,938

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 4 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life March 8, 16

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Got in an okay writing day yesterday. Apparently I’m really into writing short stories right now, I’ve got 5 and 6 going to be finished by the end of this week, unless I get distracted.

I managed to stay at the desk for 2 1/2 hours and move all of my projects forward a bit. After that I got the grill fired up for the first time this year. That was my excitement. 🙂

I think there’s supposed to be an article about me in the Buhl Herald today. I won’t know until I see a copy at the library this morning. I’ll try to get a photo with it. 🙂

 

 3/8/16 Word Count: 5,016 (ave. 2,006 wph) Editing: Nope

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +906 11,117/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +1,093 5,536/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #5 +1,085 2,986/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #6 +1,932 2,262/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009/50,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

March Word Count: 26,016

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 140,965

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 4 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life March 6, 16

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Squeezed in about an hour and a half of writing yesterday, mainly focusing on short stories, though I did some writing on a new idea. I might keep going, I dunno. I need something to work on when away from the house on my tablet when there’s no wi-fi. Maybe that’ll be my new idea. :/ I’m having trouble transferring it to my mac through Onedrive as an rtf file, so I’ll wait until I get my Office 365 codes today and update the word count tomorrow. 🙂 So writing below only reflects what I did yesterday on the mac.

 3/6/16 Word Count: 2,119 (ave. 2,119 wph) Editing: no

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 10,221/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +0 4,417/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #4 +1,208 3,751/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #5 +911 1,908/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009/50,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

March Word Count: 17,673

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 132,622

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 3 Short Stories

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Writers Life March 4, 16

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I didn’t push to complete anything yesterday, I had a little time to write and I went after it. Yesterday my oldest son turned 19 (!!!), so there were other things going on after he got off of work. Looking at my word counts, I think I might make Spilling Blood a priority in the upcoming week (aside from Apocalypse Witch, which I want to see released… she keeps getting bumped).

 3/4/16 Word Count: 3,870 (ave. 1,935 wph) Editing: no

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +950 10,221/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +759 4,417/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #4 +1,167 2,543/5,000 (renamed from 3)

Pen Name Short Story #5 +994 997/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009/50,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

March Word Count: 15,554

January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 130,503

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 3 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life March 1, ’16

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Thought I’d check in for the first of the month, since February was kinda’ wasted. Despite not getting much done in the way of word count, I still published a short story and a novella last month. Yesterday I hit the ground running, though I didn’t get to my much needed writing. The Time Travel novel is currently on hold. I’m not enjoying the story, so I’m taking a step back. I’m going to get some other projects wrapped up first. I’ve dropped it from the list.

3/1/16 Word Count: 5,259 (ave. 1,753 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +1,62156,065/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #4 +3,638 3,638/5,000

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

March Word Count: 5,259

January Word Count: 103,398, February Word Count: 12,868 (count is off…. hmmm…)

For Year: 120,208 (Not accurate until I find some missing data from February)

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 8, 16

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The struggle continues. I actually ended up working on a new idea. It’s not something concrete yet, but an outline and some notes for a book maybe that I’m going to start near the end of the month. I’m not sharing it here yet until it officially gets to be created.

Word Counts

2/8/16 Word Count: 1,825 (ave. 1,825 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 12,242

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 115,640

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 7, 16

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So the writing I did yesterday wasn’t really story writing. I spent the morning brainstorming before we left for church. Then we went shopping, and then the day was pretty much over.

Anyway, I did come up with some plans to get my goals reorganized. Basically it comes down to where I need to split my time between writing, editing, and my daily allotment of time. Hopefully I’ll get February back on course. I’m still working with the post office all week, so it’s not looking easy. One thing I’m going to do this week is cut back on my article reading and sharing, which if you follow me on Twitter, is something I do a lot of. It’s one of the things I’ve got to trim.

So the goal now is: I’m going to push to get in 3.5 hours of writing each day, and target a specific amount of words a day for editing. That’s probably about a 5 hour day. It might not be possible at all this week. We’ll see.

Word Counts

2/7/16 Word Count: 0 (ave. 0 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 10,417

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 113,815

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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