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Okay. First I’ll tackle Writing 2005.

After NaNoWriMo 2004, Eric and I were going to take six months to worldbuild. Instead we took off about three and started writing Model Species in March. This has been the most ambitious writing project yet. Writing brought out what things we needed to develop in the world, by necessity. This meant lots of rewrites. Model Species has also been painful for me because this is our biggest collaboration yet. It’s hard for me to accept I’m not good at every aspect of this writing stuff. Maybe if I hadn’t fought so hard sometimes we’d have more done by now. I have definitely learned a few things about Eric’s critical style (little sucrose, lots of practical) and I hope this process will continue become smoother.

The numbers:

Model Species: 92,807
Rewrite doc: 14,724

Fueleater (aka NaNo 2005): 25,764
Rewrite doc: 1900

RPG journals: 18,960
I kind of gave of counting these in March.

Other exercises: 1869

Comparing that with last year’s #s, I’m about 50K short. But… Comparing what I did this year on novels only with last year’s novel and NaNo total, I’m much more competitive.

On the submission end of things:
Lucinda at the Window gathered 9 agent rejections.
Pas de Chat brought me one publisher rejection and 8 agent rejections.

Back later with Books 2005.

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Two work-related observations of the morning:
1.) I use the phrase “at least” too much.
2.) There are so many things described as blue in Model Species that someone is going to think it’s significant. The question is, is it significant? Then again, maybe I shouldn’t ask that. Eric might find a reason why things *shouldn’t* be blue…

I’m doing writing work because I’m procrastinating house work. I’ll get around to doing those end of the year wrap-ups when I’m procrastinating writing…

No Eric home for lunch yet. Wonder if he’s just going to skip it and come home early. His last plan included taking tomorrow off.

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In the year 2006 I resolve to:
Forget my New Year’s Resolution.

Get your resolution here

That sounds about right.