This is just a teaser. I’ll have more info about Cadet Kendricks and a TBR later in the month.
I also read Poe’s Brother: the Poems of William Henry Leonard Poe by Hervey and Thomas Ollive Mabbott Allen, which was a research hole I went down last week.
Quiller-Couch’s On the Art of Writing got me thinking about the origins of American literature. I’ve earmarked an American Literature EdX course, so I might have some reading for that.
I finished three books last week, two from various libraries and one a reread, so no change in my Beat the Backlog number.
It’s now been 18 days since I last acquired a book. Since I started keeping track of my book purchases/acquisitions in 2016, my record is 93 days (from Oct. 11, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020); a goal to shoot for.
Writing & Tomes:
Still haven’t heard back on “Colors of the Sea.” *checks email just in case* Yep, still haven’t heard.
About halfway through last week, I decided my Bout of Books goal (read 600 pages) was going to be THE goal for the week. Between a fatigue laden arthritis flare-up and taking down my all my holiday decorations, I wasn’t in the mood to do much more than read and play some Minecraft. So, how did Bout of Books go? Very well!
I read 642 page. I’m a slow reader so that’s really good for me!
I started and finished A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson and Minnesota Rag by Fred W. Friendly. I’ll have posts about those in the near future.
Read a bunch of other odds and ends, including going down a Beowulf hole.
Made it to the Saturday chat!
Hmm, looks like a lot of boys with swords this week. I’m good with that.
Getting Back to It (or not)
Over the weekend, Valley of the Sun Ultimate (of which I’m a volunteer web master/admin person) decided to cancel New Year Fest, our locally hosted national tournament, which was scheduled for the end of the month. Back in October, it seemed like we would be able to run the tournament safely if we followed guidelines that worked for club tournaments over the summer (proof of vaccination/negative test & mask). Unfortunately, what worked over the summer isn’t working as well in light of Omicron. Plus, case numbers in Arizona are not great.
I’m disappointed that we had to cancel, but also relieved. I wasn’t looking forward to the admin overheard of tracking the COVID statuses of 400-500 people (accounting for 20 teams with around 20-25 players each). That’s a bit much for my neuroticism. Plus, I feel it’s still better to be safe than utterly “back to normal.”
Yeah, I’ll try doing this . . .
Writing & Entangled Tomes:
Haven’t heard back on “Colors of the Sea,” so fingers still crossed.
Touched my bird-watching piece, but didn’t make too much progress on it.
Did some formatting on Joseffy tome.
The two books I finished for Bout of Books were off my Owned But Unread pile. 2/25 for the year, thus far.
Also cleared out a couple of titles that were tagged incorrectly on LibraryThing. Owned But Unread is down to 545.
The public declaration of goals is sort of a mixed bag for me. It used to keep me on task, but in more recent times, I simply shut up about goals as I fail to reach them. This is partly due to shame, but mostly embarrassment, which is a stronger influence on me. So, why do a 2022 resolutions post? Will it change anything? Probably not. It’s maybe insane. But it’s the ’20s and here we are.
As I often do, I start planning and implementing goals around my birthday, which is in the middle of December. It relieves some of that New Year’s Day pressure, and I figure if I can still be semi-excited about these goals after two weeks, they might stick.
I want to have three short pieces at market or sold by the end of 2022. I am including projects currently in progress, which is maybe a little cheesy. This is a low goal and I’m really okay with that.
What do I have in-progress?
Submitting: “Colors of the Sea,” a short story I finished in 2021. Two rejections, thus far.
Currently writing: A short story known as “Chess Gothic,” which is currently set in sun-soaked California and now has nothing to do with chess.
Currently writing: “Bird Watching Through My Back Window,” a creative nonfiction piece I intend to submit to the Tempe Writing Contest. 2/14/22 deadline.
I want to publish three more Entangled Tomes in 2022; ideally two non-fiction projects and one fiction anthology. I’m currently working on a nicely formatted version of The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott.
I’m keeping my reading challenges to a minimum.* Instead, I want to read books I already own. I currently have a TBR stack of 550-ish books that I own, but haven’t read. I want to reduce that number to 525 by the end of 2022.
We have entered that time of year when I want to fast-forward to January in order to have all my spreadsheets clean and clear. December is often a goal-setting time for me. My birthday is close enough to the New Year that December always seems like a good time to start starting over. Despite that want for January, I do really enjoy the Christmas season. My tree is up and, bizarre as it may seem, I’m looking forward to dipping into my holiday playlists.
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Not doing so well…
Rewrites on One Ahead #1 – Wednesday, 11/25 – Finished the first scene, which is the biggest portion of what I wanted to rewrite. Haven’t finished the rest of the story.
Rough draft of One Ahead #2 by 12/13
Rewrites on One Ahead #3 by end of the round.
Goals for Week 9+:
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – I’ll keep trying.
I’ve more or less bailed on NaNoWriMo, which is okay. I got out of it what I wanted: a couple weeks of free writing on various aspects of the One Ahead series. That said, it wasn’t a very good week. Lots of anxiety.
Time to rework my goals and head forward.
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Still only making it about 4 days out of 7.
Continue averaging 1000 words a day for this week. It’s not NaNo level, but it’s more than I have been doing. – Started rewriting on One Ahead #1.
Reorganize my document and maybe get these stories into better shape without editing or rewriting. – Irrelevant.
Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #3 as needed. – Working on this. Rewrote about 800 words and added about as much additional to One Ahead #1.
Goals for Week 8+:
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
I had a good writing day last Sunday, I wasn’t too far behind, but then I had a lazy Monday. Not a killer, I figured, I’ll make it up. Except, my computer had other plans. My boot drive has some reliability issues. It goes along fine until too many bad sectors cause a crash. Usually this is “fixed” by running a CHKDSK/repair, formatting, and reinstalling everything. Which took up a lot of time on Wednesday and Thursday. Since the fix only holds 10 months or so, Eric has ordered a new solid state drive for my computer which will necessitate a repeat of the reinstall process later in the week.
Also, we decided to change the way we’re selling and promoting the Weordan books. Queue stress freak-out since I had planned to promo Model Species next weekend. I also have to update information on those books around the web.
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Well, I at least have a two day streak going…
Average 1667 per day. (Or rather 1736 if I want to make up time.) – I’m averaging 1000 a day for the month thus far. I’ve been playing with three different ideas for One Ahead stories, two of them new, so I’ve gotten what I wanted out of NaNoWriMo.
Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed. – Haven’t needed. There’s a detail I’m probably going to eventually change in story #1.
Goals for Week 7+:
Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
Continue averaging 1000 words a day for this week. It’s not NaNo level, but it’s more than I have been doing.
Reorganize my document and maybe get these stories into better shape without editing or rewriting.
Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed.