Writing Update, 4/19

Progress
Eric and I have been talking about motivation and what intrinsic roadblocks I seem to have. Word count goals don’t seem to work for me, really, so I’m trying out a system of setting an amount of time I want to work and what scene/plot things I want to work on. So far, so good, but it’s only been two days…

I’ve added a smidge over 2000 words to Wicked Witch, Retired since last Wednesday. I finished one scene, added a second that I hadn’t anticipated.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 4/12

(The #1LineWed theme was “wise.” Searching through my ms, I realized I use “otherwise” a lot.)

Progress
I finished my Wicked Witch, Retired reread/rewrite last week. Yay! (Yes, it took a month to get through 58,000 words…) Started writing new words Monday. Schlepped the laptop to the library yesterday which went pretty well aside from losing confidence in the bus I was on and deciding to walk two miles to my transfer.

There’s a lot of travel in this book and I’m very close to setting distances between things and speed scores to various travel methods so I can get the timing down.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 4/5

Progress
In March, I started a read-through/rewrite of the first 58K of Wicked Witch, Retired. I’ve taken way too long with it, but I’m making a push this week to get through the last 10 very messy pages. The read-through/rewrite has been a good experience. I nailed down some plot things that I had let slide while rushing with new words, and generally solidified what’s going on.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

#ROW80 ~ Sunday Update, 10/23

Goal

Add 3125 words per week on Wicked Witch, Retired.

Update Round 4, Week 3

I’d like to say I was motivated by wanting Saturday off for the readathon, but really I hit a couple of scenes on Mon-Thurs that came together well. Most of that writing occurred in the morning. Friday was rough. I’ll probably rewrite what I wrote on Friday.

Monday: 772
Tuesday: 761
Wednesday: 764
Thursday: 1,050
Friday: 757

Total added to the manuscript this week: 4,104 words

Research Link of the Week

Usage of the word geas. (Usage over time isn’t really notable to my story. I just found it interesting.)

Playlist

Didn’t have anything going on other than the quiet of morning (which means traffic, the light rail, birds, and the graffiti team painting over walls) and the usual TV shows.

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#ROW80 ~ Sunday Update, 10/16

Goal

Add 3125 words per week on Wicked Witch, Retired.

Update Round 4, Week 2

Between PMS and election stress fatigue, I pretty much checked out during the latter part of the week. While I like to keep to a six day work week, I wrote this morning in order to hit my goal. Yesterday and today involved a little rewriting too.

Monday: 759
Tuesday: 758
Wednesday: 552
Thursday: 203
Friday: 20
Saturday: 433
Sunday: 404

Total added this week: 3129 words.

Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon is next Saturday so I’m shooting for my usual goal in one day less. I also really need to get some writing done in the mornings. It doesn’t work too well if I start writing at 10pm.

Research Links of the Week

Wikipedia: Gyroscope
YouTube: The Mighty Cheese

Playlist

With sample tracks!

Poe, Haunted (2000), track
Type O Negative, Bloody Kisses (1993), October Rust (1996), track
Jane’s Addiction,  The Great Escape Artist (2011), track
Machines of Loving Grace, Gilt (1995),  Concentration (1993), track
Godsmack, Godsmack (1998), track

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What Else in March

WhatElse

Writing Work

Published Bounded in a Nutshell. It’s a collection of mostly flash fiction, $0.99, available at Amazon.

Thought I could creep up on my Abbott stories, but I’m not quite ready to get back to writing fiction. Instead, I’ve been putting together a collection of David P. Abbott’s articles originally published in The Open Court. If anything, this is a good chance to reread some of his writings. I’ve already decided that a plot point in the third story needs to be different. Publishing-wise, I need to find out what the deal is with public domain works. I’d like to make it available for free, but I’m not looking forward to the rigamarole goes along with perma-free on Amazon.

Classes

Except for doing my side of the peer review grading, I’m finished with Intro to Typography. It was an interesting class, just touching on some of the history and attributes of font faces. Next up in that stack is Intro to Imagemaking.

This week, I’ll also be finishing Advanced Styling with Responsive Design, which is pretty much a quick survey of the theory of mobile-first web design and how to use the Bootstrap framework. Would have been good to know back in July of last year.

I also started an Intro to Ruby on Rails class, but a couple of weeks in, I was feeling pretty lost. I’ve since gone to Codeacademy to get a better grasp on Ruby. Later in April, I’ll go back to familiar ground with a Python/Bioinformatics class.

Other Life Stuff

Not much else going on. It was March so there was basketball watched and a bracket broken. I played some ultimate when I could. Annoyingly, I had a flare hit me so hard and quickly one Friday that I bowed out a pick-up game after a few points. It felt like I was grinding pepper in my hip joints. Otherwise, general good health.

What Else in February

WhatElse

Writing Work

nuts2smshadowBounded in a Nutshell is nearly ready for release. I’d like to have Eric give it a read-through, and I’m still working on the blurb, but it has a cover!

My current blurb:

Bargains with witches. The adventures of two cherubs. Greek gods and the Vatican’s tech department. All this and more!

Bounded in a Nutshell is a collection of short (sometimes very short) pieces, never before collected, some of which have never been published!

My next project will be working on the Abbott stories again. I want to have three or four written before I decide on any publishing paradigm.

Classes

I survived “Interactivity with JavaScript.” Okay, that’s a little over dramatic. It wasn’t the most difficult programming class I’ve taken, but for a four week class with only two assignments, I felt at sea much of the time. According to Eric, who has experience with multiple programming languages, JavaScript is not the most awesome language ever. I’ll be happy to get back to Python eventually. The next class in the web development stack is “Advanced Styling with Responsive Design.” I’ve used Bootstrap, but it’ll be nice to understand it better.

Art journal bunny.

I’m also in the last week of “Fundamentals of Graphic Design.” It’s been an interesting class. I like doing art, but know little about it. (This seems to be a theme in my life.) The next class in the series is “Introduction to Typography.” I figure these classes will help when designing book covers. I also remembered how much I really do like fiddling around with non-computer-based art. I bought some new pads (my sketchbook and larger drawing pad were purchased in collage) and found some half price journals at Michael’s. Since my office has moved to the back room, I have a desk in the front room that is a perfect spot for messing around with pastels and watercolors.

Other Life Stuff

February seems to be a haze. I started out sick. Our next-door neighbors have been annoying…at 2am-10am on random mornings. And, then the warm weather started allergy season early. So, yeah. A haze.

Playing in the B division league was a lot of fun. It was more relaxed and the opposition was more my speed, literally and figuratively. Playoffs were Saturday. We played two games in the sun. It was good, even though we lost in finals.

Yesterday, I may or may not have started The Adventures of Faleigh. I guess, if I’m going to play Minecraft, I might as well put a writing spin on it. We’ll see if it lasts more than a couple entries.