Category: Accomplishments

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Hindsight Rather Than Foresight

Final word count:  50,203 Words this week:  3,181 Average words per day:  1,591 Slow and steady once again “wins” the race. I broke my three-year-long “losing” streak (although any year during which my word count is greater than 0 cannot truly be considered a “loss”). During the first two weeks, it looked...

NaNoWriMo 2017 Report: The Continuing Mission

Final word count: 10,232 Average words per day: 341 Well, that wraps it up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. My word count was not the 25,000 words that I had originally planned, but I’ll definitely take the 10,232 words that I did manage to produce this year. That’s roughly twice...

NaNoWriMo 2016 Report: Down for the Count

Final word count: 5,315 Average words per day: 177 I won’t lie and say that this wasn’t a disappointing finish for what would have been my 10th anniversary of doing NaNoWriMo. On the upside: I have 5,315 words that I didn’t have when November started. I also learned that...

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time . . .

I am extremely pleased to be able to announce that my novella, “Building Baby Brother” is finally available. I’ve been tempted to proclaim it as “10 Years in the Making!”, but then I’d have to answer for why it took me ten years to complete the final draft. Suffice...

NaNoWriMo 2015 Report: Winning Isn’t Everything

Final word count: 22,751 Average words per day: 758 I’d say that this closes the book on another NaNoWriMo, but that would be untrue in several ways. First of all, the story is far from finished. I’ll undoubtedly pick it up again some day and write the rest of...

A Quick Glance Back, While Looking Ahead

And, once again, it’s a New Year. Looking Back Major accomplishments from last year: Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo) I started out the year strong with this one, but then allowed myself to get distracted with other projects. That’s...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Leading from the Front

Final word count: 52,042 Average words per day: 1,735 Not my worst year. Not my best. But I’ll take it. It looked more than a little dicey even heading into the fourth week, so the long holiday weekend did the trick—as did finally getting to the scenes that I...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

And, once again, it’s a New Year. Looking Back Major accomplishments from last year: Pretty much wrote an average of 350 words each day (not including NaNoWriMo) Attended WorldCon Won NaNoWriMo (including helping to host two virtual Write-Ins) while attempting a different genre than is usual for me Wrote...

NaNoWriMo 2013 Report: Another Unsolved Mystery . . .

Final word count: 50,129 Average words per day: 1,675 The body count rises. Red herrings are released into the wild. The wrong suspect has been taken into custody. Friends deal with a terrible moral dilemma. Not a bad month’s writing, if I do say so. While hardly a record...

NaNoWriMo 2012 Report: 65,000 Words Later . . .

Final word count: 65,057 Average words per day: 2,169 Yes, a new personal word count record. In some other ways, this was also a record year in other ways: I didn’t get desperately sick for two or three days somewhere along the way. Things at the day job did...