December 1, 2018

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 doable, but not a slam-dunk. A steady stream of persistence and, mostly, 15-minute word sprints did the trick!

NaNoWriMo 2018 Winner

As for the story itself … yeah, well. At 50,203 words, it’s not a complete novel, so I have plenty of room in there and steer it back in the direction that I had originally wanted it to go. One particularly interesting thing was that it was supposed to be Rusty’s story, but Elizabeth ended up being the made point-of-view character. I’m not quite sure how or why that happened. The muse, as I think we all know, often has a mind entirely of her own.

Until next year … Thank you everyone, as always, for your support and friendship.

December 1, 2017

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 what I achieved last year, so that’s definitely a good thing. (Any word count greater than zero… right?)

The story itself went off into an unexpected that: 1) makes sense, but, 2) is going to be interesting to resolve. I believe that I have managed to recapture much of the original “tone” of the original story, but this one is turning out to be a slightly different book. Funny how that seems to happen in sequels and followup stories, huh?

With effort and luck, the final version of this story might see print by August. We shall see . . .

December 1, 2016

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 sometimes only having a concept of an idea for a story isn’t nearly enough to try to hang the entire structure of a novel upon. Sometimes it works . . . and sometimes it doesn’t.

Still, I did learn a lot about trying to stray outside of my usual genre of science fiction. I might actually finish this someday . . .

So, until next year . . . Keep writing!

August 20, 2016

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 to say, for now, that it is finished and it is available for purchase directly from Paper Angel Press or from the major online booksellers.

If you’re at all curious about some of the ten-year history behind this story, here are some (old) blog posts related to it:

Otherwise, please buy and enjoy the story. And tell your friends!

Thank you.

December 2, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 Report: Winning Isn’t Everything

Childtime Institutions (front cover)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 the tale.

Second, although I did not “win” by reaching the goal of 50,000 words, that’s slightly more than 750 words a day that might not otherwise have been written.

Third, it was a useful exercise in helping me build the world in which “Childtime” came to be.

So, although my tenth year of participating was a disappointing one, it was far from a wasted one.

Until next year . . .

January 2, 2015

A Quick Glance Back, While Looking Ahead

USS-Voyager-over-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge2And, 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 not to say that the other projects weren’t worthwhile, but I should have stuck to the word count too.
  • Complete and submit at least one novel for publication
    Did not happen. No excuses.
  • Submit at least one blog spot a month for external publication
    Did not happen. No excuses. Well . . . reasons that lead to at least one of my resolutions for 2015.
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true
    Winner! For reasons of mystery, secrecy, and diplomacy, I won’t elaborate here.
  • Read at least 30 books (and maybe more)
    Winner! 34 books and audiobooks. I was actually a little surprised by this—but pleased!
  • Win NaNoWriMo
    Winner! Although it was a near thing until toward the last few days . . .

Looking Ahead

Major goals for this year:

  • Return to writing at least a daily average of 500 words a day (not including NaNoWriMo)
  • Read at least 36 books (my stretch goal is 50)
  • Win NaNoWriMo (this will be my tenth year participating)
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true (this could take some interesting turns in 2015)
  • Stop waiting.

We’ll see how I did on December 31st, 2015. Now to “boldly go”!

November 30, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Leading from the Front

Winner-2014-Square-ButtonFinal 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 had long ago composed in my head.

NaNoWriMo-2014-Winner-Certificate - 200h

A huge round of thanks to one of my Writing Buddies (I don’t know whether she wants to be called out here or not, so I won’t) for the word sprints almost every night. I really think those made the difference this year in whether I finished or not.

I don’t know if I’ll finish this one up right now, or go back and start from the first book in series and get that one written and out the door. (I know why I keep stalling on that one, but that’s a topic for another post.)

Until next time . . .

January 1, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward

20070815_timetravelAnd, once again, it’s a New Year.

Looking Back

Major accomplishments from last year:

Looking Ahead

Major goals for this year:

  • Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo)
  • Complete and submit at least one novel for publication
  • Submit at least one blog spot a month for external publication
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true
  • Read at least 30 books (and maybe more)
  • Win NaNoWriMo

That’s it for now. We’ll see how I did on December 31st, 2014!

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