Year of Series: The Light at the End of the Interregnum

1. Announce grand plans for writing in 2017.
2. Immediately go into what Dean Wesley Smith terms a ‘life roll’ that takes you out of circulation and keeps you from writing for almost two months.
3. ??????
4. Total absence of profit!

About to get back to writing, most likely this weekend, after life events conspired to keep me too busy and exhausted to do anything with the computer except occasionally play Gems of War.

Losing two months will, most likely, force me to scale back on my big plan of getting five books finished and published this year. Could be three, could be four. Lord willing and the crick don’t rise, I might still be able to pull off five, but I’m not counting on it.

So! Writing will start back on Sunday. See you then!

Year of Series: Day Two

Short session today on account of general tiredness. A little forward motion on the scene from yesterday, leading up to the surprise moment. Now to deal with that surprise!

Also, had to backtrack & tweak a bit as I was writing a character’s dialogue without contractions, a stylisitic choice that’s meant for a different character in the book.

Totals

Total Today: 247

Total Overall: 1265

Year of Series: Day One

Started on Fantasy Novel One, and managed to crack a scene I hadn’t been able to get my teeth into last year. A good start!

To finish up The Cycling Tour posts, I wrote a total of 46070 words in 2016, averaging 126 words a day. Time to do better this year…

Also, I’m getting rid of the reading-watching-etc tracking for the Year of Series blog posts. These posts will be focused on the writing alone, unless I read-watch-etc something that I feel needs a comment.

Totals

Total Today: 1018

Total Overall: 1018

Year of Series: Day Zero

Looking back, I was too ambitious in 2016. I set too many goals and only wound up completing one (my live-blogged Halloween novel Lanterns). I overwhelmed myself, plain and simple. In planning to do way too many things, I found it easier to do nothing.

This year, I’m getting a better focus, but still setting goals that let me pick and choose what projects I want to do, in something I’m calling Year of Series.

In brief, I’m going to write the first books in five new series. Fantasy Novel One, when finished, will be one of them, as will Crawlspace, when I finish its rewrites.

What will the other three series be? Who knows? I’m leaving it open. The great thing about being a writer is you’re never low on ideas. I’ve got plenty of plans for series, so when the time comes later in the year, I could throw a dart and pick the next project. And I well might!

Beyond Year of Series, I plan to keep up with my annual Halloween-novel tradition, as well as finish and/or rewrite the first three books from that project.

In all, I hope to have a minimum of five books out in (at least) ebook form before the end of 2017.

I’ll be doing regular daily updates on this blog, as well. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!

The Cycling Tour: Day Forty-Three

Wrote just a bit more. Coming up on what’s going to be another relentlessly stressful week, so signs don’t look good that I’ll be able to write more than this last week’s worth of dribs and drabs. Still, I suppose any amount of words written is good…

Totals

Total Today: 72

Total Overall: 46070

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The latest People of Earth.

Reading: Continuing 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Day Forty-Two

A little more tonight, as I began to de-stress after a rough week. Set up what this flashback sequence will focus on, and am looking forward to writing it!

Tomorrow is D&D day, so I’ll likely be too storied-out from DMing to get much writing done, but I’ll do at least a little bit.

Totals

Total Today: 136

Total Overall: 45998

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The latest The Great Indoors.

Reading: Continuing 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Day Forty-One

Stress level continues to rise — only one sentence written tonight. When I get this one particular project at work settled, and when I get this weekend’s D&D session done, writing productivity should (fingers crossed!) go up.

Totals

Total Today: 22

Total Overall: 45862

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The latest Impastor and Superstore.

Reading: Continuing 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Day Thirty-Nine

Just a microscopic bit of writing today. I went back and re-read everything I’ve done so far on Fantasy Novel One in preparation of picking it up again, and added a few new words here and there as I went through it.

Will need to tweak some of the details of the book’s world, as some references early on make things out to be much more totalitarian than I intended!

Totals

Total Today: 33

Total Overall: 45772

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The premiere of Falling Water and the latest Those Who Can’t.

Reading: Continuing 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Day Thirty-Eight

Finished Lanterns, my third annual Halloween novel, on time and above its targeted word count. Feeling that weird runner’s-high comedown that always accompanies finishing a project. Time to get to work on something else so I can stay occupied through the rest of the year. Most likely this will be Fantasy Novel One, which might actually get its first draft finished before 2016 is done.

Went ahead and removed Horror Novel One, Blackletter, and Let God Sort Them Out from the in-progress section to the right, as they don’t figure into my plans for 2017. They haven’t been abandoned, just put on the back burner. Well, not even the back burner, more like a hot plate on the other side of the kitchen… Right now, they’re unneeded clutter when I’m trying to focus on what to do next year, so away they go!

Totals

Total Today: 2962

Total Overall: 45739

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The premiere of People of Earth. Time to get to work on the huge DVR backlog that built up in October despite my best efforts…

Reading: Continuing 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.