Furtherance: Days Ninety-Two To The End

End of the year, so it’s time to retire ‘Furtherance’ and start a new writing challenge for 2016. Getting my plans for the coming year organized into a nice little list, which I’ll post here as both a ‘to-do’ (at the start of the year) and, inevitably, a ‘look-how-little-I-got-done’ (at the end).

This year, as far as getting things done went, I finished the first draft of a novel (Voidville) and had a short story published (“New World Symphony”). Next year, who can say? If I stick to my pattern, this new challenge will crash and burn after roughly three months, followed by no writing at all for a long, long stretch. I guess my success or failure will be gauged by how much I get done in that 12-ish week-long period.

More tomorrow…

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Furtherance: Days Eighty-Eight to Ninety-One

Kind of adrift right now. I’d like to finish this novel-in-progress by the end of the year, but I haven’t gotten out of the non-writing rut I fell into over the holiday weekend. Also thinking about dropping Fantasy Novel One for the moment and writing some short stories instead. Also-also thinking about what to do in the new year, goals-wise…what projects to plan, what it’ll take to finally get some stuff out in paperback (right now, that’s Tired of Monsters and The Festival of Borametz). I (also * 3) need to do rewrites on a couple of first-draft novels. I (also * 4) have to finish a couple of novels to complete two more first drafts. I (also * (6.023 * 10^23)) need to think about launching a new series of non-novel books, and all the utterly godawful hassle that’d be involved in doing that.

At least I missed the deadline for that comic-script competition I was consdering. That’s one less iron I’ll have to have glowing, red-hot, in the fire, daring me to touch it and get permanently burned.

So yes, adrift. I’m hearing the siren song of ‘quit writing’ pretty strongly right now, which is a bit early for me. I normallly give up on these writing/blogging challenges somewhere in the one-hundred range of days, and go blissfully dormant for a few months before trying to write again. I said ‘hassle’ earlier, and that’s what it all seems like now — an immense hassle.

I just have to keep in perspective that now, more than ever (even more than the CIA needs Black Dynamite), writing is all I’ve got. And I mean that truly, deeply, and sincerely. It’s the only thing I’ve got. And it’s looking more likely that, from now ’til the end, it’ll continue to be the only thing I have.

Ah, well. Such is life for a writer. Every once in a while, whatever fire-in-the-mind that drives us makes us either have to (A) publicly piss and moan, or (B) project by attacking some other writer who’s pissing and moaning while pretending we’re oh-so-cool, sophisticated, and above such behavior.

For me, when the urge happens, I’ll always choose option (A). Why not be honest instead of evil?

Totals

Total since last update: 0

Total Overall: 64403

Total Average: 708

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest episodes of Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Fresh Off the Boat, Doctor Who, South Park, and the season finale of Tosh.0.

Reading: Finished H2O by Virginia Bergin, read Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito plus Neonomicon by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, and started Smith’s Monthly Vol 9 by Dean Wesley Smith.

Furtherance: Days Eighty-Four to Eighty-Seven

Sure enough, I got nothing done over the weekend. To those of you who celebrated, Happy Thanksgiving!

Now it’s time for me to get back to work…

Totals

Total for the Holiday Weekend: 0

Total Overall: 64403

Total Average: 740

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest episodes of The Soup and Ash vs Evil Dead.

Reading: Finished The Merciless by Danielle Vega, read Genshiken Official Book by Kio Shimoku, started H2O by Virginia Bergin.

Furtherance: Day Eighty-Three

Inching along again, between the day job’s last-minute pre-holiday crush and my own holiday errands. More to report when I have time to write anything, be it blog post or fiction…!

Totals

Total Today: 65

Total Overall: 64403

Total Average: 785

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and 2 Broke Girls, plus an episode each of My Hero and The Old Guys.

Reading: Finished Revival by Stephen King; started The Merciless by Danielle Vega.

Games: Same idle games as usual.

Furtherance: Day Eighty-Two

Another short-word day. I may not get much done until Thanksgiving is over, unfortunately.

Totals

Total Today: 14

Total Overall: 64338

Total Average: 785

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest episode of Mom.

Reading: One-half into Revival by Stephen King.

Games: Same idle games as usual.

Furtherance: Day Eighty-One

Another regular writing day…errands kept me from making this a marathon writing session. That, plus catching up on TV, plus a nice, long nap…!

Still, I got my 1K written, which is the important thing.

Not sure what’s going to happen during the holiday weekend. Will do my best to both write and post here about the writing, but no promises to those bots who avidly read (i.e. randomly hit) the blog!

Totals

Total Today: 1007

Total Overall: 64324

Total Average: 804

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: Six episodes of Doctor Who, which catches me up with my backlog.

Reading: One-third into Revival by Stephen King.

Games: Same idle games as usual.

Furtherance: Day Eighty

Back in the groove! Feels good to be writing a significant amount again. I may try to make Sunday more of a solid-writing day, barring errands I have to run before Thanksgiving.

Totals

Total Today: 1010

Total Overall: 64324

Total Average: 804

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest Ash vs Evil Dead and Z Nation.

Reading: One-fourth into Revival by Stephen King.

Games: Same idle games as usual.

Furtherance: Day Seventy-Eight

Continuing to inch ahead. Still hoping to hit a nice surge this weekend (and fight the urge to spend Saturday and Sunday napping instead).

Totals

Total Today: 55

Total Overall: 63302

Total Average: 812

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The final two episodes of The Player.

Reading: Finished Ex-Communication by Peter Clines.

Games: Same idle games as usual.

Furtherance: Day Seventy-Seven

I think this weekend will be my chance to get back up to speed on writing. Right now, the days are keeping me hopping, so the nights are for rest and recovery. But tiny piece by tiny piece, I’m moving forward.

Totals

Total Today: 34

Total Overall: 63247

Total Average: 821

The Anti-Writing Equation

Watching: The latest Fresh Off the Boat.

Reading: Finished The Naked God by Peter F Hamilton; two-fifths done with Ex-Communication by Peter Clines.

Games: Same idle games as usual.