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

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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.

The Cycling Tour: Days Thirty-One To Thirty-Seven

Fifth and final catch-up “The Cycling Tour” post!

Today will be the final installment of Lanterns, and it’s cause for celebration — this is the first Halloween novel of mine to be finished by the October 31st deadline!

I’m not sure what I’ll start on tomorrow. It’ll either be Face After Face or Fantasy Novel One, the completion of both of which figures into my plans for 2017.

Totals

Total Since Last Post: 13549

Total Overall: 42777

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The premieres of Mom, Rectify, and The Great Indoors; and the latest Ash vs Evil Dead, Impastor, and Superstore.

Reading: Finished Red by Ted Dekker, read all three volumes of Penultimate Quest by Lars Brown, and started 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Days Twenty-Four To Thirty

Fourth catch-up “The Cycling Tour” post!

Further behind schedule on my live-blogged Halloween-themed horror novel, Lanterns. My big concern at the moment is that I don’t have quite enough story left to hit the minimum 40K words to make it a novel. That would count as another failure, my third in a row for this Halloween challenge. We’ll see…

Also, making plans for 2017. My to-do list will not be as hugely ambitious as last year, but if I can get done what I’m planning to do, 2017 will still wind up a much more productive year than usual!

Totals

Total Since Last Post: 6876

Total Overall: 29228

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: The new Morgan Spurlock documentary, Rats; the premiere of Divorce; and the latest Ash vs Evil Dead, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fresh Off the Boat, Impastor, Legends of Tomorrow, Superstore, and Those Who Can’t.

Reading: Finished Ex-Isle by Peter Clines; read Hero Squared Vol 2 by Keith Giffen, JM Dematteis, and Joe Abraham; and started Red by Ted Dekker.

Playing: Gems of War.

The Cycling Tour: Days Seventeen To Twenty-Three

Third catch-up “The Cycling Tour” post!

Missed a day of writing on my live-blogged Halloween-themed horror novel, Lanterns. Hope to catch up ASAP, but that may be easier said than done. On the plus side, I’ve got the bulk of the remaining novel written in my head, so it’s just a matter of transcription now…

Totals

Total Since Last Post: 7217

Total Overall: 22352

Things I Did When I Could’ve Been Writing Instead

Watching: Season premieres of 2 Broke Girls, Fresh Off the Boat, and Legends of Tomorrow, the latest Ash vs Evil Dead, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Impastor, Milo Murphy’s Law, and Those Who Can’t, and the two most recent episodes of Superstore.

Reading: Continuing with Ex-Isle by Peter Clines.

Playing: Gems of War.