Fiction words written last week: 4,423 words
Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written: 1,174 words
Writing month to date total: 9,616 words
Writing year to date total: 236,045 words.
Drawing/painting last week: 35+ square inches
Audio: I spent 3 hours recording and editing audio.
Week’s happenings: This week doesn’t look too much different than last week, except that I did some painting. It was busy though. I began rearranging my office last week. I really wanted to be able to set my easel up in my office. With my son’s help, we got that accomplished. There’s still a lot of cleanup and organizing that needs to be done, but at least I’m able to get in there to work now.
I also revised my word count spreadsheet to count consecutive weeks of hitting the word count. Yes, it’s hard to write to a certain word count each and every day. Life happens. I feel that if I were to write 200 words one day, but 2000 the next, why shouldn’t I still get credit for it? If I managed to hit a weekly goal (my daily word count times 7), then isn’t that just as good as if I’d written to the word length every day? In my mind, yes. Okay, seeing the daily streak was pretty amazing and I would like to get back to it, but right now I would also be happy to hit my weekly goal.
That said, did I hit my weekly goal for this week? No. Sorry. While words obviously did get done, I spent my weekend getting my youngest son off for his second year of college, then worked on the spreadsheet, painted, and began putting together 1-800-CallLoki (The Loki Adventures Omnibus). This ended up being a much harder task than I first reckoned it would be. I’m still working on it in fact. I imagine I will be for a little bit.
So what is 1-800-CallLoki? It’s the collection of the first 5 titles for The Loki Adventures put together in one book for the full arc experience.
More on it as it gets fully published to all the distributors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
In other news, I killed off Steigan last week. Yes, I killed Steigan. Of course, it’s kind of hard to have the viewpoint character die. But yes, for a moment he was dead. I had to do it. The story demanded it. I knew it was the solution to my problem and I thought I knew how it was going to resolve. Then I had an even better idea as I finally got to the part where I killed Steigan. Oh, it was going to make it brilliant and Steigan was going to be in so much trouble. But something stopped me. I had to take a walk, which meant I walked away from the story right after killing off Steigan. It was pretty hard too, because it involved Arlyn, his mentor and a father-figure. I knew what was going to come next, so why did I have to walk away? When I came back ready to write the next scene, I found it going differently than I imagined. Then it shifted again. That’s when I found the surprise. Oh yes! So now I get to bring back Steigan, after being struck down by a fearsome enemy, to be more powerful than before. And that’s how one becomes a Jedi master. (grin)
The audio for Stardust is coming along. It’s slow. My mornings haven’t always been my own this week, but I’ve gotten in what time I could.
As for painting, it’s being terribly hard. I’m doing it because I know I need to. It’s awfully hard to call yourself an artist when you aren’t doing art. I know that much like my writing, I need to just sit down and do the work. I just feel stuck doing the same crap. So, I’ve decided to purge it out of my system. If I keep doing the same stuff, eventually whatever is going on in my mind will snap and I’ll break free. I just have to keep going over the hurdles. That doesn’t mean it’s not an emotional struggle. But, when I ask myself if I want to give it up, my answer keeps being “no.” I just have to forge ahead and level up. The simple answer is that I must keep drawing and painting. While it is simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Well, onto a new week.