• 1st Draft Done, Revisions Begin

    Today I finished the 1st Draft of my book and have started on the major revisions I decided needed to be done in service to the story.

    If you look at my progress graph you’ll see that I am already 32% done, however this is misleading as I was casually working on this already and I track my progress by how many chapters are “done.” In this case the work is not evenly distributed between chapters (a few scenes and even chapters need something approaching a total rewrite, while others need significant work but nothing so serious that I cannot rework what is already there).

    By my estimation, most of the “heavy” work is contained to five or six chapters. No deadline yet because I want to attempt tackling at least one of these to see how long it takes before I make any estimations.

  • Back in the Swing

    Recently started making progress again!

    I’ve had quite a few thoughts about getting back into work. Keeping up this blog, editing, and writing are things that I know I was doing all at the same time prior to my grandmother’s death, so re-learning how to balance all of it is an interesting experience.

    There are a lot of thoughts I’ve had as a result of everything that’s gone on in the past few months (I figure that is pretty much unavoidable when a family member passes away). Nothing that I would consider unique by any means. Mostly I was taken by surprise by how hard I took it, especially since I felt like I was ready for when this happened. On top of that what I felt was so delayed that at first I didn’t realize it was connected.

    In any case, I’ve been plowing back into work again, and gradually adding more on top of it as I feel able to take it on.

  • Updates

    So progress on my editing came to a screeching halt March and now that everything is resolved I feel it is time I addressed why.

    My maternal grandmother has been sick for some time (this is something I have spoken about in my newsletters several times). Long story short she has battled a very aggressive cancer. During March her health took a turn for the worse and she was put on oxygen. Shortly after that proved insufficient and she had to be taken to the hospital and put on life support to be kept alive. While she was able to regain consciousness she ultimately decided that she was not willing to live with a tube down her throat, so she had it removed after making it clear that she did not want to be resuscitated should her vitals fail.

    I am happy to say that most of her family was able to travel down there to be with her when they removed the tube, although unfortunately circumstances meant I was not and resorted to calling her. When the tube was removed she passed very rapidly.

    There really isn’t much I can say. This is something I have known was coming for 3 years now, but in the end it happened so quickly. With how long I had to prepare for this it still surprises me how much it hurts sometimes when I think about how she is finally gone, but by the same token there is this sense of relief too. Not a joyful sort, but just this feeling of closure and the knowledge that my grandmother was in the enviable position to pick her own time, and to have everyone she loved around her during that moment.

    Obviously I have not been in a mental state where I felt comfortable working on my book (or anything else for that matter), but now that everything is done and I am home I hope to resume work. My timeline will likely be pushed back some although for now I just want a moment to pick up the pieces.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    -Robert Frost

  • Cthulhu and Friends

    This Christmas I got a B&N gift card, and finally got around to heading to their store to figure out what I wanted to buy. I don’t actually mind getting gift cards although there are certainly ones I prefer (Amazon gift cards tend to get used immediately as I read a lot on my Kindle). While none of the stuff I actually wanted was at B&N, I did end up picking up one book more or less on principle.

    To my embarrassment I’ve never read any of Lovecraft’s stories despite knowing many details about his fiction and being able to recognize the influence he’s had on the horror genre. Well I found a large book that is an annotated collection. While writing horror isn’t really my thing, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expose myself to something new.

  • Reviewing Has Begun

    As of the first of this month I am now reviewing my book. Plan to handle one chapter a day (a pace I know I can easily maintain) so this should be done sometime before the end of the month. Once I reach that point I plan to immediately dive into my first revision. The good news is that so far I don’t have that many things to fix (I think, after the first revision my early beta readers may throw up a host of complaints). You can track my progress on the little widget to the right.

    Speaking of, soon I plan to be adding a second project to that widget, one for the novella I’m writing. Currently I am still projecting it to be around 50,000 words, but as I realized my entire first act was wrong I’m no longer completely sure that is the case. We will have to see. If necessary I’ll adjust the estimate once I have a better feel for the project’s scope.

  • Brief Update

    I’ve decided to take a break from following social media for several weeks (which I realize is probably amusing considering how I barely use it as is). Although I rarely post anything to social media—specifically twitter—it is something that I do use to follow certain authors, editors, and publishers that work mostly in my genre so I have an idea of what is going on “in the industry” as it were.

    As you might imagine that isn’t what most people are talking about now, and it is causing me enough distraction that it is getting in the way of my ability to write (putting it in the most mild way possible).

    In more positive news, I’m starting to feel the itch to start editing Book 2 now, which is perfect. The first step to that is re-reading the thing and taking notes on what changes need to be made. I must admit I am half excited and half frightened by the prospect of looking at my writing with fresh eyes.

  • Moving Forward

    With the end of 2016 I found myself with a few loose ends to tie up, something that I spent all of this month working on until this point. Now that everything is behind me and I have a chance to take stock and catch my breath I find myself at one of those points in life where I can just sit and reflect.

    To be perfectly honest this is a very comfortable spot to be. It is easy to fall into the belief that there is nothing making demands of me, even though I know that come February I need to begin reviewing and revising my second book. There is a peace that comes from having everything in order, and being able to consider all my projects with the realization that they are complete (for the moment anyway). Now I can sit, and just enjoy peace as I let my thoughts roam where they will without having to worry about how I am going to write that next paragraph, or scene, or section, or chapter.

    But even as I sit here there is this feeling in the very back of my mind, just gnawing at my thoughts. At first it is easy to ignore, but as time goes on it becomes more and more irritating. Before long I’ll even begin to feel guilty that I haven’t started work on something new.

    It would be nice if I could tell you that this was something romantic like a life philosophy. “You cannot sit idle for too long because that way leads to stagnation. You just can’t do it.” In reality it isn’t anything so carefully thought out. I can’t even call it a drive. It is more of a compulsion, one earned after sitting idle for years with no change until I was nearly bored to tears.

    So even now I can feel it will be time to press on before long. I know where I am now, and while it isn’t terrible I know it isn’t where I want to be. I honestly can’t tell where my current path will bring me. Sometimes that frightens me. Sometimes it leaves me filled with doubt. Still, that is a far better than suffering the discomfort that comes to me when I stay still.

  • Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

    So with the end of the year it is time for all sorts of reflection. I literally just got back from traveling YESTERDAY (and thankfully am not going to be away from home for months on end), so I haven’t had an opportunity to really update this blog in over a week. That means I should probably look at this webpage again and simply make sure everything is up to date, that my links all work, and just do basic maintenance.

    In the meantime, how about I look back and see how I did with last year’s resolutions, and come up with new ones for 2017?

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  • Honor’s Path (Book 2) Officially Written!

    Only a few days late, but just north of 8,000 words longer than I expected. I will not jump immediately into editing, but this should put me on target for publishing it sometime next year (again, I am going to shoot for November or December). Don’t have time for a longer post now, but there should be one the Monday following Christmas. I ought to have a lot to talk about then.