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  • November NaNoWriMo plans, book update!

    Just a short update before I start having regular posts going up here once more (I’ve got a backlog built up that should carry me through November), but I wanted to officially say that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Everything is already set to go, I just need to throw the switch and start working on it.

    There is one slight caveat: because I will be traveling by car for Thanksgiving I intend to start 2 days early (tomorrow) to make up for the time I will lose driving. For a time I actually considered starting 5 days early (enough to cover the entire duration of my Thanksgiving plans), but ultimately decided that didn’t really fit the spirit of NaNoWriMo.

    To be perfectly honest, I’m a bit nervous about this undertaking. This year hasn’t been the greatest for me when it comes to writing, so I’m a bit wary of my ability to complete this. That said, I’ve found that doing the thing that keeps me feeling safe is rarely the way forward.

    For those that are interested, I am also beginning the next editing pass on my novel. This is less about major story changes, and more just cleaning up what is there, tightening the prose, and so forth. At this point I am committed to launching the book in Spring of 2018, but I am not yet ready to set down a specific date so keep an eye out.

  • Slow, Steady Progress

    Currently about 40% done with this revision of By Duty Bound, and in the midst of the parts that need heavy structural changes. This always feels like a serious slog, and now is no different. Fortunately I know that putting the work in NOW will mean less work overall later.

    That doesn’t make it any less of a drag though.

    I mention this because I have just run into the first chapter that needs a lot of changes (including one whole scene that requires a complete rewrite). In all about 5 (maybe 6) chapters that need this level of care. Everything else can be fixed more quickly, unless I am misjudging my notes. If I do my job well then the next drafts will get to delve into the nitty-gritty of grammar and story flow. Oh joy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Update

    As I previously mentioned, I will be away for Thanksgiving starting today. Still, I time before we leave so I figured it was a good time to make a blog post keeping everyone up to date about what is going on.

    The second book in the Honor’s Path series is now 22 chapters long, and roughly 90% written, with about 3 or 4 chapters to go (I initially guessed 24 chapters long, so I was pretty close!). Also looking like my estimate of 120,000 words was decent, although I’m starting to suspect I am going to be low.

    In any case, I will try to continue working on that while I am away, but experience tells me that any progress will be minimal. Still, worth the attempt. It is looking a lot like I will definitely make my December 15th deadline, although that may also slip slightly if the book runs long. Still, it should be accurate to within a day or two at least.

    What does that mean? Well, for one it means I will soon be able to throw myself into editing and I am going to set a goal of getting Book 2 out by December of next year. I will also begin writing Book 3 at some point, and probably also try my hand at a shorter novella as well. That probably sounds absurdly ambitions, and it is, but this year has made me believe that it is something I can handle so long as I apply myself (plus this year I won’t be contending with moving!).

    Finally: minor tweaks to the blog layout. New archive widget on the right and slight changes to the header. Nobody else probably cares, but this is my blog so I get to brag if I want. :3

  • Holidays ahead

    So this Tuesday I get to make the drive down to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving to see my grandmother for the first time since my move (although technically I saw her while the move was in progress). These things always end up being weird for me, because I have this thing where writing when other people are around is completely impossible. Having anyone in the area acts as a distraction I just cannot get over. As such I end up both looking forward to the vacation and dreading it.

    Thanksgiving with the aunt tends to be a fairly nice affair though. She has a very nice house located in a pretty area. That side of my family is a bit weird, but in all honesty we get along together surprisingly well. Obviously I hope that the topic of politics doesn’t come up, considering the tense emotions that are running all over with the election results, but to tell the truth that hasn’t ever been a problem with my family. Hopefully it won’t become one this year.

    Following Thanksgiving I’ll be finishing up the second book, then at some point will be heading down to visit memere and pepere (my other grandparents) for Christmas. In fact, that trip is largely why I want to finish the second book sooner rather than later. They have a very nice house, but it is an older style without much privacy compared to things that have been build more recently. Writing isn’t something I’ll be able to do while there, but editing is another matter.

    Depending on how things are this winter I may need to stay with them to help shovel snow. Both memere and pepere are in poor enough health that they aren’t physically capable of doing such any longer. Obviously I hope that isn’t necessary, but we’ll have to see. A large part of it also depends on my grandparents themselves, and if they want another person hanging around (my mother is already staying with them so they may decide they don’t need any more help).

    Anyway, that is what is going on with me through the next few months!

  • Caring and Research

    So during my trip to Colorado for my brother’s graduation I ended up reading 4 books during the intervals where I wasn’t driving. This is pretty typical of me during travel, since it is pretty difficult to do much of anything else in a car (or plane), and my Kindle always has a backlog of books just waiting to be read. I’m not a slow reader by any means, and tend to binge read, so a stretch of several days can see me devour several books in quick succession without any problem at all.

    Generally I find that most books I pick up have their good points. This isn’t to say I like everything I read. There are certainly books I pick up and feel ambivalent about as I work my way through them, but I’m generally able to understand what the book is and identify why it doesn’t work for me. Often this just comes down to such fickle things as voice, themes, and my mood at the time. People tend to be natural story tellers, we do it all the time, so in my experience telling an adequate story isn’t all that difficult (telling an exceptional one is another matter, however).

    That said there are things I see occasionally that just bug me. It ends up showing that the author just didn’t care, and in every case comes down to a lack of research. This is something I’ve complained about before, though mostly in private, because it is the type of problem that is really easy to avoid. In many cases a simple Google search is all that is required.

    I’m not going to name and shame here, because this isn’t a problem I’ve only seen in that book, however I am going to use examples from it to illustrate my point. Writing is quite difficult, I understand, but I feel that only makes it more important to avoid the simple mistakes.

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