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It isn't a PicoWrimo month, but I may as well note August's wordage. I wrote every day (although I didn't hit 200 words on a handful of days), and added 13,000 words to the novel WIP. Did a couple of book reviews, which I must post. Had a short story accepted by Loose Id, which will be released as a freebie at some point (probably relatively soon, given that I was doing edits over the weekend, but I'm not promising anything). Sent a query off, but no response so far and by now I'm not expecting one.

Given that I seem to be able to do a solid 10k a month at the moment, I may well finish the rough draft of the WIP before the end of September. Unfortunately it's going to be a *very* rough draft, and I think I will have to set it aside for a couple of weeks before I go back to edit it.

I've got several partials in the pipeline to work on in the meantime, including two novels that I really want to get done and out there on submission. I also have some completed pieces in need of a home, so I'm seriously considering taking part in pitchmad (a Twitter pitching thing) next week. In order to do that I'll need to come up with some Twitter pitches, which will be a good exercise for me anyway. I may be inflicting the results on my flist for comments. :-)


Jun. 23rd, 2014 10:30 pm
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I have been quiet, because I have been writing. I started another short/novelette for an anthology call that sparked an idea, with the intention of using the current PicoWrimo session to keep me going on 150 words a day. Unfortunately the idea sprouted Plot as soon as I started jotting it down, and it's rather obviously not going to come in under the 12 kword limit. I've abandoned the idea of keeping it novelette length, and am going to write the novella it so clearly wants to be. I haven't quite managed 150 words every day, but I have written *something* on it every day up until today, and it hit 9100 words last night, so the average for the month so far is looking good.

Over the weekend I also worked on revising last month's novelette. This involved tightening the first draft, in the process trimming about 500 words to bring it under the 12k limit. I've formatted it for the intended market (I always write in something that looks like typewriter manuscript and can be saved to 7 bit ascii, and then format it however the market wants it), but have not as yet written the synopsis and submission blurb.

No actual words tonight, because at long last I managed to catch up with someone to discuss some background for the novel-length WIP that has been in hiatus since Eastercon, so I was doing that instead.
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No, I'm not dead. I am writing. I have been writing at least 150 words a day now for 29 days straight, save for the day I was updating my website for the re-release of First Footer, and the day I had major computer upheaval (amongst other things, Norton took my computer hostage and wouldn't release it). Doesn't sound like a lot, but given that I was in zombie mode for a lot of it courtesy of a viral infection, I am entirely happy with the 8.5 kwords of Nice TieI got down as part of the OrgASM writing challenge.

800 words so far today, and I am about to down tools to go out for dinner, so I think that will be it for today. I may attempt to write some overdue book reviews tomorrow.


Nov. 4th, 2012 10:21 pm
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Another 2440 words today, taking the total word count on Nice Tie to 5068. My hands hurt...

They're still not shagging yet, but a proposition has at last been made. If not unambiguously answered.
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Um. Not much wordage to report on Taxman, because...

Remember that many moons ago I wrote a Jack/Ianto tie porn story, and said that it wasn't the cheerful tie porn story I'd started off intending to write for [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble?

Well, various things came together in the confabulator a few days ago. And on Wednesday morning I jotted down some 200 words of notes before they could escape. During Wednesday I thought it might be useful to spend a few days scribbling some text for it, while I let the next bit of Taxman ferment. On Wednesday evening [livejournal.com profile] altariel posted a link to the [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo community. I don't do NaNoWriMo because I'm not physically capable of writing 50 kwords in a month, but for the first time in several years I feel as if I could set a realistic target for daily word count and have some chance of keeping to it. So, 150 words a day, and if I could manage it 300 words a day, to get down a significant chunk of what felt like a novelette-length story. Length matters, because it's profic and needs to be long enough to be publishable.

Thursday - 316 words. Friday, 1040 total, 734 new. Today, 2611 total, 1561 new words of tie fetish story, and I'm only stopping because my arms *hurt*...


Oct. 27th, 2012 09:57 am
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I have overlooked the wordage report for the last week or so. It's actually not too bad, even if nowhere near NaNoWriMo daily rates.

Thursday last week took the total from 35877 to 36024 for 147 new words, Friday none, Saturday 36761 total, 737 new, Sunday 37361 total, 600 new, Monday 27942 total, 581 new, Tuesday 38274 total, 332 new, Wednesday none, Thursday 38474 total, 200 new. Last night I phoned up Watervole for some fact-checking and idea-bouncing, and wrote down some notes which took it to 38779 (i.e. 305 words of notes), and then wrote some actual story text to take it to 39005 total, 226 for the evening.

So it's now hit 39 kwords and a key turning point of the story. I think in terms of story pace this should be the half way mark. That would also be good in terms of getting this to the right sort of length for a print release if a publisher wants to do that. The problem is that the in-story timeline at this point is a handful of incidents over the course of a couple of weeks, and then a very eventful weekend. The *rest* of the story is going to be rather less frenetic, and is going to have to take place over several weeks if not months, with a final resolution to the main plot hook over a year down the line. This is going to take a fair bit of work on keeping up the momentum without making it real-world-unrealistic in terms of how long it will take to actually do certain things.

I do know one thing. It's not going to play well to that section of my readership that expects wall to wall sex in my books. 39 kwords and only two sex scenes so far...


Oct. 7th, 2012 10:35 pm
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I haven't posted for over a week. That's because I've been busy. Some of the business has been the WIP. Behold the word count since last report:
Saturday a week ago, 32551 running total and 509 new, Sunday 32703, 152, Monday none, Tuesday 33015, 312, Wednesday 33431, 416, Thursday nothing because I was out at the theatre, Friday nothing, Saturday 35551, 2120, and today 35877, 326.

Feeling well pleased with that, even if my arms hate me now.


Sep. 28th, 2012 11:22 pm
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The word count is moving on Taxman after a break since the beginning of August working on edits and post-release stuff for Bargain. As usual after a longish break, I'd slightly lost the thread of where I was going with the chapter - not that I'd lost the plot of the book, just what I was doing with the next 1000 words or so. I seem to have got back into a groove again after 4 days of writing, although possibly not the groove I was in before I set it aside. :-) It stood at 30592 words when I opened the file on Monday night, and was 31063 at the end of the evening, for 471 new words. Tuesday I skipped, owing to a long day and temptation in the form of a brand new Midsomer Murders. Wednesday was 31373 total and 310 new. Thursday was 31626 and 253. Tonight was 32042 and 416.

I should try to keep this up while it's flowing. But I'm also very much tempted to dig out an old short story that never found a home, and do some re-writing on that. It's only 3300 words so would need to be beefed up a bit to meet the minimum 5k for the epub markets that take short stories, but it might be fun doing that.


Feb. 12th, 2012 07:09 pm
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Wordage was non-existent for a couple of months, what with Christmas, more than the usual number of migraines, and a bout of flu. But I started back on Taxman last weekend, taking the running total from 25195 to 25392 on Saturday, and to 25618 on Sunday. I had to stop there because I had a very bad flare-up of the RSI and staying away from the keyboard for a few days was a Really Good Idea, but got back to work today, and it's now at 27034. Not all of that is new words, as some is a copy-n-paste of a chunk from the notes section and then re-working, but there are still at least a thousand new words in there.

My arms ache again, so time to stop for the night, and I'll probably be limited during the week, but it's definitely flowing for now.

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Nov. 6th, 2011 10:57 pm
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Not done as well over the last week for various reasons, but still plugging away.

Friday 28 Oct no additional words, Saturday 23704 total, Sunday nothing, Monday 23968, which means I added some 3800 words in October. Tuesday I was far too tired to write, Wednesday I was busy, Thursday 24211, Friday 24282, Saturday nothing, today 24505 in spite of having spent some of my free time adding some of my fanfic to AO3 and the WordPress site.

I still need to order that book. :-(

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Oct. 26th, 2011 10:27 pm
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There has been none tonight and last night, because I have been sorting out the mess that resulted when my attempt to renew my paid LJ account triggered the fraud protection on my bank account. Prior to that, I had over a week's worth to report. The running totals each day were

Saturday 21734, Sunday 21857, Monday 22178, Tuesday none, Wednesday 22504, Thursday 22763, Friday 23063, Saturday none, Sunday 23195, Monday 23516.

Not many words per day, but I've been writing regularly (as in at least 5 days a week) for a month now. This is the longest I've been able to keep it up (ooh er missus) in three years. Something to do with not being busy learning a new job, house-hunting, taking months to get over a vicious respiratory viral infection, moving, having a serious acute episode of one of my chronic medical problems, or having crippling [*] side-effects from the medication for the latter. I shall enjoy it while it lasts. It's been horribly frustrating having stories in my head but not being able to put them down on electrons.

[*literally crippling by the end. The replacement drug had new, even more exciting side-effects. The replacement replacement has not shown any tendency to bite so far.]
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Slow but reasonably consistent progress so far this week. Running totals as follows: Sunday 20923, Monday 21005, Tuesday, 21104, Wednesday 21262, Thursday 21408, Friday 21511, which took it to the end of the sex scene. Which means that no, it's not a very long sex scene. I could try to expand it, but I fear that it would be padding. Probably better to leave it be and wait for the next one, which will probably be a somewhat more considered exercise from the characters' POV.

I also probably need to go back at some point and add a bit of descriptive wordage to the rest of the story, because once again I am demonstrating that I hear my fiction as a radio play, rather than seeing it as a film. It's not as bad as the first draft of Ship to Shore, but it's still too light on visual description for readers who are more visually orientated than I am.
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Nowt on Thursday, probably because I'd spent from 3:15 to 5:15 the previous night wide awake, and while this didn't seem to make me particularly sleepy the next day, it did little for my creativity in the evening. However, on Friday evening I got the story up to 20,300 words before phoning [livejournal.com profile] predatrix and nattering to her for an hour. She now has a landline, making it feasible to natter for an hour without incurring a large phone bill. :-) I have reminded her that she *liked* the Moffat take on Sherlock Holmes, if she wants some inspiration to start writing again now that she has some privacy.

I seem to have done very little of anything today, but have nevertheless managed to get the total wordcount to 20,739, and the boys are about to take advantage of the large double bed they are standing next to. I think this counts as having finally reached sex scene. That will be it for today, as I need to go downstairs and do something about dinner, and after that will be watching Raffles with [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v. Slashy seventies subtext for the win!
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The wordage continues this week, apart from last night, when I chose to spend the evening lying flat on the floor with a hot water bottle for a pillow, on account of ricked shoulder playing up.

Skipped Tuesday and Wednesday last week, but after that the running total has been Thursday 18791 (or 347 that night), Friday 18965, Saturday 19188, Sunday 19380, Monday 19695, and tonight 20125. Some 2000 words in the last 2 weeks is pleasing. Some of it will have to be cut as it is meandering wibble, but it's meandering wibble I need to do in order to work out some background stuff that hasn't quite gelled, so it's all useful stuff to be writing even if it does get cut.

I have still not got to the first sex scene. :-) However, I expect to start it tomorrow.


Sep. 26th, 2011 10:23 pm
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...happened. As noted earlier, yesterday 330 words of rough notes, to bring the file to 18031 total, and today 413, for a total of 18444.

There is still no actual sex scene, which may be an issue. :-) I thought I'd get to the first sex scene before 20 kwords, but I'm starting to doubt it now. Of course, some of the current wordage may get trimmed on second pass, but I've no idea how much yet. I do hope this one isn't going to go DD on me and be over 100k even after the trimming pass. I get enough comments as it is about that book spending a great deal of time talking about nothing much without adding another wordy book, especially one that's supposed to be action adventure.


Dec. 28th, 2010 06:02 pm
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Glory be, this afternoon I managed to get enough piece and quiet to re-read the partial draft of the urban fairy story to get back into it, and then take it from 16006 to 16562 words for 556 new words. Not wonderful words, but it helps me get back into the habit of writing.


Jan. 11th, 2010 10:19 pm
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Wordage on L&M3: Thursday 366, Friday 312, Saturday 335, Sunday 25 (because I was tired). Tonight a deliberate decision not to write, because I was so tired I left work early because I knew I'd hit the point where I'd be making too many mistakes (flexitime is a wonderful thing).

Have been taking my Psion 5mx on the bus the last few days, so have written reviews (or why it's a DNF in one case) on last week's books read on the bus. Too tired tonight to work out how to get those onto the laptop to upload.


Jan. 6th, 2010 10:17 pm
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Visitors finally went on Sunday evening, and I got in a whole 191 words on L&M3 before collapsing into bed.

Nothing for fiction on Monday and Tuesday, but I've been making notes for an essay post, and last night wrote the review of "Another Life", so I have at least been putting in 250 words a day on something constructive. Nothing tonight, because I got home late and have spent the evening putting together my 2009 book log summary, which was a useful thing to do but does not count as writing. (It mostly counts as copy-n-paste...) Going to be sensible and go to bed now, because at this point I'm tired enough to be starting a headache.

Currently reading: EC Tubb -- Veruchia


Jan. 1st, 2010 11:25 pm
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Start the year as you mean to go on... 264 words on L&M3, the first fiction writing I've done in weeks. Let's see if I can keep this up for a bit.


Oct. 26th, 2009 10:28 pm
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116 words yesterday, and it was like pulling teeth. But something seems to have finally unstuck (oo, er, missus), and I've done 367 words tonight in spite of being very tired after the clock change at the weekend. Shall call that a day and go to bed now.


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