I apologize for the research I didn’t put into yesterday’s quote-fest. I may have been on cold medication. I may still be.
This is the part where I try to remember what my goals were for this round. I’ll be right back, and then we’ll see how things are going.
*disappears in a poof of smoke*
Treat writing like a business
Hmm… I’ve made a plan for 2014, does that count? One that involves releasing not one but two novels, drafting a third, and starting something new for next year’s NaNoWriMo. I’ve also set up a mailing list for newsletters and bonus content. In fact, there’s a short story (just under 5,000 words) nearly set to go out to my first subscribers (so if you haven’t signed up, click here to get on it!). So I’d say I’m definitely making progress, there.
Other aspects of this, like not being distracted during work hours, are going less well. I was supposed to be working last night, and this happened instead:
Done, as of a few weeks ago. And as of yesterday afternoon, my draft is DONE. And hooooo-leeeeeee carp, the things that happened at the end! People did things. The earth moved. People died. AND THEN THE OTHER THING HAPPENED. I hope it doesn’t piss anyone off. I think it’s delicious, myself.
This book is 20,000 words shorter than the first one in the trilogy… we’ll see how that works out. I believe that the word count should usually fit the story, not the other way around. And it’s still over 80,000 words, placing it squarely in the range I’m aiming for. Still, I’m trying to whittle the first book down a bit.
Ugh, still bad. I’m a bad beta reader and a bad human being. I finished reading and got big notes out (yay!), but haven’t figured out the rest of my notes yet. Problem is, on the Kobo all I can seem to do is mark pages. This means that I have to go back now and try to remember why I marked those pages. Next time, I keep a notepad handy. *headdesk*
I’m reading The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s seems to be the book everyone talks about when it comes to big names/titles in Fantasy. Well, that and The Wheel of Time, but I seriously don’t have the attention span for long series. My brain is broken.
I haven’t done anything with these. My time is limited, my focus even more so. I can only spread myself so thin.
So there we go- the most thorough update I’ve done this round. Some stuff has fallen by the wayside, but I think the things that are on-track are quite exciting, and I’m pleased with that.
Your turn! What are you up to? Are you finding that the holiday season is cramping your style when it comes to the other things you’re trying to accomplish?
December 15th, 2013 at 7:35 pm
I’m looking forward to a couple weeks off after this week, finishing the second draft of my book, and reading, lots of reading. I’m reading Charle’s Allure of the Gypsies right now, then The Sparrow by Marry Russel. I also need to finish the Bell Jar. Have a great holiday!
December 15th, 2013 at 8:33 pm
Hooray for second drafts and reading! Enjoy your time off. 🙂
December 16th, 2013 at 3:21 pm
I wish you the best with your 2014 plans. I’m sorting my 2014 plans, at the moment. Even got some MLP stickers to help! (104 stickers for $0.98 in the party section… Had to!)
My December has been less than productive, though cold wins the blame. Holidays aren’t helping, though. But, they aren’t that far from being over, so I’m preparing for that. 🙂
December 16th, 2013 at 3:28 pm
I’m going to need a picture of those stickers. 🙂
December 16th, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Here’s a quick pic http://twitpic.com/doy1cr 😉
December 16th, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Oooooh, so SPARKLY!!!
December 16th, 2013 at 5:03 pm
2014 is sounding pretty awesome for you! And yay for finishing NaNo drafts! I look forward to your first newsletter! Yay!
December 16th, 2013 at 7:48 pm
December 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am
I signed up, so I’m looking forward to your short story. Congratulations on finishing your draft, Kate!!! You’ve got a lot of good things going on.