The Knee Improves = Writing Time
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Knee Update:

The surgery on April 27th went well. The surgeon did three things:
- trimmed the meniscal tear and added a stitch for "stability"
- stitched a partial thickness tear that hadn't shown up on the MRI
- "cleaned up" the knee of spurs

Long story short, I'm feeling stiff and the recovery time is slow, but each day I improve my range of motion. I'm now up to 128 degrees (was 111 degrees 12 days ago).

The doc suggested that another gel shot ($450) might help with my rehabilitation. I'm probably going to get one, but I haven't quite decided to make the appointment.

Writing Update:

Book 3X1 is out to Beta Readers at the moment. My deadline has become WAY shorter, so I'll be cramming in the edits over the next couple of weeks.

Today I submitted 5 stories to get my numbers up before the big editing crunch. Stories went out to OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Crossed Genres Magazine, Clarkesworld, Cicada, and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

That puts my total number of submissions for the year at 23. This is week 22 so I'm good for another week or so.

The shiny counter:


23 / 52 submissions. 44% done!

Just typed "THE END"
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I've had very slow progress this month, as I thought and re-thought the ending of my current novel-in-progress. The title of this post is a giant spoiler -- I just typed "The End" for the first novel in my trilogy for Ed Greenwood's Hellmaw Universe. Here's an update on my progress since my last April numbers report:

Apr 8 - 354 words
Apr 9 - 370 words
Apr 10 - 789 words
Apr 11 - 365 words
Apr 12 - 359 words
Apr 13 - 398 words
Apr 14 - 370 words
Apr 15 - 400 words
Apr 16 - 408 words
Apr 17 - 398 words
Apr 18 - 477 words
Apr 19 - 446 words
Apr 20 - 446 words
Apr 21 - 168 words

My final April count for book 1 is 9,465 words. Assuming a typical NaNoWriMo pace, on the 21st day of April I should be at 35,000 words but WHO CARES! I typed THE END!!

Before I submit the book to the keen eye of "old red" AKA my editing pen, the book's total is a comfortable 85,897 words

Total number of all words (some good, some fermenting, some gone) written for the trilogy to date - 101,192

The shiny April counter: (in a lovely spring yellow):

9465 / 50000 words. 19% done!

The next step is to print the draft. I know it's a waste of paper, but my knee surgery is in 6 days and I'm anticipating that I won't be mobile enough to sit at my computer for a while afterwards, so pen-and-paper must be used!

Getting a few back out there...
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A few days ago, I was finally able to announce that my story, "Soaring on Clipped Wings" was chosen for the Q1 shortlist in the 2014 Aeon Award Contest. I've known for almost a year, but since the contest is anonymous, I couldn't say more than this vague announcement on my LJ back in May of 2014.

Subsequently, I re-submitted a few stories that had come home, in an attempt to build a buffer before my knee surgery on April 27th. I subbed one to Analog, one to Apex Magazine, and one to The Spectral Book of Horror Stories Volume 2.

That puts my total number of submissions for the year at 18. This is week 16 so I'm a little ahead. What with finishing my taxes and my upcoming appearance at PeguiCon next weekend, that 18 is likely to remain unchanged until a few weeks after the surgery.

The shiny counter:


18 / 52 submissions. 35% done!

April numbers so far
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I really am taking procrastination to the next level. Every time I sit at my computer it takes me forever to begin to write.

This is the worst stretch of block I've experienced in a long while and this time I actually have deadlines I need to meet. Not a good combo.

Seriously.

Maybe reporting on my pathetic numbers will get me going? At this point, I'm willing to try anything.

Apr 1 - 388 words
Apr 2 - 460 words
Apr 3 - 495 words
Apr 4 - 390 words
Apr 5 - 364 words
Apr 6 - 395 words
Apr 7 - 1225 words

That puts my grand total for April at 3,717 words

Assuming a typical NaNoWriMo pace, on the 8th day of April I should reach 13,333 words. So I began the day 9,616 words behind. *bleh*

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 79,646
Total number of all words (some good, some fermenting, some gone) written for the trilogy to date - 91,727

The totals-as-of-yesterday shiny counter: (in a lovely spring yellow)


3717 / 50000 words. 7% done!

7%??? I seriously suck

Butt in Chair
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For the last 2 days of March I only wrote in my paper notebook. I have not yet typed these words into my novel file. But before I dive too deeply into April, here's the numbers:

Mar 30 - 383 words
Mar 31 - 395 words

That puts my grand total for March AKA LoNoWriMo at 23,691 words

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 75,910
Total number of all words (some good, some fermenting, some gone) written for the trilogy to date - 91,727

The final LoNoWriMo counter:


23691 / 50000 words. 47% done!

Third good writing day in a row!
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I worked from home today, which meant I had to work through many, many distractions. I hit my goal of 2,000 words a couple of minutes after 9pm, leaving me time to watch Shameless and then The Walking Dead.

I managed 2,060 new words.

My LoNoWriMo total so far: 22,913 words

By day 29 I should be at 46,774 words leaving me 23,861 words behind. Deserving of 1 Ugh.

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 75,910
Total number of all words (some good and some gone) written for the trilogy to date - 90,949

The shiny LoNoWriMo counter:


22913 / 50000 words. 46% done!

Finally hit today's goal
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I chose Tim Horton's for today's worksite since Starbucks is always too busy on a Saturday.

I was aiming for 2,000 words and I just hit 2,052 new words.

My LoNoWriMo total so far: 20,853 words

By day 28 I should be at 45,161 words leaving me 24,308 words behind. Deserving of 1 Ugh.

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 72,635
Total number of all words written for the trilogy to date - 88,889

The shiny LoNoWriMo counter:


20853 / 50000 words. 42% done!

Progress!
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Once again the atmosphere at this Starbucks has shocked the writer part of my brain back to life.

I expanded on one chapter, broke it into two, rearranged the order of two other chapters and split another one. That's a lot of rearranging for one day's work but it really helped. I think I've finally solved most of the book's problems that I've been struggling with for weeks.

If my math is correct I've managed 2,131 NET new words today.

My LoNoWriMo total so far: 18,801 words

By day 27 I should be at 43,548 words leaving me 24,747 words behind. Ugh. Ugh. (one less "Ugh" than today's earlier post).

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 70,167
Total number of all words written for the trilogy to date - 86,837

The shiny LoNoWriMo counter:


18801 / 50000 words. 38% done!

March has officially been a wash so far
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I continue to slip further and further behind on my LoNoWriMo goal. As I said last time, words are still words and I will turtle on.

The blow-by-blow progress:

Mar 13 - 1,279 words
Mar 14 - 335 words
Mar 15 - 364 words
Mar 16 - 366 words
Mar 17 - lost words from editing, so -638 words
Mar 18 - 627 words
Mar 19 - 396 words
Mar 20 - 405 words
Mar 21 - 397 words
Mar 22 - 391 words
Mar 23 - 0 words (I hang my head in shame)
Mar 24 - 306 words
Mar 25 - 617 words
Mar 26 - 416 words

Today I intend to put some serious words to paper.

My LoNoWriMo total so far: 16,670 words

By day 27 I should be at 43,548 words leaving me 26,878 words behind. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Total number of viable words for book 1 of the Videx trilogy - 67,487
Total number of all words written for the trilogy to date - 84,706

The less-than-shiny LoNoWriMo counter:


16670 / 50000 words. 33% done!

Two more out the door
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Today I vowed to sub two stories quickly and then get back to work on the novel.

I sent one to Strange Horizons and one to AE Science Fiction.

That puts my total number of submission for the year at 15. This is still week 13, so now I have a working buffer.

The shiny counter:


15 / 52 submissions. 29% done!

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