#NaNoWriMo Week 1 Update

Just a quick after-the-patriots-before-the-pizza-arrives update on my NaNoWriMo Week 1 progress.

Billy, show ’em the chart:

Nano15 Week 1

As you can see, I’m a bit behind the curve and I know why. I violated one of my rules and did not use the Pomodoro timer at all until yesterday (the word count spike). The new words from today are in week two.

I find my lack of Pomodoro disturbing.

A mistake I shan’t make again.

I hope you’re doing better than I am.  Until next time…

Be safe and be well.

Not Just Pretty Designs

Groovy Geometrics for Adults

Groovy Geometrics for Adults now on Amazon

When I told you a few days ago that I had spent the majority of the last year designing a series of coloring books, I was not as honest as I could’ve been.

As it turns out, I was working out a draft of a rather long series. I didn’t realize I was doing so at the time; such is the nature of my genius. 🙂

I’m taking some well-deserved time off from my EDJ during which time I will eat too much, drink too much, spend too much time in the sun and do very little writing to advance the outline of which I just spoke. It’s not that I need to break from writing (I really need a break from job), but I need to let the outline float around in my subconscious a little more.

I’ll be using the excuse of NaNoWriMo to see just what kind of output I can get. I know I can get 15-20,000 words out of my brain in the course of the day if I spent all day focusing on productive writing, but I’m not going to get that chance in November.

It will also give me an opportunity to determine what my current “Pulp Writing Speed Warp Factor” is. I would very much like to have 1 million words written in 2016. If I take weekends off that’s about 3800 words a day, but I don’t take weekends off when I’m writing. I may reduce the amount of time I spend writing because I have other things to do, but I don’t completely stop.

I just wanted to take a moment here, at 6 AM on my first day of vacation, to let you know I will be posting far more frequently than I have in the past year.


Be safe and be well.


Almost Done Editing, Covers Coming Soon and Liliana Nirvana

So I plan to have the first three installments of my “Surveillance Pre-dystopia” series, about 60K words, available on October 1.
You’ll have the choice of individual novellas (about 20K words each) or the bundle of three, which will be at a discount to buying them individually.
I’m doing this for three reasons.
The first: I like writing this way (for now). The second: I want to give readers a choice between the shorter and longer reads. The third: I want to test the “Literary Bomb”, AKA the “Lilliana Nirvana Technique”, but I don’t want to hold off on 300K words to do it.

Let me ‘splain…no, there is too much…let me sum up.

If this technique is supposed to send your discoverability through the roof, the size of your work should have less to do with it than the function of carpet bombing the interwebs with said work.
So, I’m going to simultaneously release 4 items this month (#1, #2, #3 and 1-3 bundled). I’ll shoot for 5 simultaneously released titles in November (#4, #5, #6, 4-6 and 1-6 bundled), then do #7, #8, #9,and 7-9 in December. 1-9 might go up as well, but that’s gonna cost $15, so maybe not right away.
So that will be 4 products in October, 5 in November and 4 or 5 in December.

I’ll let you know what happens. December 2014 & January 2015 sales will tell me if this works. If it does, I might just keep doing it this way. If not, back to the drawing board.

I’ll show you the covers for the first four products next week.

Until then, be safe and be well.

Novel Months

This is my first post-by-phone, so if KitKat decides to autocorrect something out of context or insert a random emoji, you’ll know why. 🙂
So in my last post I discovered that I’m, at his stage of my writing career, more interested (or capable) of writing novellas of about 20K words than I am of whacking away at a single novel length manuscript.
To that end, I will be producing these novellas as standalone, complete episodes within a serial story arc.
Think Veronica Mars, the eBook.
Not that the story mimics VM, but the structure might have similarities. This won’t be like House, where the whole story, with slight nods to exterior continuity, is summed up and complete between the credits.
Nor will it be like Lost, a continuing serial story that just runs out of time at 59 minutes, to be continued next week.
Let’s have a few stories that have a beginning, middle and end (or possibly *gasp* five acts), and are microcosms of the entire work, itself with a beginning, middle and end.
How about 9 of them?
Three episodes of about 20K words (available independently at 99¢), combined into a larger ‘Part One’ of about 60K words (about 200 pages) done three times for a trilogy of about 600 combined pages.
Bah! Artists don’t write to word count!
Perhaps not, but professional writers do.
I’m a storyteller and a publisher, not an artist. There is art to writing, no doubt, but I’ll take your filthy lucre if those artists over yonder don’t want to taint their art with it. I don’t even think ‘author’ has the same meaning anymore.
But whatever.
What I’m trying to say is that in the next 3 months, starting in September, look for about 20 new products from me, of various lengths and combination.
And yes, I just called my books (my babies, my art) a product. Because that’s what publishers do; they sell products, and I’m wearing my publisher’s hat, not my writer’s cap.

Be safe and be well.

My Fifteen-Thousand-Word Day

Below is the chronicle of what I did yesterday, followed by observations on an epiphany.

6:30 AM : Setting things up to begin at 7:00. I’ll be writing for the next 8 hours, maybe 10, with occasional feeding and watering. Plus I have to drive my son to work.

7:00 AM : It begins.

Cumulative Word Counts:

Hour 1 7-8:    1625 (1625)
Hour 2 8-9:    3692 (2067)
Hour 3 9-10:  5791 (2099)
Hour 4 10-11: 7754 (1963)
Hour 5 11-12: 9732 (1978)
Hour 6 12-1:   12762 (3030)
Hour 7 1-2:     12762 (0 – lunch break)
Hour 8 2-3:     13496 (734)
Hour 9 3-4:     15505 (2009)

So, in the last nine hours, I did eight hours of writing, taking a 10-15 minute break every hour.
My average is 1938 words per hour, though I admit I lost focus in hour 8 (the 7th hour of writing).
My best output was hour 6, 3030 words in that hour or 50.5 words per minute. Considering I took a small break in each hour, the Words-Per-Minute are a little higher.

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Yet another step in the process of transmogrifying from an ‘aspiring author’ to an ‘Honest to God, LOOK I WROTE A BOOK – BUY IT NOW DAMN YOU author’.

So here’s that graph I promised for February:

Word counts

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I’ve taken a step back from the writing for a bit of a recharge.  BTW this first draft is NOT the first draft i was talking about in this post. That one’s in the drawer, getting some of that ‘distance’ they speak of.  You know, write it, then put it away for a bit?  Yeah, that’s it. Totally unrelated bit of fiction of the animal fantasy sort.  Not ‘Incredible Journey’ or ‘Animal Farm’ or ‘Watership Down’, just me thinking about the life of some of the furries I see in the backyard.

Got well above 3K words a couple of times, but it took me most of the day to do it.  Not that it took so many hours to write that many words, but it was the weekend and I still have the day job, so I had other things to do as well.  But I did crack 3,000 words, so that’s a new record.

Yeah, I know. High output, and then? Nothing. For. Days.

Got a lot of snow, and I’ll tell you it’s taken a lot out of me.  I’m not as young as I used to be.  Hopefully I’ll get this finished, edited, cleaned up, and covered with enough time to make snow blower money by November.

Gahh… I’d hate to stay in that damn office for another 8 months, but if that’s what I gotta do, that’s what I gotta.

So, the snow/tired/stuck thing (which accounts for that string of ‘nothing written’) is about over, I got some of that Act 0 stuff done, and I’ve only got two or three more scenes/chapters/whatevers to finish, then I can call it a draft and work on the prequel novella.

I’m thinking I’ll have a free intro novella for the few years of Act 0. I suppose the back story for the novella would be Act -1🙂 Sure, whatever. I think the novella would be a nice free or 99 cent intro to the series.  Who knows? But that’s a marketing thing, and I have nothing to market so I won’t think about that yet.  Carts and horses and all that.

So, there’s the graph I promised, and an update.  w00t.

Be safe and be well.