Progress Report: 08/08/2016 – 14/08/2016

Welcome to week thirty-three.

Norse Novels

I finished the work on Book One and am now waiting for a proof copy of the book. The cover and the extra graphics took a while to sort, but hopefully they’ll look good. Didn’t do anything on Book Two, but will do the final read through this week and then work on finalising the book and the cover for this. I want this ready to go when I release Book One, so this is my main priority this week. If there’s any time, I’ll start an edit on Book Three, but I don’t expect to get to that until next week.

Other Projects

Finally managed to sort the problems with the file for this (on my own) and am waiting for another proof just to make sure everything’s okay.

I also did some work on my end of year accounts. I hope to send them off next weekend.

Reading

Mon: 66 m
Tue: 60 m
Wed: 42 m
Thu: 57 m
Fri: 50 m
Sat: –
Sun: 65 m

Total: 5 h  40 m

Books Completed

Colors of Immortality by J M Muller

Progress Report: 01/08/2016 – 07/08/2016

Welcome to week thirty-two.

Norse Novels

I completed the paperback formatting of Book Two, apart from all the front and back matter, and I also completed the read out loud. I didn’t do any work on the covers, but that is definitely on this week’s agenda. I also have some front and back matter to finish off for Book One. If I finish that, then it’ll be on to a final read out loud of Book Two.

Other Projects

I received the proof of the short story book and there were some changes needed. I have since been battling with CreateSpace to get another good-looking file uploaded. If it doesn’t work this time, I’m going to have to contact them, because the problems I’m having just don’t make sense.

Reading

Mon: 84 m
Tue: 50 m
Wed: 58 m
Thu: –
Fri: 132 m
Sat: 52 m
Sun: 47 m

Total: 7 h  3 m

Books Completed

300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson

Progress Report: 25/07/2016 – 31/07/2016

Welcome to week thirty-one.

Norse Novels

I finished the read out loud of Book One and also completed the read through of Book Two. Next on the agenda is putting Book Two into paperback format, and then doing a first read out loud. Hopefully, that should be completed by the end of the week. I haven’t done any work on the covers, but I might leave that until I’ve finished the above.

Other Projects

Still waiting for the proof of the short story book. That should arrive this week. If so, I hope I’ll be able to read through it at some point so I can order some proper copies and possibly make it live on all platforms. Haven’t decided about that yet. I might delay the launch.

I’ve also spent a couple of afternoons on admin. I’ve still got more to do, so might do the same this week as well if I can spare the time. I really need to get up to date. I think I’ve printed out everything I need, but now I just need to check it all and update my spreadsheet(s).

Reading

Mon: 37 m
Tue: 63 m
Wed: 56 m
Thu: 85 m
Fri: 140 m
Sat: 138 m
Sun: 72 m

Total: 9 h  6 m

Books Completed

Love the Gift by Ellen Read
A Secret Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Progress Report: 18/07/2016 – 24/07/2016

Welcome to week thirty.

Norse Novels

This week I started the final read out loud of Book One. I’m about half way through, so I expect to finish that within the next few days. Then, I’ll start on a read through of Book Two and, hopefully, get the cover for Book One made up.

Other Projects

The short story book is now finished and I’ve ordered a proof copy, so can’t do anything more until I get that. I should really start putting the stories I’ve written since into a new document, with the intention of doing a second book and spreading out the work rather than having it all to do at once. I’ll see if I can start that this week.

Reading

Mon: 58 m
Tue: 45 m
Wed: 44 m
Thu: 50 m
Fri: 44 m
Sat: 122 m
Sun: 76 m

Total: 7 h  19 m

Books Completed

Humans by Matt Haig

Progress Report: 11/07/2016 – 17/07/2016

Welcome to week twenty-nine.

Norse Novels

I managed to finish the first draft of Book Three, which is better than I was expecting. It’s still only about 57K words, but that will undoubtedly increase when I do the next edit. I will probably do the final pass on Book One next week with the intention of having it ready to go, but not published, because I need to have Book Two available for pre-order before I do that. I hope to have that all sorted by mid-late August.

Other Projects

I spent Thursday and Friday working on the short story book. I will continue with this as my first project next week. I want to be able to order a proof copy by the end of the week.

Reading

Mon: 82 m
Tue: 156 m
Wed: –
Thu: 50 m
Fri: –
Sat: –
Sun: –

Total: 4 h  48 m

Books Completed

Isle of Winds by James Fahy

Progress Report: 04/07/0216 – 10/07/2016

Welcome to week twenty-eight.

Norse Novels

I continue to work on the rough draft of Book Three. It’s going to be at least another week of work to finish and achieve a first draft, which will be interrupted as I won’t be working next weekend (because it’s my birthday). I’ve added several thousand words to the draft so I’m not far off the 60K target for the first draft.

Other Projects

I’ve also spent another day on sorting out my short story collection. I have all the stories in the file. Now, I just need to make sure it all looks good. I also need to devise a cover. I know what I want to do for it, just got to make sure I achieve the effect I want.

Reading

Mon: 120 m
Tue: 51 m
Wed: 54 m
Thu: 40 m
Fri: 51 m
Sat: 149 m
Sun:

Total: 9 h  42 m

Books Completed

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Progress Report: 27/06/2016 – 03/07/2016

Welcome to week twenty-seven.

Norse Novels

I finished the edit of Book Two this week and started on the rough edit of Book Three, but that was only one day. I think I might have a slight case of editing fatigue as it was quite a struggle. Anyway, I gave myself a day off to do something different on Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be a little fresher for the coming week. I hope to finish going through the rough draft this week, but it might take the whole week.

Other Projects

Still haven’t done any more image searching this week, but I have spent a fair bit of time on my short story book, so that’s good. I’ve decided that the cut-off date for new stories was today (Sunday). So I can begin to finalise the formatting and get the front and back matter sorted. Then, I’ll have to think about the cover.

Reading

Mon: 87 m
Tue: 102 m
Wed: 244 m
Thu: 50 m
Fri: 89 m
Sat: 69 m
Sun: 145 m

Total: 13 h  6m

Books Completed

How to be a Cat by Matt Haig (audio)
Aim High by Tanni Grey Thomson (audio)
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami (audio)