Progress Report: 22/09/2014 – 29/09/2014

Welcome to week thirty-eight.

Rag & Bones 5

Progress is still good on this first draft, and I’m keeping fairly well to my plan, although adding to it quite a bit as I go along. I’m onto Part 2 (this one is divided into three parts) and it was a bit of a struggle starting the second part, because I was, in a way, changing gear, but now it’s flowing well. I’ll probably be onto Part 3 before the end of this week (I think Part 2 is going to end up shorter than the other parts), and onto the home straight. It currently stands at 26,782 words.

Rag & Bones: 1978

The first edit of this is now done. It looks like it’s going to end up being about 8K words in the final version.

Other Projects

I’m still migrating e-mail accounts, one at a time, although I’m not getting much into my provider e-mail now. Some days it’s nothing at all!

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: R 90m
  • Tuesday: T 25m, R 140m
  • Wednesday: R 95m
  • Thursday: R 110m
  • Friday: R 100m, T 29m
  • Saturday: R 75m
  • Sunday: R 60m

Total hours: 12h 6m

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Progress Report: 15/09/2014 – 21/09/2014

Welcome to week thirty-seven.

Okay, nobody called me out on it, did they? I didn’t change the dates on last week’s post (because I copy across the previous week’s for the format), so I have two for the first week of September. It certainly confused me when I went to copy last week’s to do this one. I’ll have to go and change that.

I’m happy to say that using my standing up desk (camping table) is working well. I’m only using it once a day, first thing when I start working, but I can easily do the half hour now and most days I’ve done an hour. In fact, the hour bell (yes, I put on a buzzer) has just gone off and I don’t intend to sit down until I’ve finished this post.

Rag & Bones 5

I’ve managed a little over 2,000 words a day on the new book (not including Sunday), so it stands at 12,730 now. If I can keep that up, I’ll be on track to finish mid October for my first draft, giving me time for a final read-through of Kindred before it’s released and a little more time to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

Rag & Bones: 1978

I did start to edit this, but only got about a third of the way through. I’ll continue this week when I can.

Other Projects

I’m still migrating e-mail accounts. I expect this will go on for a little while as I’m discovering all sorts of companies tied to my provider account who only send infrequent e-mails.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: R 45m, T 25m
  • Tuesday: R 1hr 25m
  • Wednesday: T 30m
  • Thursday: R 50m
  • Friday: T 25m
  • Saturday: R 1hr
  • Sunday: R 35 m

Total hours: 5hr 55m

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Progress Report: 09/09/2014 – 15/09/2014

Welcome to week thirty-six.

After last week’s service interruption, I’ve decided to get this done early, and I’m typing this using my new standing-up desk. Well, it’s not actually new and it’s not really a desk.

Standing DeskYes, it’s an old camping table on top of a desk. It’s just the right height to work at and this is the second time I’ve used it since I had the idea on Friday. Just like the reading on the treadmill, I don’t think I could keep this up for very long periods of time. At least, until I get used to it. The first time I used it, when I went to move afterwards, my legs felt very stiff (I think I’d been using it for about an hour). I guess in a normal office there’s a lot more moving about than if you’re a writer. So, I’m going to limit myself to half-hour stints and see how it goes.

Rag & Bones: 1978

As you can see from the sidebar, the next Rag & Bones short is well underway. I’ve done a first draft but it’s very disjointed at the moment. I had a lot of trouble working out the entire story. So, at some point this week, maybe over the weekend, I’ll give it a second run through.

Other Projects

I managed to sketch out Rag & Bones book five (title secret for now!) in about an hour. That’s probably because I’ve been thinking about this particular book for a while. It’s much more organised than I’ve been for any of the others. Hopefully, that’ll mean it’s quicker to write when I start this week.

Other things I’ve done. I’ve finished the Midbury map. It’s not entirely filled out, but I want to leave room for other places that it may become apparent that I need in future books. I’ve made a jpg file out of it and put it as a screen background, so if I need to look something up quickly, I can (although it’s very small and I might have to squint a bit).

What else have I done. Well, I did my accounts stint yesterday, as planned. I think I’m just going to print out one Amazon spreadsheet a month, because along with the fact that PayPal have completely changed the format of everything in the past couple of weeks (grrr!), it still took me a couple of hours to do everything I needed to.

I’ve also been fiddling around with my email putting all my accounts onto Outlook.com rather than downloading to my machine – I know, everyone else did this ages ago, but I never felt the need. Anyway, that took me hours yesterday, partly because google mail was so slow and partly because it wasn’t a very intuitive process. I’ll keep both formats running for a couple of weeks until I’m sure it’s all working properly. The real purpose of doing something like this is to get all emails off my provider email account as I’m thinking of looking around for a better internet provider deal, and I can’t do that if important emails aren’t sorted yet.

Oh, and I also started sketching out the first few chapters of the NaNo novel. It’ll be a complete rewrite from what I started earlier in the year as I now have a much clearer idea of what it’s going to be. I hope I’ll get all the chapters worked out before November.

Right, that’s enough waffle. Time to sit down!

Oh, I forgot, I totally reorganised my office this week and I have so much more room. I’ve also got rid of all the rubbish that was cluttering the place up. Yay!

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: R 45m
  • Tuesday: R 1hr
  • Wednesday: T 20m, R 55m
  • Thursday: R 1hr
  • Friday: S 35m, R 50m
  • Saturday: R 1hr
  • Sunday: R 25 m

Total hours: 6hr 50m

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Saturday Poll (3)

This week it’s about reading habits. Where do you read? Choose as many as are relevant to you.

Progress Report: 01/09/2014 – 08/09/2014

Welcome to week thirty-five.

Okay, I know this is posting late, but it’s not my fault. Well, not entirely my fault. I did leave it till the last minute to write the post, but it wasn’t my fault that there was a power cut for a little over an hour just when I was going to start writing.

Rag & Bones: Kindred

I finished my final read-through of the Kindle version and prepared the upload page, created the cover, etc.

This week I’ll be creating the Smashwords version and uploading both as pre-orders, electricity supply permitting, of course. Yay, we can do pre-orders on Amazon now!

Rag & Bones Shorts

This week I will write the next Rag & Bones short. I think I’ve decided what the topic is going to be, just got to wind a plot around it now.

This coming Sunday will be my first regular accounts day to get everything for this year up-to-date. I hope it won’t take all day – just an hour or two.

Other Projects

I’m also starting to think about other upcoming projects. There’s Book Five in the Rag & Bones series. I have a rough idea of how that’s going to go, but I need to make it a little more concrete. I’ll probably try sketching out a little this week. There’s also the old dystopian novel lurking in the background – the one I started months ago. I want to try and give that a go during NaNoWriMo this year. If everything works to plan, it will give me something to do while I let Book Five’s first draft rest.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: R 1hr 7m, T 31
  • Tuesday: R 1hr 5m
  • Wednesday: R 1hr 55m
  • Thursday: R 50m
  • Friday: R 1hr 20m, T 38m
  • Saturday: R 40m
  • Sunday: R 30 m

Total hours: 8hr 36m

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Progress Report: 25/08/2014 – 31/08/2014

Welcome to week thirty-four.

Projects

So, I’ve finally submitted my tax return for last year. Yay!

I’ve also done lots of other tidying up admin things that I won’t bore you with.

At the weekend, I converted Kindred into its Kindle format version and I started editing it. I’m three chapters through, which is about 10%, so this next week will be continuing with that. I hope to get all the way through, but now, of course, every change I make, has to be made in two versions, which will take a little longer.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: R 40m
  • Tuesday: R 1hr 25m
  • Wednesday: T 25m, R 1hr 35m
  • Thursday: R 50m
  • Friday: T 35m, R 2hr
  • Saturday: T 20m, R 1hr
  • Sunday: R 2hr 15m

Total hours: 12hr 5m

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