Progress Report: 19/01/2015 – 25/01/2015

Welcome to week four.

Rag & Bones: Book Five

I love my Kindle Fire and I love Scrivener!

Okay, let’s clarify that a little. You may remember that this week I was going to do a listening edit to Book Five using my Kindle Fire. I did and it was fantastic. So much better than using the Adobe Reader pdf file read-through. The voice isn’t perfect, but it goes up at the end of sentences and it has a go at intonation for everything, and it gets it right most of the time. There are occasions when it misreads a word, clips it short, or uses the wrong version, eg read, bow, etc, but that’s minor. I found quite a number of missed-out words, wrong words and sentences that needed unjumbling a little. If I could make the change as it was reading, I did (you have to be pretty quick). Otherwise, I highlighted the text and went back afterwards. The only problem I had with the process was getting the file onto the Kindle, but that was mainly because it didn’t appear on the device where I thought it would – I copied it into Books (as specified in the instructions), but it appeared in Docs. Never mind, just one of those quirks you find out as you go along.

And I love Scrivener because it created me a Mobi file in seconds. Okay, it took me a little bit of fiddling to get the file sorted in the first place, but once it’s set up properly, it’s going to be so easy.

So, I’ve been through the book another time, as above, and now it’s going to rest again for a while. I can’t remember the exact wordcount without going into the file, but it’s over 61K for sure.

I finished that on Friday. So, then I started …

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six)

Book Six and Book Seven are going to cover the same timespan, so at this moment in time I’m intending to write them back-to-back and release them at the same time (or very close together).

Two days in and I have just over 3.2K words written. It’s not a tremendous wordcount, but I haven’t got all the scenes planned out and I spent some of that time planning the first few chapters. Once again, I know how this one is going to end, but I’m not entirely sure what happens in the middle, and as the characters are split between Books Six and Seven, I have new characters to introduce – more vampires!

I’ll work on this all week and see how far I get.

Other Projects

Nothing new.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

R = Normal reading, A = Audio book, T = Reading on the treadmill.

  • Monday: R 95, A 250
  • Tuesday: R 156, A172
  • Wednesday: R 181
  • Thursday: R 277
  • Friday: R 253
  • Saturday: R 212
  • Sunday: R 299

Total hours: 31h 35m

Books Completed (this week)

Fragments (Partials 2) by Dan Wells (audio)
Isolation: A lost tale in the partials sequence by Dan Wells
Writing the Novel by Lawrence Block
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez
An Incursion of Mice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)

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Progress Report: 12/01/2015 – 18/01/2015

Welcome to week three.

Week three! It’s well and truly 2015 now.

Rag & Bones: Book Five

This week I finished the edit of Book Five and the wordcount is now up to just over 60K, which is where I hoped it would be. A considerable number of those words were in the last few chapters. I knew they needed to be expanded somewhat, and that’s what happened.

I finished the edit on Saturday. On Sunday I transferred the file into Scrivener. It wasn’t difficult, but there was a lot more fiddling around with the file than I expected there to be. I managed to get it to split the file into documents, but I didn’t realise it wouldn’t recognise chapter breaks. My own fault really, the info I’d read said it would recognise particular breaks, and I didn’t put any of those at the chapters.

Anyway, I spent Sunday fiddling around with the file, adding labels for POVs and thinking about how I will use the features to help me – more for future books than this one, as it’s already written.

This coming week I’ll make a version I can transfer onto my Kindle Fire and let it read it to me. I’ll also work on the front and back matter so that I have a complete book. Then, all I’ve got to do is learn how to do a compile of the files that’s publishing platform ready.

Other Projects

I’ve decided that I’m going to up my reading of craft and marketing books, so you’ll see that reflected in the books read list. Most of these kinds of books are shorter, so the lists might look ridiculously long. Because I won’t have access to these later, I’ve created a notebook where I write down things I want to remember from each book. A lot of the things I know already, but there’s always something new in any book. It’s probably easier than referring back to a whole book anyway.

Also, I’ve now pressed the publish button on my 2014 reading list. It’s as complete as I can manage, but if I remember something else I read, I’ll add it later.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

R = Normal reading, A = Audio book, T = Reading on the treadmill.

  • Monday: R 222m, A 143m
  • Tuesday: R 236m, A 91m
  • Wednesday: R 283m
  • Thursday: R 203m, A 154m
  • Friday: R 105m, A 267m
  • Saturday: A199m
  • Sunday: R 315m, A 100m

Total hours: 38hr 38m

Books Completed (this week)

Talent is Overrated: What really separates world-class performers from everybody else by Geoff Colvin
The Vampire Diaries: The Fury by L J Smith (audio)
Let’s Get Digital: How to get noticed and sell more books by David Gaughran
Partials by Dan Wells
No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty
The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by L J Smith (audio)
Reader Magnets: Get readers to come to you by Nick Stephenson

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Progress Report: 05/01/2015 – 11/01/2015

Welcome to week two.

A week of changed priorities.

NaNo Project

I started working on Book Three this week, and I did add about 3 or 4K words to the 22K total, but that’s where it ended. I ran out of steam on this project. When I thought about it, I realised I’d been working on it for two months solid, and therein was the problem. I needed a break from it. So, without procrastinating about, I switched to something else. See below.

Rag & Bones: Book Five

It was actually really good to start working on this book again. After more than two months of a break, it was completely fresh, and I enjoyed starting to edit it again.

I’m about half way through the book, so I expect to finish this edit by the end of the coming week. Then, I’m going to transfer it over to Scrivener, and make a dummy eBook version to have my Kindle Fire read it to me. I’m looking forward to that, because the reader is so much better than the one you get with Adobe Acrobat files (which is how I did it before).

The word count has gone up from 49K to over 53K, so I suspect it will be 60K, or very close, by the time I’ve finished.

Other Projects

I’ve been reading a book about deliberate practice this past week, which I’m finding quite inspiring, and I’m considering what I could do to implement this in my own work. You’ll probably see the book in the list below next week if you want to read about this process yourself.

I’m also working on the list of books I read last year to put up here, although it’s not as easy as I’d hoped, because Scribd. hasn’t retained everything I’ve read and some books have since been deleted from there, so there may be some missing that I don’t remember. I’m not publishing this yet, but it may be up before next week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

R = Normal reading, A = Audio book, T = Reading on the treadmill.

  • Monday: R 239m
  • Tuesday: R 258m, A 27m
  • Wednesday: R 200m, A 40m
  • Thursday: R 102m, A 165m
  • Friday: R 128m, A 103
  • Saturday: R 108m, A 189m
  • Sunday: R 145m, A 230

Total hours: 32hr 14m

Books Completed (this week)

The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland
Rides a Dread Legion by Raymond E Feist
Jimmy and the Crawler by Raymond E Feist
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L J Smith (audio)
The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L J Smith (audio)

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Progress Report: 29/12/2014 – 04/01/2015

Welcome to week one.

A new year and a new start! Happy New Year to everyone.

So, what am I resolving to do this year? Well, to continue my weekly progress reports for one and as I’m starting in the first week this year, I should get to fifty-two, not fifty-one!

Will anything be different? Well, yes, a little. I’ve decided I’m going to list the books I finish reading each week. I’m resolving to read a minimum of one book per week (so, a total of fifty-two for the year), but I hope to read more than that. I’ll put the books at the end of the post, and then have a page with that year’s reads on it as well (better go and do that now, or I’ll forget).

Other things? I’m going to tentatively say I’ll have the NaNo trilogy ready to publish by the summer, as well as Book Five of the Rag & Bones series, but I’m not going to list dates. I would also like to write another two Rag & Bones books before the end of the year and several shorts. I’d also like to do the same kind of thing as I did this year for NaNoWriMo, write the bare bones of a trilogy, except be more prepared for three books rather than one.

I think that’s enough – don’t you?

Onto the past week.

NaNo Project

This was another slow week. I actually was away from home for three days, which made progress slower than Christmas week. However, I did manage to get to two-thirds of the way through Book Two. The end of this book is very sketchy at the moment and I’m having to expand the chapters quite a lot. I expect I’ll finish Book Two by Tuesday of the coming week, but it won’t be as finished as Book One. Then, I’ll be onto Book Three. Book Two stands at just under 45K at the moment.

Other Projects

Nothing to add.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

R = Normal reading, A = Audio book, T = Reading on the treadmill.

  • Monday: R 312m
  • Tuesday: R 340m
  • Wednesday: R 70m
  • Thursday: R 10m
  • Friday: R 189m
  • Saturday: R 180m
  • Sunday: R 195m, A 57m

Total hours: 22h 33m

Books Completed (this week)

Wrath of a Mad God by Raymond E Feist

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