Progress Report: 16/02/2015 – 22/02/2015

Welcome to week eight.

Rag & Bones: Conflict (Book Seven)

Conflict is finished! Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been through the story once and have started to go through on the second run. I managed a good 3K words a day until I got to the end and then around 2K for the final two days. I think this one is going to be shorter, as it now stands at 23,398 words. I’ll continue to work on this this week before letting it rest.

NaNo Novel(s)

I’ve now decided on some things I want to do with this project. The main one is that I’m going to delete an event that happens near the beginning, because I don’t think it’s believable. I’ve been going back and forth on this since I wrote it and I’m glad I’ve made the decision now. I also believe that I probably haven’t got a trilogy, but two books, because the end of the story (book three) gets a bit convoluted and I’ve thought of a better way to end it in the second book. So, I’m also going to start working on this during the week.

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 211m, A 62m
  • Tuesday: R 242m
  • Wednesday: R 86m, A 33m
  • Thursday: R 220m
  • Friday: R 200m
  • Saturday: R 176m
  • Sunday: R 390m

Total hours: 27h 6m

Books Completed (this week)

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

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Progress Report: 09/02/2015 – 15/02/2015

Welcome to week seven.

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six)

This week I managed to finish the first, first draft of Book Six. By ‘first, first’, I mean it’s not yet a complete draft, but it’s the first outpouring from my brain that is disjointed and doesn’t yet flow. It is currently standing at 35,158 words. Mid-week I went back and made short summaries of each scene using the Scrivener corkboard and the next day went through it looking for areas where I needed to add scenes and maybe adjust the text. I found two places (yes, two) where I had repeated information – one I already knew when I was writing it that I’d have to adjust one or the other, but the other instance was where I had started the same scene twice in two different parts of the book. How I managed that, I don’t know, but I can sort it easily enough. Book Six is now resting before I plough on with the extra scenes.

Rag & Bones: Conflict (Book Seven)

Book Seven is off and running. It’s just over 7K words at the moment, which is more than I expected to have done by now, and already my sketchy plan for the plot has changed somewhat. Let’s face it, I’m really a pantser at heart and not a plotter! This week I will push on with this book and see how far I can 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 309m, A 49m
  • Tuesday: R 316m, A 103m
  • Wednesday: R 196m
  • Thursday: R 273m
  • Friday: R 234m, A 55m
  • Saturday: R 283m
  • Sunday: R 295m, A 47m

Total hours: 25h 40m

Books Completed (this week)

Roast Dinosaur by Carl Steiger (short story)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Changeling by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Hearts by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson
1,600 words an hour by Jim Driver and Jack Davies
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Progress Report: 02/02/2015 – 08/02/2015

Welcome to week six.

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six)

Okay, so I expected to have finished the first draft of Book Six by the end of this week, but that has not happened. That doesn’t mean that I was slacking! The word count is pretty much where I expected it to be, at 32K, but I still have scenes left to write. I really do expect to have finished the first draft by the end of this week!!! There aren’t that many scenes left to write now, so I should be safe with that claim.

Rag & Bones: Conflict (Book Seven)

I started plotting this out in Scrivener this week. There’s still a long way to go, but if I have enough of the story worked out to start, then when I finish the first draft of Book Six, I can move on straight away. As I said before, this book runs on a parallel timeline to Book Six, which is why I need to write them side-by-side, so that I don’t make any errors with the timeline.

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 275m, A 130m
  • Tuesday: R 276m, A 127m
  • Wednesday: R 326m
  • Thursday: R 349m, A 45m
  • Friday: R 248m
  • Saturday: R 293m
  • Sunday: R 256m, A 84m

Total hours: 40h 9m

Books Completed (this week)

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson
Magician’s End by Raymond E Feist
Purity Test by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Short story)
One Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery) by Kim Harrison
Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery) by Kim Harrison
Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery) by Kim Harrison

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Progress Report: 26/01/2015 – 01/02/2015

Welcome to week five.

One month of the year gone already – nooooo!

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six)

Book Six has had its ups and downs this week. There was one day (I think it was Thursday) when the words just wouldn’t come, and I’m pretty sure what I wrote will need drastic surgery if it is to remain in the book, but others when they flowed well. The current total is just under 18K, so that’s not too bad. As usual, there are lots of gaps in the story so far and the scenes don’t necessarily hang together properly, but that’s for the next round. I’m averaging about 2K a day, which is fine, although I’d prefer it to be slightly more. TroubleΒ  is, with the cold weather at the moment, sometimes my fingers just get too cold to type quickly! Even so, I expect I’ll have finished the first round by the end of this week, coming in at something around 30K. Then, I’ll do the same thing for Book Seven (which I’m going to try to plot out better than Book Six during this week) – so I might be reporting that I’ve started that in my next summary. Or not. We’ll see.

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 341m
  • Tuesday: R 316m
  • Wednesday: R 229m
  • Thursday: R 260m
  • Friday: R 281m
  • Saturday: R 280m
  • Sunday: R 248m, A 37m

Total hours: 33h 12m

Books Completed (this week)

At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E Feist
A Kingdom Beseiged by Raymond E Feist
A Crown Imperilled by Raymond E Feist
How to Write the Million Dollar Story by Jim Driver & Jack Davies

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