Progress Report: 20/04/2015 – 26/04/2015

Welcome to week seventeen.

Ah, well. Summer was good while it lasted!

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six) and Conflict (Book Seven)

This week’s task was to listen to these on my Kindle Fire (well, as far as I could get). I managed to finish Allies and begin Conflict (about 16% through the file). I intend to finish Conflict this week (probably Tue/Wed) and then let the two books rest until after the May Bank Holiday (next weekend), before a final read-through on my Kindle.

Nano Project (Book One)

I’ve continued editing this at roughly a chapter a day. I’m up to chapter twelve now. Once I’ve finished the listen-through of Conflict (above), I’ll finish the week by making this my main editing project. I won’t finish it, I’m sure, but then I can go back to the chapter a day the following week.

Fantasy Book 1

This is still coming along slowly and now stands at 34.75K words, so about 500 words a day this week. It’ll probably be less this week, with the Bank Holiday weekend, but that’s okay. This one’s not a priority at the moment.

Fantasy Book 2

The second fantasy project, which I haven’t really started writing (ahem!), has somehow managed to creep up to about 3.8K words. No idea how that happened.

Other Projects

As I’ve moved the two fantasy projects up into the main section now, there’s nothing to add here for this week. However, next week, I’m going to work on one, maybe two, box sets of R&B, and hopefully get them published. I’m definitely going to bundle Book One and Book Two. I might also do Three and Four.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

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

  • Monday: R 189m
  • Tuesday: R 177m
  • Wednesday: R 146m
  • Thursday: R 208m
  • Friday: R 108m, T 32m
  • Saturday: R 185m
  • Sunday: R 231m

Total hours: 21h 16m

Books Completed (this week)

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
The Best and the Brightest by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Playing with Reality by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
The Boy Who Needed Heroes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Courting Rites by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Phantom by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)

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Progress Report: 13/04/2015 – 19/04/2015

Welcome to week sixteen.

I know what you’re going to think by the time you’ve read this – how many books is she working on? Okay, I admit, it’s quite a lot, but it does stop me getting bored with any of them!

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six) and Conflict (Book Seven)

I finished the first round of editing on Book Six this week, so I did manage to start working on Book Seven. Allies now sits at about 52.6K and Conflict at 30.5K. I should be able to finish going through Book Seven by Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday. Then, I’ll be making up draft Kindle versions so I can get my Kindle Fire to read them out to me. If all goes to plan, I expect I’ll be about half way through Book Six again by the end of the week.

Nano Project (Book One)

I started going through this book again this week. I’m only doing one chapter at a time and I’ve done five chapters so far. If I can manage to keep roughly one chapter a day while I edit the R&B books, then I should manage another round of this book by the time I finish those.

Other Projects

The fantasy project continues slowly. It’s now about 32.2K. I’m adding beween 500 and 1,000 words a day at the moment.

I’ve also plotted out a fair bit of the other fantasy novel I mentioned I’d had an idea for last week. This will now be known as fantasy project 2 :). I also, last night (Saturday), had the beginning of the book come to me while I was trying to get to sleep, so I decided I ought to type it out roughly so I didn’t forget it. It’s only about 300 words, but it does set the tone, so I’m glad I did it.

I’ve also started thinking about R&B Book Eight and have opened up a Scrivener project for it. It’s only a few plot points at the moment, but it might mean a couple of minor tweaks to the two books I’m working on at the moment.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

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

  • Monday: R 252m
  • Tuesday: R 236m
  • Wednesday: R 241m, T 41m
  • Thursday: R 133m, T 18m
  • Friday: R 144m, T 40m
  • Saturday: R 164m
  • Sunday: R 171m

Total hours:

Books Completed (this week)

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Audacious Adventuress by Calum Kerr (flash fiction)
Sole Survivor by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Crossing the River Styx by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Progress Report: 06/04/2015 – 12/04/2015

Welcome to week fifteen.

This was another (slightly) shorter week with the end of Easter, but quite productive.

Rag & Bones: Death (Book Five)

I finished revising Book Five this week and uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords. The conversion to Word for upload to Smashwords (from Scrivener) wasn’t as easy as I imagined it would be. I probably got some of the settings wrong when I was doing it, but it was no easier than completely reformatting in word would normally be. I think with the next upload, I’ll try converting to an epub and uploading that. It means there won’t be a mobi file (or other formats) available on Smashwords, but very few people buy directly from the site, so I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

Rag & Bones: Allies (Book Six)

I started the next round of revisions on Book Six. I’m already a fair way through (probably about a third), and the total is now just under 50K. I intend to continue with this over the coming week. If I finish (not really expecting to, but you never know), I’ll start on Book Seven.

Other Projects

The fantasy project stalled a little this week. I found it a little harder to get back into after the Easter break than the other books. It’s now at nearly 28K. If I have time, I’ll add more this week.

I’ve also had another idea for a book, and today (Sunday) I opened a Scrivener file for it and started creating a few index cards. It’s probably a standalone book, but I need to think about it quite a bit more before deciding on that.

I’m also considering some other box set type compilations for upload to Smashwords.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

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

  • Monday: R 207m
  • Tuesday: R 271m
  • Wednesday: R 180m
  • Thursday: R 314m
  • Friday: R 269m
  • Saturday: R 244m
  • Sunday: R 204m

Total hours: 28h 9m

Books Completed (this week)

Paydown by Nick Stephenson (novella)
Planet Urth by Jennifer & Christopher Martucci
Grandmaster: A flash-fiction novella by Calum Kerr
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Funerals at Christmas by Dixon Barker (short story)
A Well-deserved Murder by Katherine John

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Progress Report: 30/03/2015 – 05/04/2015

Welcome to week fourteen.

Hey! Are you sick of Easter eggs yet?

Rag & Bones: Death (Book Five)

I didn’t manage to finish the read-through of this. I’m about 60% of the way through. This is partly because I spent most of Monday morning trying to work out how to convert the file from Scrivener to Kindle properly. Eventually, I found out I wasn’t doing it wrong, there was a glitch in the recent update that didn’t add the cover to the book file and I had to download the software again. Anyway, that only gave me three days working on it before Easter, which wasn’t enough to finish. So, I’ll be continuing with that this coming week (from Tuesday on).

Other Projects

The fantasy novel is still coming along. Again, I only had up until end Thursday to work on this. I can’t remember the total wordcount as I’m writing this, but I know I’d definitely passed 23K. Will continue on this coming week.

Reading

This week my Scribd. subscription ran out. I’d been expecting it for days (wasn’t sure exactly which date I’d logged on originally), so I’d been reading short books I could finish in one day and short stories for the last week. Anyway, I’ve now started using my local library eBook service to see what that’s like. So far, so good, although they only have about 5K books so it’ll only be best sellers on my reading list for a while, apart from the books I still have on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet, which I think number about 30 – 40.

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

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

  • Monday: R 187m
  • Tuesday: R 271m
  • Wednesday: R 234m
  • Thursday: R 205m
  • Friday: R 88m
  • Saturday: R 200m
  • Sunday: R 98m

Total hours: 21h 23m

Books Completed (this week)

Holes by Louis Schar
The Monster in Our Midst by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Vampire Requiem by J R Rain (short story)
Me Too by Jonathan Miles (short story)
Allegiant by Veronic Roth
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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