Progress Report: 19/10/2015 – 25/10/2015

Welcome to week forty-three.

As expected, this week has not been as productive as usual. However, the main impact has been on my reading. I haven’t been able to concentrate on it as so many other things were buzzing through my mind. Hopefully, that will improve soon, but i’m expecting my routine to be disrupted for at least another couple of weeks.

Classroom Novel

I’ve just finished another full pass on this today (Sunday). It now stands at 45,946 words. I need to give it a proper rest now, so I’m not going to work on it next week. I’m thinking at the moment that it won’t go over 50K by the time I’m finished, but the story is told and a book is as long as the story.

Other Projects

Nothing much has happened on other projects this week. This coming week, I intend to submit the two short stories I have outstanding, so that I can concentrate on the NaNo novel the following week (actually, from next Sunday).

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 35m
  • Tuesday: 0m
  • Wednesday: 0m
  • Thursday: 102m
  • Friday: 65m
  • Saturday: 113m
  • Sunday: 107m

Total hours: 7h 3m

Books Completed (this week)

None!

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Progress Report: 12/10/2015 – 18/10/2015

Welcome to week forty-two.

This has been a week of two parts. The first part work, the second part disrupted work. The reason being that a member of my family has been ill and that has involved me in having to do other things, and will do so over the next week, as well, minimum.

Classroom Novel

Luckily, I finished the first draft of this novel before the other pulls on my time began. I had been intending to let it rest over the weekend anyway and to start on the first revision on Monday. That won’t happen now, but I do hope to get some work done on it over the week. How much? I’m not going to commit on that, because I can’t. It currently stands at 40,920 words, which is longer than most of my first rough drafts, so I’m pleased with that.

Other Projects

Rifter has now been submitted to all platforms, as I mentioned last week it was coming out of KDP Select. The process was much smoother second time around with the new (to me) direct uploads, etc.

On the short story front, I haven’t submitted any more so far this week, although I did write something else for another competition I saw (another flash fiction). I might do more on the two today, but I don’t think I’m at submission stage for either of them yet.

The research has continued. If you looked at the reading list, as I suggested last week, you will have guessed that it was Norse Mythology I was researching (and still am), for the NaNoWriMo project.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

I suspect that my reading over the coming week may be somewhat lower, unless I do some audio listening to my Kindle books while doing other things, which is what I’ve already been doing a lot of recently. Anyway, here’s this week’s figures.

  • Monday: 270m
  • Tuesday: 368m
  • Wednesday: 219m
  • Thursday: 204m
  • Friday: 215m
  • Saturday: 91m
  • Sunday: 97m

Total hours: 24h 24m

Books Completed (this week)

Audiobooks for Indies by Simon Whistler
Sympathy for the Devil by Christine Pope
Dead Radiance by T G Ayer
The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson

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Progress Report: 05/10/2015 – 11/10/2015

Welcome to week forty-one.

Classroom Novel

The writing of this novel has gone well over the past week. I’ve averaged 2.5-3K per day (minus today, Sunday, when I won’t be writing on this project). The total wordcount is now a shade under 27.5K. I’ve been continuing with preparing the next day’s writing the day before routine. Even so, I’ve added in extra scenes that I felt were necessary as I went along. I don’t think, so far, that I’ll have many extra scenes to add to this one, but I will, as usual, need to expand on description, etc, when I do the second pass. Anyway, hoping to continue at the same rate until the first draft is finished, which I expect to happen during the coming week. If I do finish, I’ll start again from the beginning on the second pass.

Other Projects

I haven’t submitted any more short stories this week, but I have written another (very short) story for a competition. I might submit some of these today (Sunday) if I have the time, but otherwise, I’ll ‘get rid’ of them all during the coming week. I don’t want any of these hanging over me while NaNoWriMo is going on. (Update: I sent out two, 1 to go!)

The research is continuing and combining a lot with my reading list, so the NaNo novel(s) should be planned out (as much as I ever do) by the time November comes around.

During the coming week, Rifter comes out of KDP select, so I’ll be distributing that wide. Hopefully, second time around, the process with be a little smoother with using Kobo and D2D.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 214m
  • Tuesday: 238m
  • Wednesday: 175m
  • Thursday: 207m
  • Friday: 337m
  • Saturday: 248m
  • Sunday: 276m

Total hours: 28h 13m

Books Completed (this week)

The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum
The Amazing Quizmo by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)
Twin Souls: Nevermore (Book One) by K A Pope (Paranormal 13 box set)
Internal Dialogue (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 7) by Marcy Kennedy
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Younger Edda by Snorri Sturlson
The Edda, Volume 1 by L Winifred Faraday
The Edda, Volume 2 by L Winifred Faraday

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Progress Report: 28/09/2015 – 04/10/2015

Welcome to week forty.

Zombie Novella

… is now published, but not without a lot of work. Why? Well, because I decided to go direct with Kobo and to use Draft2Digital for my main distribution. So, two new systems to learn and paperwork to fill out. Aaah! Not that it’s difficult, but my brain was a little frazzled at the end of it. Both interfaces are easy to use, and I love the fact that D2D sends you an email with a link to your published book on the individual retailer sites. So easy. However, I did also discover that the W-8 BEN form I was using was an old one and had to fill out a new one! I also had to put the book up at Smashwords, because they sell direct, and because there are retailers (if that’s the right word) that D2D don’t deal with (yet?), mainly libraries. So, I had to have 4 slightly different versions of the document, which meant I also had to learn how to use collections in Scrivener properly – I’d never bothered before with only 2 versions, and that caused more frustrating moments where I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. But it’s all done now. And I’ll be better prepared next time.

Classroom Novel

I spent a couple of days working out the first few chapters of this book and then I started writing. I’m already over 10K and am now at the stage where I will prepare the next’s days chapter summaries before I finish working the previous day, if you get what I mean. It’s going well so far.

Other Projects

I submitted all the short stories I needed to this week (I think it was 3). I still have a couple to go, one by the end of this month. No new short stories were written.

The research project I mentioned last week is going well, and I think I’ve changed my mind about what I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo. I’m going to start this novel (series). That gives me nearly a month to finish (or progress) my research and to plan the first book (and to finish the one I’m writing now).

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 190m
  • Tuesday: 183m
  • Wednesday: 202m
  • Thursday: 162m
  • Friday: 192m
  • Saturday: 217m
  • Sunday: 290m

Total hours: 23h 56m

Books Completed (this week)

Feyland: The Dark Realm (Future Tense Box Set) by Anthea Sharp
Eragon by Christopher Paulini
Tales from the Norse Legends (Audio) read by Benjamin Soames
Say Hello to My Little Friend by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (short story)

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