10/04/2017 – 16/04/207

Hi, all.

This week I finished the paper edit of Malice and Madness and typed it up. I managed to add a further 3.5K words doing this, and there are still more edits to go. This is now resting as I start the paper edit of the fourth book in The Midgard Born Series.  I have done one day of this edit, and as it’s now a holiday weekend, I won’t be doing any more until Monday at the earliest, but more likely to be Tuesday.

Also, I decided to take all the Random short story books out of KDP Select and to take them wide to all retailers. This will happen gradually over May and June. At the moment, Random is on sale in the UK and US for £$0.99. The last day of the sale is Tuesday.

I finished reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I have another 4 books on the go at the moment (one a non-fiction). I hope to finish a couple of them next week.

That’s all for this week. See you next week.

03/04/2017 – 09/04/2017

First week back and I forget to write the post on the Sunday. Argh!

Anyway, what have I done this past week? Well, I continued with an on-screen edit of the fourth book in the Midgard Born Series, which I finished. It’s all printed out ready to do a hard copy edit. However, before that, I need to finish the hard copy edit of my second Hunter Vampire Chronicles short story. This is already half done. When I’ve done that I’ll type up the changes and get back to the other book. It’s a juggling game, as always.

Today, which isn’t really last week, but hey, this is my blog, was the launch of Metally Fatigued, the first of the short stories in The Hunter Vampire Chronicles. It’s Amazon exclusive, and in Kindle Unlimited, if you want to go and check it out.

Metally Fatigued Cover

Reading has been going better this week, but I haven’t finished another book yet. I hope to do that today, or tomorrow.

Hope to see you next week.

Progress Report: 14/03/2016 – 20/03/2016

Welcome to week twelve.

Yay! The days are now going to be longer than the nights. Can’t wait until the clocks change. It’ll feel like summer. Except for the temperature, of course. Can someone do something about that, please?

Rag & Bones Final

This is basically done now, apart from the covers. Hopefully, I’ll get time to do that this week, but as it’s a short week, with Easter coming up, it might not get done.

Norse Novels

I’ve done a little more planning for book two, but not much. I will be starting on another edit of book one this week. I’ve also been playing around with formatting for the print book. I’ve downloaded a couple of fonts, free ones, for commercial use, which I’ve never done before. I was surprised at how easy it was to install them. I don’t know what I expected, but something far more complicated than clicking an install button and then having it in all my applications. Wish I’d done it before. You live and learn!

Other Projects

The non-fiction book has progressed and is now at first-draft stage. I hope to do more on it in the coming week, but am not going to force it if there’s no time.

I’ve also written 3 short stories and have written notes for another. Two are for anthology calls. One was prompted by a picture I saw. Another was a silly thing revolving around a conversation on Instagram. I’m really liking Instagram by the way. I hope that continues.

Anyway, neither of the anthology calls are really urgent, so that’s okay. The other unplanned story needs a home. I was hoping to find an anthology for it, but nothing yet. If I can’t find anything in a couple of weeks, there is something else I might try.

Reading

Monday: 117 m
Tuesday: 149 m
Wednesday: 66 m
Thursday: –
Friday: 66 m
Saturday: 48 m
Sunday: 181 m

Total: 10 h  27 m

Books Completed

Didi and the Gunslinger by Patti Larsen
Ecstasy (Debt Collector) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Broken (Debt Collector) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Progress Report: 29/02/2016 – 06/03/2016

Welcome to week ten.

So, we’re officially into spring and Easter is only three weeks away. It’ll soon be light in the mornings when I get up, and then it’ll be dark again as the clocks change. Good and bad all rolled into one.

This coming week is also a family birthday week, so my work will be curtailed somewhat at the weekend.

Norse Novels

I did do some work on plotting book two, but not much. I will continue that this coming week. I had intended to start a read through of book one on my Kindle, but I decided against that (see below).

R&B Final

I finished the edit on this book and reached my 50K goal for wordcount. I decided I would do a Kindle read through of this book instead of the Norse Novel, because I want to get this one out of the way. I will continue with the read through this week, and if there’s time, I’ll do (start) a read out loud. I also ought to start looking for a picture for the cover.

Other Projects

I did do a little work on the non-fiction book, but not much. I don’t know how much time I’ll have for this over the coming week, but I’ll try to do some.

Reading

Monday: 135 m
Tuesday: 94 m
Wednesday: 59 m
Thursday: 117 m
Friday: 164 m
Saturday: 192 m
Sunday: 211 m

Total: 16 h  12 m

Books Completed

Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva
Agony by Susan Kaye Quinn
Summer Storm by Elizabeth Baxter
Paradox by Kelly Carrero

Progress Report: 22/02/2016 – 28/02/2016

Welcome to week nine.

So, a Leap Year. Doesn’t it really annoy you when all these reporters keep asking people what they’re going to do with the extra day? It’s a Monday. It’s not a holiday. It’s another day of work. The only people who benefit from it are the companies who get the extra labour (and I suppose people who work on hourly rates get more pay). Stop asking. Grrr. Rant over.

Back to business.

Norse Novel(s)

So, I finished the edit of Norse Novel 1, which is resting again now. I’ve also started plotting book 2. I’m not all that far through (or it may be that my notes are just scant and there’s lots of filling in to do). I’ve introduced a dreki into the mix – go and look it up. Yes, Norse mythology does include them! They’re generally bad, as in monsters, so this one’s going to be hindering my two protagonists. Yay! Oh, all right. Don’t look it up. Dreki is the Old Norse word for a dragon. Yay! This week I’ll continue the plotting and hopefully get somewhere near the end so that I can start writing it soon. I may start a read through of book 1 on my Kindle if I have time.

R&B Final

I’m about half of the way through the edit of this. It’s going well, but the wordcount hasn’t increased much. I reckon it’s going to come in at about 50K. Less than I’d hoped for, but a story is the length it needs to be. I’ll continue with this in the coming week. I hope to finish it by Wednesday/Thursday.

Other Projects

I also need to start thinking about the third book in my non-fiction series. Eek. Too much to do!

I think I’m beginning to get the hang of Instagram and the type of posts people like/don’t like. I’m also going to start cross-posting to tumblr. I haven’t really used my tumblr account up until now, and they tried to take my username back this week (well, they asked if I still wanted it, and I confirmed that I did), so I need to do something with it. I don’t  have time to create stuff for both. If I can get the auto-post to work on Instapic, even better (no dice, so far).

Reading

Monday: 124 m
Tuesday: 168 m
Wednesday: 170 m
Thursday: 78 m
Friday: 121 m
Saturday: 169 m
Sunday: 142 m

Total: 16 h  12 m

Books Completed

Fireseed One by Catherine Stine
The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky by J Naomi Ay
Delirium by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Mage’s Grave by Timothy L Cerepaka

Progress Report: 18/01/2016 – 23/01/2016

Welcome to week four.

This week hasn’t been quite as productive as I’d hoped, mainly because for the whole middle of the week I had a stomach upset (the less said about that, the better), and although I did write, my wordcount is down on what I’d hoped. Never mind, that’s life.

Rag & Bones Final

So, I haven’t yet got to the end of the story first time round. I’m nearly there, but not quite and the wordcount stands at 32,725. I’ve probably got one, maybe two more days of rough draft writing before I go through and add in all the bits I’ve missed out. There are more scenes now than I’d planned, but that was to be expected, and a couple of things have been resolved in ways I didn’t foresee, but if you know everything when you start out, where’s the fun?

Other Projects

So, it was mainly the admin that suffered this week. Partly, because of the above stomach upset, and partly, because it was very cold and working in my office (back bedroom), wasn’t an option. Without my desk, admin is virtually impossible.

I’ve also written a 600 word story for submission to an anthology. I expect I’ll send it off this week.

Reading

Mon: 107  m
Tue: 216 m
Wed: 59 m
Thu: 37 m
Fri: 44 m
Sat:  108 m
Sun:  320 m

Total hours: 14 h  51 m

Books Completed

Discern (Katon University 1) by Andrea Pearson
What a Girl Wants by Kate Perry
Hidden by Megg Jensen

 

Progress Report: 04/01/2016 – 10/01/2016

Welcome to week two.

And back to the grindstone. No, really, it isn’t a grindstone, but it is a routine, and I now feel that I’m fully back into it. This is good.

Non-Fiction Project

As hoped, the first of my non-fiction books is finished and out the door. It did take a little more time than I expected, which impacted on some other stuff I was intending to do, but I have a plan for that!

Rag & Bones – The Final Book

This book is now plotted out, probably more than any book I’ve written, so far. Basically, it has to be, as there are so many plot threads from other books that need to be pulled together. And, as a number of characters are going to die, getting the deaths in the right place needed to be sorted beforehand. So, it’s all ready to start on this coming week. If I can have 15-20K done by the time I do my next report, I’ll be happy.

Other Projects

So, the thing I didn’t get done was the paperwork. Instead of working on two books at once, I’m going to do my R&B wordcount for the day and then I’m going to try to catch up on the paperwork later in the day. Hopefully, by the weekend, I’ll be finished (or, at least, up to date).

I did write a very short story, for a competition, and submitted it on the same day (today, Sunday).

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

I finished my first book of the year! Yay!

  • Monday: 67 m
  • Tuesday: 98 m
  • Wednesday: 134 m
  • Thursday: 172 m
  • Friday: 25 m
  • Saturday: 74 m
  • Sunday: 59m

Total hours:  10 hr 29 m

Books Completed (this week)

Diplomats & Fugitives by Lindsay Buroker

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Join me next Monday for another round-up of progress and if you’re also challenging yourself to list your achievements each week, let me know in the comments.