06/08/2018 – 12/08/2018

Hi, everyone.

So, I didn’t do quite what I’d planned last week. Only sorta. 🙂

I did do a rough transfer of the text of Forest 4 into eBook format, which allowed me to do a read through on my Kindle and a couple of read alouds on Kindle and ePub versions. I also made final versions of the graphics and transferred them into the paperback format. The page endings are also sorted, unless I change anything. That book is now going to sit until after I’ve finalised book three.

I also did a single read aloud of Hunter Vampire 6, but I didn’t transfer it into paperback format. I decided it needed a few more read throughs until I’m entirely happy with it. So, that will also sit now until Forest three is completed.

Now, you know what I’m going to say about the coming week, don’t you? Yes, it’s finalisation time for Forest 3. That means a number of read throughs and read alouds, just to make absolutely sure I haven’t missed anything. Then, I’ll leave it till the end of the month to upload to other eBook sites.

I still haven’t done any more work on that short story. I do need to progress it further. Next week, maybe.

Last week, I completed the following books:

  • The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr (audio)
  • River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

I’m on a mission to finish a number of books I’ve been part way through for a while. I hope to complete those this coming week.

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30/07/2018 – 05/08/2018

Hi, everyone.

So, what did I do last week? Well, I did a read aloud of both Forest 4 and Hunter Vampire 6. That was quite a lot of talking to myself. 🙂 Then, I didn’t work on the short story that I’d mentioned, but worked on a different short story entirely. This one is a Forest short story that I don’t think I said anything about last week. Anyway, I completed it and it is now up on Amazon. I’ve put it into Kindle Unlimited, so it won’t be uploaded to other retailers, but if you feel so inclined as to read it, this is it.

Cover image for The Goblin and a Lucky Adventure by Juliet Boyd

Anyway, in the coming week, I’m going to transfer the text of Forest 4 into eBook format and Hunter Vampire 6 into paperback format. Does that sound weird, as in it’s the opposite way around? That’s because I consider the paperback format to be the most important for the Forest books, so I type straight into Word, but the eBook format is more important for the Hunter Vampire series, because the paperbacks are only compilations of three of the eBooks. Simples.

Once I’ve done that, it’ll be back to editing. Probably read alouds via my Kindle of Forest 4, to start. Yes, I know I’ve still got that other short story to write. I might do some on that. Not sure.

Last week, I finished the following books:

  • The Chronothon by Nathan van Coops
  • Stonebird by Mike Revell (audio)
  • Felix Frost Time Detective: Ghost Plane by Eleanor Hawken (audio)

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

 

The End of the Year Post 2015

Okay, so I’m not really here publishing this on the stroke of midnight on new Year’s Eve. No, really, I’m not. I’m probably having a drink to bring in the New Year and watching the Jools Holland Hootenanny on the TV.

So, Happy New Year to everyone who reads this blog.

Goodbye 2015

This past year, for the most part, has been productive. I published:

  • 3 books in the Rag & Bones series
  • The Survival Project Duology (and boxset on Amazon only, so far)
  • Glamoured
  • A couple of Rag & Bones Shorts

It’s slightly less than I wanted to publish. I wanted to get the classroom novel out and to get some of the non-fiction I was working on a few months ago out as well. Unfortunately, the disruption to my life at the end of the year made this impossible. I still think it was a good amount of work to get out, but no one is ever entirely satisfied with what they’ve done.

I also wrote the first book in another series during NaNoWriMo. Obviously, there’s still quite a lot of work to do on that, and as it’s part of a series, I want to have written at least one more book before I publish it.

On the reading front, I read a lot of books and short stories. I’m not going to count them up here, but you can have a look at the 2015 page if you want to see what I read. I didn’t enjoy all the books, but I finished them all. I think, when you’re a writer, you need to read things that aren’t in your genre, or your ‘bag’ so that you know what’s out there, and to learn from what other people are doing. There were one or two books I gave up on, but those are not on the list. One book even inspired me to write my NaNo novel, so that was good.

Hello 2016

So, what’s planned for 2016?

  • First up, to get the classroom novel out. That I want to do by the end of January, latest.
  • Second, I want to write the first draft of the last book in the Rag & Bones series by end January, as well.
  • Third, I need to edit book one in the NaNo series and write book two. If I aim to write the draft of book two by end of February, but not be too strict on it, I think that’s a good target. Obviously, after that’s done I’ll need to write book three and to think about publishing them. No date for that. It’s too far out.
  • And then, there’s the non-fiction. Some of it is pretty close to publishing standard, some still has to be written as first draft. I think I’ll publish the books in stages, as I missed the Christmas sales period. Perhaps, one a month, January through April. That might be a little ambitious, but I’ll try.

Anything later in the year is up for grabs. Even so, that’s already eight books I’ve committed to publishing.

As far as the reading goes, well, I’ve still got quite a lot to catch up on stored on my Kindle, including the 10 books Kobo gave away for completing NaNo. I managed to transfer those onto my library app, so I don’t have to read them on my laptop, which is good.

Other projects? Who knows. I think I might do some more boxsets as the year progresses, just to be able to keep publishing things through less productive months. I think Glamoured and the classroom novel (I must decide on a final title for that soon) would go well together, and I’ve been thinking of putting all the Rag & Bones shorts together for a while. If I finish the final Rag & Bones novel, I can also make a big boxset for that, but maybe not publish on Amazon, so I can charge a realistic price for it.

And that’s about it.

Once again, have a great New Year, and keep reading and writing.