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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Progress Report: 28/12/2015 – 03/01/2016

Welcome to week ONE!

Okay, so it’s only, technically, half a week for this year, but that cannot be helped. I hope everyone had a good New Year celebration and that you’re not still hungover. You are? Ah, well, this post will just be a blur of words, then.

In a Realm of Memories

Formerly known as The Classroom Novel.

I actually managed more work than I expected in the week between Christmas and New Year, but it was all on this project. No prep work was done for anything else. Because of that, the eBook was published on 31 December and I’ve just pressed publish on the paperback (just before 9.00 am on Sunday). Yes, I do get up early on Sundays. I get up early every day when I’m at home. Anyway, I’m pleased that this one is now out the door. All the links are over at my website if you’re interested in taking a look.

Other Projects

For the rest of today, I’m just going to be catching up on admin and tidying up my desk, which is in a bit of a state after the disruption of the last three months. I won’t get it all done, but it’ll be a start.

Next Week’s Work

I’ve decided that next week is going to be when I get the first of my pen name non-fiction books out. That will be my main project. It’s basically written, but just needs tweaking. When I first drafted this one, I hadn’t worked out the formatting in Scrivener, so I need to sort that as well.

The sub-project will be planning out R&B 8, so that I can start writing it the following week (or next week if I finish the non-fiction project quickly).

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

I really need to get back into my reading. As I’m writing this, I intend to do some later today, but the rest of the week has been a washout. I find it very difficult to read when I’m at someone else’s house, because it’s not my usual quiet environment. I’ll update this post in the morning if I do.

  • Monday: 0m
  • Tuesday: 0m
  • Wednesday: 0m
  • Thursday: 0m
  • Friday: 0m
  • Saturday: 0m
  • Sunday: 132m

Total hours: 2 hr 12m

Books Completed (this week)

 

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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.

 

Progress Report: 21/12/2015 – 27/12/2015

Welcome to week fifty-two.

Christmas is over. Hope you had a good one. This is going to be a very short post, because of time and lack of work!

Classroom Novel

I finished the read out loud on this book, I purchased the picture for the cover and I put the text into a paperback document. However, there’s still a lot of formatting to do for the paperback. I hope to get that done this coming week, as well as the cover. I doubt that it’ll be published by the end of 2015, but it may be scheduled for first week of January 2016.

Other Projects

Nothing this week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 65m
  • Tuesday: 0m
  • Wednesday: 0m
  • Thursday: 0m
  • Friday: 0m
  • Saturday: 0m
  • Sunday: 0m

Total hours: 65m

Books Completed (this week)

 

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Progress Report: 14/12/2015 – 20/12/2015

Welcome to week fifty-one.

Eek! Christmas is even closer.

Well, let’s start with a Merry Christmas, because by the time the next post is posted, it’ll be gone and we’ll all be thinking about New Year. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays, whatever you’re doing.

It’s been strange being at home with no need to go out in the afternoons to the hospital. It was also quite difficult to get going at the beginning of the week, but fine by about Tuesday. Unfortunately, with Chrismas coming up, I’m going to get out of my normal habits again. Oh, well. Can’t be helped.

Classroom Novel

I finished the edit and completed the Kindle read-through, as I’d intended. The wordcount is now just over 55K. This week, I’ll do a read-outloud on the Kindle, and, if I have time (which is unlikely until the weekend), I’ll put it into paperback format.

Other Projects

I’ve finally updated my website with all the links for Traitor and Glamoured and I’ve created a new style newletter with Microsoft Sway. It may be the only one I do with that software, it was just an experiment, but we’ll see. There won’t be time for other projects this coming week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 102m
  • Tuesday: 158m
  • Wednesday: 55m
  • Thursday: 107m
  • Friday: 152m
  • Saturday: 156m
  • Sunday: 212m

Total hours: 15h 42m

Books Completed (this week)

Runes by Edhah Walters
Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

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Progress Report: 07/12/2015 – 13/12/2015

Welcome to week fifty.

Eek! Christmas is nearly here.

Okay, so I’m back home as of yesterday. In case you hadn’t realised I wasn’t at home, let me tell you a story. About eight weeks ago, a close relative went into hospital. That was the beginning of the disruption to my writing. They were there for six weeks, with me visiting most afternoons. When they came out of hospital, I went to stay with them for two weeks to make sure they were okay. That two weeks ended yesterday and I came home. During that time I have tried to write and read, but as you know from the previous weekly reports, my productivity has gone down drastically (apart from NaNo – I was determined to finish that). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to some semblance of normality now — until Christmas comes, of course.

Christmas! Eek!

Classroom Novel

I did want to finish a full edit of this book by the end of the week, but I’m not there yet. I reckon I’m about two-thirds of the way through. I will finish the edit this week and I hope to also do a Kindle read-through, if I can get back into the flow of things. I’d really like to have this book published by the New Year, but that’s probably pushing it at this stage.

Other Projects

Nothing to report.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

Yay! I managed to do some reading this week.

  • Monday: 80m
  • Tuesday: 130m
  • Wednesday: 55m
  • Thursday: 10m
  • Friday: 13m
  • Saturday: 62m
  • Sunday: 113m

Total hours: 7h 43m

Books Completed (this week)

Marked: Soul Guardians by Kim Richardson

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Progress Report: 30/11/2015 – 06/12/2015

Welcome to week forty-nine.

Okay, so nobody noticed that the last three posts had the same dates at the top? I got really confused when I came to write this one! All sorted now.

Classroom Novel

This week has been a complete washout as I expected. I managed to get about one hour of editing done on this novel today (Sunday), but now I have space to work and my temporary desk set up, so I should get more done in this coming week. I am going to set myself a goal of completing an edit of this novel, but I won’t chastise myself if I don’t.

Other Projects

Nothing to report.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

Another week where I’ve done virtually no reading. I know this is not good, but I will try to do more this week, even if it’s only the read out loud on my kindle.

  • Monday: 65m
  • Tuesday: 0m
  • Wednesday: 0m
  • Thursday: 0m
  • Friday: 0m
  • Saturday: 0m
  • Sunday: 0m

Total hours: 1h 5m

Books Completed (this week)

 

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