Author’s Log: All The Things, and More (#ROW80, #amwriting)

Weekly Stats (Sun-Sat):

Words Drafted: 10,578
Best Word Count: 4,698
Words/Day Avg to Meet Goal:
0
Favorite Scribbling: “Here, Mericet,” Ana said quietly. “Here stands your Truth. It is time you faced it.”

So, that was January. Hoo-da-lally, what a week y’all! *collapses*

Our dishwaster doe-see-doe FINALLY got sorted to our satisfaction, thank the Elder Gods.

But, more importantly, I hit my goals for the month AT LAST. Woo-hoo!!

*runs laps*

*trips*

*faceplants*

Let’s take a look to see what that means:

JANUARY IN REVIEW

1. Draft 30K (SEARCHER): 91,916/90,000 = 102% Done!

QUEST COMPLETED.

I was able to (mostly) maintain a little over 1500/day words in the last part of the month. I got a slow start after my holiday break, which only goes to prove that creative muscles are just that–muscles. Once you start using them with any sort of discipline, it’s a little difficult to stop. I kinda had a past-midnight drafting day of over 4,500 words, and managed to wrap up the rough draft a few days ahead of time.

2. Query THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER.

QUEST COMPLETED.

This weekend I submitted my first query packet. Go-go Gadget Query! *bites fingernails*

3. Create Waking Muse Box Set.

QUEST COMPLETED.

All three novellas are now in a combined Scrivener file with updated links. I went ahead and created a “Collection” for each book, which makes it easier to format and compile with either individual books or the entire collection. As soon as I get the cover art together I’ll (hopefully) have something to upload for Valentine’s Day.

ALSO:

I read at night in bed, so I started on Miss Phryne’s Murder Mysteries, upon which the show is based. I have mixed feelings about the books. They are funny, fun, and imminently fashionable. They are also fast-paced, and if you’re not familiar with 1920s slang or Brit/Aussie-isms you might find yourself momentarily lost. Sadly, the Phryne-Jack dynamic and murdered-sister story arc from the show seems to be a product of the show’s writers. But for all that, I’m enjoying the books immensely.

ALSO ALSO:

Just in time to stop me re-watching Phryne, Season 2 of The Paradise posted to Netflix. So I have been devouring that like the aforementioned Elder Gods do little fleeing tidbits sporting tiny fezzes. I confess to being completely compelled with the love story between Denise and John Moray. These two dreamers feed off one another’s chemistry in a way that completely draws in the viewer, and I am enchanted. Even at their worst, they’re at their best. I appreciate that all the drama comes from the story and its characters, without once seeming contrived.

Time to look ahead to February!

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1. Draft 30K Per Month:

I’ve got two projects to forge ahead on between now and the end of February–Keepers: Origins 3 (10K words) and Blood & Steam 1 (27K). If I manage to keep up my current pace,  I just might make it.

Since I’m ahead by a couple of days, I’ve already started in on Keepers: Origins 3. I hope to have a working rough draft by Feb 14 at the latest, but preferably sooner so I’m not drafting two projects at the same time.

2. Plan Power of Three #1:

Also known as THIRTEEN WITCHES, this is will be a new, three-book novella series of the paranormal fantasy bent. Each book will star one of three witch sisters. I’ll begin drafting the first book in March, for submission to my publisher at the end of July.

3. Complete and Release Waking Muse Box Set

I need to complete cover art and jacket copy, and fine tune the formatting for Amazon. In April, once my KDP Select period is through on the individual titles, I’ll widely distribute everything.

Bonus Goal:

Read and review at least one Indie Published book/month, to show support for my fellow indies. What readers may or may not be aware of is that reviews not only help authors find readers and gain visibility in a chaotic landscape, but also allows them to garner paid advertising opportunities. For indie authors, honest review = money. This means when you’re self-employeed as an indie author, reviews are utterly essential. Not to make millions in your spare time, but to put food on the table and a roof over your head.

This month, I’ve got Garrett Robinson’s books Nightblade and Mystic on my nightstand.

But now, I rest.

*passes out*

*waves vaguely*

Discuss amongst yourselves: Do you find creative muscles getting more agile with regular exercise, or do you experience burnout without regular periods of rest and refilling the well?

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Author’s Log: All The Things, and More (#ROW80, #amwriting)

  1. Nicole says:

    For me it’s all about the routine. If I can get a routine going, my creative muscles (fun term) usually manage to stretch and keep up. But if that routine lapses? Then I’m in trouble.

    I love the “quest completed” notation for the goals you accomplished. Makes it seem more fun and less work. 🙂

    1. catemorgan says:

      I’m exactly the same way, Nicole. Once I get going, I get obessessed with keeping going. As soon as I take more than a brief break. I’m toast.

      That’s one reason for the “Quest Completed”, I think. I’m an inveterate gamer, so I associate finishing tasks and goals with a reward system–which is what keeps me going.

  2. bluebethley says:

    Not quite a gamer, but I’m right there at the beginner level (think Farmville and Plants & Zombies) which are perhaps not quite the successful, I-deserve-a-reward, quest-oriented games. When I finish a major writing project, I seem to fall right into a lull. But within a month or two, another story beckons, and I’m neck-deep in research (historical fiction). When my creative energy falters, I find myself writing poetry and drawing. I really admire the energy and productivity shown here. Inspirational!

    1. catemorgan says:

      There’s little that beats the high of finishing a writing project–until that New Shiny comes along! I could get lost in research for months at a time if I let myself, which is I have to be so hard on myself on maintaining word count goals. Mercy, I do love finding out Stuff. (Which, of course, means I j’adore historical fiction!)

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