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Writing Time: Everlasting #80

by on Aug.05, 2014, under Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 205
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 19,945

There was no actual writing session today. Or yesterday. Why is that, do you ask? Because I’m done. I finished the first draft of Everlasting, my very first novel. As of Sunday I wrote something like two hundred and fifty words and realized that there was nothing else left to write. I could have extended the epilogue I was writing to fill in the five hundred and fifty words per day I was up to but it would have been superfluous and forced.

So to celebrate I didn’t write yesterday, save to do a little bit of design work on Video Board Game. I didn’t write today, save to write this blog post. I wish I could say no writing left a great hole in my schedule but it really didn’t. Using The Magic Spreadsheet, I was writing five hundred and fifty or more words a day, usually more, and on a good day I could knock that out in twenty minutes.

So yeah. Yay me! I’ve wanted to feel some serious elation over this but honestly the moment came and hen it was past. I’ve gotten congratulations from friends and family but for the most part it was just another thing. My writing friends understand and my friends who don’t write are still encouraging. Each writer is different and I’ve known those who have finished three or four rough drafts of novels in the time it has taken me to finish this one.  So I didn’t have a party thrown in my honor when I finished.

Which is fine. I have a hard time celebrating it because I’m well aware that it is in no state to be called anything but a first and very rough draft. I even know major changes I would already make. Should I take up Everlasting again, I’d be doing much more search and taking time with my world building knowing where my story is going through the world.

Taking a vacation from writing the last two days also means I’ve lost my chain in The Magic Spreadsheet. But honestly I don’t mind. It was a tool to get my novel finished. I’ll use it again when I start in on a new novel, which probably won’t be till NaNoWriMo this year. The intervening time, after a small vacation, will be dedicated to working on short stories, editing what I have of Free Writings and other short stories, doing more design and prototyping of Video Board Game, and maybe working more on my MTG organizer.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 263,276 (+54,758) [Days: 119] [Avg. Wpd: 461]

So it has been a long while since I updated. Honestly writing doesn’t lend itself to updates without being forced. I supposed I could use a Magic Spreadsheet style to force myself to update weekly? Maybe yet I will do that. Regardless if you read above you know I finished the first draft of Everlasting. It has been four years, ten months, and two days since I decided to write a novel. Not all that time was focused on Everlasting. In fact I didn’t finish the first NaNoWriMo that started the entire thing and even that NaNoWriMo only produced a partially completed world bible. So it’s really only fair to say it has been two years or so. Maybe two and a half? The last year, or rather the last two hundred and twenty days or so has been the real push, doing the daily writing, a majority of it going towards this novel with only a few days to short stories or just ramblings.

So Everlasting will be trunked. I doubt the world will be. After all there is still Werewolf Zombie Steampunk, the prequel novel that should also never likely see the day, and Monster Hunters, which might be set in the same universe, if not the immediately same time period. I also could see some other stories focus on just Captain and Steampunk Sky Pirates or something similar. And there’s always the chance I’ll want to re-write Everlasting. Actually, I do feel like I want to re-write it. I know I shouldn’t. I should feel elation and being able to put it down, but I do think I want to revisit Everlasting sometime soon. So perhaps we’ll see.

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Video Board Game

Since I didn’t do any serious writing, I found myself adding to my design document several times over the last few days on this. The design document has gotten rather unwieldly and I might be discarding it here soon. And by that I mean starting a new one and copying over good ideas. I’m still having difficulty figuring out how best to mange my brain storming of this game and get the ideas down. Google Docs is great for access but not very good when I want to convey visual ideas or move things around. I could start a scrivener project for better modularity of organization but that doesn’t help my visual problems much either.

I may resort to pencil and paper. I lose the ability to easily edit and organize but I gain near infinite visual capability, limited mostly by my drawing skills, which aren’t stellar but I play on improving that as well. I seem to remember the creators of Scrivener released a brain storming tool. This might be a time to try it out…

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Other Works

Weird Words – Random.

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #79

by on Apr.08, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 365
Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 89
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 3,908

Been a while. Sorry about that. As you can see I’ve added two new metrics. Consecutive Daily Writing Count (CDWC) is how many days consecutively I’ve written at least two hundred and fifty words. It’s related to the Magic Spread Sheet I talked about last post. Which brings me to Magic Spreadsheet Points (MSP), which is how many points I’ve earned from the sheet. Like I Should Be Writing, the game is real but the points don’t matter, but I felt like reporting them anyway.

Today’s writing session has been relatively easy. I’m actually at writing group today for the first time in a few weeks. Sadly being able to write every day has lessened the value of going to a place to write with people but I was still looking forward to it all day. It is also good to connect with people who share a similar hobby at least.

One thing that has fallen to the wayside with the writing every day and not attending writing group is the Weird Words column. I apologize for that. It will likely make a return at some point but not this or next week, quiet likely.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 208,518 (+10,278) [Days: 28] [Avg. Wpd.: 367.07]

The end is in sight and it is amazing, and sucky at the same time. I’m so close to finishing and I’m still seeing problems and plot holes as I write out my outline. I’m following the outline closely, only deviating a little. At this point I’m only writing down inspiration notes which I think would make really good ideas but this story will require a significant rewrite.

Same old same old, I know.

A few characters have died and I have a better idea of how airship docks work in my world now, at least. Dead people is progress right?

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Video Board Game

I’ve been discussing it with some friends and ruminating in my head. I may do some writing on this after this post, actually.

Other Works

Weird Words – Temporary unexpected Hiatus

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #78

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 329

I’ve been a little bad at these huh? Well the good news is I can make up for that by reporting some really awesome numbers. Okay that above word count might not look so awesome, but wait till you see below. Okay fine I’ll spoil it now. So in the last sixty-four days, I’ve written a grand total of nineteen thousand, two hundred and forty or so words on Everlasting. Which is an average of about three hundred and ten words per day. Three hundred is a key count because it is basically how much I’ve been writing every single day for the last sixty or so days.

To explain, a while back I heard about “The Magic Spreadsheet” on the writing podcast I Should Be Writing. It’s a spreadsheet that turns writing consecutively into a game by awarding points for writing. You get points for writing at least two hundred and fifty words. You also get points for writing every single day. The longer your streak, the more points you get. So while you can write in two thousand word bursts every few days, the real incentive is to write every single day. If you’d like to follow my count you can click here to go directly to the page I am in on a Google Docs sheet. I’m using the name Nojh.

So that has been working fabulously. Only having to aim for three hundred words a day (up from 250 because I “leveled up”) is significantly easier to pull off. As noted!

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 198,240 (+19,861) [64 {310.32}]

So the outline is done, which is probably how I’ve been managing to keep my word count going. There are days where I find holes in my outline that once again annoy me but I’m still going for the “no editing until finished” method. Because really, I need to trunk this thing. It has some neat ideas but it really is my first work. Right now characters are running around trying to move the plot along and I’ve lost most of the characterization. But we’ve hit the next major action scene that effects everyone, so I’m looking forward to that.

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

So last time I reported this was on hiatus. It may or may not be. I had some inspiration do to a design document so I wrote up some design ideas. So we’ll see how this goes.

Board Game formerly codenamed Platform now codenamed Video Board Game

Okay so that’s a long title. VBG is going to be its shortened name. I said I wouldn’t reveal details but I might yet still. If someone else can take my ideas and run with it, good on them. I’ve been doing off and on-design of this and I really need to just sit down and make a prototype of the basic idea. The basic idea is a system that can be easily themed to mimic or simulate old-school 2d video games, particularly platforms and “adventure” games. Think games like Megaman, Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Altered Beast, Metroid, and X-Men 2: Clone Wars. Except those are all other people’s intellectual property, so it’ll be art work and story that borrow heavily from these kinds of games, with (hopefully) mechanics that help you feel like you’re playing a twitchy platformer, while actually being a very tactical/strategic board game.

Lofty goals huh?

Other Works

Free Write - Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #77

by on Jan.07, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session(s)

Word Count: 258

Happy New Year! I did almost no writing over the holidays. Prior to the holidays I did some writing on a new design project, which I’ll talk about below. Today as the first normal writing session of the new year where I wasn’t on vacation. I’m going to be trying the two hundred and fifty words per day method of finishing Everlasting, although yesterday I opted for my words to count towards working on Weird Words and doing blog updates. Today I obviously reached the goal and I might write some more after this post is done.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 178,379 (+258)
Outline Word Count: 36,744 (+0)

Doing small updates is interesting. I finished off a scene I had previously written, which was a nice natural stopping point. Honestly writing 250 words is easy as long as I sit down to do it, which I guess is the point. The scene written was the beginning of the abbreviated romantic arc I have between two characters where they are having a disagreement. I, of course, am having second thoughts if the storyline will actually work, but inner editor can suck it! Huzzah!

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

New Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

So little to no work has been done on this, which is somewhat my fault. I think it’ll be on hiatus.

Unnamed Board Game codename Platform

New project. I was inspired by a kickstarter that I won’t reveal to design a board game. I’m not going to reveal many details about it for now but I will be working on it.

Other Works

Free Write - Hiatus.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #76

by on Dec.10, 2013, under Articles, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,045

Today’s writing session was pretty quick and easy. Not a lot to report. I got to a thousand words pretty quickly a the usual writing spot. I only took a few breaks while writing. I think that the break thing is a habit I’m going to try to break, but I do know that goes away more often when I have an exciting well thought out scene. Today’s scene wasn’t completely thought out to the level of detail I would like but I’ve gotten it mostly written.

I do think I am suffering a little from the “Am I good enough?” issues while writing. I’m seeing the scenes not coming out the way I like. I know such things can be fixed during editing but looking at the dialog and realizing the character isn’t saying the words I want them to say in the manner by which they would say them makes it hard not to sit down and edit. So I guess this is also an inner editor problem, although not really a problem as I’m not editing, but more of a discouragement since I’m not letting myself edit. Hmm.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 178,121 (+2,010)
Outline Word Count: 36,744 (+8)

So apart of the editing process for this novel will be coming up with better science/magic. I have a society of steampunk technology and another of mystical capability, and neither have a full understanding of genetics, viruses, and sub-atomic particles. Developing the language they use to discuss certain topics rationally I think will be a big part of making certain “mad science” scenes work in this novel, but I didn’t do enough research or pre-planning for that. So it is something to take note.

 

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Writing Time: Everlasting #75

by on Dec.05, 2013, under Articles, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,057

Funny how a thousand words seems small after getting off of NaNoWriMo. I did a normal writing session this evening. Skipped last Tuesday to do more blog work. I almost skipped this evening to work on a character for a roleplaying game. I’ve been writing a lot of background for that character so I figured it might have counted, but I decided I didn’t need much time off after this NaNo. Just a reduction in actual word count required.

 

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 176,111 (+947)
Outline Word Count: 36,736 (+82)

Only one scene written today, but it inspired another scene due to modifications, which I partially added to the outline. Woo! It was the first scene with new-old character. That is a character that will be written into the past scenes at some point because, well, I was really bad about outlining Lee’s side of the story, despite him ostensibly being the main character.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #74, NaNoWrimo #14 (Win!)

by on Nov.29, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 3,938

And done! … I’d drop the mic but my friend CinsAngel already did that on twitter, so I figured it’d be a little anti-climatic.

So my winning NaNoWriMo 2013 writing session was done at my usual spot, a restaurant/bakery. I did breakfast with my girlfriend who then lovingly left me alone so I could finishing writing. This session was neither hard nor a breeze. I did have to fight a little here and there to not be lazy and just read webcomics, but I did take an extended break at a thousand words and somewhere around three thousand words. Knowing that I was close to finishing was really motivating, unsurprisingly.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +3938
Daily Average: +1,969

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 50,410
Remaining: -410

I have now won NaNoWriMo four years in a row! I don’t really feel like tooting my own horn, except that I kind of do. I didn’t have the usual motivators this year that I normally did. The idea of keeping this consecutive chain of NaNo wins going was definitely a motivator this year. Honestly I’m rather proud. I don’t know anyone who has done NaNo and won four years in a row. I’m 4 and 1.5 so far. I say 1.5 because I failed my first year, and I failed this past summer, in which I set a 25k goal. I failed this past summer due to lack of a motivating group, or so I thought at the time. (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: Everlasting #73, NaNoWriMo 2013 #13

by on Nov.27, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 2,402

Today’s session was solo at Fuddruckers. I find it an okay place to write, as long as it is not too crowded. There is loud music and general conversation which makes for good white noise, as long as you avoid looking at the televisions. I don’t get my highest word counts while here, and the food is terribly expensive, but it makes for a pleasant break from. A little over two hours got me two thousand four hundred words so I might use it again in the future.

I have to admit, however, almost give up early in this writing session. It took me thirty minutes to write three hundred words and that felt so paltry

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +2,402
Daily Average: +2,402

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 46,473
Remaining: 3,527

Okay. With three and a half thousand left over, I’m going to need to write, at least a little tomorrow. I haven’t been able to devote a day to writing to finish this off, so I’m just going to have to go a little bit at time route. My goal is to finish Friday, so that baring something horrible happening, I’ll have Saturday to catch up. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll find a super burst of speed and just finish it off?

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 172,188 (+2,391)
Outline Word Count: 36,654 (+2)

Lots of made up material today. My outline for my first scene with Lee was terribly vague and not very useful. I turned it into an introspective scene and expanded it. As it was it was barely going to break five hundred words. Now it is well over a thousand. Not sure if it’ll make an editing cut however. Then again most of this novel won’t make the editing cut. That’s fine though. I’m getting my thoughts down. Huzzah!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #72, NaNoWriMo 2013 #12

by on Nov.26, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 2,007 (2)

Normal Tuesday writing session except I forced myself a little long to write out two thousand words. Got most of it done before the writing group showed up, and the rest of it afterwards. Overall a good writing session.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +2,007
Daily Average: +1,003

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 44,071
Remaining: 5,929

So I was bad and didn’t write yesterday, letting my lead slip a little bit. Now I’m a little less than six thousand away from finishing NaNoWriMo, but Everlasting is probably still another ten thousand or more words away from finishing. That doesn’t matter because I’ll be finished NaNoWriMo either tomorrow evening, or likely on Friday/Saturday, depending on how crazy I get with holiday stuff.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 169,797 (+2,006)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+0)

Wow. Less than three under words away from one hundred and seventy thousand words. I can’t believe I’ve written so much. Today’s section was all one scene and a good chunk of it was description, which I’m not sure will stay, but I like what I came up with as I wrote it.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #71, NaNoWriMo 2013 #11

by on Nov.24, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,815

Just a quick little writing session today to get my word count. I might write again later this afternoon. We’ll see. It went more or less smoothly but perhaps took a little too long for my tastes. I never really found the flow.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +1,815
Daily Average: +1,815

Prime Delta: +2,064
Word Count: 42,064
Remaining: 7,936

I like being this far ahead and want to stay that way. However today I won’t be racing to the finish line, and I’m not sure I’ll find time to write tomorrow, so it looks like I’ll be doing the normal NaNoWriMo scheme of finishing on the last day.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 167,791 (+1,821)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+4)

Two scenes finished. One expanded greatly which I like, and the other didn’t come off nearly as well as I would have liked. That’s alright. I can fix it in post, I mean editing.

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