Tag: Everlasting

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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Writing Time: Everlasting #70, NaNoWriMo 2013 #10

by on Nov.23, 2013, under NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 7,940 (4)

Okay! Today was a catch up day. I wrote a little bit on Wednesday, but I didn’t record it, and I didn’t write at all yesterday. So today’s writing session was a sit down and catch up, which I did and apparently then some. I had forgotten about my words on Wednesday so I over-wrote the word count by a little bit, but that is okay because, wow, I’m only nine thousand seven hundred and fifty-one words away from finishing NaNoWriMo this year!

Writing felt really slow today for some reason. It took me five hours to write six thousand words, which was very slow compared to last Sunday. But still I pushed my way through. I’m looking to see about writing tomorrow with the intent of finishing up NaNoWriMo at the very least. We’ll see if that happens.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 4
Delta: +7,940
Daily Average: +1,985

Prime Delta: +1,916
Word Count: 40,249
Remaining: 9,751

That is a very nice prime delta. I’m rather happy with that, even though I’m planning on writing tomorrow, it means I could skip tomorrow, but I’m not going to. Now that I’m within ten thousand words, it feels like I could knock this out really quickly as of tomorrow, which I really feel like doing because I’m kinda tired of NaNo taking up my time. Not offense, NaNo.

Buddy Watch

CinsAngel has taken the lead! You think 40,249 is nice? Try 42k+! Very impressive. chimera116, and Sithwitch13 are both still a few thousand words behind but I’m sure they’re just not updating their NaNo counts, rather like how I seem to be doing so every few days. I’m happy to report Mur Lafferty is still in the race, slowly adding words. As a professional author, blogger, and mother, I’ve no doubt every word written is a trophy in and of itself.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 165,970 (+7,940)
Outline Word Count: 36,648 (-14) 

These last few scenes have been dull and even I know it. I had to fight the urge to re-write them but I did, because they’re obviously going to be scenes that get totally thrown out, but that meant I could have some fun in writing them. I explored Tigh’s character a little more, and expand Toppa as well. Carlos and Marla seemed to be the main movers and shakers of the plot at the moment which is fine, but I still feel a little unrealistic how Marla is pushing everything about, so I’ll ned to rethink that later. Overall I’m still happy with how quickly the writing is going with the outline, even if each scene is coming out sever so slightly different from the outline.

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