Scrivener counted 50,074 words, but my official NaNoWriMo word count is 50,056.  The difference doesn’t matter though, because I won baby!  Aw yeah!


Here’s a screen grab from my stats page on the NaNoWriMo site.

You can see a couple weeks ago where my professional setback also set back my writing.  At one point I was over 10,000 words behind the nominal word count.  It would have been tempting at that point to say screw it and quit.  But where’s the fun in that?  Over the last week and a half, I’ve really been able to crank it hard, including my single largest word count day to date (last Friday at 5,576 words).  End result – a WIN, baby.  Woohoo!

Now, Glimmer Vale is not done.  Not completely.  I still have about 1,000 to 2,000 words of the final battle to write and a few thousand words in the middle. I wager it’ll end up at around 60,000 words total.  Not quite as short as I thought it would be, but still a nice quick, and (dare I say it?) fun read.  I expect I’ll have it, and the first Pericles Conspiracy novella, done before the end of the year.  That, and another Writers of the Future submission.

It’s going to be a fun Christmas holiday.

#NaNoWriMo – 4 Days And Counting…

It’s time for an update!  Because that’s how I roll.  🙂

I did not rock quite as hard yesterday as I did on Friday, or as I wanted to.  I got just under 2,000 words written.  So far today I have 1,548 words down, for a total of 40,091 words.  Pretty good.  But not good enough.  Just under 10,000 words to go, and 3 and a half days to do it.

Can it be done?  Oh hell yeah.  And I’m going to do it, too.  At this point, I’m close enough to making it that I’ll be SERIOUSLY pissed at myself if I don’t go the distance.  Besides, Glimmer Vale has become quite interesting (I think).  It’ll be fun to see how it works out.  I’ve got the last chapter written already, as well as the first 20 or so.  I have jumped around in the past (I did it with Masters quite a bit).  In this case, I know exactly how I want it to finish.  The trick will be getting the rest of the action to match up with the desired end goal.  Fun, fun.

As if that weren’t enough motivation, fellow writer Kevin McLaughlin provided even more motivation in his blog today.  He’s going to totally crank out words Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  If he can crank out 42,000 words in three days, I can surely crank out 9,000 in 3.5.  So here’s wishing Kevin good luck and easy-flowing words.

I’ll get back to Glimmer Vale now.

Rock The House

I totally rocked my writing goal yesterday.

I wanted 5,000 words.  I got 5,579.  As Lightning McQueen says, Ka-CHOW!  That brings me up to 36,586 words this month toward Glimmer Vale for #NaNoWriMo.  That makes yesterday my best writing day ever, and ditto for this month.  Even in July, with my 30,000 word challenge, I didn’t end up with much more than 30,000 words total.  At this point, almost no matter what, I’ll end up with over 40,000 words.  And the 50,000 word NaNo goal is back in the totally doable box.  According to Scrivener and the NaNo website, I just need 2,682 words per day from here on out and I’ll make it.

Now, I intend to do more than that today and tomorrow.  My goal for today: get to 41,000 words.  Today’s target per the NaNo glide slope is 43,333 words.  So getting to 41,000 will put me right back in the running.  Then tomorrow if I can rock it again I could be back to even, or even slightly ahead of the game.  Sweet.

The really cool part is I like where Glimmer Vale is going quite a bit.  As always, I found myself adding scenes and events that I never had in mind at all when I first thought of the idea for the tale.  And that’s good; I think it’s a much more interesting story because of that.  And of course, it’s wicked fun.  Swordfights, magic, bandits, heros, lovely women with biting wits, a little bit of intrigue…shoot, what’s not to like?

Ok, I guess I’ll get back to it then.  Hope everyone else is having a great day!

#NaNoWriMo – Down To The Wire

31,537 words.  530 so far today.  That’s good, on track for my most productive writing month ever.

But it’s not quite good enough.

With six days to go, that total count means I need about 3100 words a day to reach 50,000.  And that’s not so doable.  At least, it won’t be come next week when I’m back at work.  I managed to get in just under 1,700 words yesterday evening, Thanksgiving and all.  I’ve got today off, and then the weekend as well, obviously.

So my goal is to get 5,000 words down for the next three days.  That’ll get me all caught up with the NaNo curve by the end of the weekend and leave me in a good position to finish the month out properly.  Possible?  Certainly.  The in-laws are here today and tomorrow, so that’ll help with childcare, and my wife has a big sale for her business tomorrow.  And they’ll all want to go Black Friday shopping today.  So there’s a good chance I’ll have plenty of time to write today and tomorrow.  Sunday…all that’s going on is Football.  We’ll see how it works out.

So yeah that’s the plan now.  So enough gabbing: back to Glimmer Vale!

Chugging Along

I guess I should update everyone again on how things are going.

First, NaNoWriMo:

Yeah….not so hot.  I am sitting at 28,480 words as of this moment and have gotten about 1,000 words down today.  I fully expect to go over 2,000 today, but I need to get about 2,700 every day between now and the end of the month to reach the 50,000 word goal.  Is it doable?  Sure.  Likely?  Maybe not so much.  We’ll see.  Even if I don’t make it, I’ve made good headway on Glimmer Vale.  I’m liking the story.  But then I’m hardly a detached observer so maybe someone else will have a different opinion.  🙂

Next, submissions:

I heard back from Writers of the Future about my 4th quarter submission, So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer, a couple weeks ago.  Wow they’ve really sped up their process.  Anyway, no dice again.  No win, not even an honorable mention.  *sigh*  But I really like Dragon a lot.  A couple others have told me they like it too (one said it was her favorite of all my works she’s read).  So naturally I wanted to do more with it.  Unlike Delphinus, which I just uploaded as en ebook immediately, I’ve decided to wait a bit on Dragon.  I submitted it to Analog last week.  We’ll see what they think about it.  Sure would be cool if they decide to print it!

But just in case I got to working on a cover for it.  Obviously if it gets published it’ll be a while before I can put it out as an ebook, but it never hurts to work on a cover.  And truth be told, I made the cover, then at the last minute decided to submit it vice immediately epubing it.  So here’s what I have, after getting some feedback from a few people.

I think it rocks.  Comments?

Let’s see, what else…

Nada mas, I guess.  Ok, back to writing Glimmer Vale.  Have fun, all!

More #NaNoWriMo News

Well, as you can tell from my word count banner to the right, I’m chugging along but I’m way behind.  By the end of tonight I should have a bit over 31,000 words done to be on target.  I’ll probably have 23,000 or so.

Man, Mike, you’ve really been screwing the pooch this week what the hell happened?

Well, I got some bad news at work that distracted me pretty hard.  I’ll be transferring sooner than planned…because I no longer have the job I used to.  Yup, I got fired.  Sucky!  Now, I’m still in the Navy, but the Naval career just got a big black mark on it, rendering further promotion doubtful.  So I was rather dispirited during the middle of this week.  I know, I know, I should have thrown that frustration into writing.  Well, I tried.  A little.  But I had these real life concerns like explaining things to my wife, dealing with the paperwork for what happened, fending off an endless flood of questions from friends and family wanting to know what happened and why, playing with the kids to encourage them and myself, things like that.  So I guess I can be forgiven for slacking in the writing arena for a  few days.

All is not lost, though.  If I average 2400 words per day for the rest of the month, I’ll win.

So I’m going to shut up now, and write.  Wish me more luck!

October Results

I got so caught up in writing this month that I forgot to tell y’all how things went in October.  To the graphs!

Total sales in October – 19.  All but one from Amazon.  That’s an increase of 1 from September.  Aw yeah.

You’ll notice that September is different.  That’s because Smashwords updated their distributors’ sales, and some nice person in Canada bought a copy of How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress from Kobo that month.  Pretty nice.  🙂

Next up, royalties:

Royalties were up to: $42.77 for the month, up from $36.04 for September.  Again, pretty good.

Not too shabby overall, eh?  Alas November has, so far, been sparse in the sales department.  But that’s ok.  There’s no hurry.

Ok, back to writing, NaNoWriMo style.  I’m pretty far behind still, and I need to catch up.  Later!

#NaNoWriMo Update

It’s now 12 November.  I have 14,298 words written in Glimmer Vale.  That puts me about 4,000 words shy of where I needed to be at the end of the day yesterday.  How did that happen, when I got off to such a great start?  Well, I had a couple of bad days, that’s how.  So far I’ve written every day in November, which in and of itself is a first.  But last week I had one 250 word day.  Then this week I had a 450 word day and a 600-ish word day.  That would be last night.  For whatever reason I just COULD NOT keep my eyes open after about 9:30 in the evening.

So I’m getting started writing this evening feeling not nearly as awesome about NaNoWriMo as I did this time last week.  Am I out of it?  By no means.  I’ve got 19 more days to go, counting tonight.  That equates to just 213 extra words per day: less than one page.  What I really need is a few 2,500 to 3,000 word days and I’ll get right back on track.  I’ve had a couple or three 2,300 to 2,500 word days so far this month.  No reason I can’t do it again.  Heck, back in July I had a 4,200 word day.

So it’s still totally doable.  Right, time to go write.

Yeah…I did that similar sounding words bit (I’m sure there’s a name for it) on purpose.