2013 Writing Goal – Week 17

Hey all.

I’m feeling pretty good.  As I mentioned the other day, I finally finished The Pericles Conspiracy on Saturday, while flying back from Japan.

Well, it’s time to tally up week 17 as a whole.  So without further ado…the graph:

Week 17

Crushed it again!  11,753 words.  Cha-CHING!

Given that this was the last week of April, for all intents and purposes, that brings my April total to a bit over 32,000 words.  That’s pretty decent, and above the monthly requirement to meet or surpass my goal.

That said, we’re now 1/3 of the way through the year, and I’ve written…90,777 words.  33.33% through the year and 30.26% to the goal.  So I’m still a bit behind.  But that’s ok because I only need to keep meeting my weekly goal, or occasionally completely blowing it out, to get to the annual one.  So I’m still not worried.  And of course, even if I miss the annual goal, I still will have produced a bunch of good new stories, so it’ll be a win regardless.

However, I’m not going to write much beyond this post for the first half of this week, because I promised my friend Mark Fassett I would beta read his new book and the due date is Wednesday.  So I’m hunkering down to finish it tonight and tomorrow.  But once that’s done, I’ll be back to writing again.


Right.  Carry on, then.  🙂

Finally Done!

I got off the plane from Narita a short while ago and I just had to crow a bit. During the flight I finally finished The Pericles Conspiracy!

Sheesh it feels like I’ve been working on this damn thing forever. And considering I “penned” the opening scene way back in May 2011, I guess I sort of have been.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I worked on it constantly. Far from
It. But now, after 118,000 words, it is done. Finito.

Feels good.

Now to send it off to beta readers.


2013 Writing Goal – Weeks 15 and 16

Yeah…I forgot to post my progress last week.  Silly me.

So, week 15.  Didn’t meet the goal.  5,016 words total:

Week 15

No real excuse for missing the goal.  I just…missed it.  One thing I’ll note about the last few weeks, where I haven’t made my goal: I’ve been doing very little at the beginning of the week, leaving me to play catch-up later on.  Clearly that’s not a winning strategy.

Which brings me to Week 16.

Week 16

Crushed it!  11,482 words!  Who’s your daddy?!

That brings my total for April to just over 22,000 words, and for the year to 79,400 words.  Not too shabby.  A little below the glide slope for my overall goal, but not too shabby, all the same.

That said, a couple notes about last week.  First, I did the same thing as the last several – almost nothing early in the week, necessitating a lot at the end.  Second, and the key to my success this time, was I did a little time travel.  By that, I mean I flew to Japan on Saturday, the 20th.

The neat thing about flying west across the Date line is you get there a day after you left.  Conversely, flying east you get there the day before you left (depending on when you left).  To put it more precisely, my flight to Narita left LAX at 12:30 on Saturday and landed at 15:30 on Sunday, even though it was only an 11 hour flight.  So when you see the Saturday and Sunday numbers from Week 16, they really, from my perspective, happened on the same day.  I just split them up between writing on the ground in California (Saturday) and writing in the plane or here in Yokosuka after I arrived (Sunday).

I made excellent use of the time on the plane.  Consequently, Sunday was the best writing day in my writing history: 7,082 words.  Pretty sweet.

And yes, I’m aware it’s still Sunday back home.  Well it’s Monday here in Japan.  So chill.  🙂

So.  How am I going to maintain this success, if an 11 hour flight was the key to it?  Great question.  This week will be relatively easy, I think.  I’m here in Japan for an exercise, just me and my coworkers.  Since money is a little tight this time, I don’t intend to go out in town much at all.  In fact, I went by the Navy Exchange just now and got a bunch of Ramen noodles and such for my meals this week.  So I think if I’m not working the exercise, I’ll be in my room, writing.  And then on Saturday, I’ve got a 9-ish hour flight back home.  I think I ought to be able to equal last week’s word count fairly easily.

Once I get back?  One word sums up what I need to continue being successful – discipline.  And so discipline I shall employ.

So there’ve been a few words written lately.  How goes the novel, you ask?

Well.  The Pericles Conspiracy is now up to just over 107,000 words.  And it’s not done.  It’s got somewhere between 5 and 10,000 words to go, if I had to hazard a guess.  Of course, every part I put in ends up being longer than I thought it would, so who knows.  But seriously, it is really really close.  In fact I’ve got the end just about all the way written.  There’s just this part in the middle that I need to finish.  It’s a fairly important/epic/tricky/fun couple of chapters, but I skipped them to finish up the ending because…well, because.  That’s all.  Just because.  🙂  But if all goes well I should have it done this week.  If all goes well.  🙂

I also started another, shorter work that was inspired by Imagine Dragons‘ song, Radioactive.  Even though the song is not about a post-Apocalyptic world (no really, it’s not.  The guy who wrote the song was quick specific about that in several interviews on the subject), this story is about the immediate aftermath of a nuclear war.  Lots of fun.  Must be I’m getting psyched for Wasteland 2, or something.

Right.  That’s about all I’ve got.  Until next time, Go Redskins!


2013 Writing Goal – Week 14

Came close this week.  Observe:

Week 14

Of course, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.  But in this case I got 5,520 word written instead of 7,500.  That’s still pretty decent.  You’ll note from the graph that I didn’t really do much of anything until Friday, so the fact that I got that much down is actually quite encouraging.

So 14 weeks down, and I got to a bit over 62,000 words on the year.  Not too shabby.  But that means I’m 1/4 of the way through the year and about 1/5 of the way to my goal.  So I’m definitely behind.  🙁

On the bright side, I’m now past 90,000 words on The Pericles Conspiracy.  So close to being done, and yet so far.  These last few chapters feel like they’re dragging, partly because I want to be done so badly and every instant I’m not done feels like a year, and partly because I know exactly where I want to go but how to get there is rather fleeting.  This always happens, but it’s still annoying.  🙁  Nothing to do but push through it, right?  And so I shall.

On another bright side, I started an online workshop with Dean last week: Pitches and Blurbs.  I had planned to go up to Oregon in July for his and Kris‘ new Masters class, but budget and schedule (my wife’s best friend is getting married around the same time as the workshop) are conspiring against me, so I had to bow out.  Instead I’m doing two online workshops: this one and one on Openings, starting next month.  So far it’s going pretty well, and I’m learning some good stuff.  It’s not as cool as actually being there in Lincoln City, but it’s still good.  So I’ll take it.  🙂

Right.  That’s about it for this update.  Hope all y’all in internet-land are doing well.  Until next time!


2013 Writing Goal – Week 13

The picture speaks for itself:

Week 13

Didn’t meet the goal.  But that’s ok; I had lots of family fun instead.

Oh, and I published a short story, under my mystery pen name.

Across The Line Cover

Across the Line is a 4,300 word short story about a hostage negotiator who finds out that his son is mixed up in his latest case.  I rather like it, so all y’all need to check it out asap.


That’s all for this post.  Off to write, so I can make the goal this week.