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2017 Writing/Revision Tracking Spreadsheet

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. It hasn’t been an easy year, but I’m still puttering forward with the writing and other creativity. To start off the new year in the right direction, I have updated the yearly Writing and Revision Tracking Spreadsheet.

This format is a little different than before. Instead of separate tabs for the writing and revision, this time it’s been combined into one single tab. I’ve been using it for the past year and like having both were I can see them in one glance.

Another post soon on the other big project I’ve been working on.

So, go! Write and revise!

View every word forward as a triumph.

All spreadsheets are available on the Writing Freebies page.




August 2015 Goals

Cue life-roll!

I won’t even post about July as I’ve spent the entire time in hospitals after Mother Hen had a bad chemo reaction. The only thing that got done were new words: 30015 (and that was a huge struggle)

My mother is still in the hospital, and even when she gets out she has a lot of physical therapy to do. So, not a month for anything ambitious. Going for conservative goals this August!

  • 25,000 New words
  • Publish “The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run – Book 8)”
  • Finish putting in copyedits of “Celestial Fire (The String Weavers – Book 7)” and then pass the book to the second copyeditor.
  • Prepare one outline for the November Nano.




R.I.P. Wireless Keyboard – Hello New Art

Well, I wondered if it would happen. It finally did.

After several million words, my Microsoft 1392 Arc keyboard up and died. One night it worked great, then I picked it up the next day for a new writing session…

And nothing.

At first I thought the batteries died. Changed them, and still didn’t work. Could be bum new batteries, right? So I found two more batteries from a different pack. Nope, no go. Tried many ways to re-establish communication with the computer. It isn’t just a connection issue. The little light for the caps lock won’t even come on.

Tried manipulating the area where the batteries went in. Restarted and ran diagnostics on the computer, just in case.

I think it’s dead, Jim.

R.I.P. wireless keyboard!

A new one was purchased, but it took over a week to arrive. My biggest writing time is at night, and unfortunately, the laptop keyboard is too high when the machine is sitting on the desk for me to write very many words. Doing so would hurt my wrists and shoulders because of how bad the ergonomics are.

I can’t afford to harm my wrists and arms. My writing, art, and taking care of Mother Hen depend on them. So, until the keyboard arrived, the writing had to changed.

So, I switched gears! At night I worked on covers and art. These are still moving me forward in good directions! The art I’m doing is not only for myself, but also artwork to sell. Here is my account at Dreamstime with some of my artwork for sale.

While sorting through my artwork looking for works that were almost done, I found a few pieces I’d been playing with. I’ve put a few of them up at my Deviant Art account:

What keyboard did I buy? I found a refurbished Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac/iPad/iPhone. I’ll never need batteries again!

No matter what, I’m determined to remain creative!




June Summary

Oh my. What a June.

First the external wireless keyboard went out. More on that in a blog post (with pretty pictures!).

Then the first chemo appointment ended up with it all getting cancelled and Mother Hen ending up in the emergency room to find out why she was bleeding. Which turned out to be a bad bladder infection.

We went home with meds and she recovered. All good! I got in some good writing and art in (with restrictions. See post about the dead keyboard). So, we go back 2 weeks later for chemo. She’s doing well, other than we’re all hot from the heatwave going through Arizona.

Aaaand, the chemo knocks her for a loop. All of a sudden she not only can’t walk, but she can’t even stand. She starts pushing away water, refusing to take it in her mouth even when she said she wanted it. I finally figured out she would take it from a spoon (maybe it seemed like eating). Only, it wasn’t enough.

So, on a Sunday in the middle of the first big thunderstorm of the season to hit our area, we somehow wrestle her into the car and take off for the emergency room. Turned out that yes, she was dehydrated. She’s on blood thinners, and the lack of fluids had caused the levels in her blood to go high. She was admitted into the hospital, and that’s where we’ve been ever since while they get her stabilized.

And where I still am as of July 1st when Camp Nano starts.

Okay, June. Glad to see you gone. Don’t let the door hit you on the…

Ahem.

BK1RC-350HSo, out of the June goals not a bunch got done. As the medical issues are still ongoing, I’ll be severely curtailing the July goals. Goals reached:

Outlines for books 4, 5, and 6 of The Enigma Watchers are finished! Good thing, as I’ll be writing on them this July.

19807 new words in June (goal had been 30k). Considering all that happened, that’s not half bad!

Finished copyedits of “The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run – Book 8), and started the formatting process.

All considering, not too bad for what June threw at me.




June Goal Update

6841 new words this week, which is a great start to the month! It started out slow but built up as the week went. I’m now in the last 1/3 of the third “The Enigma Watchers” book. Also managed to get about half of the fourth “The Enigma Watchers” book outlined. I’m really hoping to finish that up this coming week, as I need to get writing on it the moment I’m done with the first draft of book 3.

Finished putting in the copyedits of “The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run – Book 8)”. Now need to get busy formatting and publishing the thing. 😛




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2015 Yearly New Words
47.15%  188600 of 400000
2015 Yearly Revision Words
9.53%  38100 of 400000

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