Another Jumpstart draft

iStock-669387114_1I’ve just started another draft of Jumpstart. I’m not that productive with it either. I think I should have done a few pages a day because the last time I touched it was over a week ago. I could have completed it by now if I had done it that way. I’m doing more edits than I thought I would have too. I don’t know if I’m levelling up or my previous attempts were sub-par. I’m hoping to have this thing out by mid-year, but no date is set.

 

 

The Things We Do: 7th draft done

Double-exposure-portrait-450833739_879x1195_coverimageI’ve gotten back into editing 🙂 It’s been months and I had no idea when I’d get over my burn out. I think this story is almost done 🙂 I will be aiming to have it out by the end of the year at the lastest. But I want it out sooner.

I’m no longer doing big edits, just little ones like single words and the occasional sentence change. Maybe it’ll be complete in another few edits.

Tor.com update

When I submitted to Tor.com they sent me a link to check on the status of my book. The queue at the time was over a year long 😦 But every few days I checked it and saw that it was slowly moving up the line and now it is this much closer 🙂

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Massive edit ahead

I just started the third draft of my longest story yet. It’s 200 pages or 124,000 words long! I wrote this story in late 2016, did the second edit in mid-2017 and now here I am again. I remember that I really loved writing this book. I had a rough outline in my head and mostly knew where it was heading, but I pantsed the entire writing process. Which is strange, because I mostly plan my other books to some degree.

I think it was a good thing that I did it this way because it created a sense of urgency to write before I forgot. I was also writing about 2,000 words a day around my splits shifts. Morning, lunch and night. It was a massive achievement to get something like this done because all my other writing marathons have always been under 50,000, most averaging around 30,000.

The split shifts helped because I’d write for a few hours and then go to work and it’d make me plan out what would happen next. Though the process is not without fault. One of the minor characters seems to have gone missing with no explanation. And the main character is a bit unrealistic. Eekk, my bad. I’ll have to work something out.

Currently, I’ve done 6 pages or 3%.

Jumpstart sequel: first chapter

I’ve had the first chapter written for months now. It was even the beginning of the series before I went off with Jumpstart. But then I wanted to get that mostly out of the way. Since I have today off I wanted to make it as productive as I could. But the second half was filled with procrastination and a headache. I also wanted to work on something that I already have instead of creating something new. So late at night, I got to this chapter.

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Calico rehash edit

My god, this rehash edit of Calico took forever. I had to do so much for it. But I didn’t feel that my writing quality was poor 🙂 In fact, I think that it shows me how far I’ve come. I thought what I had written was pretty decent actually.

If you want to know what I call a rehash edit is, it’s a term I’ve come up with to describe going over an old story that I’ve mostly forgotten about. I just can’t help but edit as I try to get back into the groove. This is chapters 2-5 🙂 The text after that is dot points in what I think I should add to the story.

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New Book: Beyond Calico 85

Being fatigued with other stories, I’ve decided to go and look over an old story that I haven’t touched in a few months. This sci-fi mystery is only 10,000 words in so it’s in baby stages (I’ve kind of forgotten bits and pieces so its a mystery to me as well) . But going over it has been fun. It’s a lot more well written than I thought it was and I think I’ve nailed the first chapter 🙂

Today I came up with a better title than before and I think that this will also be a novella at most. I’m really inspired again. Only yesterday I felt shit about where I was in terms of writing.

This story is about a small space crew whose just delivered a cargo of supplies to a remote mining outpost called Calico Station 85. This part of space is a new frontier and there are very few spaceships around. Any ones that are, are directly related to the mining operations that populate the area.

Once they arrive they are asked to look into a missing shuttle craft that was the last to leave a decommissioned mining facility. It contains seven human employees and the last of the mining equipment. It was destined to arrive at a new mining facility with the others. Their mission is to find the ship, find out what’s going on and either send them on their way or bring them back to Calico 85.

This is an edit of the first chapter 🙂

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Jumpstart in 6th edit

 

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I started 2018 by breaking my dry spell of writing by starting the 6th edit of Jumpstart. I thought I was getting better at editing, but really I just realised that I still can’t judge my own skill level yet 😦

Last draft I thought I was almost there, but after going through the first 15 pages I see that I was just being impatient and wanted to get it over and done with. Guys do not rush your editing. It will show later on down the track.

I think back to my first book Feet or Fins and how I did like 13/14 edits of that book and I think to myself. God, it was fifty odd thousand words and I managed to get through that. Why is this 22,000-word piece weighing me down? I mean, it’s half that size. Anyway, so far most of my edits are line edits, with a few changes to the plot.

For the sequel, I only have bits and pieces written with a vague outline of maybe the first third or half of the book. I’m worried about when I’ll even finish that one because I read somewhere that readers expect the sequels to follow up ASAP. But I’ve got other more completed stories on my USB waiting for me to give them attention so I’m a bit worried about when I should publish this thing.

Maybe I should still put this out this year for free permanently and see how people react. Maybe I can use this as an opportunity to gather a lot of feedback.