It’s super snowy in Utrecht atm and work closed down on Sunday. But fortunately for me I had Saturday, Monday and Tuesday off, so with Sunday added, I had a four day break 🙂 Because everything is cold and miserable with a thick layer of snow I’m stuck inside, setting my laptop up on the kitchen table because it ended up being the warmest part of the house.
On Saturday I spent it adding to a novel that had been on the back burner since ’18. I’m not sure what genre it fits into atm, but maybe magical realism? It’s set in an alternative world with mostly current technology and focuses on a generation of individuals who are descended from a ruling class of people who possessed telepathy and telekineses, but had been massacred by the general population. So far the book is 60k but I’m planning on making it into either two long books or a trilogy. I’m going to finish the entire story first before publication.
On Sunday I spent it doing nothing and felt bad about it. I couldn’t seem to get my head in order and nothing happened.
On Monday I edited a 42 page novella (yes that many pages) that I completed last year. I made up a cover image for it and I think it will be ready for publication in a few more edits. The tag line for this tale is, A supernatural tale of lust and human sacrifice. I think I wrote the entire thing in under a week. It’s divided into five parts instead of chapters and it has a lot of bumping uglies in it lol. I think I might have to alter the end as it is more telling vs showing. But I would not be afraid to publish it as it.
On Tuesday I again did not do anything productive 😦
I’m going to aim high and release three stories this year. I haven’t made a concrete decision on what stories I’ll be focusing on but who cares? Currently, I have a ton of novellas and novelettes more than novels so it’ll probs be those stories instead of actual novels. It’s been a while since I worked on my sci-fi stories (there are quite a few) so I might look over those.
I made myself the goal of self-publishing twice this year and I have 🙂 My novella The Dragon’s Mate came out in August and the novelette Matt and Rose dropped only a few days ago. Both are a $1.99 and are available through Amazon and Smashwords plus their networks.
I was worrying about not having Matt and Rose out in time because I seem to be going through a writing/editing slump despite having ample content to produce.
Next year I want to release three stories of any size. I think I can definitely get two out, but I should aim for the stars shouldn’t I.
My NaNoWriMo journey has been a failure because I have given up on it. On the other hand, I have landed myself a job 🙂 I’ll be out of action for about nine hours a day, not including sleep.
I’ve come up with two more story ideas, one is a YA thriller and the other is a zombie story. Note, all writers need to have a zombie story because there isn’t enough in the world right? HAHAHA
So I have about four stories that are currently occupying my head and all of them are about two chapters in with not much of an ending in sight.
I’m looking at the Reddit thread for this event and see that everyone is at the 10k mark. It’s hitting me hard that I’ve let myself fall behind. I’ve only written on 2 out of the 5 past days and I’m just on 2k. While my goal is 50k I’m not sure if this story will be that long. However, it is mostly planned out so I’lll see where it goes. I also have a goal for writing another 2k today.
I’ve set goals in the past. Done things like post them to this blog as a form of accountability. I’ve usually achieve some but not others. In the last year I’ve pretty much been lazy about it. I’d list everything on piece of paper and then forget all about it. But I got the genius idea to actually find a goal check list on word templates and see what pops up.
So I found something that might fit me and put in my goals for the next six months. I’ve added the expected completion dates in hopes of pushing me along. Maybe if I view everything as an assignment then it might change how I see it.
The immediate things I want to complete this year is to publish Matt and Rose, hopefully within the next six weeks 🙂 I want to complete the manuscript for my other story, so far titled, Those in the Forest, by the end of January.
Time, time, time.
Since March I have all the time in the day to write. For the most part I have spent my time equal parts writing, moaning about not writing, and wondering why my organic self cannot work like a machine. However it has not been a complete waste like I infer. These are the things I have done during quarantine;
- The Dragon’s Mate: I wrote, edited and self-published this novella in two months.
- Matt and Rose: A novelette that is just about ready.
- Those in the Forest: Plan for a supernatural story about an escapee from a recluse cult. Only has a few thousand words have been written. Probably won’t be done for at least a year.