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Update on Ancestor Ghosts:

63387 / 100000

I keep thinking it's going to be a good idea to stay up late to kill the inbox, and it almost never is.


Ok, did it again

Here is the word count bar for Ancestor Ghosts over the past couple of days:

60987 / 100000

Not too bad? Nearly done with Chapter 9 and then I'm into the scary/fun bits that aren't rewriting/restructuring. Done by April. Done by April. The reward for finishing is going to be to have this thing finally out of my head.

Seriously, I wrote the first draft of this in February/March 2013. (It was... it was kind of what you expect the first draft of a first novel to look like. It didn't really have a plot. Or an ending. Or a protagonist. It involved a magical artifact that didn't do anything interesting or story-relevant. And I didn't know who the villain was until the last chapter.) And now it is two years later and it is SO CLOSE to being a story that an alive human might plausibly want to read and I am SO READY to be done with it, so I can get around to finishing one of these other more interesting stories.

I also incidentally am trying to get a little more organized with the GTD system, because my part-time work-from-home job keeps trying to expand and eat my life and with it my writing time :(

And with that, I'm off to kill the inbox again before going to bed.


Let's see if it sticks this time

It occurs to me that I could write my to-do lists and thinking and so on here instead of in random text files, and then I'd have them sort of vaguely organized by time and subject. I keep trying to wake this thing back up anyway. And it's not as if I don't spend a fairly significant part of the day babbling at myself in text.

Anyway. I made, like, one post last year about my New Year's Resolutions. Those actually went pretty well-- better than most of my resolutions in the past. I deadlifted 190 lbs at one point, which is 1.35x my body weight. I wrote a bunch. I started learning Spanish, although it's still pretty well mixed up with what's left of my high school French. And I didn't practice drawing or playing an instrument, but that's because I got suddenly very interested in singing. (Why didn't anyone ever tell me how catchy Handel is?) So I didn't accomplish any specific goals, but overall still a very good year and made a lot of progress toward my vaguely-defined future life.

But this year I want to accomplish goals. And specifically I want to get the writing career thing properly off the ground. Like publishing things off the ground. Which means finishing something, because you can't publish things that aren't finished. Which in turn means making a plan, because this is how undirected writing went:

  • "selkie lesbian romance.txt" Selkie Blood Ruffian -- mostly plotted, and about a third written.

  • Zither King Snake -- all the way plotted, and about two-thirds written. (King Snake = alternate history Wu Zetian i.e. vaguely-Chinese political fantasy.)

  • Wyrdmoon -- about two-thirds written despite being totally unplanned. (Wyrdmoon = postapocalyptic space Vikings.)

  • Brass & Bone Ancestor Ghosts -- about half of a third draft and a new title. (Ancestor Ghosts = necromancer-priests and family dysfunction.)

I mean, I wrote a lot of things, and I learned a hell of a lot The third draft of Ancestor Ghosts has an actual plot that actually makes sense now. King Snake has some of the best prose I have ever, ever written and it's still a first draft. But nothing is finished, and what can you do with things that aren't finished?

So it's time to bust out the word bar and the self-accountability and just sort of... grind through the rest of Ancestor Ghosts. I hit a sticking point on it last year, where the plot worked Because Reasons, and last month I finally figured out how to unstick it, but I didn't have time because of the randomly-acquired-in-Starbucks work-from-home job, and aaaaah my life is an endless series of deadlines and I am always working ;_;

Anyway, here is a word count bar for Ancestor Ghosts as it stands:

57677 / 100000

I can finish this thing by the end of March. Probably. Definitely?


Oct. 31st, 2015

Spent Halloween in a cave called Cemetery Pit. The first part is a 150-foot rappel down into the cave proper. The last part is a 150-foot ascent.

I am so tired, y'all. And I have at least a dozen bruises. But I had a good time.

New Year's Resolutions 2015

Okay, so I made some New Year's resolutions for 2015. Actually I made them sometime in the first week of January, but they've been somewhat in flux. Both the resolutions themselves, and my plan for approaching them. (I mean, you've got to have a plan. Otherwise how are you going to get from Point A to Point B?)

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It's pretty ambitious. But I've managed one resolution for a whole month already, and that kind of gives me a little bit of encouragement. And I think approaching each of these in terms of small daily changes is the right way to go about it.

That said... we'll see how the next few weeks go, and revise as necessary. That's one of the nice things about having February be Journaling Month: the ability to look back and reflect. And hey! Maybe in eleven months I really will have managed to write more regularly, draw a little, learn a little Spanish, fix up my athletic routine so I stop injuring myself, acquire a social life, start dressing well and wearing makeup...
I am so bad at updating this thing on anything like a reasonable schedule XD

I've more or less dropped selkie lesbian romance.txt, though I'm still going back and poking at it every so often to remind my brain that it exists. I've gone back to working on something from early 2011. It was called Zither then. I'm really not sure what it ought to be called now, because that title is blatantly irrelevant now.

Incidentally, I put together my total fiction output for 2014 and it came out to ~348,000 words. Most of that's the first and second drafts of Brass & Bone, so there's some overlap in there. I'm not sure how much and I'm not going to go back and count. But the first and second drafts were dramatically different stories, so... yeah. I'm just going to count it. For self-motivation's sake. (Look, Internal Taskmaster, I did something! So get off my case already, willya?)

I think I want to make a "goals for 2015" post later. Not right now, because despite being just over a week into 2015 I'm really not sure what they are. But later.

Also, I have a smartphone now, so I can post pictures of my cat. Like you do.

Nov. 6th, 2014

So I got a job.

I swear to god the universe is playing some kind of huge joke on me, because I literally got this job by sitting in a coffeeshop typing. I was at Starbucks, typing away and trying to figure out where the selkie story goes, and this very nice woman approached me and asked me if I were a student, because she had a part-time job for a fast-typing student.

And, well, I'd been looking for something to do for about ten hours a week. So I said yes. And now I have a job.

In other news, I ended up restarting the selkie story. Not deleting what's already written, because I don't delete. But I did retitle it "selkie lesbian romance false start.txt" and start up in a new document. I think I'd managed to write 35k of backstory. Go figure.

Anyway. New progress bar.

2270 / 100000

Oct. 30th, 2014

Galway Kinnell dies at 87.

I actually have a volume of his poetry on my shelf. Which is saying something, since I left most of my books at my parents' house.

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So I got sick, and went to visit my two-year-old niece (while sick), and came back, and got very little written because of it. But now I am better, and I figured out the villain of this story.

(Unfortunately she appears to be a seventeen-year-old Goth girl in a literal ivory tower. But at least she exists. And maybe she'll grow out of the ravens and the roses in skulls.)


Soooo I just installed Semagic.

I think the nice thing about this is that it--ooh, it autocorrects, nifty--is that it'll let me save posts for future, meaning that if my Internets is spotty (as it frequently is) I can write the post anyway and update it later.

Also, it let me set my progress bar up as a macro. So all I gotta do now is enter in my wordcount and BOOM. As opposed to manually editing the HTML, which while not onerous is also not particularly fun.

Like so:

25673 / 100000

This probably represents enough time-wasting for one morning. Shower now, and then coffee.
the white moon
Jessie Roy
March 2016
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