|1||The Ship||Short Story||3793||Finished - to edit|
|2||Take me Back with You||Short Story||2528||WIP|
|3||Take me Back with You||Novel||35303||WIP|
|4||The Lost Train||Short Story||4352||WIP|
|5||The Other Set of Feet||Short Story||3749||Finished - to edit|
|7||Once We Were Children||Short Story||2513||Finished - to edit|
|8||The Assignment||Short Story||8802||Finished - to edit|
|9||Never Give Up||Short Story||5111||Finished - to edit|
|11||Beat Down 1 - Clones||Serial Novella||19233||Published|
|13||The Tube Riders: Exile||Novel||90629||WIP|
|14||Beat Down 2 - The Heist||Serial Novella||18533||Published|
|15||Beat Down 3 - Badassaur||Serial Novella||19699||Finished - to edit|
|17||Beat Down 4 - The Sneevla||Serial Novella||4015||WIP|
|Started June 21st||Word Count||243709|
|6 month target (Dec 20th)||(183 days)||250000|
|One month tally:||33598||33598|
|Two month tally:||62217||28619|
|Three month tally:||119253||57036|
|Four month tally:||180097||60844|
|Five month tally:||217500||37403|
|Six month tally:||243709||26209|
It could certainly be worse. I missed my six-month target but 243k in six months is pretty solid going. However, in October I had been hoping to break 300k by now.
The biggest problem I have had is with flash drives. I learned the hard way to make sure I back up my work after breaking a flash drive in November. However that was just the start. I actually saved that one, but since then I've had two fail on me and while I've been backing them up more regularly I still lost a bunch of words both times, most notably on my effort at NaNo, which I lost TWICE. In hindsight, taking on an entirely new project for NaNo was a huge mistake, because I overestimated the amount of writing time I would have, plus I tried to push my boundaries by writing in a genre I wasn't familiar with. While this in itself was not a big deal, I spent a lot more time writing it than I spent on more familiar projects. It all started well, then I lost six thousand words. I rewrote it, then lost it again. That kind of bummed me out so I abandoned it, although the whole experience left me feeling a little burned out and it took time to get back the motivation I had previously had.
Then there was the formatting issues I had with the paperback for The Man Who Built the World. I struggled with it for weeks before finally outsourcing it and paying someone else to do it for me, which I should have done in the first place. The sum result was that I failed to get the paperback ready for Christmas, although it should be available shortly.
In other writing, I'm plot-knotted again in Tube Riders, although I'm working through it now. My novella series, Beat Down, suffered from the flash drive failures and I had to rewrite roughly 5000 words on part three, something that was very frustrating because it is very creatively spontaneous and I think a bit of the humour was lost in the rewrite.
Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with what I've got over the last six months. In addition, after reading a blog by a pretty successful writer which encouraged us to get as much product out there as possible because you never knew what would strike a chord with the reader, I went back and took a look at a really old novel, one called Possession, which I wrote when I was 19. It's little more than a straightforward horror story and I have never so much as reread it, but I found it was a lot better than most of the stuff I've read by indie writers so with a couple of solid edits it might be serviceable. So I've started to work on that as well as the edit for a book called Head of Words, which is a (very) black comedy/horror/thriller/thing.
Right, back to it. Have a good Christmas everyone, and I'd be happy to see any comments below. And just a reminder that Tube Riders is currently free, until the 22nd of Dec. Click the links in the sidebar and grab a copy.
21st Dec 2012