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Health/Fitness
I caught another lingering cold, this one mostly a cough that won't quite go away. I never felt horrible on this one, just run down. This is good, because I only have enough PTO to cover my vacation in the third week of June.

The Fitness Challenge at work wrapped up in May, thank goodness. I can go back to my usual workout schedule instead of the weird deformed one I've been using to try to minmax the challenge. The challenge does not correlate very well with any actual minmaxing of health, so this was mostly not a net positive. The closest it did to good was getting me to exercise on some days when I would have skipped it. But I also did less exercise on many days than I would normally, because extra time didn't "count".

I did some kind of exercise for 23 out of 31 days in May, so not far off normal. I hope to get back to doing one long bike ride on the weekends while the weather remains good. I think I've only had one ride over 12 miles since March, and I am feeling out of shape.

I've been eating more mandarin oranges and cottage cheese and less pastries and candy. This has not impacted my health or weight as far as I can tell.

Writing
I wrote a bunch of Poll RPG installments, and some new scenes for Birthright. That's about it. I have been more focused on editing.

Poll RPG: 13,500 words (the total of both files is at 26,250 now).

The Business of Writing
I finished my first editing pass on Birthright. I now have 7 items left to fix on Scales, and 18 left on Birthright. They are pretty much all hard changes that I don't have a clear idea on how to implement. Still. Getting there.

Art/Other
I worked on a picture of Smoke and Corydalis for several days, and lost interest before finishing it. That was all the art I felt like doing this month.

Socializing
I went to see Terrycloth in Seattle! Alinsa came to visit too, and the three of us hung out a lot. Alinsa and I went to see the Sabaton concert on the last day of my trip. We were going to drag Terry along, but opted not to in the end. This was the right call, as Terry is even less keen on standing than I am. Concerts are a LOT of standing. I actually sat down on the floor through most of the set for the second band, Leaves Eyes. Also, the venua did not have A/C and it was packed with people and about 90 inside. Sweltering. And you don't dare drink much because then you have to fight your way to the bathroom and then try to fight your way back to your spot.

This may be my last concert at a venue without seats, is what I'm saying. Fortunately, ProgPower is in a big theatre with stadium seating, so it's quite comfortable.

In any case, Sabaton was great. <3

Seeing Terry and Alinsa was also great. <3

Happiness
I spent a lot of May in a kind of low-grade glum mood. Not miserable, just thinking "I want to cry" a lot. I didn't even actually cry. Just glum.

Anyway, the "I want to cry" song is much better than the "I suck and everything I do is awful" or "I want to kill myself" songs, so. There's that. It would be nice to be more upbeat, though.

I write this down as a marker, so I don't forget and exaggerate my past as better or worse than it was. Moving on.

Goals for coming month
* Finish editing Scales and Birthright. I'd like to finish Scales (again) first, because once I finish it this time, I can kick it to beta readers. Because this will be the last round of edits that will impact it.
* Do something about covers for the two books. Where by "do something" I mean "find a cover artist". Who is not me. A professional.
* I also still have to deal with the rental car and credit card insurance people. Sigh. There was actually a thing the credit card insurance people asked me for that I could even get them (credit card statement showing the rental), but I didn't until last night because I had to look up when the accident happened again. I couldn't remember any more. I could have just sent every credit card statement. "It's on one of these four! Have fun."

Anyway, I finally did this (and even found the right statement) yesterday evening. Chrome would open the statement but not save it to file, for no apparent reason. I had to print it to PDF, which was semi-illegible also for no apparent reason. It was basically still readable, so I sent it. Hopefully that will be that.

Card Benefit Services has sent me letters for stuff that only the rental people can provide, too. I forward those on. I don't know if the rental people have provided any of it. They don't write me back. -_- But the claim form only had "other" for things to upload and they haven't asked for anything else but the statement lately, so. Maybe?
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I wrote this back in early May and forgot to post it. Weird.

Health/Fitness

I did pretty well at exercising for much of the month. I took the last weekend off, for no particular reason except that I had a rental car and couldn't motivate myself to go use the exercise bike. And I missed a few days while on my staycation, because I got sick. Otherwise, I was exercising 6-7 days a week.

I was definitely sick for three or four days, and then had a couple of weeks of "my throat is still a little scratchy and I'm sneezing more than usual" sort of stuff, where I wasn't really sick but didn't feel exactly well. It started on the Tuesday of the Monday-Friday that I had off. So, on the one hand: I guess I was going to take that time off anyway so might as well have it scheduled? (My bank has just "Paid Time Off" in one big pool, instead of separate vacation and sick days. I have been there for twenty years and I get five weeks of PTO a year, so I'm not really hurting for paid time off, though.) On the other hand, it was not a very relaxing vacation.

I am still eating lots of junk food. The bank had a bake sale while I was on vacation, so at least I missed that. But we're having another one on Monday and my willpower is weak versus bake sale, so.

:9

Writing

I beat my CampNano goal for Demon's Hunter! I lost most of my will to work on it by the time I hit goal last week, but I'm still poking away at it.

Also, I started the Poll RPG, which has been pretty fun and also kind of weird, especially the Twitter version. One thing I wanted to do with the story was write short installments, of no more than a few hundred words each, so there'd be frequent polls on what Smoke did next.

It turns out that it's harder for me to write a short installment that actually accomplishes anything than it is to write several hundred words. Especially if I'm trying to establish relationships between characters. Once the Twitter fork got to a character Smoke could flirt with, daily installments started running 20 or more tweets each again. I'm still trying to keep the daily updates for the Twitter version shorter than the Dreamwidth ones, but I decided not to angst over making it short.

I did make Google Doc files of the story-to-date for each version, because it wasn't a lot of effort and the Twitter one is already totally unnavigable. Tweet chains of 50 or so tweets work fine on the webpage, but hundreds of tweets in one chain don't work well in-browser, and they break some of the client programs. So. My plan now is to start a new thread each day and link to the doc in the opening tweet.

Demon's Hunter: 28,000 (CampNano goal was 25,000. Total )

Poll RPG Notes: 3,800

Poll RPG: 11,700

And a bunch more words for LJ posts and notes for Birthright and suchlike that I'm not going to bother parsing out.

The Business of Writing

I read another book for research purposes, and browsed about on the web for info, and made thousands of words of notes, and also fell into a pit of black despair.

I'm about 20% through on my first editing pass of Birthright. Most of the actual editing was done in the last seven days. Before that was research and despair. I will try to finish the first pass in May. I'm going to try getting more editing done from work by putting 10-page chunks of book into separate Google docs so they're small enough to edit on phone. This works for sections that just need some continuity clean-up or the like, but not on sections that need to be totally re-written, or when I need to rearrange the order of scenes.

Wish me luck.

Art/Other

Oh hey I drew some pictures this month! The Poll RPG game made me want to do pictures. So I drew a portrait of the protagonist and a picture of Blackwood and some sketches of Corydalis. I have yet to make a decent colored pic of Corydalis, and I still want to.

Anyway, that was a nice change of pace.

I did do my taxes in April!

I have poked at my credit card company and the rental car company a few times in an effort to get them to get each other the documents they need.

Socializing

I crit-failed my planning roll for my vacation in April and didn't go anywhere. If we assume I was going to get sick that week anyway, that's probably just as well.

I am going to see Terry and Alinsa in Seattle next weekend, though! And assuming I don't mess up on buying tickets, I'll see my parents and brother in June, and hopefully my NC friends as well.

Happiness

April was not been a good month for happiness. I was depressed and dragging for most of it. I'm glad it's over now.

Goals for May

Yay new month! Yay 4thewords.com is not running time-limited events that will make me feel like I need to write thousands of words every day to complete them!

4thewords.com backfired for me in April, because I was so determined to finish all the CampNano quests that I spent less time on editing than I would have otherwise. Also, I am to the point of "I don't really want to do any new writing any more, I'd rather just be editing."

Editing on my phone is still awful, but I'm going to make an effort to do it anyway. When I can make it work, I can get an extra 10-20 pages a day edited that way.

* Finish first-pass edits on Birthright
* Keep up with PollRPG for fun & to keep 4thewords streak
* Do some more art for PollRPG
* Other writing as desired
* Poke rental car & card benefits to get them to give each other the info and money they need. (Fixing this is not within my control, so it's just staying as a goal of 'poke them' until they actually do what they need to do.)
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Health/Fitness
Work started a "fitness challenge" in March. I looked at the parameters when they announced it, and realized that my current levels of exercise scored 3-4 points, 5 days a week. "Sure," I said. "I will participate. Maybe I will even exercise on the weekend for bonus points." The fitness challenge, annoyingly, has a per-day cap of 3. I don't mind that there's a cap, but a per-week cap would be way less obnoxious.

In the first twelve days of March, I took two weekend days off and could count 30 of a max 36. (I scored well over 36, but can't count points over 3 in a single day.) We're on teams of like 4 to 6 people, and they tallied up the teams. My team was in second place, with a per-person average of 16 (for the full 12 days). The 1st place team had an average of 16.5.

... If I'd scored 6 more points, we would have been in first.

Anyway, clearly (a) everyone else in this challenge has a very different idea of "reasonable amount of exercise" from mine, and (b) I can't take another day off.

So I maxed out my points for the rest of March. The challenge runs through May 31, so I dunno if I'll keep this up for two more months. Six days a week is okay, but every single day is excessive. Even for me.

I still eat too much, so no change in weight. \o_

Writing
Mostly been writing Demon's Hunter. Also a lot of generic rambling, and a very little bit of Fellwater. I kinda feel like I should finish Fellwater, because there's only a handful of scenes left. But it's such a ridiculous thing that I'm not even motivated to edit it.

I've also been doing a lot of "I am just rambling to myself about my day", when I feel like playing 4thewords.com but don't want to work at it writing anything very coherent. Much of it is the sort of thing I used to post on LJ and Opendiary, way back when. Some of it is very boring (me talking about 4thewords, for example), but it does make me wonder if I should post more chit-chat stuff to my LJ again.

Demon's Hunter: 34,200 (total book is now 37,400).
Fellwater: 1,100 (total book is now 89,900)
Other stuff (LJ posts, 4thewords counting deleted words, forum posts, etc.): 27,000

My 4thewords count for the year through 3/31 is 178,000.

The Business of Writing
In March, I finished 30 out of 27 items on my to-edit list for Scales, and had 2 items left at the end of month. I am bad at math. Also, the list kept growing. This doesn't include some items that I decided to change without adding them to the list.

I finished one of the remaining items this morning, so it's done. The last point -- "actually try to make it shorter, this time for sure" -- is probably not happening in any meaningful way. "Make it shorter" is not something I do. -_- Also, of the three books I've released, the longest one is the one that still, almost two years later, sells the best. So the personal experience is not really speaking to the whole "people like their books concise". However, I will leave it out there as a thing to think about. I did actually cut some unnecessary-but-amusing stuff this morning. It is not clear to me how much of that kind of thing -- "this is just here for flavor" -- I should cut. Obviously some of it is integral to making the book not be boring.

Other
I paid off my mortgage this month! \o/ That was nice.

Socializing
Telnar visited last weekend! We did a lot of talking and some walking. Also went to the indoor waterpark near my house for a couple of hours, and I got him to download Ascension for his iPad so we could play it. The UI on the PC is basically identical to the iPad, but the PC is ten times more annoying because my desktop doesn't have a touchscreen and I can't hold it conveniently ten inches from my face. (The big problem with the PC UI is that the max resolution is like 600x800 or something. It is teeeeeeeny and I can't resize it.)

In other socialization news, I went to a retirement party last night, for a man I've been working with for 16 years. He was my boss, briefly, after my previous boss left in 2010 or something. Other than that time, we've never worked in the same department, but we always got along well. He and his wife were really surprised and touched that I made it to the party. It was 25 miles away! I did not ride my bike. I rented a car. A couple of people offered me rides, but I needed a car this weekend anyway so it worked out.

Anyway, it was only for a few hours and it was hard to talk because the room was loud (just from all the people talking!) But I saw many many former co-workers from before the last merger, and that was cool. Including several people who don't work at the bank any more! I am glad I went. And happy for my friend. And a little melancholy, thinking about other former co-workers I haven't seen in many years, and wondering if I ever will again. It's very hard for me to keep in contact with people unless I have some activity that keeps me engaged with them. :/

Happiness
I have some depression related to "not retired from Day Job yet and very tired of working 40 hours a week", and some bonus free-floating anxiety at the end of the month. I feel like I have forgotten to do some critical adulting task and by the time I remember it will be too late.

Still, it's been a good month overall and I'm pretty happy, but there are still hard parts.

Goals for coming month
So it's CampNano in April, and moreover 4thewords.com will be doing a CampNano event, so I know I'm going to be writing for it. I set my CampNano goal for "modest and easily achievable", which is to say 25,000 words.

...

Yes, that is modest and easily achieved. I wasn't really trying to write this month and went over 30,000. The biggest threat to my writing productivity is that the weather is getting nicer, though. I've been writing 800-1000 words just on the walk to and from work, and while I'm on my exercise bike.

I keep comparing my current writing pace to the rate at which I wrote The Moon Etherium and being disappointed. Then I have to remind myself I'm supposed to be editing and not writing.

Then I remember that I've been editing for four months and I'm maybe half-done, and it's all black despair from there. -_-

Anyway! I PERSIST.

So, goals:
  • Write 25,000 words of new fiction
  • Do some research for Birthright. Make world-building notes.
  • Do some editing on Birthright
  • Do my taxes, including the tax form Missouri wants my business to fill out even though I thought I already filled it out and I know I paid it so .... I don't know. I need to fill a thing out.
  • Do what I can to make sure my credit card and the rental car company talk enough to get claim for damage settled.*

I would love to finish editing Birthright by the end of May, but I'm betting on end of June.

If I am doing really well at editing somehow, I don't care if the writing slides.

Last time I did research, I checked out books from the library. I plan to buy some e-books this time, to see if having more conveniently-sized books helps with the process. Also, the book selection in the local library system was disappointing. I don't know if the selection in e-book form will be better or worse, but I'll take a look.

* I rented a car last weekend too, and managed to damage it backing into a very low retaining wall at < 5 mph. I filed the claim with my credit card -- my special I-only-have-this-card-for-the-rental-insurance-waiver -- on the day of the accident. Thursday they emailed to ask me to send a bunch of documents from the rental car company. Why they didn't ask the rental place to send these documents is not clear. Today I talked to rental folks, but all the documentation I need is with their Damage Reduction Unit and they can't get me any of it. They expected the DRU to talk to me and/or the credit card. So I will wait a few more business days to see if anyone else gets in touch with me. If not, I will call the DRU and ask them for docs. It's a process. I have a lot of time to sort this out, so I am not very worried about it, but I also don't want to think "lots of time left!" and then find myself wondering in September whatever happened with the claim.
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Health/Fitness
As usual, I am keeping up with exercise and not paying much attention to what I eat. No change in weight. \o_

Writing
4thewords' inflated total for February is 50,000 words.

I started a new book in February because I am very bored of Fellwater, and since it's the "work on for fun" project, hard to convince myself to work hard on it. Working title for the new work-on-for-fun project is Demon Hunter.

I will probably still finish Fellwater eventually, because it's close, but eh.

Breakdown:

Fellwater (text): 8,500
Fellwater (notes & outline): 1,000
Demon Hunter (text): 3,200
Demon Hunter (notes & outline): 8,700
New scenes for Warlock: 4,600

The other 24,000 words is miscellaneous: LJ entries, diary, forum posts, comments, notes for Warlock, etc.

The Business of Writing
I finished my first editing pass on The Warlock, the Hare and the Dragon, and made a list of the remaining items I want to change. There were 27 items on the list; I've finished one so it's down to 26 now. These range from "make sure some names are used consistently" to "planned and failed to do this in three different revision attempts but somehow refusing to give up now". Anyway, this was my stretch goal for the month, so: victory!

Books Read
I noticed that I hadn't read any books yet in 2017, which is ridiculous. So I read a couple:

Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Robots Have No Tails by Henry Kuttner

I still haven't read any books written this century, granted. Nonetheless: reading!

Other
I went to Conflation this month! I left the house and saw other human beings and did not spend the entire weekend hiding in my pillow fort. Go me!

Goals for coming month

* Take care of the remaining 26 items on the to-do list for The Warlock, the Hare, and the Dragon

That's enough. My stretch goal will be "do some research in light of the planned revisions for Birthright". If I feel ambitious, I might start some actual revisions for Birthright, but probably not.
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Health/Fitness
As usual, I am keeping up with exercise and not paying much attention to what I eat. I am doing a little better this week than the last several. I bought a bag of mandarin oranges a week ago and have almost finished it now, so I ate more fruit this month than usual. \o_

I got the mandarin oranges because one of my co-workers had bought a bag and gave me a few and they were SO GOOD. Sweet and not at all tart. Then the ones I got myself were much more orange-y and not nearly as delicious. Alas. But at least they're a convenient size.

Writing
According to 4thewords, I wrote 66,000 words in January. 4thewords counts words written and then deleted on the site, which means that if I cut-and-paste words to move them around, they get counted twice. It also does weird things like "count words a second time if you italicize them". So. Not the very best kind of tracker. But it's a site under active development, so some of the weirdness may well get fixed at some point. Moreover, since I used to never track the word count for my LJ posts and notes and other miscellanea, it's nice to have something that gives me a rough estimate of them. Anyway, my guess for the breakdown:

Fellwater: 27,700 (not a guess, I actually totaled this one)
Dragon bios: 3,500
Journal Entries: 15,000
Miscellaneous notes related to fiction and editing: 5,000
Forum posts & emails: 6,000
Deleted/repasted words and other 4thewords oddities: 8,800

For my convenience for the next update: Fellwater is at 80,800 words, plus 4900 words of notes, for 85,700 total in the project. I thought that this novel would be 100,000 words or so, but I've been ridiculously long-winded about it so now I'm not sure. I am kind of tempted to quit with this thing and work on something with a little more mainstream appeal and a lot less kinky sex. But I don't have anything I am eager to work on, so I am still poking away at it for now.

The Business of Writing
I edited 329 pages of The Warlock, the Hare and the Dragon, which was a little over my goal. \o/ On the other hand, my list of "things I should change but have skipped past instead" is getting longer. To the point where I need to make a real list of it and not just little scattered notes alongside the post-facto outline. (I didn't write an outline before writing WHD so I made one afterwards. I am not sure how helpful this really is but it makes me feel like I have a better handle on the work as a whole.)

Art/Other
I did a couple of headers, I think? Mostly I am re-using headers for TME at this point. I haven't really been drawing. If I want to do something mildly productive, I've been playing 4thewords instead.

Happiness
I had several bad days in January. It's hard to say how much of this is me and how much is the state of the nation. The latter is certainly depressing enough.

Goals for coming month

* Edit 180 pages of The Warlock, the Hare, and the Dragon
* Make a to-do list of everything I still want to change but haven't yet.

I am not going to finish edits in February. I had 11 days off in January and only 9 in February, and moreover I'm going to Conflation so only 6 days off in practice. I have 249 pages left. I really wanted to at least finish the current pass, but looking at the actual timeframe: bleh. I will make an effort to finish the current pass, but I'm not making it a goal because that's just setting myself up for failure. Also, the last 249 pages contain a lot of scenes that I want to make real changes to, not just rubber-stamp.

In related news: I keep thinking that (a) I want beta readers to be able to read both books together and (b) I need to do more research to revise the sequel. Realistically, it will take at least four months to revise the sequel. So unless something changes, that'd mean I don't get anything to beta readers until July. Which puts "starting the serial" out to August or September, and publication to October.

... or I can suddenly start researching and revising at like 10 times my current pace and not have this take an eternity. Or I could have some beta-readers read the unrevised sequel, I suppose. I kind of hate having people read something I know I'm going to change anyway, but the reason to have people read it in conjunction with the first book is mostly "do I need to change anything in Book 1 because of Book 2?" and revision will not affect that part substantially.

*sigh*

Well, we'll see how February goes.
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Health/Fitness

2016 was a mediocre year for fitness for me, and I'm wondering if that contributed to multiple illnesses over the year. I usually only call in sick one or two days a year, sometimes not even that. This year, I called in sick for at least six days, for three different illnesses. Ugh. The bout in October, with the cough that took me an entire year to shake, was especially bad.

My diet has been crap overall: I eat too much, and none of it is particularly healthy.

On the other hand, when I was healthy I did generally exercise four or five days per week, so there's that.

Writing

347,300 words of original fiction for the year.

So this was a good year for Churning Out the Words. I finished the first draft for three books this year:

The Moon Etherium
Birthright (about 40% written from 2006-2015; wrote the last 60% of it this year.)
The Sun Etherium

In addition, I'm about halfway through Fellwater, which I may or may not ever do anything with, but what the heck, we'll count it.

Anyway, I've gone from the sort of person who felt like writing 500 words a day was unreasonably ambitious as a goal, to someone who thinks that taking three months to finish a draft means I'm slacking.

I've also finally managed to write book-length-books, instead of doorstoppers like my first three finished manuscripts. Bonus!

The Business of Writing

I published two books this year: Further Arrangements, in February, and The Moon Etherium, in September.

I edited The Moon Etherium this year but haven't finished any other edits. This was the year for ALL THE WRITING and NONE OF THE EDITING. At least it feels that way. At a guess, I'm 10-15% done with the revision process for The Warlock, the Hare, and the Dragon. After a month. I need to build up some steam on this.

I made less money in 2016 than I did in 2015, despite publishing twice as much work and getting royalties over 12 months instead of over 3. Yes, the first three months of sales for A Rational Arrangement  were better than all the sales of ARA since then, plus all the sales of FA and TME. This is depressing but not really unexpected; at the time that I first started posting about ARA's sales, I thought they were largely due to effects that I couldn't duplicate again.

Still, I am particularly sad about The Moon Etherium. It's made less than $200 in the first three months of release (that's less than 5% of ARA's sales over its first three months). I love this setting and these characters and looked forward to writing more about them. But with this level of sales, I can't justify sequels which will do even less well. I've drafted The Sun Etherium already, and will probably edit and release it for the ten people who are interested. But unless some miracle happens with sales, that'll be the last book of the series.

Art/Other

I did a fair amount of sketching and small marker and digital pieces in 2016.  I did probably my best digital painting ever, and decided it wasn't good enough to be a book cover. I did a couple of cover variants for Further Arrangements and I finsihed the headers for ARA and drew some new ones for TME.

I don't really feel like I did much, art-wise, and I'm okay with that. I want to be a writer, not an artist. I did a lot of writing. Good enough.

Socializing

I didn't get out much this year, I went on four trips this year: two to Seattle to see [livejournal.com profile] terrycloth and other folks in the area, one to North Carolina to see my parents and visit Myrral, Kage, and Envoy, and one to Atlanta to attend ProgPower with [livejournal.com profile] alinsa. I did a few long-weekend events locally; Contra KC and WorldCon.

I was on two panels for WorldCon, which I gotta say was cool.

I got out a few others times to see Corwyn, but my main social outlet remains the Internet, and low-key methods of keeping in touch like Twitter, LJ, with some direct messaging in various formats.

I feel weird about this. There are people I want to see and did not this year, and more travelling is the only way that will happen. I am very fond of Corwyn and do not see him often enough. Also, I really love being by myself and not dealing with people. So actually fixing this thing where I am super-anti-social is hard, because socializing is a lot of effort. It is not work so much as exertion: I like doing it but I'm lazy and so I don't. Also, not having a car

Happiness

What a year this was. I've been basically happy for most of it.  Some things have made me sad: the awful 2016 presidenial campaign and its unsurprisingly awful results. On a personal level, I'd hoped that publishing more books would revive my books sales and I'm sad that it didn't.

But I didn't have any major bouts with depression and very little suicidal ideation, so that's good. I am pleased with the writing that I've done, both in quantity and in the stories that I've written.

January Goals

After I finished making all the revision notes, I've been reading and revising WHD in order. My goal for February is to get through at least 300 more pages. This feels ambitious, since I only revised 129 pages in December, but then again, I also made 16,000 words of notes. I can convert "time spent making all those notes" into "time spent revising an extra 170 pages".

This goal assumes I'll revise an average of 30 pages per non-work-day in January, and do no revision during the work week. Since I revised 45 pages yesterday, this doesn't seem too unreasonable.

It will also put me on track to finish first-pass revisions in February. I will probably do a little extra clean-up that's not page-by-page at that point, and then kick it out to beta readers. Then I can do final edits some time in March. If all goes well.

2017 Goals

I've been posting month-to-month goals, and I will continue to do that. But I actually have some goals for the year as a whole in mind, so I might as well post them here.

  • Serialize and publish The Warlock, the Hare and the Dragon. Serial will likely launch some time in April-June. I'll release the book a month or so after the serial starts.

  • Publish the sequel, Birthright, probably sometime in September-December

  • Hire a professional-quality artist to do cover illustrations for the above.

  • Stretch goals: Finishing drafting a new book or three. Publish The Sun Etherium, probably in December.

  • Also, keep doing the monthly updates. Those are handy and not too arduous.


The release time frames are extremely squishy. If I get two books published in 2017, I'll be happy. I don't really care how late in the year it happens.

The stretch goals seem ridiculously optimistic, but the truth is that I wrote much faster in 2016 than I ever have before and I don't feel like I'm going to slow down that much. And it would be silly to publish three books in 2017 and then have nothing written and ready to revise for 2018.

So. Sure. I think it is realistic to revise three books this year and draft three new and different books.

Also, I am a pod person and I'm very sorry if you liked the Rowyn I killed and devoured in 2016 so I could take her place. If it's any consolation, she felt no pain and also got to miss Brexit and the Trump election so, y'know. There's that.

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