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The first draft of Facets of Glass finished!

I put in a pretty intense writing week in order to earn my little monster, as I explained in this post.

So in order to complete the challenge by the end of the month, I wrote 8000 words this week. The week before, my word count was 5700. And all of that constantly looking up details about glassmaking, travel times in the 17th – 18th century, Bohemian glassworks, regions in Venice, etc. etc.

I know from experience that writing projects that don’t require a lot of research can result in way more words in the same amount of time spent writing, but Facets of Glass isn’t one of those. Though I will admit that I ran by the seat of my pants in more than one scene, making notes to myself about things I will have to research later on the rewrite. 🙂

But now at least I have a complete first draft of Facets of Glass, the second book in the Age of Magic series after Island of Glass, even if it’s pretty rough on some of its edges. I also have a cover:

Facets of Glass

I’ve also been doing 20 minutes of yoga almost every day since the beginning of the new year, even though it wasn’t on my list of goals. 🙂 But it’s making my old joints feel a lot better — and I’ve dropped a kilo without really trying. So I think I’m a convert. *g*

Write-a-thon: Final Accounting

Recap: For the six weeks of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, I had the following goals:

– finish 6 short stories
– get six stories out on the market for the first time

This is what I accomplished:

– 4 stories finished
– 2 additional stories started but still unfinished
– 2 new stories submitted

My word count for this week was 4600. Total word count for the last six weeks was 22800, for an average of 3800 words a week. That means I’m almost on track for my ROW80 goal, 4000 words a week. The interesting thing was, though, that my word count increased during the course of the six weeks, except week 5, when I fell back from 4400 words to 4000 words.

With two stories still unfinished, I’m revising my ROW80 goals. Originally when the write-a-thon was over, I had planned to get back to revisions on the Aphra Behn novel. I’m still going to do that, but only an hour a day until I complete the other two stories.

I realize I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to do, but I’m fine with that. Four new short stories to shop around, and 2 more in the works, that’s a pretty decent result for six weeks. One thing I’ve learned in the many many years I’ve been writing – it’s so easy to kick yourself, but life’s a lot more pleasant if you forgive yourself instead.

“Second Contact” finished

I’ve finally finished my fourth “story” for the the Clarion West Write-a-thon, nearly a week late. I won’t get the six stories done this time, I fear, but at least I’m producing more material to send out into the cold, cruel world. This one is a collaboration with Jay Lake that began many years ago and was abandoned due to novel deadlines and health issues. But I always really liked it, and the write-a-thon was a great excuse to tackle it again.

It’s a monster, though, coming in at 22,000 words. Be interesting to see if we can sell it. If not, we’ll just have to make an e-book out of it. 🙂

Another story finished

I’m still behind schedule, but I did get another story for the Clarion West Write-a-thon finished this week. And with my word count (4400 words) I came in ahead of my goal for Round of Words in 80 Days.

At the same time, I have two other stories in the pipeline, (including the research-intensive Callisto story, which I *still* haven’t finished), and I started brainstorming another story today for a Codex writing challenge.

So if I can finish those three stories by the end of the month, I will achieve my goal for the CW challenge. Hm. Maybe I need drugs?

Challenge progress

I didn’t quite get my word count goals for the week, but I’m pretty satisfied anyway. 3700 words is a good week for me. If I can keep this up, I should be able to finish the six stories by the end of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, even though my third story isn’t done yet. The Round of Words in 80 days will keep me accountable beyond the six weeks of Clarion West, but it’s a good, comfortable pace.

A Round of Words in Eighty Days

I’m a bit addicted to writing challenges, and I just heard about a new one which seems to be right up my alley, since it allows for Life Happening. So, although I am already participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon, I’m also signing up for the ROW80 a day late. My goals for the next 80 days:

– For the rest of the month while I’m working on short stories for the CW challenge, 4000 words a week

– After that, 10 pages revised a day on Chameleon in a Mirror + an average of 1 page a day new writing on Fragments of Legend. I’m keeping it low so that I will still have time for all the research I know I still need to do — and I won’t kick myself too much about it!

Once the revision of CIAM is complete and writing time frees up for other projects, I’ll post new goals.