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Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 23

Yesterday came and yesterday went. I wrote about 100 words, so I’m a little behind today. I need to write ~2500 words to get back on track. I’m nearly at 40,000 words and I can do this! Just you wait and see.

V&A Shipping II is really starting to take shape. I’d say I’m just past the half-way point of the novel and strange things are about to occur. There will be chases, explosions, and trouble. Lots and lots of trouble. It’s a fun time to sit and write this book. I’m really having a good time.

So why didn’t I write yesterday? Well, I read a bunch. I read some more. did some stuff around the house, started to watch a movie with the wife and my favorite daughter, then we went back to the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner breakfast (that’d be thanksgiving dinner with eggs the morning after). Played with the nieces and nephews. My favorite daughter introduced her boyfriend to the family.

Then we went to the Millican’s son’s football game. It wasn’t an easy game. The other team had an incredible running game that the defense didn’t shut down until it was too late. They still had a great showing and never gave up. I was happy to see how well they did.

Finally got home and thought about writing, but my brain just wanted to go to sleep. I read for a little bit and finally around midnight I was out like a light.

I slept in this morning. I still need to get Sputtery truck checked. I’ll do that later today. For now I need to knock out some words, get our heroes just a little deeper into trouble (after a botched rescue attempt), and see where the story takes us. I already have an end in mind, but I need to stir the pot a little more before I get there.

There are words to write and they ain’t gonna write themselves!

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

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Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 22

Today is a good day. Well, mostly.

First, I’m still on track with NaNoWriMo. I managed to find a quiet corner yesterday while the wife and my favorite daughter got ready to go to the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. I knocked out roughly 1700 words. Today I just need 1000 words to stay on track (I’ll be doing that next).

Thanksgiving dinner was incredible. I had more than enough to eat and there is more than enough for leftovers this morning. We’ll be heading there in a couple hours for breakfast which will consist of thanksgiving dinner plus eggs. Oh yeah.

I filled up Sputtery Truck at an AM/PM gas station (after the wife, my favorite daughter, and others went midnight shopping). I haven’t done that in a very long time. On the way Sputtery Truck got quite sputtery. The Check Engine light flashed, stayed steady, flashed, stayed steady. I’ll be heading out in a little bit to make sure it’s alright. Hopefully it’s just a tank of bad gas. I’ll be contacting my friend to see if he can swing by tomorrow and run a diagnostic on it and make sure it’s nothing serious.

There’s been a smell of burning rubber, but I think, not 100% sure, that it’s coming from the new brake pads. We put a rubber compound on the outside of the brake pads that is supposed to quiet the noise they make. I’m hopeful there isn’t something seriously wrong. We’ll see.

Today is another busy day. I’m going to see if I can knock out a few words before we head out the door. So my to do.

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 21

Let me get this out of the way first:

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

Oh, wait. I meant Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you have a wonderful day no matter where you live or if you celebrate or not.  Take a moment today (and you really should every day) to be thankful.

I’m thankful for my fingers, they help me type.

I’m thankful for my legs, they help me walk

I’m thankful for my eyesight and contacts that help correct my vision.

I’m thankful for the overly full belly I’ll have later today and to the food I donated so others might have a hot meal.

I’m thankful to be gainfully employed in a job that I absolutely love when others are unemployed, underemployed, or just plain struggling day to day.

I’m thankful that my family is happy and healthy even if some of us are separated by thousands of miles. I can still get on the phone whenever I want to say ‘Hello, I love you’.

I’m thankful for my friends who are so supportive in anything I do and even if I can’t always be with them, they always make sure I’m invited whenever something is going on.

I’m thankful for the internet that has given me so much joy, laughter, support, and introduced me to hundreds of friends I would never have met.

I’m thankful that I live in a city where people complain when a little water falls from the sky or the temperatures dip into the high 30s and that’s the worst we’ll see for a long time.

I’m thankful for my wife. She gives me reason to keep going every day and knowing I have her support in all i do makes it so worthwile

I’m thankful for my favorite daughter (yes, she’s my only daughter which is why she’s my favorite). I’m happy she’s healthy, happy, and even when I’m mad at her, I’m happy just to have her around.

I’m thankful for you, the reader of this blog, subscriber to my podiobooks, reader of my fiction. I’m glad you’re here and I hope you’ll continue to come back.

I’m also thankful I’m on track with my nanowrimo novel. I think I just hit the halfway point which means the book may come in around the 70,000 word mark. I know I have some rewriting to do and there are a couple sections that are a little light that I need to beef up. Some descriptions that I skipped over. So overall it should come in around the 80k-90k mark. We’ll see how that goes.

Last night i sat down and banged out 3000 words. I’m very happy with the way the novel is progressing. I’ve done some initial set up of plot points that, when they come to fruition, will make an excellent ending to the book. These characters really do write themselves. So much fun to be back in their heads.

I’m hoping to bang out a few words before we head to the in-laws for a Thanksgiving Dinner that can’t be beat. We’ll have dinner again on Friday morning…with eggs. We’ll have another with the Millicans on Sunday. So this year I’ll get to eat my most favorite meal of all time 3 times this year. I will be fat and happy come Monday.

There are words to write, pies to bake, and food to eat. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Weekend and if you’re not in the states, I hope you have a great weekend with your family.

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 20

Holy Carp! what a busy couple of days. My favorite daughter had a private lesson yesterday. Went to the movies. There were things to do and people to see. I feel like I was running in circles all day.

Plus I was still a ways behind on my NaNoWriMo target. I’m still behind, but now I’m only 600 words behind and not 3000 words behind. The past two days I’ve written 2700 words then 2900 words. That helps a little bit. I should be able to get caught up today and I’ll have tomorrow morning to stay on track.

Since I’m writing fast and furious for NaNoWriMo, I’m looking at December for as an editing month. If all goes well I’ll be editing Astel, V&A Shipping, Paradise Palms, Of Gnomes and Dwarves, Billy Barbarian, and Jack Kane. Yes, that’s a heavy load for one month, but I need to get things prepared for 2013. I have a cover artist lined up and I’ll be re-wrapping Astel and getting covers for each of those other books. I wanted editing done 1st. I’ve already gotten edits back for all but Jack Kane (I need to do some re-writes) but once I have the edits done, I can get them into createspace so I can figure out the bind size, and then start working with the cover artist to develop logos for each series (except Jack Kane). Jack will be the stand out here.

My plan is to develop a minor logo for each series as well as developing an icon for each character to start the chapters. Once I have the books ready in cretespace, and I have them available in KDP for ebooks, I’ll work on recording audio. Yes, I’m going to 100% redo each book I’ve already done.

Yes, I’m being ambitious. I want to record every book in as short a time as possible. Once I’ve got the audio 100% done and a book ready to go, THEN I’ll schedule a release date. This will likely be 30 days out from when I have everything completed. This will give me time to send out ARCs, schedule all the blog posts, make sure the stars align, then BAM! Off it goes. That month will also allow me to prepare for getting the next book set up and ready to go.

Of course I’ll need to try and schedule interviews, a blog tour, all that fun stuff. The more I think about it, the more exicted I get. How excited? Excited enough to be writing nearly 3000 words a day. I hope to hit that number again today. This will get me ahead on my nanowrimo goal.

I’m excited about writing more than I’ve ever been because I can see where I’m going now. I’m not just plodding forward putting words down and hoping for the best. I’m looking at my completed works as products that I can release onto the world and THEN hope for the best. I’ll be producing more work then ever before and getting it out there as quickly as I can. It’s not that I’m skimping on the quality of what I’ll be putting out (like the first time I got Astel out). I’m making sure all my ducks are in a row before I even set a release date.

How excited am I? So excited that I almost forgot that I crossed the 440,000 word mark last night. That’s right. I’m not less than 10,000 words away from hitting my word goal for the year. I’m doing some fidgiting and preparing for what I’ll do next year and December will be a very busy month.

Right now my plan is to try and write 2000 words per day during weekdays. That means I’m shooting for 10,000 words a week of new fiction. Not just new words (like these blog posts) but new words of fiction. That with an aggressive release schedule means I’ll be one busy boy next year. And you know what, I don’t care. I’m excited to finally be getting this fiction out into the world. I think I tell a good story and I hope you’ll be along for the ride.

I need to stop talking about how excited I am to be doing this and actually start doing it!

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 19

To those who’ve asked, yes, I’m posting a post-mortem on the previous day’s activity. Just so there’s no confusion. Yes, I know this is really the 20th day of NaNoWriMo, but I write these in the morning (usually) and haven’t gotten through the day just yet.

That said, I managed to get a lot done yesterday. I bought a step and medicine ball for my favorite daughter so she can continue her conditioning here at home. I picked up some heavier weights. I dropped off my favorite daughter at her Abuelita’s house so she could spend the day with her couisns. I did the laundry. Did I mention I have this whole week off!

Oh,and I wrote 2700 words, made some modifications to my word count spread sheet, gave a LOT of thought to the cover to V&A Shipping, and though about where the V&A II plot is headed and how to resolve all the issues I’ve now brought up.

Even though I wrote a bunch yesterday (not nearly as much as I could have or should have) I’m happy with the progress the story is taking. To get 100% caught up on my nanowrimo goal I would need to knock out 3600 words today. I might, I might not. I don’t know just yet. We’ll see how it goes. I have a lot of other ambitions today and many things I need to do before I sit down and actually start writing.

One of those things is to write a review for Frankenstein. I finished reading that this morning. I’m also listening to The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time Book 2). I never did review book 1 and it would be unfair to try and review it now. I know I really enjoyed the book and I can see why so many got sucked into the series.

I would love to sit here and ramble, but there are words to write. Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you ahead? Behind? let me know. I’d love to hear from you. For me, I need to go make words happen!

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 18

Did I write yesterday? No

Long story short (or not).

Both the brakes on the Tahoe and Sputtery Truck are (were) squeaky. So I went to my friend that helps me in times of need when it comes to the vehicles. Recently we had done the rear brakes on the Tahoe and now that scraping noise is gone. We took off the front tires. Took off the brake pads. Everything looked good. The pads are less than half worn. The rotors look good. So we went to town with some brake cleaner, got a lot of gunk off them and they stopped squeaking. We then checked the fluids, found out it was not a cuase for alarm on the service engine light (seems when you let the gas get too low too often it’ll literally gasp for breath).

So no money spent there.

Then I took over Sputtery Truck. The front brakes looked alright, but the rotors looked in rough shape. Not only pleny rusted, but grooved. The rear not quite so much so we held off on those. I took the pads back (under warranty) and got new rotors. I had thought it would be a difficult job, but it was only two more bolts and bam, we had the rotors off, the pads off, and we went to Auto Zone.

While we were there, I picked up a new air filter (can’t hurt) and a needed serpintine belt. We got back and did the brakes first. WOW! Shiny new rotors look great! The new pads were THICK! Yeah, needless to say it was fun putting everything back together as it was a snug fit. Tires back on, new belt, new air filter. Sputtery truck is happy as can be now.

Then I had to get home, get cleaned up, and get my favorite daughter to club volleyball tryouts. She did great! Can’t wait for this season to start. Practice starts in December and the first game will be the second week in January. Hopefully the girls have a great season. Many of the same girls are trying out that were there last year.

So writing, yeah. Didn’t happen yesterday. I got a late blog post in and that was about it. There will be words today. I’m off from work this week so I’m going to try and not only make up those words, but get ahead as far as I can. I’ve had a couple great ideas for V&A II as wel as some great ideas for the covers of I and II. December will see me get through a lot of edits as I get prepared to take on 2013. It’s an exciting time and even though I didn’t write yesterday and only a few words the day before, I’m not discouraged. This will happen! But not until I get out there and make it happen!

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 17

Friday was a crazy day. I didn’t do much. I didn’t write much. I still managed to write, though. I knocked out about 1000 words in the little spare time I had. We went to one of the local casinos and ate at the buffet with my favorite daughter and some of her friends. It was the Wife’s birthday and we had a good time.

We took the kids home then picked up the Millicans and went back to the casino. It was a quiet night and no one hit anything big. We still had fun and that’s all that really mattered.

Yesterday it was party time. We went to a friend’s house for their daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday. There was dancing, tacos, great company, and a good time had by all. The wife and I had spent the morning/afternoon shopping. That meant there was little time to just sit and do any writing. When I did finally find a few minutes, I did sit and start typing. My favorite daughter failed to mention that her boyfriend was coming over at that time. So my writing time consisted of about 5 minutes where I wrote around 150 words.

So that puts me a tiny bit behind on my NaNoWriMo goal, but the point is, I sat and typed for a little time. That really is what NaNoWriMo is trying to teach us. that by sitting down each and every day you can accumulate a large word count. It just takes a little effort.

This, of course, of what I’ve done throughout 2012. I’ve hit the keyboard a little each day and next time you know, I’ve got nearly 450,000 words written. I sat at the keyboard nearly every day this year. I had some rough starts. I had a couple lulls. But I continued on part those difficult times and I am on the breaking point of making my goal actually happen for this year.

that means I need to figure out what to do with all these words next year. Some I’ve already published, or had published. I have a lot that did not get into print. Some are in short stories. Some are in novels. All need to find a home be it in an anthology, a magazine, or in a book. Except for those words that landed in a novel or short story that didn’t get completed.

You heard me correctly. I wrote some things that never got completed. Perhaps it sounded like a good idea at the time and it failed to come to fruition or the idea was better than the story.  So I have several half-completed stories, some unfinished books, and a lot of written words that need to find completion.

Part of next year will see some of these works completed. Hopefully it will also see many works in print. I’ve got my work cut out for me and part of that is laying out a plan and a schedule. A schedule to record. A schedule to get editing completed. A schedule to get covers created. A schedule to release self-published works.  There’s a lot to do, but today isn’t the day to do that. Right now I need work on my NaNoWriMo writing. I’d better get at it.

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 15

Today is the Wife’s birthday. There was a card, flowers, breakfast in bed, and coffee. My Favorite Daughter picked out a perfect card that a teenager could give her mother. It was a good morning.

Then I had to work, but it pays the bills , right?

I kid. I love my job. Well, yesterday was a little stressful, but hey, those things happen from time to time. Not everyone works like I do and there are times when you need to just accept that and it makes the day go so much smoother. Not any easier if you’re feeling the pressure of things like demoing a product to clients and you need something done prior to that so you can actually perform your demo, but those are the little things that let me know I’m still alive.

I started yesterday at 6:20am and it wasn’t until around noon my time that this was all done. I had about an hour to be fully prepared for my meeting. Oh, sure, there were other things I could do like prepare my script and practice in my head what I was going to say, but I had my stuff pointing to a different server. I needed to swing things back and be fully prepared and make sure everything I was about to would work during the demo.

Needless to say things worked out. About 10 minutes before the call actually started I got things ironed out and was ready to go. The demo went great. Only a couple things pointed out by the client, but that’s why we’re having multiple calls so they can see what we’re doing, get buy in, and they can nit-pick. So they went away happy, my boss went away happy, and I tried not to pass out as the massive release of pressure came off my shoulders.

With all that, I picked up the kid from school, we ran off to get cards and flowers, came back home and hid the cards and the flowers. We had to wait for the Wife to come home because the Millican’s wife was last night (yes, our wives have birthdays one day apart. It’s pretty cool). She got home and we went to the Millican’s house for dinner and cake. There were more flowers and a good time had by all. Tonight we’ll be going to the buffet at one of the local casinos. I haven’t buffeted in a long time so I’m sure that will also be a good time had by all!

I didn’t think I was going to write yesterday. The stress of the demo. The stress of getting things ready for last night and this morning. The stress of stressing out.  The hiccups. All sorts of things came to a head and hit me all at once. I took many deep breaths and the hiccups went away. I had a little over an hour before the wife came home. My Favorite Daughter was talking to herself sitting next to me while doing her homework and worrying if she was going to get it all done

It’s NANOWRIMO time! I must write! I’m writing V&A Shipping II! I MUST WRITE!

So while waiting for the wife and doing the relaxation needed to get rid of my hiccups, I realized I had time. I put in my headphones and wrote for a little while.  I only needed a few hundred words to stay on track with NaNoWriMo and I sat and wrote 1700 words. I blinked, looked at the word count meter in Scrivener and tried to process that. In just a little over an hour I went from “I don’t have time to write” to having 1700 words written. I mean… wow!

I was quite pleased with how yesterday turned out. Lots of things went in the right direction. Today is a much more relaxing day. Yes, I’ve still got a lot of work to do on the project I’m working on, but I’m slightly ahead of schedule. I have vacation all next week. I’m more than 1/2 way done with my NaNoWriMo goal. I’m over 430,000 words on the year (of my 450,000 word goal). I have a cover artist lined up (I just need to write up what I’m looking for and we can start the process). I have a pair of editors lined up. I have multiple completed books ready to be rocked and rolled and pushed out. As soon as I have covers and edits on any book, I will start to record. Once the recording and editing is complete, I’ll schedule a release date.

That’s right. I’m going to get EVERYTHING done and then announce when I’ll release a give book. I don’t want to schedule something that isn’t complete and then have to backpedal if life happens and pull a book. I want to know it’s done. Send it off to reviewers. Have galleys in my hand to make sure the print editions look good. Perhaps get a book trailer together. So much work! So many books! I’m excited for 2013 to get here. After the way 2012 has been such a huge success, I know that 2013 will only be better and see more books happen and many published.

I hope you’ll be along with me for the ride. I’ll post all throughout the process. It’s going to be exciting. I can just tell.

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 14

Yes, I’m still doing that NaNoWriMo stuff. I’m still ahead of schedule. I’m currently sitting on 24197 words. I had intended to take it easy last night and just write a few words. I only needed 220 to stay on schedule. Instead I wrote 1079. What can I say, once you get started, it’s hard to stop. That means I only need 800 today to stay on schedule, but that’s going to be tough. I will endeavor though.

The wife’s birthday is tomorrow so there will be things going on today that will hinder any writing happening. These things tend to happen from time to time.

428,376. That’s the number of words written so far this year. I’m very happy about that number. I mean… I’m 22000 away from my annual goal. I can’t get over that. Honestly. I’m shocked I set a goal and I’m almost there.

Today is starting FAR too early, so…

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!

Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 12

Yesterday the day job started out going in the right direction. Then went sideways and I had trouble recovering as things that shouldn’t have happened and/or been surprises, were. I will recover and move on. These things happen often enough that even when 3 or 4 hit you at the same time you just laugh and roll with the punches.

That being said, yesterday was fairly stressful. My Favorite Daughter sat next to me for the better part of the day complaining about doing history notes. I offered to change seats with her. She declined and pressed on.

By the time the sun went down (wow it goes down early these days) I was beat, bruised, and had sent out emails galore. I’ve had two short stories rejected that I have yet to get back out into the wild. I had a lot of ideas of what to do with the books I have completed and want to get out into the wild next year (if all goes well). I need to come up with a list of what I’ve got done, what’s in progress, and start setting up timelines to get these things completed. Then I need to set up a schedule for next year and start pumping out books. My plan is what i always wanted to do, throw out a bundle of books, all the potential first in a series, and see what sticks.

Off the top of my head, here’s what I’ve got:

Of Gnomes and Dwarves (books 1-4 written, book 1 completely rewritten and almost ready for beta readers)

Astel: Chosen (in desperate need of an editing clean up, book 2 plotted.)

V&A Shipping (Book 1 complete and podcasted, book 2 in progress)

Billy Barbarian (Book 1 complete, book 2 plotted)

Paradise Palms (Book 1 complete, there is potential for a sequel)

To Fall From the Sky (Book 1 two thirds complete, potential for a sequel)

Almost-Super Heroes (Book 1 one third complete, lots of potential for a sequel)

A Life of Lists (one quarter complete, need to finish plotting and finish writing)

Golden West (Currently in the middle of podcasting Season 1. Lots of room to continue for at least two more seasons)

Jack Kane (Book 1 done, Mike and I have plotted Book 2, edits being done. Potential publisher interested)

Asteroid Bunnies (Book 1 started, need to plot and get moving on this one)

Like I said, so many irons in the fire, I just need to get moving on these other projects. I need to write up a schedule and write, write, write. You can see why my brain feels full all the time, but the more I work on one project, the more fun I have. I also want to write a few more stories for My Teacher is a… because there’s potential there to write more books and put out an omnibus. They’re all novella and I don’t see any one story going beyond 20,000 words.

Even as I type up this list (like I said, off the top of my head) I know there are other ideas out there for more stories and more book titles. Each one could just be the first, or I could leave it at one (well, some I could leave at one). Others demand a sequel just based on how they’re written. If one of these picks up an audience I’ll, of course, continue in that series first before either finishing off one book that hasn’t found an audience yet. More than likely, V&A Shipping will be the first, followed by Of Gnomes and Dwarves, a re-realease of Astel, and then I’ll need to figure out where to go next.

I’ve got a spread sheet to track my writing progress, now I need one to track my books, set up release dates (which I won’t do until editing and book covers are 100% complete). Only then will I schedule a book, but then I need to track it’s progress. How is it selling month to month? How much time before I release a sequel? Do I put out V&A Shipping and release a sequel in 3 months? 6 months? Once a year? So much to think about and I know I just need to spend some time sitting and working it all out.

That’s likely not going to happen in November because I’m working on NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on my mind. I’m not going to bail out of NaNoWriMo this year like I did last year.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo! I’m currently 21788 and I haven’t written yet today. I was a little behind, but I’ve more than caught up now. I’m about to jump into act II as people like to call it. The action will take a little dip, then start to ratchet back up and when we move into act III things will be moving at a breakneck pace (or so I hope). Then some wrap up and we should land right around the 90,000 word mark where book 1 came in at. I’m very excited to actually be writing this sequel. I missed Vic, Joey, June, and the rest of the crew. I know readers (well, listeners) have wanted more from these guys, and I hope they’ll be pleased.

Now that I’m thinking about the sequel. I WILL release all my books as podiobooks when I release them. I will start the audio from this page the same day the book is released. I’ll do a couple of things (at least this is the plan). I’ll post a chapter per day to read, post an audio section once per week, and have the book as ebook and print book for sale. So day one of a book’s release would see first chapter, first audio, print, ebook, all up on the same day. Hopefully this will drive people insane and make them want to go out and buy the book.

This is the plan, but first I need to get a lot of things done. So much on my mind and so many things to do before this will see the light of day. I’d better get at it!

Until Tomorrow!

WOO WOO!