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The Summer Writer's Club Progress Report
LilySea
Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:51 PM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


Wrote a handful of words towards a review I owe a blog. But also received edits from my publisher for my book to be released in September. So rather than writing new words, I am once again fixing old ones. Have made it through 6,000 of about 30,000 to do in this batch. My goal before bed is to get to 10K and be done with all the edits in three days so I can get back to NEW words again.

Well done, all the rest of you who are keeping up!


Atthys Gage
Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 10:45 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


796.  Better than that, though, I have mapped out the whole next (massive) chapter.  Uncertainty has been replaced with a pretty fair road map.   A good day (despite the chaos is my personal life).  
Neelie Finn
Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 12:11 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


eek-barely wrote 200 words today-will have to make it up tomorrow!

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 12:28 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Really busy yesterday (Day 13): 407 words!
Daniel Latham
Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 2:04 AM
Joined: 3/1/2013
Posts: 1


396 words.  Progress is progress.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:58 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Bit of struggle on Day 14 but in the end I was able to finish with 292.
Brandi Larsen
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 1:02 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


Spent the weekend not-writing. (And freaking out about how I wasn't writing.)

Rectified that tonight after lots of procrastination, closing out one coffee house, surviving a thunderstorm and the unbearable heat.

1578. All caught up from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and given the late/early hour, I'm 78 words ahead of today's words. I've been writing sequentially, but I surprised myself tonight by writing a scene very close to the end of the book. Always a good reminder to stay open to whatever is taking my attention the most.

Also very grateful to this group for keeping me honest. It feels so good to write with friends.


Atthys Gage
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 1:00 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Barndi.  I'm with you.  I was a little dubious about this club idea, but after two weeks I'm happy with my progress.  Maybe this can become a life-long habit after all.  

Yesterday's progress:  521 words.  
Week's total:   4917 words.
Progress so far:   9751.  

I feel like I need to record the numbers for the same reason I need to record the number of miles I run per week (for exercise).  Otherwise, I'll just keep doing less and less and finally peter out to nothing.  I know myself too well.  

Anyway, I'm well into the next chapter and I can see where it's going.  (Eventually though, I'm going to have to get the names and characterizations on these minor characters straight.  Just busy work, but it's going to become important as they become more deeply woven into the story.  

Over and out.   
Robert Hobson
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 4:32 PM
Joined: 5/16/2013
Posts: 16


This is rough, but I am mentally fried.
2077 words today. When we left Joseph he had killed four of the six of his enemies, but Cassandra got the drop on him and mentally tied him up. Joseph’s mental companion, from now on known as Bugs, is fighting against the psychic strangle hold.
Joseph is bleeding out. Cassandra is trying to find the code to the garage where the cure for ghouls is located. Bugs and Joseph are throwing every number Joseph has ever seen at the tendrils which are searching Joseph’s mind. The glamour, which is disguising the garage, is being probed, but only Joseph sees it, Cassandra is too focused.
Cassandra, a ghoul and a witch, reaches into Joseph’s stomach, thinking the additional pain will weaken him, is thrown out when Joseph and Bugs react to the memories of a prior violation of Joseph’s body. Her eyes are bleeding from the psychic trauma. Joseph reaches his pistol, which is on his hip, he does not draw it, he squeezes the trigger. A bullet rips through his calf muscle and slams Cassandra in her hip. Joseph yells, “Shot you again dumb ass.”
Cassandra, fueled by rage, rips loose with full force. The number is within reach when an attack from another quarter comes at Cassandra. Over whelmed and all but one of her force being dead, she retreats through a portal.
Joseph is dying and he knows it. He leans back and then he hears voices. Madelyn St. Croix, his witch lawyer, shows up with reinforcements. Joe wakes up in a hospital, which is run by the law firm Madelyn works for (Waites, Hannigan and Morgan LLC.) it is for Specials (All the things that go bump in the night), think Wolfram and Hart, but they are the good guys, well maybe.

Tori Schindler
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 6:08 PM
Joined: 3/12/2011
Posts: 41


I wrote 2148 yesterday so I'm 'caught up' to June 14 now. That means I'll spend the rest of the afternoon critiquing (other than dealing with the teens of course). 

My MMC proposed through my FMC's bedroom door. That was fun. She said no, but she was upset and crying - clearly emotional and her judgment can't be trusted. He's not giving up that easy and asked her again via billboards. A close-up of the ring caused a car accident near her college. Oops! I love writing the new-adult market, it's just a fun age group and I can get so creative. Ever seen a million dollar engagement ring? (Tiffany & Co.) And she's going to say 'no' in person - just as soon as I finish critiquing this 30k piece I started a few days ago, and maybe one other. 
Alexandria Brim
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:45 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 15: 349 words. My poor OFC is confused and distraught.
Brandi Larsen
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 8:16 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


573 this morning. Happy to report I crossed the 10,000 word line! Joyful.

Brandi Larsen
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 8:17 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


Tori, your work sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to read it when you're done.

Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:33 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Congratulations, Brandi!  I'm hoping to hit that mark today.

 (I noticed I called you Barndi the other day.  Apologies.  I shouldn't drink so early in the morning.)
Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:40 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


504 yesterday.  (I'm running a day behind in reporting, because I'm doing a lot more with pen and notebook and have to transcribe it.)
That puts me over 10 grand.  


Timothy Maguire
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 6:34 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Managed ~1265 over the last three days. THat'd be good if it wasn't spread over three separate projects.
Neelie Finn
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 6:50 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


Sunday-769
Monday-0
Today-TBD! (time to write)


Neelie Finn
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:57 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


Okay-just wrote 600 words-done for now, I am officially back on track.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:21 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Fell short of my minimum goal of 250 words per day yesterday. I wrote 199 words.
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:18 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Managed 450 words today. Insomnia helps, but starting a new project so isn't what I need right now.
Neelie Finn
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 7:50 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


594-done for today

Chris L Terry
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:58 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 7


Taking some time off to proofread my book one last time before it goes to the printer. 
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Alexandria Brim
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:50 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 17: 267 words. Much better than yesterday!


Sam Weller
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:46 AM
Joined: 5/13/2013
Posts: 8


Didn't get anything done yesterday! Will make up for it today. Almost have two short stories done, then will return to my novel....

Atthys Gage
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:31 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


I salute you all for being so diligent.  I am behind.  I did 440 or so two days ago and only 150 or so yesterday.  I'm going to get back on track today.  Life has been busy and kind of unpleasant, frankly.  A lot of uncertainty about the future.  

The book itself looks great (or at least potentially great) and I'm still spending a lot of time scribbling in my notebook and thinking about it.   I will, dutifully, check in later.  
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:36 AM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Did 280 words today. If this continues, I'll have no choice but to put this up on the site. It's coming together scarily well.
Neelie Finn
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:55 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


937-done for the day probably

Brandi Larsen
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:37 PM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


Two hundred and change this morning on the novel.
600 on an essay.



Atthys Gage
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:40 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


A decent day, finally.  949 words.  Which catches me up for the week.  

 This novel is now over 74,000 words, and maybe two thirds done.  This thing could end up being a lot longer than I thought.  
Robert Hobson
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:44 PM
Joined: 5/16/2013
Posts: 16


1,400 words today.
LilySea
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:59 PM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


Popping in to say I wrote a book review--a brief one--300ish words. But it has been hanging over my head and this challenge prodded me to get it done for the sake of word count.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:41 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 18: 281 words. Chugging along. For Day 19, I'm going to try and get closer to 500 because I know Saturday is going to be a lost day due to a convention.
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:41 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Got my 250 words done last night to insomnia. Spent today working out relativistic kinetic energies. When you're looking for something 'tactical', you probably shouldn't end up with results best described with 'gigaton'.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 10:22 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


575.  Going to be a slowish week.  Some serious plotting (or do I mean plodding?) ahead. 
Neelie Finn
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:36 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


500 today-done

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 1:51 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 19: 400 words. Not as close to 500 as I wanted but now I won't feel bad later if I don't make the 250 goal later day.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:41 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


855.  Brought another chapter to its end.  The story's brief stretch of calm seas and sunny weather is already ended, and more dark skies glower ahead.  

That's all for today.  Gotta do me some reckoning tonight for sliding into the next episode.  



Dane F Baylis
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 11:09 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 5


Okay, here we are at day 21, which, at 500 words a day, would be 10,500. As I just broke 14,500 I'm feeling pretty good.
Neelie Finn
Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:12 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


430~done for the night

Atthys Gage
Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 9:30 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


491.   As it happens, that means 4001 for the week, so I'm happy with that.  

A challenging day.  Those 491 words fought me.  As did my endless lethargy.  
Alexandria Brim
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 12:42 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 20: 131 (already planned to be a lost day due to a convention)
Day 21: 296 (not even the Tonys could keep me down)
Atthys Gage
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 10:11 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Our numbers seem to be dwindling.  I don't know if people aren't writing or simply aren't reporting.   

Anyway, 732.  Not bad for a monday.  
Neelie Finn
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 10:35 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


Tried to make up for some writing not completed over the weekend. 1250 for today.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:14 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Atthys, I hope it's just that they are too busy writing to report!

As for me, on Day 22: 303 words. Almost done with the first section of "The Conference House"!
Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:40 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Alexandria.  Congratulations.  I see you checking in every day.  I'm finding it much easier to stay focused having these small, incremental goals.  

 The book I'm working on was on hold for the last four years.  It's Book Two of a series, and since I never could sell Book One (despite dogged efforts), it seemed the wrong time to write book two.  Now I'm looking forward to finishing this one so I can go back and work on Book One again,  because the writing in Book Two has improved so markedly.  (Or at least I hope it has. ) 

Hang in there.  
Alexandria Brim
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:10 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


I do check in every day because it's a way to make sure I don't procrastinate/skip a day without good reason. If I have to report my progress, I make sure I have progress to report.

I don't think there's every a wrong time to write a book. No rule saying you have to sell Book One before writing Book Two. I hope things go well for you, Atthys.
Brandi Larsen
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:15 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


1200 after a couple of days off. Still have more in me.

Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:47 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Alexandria.  No, it's certainly not a rule, but that was my mindset at the time.  I was still full of naive optimism about my prospects of selling a book, I just had to find the right book, etc.   My lack of success with that path had a lot to do with why I was so blocked up.   

Now, I'm trying my best to not even think about who might or might not read or buy the final product. Writer's write. Marketers sell.  The fact that we are expected to be both should in no way muddle the distinction between those two jobs.  Ideally.

Anyway, I'm writing again.  On a fundamental level, I'm already a success.
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:01 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Clocked around 1000 words over the last few days. Things get a lot easier when your getting into the meat-and-potatoes of your setting and you can start with the technobabble.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:36 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


643 words.   I'm having the opposite experience as Timothy.  I'm getting a little bogged down in historical details (Is it the right fish? Is it in season?  What would they have served with it?).   I still dream of a future where people write dissertation on the bird imagery in my books.   Gotta get this stuff right.  
 

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