Post by squirenonny on May 24, 2020 18:27:46 GMT -5
I only just heard about this place over on 4tw, but hey! It's never too late to try something new. Obviously since it's the end of May I've already made a bunch of progress on my yearly goals, so here's where I stand now:
Goals for 2020: 1. Finish Duality 2. Plan Elaiyu's Blessing (The Caelish Order #1) 3. Draft Elaiyu's Blessing 4. Plan Into the Wilds (TCO #2) 5. Edit Elaiyu's Blessing 6. Draft Into the Wilds (IN PROGRESS 49,000/120,000) 7. Plan Untitled TCO #3 8. Edit Into the Wilds 9. Draft TCO #3 10. Plan The Watchful Void (TCO #4) 11. Edit TCO #3 12. Draft The Watchful Void 13. Edit The Watchful Void
(I'm also anticipating a shorter second round of edits for each book; EB certainly still needs a bit of tweaking. But the first edit is the one that's wordy--new and rewritten scenes, dealing with surprise subplots and characters--so that's the one that makes this master list.)
It's a bit late in the month to go into May's goals (I'm running a bit behind on them, anyway, and had to adjust), so here's June's:
June 2020 (tentative):
1. Finish the first draft of Into the Wilds (~60,000 words, depending on this next week) 2. Plan TCO #3 (~10,000 words) (3. Second revision on EB, assuming ITW doesn't balloon out of my control.)
I'll finalize those next week, and hopefully by then I'll have figured out how to do a blurb to tell you all a little more about this series.
I'm curious, What does your series name TCO stand for?
The Caelish Order. The series revolves around beings called Elaiyu and the humans who interact with them. Many experts consider Elaiyu the origin for most stories of fae encounters and some stories of demons. They can be summoned and bartered with, but since they have magic humans can't use, they can be incredibly dangerous. The Caelish Order is a federal bureau organized to regulate summoning and deal with Elaiyu-related crime (rampaging Elaiyu, illegal summonings, ect), and the main characters are agents of the Caelish Order--or Hunters, in layman's terms. Of course, book one has them chasing rumors of a conspiracy within the Order, so now they're the ones being hunted.
Post by squirenonny on Jun 4, 2020 11:13:01 GMT -5
A few days late for my June update, whoops. This week has been a bit of a mess. But here we go:
YTD Progress as of May 31: 388,547/750,000 (52%)
Ahead of schedule! I had a fantastic start to the year and shot ahead, so although April and May were both a little below target (56k and 52k respectively) because of editing in April and general stress in May, I'm still holding strong. I've mostly worked through the stress that hit me hard in May and making forward progress on this book again. Hoping to up the word output again this month to keep ahead of my 2020 goal, since I still have a good bit of editing to do in the coming months.
1. Finish first draft of Into the Wilds (63k/120k) 2. Plan TCO#3 (tentative title: The Mark of Sealing) (0/10k)
Bonus Goal: Brainstorm & worldbuild for new project(urban fantasy/paranormal adventure serial) (Yeah, that one snuck up on me, but I've done about 5k of brainstorming on it in the last week, so I'm going to let myself explore this in between my main goals for the month, see where it takes me. Current plan is for this to become my next main project after TCO is finished.)
Total word count goal for the month: 75,000
Edit: Put the wrong YTD wordcount in the first time around. Not sure what that number was tbh. Oh, well. Now it's fixed!
Post by squirenonny on Jun 9, 2020 20:48:52 GMT -5
Progress on June's Goals:
Word count: 17,902/75,000 (24%) (TYD: 406,449/750,000)
1. Finish first draft of Into the Wilds (74k/120k) Making good progress here. About 12k of my writing so far this month has been toward this draft, with an additional 1k of notes/worldbuilding and 2k of planning (I modify my outline as I go and outline each 4-6 chapter chunk in more detail as I come to it.) Hoping to reach the buildup to the climax this week around the 85k mark. I've been picking up extra hours at work for the last 6-ish weeks, but this week will be the last week of the extra shift, so starting next week I should be cruising again--just in time for the end of book rush. Might be a bit of a big ask, but I'm aiming to finish the draft by the 26th and spend the last few days of the month planning book 3.
2. Plan TCO#3 (tentative title: The Mark of Sealing) (0/10k) Not there yet, though I've started to make notes for what book three needs to cover. I've been putting together a new plot structure worksheet to try out for this book. Been trying a few of the existing ones and none is quite right for me. Either there's not enough detail or there's way too much, so I'm working on building a hybrid that will hopefully make planning this book quick.
Bonus: Brainstorm & worldbuild for new project (urban fantasy/paranormal adventure serial) The other ~3k from this months word count to date goes to this project. Getting a good feel for the characters and world, and the shape of the first book is solidifying in my head. Not letting myself actually outline it quite yet. Wait your turn, would you?
All in all, I'm pretty comfortable with my pace so far. A touch behind by date, but last week was my sister's birthday, and basically two full days went to trying to make it as celebratory as possible in the midst of a pandemic, so I can't complain. Just need to keep up the pace and take advantage of the extra day off returning next week. I tend to get swept up in the excitement at the end of a story anyway, so hopefully that momentum will help. (I can safely say I've made it through the middle-of-the-book slump at this point, so yay!)
Post by squirenonny on Jun 15, 2020 19:12:09 GMT -5
Been a pretty good week. Made solid progress on the book and started poking at cover ideas. They still need work, but I like where they're heading.
Word Count: 39,946/75,000 (53%) YTD: 426,419/750,000 (57%)
Made up for the slight deficit I was at last week, so I'm now officially ahead of the curve!
Progress On June's Goals:
1. Finish first draft of Into the Wilds: 87,579/120,000 Coming along nicely, and there's a chance I'll come in slightly under that 120k number. Today I did the detailed outline for the last 12 chapters, which comprise the climax and resolution. Most of those chapters are going to be much shorter than my average so far because I'll be switching between the two main plot lines (where the B plot POV only showed up every 3-5 chapters through the first two acts.) I'm expecting 20-30k to finish this draft. Definitely doable in the next two weeks. Hoping that climax hype helps me get through it even faster. (I'm pumped just looking at my updated outline.)
At the same time, I've started a reread beginning with book 1, which came back from the last of my alphas I'm realistic expecting a response from. They didn't find any glaring issues, aside from the lack of immediate sequel haha. Going through with fresh eyes and making notes, but mainly reminding myself of the story so far. I'll continue on into book 2, and because I'm sure I've dropped some plot threads (just picked up two of them in the last few chapters, so I'll need to retcon a few things in my edits lol) hopefully I'll be able to adapt the climax outline to account for whatever else I missed.
2. Plan TCO #3 (tentative title The Mark of Sealing): 0/10,000 Still not there, still excited to get there. Have some big character moments planned out already.
Bonus: Brainstorm & worldbuild for new project (urban fantasy/paranormal adventure serial) Did another 3-4k here, which led into another 1-2k of general resource creation. Compiling lists of pointed questions to help me dig into new projects. This combined with my plot template in progress should be helpful moving forward. I'm thinking about outlining the first book in this series after I outline TCO#3. I've found at times in the past that alternating between projects helps me focus, and I definitely felt the focus slipping during the middle of ITW. I'm not sure if I'll write the first paranormal book before or after TCO#3, but I think a short break from this series might be helpful. (And it will be short; I'm designing the books in this series to be about half the length of the ones in TCO.)
Not sure yet. First step after Planning TCO #3 is to clean up book 1. I'll probably be looking for a couple more readers in a few weeks. Then comes editing book 2 to ship off to alphas. Then... we'll see.
Post by squirenonny on Jun 21, 2020 18:30:50 GMT -5
Into the Wilds is finished!
Well, the first draft is, at any rate. I actually really love the entire last act, so I'm happy. I know there are a few issues that need to be ironed out, particularly through the middle, but I'm going to let it rest for a week or so while I move onto planning the next book, and then we'll see where I'm at.
Word Count: 60,946/75,000 (81%) YTD: 447,869/750,000 (60%)
Progress on June's Goals:
1. Finish first draft of Into the Wilds(final count: 107,942 words) Came in a little under target, even, so that's nice. I'm trying to train myself to keep it short(er). Hoping to get the final draft under 100k. But that'll come later.
2. Plan The Mark of Sealing (0/10,000 words) The main priority for this week. Ideas have been percolating, but I still need to figure out exactly what the central conflict is. (I know like four major plot points, but not what we're trying to do lol.) I think I know where I'm going to take it, but I need to see whether or not that's actually going to make for a solid plot.
Bonus: Brainstorm & Worldbuild for new project I think I'm actually pretty well set on this. I've got a solid feel for the characters and enough of the world figured out to move into more concrete planning, so adding on another bonus goal...
Bonus 2: Outline Paranormal series Book 1 (0/5,000) This is a lower priority than figuring out TMoS, but I want to get this plot ironed out, too. I'm debating writing this one as my July project while I edit the first two Caelish Order books, then going back to that series to draft The Mark of Sealing in August, but we'll see. Depends whether I have any time for editing before the month is up, and which outline demands to be written first.