Thursday, 24 November 2016

NaNo is Done - Now to Finish the Book

And it's done!

Yesterday, I completed my 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, but the book isn't finished. It's nearly finished, and I'm aiming to have it done by the end of the month so I can add it to the publishing queue for next year.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 Update

Yeah, I know; it would probably have been more interesting if I’d started posting these earlier, but I was kinda busy, so it didn’t happen. I’ll try and do better next year. Anyway, I decided to try NaNoWriMo this year, despite not completing it last year. Here’s what’s happened, so far:

Project Title: Shades of Memory

Project Blurb: When Aggie Dormain arrives in Canberra to paint some old diggers, she does not expect to meet an out-of-work archaeologist investigating an alien conspiracy, much less to be pulled into an adventure that would give Indiana Jones a run for his money.

Project Description: A crime noir novel of between 50,000 and 60,000 words set in an urban fantasy world, where conspiracy theories have some validity and maybe a bit of a thriller as well.

Progress so Far:

November 1-3: Nil words on Shades; take-home exam started, completed and submitted;
November 4: 5,146 words completed on NaNo novel;
November 5-8: Nil words on Shades; take-home essay in lieu of exam completed and submitted, and take-home exam received, started, completed and submitted;
November 9: 4,179 words completed; NaNo novel total: 9,325;
November 10: 2,782 words completed; NaNo novel total: 12,107;
November 11: 4,012 words completed; NaNo novel total: 16,119;
November 12: 8,210 words completed; NaNo novel total: 20,317;
November 13: 2,272 words completed; NaNo novel total: 22,589;
November 14-15: 0 words completed on NaNo novel; other projects progressed;
November 16: 755 words completed; NaNo novel total: 23,344;
November 17-18: 0 words completed on NaNo novel; errands run, family tended, and exercise completed, instead;
November 19: 8,072 words completed; NaNo novel total: 31,416;
November 20: 5,370 words completed; NaNo novel total: 36,786;
November 21: 5,424 words completed; NaNo novel total: 42,210;
November 22: 2,726 words completed; NaNo novel total: 44,936; visitors, very hot day, and lots of fact checking

And that’s where I’m at. It’s Day 23 of NaNoWriMo; my novel started the day at 44,946, and is currently on 46,254 words; I’ve been for a walk, and done the school drop off and a load of washing, and just written this blog post—and, now, it’s back to the novel. I’ll talk about what I learned this NaNo, in next week’s blog.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

NEW COVER: The Sevarine Sidestep

Just received the cover for this Friday's science fiction short story release: The Sevarine Sidestep. Pretty cool.

What do you do when your brother betrays you, and you end up on another world, in the employ of a company whose recruiting methods leave a lot to be desired? Well, I guess you keep your head down, while you try to figure out a way to get back home.

Monday, 21 November 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Taletellers' Slumber

This announcement is a bit late, but you know how it is.

The Taletellers' Slumber released on Friday, and should be available from the usual outlets: Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, DriveThruFiction, OmniLit and via Draft2Digital distribution.

When Grey, the colony’s Head Botanist, disappears, Kiralee worries. When he has not returned after five months, she goes looking for him, for Grey is more than chief botanist, Grey is a storyteller at heart, a believer in the importance of the tale—and so was every single one of those who disappeared before him. Can Kiralee discover where they went, before the stories are lost forever?

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Progress Report: Week Ending November 19, 2016

Well, still getting back into the routine of writing full-time. Studies are over, but the results aren’t in. I got a fair amount done – more than I thought I had. This week, I took a couple of long walks for fitness, and caught up on a few things around the house, while I worked out some plot-knots in my NaNo novel. And I revamped the writing and publishing schedule to something more realistic, as I relearned limits within the framework of real life.


  • New words produced: 21,747
  • Old words revised: 5,914
  • Outlines and Notes: 377
  • Works completed: 21 (for inclusion in 5 different collections)
  • Works revised: 1 (partial, prior to continuing)
  • Covers created: 1 (for this week’s release: The Sevarine Sidestep)
  • Works published: 0
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 440
  • University Prep and Assignments: 0

Stepping Up Challenge Update

As this challenge becomes less relevant to the direction I’m headed in, I will consider discontinuing it.

  • Languages: nil
  • Non-Fiction Reading: nil

Ingress Updates

No new challenges for me, but I did complete the following badge level while out walking. Given I'm not in a position to do what folk call BAFs (Big-Ass Fields) over entire towns or large areas that net a lot of MU in one go, this took me some time and a lot of LAFs (Little, you get it), so I'm pretty happy to see it:

PokemonGo Updates

I forgot to do this last week, so I'm including stuff from the last fortnight, here. I levelled up, and picked up a couple of badges, as well as capturing 3-4 new pokemon, this fortnight. I also cleaned out the pokebag and used the appraise tool to decide who went to the professor, and who stayed. Not a bad reason to go for a walk. Badges for the last fortnight are as follows:

Publishing Tasks

  • Created 2 blog posts for this blog;
  • Revamped publishing and writing schedule to better reflect realistic expectations and life constraints.
  • Created a cover for The Sevarine Sidestep, which is scheduled for release on Friday.

New Arrivals

The following pieces arrived last week and were completed. These will be included in the following collections: 366 Days of Flash Fiction, Another 365 Days of Flash Fiction, Yet Another 365 Days of Flash Fiction, Another 365 Days of Poetry, and Yet Another 365 Days of Poetry to be released over the next three years.

  • FF623—One Storm-Lit Night: a piece of science fiction flash about a disastrous battle;
  • FF624—Natural Justice: a piece of science fiction crime flash about letting nature take its course;
  • FF625—Tree-Time Dreaming: a piece of science fiction flash about dreams, trees, foreknowledge and hope;
  • FF626—The Shield: a piece of science fiction flash about staying alive;
  • FF627—A Recruitment Home: a piece of science fiction flash about change;
  • FF628—The Serpents’ Welcome: a piece of science fiction flash exploring immigraton;
  • FF629—Water Dwellers: a piece of science fiction flash about colonisation and first contact;
  • FF630—Red Tide: a piece of science fiction flash about invasion and escape
  • FF631—The Long Way Home: a piece of science fiction flash about the dangers of space travel and how people might cope with disaster;
  • FF632—Sustainable Aquaculture: a piece of fiction that could be either fantasy or science fiction, all about the fish;
  • FF633—Him Upstairs: a piece of science fiction about a cat burglar;
  • FF634—Party Pooper: a piece of steampunk flash about a party;
  • FF635—Cymri: a piece of fantasy flash about dragons;
  • Poem839—Skyward Hopes: a poem about the hopes of travelling out to the stars;
  • Poem840—Living on a Lollipop: a nonsense poem about the dangers of sweets and wasps;
  • Poem841—The Swarm’s Requiem: a poem about a swarm;
  • Poem842—O’Malley’s Vigil: a poem about a watchful ghost;
  • Poem843—Ode to Calhoun Hill: a poem about war and peace
  • Poem844—The Wizard Simon: a fantasy poem about a wizard and the price of magic;
  • Poem845—Secrets in the Ether: a steampunk poem about the secret powers of ether;
  • Poem846—Victory: a science fiction poem about humans and werebeasts and their differences.