Final Check-In for Round 4 — December 24, 2015

I hope everybody is having a very happy holiday season! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Happy New Year!  And otherwise, just hope y’all are having a good end of the year.

I…have no idea how well I did on Nano this year. I didn’t keep track of how many words I wrote but I did write quite a bit. Mostly in the Gem City ‘verse. I started off with like, parts of two stories and I’m now sitting on parts of four or five stories! Plus, I’ve done some more work on fleshing out the world, which makes me happy.

I’ve also been doing a lot of research/brain stuffing in the form of reading comic books and comics-related science and philosophy books (Science of Superheroes and Science of Supervillains and Spider-Man and Philosophy, among others).   Which has been fun.

Also, for Christmas, the girlfriend and I got the complete 1960s Batman TV series from her mom. Oh, the cheese! The glorious, glorious, glorious cheese! It even came with a little toy Bat-mobile!

I’m going to keep writing during the break — eventually, I want to corral myself into typing up the stuff I have written, why I’m procrastinating about it, I do not know. Plans for next year are still forming in the back of my mind.

Again, hope you guys have a great holiday season and good luck in your endeavors!

PS: Saw Big Hero Six and it was the best movie I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Highly recommend. Made me cry (duh, Pixar movie); jealous of the storytelling.

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AROW80 Round #2 Final Check-In: June 25, 2014

Tooth News Update: I had the root canal today! It took three shots to numb up my face and the doctor who performed the root canal had a great system for doing it. Basically, he poked the inside of my mouth with his fingernail while he gave me the shot, waited for the area to numb up and then repeated the procedure.

As seems to be the usual with me, the rest of the procedure was easy-peasy lemon squeezy. Well, ok, it was uncomfortable and I could do without the sound of the drill and the smell of burning tooth but the needles are always the worst part for me.

And, they let me use a CD player and I listened to the sound track for Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?  Never seen the movie, but I like the music!

Next up: getting the crown!

Final Thoughts for Round #2:

This round ended up being pretty hit or miss for me. I divided the round into monthly goals, rather than working on one set project for the entire time.

My goal for April was to work on world building, which went well. Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I got a lot of good work done and I continued to work on world building for the rest of the round.

My goal for May was to start typing up my manuscript for Defcon: Fade Out and…it didn’t happen! Not one bit!

Nope Nope Nope Octopus

It was kinda like this. Only I have fewer arms.

 And the plans for June, which were pretty nebulous and hinged on the book being done, were also a bust. Although, I did manage to finally make myself write plot summaries for the Defcon series, of which Fade Out is book #5 (which, as you may have guessed, means I’m writing the series backwards! This was not on purpose…) and I’ve started plotting out the back story for Fade Out, which is going to make the actual typing go a lot faster, I am thinking.

Interim Plans:

Between now and July 7th, I’m going to outline my manuscript again.  This time, basing it on the back story outline I’ve been working on and also using a technique I read about over at io9.com: One Weird Trick For Cutting Down Your Novel (for the link-phobic, it basically involves micro outlining your book and figuring out what scenes absolutely NEED to be included).

Next Round Plans:

I’m setting one goal for next round: typing up the manuscript. I did the math, 100,000 words over 80 days is 1,250 words per day of typing — or, at my typing speed, about 15 minutes worth of typing a day. So, yeah, doable. Just gotta corral my inner nopetopus and knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it.

Miscellaneous Happy News:

  • This is my 100th post!
  • Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was declared unconstitutional! Whoot! (Same for Utah’s, but I grew up in Indiana so to me that’s the bigger deal *grins*)
  • I won a travel mug from my library’s adult summer reading program!
  • I listened to the audiobook of The Scarlet Pimpernel, after finding out that the book a) inspired secret identity characters like Zorro and Batman and b) that it was written by a woman, meaning that women have been part of the genre of superheros since the beginning, yo! And the Scarlet Pimpernel lead me to start reading the Pink Carnation Series by Laura Willig, which is a delightful follow up to the idea of flower-named spies and adventurers in Napoleonic Europe.

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