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January Update

Welcome to January, and a resolution to do a lot of writing this year.

My schedule for the month is quite simple.  Write for 15 minutes every day.  While I don’t always stick to it, any time I miss, I try to make up the next day.  As a result, I’m writing at a faster pace.

I have finished writing Part 4 of Journey to Ariadne, but I need to have it critiqued and edited.  After that, it’ll be posted.  Part 5 is currently being written.  It’s a bit more heated that previous parts.

If things go according to plan, I’ll have a new part finished every two weeks, but it depends on many factors, such as family and other obligations.  At this pace, I should finish all 26 parts before summer.  However, that is an optimistic estimate, and I would more likely put that date back to sometime in summer.  Once all 26 parts are finished, I’ll do a major rewrite.  What you see on this website will not look remotely the same when the book is finished.

In the meantime, I’ll also be working on a nine part short story series about a dying man who has his wish fulfilled to see the solar system.  But it’s not that straightforward, of course.  I’m quite interested in writing this, and it’s likely to be my first published work sometime next year.

I am also going to be starting a weekly newsletter soon.  I’ll announce it when it’s ready.


December Update

I’m a couple weeks late in doing an update for December. Honestly, it slipped my mind.  But here’s what happening for December.

No schedule at all.  I don’t think December is a normal month for anyone.  There are holidays coming up and everyone’s schedules get all screwed up.  However, I have started doing something new.  When I have time at work, I write.  In fact, I wrote most of Part 4 of Journey to Ariadne in a notebook during my breaks.

That brings us to Journey to Ariadne.  Part 4 is close to finished, but I’m excited to get started on Part 5.  Part 4 is a short one, but Part 5 should be significantly longer.  At this stage in the story, things are changing a bit.  This is where you get to meet the major players in the Ariadne world.

Journey to Ariadne isn’t a novel.  I just want to remind everyone of this.  It’s an online serial that provides a window into a bigger story.  It isn’t showing everything, but is primarily an introduction to the world and some background.  I will adapt it into a novel, and there is a lot of story to be filled in between the parts that you see on this website.

As always, please keep reading I Read Encyclopedias for Fun for a lot about writing and more.

A NaNo November

It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.  Guess what I’ll be doing.

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, though I’m not starting something new.  I’ll be using it as an opportunity to push myself to write Journey to Ariadne. I won’t finish it, though.  I have so many things going on.

However, this is what’s going to happen.  I won’t be sticking to any weekly goals, most likely.  Last month, I didn’t make any of my goals due to various reasons.  But there are some things I will do.

  1. I will post Part 3.  It’s been critiqued, and I have some editing to finish, but it’ll be done shortly.
  2. I will write Parts 4 and 5.  Hopefully more.  Instead of relying on my computer to write, I have been writing during my break at work.  I am making progress.

And that is November.  I won’t be doing any editing after Part 3 until December.  I want to concentrate completely on writing.  That means no posting of any parts after Part 3 until December.  Look forward to that.

A Slow September Leads to a Great October

Journey to Ariadne is going to have a good month.  I have submitted Part 3 to Critique Circle for critiquing after doing some editing.  I’d had a brief delay thanks to a lot of things going on in September, but I also added a bit to the story that will help it mesh nicely with some main plot points in the future books after colonisation.

I’d like to start doing some weekly goals, so at the beginning of the month, I’ll post them here.  The date shown is the final day of the week.

October 4th – Part 3 submitted for critiquing (this is finished)

October 11th – Writing of part 4 is completed.

October 18th – Part 4 is edited and submitted for critiquing.  Part 5 begins.

October 25th – Critiquing of Part 3 is complete. Writing of Part 5 complete.

November 1st – Part 3 is published here.

I can’t say when Parts 4 and 5 will be critiqued, as it depends on how busy each week is on Critique Circle.  But if I get into a good rhythm, I’ll have a new part published every two weeks, or possibly more frequently.  Again, it depends on the scheduling of the critiques.