A Lot of Not Much

This entry is part 87 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 4, 2014

Wrote a stats post. Wow.

  • Blog: 90 words

April 7, 2014

So mostly I scribbled poetry and false start number one on a crossover I tried very hard to talk myself out of writing.

  • Fiction: 569 words
  • Poetry: 161 lines | 1111 words

April 8, 2014

I got a false start on my Couples Big Bang fic and quickly realized it didn't do what I wanted at all.

  • Fiction: 184 words

April 9, 2014

Out sick and a whole lot of nada. Technically I did do an interview here.

  • Blog: 770 words

April 10, 2014

A bit of fandom progress, which wasn't what I was hoping for, but not awful either. I finally got my Trope Bingo card and am deciding how I want to do it. Also signed up for Origfic Bingo but don't have my card yet. Best and worst of all, made a ton of progress on the crossover that shouldn't. Oh, and got a good scene start on Couples Big Bang.

  • Fiction: 962 words

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Book Announcement: Dowse and Bleed: A Novelette of Kingdoms and Thorn

Dowse and Bleed: A Novelette of Kingdoms and Thorn

Dowse and Bleed

A Novelette of Kingdoms and Thorn

Print | Kindle | Nook | PDF

Rachelle Winslow was once known as the Database, one of the most powerful special human operatives in the military, able to read and process genetic material on contact. Now she has her own problems and trying to stay out of the business tops the list.

Then a professional informant vanishes from his city apartment, leaving shattered windows, blood on the carpet, and a frantic message that he knows who's coming after him-a special. It's just one more case, even if it could end up killing her.

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Percolating

This entry is part 86 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 3, 2014

Publishing

All my proofs are in the mail to me. Now I must be patient and wait.

Collaboration

Worked on the collaborative short with thecatisacritic, mostly percolating, but 364 new words were in that.

Fandom

Did research for my Couples Big Bang and the attached, related other crossover fic I'm not supposed to write. Yeah. That'll work. :rolls eyes at self: 208 words there.

Publishing Again

Planned out how to do my next collection. Kingdoms and Thorn. It's my current playground apparently.

Reading

Thought I'd get some time to. Didn't.

Word Counts

  • Fiction: 572 words
  • Poetry: 0 lines | 0 words
  • Blog: 0 words

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The Real Work of the Big Picture of This Sort of Writing

This entry is part 85 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 2, 2014

Publishing

So I've got three proofs going back and forth with Createspace: a gift book for family members, Songs from the Dust, and the mass market edition of Dowse and Bleed, which is still gorgeous by the way. I got two ordered, one submitted, and the Kindle edition of Dowse and Bleed finally published. I also have some more editing of Songs from the Dust despite having a print copy on the way because I want to change something on the cover and forgot to add author info in the back. Wow, scribbler. Really batting a thousand.

Anthologizing and Completing Fiction

Creating an anthology isn't as hard as I thought if I have my arms around what I want from the collection. It seems a lot like writing fiction: once I have that handle on the overall arc, I can fly through the story. Same thing happened with creating Songs from the Dust. I knew what I wanted and it just came together with ease.

Today, I work on "Justice." I have an idea of what I want and there's the matter of theme. I've hit on the need for theme and I think thecatisacritic gave it to me buried in with the rest. Let's see what can happen.

Headspace

I spent some time cleaning out my inbox because it needed to be done. I didn't really deal with much, but I deleted a couple hundred emails and finally moved a few thousand into their folders to end up with 9. Yahoo has corrected the most egregious of their errors and so I could actually find my email again. Though the search is still wonky.

Writing

Started on "Justice," then got poetically side-tracked with a poem I want off that 'unfinished' list. Getting back on track. (No, it's not finished.)

Wrote 232 words. Hashed out ideas with thecatisacritic. Have bunny. And got it to 553 words.

Again, will edit this post if I get any more done.

Word Counts

  • Fiction: 553 words
  • Poetry: 102 lines | 530 words
  • Blog: 400 words

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Headspace

This entry is part 84 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

April 1, 2014

So I got out my catch-up post before 9 a.m. and also got my proof reviewed for my grandparents’ gift and the book submitted for lithiumlaughter’s. My new cover upload last night apparently didn’t take, so I’ll have to do it at home tonight. This is starting to get headachesome.

Fandom

My new AO3 drafting process: I don’t like the expiration on drafting a WIP on AO3 or the inability to really preview all chapters of a multi-chaptered draft, so I found a workaround. Create a WIP collection that is (Closed, Moderated, Unrevealed, Anonymous). Post fic to the collection.

Poetry

I have come to a conclusion. Poetry carves headspace in my mind. It opens the doors that have gotten shut and blows down the walls of the maze I raise for fiction. Sometimes I just desperately need the room to breathe.

Just wrote a poem because my headspace fresh off of poetry just got kinda cluttered and I’m feeling tense again.

And there went another one at the oddest of moments. Make that two.

Will edit this post tomorrow if I write any more tonight.

Word Counts

  • Poetry: 35 lines | 274 words
  • Blog: 836 words

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The 2014 First Quarter Report

This entry is part 83 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

About those challenges…

The seven-sentence challenge with the goal of daily production went by way of Sandusky. I don’t know that I’ll get back to it.

The publication challenge on the other hand:

Songs from the Dust

So the poetry collection is published book two for the year. (I’m supposed to be at three, so I’m not quite as far behind as I think, though I still have to wrap up the lagging Kindle and mass market version of Dowse and Bleed. Createspace printed most of the white letters on the back cover in black, with the exception of certain random ones.)

Lithiumlaughter is my poetry ally. She has inspired a lot of my stuff by her own favorites among my poems and those of others.

Currently, the most complex poem I have written to date is “Five Reasons I Love You.” There is a definite stanza scheme, a definite and careful choice about every line break and every stanza break, every bit of punctuation. I wrote in multiple meanings to the whole thing and even though it doesn’t rhyme and doesn’t have a defined metrical scheme, it has a very defined rhythm and plays carefully with the specific concepts being mined. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons it’s among my favorites. It means something different but also true if you read it according to the punctuation, or if you read it according to the line breaks, or if you read it according to the stanza breaks.

It was also written a single beautiful rush. I’m starting to like the epic poems that do that. “History Lesson on the Night Train” started the trend, then along came “Queen of Heaven” and “Five Reasons,” then “The Bringing of Light” and finally “Name You.” There’s something about these poems and what it did to me to write them. I’m really excited about how the collection came together and hope to have it out to the world soon.

Daily Scribbling

You may have noticed I’ve gone to daily tracking and irregular reporting. It works better for me because I’m writing and publishing on three different devices with different limitations and drawbacks.

In new words produced, I noticed that my fiction numbers were best in January, then dropped in February and rose slightly in March. Poetry rose slightly in February, then went crazy in March.

In completed words, I’ve solely produced fanfic and poetry this year (bummer), but steadily more each month. The method works, in other words, but I’m not entirely happy with the lack of original fiction work getting finished. Worked on is great, but finished is necessary. Going to try to correct that despite my Big Bang coming up.

Monthly Reading

January and February went swimmingly. March was a non-starter. I’m moving next month. I spent a lot of money at Costco the other day that I wasn’t intending to and bought some books. We’ll see when I actually have time to read them. :rolls eyes: They come after in_the_blue’s new fic. I don’t think I really read anything this last month at all that counted.

I need to file an extension on my taxes too. :headdesk:

Plans

Get. more. disciplined. Finish something to publication. Finish fiction. Get my taxes taken care of. Consider picking up a book to read now and again, huh?

I always want to put giftfic first, but that doesn’t always work best. I’m considering how best to remedy that. I’m considering what to do when I hit up the collaborative novel again. I’m considering whether to read first because I want to check things off, not just make progress.

That’s the 2014 First Quarter Report.

How have you done for the first 1/4th of the year?

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Quick Recap of the Current GiftFic Docket

This is why I'm a little stretched just now. :grins:

  • Short Story: “Justice” for thecatisacritic
  • Novel: One Good Storm with thecatisacritic
  • Short Story: “Everything is Blood” for lithiumlaughter
  • Novel-in-Verse: Blank Verse for lithiumlaughter
  • Novelette: Fault Lines for Couples Big Bang
  • Meta: Science article series for thecatisacritic
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In the Meantime...

This entry is part 81 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

March 26, 2014

Was chatting via email with lithiumlaughter and this morning, the conversations turned into a 1397 word fic. Whoops. It wasn't good enough though, not quite enough. I'm changing my Couples Big Bang pairing.

March 28, 2014

Started putting together a poetry collection for lithiumlaughter, since poetry was actually happening (research and fic were frying my brain) and wrote a poem to go with the fanfic.

March 29, 2014

I almost forgot. I wrote a ton of fodder on this day, probably a few thousand words of poetry that will never see the light of day, thus the name "fodder." I'm not counting it.

March 30, 2014

Focused on rereading “Justice” and reminding myself of where I want to steer it. Unfortunately realized that I need to check in for the Couples Big Bang tomorrow, so also need to work on that. Finished out what I started on the 29th of getting gift books ready for publication. Will need to continue wrapping that up on the 1st.


So I owe you all an end of March post and would like to check back in to my publication/release schedule issues as well. I’m not really happy with that bit.

Word Counts:

  • Fiction: 1397 words
  • Poetry: 8 lines | 51 words
  • Blog: 18 words

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Scribbler Daily Tracking Post

This entry is part 77 of 87 in the series Daily Scribble Reports

At the end of each month, I usually compile the statistics for the month, provided I tracked my writing for the entire month.

October 2013

New Words

  • Fiction & Poetry: 39,410 words
  • Blog: 9,831 words
  • Nonfiction: 362 words

January 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 17,392 words
  • Poetry: 102 lines | 498 words
  • Blog: 8030 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 1397 words
  • Poetry:104 lines | 496 words

February 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 12,260 words
  • Poetry: 111 lines | 626 words
  • Blog: 4979 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 3443 words
  • Poetry: 98 lines | 612 words

March 2014

New Words

  • Fiction: 14,718 words
  • Poetry: 584 lines | 2858 words
  • Blog: 1127 words

Finalized Words

  • Fanfic: 6861 words
  • Poetry: 317 lines | 2270 words

2014 Completed Pieces

  1. Poem: "Before My Eyes," 220 words | 47 lines.
  2. Fanfic: "Mistakes," 1397 words.
  3. Poem: "Writer's Social Therapy," 32 words | 4 lines.
  4. Poem: "Blanket Statements," 8 lines| 48 words.
  5. Poem: "Friends Like These," 24 lines | 121 words.
  6. Poem: “Empty Spaces,” 7 lines | 20 words.
  7. Poem: “The Soundless Scream,” 5 lines | 22 words.
  8. Poem: “Like a Light,” 9 lines | 43 words.
  9. Fanfic: “Wholeness of Self,” 783 words.
  10. Poem: "Tell Me," 8 lines | 37 words.
  11. Poem: "Mother," 8 lines | 22 words.
  12. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 269 words.
  13. Poem: "Native," 31 lines | 232 words.
  14. Poem: "Moderation," 6 lines | 20 words.
  15. Poem: "I Should Think," 20 lines| 140 words.
  16. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 2391 words.
  17. Poem: "Cursor," 7 lines | 54 words.
  18. Poem: "Unrequited Pain," 8 lines | 29 words.
  19. Poem: "Is Snow," 6 lines | 42 words.
  20. Poem: "Buttercups," 4 lines | 36 words.
  21. Poem: "Open Hands," 12 lines | 63 words.
  22. Fanfic: “God Help the World,” 205 words.
  23. Poem: "Everything's Blood and All is Well," 16 lines | 97 words.
  24. Fanfic: “Perfection,” 688 words.
  25. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Assignment, 1267 words.
  26. Poem: "Wonder," 4 lines | 29 words.
  27. Prose Poem: “the bringing of light,” 485 words.
  28. Poem: “Rothnen,” 24 lines | 102 words.
  29. Poem: “This is the universe…” 12 lines | 80 words.
  30. Poem: “For Sister,” 4 lines | 36 words.
  31. Fanfic: "Demoralized," 204 words.
  32. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 198 words.
  33. Poem: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 8 lines | 66 words.
  34. Poem: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 3 lines | 7 words.
  35. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 125 words.
  36. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 201 words.
  37. Fanfic: Invisible Ficathon Treat, 2376 words.
  38. Poem: “Name You,” 136 lines | 795 words.
  39. Poem: “Tale of Domestic Life in a Series of Coffee Cups,” 19 lines | 110 words.
  40. Poem: “What Happened,” 44 lines | 191 words.
  41. Poem: “The Wild Balloon,” 9 lines | 71 words.
  42. Poem: “With the Tide,” 8 lines | 43 words.
  43. Poem: “Apologies,” 4 lines | 17 words.
  44. Poem: “Daughter Kiss.X Wife,” 6 lines | 27 words.
  45. Fanfic: “Thin Walls of Stone,” 1397 words.
  46. Poem: “Walls of Stone,” 8 lines | 51 words
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Invisible Ficathon Reveals

So the Invisible Ficathon reveals have finally happened!

My assignment:

Title: Knight in Rusted Armor
Fandom: Averil's Atonement by Anne Shirley
Fandom Source: Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Summary: Averil Lester had always been his. She'd been his since they were children barely out of the nursery and Maurice wasn't going to let that go just because a jellyfish duke decided to come along and steal her heart.


Treats I Wrote:

Title: From Eyes of Blue
Fandom: The Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox
Fandom Source: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

Summary: Zyll was frightened, not of her gift but of the vision it brought her.

 

Title: Annual ‘Faxfic Slam - 1918 PD
Fandom: The Havenite 'Faxes Colloquially Known as "Smutsies"
Fandom Source: Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Summary: It’s time for the 1918 PD Annual ‘Faxfic Slam in Noveau Paris! Pick a pairing and write up to the smutsie name. Remember the fun of a slam is to reply to other ‘fics and better yet to one-up them. Do us proud!

 

Title: A Different Tune
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: Sometimes Daddy can be just a wee bit overprotective.

 

Title: Poem: Twitterpated
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: Birds don’t kiss, right? But if they did…

 

Title: A Haiku Inspired by the "Kisses Rang Out"
Fandom: It was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy
Fandom Source: Peanuts (comics)

Summary: A haiku inspired by Snoopy's A Dark and Stormy Night where unexplained kisses rang out at the beginning of one of the tales.

 

Title: Have Her Cake and Eat It Too
Fandom:  Averil's Atonement by Anne Shirley
Fandom Source: Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Summary: Averil bakes a cake—with mixed results.

 

Title: The Law of Sympathetic Magic
Fandom:  The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
Fandom Source: a Robert Heinlein story

Summary: The law of sympathetic magic is this: it cannot be undone.

 

Title: Meta: Preston of the Spaceways, a Retrospective
Fandom:  Preston of the Spaceways, Manticoran holodramas
Fandom Source: Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Summary: The idea behind Preston of the Spaceways: The Holovid was to shake up people’s expectations and make them realize we were doing something different. On Old Earth, adaptations would be called ‘The Movie’ when it was the iconic adaptation, and that’s really what we’re trying to do here: the iconic adaptation.


Gifts I Received:

Title: Linked
Author: ChokolatteJedi
Fandom:  Galaxy Quest (TV)
Fandom Source: Galaxy Quest (movie)

Summary: Tawney has some things she'd like cleared up

 

Title: What Both Will Be and Is
Author: thinkatory
Fandom:  The Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox
Fandom Source: Kairos (O'Keefe) series by Madeleine L'Engle

Summary:

All will be well. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For the fire is roses, roses, and the sight of blue eyes can change what both will be and is. Matthew Maddox, The Horn of Joy, 1868.

Excerpts from a history of tesseracts, and those changed by them.

 

Title: On Names; or, why it rains at a hanging
Author: Raven (singlecrow)
Fandom:  Eddisian mythology
Fandom Source: Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Summary: Eugenides, who comes as a thief in the night.

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