An end of year update – Merry Christmas!

Sorry I've been quiet since my mid-NaNoWriMo update. I'd like to say that I've been super busy getting stuff done and finishing up my project from November, but the truth is that I've been super-lazy. Granted, I have been doing some work on Edge of December, but I've mostly been screwing around catching and trianing my Pokemons. Delphox will totally kick your ass, so back off.

That being said, I'm back in the game. I've got a nice long break for the rest of the year and a little into next that I'm going to (hopefully) use to get some serious work done. December was supposed to be to finish up my NaNo project and kick WordKeeper V 2.0 out, so I'm hoping that I can still get at least one of those done. I also have the added goal of figuring out how to end out the current Arc of Edge of December. Granted, a lot of work for the few days I have, and not everything is going to get done, but I'm sure I can make some serious headway.

Most of my design work is done for the new version of WKA. All that's left is a few smaller pages and finishing the design of the social aspect. That, I don't know what I'm going to do with it. It might be a little bit of trial and error until I find something that works. Version 2.0 will be significantly more fully featured than the current generation, with a bit of social built in, some Twitter and Facebook integration, a nifty little tool that counts the words you've written and a much more advanced graphing utility to track your progress. Also, I'm integrating projects so that you'll be able to set goals per project and track them independently. Once I have it done, it will be a pretty awesome way to keep track of your writing trends and hopefully inspire you to write more.

Once December is over, I'm starting work back up on Impervious, with the goal of pushing right through the second draft, at which point I'll be looking for some Beta readers. While the beta reading is in progress, I'll finish out book 2, and maybe get a start on book 3.

Though I did spend a fair amount of time screwing around this year, I've actually written more than I ever have previously. According to WordKeeper I've written some 85,000 words since I started it at the start of the year, and had a few really good months before I got it up and running. I'm guessing that I wrote at least 100,000 words this year, which isn't bad at all! I finished up Impervious, split off Unstoppable from the vast expance that was the original draft, got started on the second draft of Impervious, got WordKeeperAlpha up and running, started on the second version of WKA, got a new blog up and running (though I need to keep it better updated), made several new writer friends online and finished NaNoWriMo again with a brand new story! None of this takes into account the awesome stuff that Glenn and I have been doing over at Edge of December where we Kickstarted our first book, and put out several eBooks. We're getting really close to finishing out the current Arc of the story, which is going to be HUGE!

Granted, that's not quite the goals I had set at the beginning of the year last year. I wanted to get a few more short stories written and submitted to various venues, and have closer to 125,000 words written, but I'm still really happy with everything I've gotten done! If I can keep up this pace, I'll have my first book done and available in 2014 with a second and third following close on its heels! That's super exciting and will serve to motivate me! There's going to be a lot of awesome stuff happening next year, so make sure to stay tuned. Hopefully I'll be a lot better at maintaining the blog and putting up some more articles that are more than just status updates between my long absences.

Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, however you celebrate them. I should be putting out one more update before the new year with some updates on WKA, but if that doesn't happen then everyone have a good rest of the year!

Quick NaNoWriMo update

Salutations peasants! It is I, your mighty blogger king, finally returned from my quest for … y'know stuff. Thanks for not rebelling in my absensce or burning stuff to the ground. That was awful considerate of you. Also, in your place I completely would have burned something down. Just sayin'. But I'm back, and so are all the guards and also Steve the headsman. So everybody back to work or Steve get's all choppy.

Speaking of work, we're now nine days into November which means that we're nine days into National Write a Novel Month. I'm participating for the second time this year, after my fantastic, if unofficial, win last year. This year I've got a daily goal of 2000 words a day to help me build up a nice buffer for later in the month when Thanksgiving happens and I can't write for three days.

So far I have 14977 words written, which means I'm about a day ahead (since its the start of the day and I have yet to write). My wife hasn't seen much of me since the beginning of the month, but I think she's enjoying that.

I'm keeping it short today, because I've got other words to write that are not blog type words. I'll check in here every few days with a quick update, if for posterity more than anything else. To anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo, good luck and keep writing!

I’ve been quiet lately … too quiet

I know, I've been bad about updating for the last few weeks. I have this awesome week where I do three whole posts, and then I disappear for the better part of a month. I'm a bad bad man. What was I doing? Who are you, my mom? Oh… well, sorry mom.

Long story short, I've been working on version 2.0 of WordKeeperAlpha. No, this won't be WordKeeperBeta. I have no intention of securing a new domain name just to keep things straight. Also, I won't ever be able to get the domain. Yeah, I have all of three users, including myself, but there are several things that needed to be fixed, and a few I wanted to add.

On top of the bug fixes and feature additions, I'm completely redesigning the UI using Twitter Bootstrap. I think I might just be in love with that framework. Seriously, go and check out and see the difference. Its going to be a few months yet before I role out the new site (probobly not until the New Year, since I've got a job now and can only work on it a couple hours a night) but progress continues.

What does this mean for my writing and Impervious? Eh, its slowing down a little, but not too much since I've been so bad about writing recently. I am still going to take November off from all my other hobbies and pursuits and do National Novel Writing Month. I'll be doing my best to keep my blog, Twitter and Facebook updated with my progress there. I'll most likely be working on the third Book in the Iron Principles series, which will be a lot of fun. I'm going to be doing plotting in October, along with enough writing on Edge of December to carry me into December (shut up). Speaking of which, I should get back to that. I've a chapter to finish cleaning up. I hope you're reading! Enjoy!

Getting ready for NaNoWriMo

I haven’t decided if I’m going to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year.  Well, I know a 50,000 word month would be really good for me, just like it was great for me last year.  I have a TON of work left on Impervious and getting 50,000 words of it done would be great, but I’d also like to get 50,000 words of Unstoppable (the third book of the series) done as well.  It is something of a conundrum right now.

Still, in November I want to try and kick out 50,000 words of something.  To that end, in the months leading up, I’m going to try getting used to writing at least 1000 words a day.  1000 words can actually happen pretty easy; an hour if I’m really on my game.  If I’m not on my game though, it can take up to two, even two and a half hours to actually finish.  My writing tends to go a lot smoother, though, if I write every night, or nearly every night, so that the story stays fresh in my head.  Getting going from a cold start like pushing a car up a steep hill.  In the winter.  And you just happen to be dead at the time.

Last week I did pretty well, writing most nights and getting at least something down.  I averaged about 500 words a night last week, which is alright for a start.  I got distracted from Impervious by  Edge of December by quite a while, but now I’m back in the groove and I think I can make some really solid progress before November.  Now, I don’t think I can have a second draft done by then, because, HO-LEE CRAP, there is a lot of work to do.  I’m hoping my third draft will be easier.  Then after that I’ll have to have an actual editor look it over before I ever even consider putting it out in the world for people to read.  You know what, I’m not even going to think about it for now.   For tonight, I’ve written my thousand words (and then some) and any night that I can do that I’m going to count as a solid win!  One more step to getting this book published!

Sometime this week, I’ll write up another blog post on my Big Plans for Impervious and its two sequels, including the first reveal of the series name, which Ravven made me come up with.  Until then, everyone enjoy the last of the weekend.