A week has passed since my last update, and I haven’t been entirely idle. I have, however, narrowed down the scope of the projects that I’ve been working on to something more manageable. In 2012, I managed to start a number of new projects, but I didn’t really succeed in finishing off any of the ones that had carried over from 2011. Soooo… top priority right now is finish off existing projects before starting any of the new ones.

Fortunately, it looks like I just finished off one of those projects…

Last fall the Protecting Project Pulp podcast contacted me to read a story for the podcast. I was happy to do the reading, but NaNoWriMo interfered with my available time and I wasn’t able to get the story recorded until December. I had a number of stumbles during the recording, and I wanted to do a cleaner take, but I never got time to re-do it. Rather than continue to wait, I turned in the audio that I had. It is all good audio, it just needs rather more editing than I like to turn in. For now, I’m done, although it is still possible that the editor will ask for re-takes.I’ll let you know when the story finally gets published.

At the top of my current priority list is the work on the first draft of my short story for Scott Roche’s Way of the Gun anthology. I have made good progress on the story, which now is looking like it will be a bit on the long side. As you can see from the progress bar at the top of the sidebar, I’m over half way to my word target. Unfortunately, I think I’m about a third of the way into the story. I expect that editing will cut it down a bit, but it won’t surprise me if I still overshoot the word target.

I’m also trying to keep the Swimming Cat Studios Presents Balticon 46 special going. I’m trying to push ahead with the episodes so that I can finish Balticon 46 before it is time to go to Balticon 47. The next episode is almost complete, and should drop into the feed sometime next week. My long-term goal is to pump out a new episode every two weeks or so until it is done. Wish me luck.

I’m also hoping to squeeze in some time to bring back the Wayback Machine posts to fill in the missing elements of the Master Feed. Of course, the longer they are left, the more there will be to catch up. We’ll see how that goes.

Once the first draft of my Way of the Gun story gets sent off, I’m going to turn my attentions to editing and publishing my short story Welcome to Paradox. This is one of my projects that has been left over from 2011. I intended to publish it back then. I had even released the cover art for the e-book, but never got a chance to get started with the editing. Now is time to edit it and get the e-book published.

Once Paradox is away, then it is time to work on the second draft of Perils. I’ve got some sizable re-writes to do for Perils, and feedback from my Alpha readers to go through. I’ve got a number of new elements to add in the second draft, plus filling in some holes and tightening up the pacing. My goal for 2013 is to get the second draft of Perils done and out to Beta readers before the end of the year. This may severely limit what else I’m going to be able to do.

There are other things I’d like to complete in 2013, but if I’ve learned one thing from 2012, it is that you shouldn’t plan on getting too much done. There are just too many things that can interfere with the schedule.

Well, I guess that is it until next time.

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