Another one bites the dust!

by Doc Coleman on February 13, 2013 · 4 comments

in Short Stories, WIP

I must say, right at this moment, I feel like the Magic Spreadsheet works wonders. I started using the Magic Spreadsheet on February 1st. Now, as I’m writing this on the evening of February 12th, I’ve racked up over twelve thousand words written! And what’s more, I broke my streak last Wednesday when I had an event in the evening that kept me from stealing any keyboard time. And that’s not counting the words in this post. That’s over a thousand words a day! More than just racking up a lot of words, I finished the first draft of my short story for The Way of the Gun Anthology. It came in a bit long. Almost 14 thousand words, but I think I’ve got a pretty good story. Now I just need to figure out what to write next…

Part of this problem is that with all the writing I’ve done, I haven’t been doing enough plotting. The other part is I’ve got at least three projects that need to go into an editing phase. That certainly seems like something that will break my writing streaks.

The first thing on my editing chopping block is my short story “Welcome to Paradox”. I have tried to get that story ready to publish since October 2011! I even have a lovely cover for it thanks to Starla Huchton. I have made this story take the back seat for new writing again and again. It is way past time I got it out the door and made it start earning. But first, I have to edit it and lay it out.

Next on the hit parade is The Perils of Prague. This story has sat for over six months. I need to do the second draft and see about recruiting Beta Readers for it. Why the urgency? This book is the first in a series. I really need to finish it before I can write the other books. Of course, I would also like to have it professionally edited to make it the best book it can possibly be. For that, I either need an angel, or seed money. If I had more readers, I might consider a Kickstarter campaign, but right now there is no way I could make goal.

Last on the editing block, is my short story “The Price of Surrender”. This one needs editing, layout, and a cover. When it was podcast on Every Photo Tells… it got a pretty good response. I hope it does even better when I get it up as an e-book. But I gotta get it ready, first.

And then there is ACX. I have picked out the first novel I plan to audition for, and I will record that audition later this week. My wife and I have even talked about what we can do to improve our recording set up. I think we are going to see about creating a setup for an impromptu recording booth in our craft room.

And when I return to writing? Well, then it will have to be The Bright Lands. I need to complete the novel, because I know some folks are eagerly awaiting it. That would be you, Melissa Hay! In order to get there, I still have to finish plotting the story out. I know some major points, but I need to break it down further.

So, I have my work cut out for me. I have had a great February of writing, but it may have to take a hit as my editing tasks move to the top of the priority list. For this week, I shall bask in having the progress bar for the Way of The Gun at 100% for a while longer. Then it will drop off the list until edits and rewrites come back for it. Still, getting a story done is an awfully nice Valentine’s present, right?

Talk to you next time!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Veronica February 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Yay for finishing stories! I love the Magic Spreadsheet, too. It’s a wonderful method of tracking and encouragement. 12K words is impressive!


2 Doc Coleman February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

I was very surprised that my numbers were that high. I knew that I had a couple 2000 plus days, but I didn’t think I did that well. But looking at my numbers, I rarely stopped under 500 words and that brings the average up. I hope that by the time I get back to Bright Lands I do as well.

Which tab are you on in the Spreadsheet? I’m in the ISBW three tab.



3 Melissa (My words and pages) February 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Wow, Sounds like an amazing month and so soon! You have been a writing fiend! lol. That’s amazing. But sounds like you need to get to other things too. Looks like you have an amazing plan in the works. Here’s to getting to all done. 🙂

Hahaha, and thanks for the shout out. I’m waiting, patiently I might add, for Bright Lands. 😉


4 Doc Coleman February 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This is shaping up to be a big year. If I can keep up the kind of momentum I built in the first half of February, I should be releasing stuff like a madman. Then again, my estimates have always proven to be wildly inaccurate in the past. I’d like to get a short story and a novel released this year, in addition to the Way of the Gun Anthology. If I can finish the first draft on Bright Lands as well as start another novel for NaNo, I’ll be doing great.

Wait until I start talking about The Grey Lands… and this year’s Sci-Fi NaNo project.

Always something new waiting in the wings…



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