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[Plotting About] June Metrics…

So we’re one month away from SDCC and my 20th High School Reunion!
And I think I’m on course to finish around July 1st.
Things have been going well.
My new hours at work are helping a bit more since I’m now working eight hour fives days a week instead of ten hour four days a week. One day less off but one hour home sooner and one hour later into work.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Have been finishing chapters and putting them into Scrivener to see how it looks.
Plan is for now to finish it. Get it edited. Query agents and see what happens and/or self publish.

[Plotting About] April's Metrics…

So with April coming to a close time to look at the metrics.
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

Judging from my monthly posts I appear to be doing roughly 10k words a month. I’ve only been on this new schedule for three months so I think it’s time to write faster and awesomer. (Yes, awesomer is word. Yes I’m ignoring spell check out of blatant curiosity why do you ask?)
Overall I’m happy with where the story is going. I’ve gotten to a point where Spencer and Melinda’s stories should be intertwining themselves shortly. The constant back and forth that has been going on will be one story until the end.
The target of 110000 is just a target. I don’t foresee it going over 110000 so if I get under the goal it’ll be fine.
My hope was to get it done by the end of this month but obviously that’s not going to happen so I’m pushing my deadline to the end of next month.

[Plotting About] Next Big Thing Blog Hop

So there’s this amazing little meme called the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, and I was tagged by Montilee Stormer of Montilee and this is her entry.
This is simplicity itself: each tagged author blogs answers to the same set of questions about their current work in progress and then passes the torch to some other great authors who will do the same.
Because this fell over the Christmas/Yule holidays, I couldn’t ask around first, so this is as much a surprise to them as it is for me. Sorry guys (not really). Here then is what I have in store for 2013.
What is the working title of your next book?
Where Weavers Dare
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea started from a half finished NaNoWrimo novel in 2009 with a colorful cast of characters set in a universe I’ve been writing about since High School.
So during a writing course I took in Providence in 2011 I decided to write a prequel to all that, my own Avengers Assemble-type of story that can spitball into an ongoing series. And I’ve been plotting about with it ever since using Rhody Writing Group for feedback.
What genre does your book fall under?
Science Fiction.
What is the synopsis or blurb for this book?
The age of gods walking across the stars is over.
The ambers of the last great war have cooled to nothing.
The myth of Houses filled with Mages, mechanical mecha and Star Carriers that used defend and protect entire galaxies is just that. The Houses have moved closer to the inner coils of the galaxy. Leaving the outer coils to either fend for themselves or die.
It is in one of these outer coils where something is moving across the desert plains of Stuk’s Hollow. Whispers of the night lighting up as bright as day and reports of missing workers have doubled. The law is afraid and does nothing. The people of the Hollow lock their doors at night, spin up their defense wards and sleep with their weapons under their pillows for death has come to their planet.
A Specter of Death has been seen, one using a human skull as a mask. It commands over a group of diggers. They work all hours of the night and day out beyond where the law’s fingers cannot touch.
They have found something powerful. They will repair it. They will keep it. No one will stop them this time.
Unfortunately, someone has found them. Fell out of the sky. A Weaver. Not a Mage. Gone for ten years they said but he’s alive.
Spencer Cross has returned.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Spencer: Wilmer Valderrama
Melinda: Chloe Grace Moretz
Thomas: James McAvoy
Jainey: Sigourney Weaver
Augie: Michael Fassbender
Charles: Mads Mikkelsen
Louis: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rey: America Ferrera
Lauren: Marisa Tomei
Layla: Aisha Tyler
Amara: Elizabeth Mitchell
Talia: Meagan Good
Zi: Albert Finey
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I want to self publish but I want to see it on shelves too…if the Agency doesn’t pan out then self published.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on it but let’s say 2+ years. Now let’s never speak of it again.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien/Aliens, Buffy, Angel, Terminator, Batman, Firefly, Mass Effect, Bioshock, Doctor Who, Archer, Fringe. I figure if Stephanie Meyer, Hugh Howie, Amanda Hocking and others did it then so can I.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
God’s War/Infidel/Rapture, Tanya Huff’s Valor Series, Leviathan Wakes, Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta Series.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I hope the mixture of magic, technology, myth and adventure.
And since I have to now tag people…
Allow me to introduce to you:
Jennifer Basile
Christy Sherman
Andy Affleck

[NaNoWrimo] A metric check in…

Looks like 2012 is going to mirror 2008 with the paltry metric score.
This post from last year will show you how much I was ahead.
The NaNoWrimo Death Bar count is:

I can’t blame it on much except my heart just wasn’t in it this year.
At least at the Write Ins I’m getting some word count in. I can happily report that Woonsocket and Newport Libraries have nice meeting rooms and if we ever get more people asking for write ins in those areas I can point them in the right direction.
So far, the write ins in Providence and URI seem to be the most well attended.
I’ve took my own advice and hit page break and went back to the current work in progress and shifted a few chapters around so Spencer and Melinda (the book’s two protags) get some equal time.
I think it works since one chapter ends on a cliffhanger for Spencer and the next chapter picks up the Melinda storyline better.
The WIP Death Bar count is:

One more chapter for Mindy then it’s back to Spencer and soon they’ll meet up and fight the evil.

[Plotting About] October's Metrics, Gotham Writing Course and NaNoWrimo

We’re now into the final week of the Gotham Writing Course and have to say I’m glad I took the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop.
The Workshop is set up with a weekly lecture followed by homework from the lecture and lastly the writers are given two chances in the booth. The booth is similar to what many writing groups do where the writer submits a piece and is not allowed to respond for at least 5 days.
The feedback I received was great and brought up some good points like: the first chapter is a wee bit slow to pay off.
So, I went in, gutted chapter 1 and moved the story a head a bit and introduced one of the main characters early and I thought it went pretty well. So, I submitted it again and several POV errors popped up so I revised it and managed to keep most of Chapter 2’s action. I now have a better looking chapter one that encompasses the same characters but puts the readers in the action early.
With Chapter 1 locked down, revising Chapter 2-3 now.
For now the word count is lower but if the work reads better so I’m not complaining.
The WIP K BAR count is:

Shifting gears a bit, NaNoWrimo is 3 weeks away and I had hope to have the WIP done by now but no such luck. One of the exercises from Gotham was to plot out a story from magazine articles so I might try my hand at Moon Base Adventure Idea.
A NaNoWrimo communication check is in order for those who haven’t updated their bookmarks:
RI’s NaNoWrimo LJ Community
RI’s Wrimo’s FB Page
RI’s Wrimo Twitter Feed
RI’s NaNoWrimo Message Board
Andy will be ML this year while I step back which is probably for the best due to a job shift at work may be coming up soon.
And, if anyone is looking for software to try out during NaNoWrimo Scrivner is free for the first month. And, if you make it to 50k and validate by the end of November the software will discounted.
PC/Linux Version.
Mac Version.

[Plotting About] August's Metrics

The alternate title to this post: Where the frack did July go and why I hate Chapter 8!
Welcome to August. Four months until Christmas/New Years, three months until NaNoWrimo.
And a week until the Gotham Writing Workshop on Sci-Fi and Fantasy starts.
Oh, and Camp NaNoWrimo started this month, too.
On the life front, July blew by with a week in lovely Claremont, NH at the North Star House. Going from the oldest resort town to a farming/mill town of Claremont was a little bit of a jolt. For one, no light pollution! Except from the train across the road. Oh, and I did I mention the coyotes? I can say I swam from NH to VT on the CT River and had a fun time.
I’ll be posting pictures to flickr soon. The ones I posted to Facebok weren’t tweek as much as they should have been.
On the writing front, the writing group suggested I tweak chapter 8. Spent the last few days at the library re-writing and adjusting as I go.
The postings may become more frequent due to the Gotham Writing Workshop. As much as I tried to use Clarion to get some traction the July vacation while enjoyable did nothing to help my word count.
The WIP K BAR count is:

[Plotting About] June's Metrics and ramblin'…

So with June halfway gone and July soon approaching, the metrics look like this:
The WIP K BAR count is:

The Rhody Writing Group unanimously said: Yeh, we need info dump, new characters are too much and the other things that made great sense.
So, Chapter 9 gets a re-write, again and probably 10 as well.
The Clarion Write-A-Thon begins next week. I decided to participate to see if it’ll help get through these chapters. The Write-A-Thon coincides with the Clarion Sci-Fi & Fantasy Workshop. My writer’s profile page is here.

And, for some reason there’s a Clarion West Write-A-Thon which makes this even odder.
The Gotham Writing On-Line Workshop for Sci-Fi and Fantasy has my eye. The June class is full but I’m looking at the August on-line class.
In other news, the Quonset Airshow had a good weekend. I went in late on Saturday and starting using my new 70mm-200mm IS L Lens and have to say with some practice it’s well worth the money spent. The only downside is swapping lens when I get closer to objects and after looking at some of the other L lens on cameras around me, I have to say some people dropped 2k+ for the 28-300 L IS. I posted a few photos to my Facebook timeline, I’ll be post the rest to Flickr shortly.
The Airshow as a whole has gotten better even if the planes on static display are disappearing only to replaced by food carts and climbing walls for the kids. The aerial displays were fun to watch I enjoyed the T-6’s the most since they weren’t tiny aerobatic planes. No offense to those aerobatic acts it’s just: I like heritage fly overs, I like different acts, refueling by big jets and maybe even the occasional sail plane. The jet truck and combined arms demo is fun to watch but give me something else that doesn’t include a soundtrack that drops from rock to Star Wars to Battlestar Galactica.
The Portsmouth-Boston Airshow in 2 weeks looks divine, unfortunately, I’m busy. Judging from the acts, I strongly recommend going.
On the tech front, I decided to take the plunge and get a retina Mac Book Pro. It should be arriving just in time for vacation in July. The biggest reason for buying it: the iPad just didn’t have the word processor functionality I needed. It’s to the ebook functionality and the web browsing portability. There are some great word processing apps don’t get me wrong but my work flow switching back and forth between app and Word. That and just pulling out the laptop from my bag instead of the iPad mount and keyboard will be nice.
Quick writing links: Pixar Story Rules.
Looking ahead to November, dunno if I’m going to be ML for NaNoWrimo. Figure I’ll decide while I’m break in July and if I decide to take a step back notify everyone.

[Plotting About] May's Metrics…

I haven’t posted any metrics as of late because I went back through some of the feedback from the Rhody Writers Group and decided chapters 6, 7, 8 needed some adjustments.
And, I gutted chapter 9 and tried it from a different angle, that of the villains of the book instead of keeping it with the heroes for so long. In the end, I hope I covered the same ground, expanded the universe and introduced the villains earlier.
Chapters 10-14 are looking good. Chapter 13 had the return of Mindy’s arc and now Chapter 15 hers and Spencer’s arc are moving to intersect.
I had a wild idea to try and finish this for Viable Paradise and submit it but I don’t foresee myself finishing it by the deadline of June 15.
Camp NaNoWrimo is starting in in June and August.
Current count:
The WIP K BAR count is:

Not so bad since this time last year I was at 11k.

[Plotting About] Welcome to Smarch*…

So with my original deadline of February behind us time to reset the ole deadline machine to the end of March.
Looks like SDCC Tickets sold out this morning. I’m going to be focusing on either Dragon Con or Emerald City Con for 2013.
Next week is busy: Mass Effect 3 drops, Apple Announcement on iPad 3, yearly all employee meeting, Mother’s Birthday, a shindig at my bro’s, Daylight Savings Time kicking in and the 1 year anniversary of finding out my writing cohort in crime, Paul C decided to take his own life.
The WIP K BAR count is:

Chapter 13 is finished and still being revised. So far so good.
*And, in case anyone was wondering where the term Smarch came from:

[Plotting About] End of January…

So with the end of January upon is, felt it was time for an update.
Rhody Writer’s Group continues to roll along to a good degree. Happy to hear some the attendees have gotten past the writers block and are actually writing.
One year ago we should have had our first meeting, I’d blame the snow but it never materialized. And, after much workshopping from both the Rhody Writing Group and once through the wringer with the Worcester Writing Group the current count on the WIP is:
The WIP DEATH BAR count is:

I’m going to give myself until the end of February to finish it.
One of the Rhody Writing Group’s own is going to be epublishing one of her books through Smashwords. I’ll probably be following her once I finish the novel. I think I’ll use Extended Imagery for the cover.
Lastly, TempleCon is next weekend. Looks like a fun con and it’s local which boggles my mind it’s been going for 5 years and I didn’t know about it.