Novel Month 2017 – Day 28, evening

Chapter 24, done. Six chapters to go, and we may have our first actual sighting of the villain. Yay, me. Not much else to say. I’m getting close to the end of this novel, and I hope I can keep this up until I make it there. Shouldn’t be too long now. Oh, and Rudolph comes on tonight, which is as good a sign as any that November is about done. Bring it on, Christmas!

This session’s word count: 4,917
Total word count: 127,342
Daily average: 4,547
Last year’s cumulative total: 98,540
Projected word count: 136,437

Novel Month 2017 – Day 27, evening

That one took a lot longer than I thought. Chapter 23 is done, thankfully, but the little streak I mentioned yesterday had to end, because this particular chapter (all setup, really) ran a bit long. That’s okay, though. I’m down to 7 to go, I think. Next up is a not-quite-travelogue, and then comes the action. The climax. The easy part, right?

This session’s word count: 4,575
Total word count: 122,425
Daily average: 4,534
Last year’s cumulative total: 96,528
Projected word count: 136,027

Novel Month 2017 – Day 26, evening

So this is a pretty odd pattern, but it seems to be working. Finish the chapter you start yesterday, then write the first bit of the next one. I can live with that, especially since I’m closing in on that ending. Chapter 23 is kind of the jumping off point for that, the part where our heroes set out on their ultimate quest. I’m planning for 30 chapters total, so that should work.

This session’s word count: 5,006
Total word count: 117,850
Daily average: 4,532
Last year’s cumulative total: 93,410
Projected word count: 135,980

Novel Month 2017 – Day 25, evening

A little bit later today, but I’ve been writing off and on throughout the day. Trust me on that one. I finished Chapter 21 and started 22, and I’m in that hardest part of the book now: the part just before the ending. Basically, it’s all setup work for the next couple of days. That’s boring, slow, and really hard to do, but I’ve made it this far.

This session’s word count: 4,638
Total word count: 112,844
Daily average: 4,513
Last year’s cumulative total: 90,680
Projected word count: 135,312

Novel Month 2017 – Day 24, afternoon

Black Friday is here! That’s right, the most important commercial holiday of the year has finally arrived. Fortunately for me, it’s not much different from any other day of November, because a) I’d be doing most of my shopping online, and b) I’m too poor to hit the town in search of deals that were over before I even woke up.

So you get writing instead. Chapter 20 is done, 21 is about halfway, and I’m starting the final third of the book. So far, it’s looking okay. Not the best thing I’ve written by far (that honor goes to either Nocturne or Situational Awareness, in my opinion), but I’m not hating this one like I was a week ago. It’s got potential. Now I just have to find a way to get to the ending, and that’s always the hardest part for me.

This session’s word count: 4,403
Total word count: 108,206
Daily average: 4,508
Last year’s cumulative count: 87,068
Projected word count: 135,257

Novel Month 2017 – Day 23, late afternoon

It’s Thanksgiving. I can stand to call it a little early. I’m full, I’m tired, and I just don’t have a feeling of where this chapter’s going. So I’ll let it simmer for another day, and we can hope that Black Friday brings some clarity. It won’t bring shopping, that’s for sure.

This session’s word count: 3,349
Total word count: 103,803
Daily average: 4,513
Last year’s cumulative total: 84,165
Projected word count: 135,395

Novel Month 2017 – Day 22, afternoon


I don’t know how somebody can write 6000 words without realizing it, but that’s what I did. I don’t know how anybody can write 100,000 words in 22 days, but I did it. Chapter 19 is done, it came out a bit longer than I expected, and it brought me into 6 figures for the month. I just don’t know what else to say.

Happy Thanksgiving. And wow.

This session’s word count: 6,032
Total word count: 100,454
Daily average: 4,566
Last year’s cumulative total: 80,020
Projected word count: 136,982

Novel Month 2017 – Day 21, late afternoon

So I might be back on the “chapter a day” streak. I’m definitely on the “writing during the day” streak. Chapter 18 is done, and it’s the first true interaction between hero and villain. By my count, this is the 60% mark of the book, so that might be a little late. Oh, well. We’ll see how it works out.

Hope you like A Peace Shattered, the 7th part of my other ongoing series, Chronicles of the Otherworld, which came out today on my Patreon. That one’s still my favorite setting, and I’ll be getting back to it once 2018 rolls around.

This session’s word count: 4,845
Total word count: 94,422
Daily average: 4,496
Last year’s cumulative total: 75,193
Projected word count: 134,888

Release: A Peace Shattered (Chronicles of the Otherworld 7)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Sure, it’s a couple of days early, but it’s the thought that counts. And if you’re not from the US, then consider this a different kind of holiday, one where you receive the gift of the Otherworld. Episode 7, entitled A Peace Shattered, is out now. Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to:

Nothing can be taken for granted, not when you’re in another world.

Guided by ancient writings, a new excavation is in order, one which may uncover the secrets the expedition has spent two months searching for. But this one will be different. This one will require native and alien hands alike, and it will answer a question no one thought to ask.

Even as some of the students investigate the ruins, the location of their arrival in this other world, others must carry on. There are preparations to be made, loose ends to tie up. And there is a man out there, a man with nothing to lose.

Only a few dollars pledge to my Patreon campaign gets you this story and its six predecessors. That’s less than fifty cents per book! How is that not a good deal? And it doesn’t even count all the other novels, short stories, and novellas you’d be gaining access to.

The Chronicles of the Otherworld finale, Long Road’s End, is coming soon. Only four weeks from today, in fact, on December 19. I hope to see you then.

Novel Month 2017 – Day 20, late morning

It’s not that late, but I’m done with Chapter 17, so I think we’re at a good stopping point. I’m fully on the day shift now, so this counts as a full day’s writing, despite calling it at 10:30 in the morning. The story’s moving along, and I hope that fourth wall isn’t broken too much.

The basic idea of The Soulstone Sorcerer is that it’s a group of gamers who end up in an RPG-like world. I actually had their GM say that the story was getting too slow, so he was going to “move things along”. That’s seriously how I’ve felt these past two days. It’s not something I usually go in for, but I’ll get over it. If it means writing a chapter in a day again, I can deal. And picking up the pace helped with my earlier dilemma, as I now have an idea of where to go from here.

On another note, we’re 2/3 of the way through November, and almost 90,000 words into the novel. That’s a faster pace than I ever thought possible, and I have an outside shot of hitting 100K before Thanksgiving. Normally, that wouldn’t be such a big deal (okay, it’s always a big deal), but Thanksgiving is on the 23rd this year. There’s only one possible earlier date. Wow.

This session’s word count: 4,844
Total word count: 89,577
Daily average: 4,478
Last year’s cumulative total: 72,541
Projected word count: 134,365