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

Novel Month 2017 – Day 19, early afternoon

Calling this one a little early today for a few reasons. One, it’s Sunday. That’s supposed to be a day of rest, right? Two, I finished Chapter 16, and I want a little bit of time to work out where to go from here. And three, I hate to say this, but I’m starting to get tired of this book. Let’s hope that one goes away.

This session’s word count: 3,612
Total word count: 84,733
Daily average: 4,459
Last year’s cumulative total: 69,583
Projected word count: 133,788

Novel Month 2017 – Day 18, early afternoon

So ends the morning track. Personal plans interrupted some of my writing, but I pushed myself to stay up longer than I originally wanted. Now, I’m closer to being back on a more normal schedule. Since I’m writing after noon again, that means we’re on “full” days again for the average.

As for the writing itself, there wasn’t as much of it this time around. I won’t say I’m in a rut, but I’m definitely in a slower part of the book now. Chapter 15 is done, 16 has begun, and I can confidently say I’m in the second half. Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to do with that half.

This session’s word count: 4,038
Total word count: 81,121
Daily average: 4,506
Last year’s cumulative total: 65.073
Projected word count: 135,201

Novel Month 2017 – Day 17, morning

Still on the morning track, but I’m looking to rectify that in the next few days. Certainly before Thanksgiving, at the latest. In writing news, Chapter 14 is done, Chapter 15 is well on its way, and I’m closing in on the halfway mark of the novel. Finishing the whole thing before the 30th is out of the question, but it’s really looking like I can have it done before Christmas. Keep your fingers crossed.

This session’s word count: 4,957
Total word count: 77,083
Daily average: 4,671
Last year’s cumulative total: 60,072
Projected word count: 140,150

Novel Month 2017 – Day 16, morning

Calling it quits for the day, because I haven’t really felt all that great since I got up. I’m not sure if I’m sick or what, but it’s…not conducive to writing. I did finish Chapter 13 and get about half of 14 done. That’s about it. I don’t even have the energy to write much else for this update.

This session’s word count: 3,951
Total word count: 72,126
Daily average: 4,653
Last year’s cumulative total: 55,228
Projected word count: 139,598