bdwilson: (Balance)

I didn’t do my W1S1 update at the end of November, because I’d spent most of my time on NaNo. Then in December, I spent it on other things (holidays are inherently distracting), or on trying to sort through the manuscript as it sat after Camp NaNo and NaNo. There doesn’t seem to be much point in putting up a pretty graphic, given how little progress I made on the short story revisions.

I’d made up my mind not to do W1S1 this year, but then I got an invite to the new Google+ community and accepted, so on that I’m easy to sway, apparently. I expect to follow along quietly, though, as I’m not exactly going to be following the rules. I want to get through my revisions at this point more than I want to be adding to the to-do list. We’ll see how that goes for the next few months :)

Other than that, I will continue to sort through the NaNo draft, and figure out which parts of this story I’m keeping. I’ve been telling people it will be interesting to see what the word count is once I’m done hacking out all the things I changed my mind on.

While I don’t talk about it much here, I have a novel draft that I keep going back to, yet never finishing. It’s been rewritten at least four times; characters have been added, deleted, renamed, merged, split; the setting has been changed; and the world revised and sharpened.

And it’s still not right.

I expect this will be the story that sits at the back of my mind until I figure out how I really want to tell it, but for now I’ve decided to let it rest. I’ve learned a lot from working on it, but I think it’s time it earned me my Drawer Novel merit badge.

Drawer Novel Merit Badge

I’ve made this decision before, and then pulled it out only a few months later. This time I’m putting at least a year ban on it. We’ll see if I can stick to that for a change :)

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bdwilson: (Old Books)

I was able to get some revision time in last month, though I also had another project that then took over. Still, progress is good.

Now I just have to get those revised stories submitted :P

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bdwilson: (Dark and Light)

Another small update, I’m afraid.

Still, I have my first S for my W1S1 pieces!

Anything in yellow is marked up on paper, which means getting the changes and rewrites into the computer. It’s not as fast as I was hoping for when I started posting these, but I’ve still chugged through a decent amount. Enough that I’ve decided to snag another merit badge: Editing! ^_~

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bdwilson: (Grey Sky Reflection)

As a month, August got away from me. I spent the first half wondering how it was only that far in, and then the last half wondering where it went.

I finished Camp NaNoWriMo on the last day, but I didn’t get much else done as far as writing goals. I do have a small update, though.

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bdwilson: (Reflection)

I have to admit, I avoid revision far more than I should. It’s harder to get over than I thought it would be. I don’t even have a NaNo to blame this time around.

My “accomplishment” this month was a quick run through to correct Echo Pen transcription. Somehow I’d forgotten I hadn’t moved most of these stories onto the computer yet >_<

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bdwilson: (Sundial)

I managed the story and submission for this month, so that’s a good thing.

However, it occurred to me part way through that perhaps a month where most of my time would be spent grinding out a novel draft was perhaps not the best one to be setting an additional revision goal.

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bdwilson: (Never Give Up)

I’ve been meaning to do a W1S1 check-in post for a while now, but I keep putting it off. Some of that comes from wanting to do it at the end of the month, when I’m least likely to be pleased with what I’ve done, but some of it comes from missing the mark in the goals I added to the main concept.

When I signed up for W1S1, I had two primary goals in addition to the general writing and submitting: make sure I was turning around the stories I have on submission at a decent rate, and bulk that list up.

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bdwilson: (Scribblings)

I joined up for the W1S1 January Blog chain at the Absolute Write Water Cooler. This month, the theme is to interview on of your characters, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing the different range or personalities the writers are working with.

You can see the whole chain at the link above, and check out the previous entry in the chain at KitCat’s: Twilight Asylum.

The next one is up at Misa Buckley.

I had a whole other interview planned, and then wrote this instead. I changed ideas when I realized I could just have two of my characters run the show themselves, and keep myself out of it ;) Adanya and Skye are characters from my 2011 NaNo Novel, which is currently in the editing and revision stage.

Skye:     Change of pace for today, folks. As per usual, there’s nothing to report from last night’s attempt at getting some concrete footage. I have some lovely shots of a blurry mailbox, if anyone needs, though. Rather than bore you with that, and because she was foolish enough to say yes, I’m doing reader questions for Miss Ada.

Adanya: This’s more interesting than watching the mailbox?

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bdwilson: (Weapon of Choice)

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” 

— Ray Bradbury

I’ve decided to join the fun at Write 1 Sub 1 for 2012. It’s a writing experiment following Ray Bradbury, is reported to have finished a story each week, mailed it out to a magazine, then started working on the next one. To start off, I’m not going to be jumping in at one story a week (I’ll reserve that for a future challenge), but I am going to join in the Write1Sub1 Monthly. I hope that will get me back to looking at short fiction, which I sorely neglected last year.

It seems like it will be crazy productive fun! :)

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