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Master List of Progress Reports - 2001

2001: Year In Review

I posted 60 chapters in 2000. In 2001, it was only 14 (though I did post multiple chapters at once, which I think should count for something).

Yet, I actually think I had a bit more of a handle on my writing than I did the previous year. Sure, the quantity was down, but I think the quality was up.

I was starting to get critical feedback from some of my readers (otherwise known as beta-readers, who I ended up calling my BetaWolves). Every new chapter went through BetaWolf and that added considerable time to the process of writing and posting, especially when a chapter ended up going through several rounds of critiquing and editing. So, not only did the amount of time I could set aside for writing dwindle to nearly nothing, the journey from writing the text to posting it online increased from hours to months.

The real kicker, though, was that on top of work and life and the stories I'd already posted online, I was also starting a bunch of new stories, only a few of which are listed on this site in the Uncharted section (the actual number of stories I have on the backburner is somewhere around a dozen, so factor that in when you don't see an update; I might've been working on a story I haven't listed on the site yet; that's also true for my fan fiction, which isn't tracked at all, except for when it's actually posted on my fanfic site).

I just kept coming up with ideas I couldn't leave alone. I started The Enchanted Queendom series (5 books). I kept getting pulled into working on The Kindari Saga (5 books, though I was contemplating 7 back then). There were others, but I mostly just dabbled in them. But all of that put together placed a huge strain on my ability to finish anything.

If you think of the time I had to write as a pie chart, with each story getting it's own equal share of the pie (unrealistic, I know, but let's go with it anyway), then as each new story is added, the individual slices get smaller and smaller to accommodate those new slices. While I might get a little work done on each story, it was rarely enough to complete an entire chapter, hence I only finished about a quarter of the chapters I had the previous year.

Moral of the Story

Sometimes, you just have to take what you can get.

While it sucks that I wasn't able to continue posting at the same pace as before, I'm proud of the balancing act I was able to manage. I only wish I'd been able to continue it through the rest of the decade. I think if I had, at least several of my stories would be finished by now. On the other hand, those stories wouldn't be the same as what I'm making them now, so maybe it comes back to my old motto: Everything happens for a reason. I can only hope my stories will be better for being completed after so long a time marinating and maturing along with my writing.

December - 2001
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Dec.31.2001

Bloodlines ~ Worked on research

Dec.13.2001

New Gaia ~ Worked on chapter 21
November - 2001
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Nov.27.2001

Assassin ~ Finished a rough draft of the rest of the story (chapters 17-24)

Nov.24.2001

Assassin ~ Finished a rough draft of chapter 16

Nov.19.2001

New Gaia ~ Worked on revisions for chapter 21

Sent chapter 21 to BetaWolf

Nov.18.2001

New Gaia ~ Worked on revisions for chapter 21

Nov.15.2001

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapters 7, 8, and 9

Nov.08.2001

Bloodlines ~ Sent the revised chapter 7 to BetaWolf
October - 2001
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Oct.16.2001

Assassin ~ Posted chapters 14 and 15

Oct.12.2001

Assassin ~ Sent the revised chapters 14 and 15 to BetaWolf

Oct.11.2001

Bloodlines ~ Sent chapters 7, 8, and 9 to BetaWolf
September - 2001
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Sep.--.2001

No story updates ~ Blog post says I was working on site redesign (started back in July)

E-mails show I was working (day job) almost every day with little time off to write
August - 2001
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Aug.28.2001

Assassin ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.10.2001

Assassin ~ Sent chapters 14 and 15 to BetaWolf
July - 2001
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Jul.24.2001

A Bondage Primer ~ Posted days 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Also revised what was previously posted

Jul.12.2001

A Bondage Primer ~ Sent revised days 1-10 to BetaWolf
June - 2001
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Jun.27.2001

A Bondage Primer ~ Worked on revisions

Jun.18.2001

Assassin ~ Posted chapter 13

Jun.10.2001

Assassin ~ Sent chapter 13 to BetaWolf

Jun.06.2001

Assassin ~ Worked on the outline
May - 2001
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May.11.2001

A Bondage Primer ~ Sent days 6, 9, and 10 to BetaWolf
April - 2001
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Apr.19.2001

Assassin ~ Posted chapter 12

Apr.11.2001

Assassin ~ Sent the revised chapter 12 to BetaWolf

Apr.09.2001

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline

Apr.02.2001

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the story text for Book 1 and a major scene for Book 7

Contains the first half of the second draft version
March - 2001
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Mar.23.2001

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline

Mar.13.2001

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Started collecting the oldest versions of my favorite romantic fairy tales

Note: I can't actually be sure when I first got the idea for this series of stories, but this is the oldest save date I have for the files I downloaded from Project Gutenberg

Mar.11.2001

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 6

Mar.08.2001

Assassin ~ Sent chapter 12 to BetaWolf
February - 2001
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Feb.10.2001

Bloodlines ~ Sent the revised chapter 6 to BetaWolf

Feb.07.2001

Bloodlines ~ Sent chapter 6 to BetaWolf
January - 2001
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Jan.08.2001

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline and notes