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Master List of Progress Reports - 2002

2002: Year In Review

I finished two novels (Assassin, which was posted, and Book 1 of Kindari, which was not) and posted 36 chapters in the first half of the year. And then nothing until 2003.

If I'd kept up that pace for the second half of the year, I would have posted more chapters than I did in 2000.

So what went wrong? Or at least not how I would have liked?

I can't say for sure, but I think I've figured out several contributing factors. For one thing, I had taken several months off from work (April through July), partly because there was a lull, but also so I could focus on my stories. I think that's what let me post so many chapters, particularly on The Vampire Hunter and the rest of Assassin. But then things picked up again in August and I didn't have the same amount of time to devote to my writing.

I also started another new story called The Trine sometime in June and had completed 144 pages on the outline by the beginning of September, so what time I did have was going into an unposted story.

However, I think there were two things that affected my lack of updates more than anything else.

First, The Vampire Hunter got to a good stopping point and I finished Assassin. This gave me a moment to take a step back and look at my stories, and with all the things I was learning about writing, I could see all these flaws in my stories, things I felt needed to be corrected in order for me to move on.

Second, I had started figuring out what my plans were for various stories and had realized, particularly with The Vampire Hunter, that in order to take the story where I wanted it to go, I needed to add previous scenes or it was going to feel like one of those moments when you're reading and go, "Where the hell did that come from? Did the author just pull that out of their ass?"

I've learned that those moments come from authors who have no idea where they're going with a story when they begin, which is pretty much how all of my stories started off. A lot of the work I've done in learning about how to write is in the area of planning, of knowing where I want to go, so my stories don't wander. In retrospect, I think I've been lucky in that I somehow had enough of an innate understanding of story that I don't feel any of my stories are truly lacking cohesion, but it was around this time that I decided most of them needed serious overhauls (not to change the story, but to put in things I'd left out that would be important later, and to tighten the text so nothing superfluous could get in the way or distract the reader from the story I wanted to tell).

And that's when I started working on revisions. (To be continued in subsequent years.)

Moral of the Story

Sometimes you have to take a couple steps back in order to move forward again.

The trick is in knowing when you've gone back far enough, which isn't as easy as it sounds. I will say I'm glad I decided to rework my stories, since I think I've learned a lot in the process and my stories are better for it (note: most changes haven't been posted yet, as of 2013), but I think I got stuck for a long time and that's time I'll never get back.

December - 2002
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Dec.10.2002

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline and notes
November - 2002
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Nov.12.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions for chapter 5

Nov.08.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions for chapters 1-4
October - 2002
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Oct.11.2002

The Vampire Hunter ~ Worked on revisions for chapters 1 and 2

Oct.05.2002

The Trine ~ Followed up on the October 2nd interview with more questions

Oct.04.2002

New Gaia ~ Worked on chapter 22

Oct.02.2002

The Trine ~ Interviewed a police officer through e-mail as part of my research for one of the characters

Oct.01.2002

The Trine ~ Finished Part 1 and fleshed out certain scenes and dialogue throughout the outline, expanding it to 168 pages
September - 2002
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Sep.30.2002

The Trine ~ Finished chapters 5 and 6

Sep.25.2002

The Trine ~ Finished chapter 4

Also broke down the original outline into a timeline of scenes organized by day

Sep.12.2002

Bloodlines ~ Worked on the outline

Sep.06.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline (expanded to 144 pages)
August - 2002
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Aug.27.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text

Aug.24.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline (expanded to 112 pages)

Aug.22.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline

Aug.15.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline (97 pages so far), as well as notes and research information
July - 2002
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Jul.11.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline
June - 2002
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Jun.25.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline

Jun.23.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline

Jun.22.2002

The Trine ~ Worked on the outline

Jun.17.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 26

Jun.12.2002

Bloodlines ~ Sent the revised chapter 26 to BetaWolf

Jun.10.2002

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions for chapter 26
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May.29.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 25

May.23.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 24

May.16.2002

Bloodlines ~ Sent chapter 26 to BetaWolf (split chapter 24 into two chapters, so chapter 25 wasn't skipped)

May.15.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 23

Worked on revisions for chapter 26

May.10.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 22

May.08.2002

Assassin ~ Posted the final chapters, so the story is complete

Reorganized the chapters, so the next new chapter is 26, not 17

Also added a new scene to the end of chapter 2 and corrected typos and grammatical errors throughout the story

May.06.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 21

May.02.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 20
April - 2002
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Apr.29.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 19

Apr.27.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 18

Apr.25.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 17

Apr.23.2002

Assassin ~ Sent revised chapters 26-34 (not 23-30) to BetaWolf (reorganized the chapters again)

Apr.22.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 16

Apr.19.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 15

Apr.16.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 14

Also sent chapters 20-24 to BetaWolf

Apr.14.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 13 (not 11) (reorganized the chapters)

Apr.11.2002

Bloodlines ~ Sent revised chapters 15-19 to BetaWolf

Apr.09.2002

Bloodlines ~ Sent the revised chapter 19 to BetaWolf

Apr.08.2002

Bloodlines ~ Sent chapters 15-19 to BetaWolf

Apr.07.2002

Lights of Life ~ Posted chapter 11

Apr.02.2002

The Kindari Saga ~ Finished the outline for Book 2
March - 2002
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Mar.29.2002

Lights of Life ~ Sent chapter 11 to BetaWolf

Mar.26.2002

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for a major scene for Book 7

Mar.18.2002

The Vampire Hunter ~ Worked on the timeline

Mar.11.2002

Bloodlines ~ Posted chapter 10
February - 2002
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Feb.13.2002

Assassin ~ Sent chapters 23-30 (not 17-30) to BetaWolf (reorganized the chapter breaks)
Bloodlines ~ Sent chapters 10, 11, and 12 to BetaWolf

Feb.12.2002

New Gaia ~ Posted chapter 21

Feb.04.2002

Assassin ~ Worked on revisions for the rest of the story

Feb.03.2002

Assassin ~ Worked on revisions for the rest of the story

Feb.02.2002

Assassin ~ Posted chapter 16
New Gaia ~ Sent the revised chapter 21 to BetaWolf
January - 2002
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Jan.22.2002

The Kindari Saga ~ Finished Book 1

Jan.18.2002

Assassin ~ Sent chapter 16 to BetaWolf

Jan.15.2002

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Finished the outlines for Snow White and Rapunzel and started on the outline for Cinderella

Jan.12.2002

Lights of Life ~ Posted chapter 10

Jan.10.2002

Lights of Life ~ Sent chapter 10 to BetaWolf

Jan.02.2002

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline for Rapunzel

Jan.01.2002

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline for Rapunzel