W.O.L.F. Sector
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
Worlds Of Lesbian Fiction

Master List of Progress Reports - 2006

2006: Year In Review

No chapters posted again, but that had a lot to do with having my work plagiarized at the beginning of the year, which spurred me to create this paid membership site in order to protect my work under the law. That's because if you're not getting paid, you can't claim a loss. There's literally nothing to sue for, regardless of the fact that someone else is using your work without your permission. The best you can hope for is to get the work removed from whatever site it's on illegally, but you have to pay for the expense of making that happen (such as hiring a lawyer or sending registered mail).

Of course, creating the new site didn't happen that quickly. Once I made the decision, I had to do some research to figure out how to make the site a membership site. I settled on using a CMS (Content Management System), but then I had to figure out how it worked (I had chosen Mambo and it was quite the learning curve). I think maybe if I'd been able to focus only on creating the membership site, it might not have taken as long as it did, but it was still a huge job. There was all the content I had to create and code, and I think I remember counting something like 200 files that I had to transfer from the old site and recode for use with Mambo on the new one (chapters, archives, etc.), not to mention all the time it took to design the site itself, create graphics, and edit scripts so they did what I wanted them to and fit into the site's design theme.

As it was, I could only work with the code for so long before I'd start to go a little crazy, especially when it wouldn't work the way it was supposed to, which happened far too often and was beyond aggravating (my wife could probably tell you horror stories; there were times when Mambo brought me to tears).

Another problem was that whenever I started working on a particular story's pages, I would get pulled into actually working on the story, so the site wouldn't get done. Then I'd feel like I needed to get the site done so I could move on (and stop working on the damn thing), so I would force myself not to work on my stories, which of course led to me feeling guilty about not writing. This year and those that followed (at least until the site opened) were some of the most frustrating times of my life because it felt like I couldn't win no matter what I did. I had two goals (writing and finishing the site) and neither were getting accomplished.

I was also still in the middle of renovations. We'd finished the bedroom the previous year and had moved on to the bathroom.

So, all in all, not a great year for getting new chapters finished, but I was actually working on my stories quite often. There are only a few months where I went more than a week or so without working on something and most months show at least one week where I was writing for four or more days in a row. But I was still stuck in revision hell and I was more focused on The Trine and The Kindari Saga, both of which are unposted, so again I didn't have anything to show for my efforts. However, even if I had, I wouldn't have posted anything, since I was waiting for the site to be finished before uploading any new content.

Moral of the Story

You can't serve two masters, or at least you can't serve them well.

I have this thing about "supposed to's" (or "not supposed to's"). I'm supposed to write. I'm not supposed to waste time on frivolous endeavors (like playing computer games or watching TV). I'm supposed to exercise. I'm not supposed to have problems sleeping. I'm supposed to eat right. I'm not supposed to indulge in sweets. I'm supposed to keep the house clean. I'm not supposed to/I'm supposed to [fill in the blank]. If I don't do what I'm supposed to (or do what I'm not supposed to), I feel guilty. Now, guilt can be a good motivator, particularly when it stops you from doing crap that will hurt you or cause pain to someone else. But when several of my "supposed to's" conflict, I end up getting paralyzed and unable to get any of my supposed to's done. This was one of those times.

I think part of the problem was that writing got lumped into the frivolous category because getting the house done was paramount (if you've ever lived through renovations, you know what I'm talking about), then getting the site done came next because until I did, I wouldn't be able to post new chapters (not that I had anything to post). But there was also keeping the house clean (doing laundry, doing dishes, etc.) and somewhere in there I was also supposed to be spending time with my wife. And even though I put them in the frivolous category, relaxing by playing a game or watching TV is important. So writing, or rather focusing on writing, was placed pretty low on my list of priorities. It became a "should do," which is what my head tells me, rather than a "must do," which is what my heart and soul tell me (to misquote and paraphrase Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5, "My heart and I aren't always on speaking terms."). But I'm learning.

December - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Dec.29.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Dec.28.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions
The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline for Sleeping Beauty
The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Dec.20.2006

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outline for Sleeping Beauty

Dec.18.2006

The Enchanted Queendom ~ Worked on the outlines for Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty
The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines

Dec.15.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions

Dec.13.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines

Dec.12.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines

Dec.11.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on research for Blood Bound and revisions for Bloodlines

Dec.09.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions

Dec.07.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions

Dec.06.2006

Blood Quest ~ Worked on revisions

Dec.05.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions

Dec.04.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions
November - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Nov.25.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines and research for Blood Moon

Nov.19.2006

Blood Moon ~ Worked on the story text and outline

Nov.18.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Bloodlines and the story text for Blood Moon

Nov.17.2006

Blood Moon ~ Worked on the story text and research

Nov.15.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
The Trine ~ Worked on the timeline, notes, and revisions

Nov.13.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Nov.11.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the timeline and notes

Nov.09.2006

A Bondage Primer ~ Worked on the story text, notes, and outline

Nov.08.2006

A Bondage Primer ~ Worked on the story text, notes, and outline

Nov.07.2006

A Bondage Primer ~ Worked on the story text, notes, and outline

Nov.06.2006

A Bondage Primer ~ Worked on the story text, notes, and outline

Nov.01.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline
October - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Oct.31.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Oct.30.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Oct.25.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Oct.24.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Oct.23.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Oct.22.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Oct.12.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Oct.11.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Oct.10.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Books 1 and 7 and the timeline

Oct.09.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline
Lights of Life ~ Worked on the outline

Oct.05.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
September - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Sep.05.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
August - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Aug.20.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.18.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.17.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on the outline and revisions
The Trine ~ Worked on the story text and revisions

Aug.16.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Aug.15.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
The Trine ~ Worked on revisions
The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines

Aug.14.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Aug.13.2006

Blood Bound ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.12.2006

Blood Bound ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.09.2006

Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.08.2006

Blood Bound ~ Worked on revisions

Aug.07.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Bloodlines

Aug.05.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Aug.04.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 7
July - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Jul.29.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.28.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.27.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.25.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.24.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.23.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the notes for the entire series

Jul.22.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.20.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jul.19.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and Book 7

Jul.17.2006

Prisoner of War ~ Worked on the story text

Jul.15.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Jul.13.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the timeline

Jul.05.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
June - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Jun.08.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series

Jun.07.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Jun.06.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Jun.05.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline
May - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

May.21.2006

Lights of Life ~ Worked on chapter 13
The Trine ~ Worked on revisions

May.20.2006

Prisoner of War ~ Worked on chapter 5

May.17.2006

Lights of Life ~ Worked on chapter 13

May.10.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions

May.06.2006

Blood Moon ~ Worked on the story text
April - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Apr.26.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on the notes and revisions

Apr.25.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Apr.24.2006

Blood Quest ~ Worked on revisions

Apr.22.2006

Blood Quest ~ Worked on revisions

Apr.21.2006

Blood Quest ~ Worked on revisions

Apr.20.2006

The Vampire Hunter Series ~ Worked on revisions for Blood Bound and Blood Quest

Apr.17.2006

Blood Bound ~ Worked on revisions

Apr.12.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Apr.11.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1 and the timeline

Apr.09.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Apr.07.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Apr.06.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Apr.05.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Apr.04.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series

Apr.03.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series

Apr.02.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series

Apr.01.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series and the timeline
March - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Mar.31.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

Mar.29.2006

The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on the notes for the entire series

Mar.24.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions

Mar.18.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text and notes

Mar.06.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions

Mar.03.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the timeline, notes, and revisions

Mar.02.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the timeline, notes, and revisions

Mar.01.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the timeline and notes
February - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    

Feb.28.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text and revisions

Feb.25.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text

Feb.20.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text

Feb.19.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text and revisions

Feb.17.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on the story text and revisions

Feb.13.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Feb.03.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Feb.02.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Feb.01.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions
January - 2006
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Jan.28.2006

Fallen Angel ~ Worked on revisions

Jan.20.2006

Lights of Life ~ Worked on chapter 13

Jan.18.2006

Lights of Life ~ Worked on chapter 13

Jan.14.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions

Jan.13.2006

A Bondage Primer ~ Finished the first half of day 11

Also wrote several scenes that take place later in the story
Bloodlines ~ Worked on revisions
The Kindari Saga ~ Worked on revisions for Book 1

I've come to the conclusion that the story needs to be completely rewritten because it's just too young

Jan.03.2006

The Trine ~ Worked on revisions