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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2 Stories In Beta

Written by Kodi Wolf at 8:49 PM

November was one of my more difficult months, but somehow I hit my goal of at least keeping up my average of 500 words per day, though there were only 7 days in which I actually wrote more than 500 words. It was those 7 days, and mostly the last 2 days of the month, that made up for the other 23 being so low.

My total word count for November was 15,198, which averages out to 507 words per day. My lowest words per day was 30 and my highest was 2,330.

So, remember those plans I mentioned in my last post? Well, I've changed my mind about the redesign. Not that I'm not going to do it, but about needing to have that done before I post something new. With that off my short-term plate, things should move faster with posting new content.

In regards to that content, Prisoner of War and Sins of the Past Unchained each have 1 new betareader now, so at least that process is moving along.

Here's hoping I'll be able to post at least one of those before the end of the year.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Making Plans

Written by Kodi Wolf at 11:57 PM

October was kind of odd. I got a ton of writing done, but it didn't really feel like it because it was a bit scattered. I've also been working hard on some admin stuff, namely redesigning the site to be mobile friendly, but also organizing my notes, trying to track down missing notes, making plans for what I want to get done this year, etc.

My total word count for October was 28,501, which averages out to 919 words per day. My lowest words per day was 138 and my highest was 2,248.

Regarding those plans...

I'm basically done with Chapter 5 of Prisoner of War and I'd really like to post it, but it's unbeta-ed and that always makes me nervous.

I also have a new Xena fanfic I've been working on since June. I'm calling it Sins of the Past Unchained. It's almost 23,000 words and is really close to being done. I just have this minor edit I want to make, but I'm having difficulty figuring out how to do it (it's really just a personal preference nitpick, but it's going to bug me if I don't fix it).

I also have Parts 6-9 of Xena: Warrior Slave pretty much done, but I haven't been sure about posting them because again I don't have any betareaders.

Plus, I've been wanting to redesign my fanfic site to be more mobile friendly (not just my main site), and I want to offer Kindle, ePub, and PDF versions of everything, and so I want those things done before I post anything new. That way when I send the update to my list, I can also say, "Hey, go check out the new design and download whatever you want, too."

So between that growing to-do list and not having anything betaread, I just keep putting it off and I don't like doing that. I want you to have new stuff to read.

Anyway, that's where the "making plans" thing comes in. I'm working on listing out exactly what I need to do to get myself to the point where I can post already. I've made quite a bit of headway on the list, which included figuring out how to use Scrivener to create HTML versions of my stories in less than 5 minutes. That alone is going to save me days of work for each of my stories every time I post. (Seriously, you have no idea what a timesaver that's going to be and it only took me about 15 minutes to figure it out once I realized Scrivener could create HTML files.)

So, my current goal is to get those other things done so I can post at least one of the above things before the end of the year. I've only got 60 days, so I guess I better get crackin', huh? :)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I'm Mostly Just Writing

Written by Kodi Wolf at 6:33 PM

September was a really quiet month. Nothing much happened, except that I got my writing done every day.

My total word count for September was 21,324, which averages out to 711 words per day. My lowest words per day was 144 and my highest was 5,337.

I've been feeling pretty good where my writing is concerned. I'm making a lot of progress on A Bondage Primer and I'm learning that even the smallest brainstorming sessions can lead to multiple scene ideas that help me fill in blank spots where I didn't have a clue what to do.

Like today. I really only had a couple of notes to jot down, but then I just kept going and ended up writing over 1,500 words, which was awesome. And I figured out some cool stuff for multiple parts of the story.

That's the fun part about outlining. When I come up with an idea for a scene that I know needs to happen at a certain point, that scene usually leads me to create other scenes that need to precede it. So I end up with several scenes and a more fleshed out outline to work from, and it's all from that one idea.

I also figured out the perfect spot to use a scene snippet I'd already written and I love it when that happens. It feels like a double win because I've already done the work and can just drop the scene in (with minor edits), and it also makes that work not wasted, which is what it can feel like sometimes when I have a 'homeless' scene like that.

For the past week, I've been working on going through my previous brainstorming sessions and putting my notes into the places they belong in the outline. Doing that doesn't give me much in the way of new words to count, but it has led to some good brainstorming sessions, so I think it's time well spent (not to mention, I'm finding stuff I had completely forgotten I'd come up with, so I have a little less work to do for certain parts of the story than I thought).

I still have another 40 or so to go through and some of them are quite long, so I'm not sure how that's going to affect my word count this month. So far, it's been okay, but I'm going to try to not worry about it. The point is to make progress on the story, not just add more words.

So here's to making even more progress this month.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I Saw The Total Solar Eclipse

Written by Kodi Wolf at 12:04 PM

Despite all the medical drama of the past couple months (including a little trip to the ER for that kidney stone I was passing), August was my best month of writing since February.

My total word count for August was 26,199, which averages out to 845 words per day. My lowest words per day was 185 and my highest was 3,563.

I have to say the highlight of my month, though, was getting to see the total solar eclipse, which was just incredible.

I went into it not really expecting that much, but also not wanting to pass up the opportunity to see it. Those kinds of experiences tend to come around once in a lifetime and as a writer, I like to collect that kind of stuff for later story fodder. The other cool thing is that the eclipse was on August 21st, the 13th anniversary of my handfasting to my wife Corene. That was just one more reason why we couldn't miss it.

Corene and I only had to drive about 3 hours to get in the path of totality and it was so worth it. That has to be one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. I actually got choked up. But there was also this peaceful moment, where I had my arm around my wife's waist as we leaned back against the side of the car and just looked up at the eclipse together. I even achieved my secret goal of a quick kiss during the eclipse. :)

I still haven't seen any footage that accurately shows what it really looked like. When they show a wide shot, they get the blue of the sky, but the eclipse ends up looking like a tiny white blur. And when they zoom in to show the eclipse, the sky goes black because the camera can't take the brightness of the white, so you just have this glowing white ring surrounded by blackness. If you can imagine putting those two things together, you'll come close to what it actually looked like.

Imagine the sky at around 5am. The sun hasn't come up yet, but you can see the yellow glow on the horizon. Then high in the sky, in the center of that dark pale blue, there's a perfect black circle the size of the sun surrounded by a wispy halo of pure bright white light. That's the best description I can come up with and it really doesn't do it justice.

There was also the surrealness of it looking like 5am, and yet knowing the sun was high in the sky.

The next one going over the United States is on April 8, 2024 and we're already planning to see it since one of my sisters lives directly in the path of totality. We've already booked our room at her house. :)

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to see a total solar eclipse, do it. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sometimes Scraping By Is Good Enough

Written by Kodi Wolf at 11:38 PM

July was a rather challenging month and that's continued going in to August.

My desktop pretty much died the first week of July. Luckily, it's not what I've been using to write on, but it is what I use to update this site and keep track of bills and play games, so I had to get a new one. But my anxiety has been through the roof and setting it up is freaking me out (what if it doesn't work and I'm already past the return date, so I'll be out the money or have to pay to fix it, etc.), so it's still sitting unplugged in the living room.

I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist, so I've been doing ice, wearing a brace, and trying not to use it as much as possible.

I popped a filling right before Corene's cataract surgery on the 18th (which went perfect, by the way), but with all the follow-up appointments for that, I still haven't gotten in to see my dentist to get it fixed, so I've just been using that over-the-counter temporary filling stuff.

Then I broke my toe last Monday.

And I've been passing a kidney stone for the past few days.

Oh, and my cornea dystrophy (Salzmann's Nodular Degeneration) is getting worse, but frankly I'm terrified of the surgery for it, so I've just been bumping up the font on my screen.

And just to add insult to injury, I started my period today.

The one bright spot in all of this has been how well Corene's cataract surgery went. She's gone from 20/25 vision in her right eye with glasses to nearly 20/20 vision without glasses, which is just awesome. She'll still need to get new glasses at some point, but for now she's just been wearing readers to see small stuff.

Despite all of that, I've managed to continue to write every day, even on days when I didn't think I had it in me, but it's definitely felt like an uphill battle.

My total word count for July was 18,826, which averages out to 607 words per day. My lowest words per day was 100 and my highest was 3,393.

My goal for this month is to keep doing what I've been doing and try to maintain a daily average of 500 words. At first, I was a little behind (only averaging about 450 words per day), but I caught up today (I'm now at 506).

But yeah, for the time being, scraping by with the bare minimum feels like a major accomplishment. I mean I haven't given up and rather than let this stuff be an excuse to fail, I've modified my expectations, which isn't easy for a perfectionist. And I'm doing my best to work within those limitations that are outside my control and still achieve my goals, which is to write every day.

All things considered, I'm actually doing okay.

Now that I think about it, I did more than 100 words a day extra above and beyond my basic goal of 500 words a day, which over the course of the month was an extra 3,326 words. That's actually pretty good.

Okay, with that little pep talk, I'm going to see if I can take my mind off all this stressful stuff and go play in one of my worlds.