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Saturday, February 3, 2017

Getting It Done Anyway

Written by Kodi Wolf at 9:09 PM

January was kind of fucked up for me. Lots of medical stuff had me less than focused on my writing, but I made it a point to get my writing done anyway and Corene really helped me with that (she's an excellent brainstorming partner).

My total word count for January was 22,593, which averages out to 729 words per day. My lowest words per day was 80 and my highest was 2,593.

So, the medical drama.

After ending up in the ER in August and December from passing kidney stones last year, I finally got referred to a urologist who recommended lithotripsy. That's where they use ultrasound shockwaves to blast the stones into grit without cutting into you.

My last urologist never even mentioned it as an option, but I'm on Medicaid and I've found certain doctors tend to leave out options if they think Medicaid won't cover it. I definitely like this new doctor better.

Anyway, I had the procedure on Monday (January 29). It went well and I only had a little bruising (it looks like a red firework on the left side of my back). I had a 6mm and a 4mm stone that are now just grit, which I'm having to drink lots of water and do inversion therapy to flush them out. If I don't, they could act as nodes to form new crystals, which I really don't want.

Doing all that while having fibromyalgia has been the hardest part. I have to get myself into an inverted (head down, ass up) position for 30 minutes 2-3 times each day, which my muscles and neck are not happy about at all. I've pretty much felt like I'm in boot camp.

Plus I somehow strained my right bicep muscle in the middle of January, so that's made maneuvering into and holding that inverted position even more difficult (try lifting your body weight with one arm after doing a hundred pushups and you'll get an idea of how weak and sore my fibro muscles feel).

On the bright side, because of that muscle strain I was referred to an orthopedist who determined I don't have carpal tunnel (yay!), but instead have tenosynovitis, which is basically just inflammation (score another one for fibromyalgia).

Of course, for the lithotripsy, I had to go off all anti-inflammatory drugs, so I'm only just now getting back on ibuprofen. I also have hand exercises to do, which should help (haven't started them yet... I can only handle one medical thing at a time).

Anyway, so that was January.

I'm hoping February will let me settle back into a routine now that I've figured out how to do the inversion stuff a little better. We went out and bought an inversion table, which we'd been looking into before for Corene's back, so it isn't just for me (and it's been helping her, so that's cool).

My goals at this point are to do my medical stuff and get my writing done every day. I really don't want to break my streak over this.

Wish me luck. :)

Monday, January 1, 2018

My Writing Stats for 2017

Written by Kodi Wolf at 11:13 AM

December was a bit of a struggle. It didn't help that I ended up in the ER again with another kidney stone, but mostly I think I just caught the holiday bug and wanted to goof off with my wife. But somehow I managed to get my writing done and still have a great vacation, since Corene was able to take a couple weeks off (which she doesn't have to go back to work until next week, so yay! :) ).

My total word count for December was 20,006, which averages out to 645 words per day. My lowest words per day was 91 and my highest was 2,314.

Despite all the medical crap, 2017 was another amazing year for me (including getting to see the total solar eclipse on my 13th wedding anniversary) and I'm happy to report that I still haven't broken my writing streak. I started that on January 9, 2016, which means it's been 724 days, including today.

My goal for 2018 is to just keep doing what I'm doing because it's obviously working. I'm writing and I'm really enjoying writing, which for me is the most important part. Getting my stories closer to being finished is just a bonus. :)

Anyway, here's a look at some of my statistics for 2017.

Writing Stats for 2017
  Words/Month Daily Average Highest Day Lowest Day Hours/Month Words/Hour
Jan 65,688 2,119 5,508 446 139h 25m 471
Feb 28,730 1,026 5,762 522 65h 34m 438
Mar 17,710 571 2,300 24 91h 2m 195
Apr 15,711 524 1,483 16 113h 46m 138
May 16,231 524 3,205 93 57h 58m 280
Jun 18,551 618 3,102 109 41h 56m 442
Jul 18,826 607 3,393 100 52h 32m 358
Aug 26,199 845 3,563 185 60h 45m 431
Sep 21,324 711 5,337 144 58h 5m 367
Oct 28,501 919 2,248 138 83h 19m 342
Nov 15,198 507 2,330 30 49h 19m 308
Dec 20,006 645 2,314 91 39h 24m 508
Writing Totals & Averages for 2017
Total Words 292,675
Monthly Average 24,390
Daily Average 802
Total Hours 853h 5m
Average Words/Hour 343

I ended up writing less total words than last year, but I met several other goals. I maintained a daily average of at least 500 words, I worked on a story every day, and I finally posted some new content.

Here's to writing and posting more new content in 2018.

Happy New Year, everyone. :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New ABP Chapters Posted

Written by Kodi Wolf at 4:26 AM

I've posted Days 1-17 of A Bondage Primer. Days 1-10 have been revised and expanded from what was previously posted, while Days 11-17 are all new. I've also decided to increase the number of free chapters from 2 to 14. That means there's now over 77,000 words of free story for you to read (the rest is only available with a Site Membership).

I've also updated the warnings to include a lot of stuff I know will be coming up in the story at some point based on my outline, so you might want to check those out. There's also a new synopsis and extended notes regarding the warnings.

I was really trying to get this done in time for Christmas, but I didn't quite make it. Then again, I figure a day late is better than nothing. :) (By the way, the PDF has not been updated yet. I'll get to that later.)

Well, I hope you like the new chapters. It's a little nerve-wracking posting new content after so long (the last time I updated ABP was in 2001), but I've been working on this story pretty consistently for the past couple years and I really didn't want to let another year go by without posting.

I have more chapters in the process of being finalized, so there will definitely be more posts coming next year.

Happy holidays. :)

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? :)