Daily Word Count – Feb 24, 2016

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So Saturday night I began feeling unwell and went to bed early. This is Wednesday morning and I’m still sick. I took a day off yesterday to rest but I am going to have to go in today (edited PM: called in sick, again) and despite nine hours of intermittent sleep, I am worn out, which leads me to a funny story of a sort about my trip to the pharmacist last night.

Besides picking up cough drops (Halls, tropical flavour, and they’ve got motivational quotes on the wrappers like, “You’ve survived tougher” and “Put your game face on”), I picked up a generic bottle of some sort of cold/flu medicine. They asked for my DL. Really?  For cold/flu medicine?  What is this, an episode of Breaking Bad?

Apparently whatever they gave me has a potent ingredient that can destroy my liver if I O.D. on it (great) and not only did they scan my DL, but I had to sign some sort of waiver electronically that I wasn’t going to abuse its use. WTH are people doing with this stuff? Despite the over-hopeful promise of “must have at least eight hours of sleep available before taking”, it was NOT an uninterrupted sleep but the addition of a roll of teepee on the nightstand (I’m ghetto like that) and a bottle of water at least saved me the extra trips out of bed.

Woke up to what D calls the “thundersnow of 2016”. I’ve been forbidden from shoveling the driveway and the snow just keeps falling. It’ll be rainfall by lunchtime. Cold and wet and sick. Just how I like celebrating my hump days.

On the plus side, a kindly word about the snow:

“As I descended the stairs this morning, the dining room, bereft of its draperies and shrouded in drop cloths, was bathed in a queer sort of blue light emanating from the north and eastern windows framing the century elm, a column supporting curtains of snow still actively falling and coating the buds of the magnolia, whispering, “Not yet, not yet”, as winter re-asserts her dominance.” (me)

Word count for today: 65 words (see blockquote above)

2016 Totals To Date:

Blogging:

Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Borderlands (first draft)*:

  • For the last entry, please substitute “pages” instead of “words”. It’s 60 pages of the first draft (screenplay) left to write.
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Daily Word Count – Feb 23, 2016

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 monterobaroqueWriting to: Baroque by Gabriela Montero

I’m feeling great about what I’m working on today. I’ve begun shifting around scenes to (hopefully) improve the overall flow of the story and I’ve plugged in a sketch of the plot points still to write and an idea of what page number I should be at so when I begin the heavy writing I have a bullseye that I will be aiming for.

I’m digging the classical music by Gabriela Montero for background, some jazzy-themed, some improv. I can’t write to lyrics — they just screw with my head too much.

If you’ve been following my Twitter (or previous blog posts), then you know that the untitled adult spec fiction is a screenplay tentatively titled Borderlands, although I will most likely have to dub it something else as it calls to mind the dystopian alien video game of the same name (no connection!).

Screenplay format doesn’t translate well to regular fiction — at least in terms of word count — so I’m trying to picture the finished product of being something like a good first draft, or a super-long synopsis. The first 60 pages of script, for example, are only around 12,000 words, so even if it takes me another 60 to “finish” the screenplay, that’s essentially a novella or a long short story, depending upon your definition.

On a personal note, I’m still quite sick but can’t rest since the painters are here and the entire contents of my closet are on the bed and the dining room curtains are on the sofa.

Word count for today: 0 words

2016 Totals To Date:

Blogging:

Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Borderlands (first draft)*:

  • For the last entry, please substitute “pages” instead of “words”. It’s 60 pages of the first draft (screenplay) left to write.

Daily Word Count – Feb 22, 2016

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02/21/16 – Bone tired and feverish. Went to bed early.

02/22/16 – Still sick. I did compile an old Scrivener file and export out Act 1 and Act 2 of a screenplay I got critiqued in college workshops, the screenplay was tentatively titled Borderlands, which pre-dated the video game of the same name by a year, year and a half (2007-2008). No connection to the video game.

I’ve also exported the spec treatment I wrote up.  I’ve re-arranged some of the events on the treatment and compared it to the actual draft to get a clearer idea of how much remains to be written. Basically, when I began writing it, it was meant to be a 90-minute screenplay. Given that it’s a science fiction story, realistically it ought to be closer to 120-minutes in length. So, halfway!

After speaking with a writing friend (thanks Eric L.), I’ve decided to take a crack at finishing it in screenplay format before I look at converting it to fiction. Better something complete than two things, half-finished. Good to get one’s bearings but goodness me, what a task ahead!

Word count for today: 0 words

2016 Totals To Date:

Blogging:

Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Untitled Adult Spec Fiction:

Daily Word Count – Feb 20, 2016

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In keeping with trying to keep all of my writing stats in one place, I’ve updated the figures below to reflect my January stats, as opposed to just whatever I’ve written in February. Feeling incredibly disorganized and I need to get all of these stats accounted for and updated on my Excel spreadsheet.

8:30pm – My Excel spreadsheet is officially updated.

Spend the remainder of the evening researching an idea for a fantasy, water-based housing system based on historical locations and trying to not make it sound, oddly enough, like a cruise ship destination. Which, as it turns out, it is. Perfect.

Not feeling well so hitting the hay early. D has a fever and we’re both coughing. I think we may have picked up a bug.

02/21/16

7:30am – D’s fever finally broke around midnight. I didn’t get around to posting this last night (obviously). Up and down all night, in part, feeling unwell, and in part,  niggling ear worm that won’t leave (Evita). The only cure for an earworm is to listen to it in its entirety and it’ll leave, satiated. The more you ignore it, the worse it gets.

Thank God, it’s Sunday.

Total word count for 02/20/16: 0 words.

Estimated word count for 02/21/16: No idea.

2016 Totals To Date:

Blogging:

Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Untitled Adult Spec Fiction:

Daily Word Count – Feb 19, 2016

typewriter on table

Productive day off. I got some 85 pages read in LMM and wrote another blog post in the series.  I may take a day or two off from reading to begin sorting through my notes on an old screenplay I wrote in college and see what I can make of that. And failing that, there’s plenty of writing projects for Avalon that I can attempt and submit for consideration.

As my father always told me, “They can always say no. But they might say yes.”

Total word count for today: 572 words. Adjusted down by 353 words (my daily word count post [“DWC”] for 02/13/16), so I won’t be counting any of the DWC entries.

2016 Totals To Date:

Blogging:

Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Untitled Adult Spec Fiction: