Making Progress

After a very difficult week on a personal level Owen and I made some serious progress with the Space Watch yesterday. We’d batted a few emails to and throw this last week and wasn’t getting anywhere and made more progress in a twenty minute phone call on Friday night than we had done with a dozen emails. We¬†arraigned¬†that Owen would come to my house and we’d go through the draft, which we did. It took us about five hours (with a few interruptions here and there) but we got through it. I read it allowed and made red-pen notes for alterations as and when I saw them and Owen weighed in with plot problems, character details, and world building. All the disagreements we had on the story we’ve resolved and the only heavy lifting that is needed now is to re-write the final scene, and make the final edits. Owen wrote his version of the ending and we’ve realised that if we merge the one I wrote and his then we should have a stronger ending. I’m going to do that today and get it emailed off to him. Then once he’s okay’d it I’ll get it into the text of the story and then go through and make the edits we made yesterday.

The week as a whole has been a loss. As I said at the start of the post it’s been a bad week on a personal level, there has been a couple of good points to the week but I didn’t get much writing done at all. I did get some more work done on an outline for a story that Owen and I will be working on. The story itself is outlined, and now I’ve just got to work on character profiles, some world building details, and go through it and tweak a few things that have changed due to world building and character details that I’ll be adding. I did have a really good conversation with a few of my writer friends on Facebook about character gender in reference to one of the characters in the story and it really opened up some ideas that I’d never thought about and I’m going to run with one of them because I think it’s going to work really well for the character in question and give an insight to a species that is in this universe we’re creating. That said I haven’t ran the idea by Owen yet, so he may totally veto it. I think he’ll like it though.

I’m back in a period where I haven’t written anything for a few weeks again, and I’m getting twitchy about it. I’m actually thinking about moving this years NaNoWriMo idea to next month and start getting stuck into that once I’ve finished the edits on The Space Watch. It feels like a long time since I’ve just got cracking with something. Aside from the short story for an anthology submission I’ve not really written anything for quite some time which wasn’t working on already written drafts that needed work. I know all this prep work that I’m doing will pay off, and the editing is all part of the process but I’d like to just get some writing done. Hopefully I’m doing the right thing with working on outlines and when I have a first draft done it’ll be cleaner and more coherent and not need extensive editing.

That all said, time to get cracking on with my ‘to-do’ list for the day.

 

21-5-17

I’ve managed to get this edit pass on The Space Watch done and dusted. I’m now waiting on Owen as he wanted to re-write the ending. I’ve also got a list of details we need to clarify and we’re going to have to do a huge continuity check as well.

I didn’t do any outlining today though, now I’ve cleared this up on The Space Watch I can get stuck into that.

I did receive my copy of Dark Cities from Titan Books and edited by Christopher Golden. I primarily brought this because it’s got a Scott Sigler story in it, but when I saw the rest of the line-up it’ll be a no-brainier to buy whether Sigler is in it or not. Speaking or which, here’s the line-up: Nathan Ballingrud, Amber Benson, Kealan Patrick Burke, Ramsey Campbell, M.R. Carey, Nick Cutter, Tananarive Due, Christopher Golden, Simon R. Green, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Helen Marshall, Seanan McGuire, Cherie Priest, Scott Sigler, Scott Smith, and Paul Tremblay. Now that’s a damn impressive line-up and I’m looking forward to diving into it. Although I’m not sure where on my ‘to-read’ stick it’s going to slip into!

Right, I’m off to read for a while, but I’m back at it tomorrow, I want to get this outline done. 

Good Morning, Sunday: 21-5-17

Well, I’m hoping this Sunday is more productive than last Sunday. I’m determined not to delete 3000 words again and spend the rest of the day day sulking and playing GTAV online like I did last week.

What I am planning to do today is to get stuck into this edit on The Space Watch. I’m really hopeful this is the last major edit pass we have to do before we’re ready to send it off to Beta readers. This story has been a long time in the works and I think both Owen and I are ready for it to be wrapped up.

I am planning on doing a little more outlining today as well. I’m nearing the end of the current outline I’m working on and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I say I’m nearing the end but the end could string out a little as the protagonist has a difficult part of her journey coming, but it wouldn’t be much of a conclusion to the story if the last part wasn’t hard for our star of the story.

I’m thinking back to the week and thinking I haven’t done much, but I’ve either outlined or edited each day, in some cases I’ve done both in a day. I’m not being as productive as I know I can be. I’m feeling quite inconsistent at the moment, but I am getting little bits done. It just feels like I’m not because I haven’t got a word count at the end of each day. I think what I need to do is just make a note of what I’ve done each day. Whether it’s a word count or just a note that I’ve done some outlining or editing, or world building. That way I can look back at a week and see what I’ve done.

I’m off to get started, I’ll check in again this evening.

18-5-17 (2)

A little wrap up for the day. I’ve followed the routine I mentioned in my post earlier and done some work on outlining at lunch time and then this evening another chapter on The Space Watch. I did it a little differently tonight though; I watched some TV and then started work at about nine this evening. I’ve wondered for a while that if I have a time restraint that I’ll be more productive. Tonight it has proved to be the case, but I’m also on a high from wrapping up season two of Sense 8. This show really blows my mind away. It’s so beautifully written, acted, directed, and produced that it’s a true emotional commitment to the show. There have been times during this season that I have been on the edge of my seat, that I have been jumping up and down and fist pumping and cheering the characters on. It’s very few shows or movie that get this response out of me, and Sense 8 is absolutely one of the ones that does and it’s near the top of my favourite all time shows. I cannot wait to see where they take the show from here on out.

I’m calling it a night now, I’m going to read a little before bed and then hopefully do it again tomorrow.

18-5-17

I’ve had a couple of busy days this week so I haven’t got much done, but I did get stuck into The Space Watch again last night and I’ve now got two chapters fully edited. I’m hoping I can get into this now a little bit because I haven’t got much planned socially in the next week, so there’s no reason for me not to.

I had some really good little ideas yesterday which I quickly wrote down before I forgot them. I’ve been working in the mornings, during my lunch breaks, and then in the evenings at the moment. If I can get into the habit of doing this each day I’ll be a very happy man. I am feeling more productive although it’s a little frustrating that I’m not writing fresh words at the moment but I understand all of this prep work is aimed at helping me when I’m getting stuck into future first drafts.

Short story submission-wise, I’ll be sending the first of the two I was told about off to my Beta readers next week. The other story, I still don’t have a solid idea for. I’m going to have a look at the guidelines for it again in the next couple of days to see if it shakes anything loose.

15/5/17

Today has been an Assembly of Planets day. This morning before work, and then during my lunch break, I worked on an outline for an Assembly story and I’ve done a little work on developing one of the alien races that’ll be in this universe. Then this evening I started adding Owen’s notes into The Space Watch. I’ve done one chapter so far and I’m finding I’m doing a more thorough job then I thought I was going to. When I started I thought I’d just be going through and making Owen’s changes but I’ve found I’m doing a full edit. I’m tweaking sentences, adjusting details, praying I’m getting the grammar right, and just going in deeper than I thought I was going to. This will add time, but if it needs doing then I’m going to do it as I’m working through it. I am also making notes of key details for the universe Bible as I go.

Tomorrow, I’m off to see Alien:Covenant, so I don’t think I’ll be doing much editing but I will continue working on getting this outline done. 

A Screw Up

So, I lost almost 3000 words off of the fanfic piece this morning. I just clicked the wrong file and overwrote the one I had been working on. And for some reason my Scrivener on my laptop had the back up turned off so I couldn’t retrieve a version form the last few days.

That is pretty much everything I’ve done these last ten days. I’ve done work on a few other projects but nothing to the extent I’ve been working on the fanfic. What I’m going to do now is go through the tweaks I’ve got to make to The Space Watch, and then go back to the fanfic and begin where I last had it backed up to. 

I’ve never lost data like this. I’ve heard writers talking about it but I’ve never had it myself. I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and I won’t just rely on the cloud. I’ll make sure I’ve got at least one other backup.

This took me out of it for the day. I’ve not done anything despite feeling incredibly pumped this morning. I’m over the loss now though and I’m looking at this as an opportunity to make the scenes and tweaks I’ve lost better then they were!