January Check-In

85k90: 13,406 out of 29,278

GYWO: 13,406 out of 16,986

 

Projects-

Star of Xianu: 2,685 out of 40,000 (42,737 out of 80,000 total)

Court Square: 8,973 words (45 out of 90 pages)

Short story: 2,141 words

Blog posts: 757 words

 

To date:

85k90: 13,406 out of 85,000

GYWO: 13,406 out of 200,000

 

Thoughts: I am pretty far behind on my 85k in 90 Days, but am almost keeping up with my Get Your Words Done. This has been a tough month for writing. After the holidays at the end of 2016, I got out of practice of writing and my ability to hit my daily word count suffered. Then with certain political happenings, I’ve been distracted by the depressing real word. It is going to be a struggle getting back into the swing of things, but last night I created a new writing schedule that will put some motivation back in me. Wish me luck!

Project Round Up

I realized I have mentioned in passing several projects I have and am working on, but never really have given details about them. So here is a round up of all my projects.

  • Star of Xainu
    • Novel
    • Status: Currently about halfway done writing
    • Blurb:

      Robin is a simple thief. Well, if you can call the most notorious thief around ‘simple’. She lives by the uncomplicated code of stealing from rich and giving to the poor, much like the man she has taken her name from, Robin Hood. Everything is great until she takes a partner for one job and gets caught. Enter Chen Liu, prince of Xianu. He blackmails Robin into helping him recover the Star of Xianu, the ancient jewel that is the source of power in Xianu. If they can’t figure out who stole the jewel and why, the entire Xian race is doomed.

  • UCCS
    • Feature Screenplay
    • Status: Researching and plotting and first drafting
    • Logline: Now that’s a secret
  • The Society of the Pantheon
    • Novel
    • Status: I have finished writing this novel and it is just with a beta now and in editing.
    • Blurb:

      Imani Wynn has been a pushover her entire life, but when strange things start happening to her, she finds it is high time to start standing up for herself. After receiving what she believes is a fake invitation to the mysterious Skull and Bones type organization, The Society of the Pantheon, Imani believes there are people out there hellbent on making her life miserable. Things turn worse when she finds those same people following her around campus and outside her apartment. She isn’t sure if it is better or worse that the invitation to The Society was real and she really is the vessel for a minor Norse goddess. While dealing with this supernatural mess, she must also face her boyfriend showing his true colors, her best friend betraying her, and her grandmother being sent to the hospital.

      When Imani finds out other god vessels have been disappearing and one of her new friends is being accused of being behind it, she is determined to prove everyone wrong about him and possibly learn that she is a little more special than she gave herself credit for.

  • gray_rabbit
    • Pilot
    • Status: Finished with minor tweaks happening
    • Logline:

      When a woman is killed by the police, two best friend take two very different routes on proving a government conspiracy.

  • The 100 Spec
    • Spec Script
    • Status: Currently Writing
    • Logline:

      The missing 24 hours between Lexa dying and the next time we see Clarke

No Writer Is An Island

Well that is a bastardization of the old saying, but it rings true. A writer has to really actively try hard to be alone. Even if they are removed from traditional publishings, there are still editors, cover designers, beta readers, and the all important reader, among others, that are with you along the journey.

For me, being part of a community is an essential part of being a writer. I am a member of multiple Discord groups, Facebook groups, and an IRC room devoted to writers. We cheer each other on, give advice, bounce ideas off of each other, and challenge each other. This year two groups that I am a member of are having extended challenges that I am joining.

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The Facebook group, 85k Writing Challenge, is on its second annual challenge. The goal is to write 85,000 words in 90 days. From January 1st to March 31st. Think NaNoWriMo, but a larger word goal spread out over a longer time. It is an average of only 945 words a day. Significantly less than NaNo. Also, with the longer time period, if something comes up in life, the writer has more than enough time to catch up.

The other challenge I am participating in is called Get Your Words Out. This one has a little more wiggle room and allows you to choose your own word goal. I chose their “Basic” level for 200,000 words. GYWO is a year-long challenge, which gives you plenty of time to “get your words out.” Anyone with a LiveJournal, OpenID, or DreamWidth can join, though there is a deadline of January 15th.

Because GYWO has a mandatory monthly check-in, you guys will get the pleasure of me posting a more detailed check-in here on the last day of every month. Until March, I’ll post updates for both challenges and after 85k90 I will only post for GYWO. Feel free to join me in these challenges, and bonne chance in this new year of writing.