December 2008


How did I do this year, writing wise?
Short stories completed: 0.
Novel drafts completed: 1.
Short stories sold: 2.
Rejections: 15.
Projects in brainstorm mode: 2.
Aside from the big short story goose egg, not bad. Well. I finished a short story, just not one I’m going to tell you about. 😉

I impulsively went to Microcenter to look for upgrades for my linux desktop, since that was my bribe for myself. It looks like the spare processors I was going to use are old enough that I can’t use them with a new motherboard, so I didn’t think I’d get out of there for less than $150 (motherboard, processor, and power supply–I have RAM and other parts). Woe!
On the other hand, perhaps Microcenter isn’t the best place to do this. (Funny how whenever I’m looking at pre-built boxen I can’t get the salesboyz to leave me alone, but when I’m looking at components I can’t get their attention.) I think I need to go to a real computer part store instead.

I have two projects I’m brainstorming for possible novelization. One is a short story I’m thinking of expanding, and the other is my old script frenzy idea that was never fully fleshed out.
The short story is, not surprisingly, in good shape. The script frenzy idea, on the other hand…
I forgot that I’d plotted that out based on ideas off the science fiction clichés list combined in outrageous ways. In other words, I’d forgotten how much the plot sucks (like a black hole!). LOL. On the other hand, I really like the characters and would like to do more with them.
So, for old ScriptFrenzy idea, which is now being called “untitled AI,” I have the following steps in mind:
Step One: De-cheese and solidify plot.
Step Two: ……
Step Three: Profit!
Seriously, to start with I need a better, punchier high-concept idea than “reporter investigates AI.” ‘Cause, you know. The punchier high-concept idea is what makes the other one easier to plot.
Random aside: Oh my God I love AIs. Especially Lyda Morehouse’s.

Final wordcount: 77,748.
I’ve got several dropped threads that need to be added in rewrites, though. D’oh! On the other hand, the basic structure is there. I just need to add in all that stuff that was, you know, why I wrote this thing in the first place.

Current wordcount: 77,210.
Goal wordcount: 80,000.
Guesstimated final wordcount: 78,778.
Percent of goal complete: 96.51%.
Percent of guesstimate complete: 98.01%.
Date I would hit 80,000 words: December 31.
Date I would hit guesstimate: December 29.
I actually suspect that it’s going to come in under 78,778 and that I’ll be finished tomorrow. We’ll see.
I also found a second thread that I’ve dropped completely. D’oh! Oh well, that’s why this is draft 0 instead of draft 1.

Current wordcount: 76,072.
Goal wordcount: 80,000.
Projected final wordcount: 78,920.
Percent of goal complete: 95.09%.
Percent of projection complete: 96.39%.
Date I would reach 80,000: 12/31/08.
Date I would reach 78,920: 12/29/08.
Yeah, there was an outline tweak because I realized I needed another chapter to wind things down. That’s okay. It makes the projected wordcount closer to the goal wordcount.

Current wordcount: 75,070.
Goal wordcount: 80,000.
Guesstimated draft 0 wordcount: 76,833.
Percent of goal complete: 93.84%.
Percent of guesstimate complete: 97.71%.
Date I would reach 80,000: January 1, 2009.
Date I should reach guesstimated draft 0 wordcount: December 26, 2008.
I can almost taste the words “The End,” and my desktop upgrade. I should probably get an AMD motherboard so I can use the spare processors my brother-in-law gave me. I can use my old motherboard/processor/RAM to get my fileserver back up and running so the SO and I can share files again.

Current wordcount: 73,043.
Goal wordcount: 80,000.
Projected date I would hit 80,000 words: 1/3/09.
Projected draft 0 wordcount: 76,833.
Projected draft 0 completion date: 12/28/08.
I’m writing 1000 words a day instead of 500 because I’m on break, and because I want to upgrade my desktop. So I may finish draft 0 sooner than that. Or I may not; my outline is pretty fuzzy around this point. We’ll see.

Current wordcount: 71015 (woohoo!)
Goal wordcount: 80000
Projected draft 0 wordcount: 76669
Projected date to hit 80000 words: 1/3/09
Projected date to hit projected wordcount: 12/27/08
I admit it, I’m relieved to see the projected wordcount go up even though that pushes the finish date off. I have time off work coming up. Linux desktop upgrade, here I come!

Current wordcount: 69,959.
Official wordcount goal: 80,000.
Date spreadsheet predicts I’ll hit 80,000: January 2.
Predicted draft 0 wordcount: 75,488 (ouch).
Predicted day I’ll hit predicted draft 0 wordcount: December 24.
I’m not that worried about the predicted draft 0 wordcount. I need to go back and put in well over 5,000 words of extra villain material. I planned to do that after the end of draft 0, so…
Yeah, still on track to get linux desktop upgrade bribe. Woohoo! If bribery works, I may have to promise myself an Asus eee or something for polishing this novel and sending it out. Although I need to write more short stories first. I’m running out of short stories!

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