Month #4 Summary of this Writing in Public challenge.
I’m stunned that this fourth month got finished. And even more stunned I’m going after month #5.
November was not a great month of writing. I just sort of dinged along with the Monumental Summit novel, then started the redo of the Sector Justice novel that didn’t have many new words with it.
Plus I just didn’t push this month. This is the kind of writing month I have when I don’t pay much attention.
I have the monthly word counts below.
And as I have said every month, even though I knew I was going to give a general summary of the day here every day, it changed my behavior not at all. Not at all.
And as with last month, I was very much aware that the stuff I do outside of writing, from the publishing, to the workshops, to sitting in meetings, to working on collectables and formatting Smith’s Monthly and other things. All that takes up about 50-60 hours per week on average. A little more right around the first of the month.
So in other words, as I said before, I have a full time day job. Now granted, I love everything about my “day” job and it mostly focuses around writing, but it isn’t time writing new words. That amount of time spent on the “day” job sort of surprised me a little, to be honest, even more this fourth month than it did the first three.
I only reported new words on everything. The amount of blog post words did not surprise me, but the amount of e-mail words did surprise me again for this fourth month because my number of e-mails were about the same as before. I don’t mind at all, I just never had any reason to add them up before doing this. It is interesting.
I completed ten projects in November, including three new short stories and a novel. And I got a start on Sector Justice novel.
I had a total new words written of 95,550 words, of which 56,800 words of that was new fiction. (See all the totals below.)
For December, just as I did with the four months before, I’m going to start the counting over. And the project list of completed projects for the month over as well. Up under the Writing in Public tab at the top I will put the completed projects per month and links to the first and last posts of the month and to this summary post, so anyone can go back and look.
If you have the time, the comments on a bunch of the posts have been great questions and worth the read. Thanks everyone, for the great comments and questions.
And each monthly summary post I’ll update the full year’s projects on that post as well.
Stay tuned. Here we go with month five. And yes, once again, I am that crazy. (grin)
August: 78,900 words
September: 81,200 words
October: 86,200 words
November: 56,800 words
August: 1,000 words
September: 2,900 words
October: 2,000 words
November: 1,950 words
August: 21,300 words
September: 16,600 words
October: 15,150 words
November: 12,550 words
August: 809 e-mails. Approx. 23,050 words
September: 861 e-mails. Approx. 24,600 words
October: 647 e-mails. Approx. 24,450 words
November: 622 e-mails. Approx. 24,250 words
TOTAL NEW WORDS
AUGUST 124,250 Words
SEPTEMBER 125,300 Words
OCTOBER… 127,800 Words
NOVEMBER… 95,550 Words
Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far
In order of production with the most recent at the top.
And Where and When You Will Be Able to Find Them
— Short story titled “The Return: A Poker Boy story.” It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #4 published in January 2014. And then in stand alone book form in April 2014.
— Forward for Fiction River: Fantasy Adrift. It will appear in Fiction River: Fantasy Adrift published in the spring of 2014.
— Short story titled “I Killed the Hungry Eyes.” It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #4 published in January 2014. And then in stand alone book form in April 2014.
— Short story titled “In the Play of Frigid Women.” It will appear in Fiction River: Fantasy Adrift published in spring 2014. And then in stand alone book form later in 2014.
— Novel titled Monumental Summit. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #4 published in January 2014. And then in stand alone book form in March, 2014.
—Turned in the full manuscript for Smith’s Monthly #3.” It will appear as Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013. Approximately 85,000 words long.
— Introduction to Smith’s Monthly #3.” It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013. Approximately 400 words long.
—- 3rd section of the serial novel The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013.
—- 3rd section of the serial novel The Adventures of Hawk. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013.
—- 3rd section of the nonfiction golf book The First Tee Panic It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #3 published in December 2013. This is the final section of this book.