Nano, Wordcounts, and Story Update

The August Nano is now done! Time to do an assessment:

  • Finished book 6 of The String Weavers: CHECK – This happened on August 6th.
  • Finished book 7 of The String Weavers: CHECK – This happened on midnight of August 30th with an entire day to spare! Wow!
  • Total Wordcount for August: 109,679

Yep, nailed it in August despite the allergy attacks and despite the smoke in the air from all the forest fires. It was a real struggle on a lot of days, but THEY BOOKS ARE DONE!

Sorry to yell there, but this is really exciting. With the last book of Nano, “The String Weavers” arc is done! :happysnoopydance:

Of course the down side of this is that I now have 5 first drafts to revise. Ah well, can’t have everything. Hehe.

Other good news is that the July and August Nano’s put me over my yearly goal for new words (see the graph in the right column). The goal for 2012 was 500,000 new words. At the end of August the tally was 545,369 words!

And yes, I’m still writing. I came out of August pumped and the Muse on a high no sugar-high can touch. So, I started writing short stories. One is finished and I’m working on one more. After that, it’s back to revision!

I will admit that it feels good to have the chance to do other stuff without feeling guilty about it. Two Nanos in a row was intense, especially one as successful as July (170,000 words), and they did succeed in helping me write 3 90k+ novels. But now? I’m sleeping in, going for walks, doing publishing stuff, and if I want to stop and do some research for a few hours or read a book, I can! Hah!

So, to everyone else, how did your July and August shape up?


Novelette science fictionJ.A. Marlow

Where the Purple Grass Grows

The last thing reporter Steve Gortney expects is pirates raiding the strange space-elevator on the backworld of Vorstogen. While he’s thrilled for the exclusive on a pirate raid-in-progress, he soon finds his own life in danger from a secret the pirates are willing to kill to keep hidden. Meanwhile, the space-elevator has a few secrets of its own…

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Nano, Wordcounts, and Story Update

4 thoughts on “Nano, Wordcounts, and Story Update”

  1. Woo Hoo! You’re back! I was starting to get worried. Thankfully, I found your twitter feed before panicking. Now I’m just waiting on your next upload to SmashWords. It’s so weird to get a constant stream of stories from an author. I’m loving it though.

    • Yep, I’m back! πŸ˜€ It was sometimes hard to do so much intense writing in such a short period of time, but it was worth it. The series if finished! (Well, first draft, anyway) Glad you found the twitter feed. It was easier to update that as I could post the progress, then close the browser window and duck down to writing again.

      I found your comment “It’s so weird to get a constant stream of stories from an author” funny and sad at the same time. Not too long ago it was frowned on for a writer to be very prolific, hence one of the needs for multiple pen names (I do have more than one pen name now, but that’s for genre/style distinction). And now? Now all writers can write at their own pace. For those of us who write a little fast than normal it’s GREAT! Personally, I think it’s great for readers, as well.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. I managed to translate 100K of words during both NaNo camps, and I’m happy with it. I’m on my last novel and hope to finish translating it before NaNo. I’d love to finish my African themed fantasy then. All in all, I’ve done more than 250K this year (with another 70K still to go) which is more then I’ve ever written before in my life (and that with kids, summer holidays, walks with hubby and dogs, proofreading and creating cover art). Gosh, aren’t we productive… No, all I need are thousands of readers eagerly waiting for my next release. πŸ˜‰

    • YES to the thousands of readers! You and me both! πŸ˜€

      Wow, that is a lot of translating. Congrats on getting so much done! With the new world of Indie Publishing, I wish I knew a second language well enough to translate myself. Unfortunately, the Alaska schools in my time were very poor with second languages. πŸ™

      It sounds like this has been a productive summer for both of us! Hopefully we can both keep it up as we go into the fall.


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