Update number 5 and that means we’re closing in on the 10% mark. Am I 10% done? Well no, but I’m still pushing ahead on all thrusters.
Act 1: Project Stoneweaver. I’m almost 21,000 words in and 3k ahead of plan as of now. Doesn’t sound like much, but the plan calls for 750 words per day, so that’s four days off the end. And when is the end? Well, I’ve plotted this out to be around a 90k story and budgeted writing time to go to 105k since I often end up going long on bigger stories, figuring on a mid-June finish. But if it does only go 90k and I continue the current pace all the way through, it could be more like the second half of May.
Act 5: Short Story #2. Pilgrimage is in the home stretch at 4,100 words. I’m enjoying this story and the research I unexpectedly found I needed to settle some background stuff in my head. Most of it didn’t make it into the story, but that’s okay. The extra facts made things fun for me.
Act 6: Short Story #3. I’m trying something a little experimental: telling a story in 100-word scenes. 100 of them to wind up with a novelette exactly 10,000 words long. So far I’ve written the first 6, setting the basic scene and introducing the hero. A hundred words can go by awfully quick, but staying to exactly 100 for each scene is a bit of work. No title yet.
Act 26: Distant Worlds anthology. Six and a half stories left to read in the first round. I seem to be perpetually behind where I want to be on this, but reading a novella critically can be a major task and I tend to spend several hours on each one. While I'm able to write in even five minute bursts if I need to, reading with an editor’s eye doesn’t seem to work that way for me and I want to be as fair as possible to each story. So it's taking longer.
Act 27: Distant Realms anthology. Nine submissions so far but I haven’t started reading yet.
Act 28: “Star Trek: Fractured Unity”. The casting call is going up several places tonight and tomorrow with an audition ‘deadline’ of March 15th. I have high hopes of filling all 26 roles. I think my overall timeline might be a bit aggressive, but we’ll see how things go. I really want to do this and not just because I’ve put it on the list of 40 Acts.
Act 33: Pop Song. It’s called “I Was Just a Kid”. Unfortunately, it’s about Star Wars, so I’m not sure it really qualifies as ‘Pop’, except maybe in a Weird Al kind of way (which is still good, but not my original thought). Not giving up hope, though, as there’s something else rattling in my head right now. Needs at least one more going over, and probably two, before I think about posting it.
Bonus Acts: I've decided that there will be a podcast. The first episode of Small Realities is mostly finished recording. Planned drop date is the 15th of February. Surprise! I’ll put full details up when I’ve got somewhere to link to. I’m planning it as a twice monthly podcast to showcase my work, mostly fiction and starting with short stories. “Turn the World Around” will show up there when it’s read, but “Fractured Unity” will have its own feed, I think. On episodes where the story I’m reading is on the short side, I’ll add in a little poetry.
I’ve decided to do a Video Documentary of the YoC. Probably not very scripted and utilizing my kids as camera crew. I love to include them in things like this and hopefully they’ll enjoy it, too. If not, I suppose I can always video myself.
That’s all for now. Next Update, February 10th.