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I've been having a dawning reality check the last couple of weeks, which finally crested over the horizon yesterday. I did the FateNet series (five novellas, total of 190k words) in 14-15 months from planning to publishing the last installment.

And I've been flogging myself with the Persephone Station series (three novels, estimated total of 180k) feeling like a total slacker because I'm not meeting my goals, with the delusion that I should be able to have it all out in... six months?

I mean, I understand somewhat where that delusion came from. It's only three books, my brain said. And you've gotten through some of the learning faff from the last series! But I didn't seem to taking into account that those three books were twice as long as the ones that came before them and so they might take... twice as long? I'm not actually sure if that's a straight multiple or if it's longer (more narrative complexities) or shorter (less shifting between activities). Twice as long is at least a somewhat realistic estimate that I can adjust from.

So I was talking to G the Project Manager about this yesterday, and he said, "While I do believe you can increase efficiency from the last series you did, perhaps you should consider a 10-20% increase in efficiency? Not... 60-70%?"

A long story short, I'm now aiming for twelve months from planning to final installment publication. (For my editors reading, don't worry--I still plan on having the first book to you in the timeframes agreed on. I'm just not also planning on having the first drafts of the second and third books also done by October.) If you're wondering, I'm counting twelve months from June to June. I technically started PS in April for a couple of weeks, but then shelved it until July to finish off FN, so I think that splits the difference.

Well, you learn. Eventually.

And twelve months is a lot friendlier for being derailed by relocation than six months.

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G has three job interviews next week, only one of which is in London. I'm making peace with potentially relocating this autumn.
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Good morning,

A short letter this morning. It's the beginning of the Easter holiday here in the UK (which is a four day weekend affair--it's a lot like Thanksgiving in the States). The Gryffindor is out at the farmer's market stocking up, I've just taken the grocery delivery (for things that cannot be acquired at the farmer's market), and our American friend arrives early this evening.

There's a thousand to-do's that still need their boxes ticked off, but before I get any further, I'm going to get some writing in.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend--whether it's Norwescon or Easter or even just laying around and vegging it out.

X

PS 1 First Draft
25364 / 65000
(39.02%)


ETA: G brought me back an Easter present.

(There are fancy creme eggs from the artisan chocolate stall inside.)
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Good almost-not morning,

At the moment I have physical therapy (or "physio" as they call it here) on Thursday mornings to deal with a long-term pain issue. This schedule throws my routine off, but I suppose it's mini-lessons in resilience. It's a half hour walk each way--so hey, at least I get my daily walks in and I'm home, all beat up and exercised. Now after a brunch, I'm beginning to transition to the story.

I'm still working on my ritual of approach, but at the moment I'm trying out tidying the studio (in my case, that involves cleaning the litter box, sweeping scatter, and often a quick dust). I make tea in a special little pot and cup I've designated for the job--and I'm using my nice teas. I'd gotten into a laziness of just drinking any old bagged tea, so I've been making sure to use my nice loose leaf teas for writing time. (I'm realizing as I write this that this tea set-up is reminiscent of my Yumchaa writing dates with [personal profile] alobear, which might be why it's helpful.)

The music is on, I'm writing my morning letter....

Thinking about the old days of social journaling, I went to look for a word meter. It appears the one me and the gang used to use all the time has gone down, but I found this one that I think is close enough.

PS 1 First Draft


PS is a YA/NA story I've been plotting on for quite a while. It's fantasy, set in the future on a necropolis moon. I'm very much enjoying finally getting to dive into it--although there is that nagging feeling that the last FN story still needs revising and the deadline is creeping up.

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