• My Life

    2013 Year End

    This is the time of year that I review my goals and milestones for the previous year and bore all of you with the gory details :) I am well pleased with how well the Lazy Designer series performed. I’ve exceeded sales from prior years, I think in large part helped by the release of the third volume (Gameplay and Exploration) and a print version of the first book. The final two volumes are going through edits right now and will be available next year. In terms of writing goals, I met most that I wanted. I exceeded my goal of writing 250 000 words this year — reaching around…

  • Writing Resources

    Word Goals

    For those of you who stop into this blog but are really only interested in Lazy Designer news, you can subscribe directly at the new Lazy Designer site. This replaces the old “Lazy” mailing list and I have already transitioned those who had signed up there. If you sign up you should receive, via e-mail, a sample chapter from Book 3… it might take an hour or so though for that to reach you. Let me know if that does not happen. There’s also another freebie for direct download there. Okay, back to the blog post: This post, “Word Goals” is not to announce the title of my new game…

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    Word Goal Reached

    This week I passed the 300 000 word mark for 2012’s writing effort. Most of this work has been on novel #5 and Lazy Designer #3 but I also wrote more stories this year than I have in any other one year period. I am light on words, compared to the past two years (last year for example I exceeded 430 000 words), but this was intentional. The youngest kid is home more with me for the remainder of this school year. Next year he starts going to school more regularly, so I’ll get a bit more time to write. The year after that I’ll get *a lot* more time…

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    Progress

    As noted several times in the past I set particular goals for myself at the start of the year. As it is nearing the halfway point of 2011 (and I know I’ll be too busy to post this closer to the end of June) I’ll give a quick update now. I set two types of goals — goals that I can control (production) and goals that I cannot directly control (sales). This is just a summary of the production goals: 1. Write Eight New Stories. Done. I wrote these in-between revising the last novel and starting work on the current novel. 2. Finish One Novel. Well over half done the…

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    2010 Wrap-up

    This is my year end summary of my writing endeavors for 2010. Overview Not surprisingly (given my ability to write full-time) this was my most productive writing year. I wrote in excess of 400 000 words, including my novel Latelander and a second novel. My word count goal for the year had been 240 000 words so I greatly exceeded that. I also wrote eight stories or so, exceeding my goal of six. The only goal I didn’t achieve was making my second pro sale (my first pro sale was to the Writers of the Future contest). New Stories Published in 2010 ÔÇťDigital RightsÔÇŁ ÔÇö Writers of the Future XXVI,…

  • Writing Resources

    A Couple Goals Met Early

    At the start of the year I made several goals that I wanted to meet by the end of the year and while doing a bit of bookkeeping last night I noticed that I’ve succeed in achieving a few. This is the first full year that I’ve devoted serious time to writing. I wanted to have a Word Count goal that reflected that. The reason for the Word Count goal was to ensure that I’m regularly writing — and not wasting time — when I’m at my desk. So the goal was 240 000 words. I don’t remember how I settled onto that number but I passed it yesterday! Next…

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    Word Progress so Far

    Since the beginning of the year I’ve set myself some firm word count goals and to my delight I’ve been able to meet and often exceed them. I took a quick look at my tracking and I’ve now written over 75 000 words since January. The bulk of this has been on the novel but I’ve (almost) finished a 12 000 word sci-fi story and the rough draft of a flash story. If I can keep this pace I should be able to finish the rough draft of the first novel by the end of March and start on the second novel in April. Of course today I’m derailed from…