Inbetween: Chapter One

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Here it is! Welcome to Inbetween, my second serial novel and my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel. I’m so excited to start sharing this with you. I hope this novel will be as well received as The Dreams.

With this chapter, like every chapter of The Dreams, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon.

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Writing Progress February 11 – 17, 2019

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February 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,775
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: I’m still suffering from the effects of my latest migraine. The pain has mostly subsided, but my mind if just not able to focus on much of anything. It’s definitely hurting my ability to write. I’m not a fan.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Get back to writing. Hopefully I’ll get a new chapter posted as well.

February 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,818
  • Today’s word count: 43
  • Thoughts: My migraine recovery/return to writing has been more difficult than I anticipated. In more optimistic news, I posted a new chapter of Inbetween!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Dive back into writing. I’ve been getting my toes wet, but I really need to get it over with and be serious about my writing again.

February 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,123
  • Today’s word count: 305
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty good day. I feel like I’m getting back on track both with my ability to sit down and write and with the story itself. I’m looking forward to writing more tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know I’m feeling better now so there’s no excuse to avoid doing my work.

February 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,380
  • Today’s word count: 257
  • Thoughts: I hoped today would be better than it turned out to be. I tried. My heart just wasn’t in it. I need to figure out why and fix it before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It’ll be Friday so I feel like I need to temper my enthusiasm. Fridays rarely turn out to be good writing days. It can happen for me, but it certainly doesn’t happen often.

February 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,412
  • Today’s word count: 32
  • Thoughts: This was a typical Friday writing-wise. In other ways, it was a strange day. The weather was beautiful and spring-like. I went outside! The building’s furnace also broke and we found out it won’t be fixed until Tuesday. We have electric heat we can use as a backup, so it’s not a total disaster, but it’s a little troublesome to suddenly need to manage our heat situation on a room by room basis.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stay in. Sit down. Write!

February 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,518
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I wish I would have written more. My heart just wasn’t in it. I wish I knew why, but I don’t. My best guess: I’m just not feeling this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out what the problem with this chapter and fix it! I see no reason not to get this straightened out before the day is over.

February  17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 219,725
  • Today’s word count: 207
  • Thoughts: I was too cold to write! I usually don’t like to make excuses like this, but it’s really true today. All I wanted to do was drink hot tea, sit by my electric heater, and stay bundled up in blankets. Obviously, I wanted to write and tried to do it. I just didn’t make much progress. I do think I untangled my current plot problems, so that’s good.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep warm! Write more words! I hope I can do it. Keeping my hands warm will be the biggest barrier to progress.

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Thinking About CampNaNoWriMo

Maybe it was the spring-like weather we had here yesterday, or maybe it’s just that time again, but I’m thinking about CampNaNoWriMo.

It seems too soon, but April is only a month and a half away. If I don’t come up with a plan soon, I’ll run out of time.

This year I have a bit of a dilemma. Usually I have one or two projects that need my attention during Camp months. I try to pick one and focus on it. Currently I have three.

I’m so close to finishing Inbetween. April might be the perfect month to wrap up the first draft. At this point I’m almost positive I’ll have enough story left to carry me through a reasonable Camp goal.

The Dreams still needs its 3rd draft completed. About half the 3rd draft (100k) is written at this point. I want to get it done this year. It’s another contender for my April CampNaNoWriMo project.

I’m also getting impatient to start my next project. I don’t want to start writing the first draft until I finish Inbetween, but CampNaNoWriMo is flexible enough to allow me to work on planning and outlining instead. The next story has no title at the moment, but it’s going to feature dragons and witches and the story will be guided by tarot readings. It’s going to be so much fun!

Based on the size of the paragraphs above, I think you can see which project I’m currently most excited about. New things are always exciting. It might be more responsible to work toward finishing one of my works in progress.

Is it better to be responsible and work toward completing projects that I’ve been passionate about for years? Or should I work on something shiny and new to hopefully get a word count boost for Camp from the natural high of a new project?

Fortunately, I have some time to consider my options. Camp doesn’t start until April 1, after all. Have you started thinking about April CampNaNoWriMo?

Writing Progress February 4 – 10, 2019

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February 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 217,689
  • Today’s word count: 394
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling to focus on my writing while using my writing laptop as my only computer. This little machine is perfect for writing but tackling other aspects of writing on this tiny computer is a struggle.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Hopefully I’ll get a chapter posted. Also, the part for my desktop PC is arriving tomorrow. Hopefully everything will go back to normal once I install it.

February 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 217,822
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: What an exciting day! As you can see, I didn’t get a ton of writing done, but I still feel like it was a productive day. The replacement power supply I ordered arrived and I spent a chunk of my afternoon installing it, managing cables, and rearranging my desk. Then, with my main computer up and running again I posted a new chapter of Inbetween.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I have options for writing again! If I want to write on my desktop I can do that, but I can also take my laptop and write elsewhere. It’ll be great.

February 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,511
  • Today’s word count: 689
  • Thoughts: I felt really productive today! It wasn’t my biggest word count day ever, but I really liked the words I wrote. That always makes a good day feel even better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Writing. Everything. I feel motivated and I hope I can keep that motivation going tomorrow to move my projects forward.

February 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,439
  • Today’s word count: 296
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated today. I wrote, but I don’t think what I wrote was inspired. Something isn’t quite right, but I’m hoping things will look better tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh Friday. I’ll do my best, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

February 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,473
  • Today’s word count: 34
  • Thoughts: This was such a typical Friday. It was more of a Friday-like writing day than most of the Fridays so far this year. I was distracted. I wasn’t motivated. I don’t want to this pattern to continue.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I won’t be home to focus on writing all day, but I should have plenty of time to put toward my writing before and after my outing.

February 9

No writing progress made. I went out. I had fun. I came home. I had a migraine. The last thing I wanted to do was write.

February 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 218,637
  • Today’s word count: 126
  • Thoughts: The migraine didn’t go away and it sapped my will to do anything. I still managed to push myself to write something because I didn’t want to go a whole weekend without working on my writing. I wish I’d written more, but it’s unrealistic to push myself on days when basic self care is an uphill battle.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can sleep off the migraine I’ll happily get back to work. If the migraine sticks around I might just see if I can sleep the day away.

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Writing Progress January 28 – February 3, 2019

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January 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 216,312
  • Today’s word count: 734

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 97,358
  • Today’s word count: 1

  • Thoughts: Today felt really productive. I revised and posted a new scene of The Dreams to my Patreon. Then I finished writing a chapter of Inbetween. A day always feels a little bit better when I wrap up multiple things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I hope to start revising the next chapter of Inbetween as well. I have an obligation to get those chapters up early for patrons now, after all.

January 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 97,645
  • Today’s word count: 287
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t focus today. It took a long, long time to get the next chapter of Inbetween revised and posted on Patreon. No matter what I did, my mind wandered and the rest of me followed. It wasn’t even possible to attempt to sit and wait for the words to come to me. I was too restless!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I can’t have two days in a row feeling lost and restless. If things don’t look like they’re going well again, I might be forced to take drastic measures.

January 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,143
  • Today’s word count: 498
  • Thoughts: Getting myself writing today was a chore. Eventually I did start writing and I think the words I wrote turned out pretty well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need to figure out why I’m having trouble with focus lately. Hopefully I can get that sorted out before the weekend so I can be productive then too.

January 31

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 216,974
  • Today’s word count: 662
  • Thoughts: Today was a reasonably productive day. I think I made some real progress with Inbetween. I’m looking forward to writing more tomorrow!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Oh, Friday. I’m not sure how much progress I’ll make, but I’m going to give it my best effort!

February 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 217,055
  • Today’s word count: 81
  • Thoughts: Today was such a typical Friday in terms of distracting me from my writing. Overall, it was a good day and I think it helped refresh me for upcoming days of writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m confident I can get a lot done this weekend.

February 2

No writing progress made.

Today was a bit of a disaster. The power supply for my desktop PC died. Fortunately, I have backups of all my work so I can continue to write full time on my laptop until the desktop is brought back to life.

That did not save me from being completely distracted from writing today. Once a problem like power supply failure appears in my life I can’t rest until I have a solution.

February 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 217,295
  • Today’s word count: 240
  • Thoughts: Today was better than yesterday, but not great. I’m still working on my laptop exclusively while I wait for parts to arrive for my desktop. Usually, writing on my laptop happens when I’m feeling motivated and focused. Spending all day on this little machine is a vastly different experience.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, hopefully. I know I can produce a ton of words on this laptop. I just need to get into the right mindset.

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Writing Progress January 21 – 27, 2019

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January 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 213,273
  • Today’s word count: 1,110
  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty productive day. I just wanted to keep writing, but I ended up distracted by life for hours. That was a little disappointing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I have a lot of motivation and I don’t want to waste it.

January 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 213,896
  • Today’s word count: 623
  • Thoughts: Today was really productive until it wasn’t. Then I couldn’t get that old productivity back. I don’t know what went wrong.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m going to find that mojo, drag it back, and make it work for me.

January 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 214,222
  • Today’s word count: 326

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 96,539
  • Today’s word count: 11

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I finished a chapter of Inbetween and posted it to Patreon (we unlocked that goal recently). I tried to work on The Dreams as well, but I started that project too late in the day and needed to go to sleep before I could make any real progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I haven’t decided which project I will tackle, but I know there will be writing.

January 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 97,357
  • Today’s word count: 818
  • Thoughts: I felt productive today! I didn’t write as much as some other days, but I finished the day feeling really proud of myself.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’ll be Friday so I’m going to be kind to myself, but I really want to write!

January 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 214,477
  • Today’s word count: 255
  • Thoughts: This was a pretty typical Friday, but I got some writing done and that’s about all I can hope for.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I should have a good chunk of time to focus on writing new words. I might even post a new scene from The Dreams over on Patreon!

January 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 214,525
  • Today’s word count: 48
  • Thoughts: Today was tough. It’s not how I thought the day would go. I’m disappointed I didn’t write more, but I don’t regret how I spent the day. I think I needed a day to think.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I should be ready to get back to writing tomorrow.

January 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 215,578
  • Today’s word count: 1,053
  • Thoughts: I had a really productive afternoon today. I posted a new chapter of Inbetween. Then I sat down and wrote a thousand words. It was a good day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! It should be a quiet Monday. That should make it easy to sit down and concentrate on writing.

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Patreon Goal: Unlocked!

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A few days ago we unlocked a goal over on Patreon!

What is a Patreon goal? It’s a milestone I set that can be reached collectively by my patrons as more people join and more money starts coming in.

I tried to come up with fun perks for my goals so there would be extra incentive to reach them.

We recently passed the first goal! That means my patrons are getting new chapters early now! I’ve already posted the next chapter of Inbetween for them. It’ll be posted over here in a few days. I’m hoping posting chapters early on Patreon will have a snowball effect and soon I’ll have a ton of chapters prepared and posted there and we’ll have a more stable posting schedule here. It should be great for everyone.

In addition to surpassing the first goal this week, we’re only a few dollars away from unlocking the next goal as well. Once the next goal is reached I’m going to start doing a monthly writing livestream.

Some people (you know who you are) have wanted me to do writing streams for a while now. I’ll admit I’m a coward and I’ve avoided trying to set up a stream up until now. It’s something big and scary for me, but I know I can convince myself to try with the proper motivation. Livestreaming as an expression of appreciation and gratitude to the people who believe in and enjoy my writing would be the perfect reason to move outside my comfort zone and just do it.

It’s only January, but I already feel like 2019 is turning out to be a great year for establishing myself more as a writer. There’s a lot of going on behind the scenes and I’m looking forward to sharing more of it here with you when the time is right.