NaNo 2017 Day 12

And we’re back with the “posting my count the next day” approach I’ve been trying to take all along.

For Day 12, my content additions/edits have Fahd’s old childhood friends-turned-enemies taking several members of the pirate crew away, but to what end? They are met by a kitsune who commands, but does not steer, a living ship without a crew, and the entire group sails off to meet with the necromancer known only as the Wander.

And on the word count front, that my report card to….

Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2377
Total goal: 20000
Total count: 26427
ETW: At this rate you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 11

Finally caught up…. on the “posting one day after” thing I’ve been doing every year since I started.
(Anyone paying attention to the date stamp, please ignore the fact that I still posted this after midnight ūüėČ ; I just got home from work.)

Content-wise, the crew discovers Fahd has a very good reason for wanting to avoid his people… but it is not entirely due to problems from his childhood. Next section, on to the Wanderer’s lair!
(For future reference I will be offering up tidbits like this as I begin posting full chapters to Patreon. Hopefully of a more intriguing nature than what I am doing for NaNo.)

And as for the word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2820
Total goal: 18333
Total count: 24050
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Got myself a copy of Office 2016, now it’s just a matter of waiting for it to arrive (I get kickbacks when I buy from certain websites) and also, hopefully, keeping my mobile documents better synced with my at-home documents.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 10

Yup, another late posting. Mayhap I can get caught up tonight after work, and mayhap I can’t. We shall see.

Anyway, content-wise I finished off that hunting scene and moved into editing the soccer scene that was never deliberately written as soccer. ūüėČ (Funny how the mind works, ain’t it?) A version of that scene can be found as a “writing sample” on my deviantArt.
Next step, the pirates move on to visit with Fahd’s people! The desert man is not particularly keen on this visit, and if you’ll have a look-see at the short story “Rite of Passage” you can see why.

And in terms of word count….

The report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 3167
Total goal: 16667
Total count: 21230
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 24.

I think I can do better than that–not only in terms of word count but in terms of finally¬†finishing this thing… once I have a program I can consistently use on my lunch break. (Should’ve bought Office 2016 when I got home from work, now it’s no longer available for that price. Oh, well, got to keep looking.)

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 9

Somehow forgot to post this yesterday.

Anyway, content-wise I finished editing (again) all the way up to the hunting scene, including the part I have posted this time around as the excerpt on my NaNo profile. Next up is finishing the results of that hunt and on to the botched ball game that mysteriously looks like soccer.

And on to the word count.

Report card says:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2731
Total goal: 15000
Total count: 18063
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 25.

My fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 8

Prologue’s already done, of course, and on to the next chapter.

I have also updated the latest chapter of my recent fanfic to let readers know I intend to put it on hiatus while I work on the original work, and udpated my “writing site” Pioneers of the Shattered Waters to address some changes I want to make to my Patreon.
Now I just need to start making those changes. In between work shifts.

And as for the rebel report…. really, if I’m (currently) only editing my project, why am I not accomplishing any more of a word count than what I’d aim for when writing new content?

Anyway, the report card:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1958
Total goal: 13333
Total count: 15332
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 27.

Fellow Nanoers, how goes the progress?

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Patreon Repurposing

Like many of my creative endeavors and social media exploration, my presence on Patreon is very much a work in progress.

With that in mind, I would like to provide some insight into what I intend to do on the site.

When I first started out on Patreon, my account was experimental in nature. I had a vague grasp of what I wanted to do, but little more than that.
As a content creator, I had thought I might use it to offer up my novel-in-progress, “The Graft,” as early access to paid patrons on a chapter-by-chapter (or thereabouts) basis while I continued to work on and, eventually,¬†finish said novel so it could then be published as a complete work.
I had no idea what to set for rewards besides the early access… and hardly more idea of what to suggest as goals.

Well, it is still an experiment in social media, and I still intend to release the novel as early access.
But I plan to do more.

Point the First: the novel’s free sample

The old version had me “printing” each chapter to a PDF and attaching¬†that to my text posts, with the post itself having a sparse description so that patrons would know in advance what they’re about to download.

Now that I have a little better idea about how the site–and in particular, the text posting–works (or now that they’ve revamped that feature themselves, however the case may be), I will revise and most likely repost the prologue so it appears on the site as a proper text post. I might still attach PDFs of each chapter, at least of the freebies, for the benefit of those readers who might want to download a copy for offline reading.

Downloadable versions of paid content either will not happen at all or will happen at a higher than “early access” price point; we shall see. Need to get the free content revised before I worry too much about the rest.

Point the Second: fanfiction

I intend to post certain of my fanfics–most notably, my Flash/Legends of Tomorrow fanfics.
Some Doctor Who fics will make their way there as well, but these will be fewer and farther between; I’m trying the Faction Paradox approach to revising many of these fics so I can¬†officially publish them as “original” works.
I¬†might begin posting fics from other fandoms–Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony, Tree Fu Tom, Secret Saturdays, and whatever else grabs my attention long enough to plot out a story for it… And I might not.
Fanfics will, of course, be posted as freebies. And whichever ones are posted on Patreon will also be posted¬†here…. except one particular Doctor Who fic which, by nature of the “mistaken identity” theme, belongs over on my Crossover Cameo site, which is sadly in need of fanfics for me to review.
I have way too many of these posted to various fanfic sites as it is, so this will not be an “early access” thing. And anyway, they¬†will be posted for free….

Point the Third: other writing

The prologue and any other samples of longer works, as well as the fanfics, serve among other things as a sample of my writing in general. Those are all posted for free.
Other writing–the full novel, short stories that¬†won’t have shorter samples, and the like–will be posted as paid posts.
I’m aiming for a minimum of 1,000 words per post. This obviously depends on what sort of word length, formatting, and even what software is doing the counting, but I think I could reasonably estimate at least two-and-a-half letter-size pages.

A note: these are still works in progress.
I will most definitely try my hardest to make sure patrons get a clean copy but I do not guarantee that they will be identical to the version that I would actually sell once everything is completed.

Point the Fourth: other planned content

Other (free) content includes:
Early access to YouTube videos in which I record myself coloring in pages of a coloring book. No need to guess why this fell under “free” I hope?
Anyway, the idea here is that I have a graphics pad capable of taking real paper and ink¬†and streaming the process to my computer; the videos in question will record what’s happening on the computerand will end with a side-by-side comparison of the paper image and the computer’s end result. And as a challenge to my viewers–try to guess¬†the image before I’m done coloring it in!
I expect these will show up on YouTube about…. mmm… I’d say a month after I post them to Patreon. From my understanding, this requires that I¬†actually post them to YouTube as an “unlisted” video and simply share the link to Patreon.

Other (paid) content made for Patreon includes:
Early access to how-to-videos. Admittedly I can only think of one such video at this point in time, but I might come up with others as I go.
Drawing challenges. A patron suggests something for me to draw, and I give it a go! I caution you, though, that I am very much an amateur; this is no “commission” so I will simply have to ask that patrons try to keep the suggestions simple to begin with. I can easily update my profile (and my prices) as I gain more confidence.
Like the coloring books, these will show up elsewhere for public consumption (YouTube for the videos, deviant Art for the drawings) a month after I post them to Patreon.

Point the Fifth: revamping the profile

A.k.a. “everything else.”

I need, plain and simple, to create an “intro” and “thank you” video for Patreon. This step is¬†long overdue.
Keep on eye out on my Patreon, of course, to see when I post those…. or subscribe to my primary YouTube channel to receive an alert on that or any other subject I might post on. Or even here; I intend to embed at least the intro video on my website.

And I probably ought to think about revising the content of my profile, as well as the goals and rewards and so on.
Still no idea what to provide as rewards for paid patrons beyond “early access,” though I vaguely recall a mention on my site and/or YouTube being one of the options (maybe a monthly thing, with a list posted of all patrons at a certain level and links to sites of their choosing, and a higher patronage granting a review of a page of their choosing). And I¬†suppose offering drawings in exchange for patrons could fall under “commission” status.
Although the site really needs a system in place for once-off pledges; certain potential rewards, like a signed copy of one of my books (if and when I have physical copies¬†to sign) just won’t work as repeats.

Patrons will be, at present, charged on a per-piece basis; I work full-time (or near to it) and my online habits are sporadic at the best of times.
I cannot in good conscience charge patrons on a per-month basis without knowing that I will have content available to post for the month. Once I get used to posting more regularly, this will most likely change, but for now….

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NaNo 2017 Day 7

Content-wise, the prologue is done…

Yes, I’m rebelling by editing, why do you ask? ūüėČ

And now that I’m a little more familiar with how Patreon works (or now that they’ve changed it since I last posted there, however the case may be), I fully intend to start posting the prologue on there as a proper text post…. as well as certain of my fanfics.
Keep an eye on my other site, Pioneers of the Shattered Waters, for more details.

Word count-wise….

The report card:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s Count: 3158
Total goal: 11667
Total Count: 13374
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 27.

My fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 6

How did I forget to post this earlier today… er, yesterday? It’s just after midnight where I am while I write this.)

Anyway, content-wise I finally¬†finally got started back on the original fic….
But first I posted the last chapter of current arc of my Flash fanfic “Alternate Universe,” and left a note on the fanfic sites stating that I hoped to focus on said original novel for the month and planned to put the fanfic on hiatus for the time being.

I might need a bit of luck with that goal.

But in terms of word count…. the report card:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1717
Total goal: 10,000
Total count: 10,216
ETW: At this rate you will finish on Nov 30.

My fellow NaNoers, how goes the writing?

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NaNo 2017 Day 5

And…. the buffer is gone. Already. Not even a week into this thing.

Where did the time go?

Oh, right, at work all day, and reading on my lunch break instead of playing with that new keyboard. Not that there’s anything wrong with reading on my break, of course, but getting my own work done¬†was kinda the point of buying that keyboard….

No progress this day, either in terms of word count or content. Oh, well, there are plenty more days to come!

Fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the writing?

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NaNo 2017 Day 4

Content wise all I did was edit some of the scenes I already had.

Word count wise I almost didn’t make¬†any progress worth noting…. until I remembered that the chapter I’d already posted to the fanfic sites, and which I had not originally included in my word count, had been written and completed on November 1.

So…. I have a full day’s buffer now, though not by much.

Report Card:
Day’s goal: 1667 (as always)
Day’s Count: 2190
Total goal: 6667
Total written: 8499
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 24.

Fellow NaNoers… how goes the noveling?

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