Have I really not done this since... July? I can't find one later than July that isn't a NaNo post.
Mind you, a lot of that's because I didn't do much writing for much of that time. And when I did, I'd pretty much abandoned the idea of word count as a metric; it wasn't what I needed while finishing up Falling From Ground
(quite the opposite, in fact), and outside of NaNo I've pretty much been in "recovery" mode since then. Oh yeah, and
there were technology troubles
. However, I do like having the numbers rounded up in one easily-tracked tag, so I shall now dive down the rabbit hole of my record-keeping.
Okay, I'm back. *pant, pant*
August:Falling From Ground
September:Falling From Ground
original short fiction = 489 ("and then the murders started", mostly the short version)
OctoberFalling From Ground
November was NaNo 2018
. 'Nuff said.
original short fiction = 124
original short fiction = 2616
January (and December) is entirely "Dix Dayton, Jet Jockey". Which is, hey, done!
Speaking of rabbit holes, the writing of DD,JJ was essentially done a week ago; the time since then has mostly gone to working out tedious details about spaceship propulsion systems and asteroid orbital dynamics. The asteroids particularly were challenging; it seems that there's just enough known about many of them to get me into trouble if I don't fact-check, and not enough for me to be sure of my facts. I did finally find an orbit simulator
that told me more or less what I needed, but the process sucked down an amazing amount of time and ambition. I'm only just now recovering the "yay! finished!" feeling I should have when completing a brand new story that I'm pretty happy with.
Also, there was querying!
Sent: 2 queries
Agents set aside for another book in a different genre: 1
Crossed off: 3, I think?
Crossed off: 28
Which is great! Except that I was supposed to finish
the final due-diligence push on Highway of Mirrors
in January, and it's... not finished. For a while there, it was going pretty well, in large part because I'm only querying agents I'm genuinely keen to work with; if I'm meh or I find I'm trying to talk myself into them, off the list they go. But querying is all too easily bumped by writing (okay) or a certain non-writing project (not so good), and so I've run aground again.
What's next? I don't even know; I think that's going to merit a post of its own.(admin note: first use of new tag for short fiction, because cramming it in under "writing" is... unhelpful.)