Writing Journal 12.30.2018: Quiet finish to the year, but more action next year for sure

If nothing else, my work has been pretty consistent over the last three weeks of 2018.

+270 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 4 of 7 for 180 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 4 of 7 days.

So, yeah, that pretty much matched last week, although I got in more revising minutes than last week.

Lessee… I’m still on break until Jan. 3, then I will have a very short (two-day) work week until the first weekend of 2019. The plans for that time are:

  • More revising for my current WIP. I’m somewhere between one-fourth and one-third completed with the latest edit (calling it version 3.7 or whatever). If I kick ass tonight and the next few days, I might have the latest revision done by next week, but I am not sure.
  • My work on my first book for publication has made more progress. It is now getting to the point when we are discussing items as to when to put it out on Amazon. Trust me, the minute that things are done, dusted, and ready to go, you will hear all about it here first. Just know that it is going to happen at the first part of the year.
  • Also will get to work tonight coming up with material for the social media pages. I think with the new book coming out, I will be doing more promo work, etc., on those pages both as we get closer to the release and availability dates.

Can’t think of too much else to write about now, but I know I will be doing an end-of-year post midweek regarding my writing/revising numbers for 2018 and maybe one or two others depending on news. See you then.


Writing Journal 12.23.2018: Nearly identical results…

…as last week, so I decided to use the same featured photo for this week’s post, too.

Not lying – here are the numbers.

+260 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 3 of 7 for  total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 4 of 7 days.


Well, brief updates:

  • With the holidays now in full swing, I think it more likely that my book will be released early next year than very late this year. Fair enough – I’ve waited this long to be a published author, I can wait a little longer and make it go right.
  • Speaking of the holidays, I am well into my holiday break and will not be back at work until after the new year. Hoping to get a good amount of writing (revising, actually,) in.
  • Doing well on my plans to try and trim my new WIP. I was over 92,000 words at the start; I am now under 92,000 and feel fairly confident that I can trim it to somewhere under 90,000. Wish me luck on that, but I think I can make it.
  • Not sure if I will do any midweek posts this week or next, but that is a possibility. I think I do owe people a recap of the year as far as my total productivity for the year. I am planning on keeping up the journal from its humble origins to what it is now, and comparing my production on a year to year basis.

That’s it – sorry I ran this later than usual. Until next time.

Writing Journal 12.16.2018: Slowly picking up

So, making some progress last week. At least, it’s a bit more than what was happening the past month.

+231 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 4 of 7 for 150 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 4 of 7 days.


I’m beginning to think that it’s difficult for me to have more than two novel-length projects going on at any one time. It splits my attention too much, to be honest. And right now, there’s two things garnering my attention, as I’ve previously mentioned.

  • Got another proof from my publisher regarding the first book. Everything is in place and corrected except for the author’s note/acknowledgements/dedication pages. They should get added in and I might have this published by early next year now. Publishing takes time is probably the truest thing I’ve heard about the business. I’m still very much looking forward to seeing it published, however.
  • Finally making headway on my second project/beginning book in a series with the next round of revisions. Looking at cutting things down to near or even under 90,000 words if I can manage it.
  • With that in mind, I’m going to hold off on starting a new book until the first one gets published.

In five days, I’ll be off work for the remainder of 2018. I’m excited about getting some writing time, and an extended vacation. Also, I’m interested in seeing what the year’s writing numbers look like. I know I’ll be interested in trying to improve those numbers in 2019.

Writing Journal 12.9.2018: Some signs of life

So, this week was… marginally better than the two previous weeks.

+545 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 2 of 7 for 60 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Looking back at my writing journals that I used in years past, I don’t think that I had too much of a dry spell related to the holiday months. I have to speculate that I am in a different situation now than what I was during the past several years. During that time, I was first writing my book which is now in the publishing process, then revising it. I then immediately started on my current project as a first draft. I’m considering that my current work in progress, as I am still revising it.

However, this year is slightly different. Regarding the first book, I’m waiting on the final proof to show up and finally get that publishing process to where I finally have a book to sell. I’m not currently writing a new manuscript, and I’m not certain which new one I want to take on.

So, right now I’m at something of a standstill. But, I’m trying to break out of it.

I’ll write more later, although I’m not sure there’s going to be a mid-week post this week. I’ll be working and writing, though.

On the Apostrophe S and it’s effect on me: a special #WritingAdviceWednesday #WAW post

As a writing teacher, I have an interest in correct grammar. I know from first-hand experience that having to read someone who doesn’t have a clue about grammar can be massively distracting from the message you are trying to convey.

One of the biggest questions I ever had growing up was, how do I, personally, deal with the apostrophe-s situation? I have a particular concern about this issue, because it directly affects me.

To review, the rules for apostrophe-s are basically as follows (I’m sure someone will nail me if I have misstated these rules):

Add an apostrophe and s to show possession for all words not ending in s.

ex. Jason’s, team’s, child’s

Add just an apostrophe to words ending in s.

ex. cars’, bakers’, fields’

Makes sense, correct? However, there is considerable debate regarding one issue in particular. What is the proper style in the event that you are trying to show possession for a subject that is a proper name but has an S at the end of the name? As someone with the surname Liegois, this is pretty relevant to me.

I recently came across these three articles on the subject. The general consensus is… there is no general consensus as to whether I should write, for example, Liegois’s car or Liegois’ car. Different stylebooks and grammatical techniques have it one or the other way.

Well, I believe I have decided for myself that Liegois’ will be the way I use it from this day forward. The tiebreaker for me is that the Associated Press Stylebook comes down squarely on the side of using just the apostrophe. As you might remember, I used to be a journalist, and we always kept one of those spiral-bound copies of the AP Stylebook on our desk to settle any uncertainties of language. So, Liegois’ it is.

Writing Journal 12.3.2018: Staring at a dry stretch as I begin December

Well, at least I wrote a few extra words this week. 🙂

+723 words written.

Days writing: 2 out of 7.

Days revising: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 1 of 7 days.

So, not much change from last week. I had two snow days in one week after three winters in a row in which I had three snow days total. That can throw people off, especially after being out of school for a bit due to the Thanksgiving holidays.

I am literally going to sit down and force myself to write something for the blog on Wednesday, sort of a special #WritingAdviceWednesday (#WAW) piece. I call it that, but it’s more of a personal piece about how a grammar rule affects me.

Not too much else to write about, all things considered.

Other items:

  • No update on the book publishing… yet.
  • I still don’t like that the new proposed editing feature for WordPress doesn’t have sharing with Facebook and Twitter. Another complaint – it doesn’t allow you to use the Pexels free media library when you are selecting new photos. Are they going to fix that in the new system? Do we have to have a new system. How responsive is WordPress’ helpdesk?

I said it last week, but I know I will have a more productive week coming up. I’ll see everyone around.