Progress Report: Week 2, January 3-9, 2016

This week, I changed things up a bit. In the first couple of challenge weeks I confirmed I don’t do so well writing more than 2,000 words on one project at a single sitting, so this week I experimented to see if I could find a working method that works for me and still allows me to achieve the goals I need to achieve. I also knew that at the end of this week the books I needed to pre-read for my university courses would arrive, and that everything would change next week—but in a way that would be more realistic for the university year. I also had to focus more on publishing, as writing the stories is one thing, but getting them out to my readers is completely another. Hate to admit that publishing took up most of my time, this week.


New words produced: 6,272
Old words revised: 0
Outlines and Notes: 0
Works completed: 5
Works revised: 0
Covers created: 1
Works published: 1
Works submitted: 1
Competitions Entered: 0
Bloggery: 680
University Prep and Assignments: 0

A Note on Challenges: This week I enacted Heinlein’s Rule #2—Finish What You Start, and made completing the two incomplete Holiday Extension books a priority. I also made the preparation for January 2017 and February 2016 releases a second priority. This is how I went.

Story-A-Week Challenge Update

  • ShortStory508—Lord of the Vortex: reached 4,045 words and is now under submission;

Holiday Extension Challenge Update

Nil – I did not meet this challenge this week. Other priorities took precedence – exercise, family, and the publishing side of things. Next week, I will try to do better.

Publishing Tasks

Created 2 blog posts for this blog;
Created 2 blog post for the C.M. Simpson Publishing blog;
Created 2 blog post for the C.M. Simpson Art and Photography blog

New Arrivals

The following pieces arrived last week and were completed:

  • Poem702—Advice for Rabbits: a speculative piece about living life to the full – rabbit or not;
  • Poem703—No Man’s Prey: a fantasy poem about mermaids;
  • ShortStory630—Lakeside Dining: a piece of urban fantasy flash fiction featuring an Australian shape-shifter
  • ShortStory631—Troll-Hunting and the Rain: a piece of urban fantasy flash fiction about trolls and the rain.

The following pieces arrived last week and are awaiting completion:

  • Chapbook5F: Rocky and the Raptors—Rocky has a close encounter with the raptors of Tallona.


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