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December 14, 2013
Posted at 1:04 pm

Hehe. It's kind of surprising when I review all of my "in work" stories. I keep the current copies on a flash drive, so I can work on the stories on any computer with a decent word processing program. I do divide the stories up by category and/or universe so I can try to maintain some level of sanity when it comes to deciding what to work on next.

And this isn't just a case of having six stories. There are 12 different folders that contain specific universes or genres and another 20+ stories that haven't made it into a folder. To be honest, I'm not sure exactly how many stories and ideas I have on the drive. I keep track of actively worked stories by word and page count, but there are quite a few stories that aren't recorded in that file. There are also the 20000 ideas bouncing around my head. I really need to write one of them down, even though I can't see having a chance to write it before 2014 rolls around.

But no one wants to hear that. They want to know about when I publish again. So I'll tell you......

I have no idea. :P

Since Dec 2, I have primarily worked on my newest Swarm Cycle story. Back then it was at about 11K words. As of this morning it had grown by 98 pages and 46K words. (I keep track of progress using an excel file and on 12/2 I froze a tab. I wanted to see my progress for December.)

The problem is that those 46K words moved the story forward 2 days. I went from a Wednesday to a Friday in April. This story is going to cover 28 months.....

But I do plan on some time periods passing quickly. There is no reason to spend pages and pages torturing readers with "hero got up, Hero spent day with friends, Hero ate, Hero slept." I'll keep the main scenes to the high points of the time. You know, fights, arguments, seductions.... oh wait, I'm not sure I can write a good seduction scene. :P

I'll keep writing. Hopefully everyone will enjoy what I have, when I finally finish it.