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NaNoWriMo Week One, and Books on my Desk

NaNoWriMo Update

As of today, I’ve managed to type 16,800 or so words, 8,000 of them for A Study In Magic. Not the 23,333 words I’m supposed to be at but close enough. I’ve churned 3,500 fully usable yesterday and 1,800 today. I call that a victory.

What about the other 8000 words? Half of them is the for the next story of Memory Chasersmy first original novel (available to read at Inkitt). The other half is self-indulgent garbage no one is evil enough to deserve. My interest veers from esoteric to downright geeky. I mean, just look at my November reading stack:

I don’t expect to read a lot this month since I’m busy churning out words. But do plan to read the Hadoop book. I’ve been reading too much fiction lately, thus I’m in the mood for facts and logic. “Value Averaging” is economics, the dismal science, and I have to be the right mindset to grunt through the math.

What I’m Reading Now

A Splendid Exchange
by William J. Bernstein

I’ve been interested in economics and finance since 2012, and history since childhood. So a book that covers the history of world trade is clickbait for me. The author is also well-known finance writer. His first book, The Intelligent Asset Allocator, is a favorite of mine in the genre.

It’ll put most people to sleep, though. I mean, my other writer friend glanced at the title and said: “Only you would read stuff like this.”

I read/listened to this one over two weeks and found it absolutely absorbing. It covers trade from the Mesopotamia, Rome, China, India, the Islamic nations and Europe. It covers the spice-silk trade, the Deutsche East-India Company, and English East-India Company. The Opium wars. The American War. I’m studying Stolper-Samuelson theorem because the book mentioned it. The graphs and formulas still look like gibberish to me, but once I get a better idea how it works, I’m going to use it for world-building in a future story.

That’s all for this week. Cheers!

Updates from BOC

I’ve read somewhere November is the month all your writing friends fall into radio silence, occasionally broken by cryptic messages of wanting to die.  I think I’ve added myself to that group without meaning to. In short: NaNoWriMo again!

I’m using the time to finish up writing A Study in Magic … The remaining 40,000 words of it. Will I accomplish it? Maybe, but oh, I do hope. I’m flush with ideas, more than is wise to enter the final draft, I think. Editing shall be an interesting challenge.

Thank you so much for staying with the sprawling story, everyone!


A Study In Magic, Chapter Thirteen Postmortem

phew. writing is hard when time is at a premium

A Study In Magic chapter thirteen, Secrets Unsaid, is up! 

I challenged myself to finish writing the whole chapter in a week. I managed … barely. 1250-1300 words a day, in a span of an hour, but not writing on weekends seems to be my sweet spot. I tend not to write on weekends as they are my reading days. I get depressed when I don’t read at least a book or two per week.  It also lets me distance myself from the ugly first draft(s), and construct a cleaner chapter.

Characterization and Plot

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Returned from Travels, now thinking hard about A Study In Magic

next chapter is coming soon!

I’ve safely returned from two weeks of traveling! Trying not to cough up a lung, at the moment. I’ve taken drugs and vitamins to manage symptoms. I need to, if I want to finish writing A Study In Magic like I said I would at the end of last 2016

I shy away from grand pronouncements and making my personal goals public. But I made an implicit promise to finish A Study In Magic this year, and I intend to keep it. It feels daunting … I’ve updated on a weekly basis before, but that was when I had the safety net of having good source material and lush free time at work. I also have grave concerns over my writing time; so much work to do, so many books I want to read. Then there are the usual unexpected obstacles Life likes to throw at me.

Nevertheless! I’ll be concentrating the next 12 weeks or so to churn out the rest of A Study in Magic: The Application. The story has reached what is called the “mid-point“. Using the number of words I’ve written so far as a guide, I have about 51,000 words to go. The short-term goal: 4250 words a week, not counting Author Notes and Headers and chapter postmortems. 🙂

Once I publish the final chapter, I plan to create ePub and Kindle copies of A Study In Magic and make them freely available for anyone who joins the email list. I finally bought a software that creates a basic ebook and the experimental results look good.

Stay tuned!

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