Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Nothing sums up 2017 like the fact that I’ve started to include the letters I write to my government reps in my word count because of the number of times I’ve had to write them. I’m up to contacting them daily now and everything is complete and total garbage. But anyway…

Here’s what August 2017 looked like in writing…

Total Words Written This Month
37,279 words

Average Words Per Day
1,203 words

Monthly Goal
didn’t set one

Yearly Goal
445,834 / 500,000 (89%)

Things completed:

  • my adaptation of Pintosmalto aka Arm Candy
  • Final edits for the full Tale of Tales project (well, the stuff that’s available now anyway)
  • Set up an epic sorting feature for all of my plays (not a writing project per say but long overdue and I’m very proud of it)

Other Works Actively in Progress this Month:

  • a ton of behind the scenes work for The Tale of Tales productions and upcoming publications
  • All The NaNoWriMo ML stuff
  • started outlining an adaptation of a Carlo Gozzi play I refuse to tell you the title of yet because I specifically said I wasn’t going to adapt it but my muse is annoying AF


I officially have a new play premiering this fall with two productions of The Tale of Tales ready to roll already and more still in the works. A very good thing but it meant that this has been a light word count month as I deal with all the background stuff related to that. Doing agreements, contracts, invoices, special censored versions of the scripts for schools, going over final copy edits, etc, etc. Busy, busy, busy.

At the same time as I was doing all this work for productions, I was doing final edits and formatting to ready the plays for publication, which I will tell you more about in the future. But, in the midst of all this work, my annoying muse decided that we absolutely HAD to adapt a play that I SPECIFICALLY SAID I WAS NOT GOING TO ADAPT, MUSE! ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE A LIAR OF ME? I’M ONLY ALREADY IN THE MIDDLE OF A DOZEN FREAKING PROJECTS WITH A NEW BABY AND TRYING TO DO ALL THIS NANOWRIMO CRAP FOR THE FALL AND YOU WANT ME TO START SOMETHING ELSE? A THING I DON’T EVEN LIKE?

I mean, I was sitting there saying, “I really don’t want to write this” as I outlined it. And then I couldn’t stop talking about it and coming up with scenes and I was like, “No, stop it. I’m not really writing this.” And now I’ve reached that resigned feeling where I know I am really writing it and all I can do is emit a long weary sigh at how annoying my muse is.

And, of course, there’s NaNoWriMo for which I have a seemingly unending amount of work to do for leading up to November.

So, while it was a low word count month, it was a very busy month doing a ton of administrative things in the background so the momentum was still up even if it doesn’t look like it.

Up Next

Now that the productions are done, publication is my next biggest priority. I hope to have all of those ready to go in the next week or so. Then I will be going through the full length version of Fourth Orange and trimming/polishing as needed with the aim of having that done ASAP.

Then, well… hooboy. Because I would really like to have the NaNo Prep book I wrote out before NaNoWriMo but the book of NaNo pep talks is closer to done. But my muse is still trying to get me to write that stupid play. And there is that OTHER stupid play I was going to write buzzing around in the back of my brain as well. And should I be leaving a project to do for NaNoWriMo? Also there are only so many hours in a day.

So, basically, I have no idea. I have gotten this far by taking it a day at a time, a project at a time and I’m going to just have to keep going that way. Writing time is still incredibly variable and unreliable so I have to take it where I get it and do what I can.

That said, the fact that I have a new play premiering this year after all is a big honking deal and I am going to bask in the glow of that for a while.