Voodoo Carnival Episode Four (House of Horrors) is almost complete with minor edits and formatting left. It looks like I’ll be five days later than I’d hoped (I wanted the 15th), but I’m just thankful I have the light at the end of the tunnel. House of Horrors has been the trickiest episode to date in the VOODOO CARNIVAL serial. Not because I’d written myself into a corner or because I wasn’t sure how it would end…those were figured out quickly. No, the hardest part about writing this book was that I allowed life to get in the way while I worked on it.
Granted, my mother’s heart surgery, the insanity of my unpleasant house guest, starting college in May (I have found a new passion: animation. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, but so worth it.), and…well…you know what?
I could list a thousand things that came up between January and December, but it doesn’t change the fact that I need to get my head on straight for 2016. The point of this tale is this: A lot happened, I got distracted, got exhausted, and I recovered just in time to make a strong finish in December. I’ll focus on that. 🙂
Episode 4 is almost complete. Just edits and formatting. Until those edits are done, however, the final word count won’t be updated.
I’ve been taking some productivity courses to help get my mind focused. Writing, after all, is the business I want to be in.
I want to be a full-time writer, a successful one, while penning stories that readers want to read. In order to do that, I have to treat this like a business. My hours need to have accountability.
I’m tracking pomodoros daily using a DIY planner I set up. I also have a ledger whose sole purpose is to track my hours.
The first few days of tracking are the worst. It’s hard to be honest with yourself when you’re devoting entirely too much time to games (especially when you’re supposed to actually be promoting your book or chatting with people on your social networking sites).
Less than 7k remaining on Episode Four if it doesn’t run over. I’ll add its word count as I edit the chapters and put them in the final document.