December was a relatively lax month for me. NaNoWriMo left me with burnout (I am really not equipped to write every single day), and I had a hard time bringing myself to work on anything, even though I had wanted to finish REBEL ENGINEER by the time winter break started (kiddo being home from school means I don’t get much done anyway). I wrote a handful of posts for Patreon and a 2018: Year in Review post for the blog. I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t write more on REBEL ENGINEER. I really wanted to start 2019 with a new project, but c’est la vie.

Word Counts in December:

Blog: 2135
Patreon: 2503
Other: 350

Total Words for December: 5,157
Total Words for 2018: 114,957

You can see a breakdown of wordcount by project and by month in the 2018: Year in Review post.

December Patreon Round-Up:

Here’s all the content I posted in December!

For $5+ Patrons:
“Mermaid Dreams” – a poem about mermaids (I also mailed out my first physical postcard for the $10 reward tier!)

For $3+ Patrons:
REBEL ENGINEER Deleted Scenes – a few scenes that have been deleted from various drafts of REBEL ENGINEER with notes on why I deleted them and what I plan to do with the material going forward.

For $2+ Patrons:
Excerpt from REBEL ENGINEER – “Research” – A bit of dialogue from Mirabelle Lavoie, an Afro-French librarian who aids Emmerich in France. She is a new character to the series.

For $1+ Patrons:
REBEL ENGINEER – The Novel I Almost Didn’t Write – A reflective post on my evolving writing process and how I seem to deal with new ideas. 

REBEL ENGINEER – Chapter 1 – The first chapter of the current draft of REBEL ENGINEER, available to download and read at leisure!

POLL: Looking Toward 2019 – In which I asked for everyone’s thoughts on what they would like to see as new rewards in the new year. (Voting has closed, but you can still comment if you have something to add!)

Note: There was no video for my $4+ patrons this month, as I ended up sick for the second half of December and could barely speak. 

Plans for January:

Winter break isn’t over until next Tuesday for me (Jan 8), so I don’t expect to get any work done before then, but as for the rest of the month, I want to jump back into my Draft 4 rewrite of REBEL ENGINEER and finish it by the end of the month if I can. I have ambitious goals for this year since 2018 turned out to be a difficult year for writing (between mental health and my car accident in the middle of the year), so I’m really going to push myself to be more productive each day. We’re making a couple of changes to our evening schedule this year that will hopefully be for the better and help my energy levels throughout the week, instead of being too tired to think in the morning. I have 25,000 – 30,000 words left to write/rewrite on REBEL ENGINEER, which puts me needing to average between 1400 – 1700 words each writing day (taking weekends off). That’s not an impossible goal. I’ll also be working on Patreon content throughout the month, but I don’t expect that to impinge on my writing time too much. That’s the kind of stuff I can do in my spare time, after I’ve met my word count goal for the day, in the evening, or on the weekends.

Looking ahead to February, I want to get started on reworking what I have on THE MERMAID & THE BEAST as soon as possible. I feel like I have a handful of good bones in what I managed to write at the tail end of 2017 and the first few months of 2018. The story is there; I just need to iron out some world-building details and figure out my main character better. A few of the minor characters need better foundations as well. After a good think I had the other day, I’m considering a title change (I’ve never been happy with the working title, as… “descriptive” as it is) to something like TEARS OF PEARL or similar. Unfortunately, there seems to be a novel by that name already (though nothing to do with mermaids), so I may need to be a little more creative. But “tears of pearl” is a strong motif throughout the story, since, in some mythologies, mermaids and other mythological creatures cry pearls instead of tears, and I’ve used that in this story. The plot kind of hinges on it. So hopefully I can come up with something that works better than my shitty mash-up title that I have now.

See you next month!


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