On Monday, I listened to most of a recording of Christopher Vogler's Using Myth to Power Your Story. Although I've heard that material before, something about it sunk in more this time around. I was even inspired to write an intro that kicks off a story I've been brainstorming (1,923 words). Wrote in the journal, too (754 words).
Tuesday I finished listening to Chris Vogler's workshop. During my lunch hour, late in the day, I tried putting the ASL story (tentatively called "The Ark") into the Hero's Journey structure (1605 words). As it turns out, the words I wrote the day before actually cover the first four stages of that model (Ordinary World, Call to Adventure, Refusing the Call, and Crossing the Threshold). That evening I also commented on a post on Joanna Penn's blog that I found interesting (227 words). Did a journal entry (543 words) as well.
Wednesday, I wrote a journal entry (761 words), posted a comment on Chuck Wendig's blog on a post that had helped me (396 words), and rewrote that comment as a blog post on How to Write Fiction (273 words).
Thursday evening I journaled (395 words) and wrote 3 opening lines, one of which grew to a paragraph (142 words).
Friday I only managed a small amount of journaling (232 words).
Saturday, I wrote a post about the Storybase brainstorming software for writers (1,495 words). It will appear in late April on my How To Write Fiction blog. I wrote three beer reviews for Columbus Beer Scene (576 words total). I wrote an article on homebrew labeling for Begin Brewing (604 words). I also created ten posts for the Application Repackaging blog (3,365 total words). A short journal entry was also written (189 words).
Sunday I wrote a post about the QBrew brewing software (1,213 words) for Begin Brewing, which will not appear on the site for a while. I wrote a lengthy journal entry (1,477 words).
Here are my notes from this week:
- Things I Accomplished This Week That I'm Proud of:
- Survived another on-call week at work with minimal damage (2 nights of lost sleep)
- Major Lessons Learned This Week:
- Microsoft has added some great features in Windows 10. The built-in Hyper-V feature will allow many people to replace VMware Workstation and other VM software, the Task View feature gives Windows virtual desktop space, which will be great on devices with a single small monitor, and some of the other features look good too.
- Meaningful Quotes:
- "Life is short; shorter than you think. Don’t do hack work. If a studio wants to give you an assignment to write something, do it only if it rings spiritual, psychic or sexual bells inside you." - Joe Eszterhas
- Listening to Christopher Vogler's Hero's Journey material (audio version) inspired me to write the first chapter of the ASL book I've been brainstorming
- They Might Be Giants - Their music has been running almost non-stop through my head this week, causing me to listen and re-listen to a lot of it. It's just really fun music.
- People I'd Love to Meet:
- Steve Martin - He's a writer, a musician, a comedian, an actor... is there anything that guy can't do - and do well? Gotta wonder. Seems like the sort of person who would make a good friend if you got to know him.
- Phil Collins - When you see him in the more candid interviews and backstage footage, he always seems like a really fun, down to earth guy. He's another I'd like to know, and not because he's a star, but just because I think he'd be a good person to spend time with.
- Inspiring People I Did Meet:
- Didn't meet anyone new this week.
- What Didn't Happen and What I Can Improve for Next Week:
- ASL Plot - This didn't happen because I didn't put the time into it.
- Opening Lines - I had trouble coming up with these, but I also didn't sit down often enough and try.
- Biggest Outcomes I Wanted for This Week:
- Finish the basic plot for the ASL story with the working title "The Ark" - Not Done
- Write at least two posts for Application Repackaging - Achieved (+8)
- Write at least two posts for the ASL blog - Not Done
- Write at least two beer reviews for Columbus Beer Scene - Achieved (+1)
- Write at least one post for Begin Brewing - Achieved (+1)
- Journal at least 5 of the 7 days during the period - Achieved (+2)
- Create at least 10 opening lines, 1 opening paragraph - Partially Done (5/10)
- Biggest Outcomes I Want for NEXT Week:
- Create character sketches for the boarding party members for The Ark, including the alien AI, and whoever's left in charge of the Prospect while the captain's away
- Finish the basic plot for the ASL story with the working title "The Ark"
- Create at least 10 opening lines, 1 opening paragraph, and 1 opening page
- At least 1 content post for this blog not related to Writing in Public
- At least 1 post for Begin Brewing
- At least 2 posts for Columbus Beer Scene
- At least 2 posts for the ASL Series Blog
- At least 1 post for Windows Desktop Administration Site
THIS WEEK'S WORD COUNTS
- Journal: 4,351 words
- Begin Brewing: 1,817 words
- Columbus Beer Scene: 576 words
- How To Write Fiction: 1,768 words
- This Blog: 1,108 words
- ASL Story - The Ark: 3,528 words
- Application Repackaging Blog: 3,365 words
- Opening Lines Written: 5 lines, 1 paragraphs, 161 words
- Comments on Other Blogs: 623 words
FEBRUARY 2015 WORD COUNTS
- Fully Invested: 0 words (notes and backstory)
- The Alliance (series): 0 words
- ASL - The Ark: 3528 words
- Alien Love Story: 0 words
- Driven To Kill: 0 words
- Local Gods: 0 words
- The Black Eagles: 0 words
- The Old Hotel: 0 words
- Thief of Police: 0 words
- The Mimas Object (a story in the Alliance universe): 0 words
- Introduction to Application Repackaging: 0 words
- Troubleshooting Windows Applications: 0 words
- Amazon Product Reviews: 0 words
- Alliance for Sentient Lifeforms (ASL): 3,993 words
- Begin Brewing: 6,209 words
- Columbus Beer Scene: 2,172 words
- How to Write Fiction: 6,183 words
- Introduction to Application Repackaging: 3,899 words
- Windows Desktop Administration: 0 words
- This Blog: 3,323 words
- Guest Posts for Other Blogs: 0 words
- Comments on Other Blogs: 623 words
- Journaling: 8,118 words
- Opening Lines Written: 18 lines (636 words)
- Opening Paragraphs Written: 11
- Opening Pages Written: 0
- Month 1 (December 2014): 20,754 words (669/day)
- Month 2 (January 2015): 16,018 words (517/day)
- Month 3 (February 2015): 38,684 words (1,758.4/day)
- TOTAL WORDS WRITTEN: 75,456 words (898/day)