Writing status update (#26)

It’s been almost two months since my last report, so it’s time for another update.

A great deal of the writing-related progress I made was work on my Poetry Book project, which I plan to report on this Saturday. But let’s look at the goals I set in my last update:

  • Continue regular work on Shine Cycle development (the prerequisite for any substantial progress at all).

As in so many previous months, I failed to keep the “regular” part of this.

  • Outline at least the rest of The Longest War by sequence.

Progress—I’m perhaps a tenth of the way through the “third arc” of The Longest War, and was moving quickly when I worked on it at all—but I didn’t accomplish this.

  • In fractalling the culture of the Empire and the Sunshine Kingdom, get at least to the end of the “Communal Identity” subsection.

I did get to the end of that subsection, but no more than one question farther.

  • Write at least four character histories.

I finished three … which is, again, progress.

  • Write at least a couple of hundred words of “actual prose.”

As usual, nothing.

I’m going to reduce my goals for the next month, because I will have other projects demanding enough time I expect to be able to spare little for these. But I will still set goals because I don’t want to slip into stagnation.

  • Continue regular work on Shine Cycle development (the prerequisite for any substantial progress at all).
  • Outline at least the rest of The Longest War by sequence.
  • In fractalling the culture of the Empire and the Sunshine Kingdom, get at halfway through the “Negative Identity” subsection.
  • Write at least two character histories.
  • Write at least a hundred words of “actual prose.”

We’ll see.

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