Back Aboard the 1K a Day Train

I started drafting a new novel on December 1, and I've managed to write 15,000 words so far. My goal is between 30K-40K per month, so I'll have the first draft done by the end of January. This past summer, I was able to write 120K in two months, so we'll see if I can reach 80K during the school year. It's a whole different beast, energy-wise.

After spending August through November on edits and revisions, it's good to be creating content again. These are characters I know pretty well, and I'm enjoying their latest adventure. I decided to take a break from my laptop and scribble this one longhand in a composition book, like I used to. It's keeping me focused on forward momentum instead of revising as I go, but it does take longer.

In other news, I submitted nine short stories that have been collecting dust to a variety of publications, most of them new to me. Here's hoping a few tales find good homes. On the novel front, my publisher shared the final cover art for the Captain Quasar books, and they're looking good — nearly as impressive as the art for my Spirits of the Earth trilogy. Stay tuned for a slew of cover reveals early next year!
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