Writing Update: iTunes U Edition

The new iTunes U app for iOS devices is fantastic. Currently I’m taking two courses, Trigonometry and Philosophy. As I can imagine the Philosophy course might affect my writing, I’m going to stay quiet on what exactly that course is about for the time being. So far I’ve been having a lot of fun with these courses in addition to preparing an update to ‘Shards of Book One’ for Valentine’s Day. Combine all of this with Academy (Volume 1) and I’ve been having a great deal of fun lately.

Thanks to this, I imagine my next releases will be some of the best to date. I’ve been putting in my best effort for these works, so please look forward to them!

Writing Update: Snowfall Edition

The writing of Academy (Volume 1) has been going incredibly well. There seems to be a good variety of stories as well as information about the structure of the world. My intention was for the stories to have only weak connections, but it seems that there are quite a few strong connections. The work as a whole has an exciting unity because of this so I am very glad that I wrote the stories in this way.

Even with the majority of the stories being written, I am still unsure of how long the first volume will be. I can definitely say that it will surpass 20,000 words but I have no idea how much more it will grow. I already have plans to add new chapters to two of the stories and I may end up writing even more stories as well. This is part of the reason that Academy has been so much fun for me. I am free to write anything that I wish! With the Library series I am constrained a bit more, but there’s a different type of fun to be had from that.

Looking back, I really am very happy with the shape of Academy (Volume 1) and I look forward to seeing how the work progresses in the future.

2012 Goals – Expanded

After a few days of writing in 2012 I’ve decided to explain my goals a bit more and add a new one to the list. So let’s review my updated list of goals.

  • Release a free version of Academy (Volume 1) – This will be a collection of short stories (anywhere from 2000 to 8000 words) that I hope to release in the Spring. Right now I’m estimating that there will be 7 stories in this collection, but that might change once I’ve written some more. The reason that I say “free version” is that I currently have no plans to release Academy (Volume 1) commercially. Of course I did not plan to release Book One commercially either, so we’ll see what the future holds.
  • Commercial release for Library: Book One – After releasing the first edition last month, I looked back at the book and realized that I really liked how it turned out. So I began editing and I believe that by the time I am done, this will be a product worthy of being bought. While I can probably edit it in less than 7 months, I’m giving myself until August to finalize it so that I have time to start writing Book Two as well (see below). Having a good portion of Book Two written will help me greatly in how I present Book One. By doing this I hope to avoid a massive change in style that might make someone come to the conclusion that Book Two is drastically different from Book One. More on that just below.
  • Write the rough draft of Library: Book Two – With Book One written, I’ve already begun writing for Book Two. The goal here is to know enough about Book Two and the shape of the series (hopefully my own plans will be confirmed) that the commercial release of Book One will feel like it matches up with Book Two. The whole of Book One centered around the Library Complex and with that isolated story now over, I began to wonder if Book Two’s exploration of the “outside” world would make it stand out and not feel like a proper sequel. In examining this, I’ve already been able to identify the elements of a Library Series book and I can see Book One and Book Two do seem to match up at this point. So I have a lot to gain by successfully completing this goal.
  • Name Library: Book One – Yes, it already has a name. But Library: Book One isn’t very descriptive and I’d rather have the name of the book be “<TitleHere> (Library Series: Book One)”. The thing is, I also want to have this title be consistent with future titles. So if it’s one word (and what word?) then what do I name future books? And if it’s a longer title, then will that work for future books as well? The elements that make up a Library Series book will most likely give me the answer to this. But for now I’m struggling with balancing the present and the future of the series…
  • Release something new for Shards of Book One every month or two – This supplementary guide to Book One was a near last minute product after close examination of Library: Memories. The atmosphere of Shards is similar to Memories though, so in a way it’s just a smaller version of the original product. However, the Christmas 2011 story was used to set up the premise that the cast of Book One would be dealing with other holidays in the future. So every time there is a major holiday (up until a certain point in time) I want to write a story and publish it in this work. In addition to that, a few Memories stories might be included as well. With this in mind, the next release of Shards should be in February.

And there they are. These are my goals for 2012 and I’m confident that I can meet every single one of them.

Now it’s back to writing I guess…

2012 Goals

The initial release of Library: Book One this year was a big accomplishment for me. I didn’t expect to finish it this year and the fact that I did has shown me how much I am capable of writing in a year. So with that in mind, here are my goals for this year.

  • Release the free version of Academy (Volume 1)
  • Commercial release for Library: Book One
  • Write the rough draft of Library: Book Two

If I can get these things accomplished then I will be very pleased with 2012. If I can get more than this done that would be fantastic.

So let’s begin 2012 and see how it goes!