Monthly Review: September 2017

I spent half the month on vacation, and the rest of the month recovering from vacation and the change in the seasons. It turns out that sleeping on the ground for 9 days in a row is rough on your body in your early thirties ;)

Last month’s review.

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Stars over the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park

At the beginning of the month, I spent eleven days in Alberta, mostly at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Smoke from this summer’s innumerable fires impacted the vistas, but I had some fun with photography and art anyway :)

  • Watercolor of the Athabasca River and same ridgeline as pictured in the night photo

    Took sunset and star photos (even though it was nearly a full moon) at my campsite in Jasper with a new friend from the neighboring campsite

  • Did a watercolor painting of the Athabasca River, even though I really don’t know how to watercolor
  • Photobombin’ Albertosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell

    Had a blast checking out the dino skeletons and superb displays at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in the Alberta Badlands

  • We took a dorky train tour at an old coal mine in the Alberta Badlands
  • Took texture photographs at Jasper National Park
  • Went to a gin bar and tried some Albertan gins with various tonics – Park Gin was the winner for me

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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of Sept. 11, 2017

Hard-copy markups, working my way through Part One

Had a hard time getting back into my book after eleven days on vacation. Also spent a good bit of time editing photos.

  • What I did: Hard copy markups for the rest of Chapter 6 and Chapters 12, 13, 14 & 15, and outlining Chapter 19
  • Time editing: 2 hours
  • Time outlining: 50 minutes
  • Plan for next week: Finish outlining chapter 19 and make edits for chapters edited this week

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Textures of Jasper National Park: Stone Worn and Lichen-Grown

The trail at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park winds through trees stunted by chilly breeze off the glaciers above

Although the Rocky Mountains of Alberta mark the boundary of Cascadia, I wanted to share this free texture collection from our midwest neighboring region. The ten textures include bark from the conifer forests of the Rockies, lichen-covered rocks from the alpine scree, water calm and rough, and stone worn by water.

Textures from Jasper National Park

Flaky conifer bark texture  at Jasper National Park

smooth conifer bark

Conifer bark dotted with dark lichen and sap at Jasper National Park

red orange lichen on brown stone

Red orange lichen explosively dots iron brown stone at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park

Orange brown rippled stone texture

A mottled orange stone at Edith Cavell at Jasper National Park is weathered into smooth facets almost like the surface of water

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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of Aug 21, 2017

Writing Stats for Aug 21-27, 2017

  • Starting word count: 137,103
  • End word count: 136,075
  • New words written: 349
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours
  • Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour 15 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Reorganization to remove two (not yet written) chapters, yay!
  • Edited and revised first two scenes in Chapter 6
  • Edited and revised Chapter 18 (now Chapter 16) – but moved in another scene that needs editing, and started writing a partial scene
  • Expanded outline of scene in Chapter 15 (now Chapter 18)

No work plan for next week because I’ll be on vacation!

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Monthly Review: August 2017

I’m doing my second monthly review a week early because I’m headed on vacation and won’t have wifi access. So this is for August 1 through August 26. Here’s July’s review, and my thinking behind trying a monthly review.

Creatively Productive

Proof of writing, aka coffee shops I have known

what did I make last month?

  • Total New Novel Words Written: 4,105 (39% fewer than last month)
  • Total Hours Novel Writing (Scrivener): 16 hours 45 minutes (22% less than last month)
  • Total Hours Novel Editing (estimate): 4 hours 45 minutes (same as last month)
  • Wrote a blog post about how much it cost to replace my lawn with a garden
  • Sketched front and profile character designs for the main character in my Little Mermaid comic retelling (last year’s NaNoWriMo project)
  • Sketched a rough mockup for a T-shirt design

I completed novel progress reports for Weeks 1 & 2 and Week 3.

creative work to make in September

I’ll be on vacation for a good portion of September so I’ll get a nice break from writing. I might bring along printed chapters to mark up, but there’s a good chance that I won’t do anything related to my book while I’m away, and that’s fine. It would also be a good opportunity for me to do some outlining for upcoming chapters. Earlier in the year, I was using a chapter worksheet to drill down on each chapter, so I might dig that back out too.

I need to start putting a little more thought into my NaNoWriMo project for this fall. I’m continuing the fairy tale trend and plan to do a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in space.

The next issue of Liminal Stories comes out in October, so I’ll need to illustrate my assigned short story in September.

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