IWSG—Tech issues and a race to the finish line.

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Participants share struggles, triumphs, quandaries, and fears. This month’s question is:

What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I make no secret of the fact that my ultimate writing goal is a Nobel Prize. My secondary goal is the Sydney Taylor Book Award, given to Jewish-themed books for children, preteens, and teens. It’s named after the author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series, which she strongly based on her own family. Ms. Taylor was middle sister Sarah (her original name).

I also want to be remembered as a writer for all time, like Dante and Shakespeare. We still remember and revere them centuries after they walked Planet Earth, because their stories resonate across all eras and cultures. They weren’t just writing about their own era’s concerns.

What an absolute difference a year makes! While there were a few days I knew I could’ve done better, this year’s JuNoWriMo final wordcount is much more representative of what I know I’m capable of. This includes blog posts and a journal entry, but almost all came from my alternative history. Some of the words were immediately edited out after I pasted them into my JuNoWriMo wordcount file.

This is also a huge improvement over last year. (The second screenshot was taken just after midnight on Day Two, and accidentally registered the wrong wordcount because I was entering the day’s final total just seconds too late to count as Day Two. I had to manually edit it.)

I’m racing to the finish line of my alternative history, by now with a handful of gaps to get back to, my appendices (almost all completed), and last-minute power-edits. The rest of the words will either come from another WIP, or blog posts to promote this book.

This kind of image was the bane of my existence during the last month! It was going on before too, but I wasn’t paying enough attention to it. All of a sudden, no matter how many space-sucks I found and deleted (with emptying of the trash), my disc storage space would very quickly dwindle again. At times, I completely ran out, or barely had any.

Things came to a head when all my apps but iPhoto and Chrome went into kernel panic. Stooge that I am, I realized this happened because they were the only ones I hadn’t deleted the English.lproj or en.lproj folders for, within the Resources folder in Package Contents.

I finally had to reinstall and then update my OS. It also seems very likely Spotify was the guilty party, stuck in a runaway loop and gobbling up my storage space. I’ve yet to reinstall it, though I really miss having it. A lot of those albums were longtime writing soundtracks.

While I was waiting to get my newer computer back, I had to use my 11-year-old backup again.

I’d love to do guest blog posts for anyone who wants to help me with promoting my alternative history! You can just mention my book if you want, but I also have a bunch of topics you could choose from, like:

Real people in the story (you can choose from a list)
Photo galleries of those people
Things I changed, besides the obvious (you can also choose from a list)
Why I radically revised the draconian Russian House Laws
How I dealt with hemophilia
How the finished product differs from the hot mess of an unfinished first draft
Real places in the story (palaces, cities, estates)
Character interviews
The semi-epistolary format I used
Or others!

Have you had any tech issues lately? Are you doing Camp NaNo? Did you do JuNoWriMo? Would you be willing to have me as a guest blogger?

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19 thoughts on “IWSG—Tech issues and a race to the finish line.

  1. Goodness, I’d love to have you, but I’m booked out into 2019. I guess that’s how it goes when you’re only blogging once a month. Maybe I’ll get more active one day. Technology, eh? I was having issues just this morning. My internet has been going out because lightning strike fried our router and modem and we had to replace it. So we went as cheap as possible. Bad idea, right? Here’s to productivity and functionality!

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  2. Those are awesome goals! I would love to host you at my blog. I have a “5 Reasons” series but I think you could definitely fit one of your topics into that, or do something completely different.

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  3. I once dreamt of winning a Pulitzer – when I was a journalist. I do NaNoWriMo most years, but I’ve only done Camp NaNo once. Good luck with your alternative history – I have the first draft of one featuring a modern Viking Empire centred around Kanata aka Canada.

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  4. I’m thrilled that you’ve made such progress on Aleksey! I’d love to have you at my blog – you can choose the topic. All of those you listed sound good. I don’t get much traffic at my blog, but I’ll also link to the post in my monthly author newsletter, so that might bring by more than the usual suspects. Message me at elson.nicki@gmail.com and let me know what day you’d like to schedule for. Other than the first Wednesday of the month, my blog is free.

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  5. You are ambitious. But if you don’t have high goals, what do you reach for? I hope you achieve them. I’d be happy to host you. Email me: dmburton72 at gmail.com

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