24th January, 2011

Behold, the magic corkboard!

Well, it’s not magic, but it is made of cork. I’ve been keeping a big spreadsheet of book ideas, but one thing that has been bugging me is that unless I want to print it out, it’s not constantly visible. What I really wanted was a physical chart of books that I’m planning to write, and what better way than a corkboard. Each planned book gets an index card with the title and a one-line summary on the front, and some more detailed notes on the back. I’ve obscured the summaries in this picture (aside from Hang Wire and Godless, which are currently in progress), which might seem pretentious given that I’m not a published novelist yet, but, what the hell, why give anything away!

The beauty of a corkboard and index cards is that I can shuffle the cards around to indicate some kind of schedule, once I’ve worked out what it is, anyway. There are 16 cards up there, and at a rate of three books a year that’s over five years of work ahead of me.

Well, at least you can’t say that I don’t take this seriously. There’s a word for writers who don’t give up: published.

Writing
So close to wrapping up The Wasp in the Lotus now. The question at the moment is how far over the 20k word limit I’ll go. Hopefully I can get it wrapped up today (Tuesday), and then… the editing begins. As much as the thought of editing pains me, the story has changed a fair bit over the course of this draft 0, so I am looking forward to tidying things up.

Project: The Wasp in the Lotus (steampunk/clockpunk novella)
Words today: 2,015
Words total: 19,827/20,000 (99%)
Total words for 2011: 44,308

Reading
Death’s Disciples does not muck around. I like it. If you read the back cover (or, indeed, even just looked at the front cover) you’ll know there is an explosion on a plane. This happens on page 2. Page 2. Talk about being dropped into the action!

Books: some pages of Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King.
Comics: On hold until February.

  • Very cool. I want to get a cork board myself. Been wanting one for a while. They are a great tool. But I also must suggest using Scrivener if you have a Mac, they also have for PC. It has a corkboard mode. Its very handy.

  • I do use Scrivener (Mac user here!), although I must admit I don’t use the corkboard feature much. I also use Corkulous on my iPad, which is a dedicated corkboard app. However both have the problem of being out of sight, out of mind, which is why I went for an actual, real corkboard.

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