Weekly Writing Progress & Other Business #15

I'm writing the next book in The Alchemancer series. It's called The Nullification Engine and should be out soon. As a way to keep readers updated on my progress and also so I can gauge the same, each week I take a look at my current writing progress and report it here. Also, I discuss some other areas revolving around the business side of things.

I had kind of a double-whammy on progress this past week. Last weekend I was out of town at one my wife’s mountain bike races (where I did some riding of my own) and then I had to actually commute into the office two days at the end of the week. Commuting into the office for me is about 2 hours round-trip, which doesn’t sound too terrible and isn’t since I did for many years, but the hours were just disruptive enough that it threw my writing schedule off a bit.

That being said, I still think I did ok. See below for the writing numbers. Meanwhile, I took care of some other business as well.


I did some work on what will be the fifth and last map I intend to have done. This last one is for the city of Brighton where most of the next book in The Alchemancer series takes place. Not much else to say about this other than that I hope to have the first draft of the sketch to my illustrator by next week.

Send to Kindle – Implemented!

Similar to the social buttons you often see for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and others, Amazon now has a Send to Kindle button web developers can place on their sites so readers can automatically send content to their Kindles for later reading. The whole ‘send to kindle’ thing isn’t new, but the ease at which it works via the new button makes a big difference. It’s just too easy.

Here you can see where I placed the button at the top of each post.


Click the button and you get something like this:


Click "Send" and away the content goes to your Kindle eReader, cloud app, phone, etc. based on what settings you choose the first time you run through the process. It's really quite handy for 'reading later'.


This past week I blogged about:

Writing Progress

The sooner I report this, the sooner I can begin the next cycle and keep on writing. So, here we go.

Date Current Word
Words Written Words/Day Words
% Complete
12/1/2012 0 0 0 135,000 0.00%
12/8/2012 20,019 20,019 3,337 114,981 14.83%
12/15/2012 24,425 4,406 734 110,575 18.09%
12/22/2012 30,027 5,602 934 104,973 22.24%
12/29/2012 32,059 2,032 339 102,941 23.75%
1/5/2013 34,757 2,698 450 100,243 25.75%
1/12/2013 38,923 4,166 694 96,077 28.83%
1/19/2013 44,503 5,580 930 90,497 32.97%
1/26/2013 49,628 5,125 854 85,372 36.76%
2/2/2013 52,073 2,445 408 82,927 38.57%
2/9/2013 56,503 4,430 738 78,497 41.85%
2/16/2013 62,161 5,658 943 72,839 46.05%
2/23/2013 68,213 6,052 1,009 66,787 50.53%
3/2/2013 74,552 6,339 1,057 60,448 55.22%
3/9/2013 77,757 3,205 534 57,243 57.60%
3/16/2013 84,859 7,102 1,184 50,141 62.86%
3/23/2013 88,321 3,462 577 46,679 65.42%


It's back to writing for me.