Can you believe that it’s been only two months since I started this blog? Wow. I sure feel like it’s been a lot longer. In such a short period of time, I’ve met so many new people, talked to a lot of you over the comments. This little corner of the internet has an irresistible personality, marked with imagination and creativity. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much already. Most importantly, I have returned to the habit of regular writing. Maybe not every day, but I write a lot more in a week than I used to. And, comparing to my previous tedious attempts to restrict my writing to a schedule, I actually feel good about it this time, and I have fun. Loads of fun!
In the packing order of ‘fun’ on this blog, the #BlogBattle short story contest is right at the top. What a thrill it was to post a 1000-word piece every Tuesday, get some feedback, and read other people’s stuff. Coincidentally, #BlogBattle is celebrating a one year anniversary this week. Congratulations! What a tremendous accomplishment! Thank you, Rachael Ritchey, for nurturing this cozy community and for being such a wonderful host to all of us. Rachael, by the way, is a self-published author and a woman of endless energy and imagination, balancing her writing/publishing/promoting with a vibrant family. This is something we all could look up to. Her two books, “The Beauty Thief” and “Captive Hope” could be found on kindle. Check them out and support a fantastic entrepreneur and writer.
Another cool person that I’ve met here is Mark Fearing, an author of children’s books and a great illustrator with a lifetime of skill and experience. Rumor has it, Mark also loves science fiction and is interested in various aspects of ‘malleability of reality’ (that’s at least what we’ve discussed in one of the comment threads).
Grace Petrelli is another cool person I had a privilege to meet through this blog. Grace is an aspiring writer with an upcoming novel in the pipeline. She is also an author of the ‘Smugger’s Story’ series, featured in the weekly #BlogBattle submissions. This science fiction story follows the adventures of an ‘Indiana Jones’ kind of a character (at least this is how I imagine him) in the far future, whose amenable morals and loyalties are a thrill to follow. Check out “The Smuggler’s Story” and find out more about Grace in her interview.
Lucy, who runs blog BlondeWriteMore is another great person and fun writer I’ve met in these two months. Lucy writes chick lit and comedy, and does it lovely, might I add. Two of her series made me chuckle more than once. Check out “The Diary of Roxy Collins” and “The Writing Club“. Lucy harnesses the power of observational comedy, like Jerry Seinfeld or maybe Julia Dreyfus, however she most definitely has her own style. Following her bog, you will get a steady stream of hilarious and charming entries outside of those two series.
Simon Farnell, who evidently just renamed his blog into “Planet Simon” is an engineer and a raging sci fi lover. As the result of this explosive mix, he writes imaginative stories with plots spanning across the galaxy and beyond. Check Simon’s stories here. Simon also is a huge music fan and posts a lot of great music to pick up your day.
Finally, another blog that I enjoy, is TheScienceGeek. Mr. Geek is a professor of astronomy from England. He runs a well organized blog explaining real science to all of us out there, who love science, but did not invest time in a PhD to be able to understand it. I remember once commenting on how well written and well cited his article was, and only later I went to read the ‘About’ section. What an innocent faux pas! Of course, his stuff will be well researched and well written! Mr. Geek is a professor! Anyway, if you would like to brush on the science ideas that were not beaten to death in places like space.com and such, check out Mr. Geek.
Wow, so many great people. Unfortunately, I cannot mention everyone who I’ve met here, in one post. Rumor has it, many people struggle to read past the twitter-size amount of characters (that is why, as a form of social protest, I do not have Twitter account), so I will try to keep it short.
As much as meeting new people is an accomplishment in itself, I, as an aspiring writer, achieved a great deal in these two months. Everyone’s measure of success is different. I am not trying to force my benchmarks on anyone. I just would love to share with you my joy of accomplishment.
The Word Count
Apparently, in the writing business, the word count is a big deal. I have read various benchmarks of various writers, and they span from 500 words a day to, and I know it is hard to believe, 10.000 words a day. Ten fricken thousand. I need to gasp for air at that. But wow. Most of us, probably, do not write that much a day, because, well, many have day jobs that pay bills, or families that require attention, or just simply for someone this is an impossible goal. I don’t know what my word count should be, but I know that when I write, I am capable of 2k+ output. My issue is more of a consistency. There are days when I simply get in mood for way too long, until my writing slot in the day is over. Sometimes it is a necessary evil, because I think of what to write about, come up with new plot lines. Although I do admit, that this ‘pseudo-research’ excuse could be considerably shortened.
That being said, this month, I wrote phenomenal (for me) 27k! I think, sounds impressive.
There are, however, a few problems. As with any statistics, the devil is in the details.
When it comes to the composition of these 27k, here is how the statistics looks like:
Fiction: 16.9 k
‘Million Deaths of Lt. Mazula‘ series – 10 k
‘Ebony River’s Diary‘ – 5.5 k
Other short story (fan fic) – 1.7 k
Reviews and opinions (over 500 w): 10 k
As you can see, I write a lot for this blog. I am not sure if it is helping me to become a better writer or simply robs me of the quality word count. I guess, time will show.
This is what my ‘visibility’ looks like in two months. I don’t know if it’s good or bad. I guess, again, all is relative. I did not do any special ‘tricks’ to draw more traffic other than just writing posts, so I guess I’ll have a learning curve in the future. I don’t know anything about plugins, email subscriptions and such, and maybe it is not the time to worry about it too much. My first priority is to get some writing done. That takes me to the last portion of my post.
Targets For The Future
Currently I have three writing projects.
First, “Million Deaths of Lt. Mazula” is constantly written and posted on this site. Currently it is 25 k long, and at the end of Season 1 (or Part one if you will). There is the side project to that, which I occasionally write as a character exploration. This is the “Ebony River’s Diary“. I guess in the coming month I would like to revisit it, substantially edit it and think what should I do about it at this point. Should I keep it at the novella length? Should I continue with it and write 3 more seasons to make a complete novel? Or should I try my luck and write a TV series script (pilot)? These are some serious questions and I am entering an uncharted territory with those questions.
Second, “Dark Mater Rises” is a draft of my first novel that is set in a different universe. It probably could be described as a dystopian sci fi, but more on a YA spectrum. The ideas are quite adult, but I think my command of English, especially at that stage, made it sound more ‘soft’ then I would naturally wanted.
Third, is the sequel to the “Dark Matter Rises”, called “The Day I Died”, that is an unfinished novel (about third of the way), but it is already written in a stronger voice, and the characters are not so timid any more. I kind of like this universe a lot. It is moody, quirky, sometimes a bit absurd… What I need to do, is somehow unify the feel of the both novels, make them sound like they belong together. And, of course, get back to writing “The Day I Died”. Which I haven’t been able to do in a while, so there is that stiffness, and maybe fear. But I hope that I will get a boot from someone somewhere and continue working on those two.
Finally, it would be nice to focus on the direction for this blog. I write about many things related to sci fi. Then there is the project that I sort of abandoned in the making. It is the Jalapeño Fiction Award for strictly science fiction novels and movies aired/published in 2015. I have a few posts for that in drafts, but haven’t gotten around to actually post them yet.
So many plans, and I’m looking forward to all of them. I thank to all of you who came across this blog and was so kind to invest your time in it. Hopefully, you found something worthwhile your time.
Congrats, Ellie! You are taking the blogging world by storm. 🙂 It gives me warm, fuzzy feelings to be included in your line up and I’m so thrilled you’re a part of the battle community. It is a huge pleasure to see other writers pursuing their dreams and working to improve. You’re fab!
Reblogged this on Fiction by Rachael Ritchey and commented:
Hey, Battlers! Ellie has given us a nice tribute in her two month anniversary post today. How cool is that? 🙂
Thanks for the call out and congrats on all the work you’ve done! I’m still catching up on ‘Million Deaths…’ but it keeps me coming back. I just need a time machine to get more time to read! I’ve been buried in deadlines so my online time has taken a hit. I’m trying to get revised art out for a new picture book. It’s for young readers (obviously) but has a silly fantasy setting. But when you start doing final art you discover small things you didn’t think about before and suddenly you have a whole bunch of work from out of nowhere! Cheers!
I just got a brilliant idea. Next week I will be in the U.S. and I will look for some of your books on Amazon for my nephew. What a cool way to teach him English! Although I have readonly small pieces of your writing (also a time issue), but I’m a fan of your illustrations. My husband and I looked over your stuff together and wondered if your prices for illustrations are out of the realm of our possibilities. He is finishing a poetry book now, and we are working on a concept for the artwork. He is very particular about what he wants, but he liked your stuff. However, he put me on a ‘trial’ to come up with some sketches and see if he likes it! Haha! He’s a tough judge 🙂
p.s. Thinking of this one, with the CD. http://www.amazon.com/Great-Thanksgiving-Escape-Read-Along/dp/0545919339/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1458140705&sr=8-11&keywords=mark+fearing
Hey, I just found you through Rachael’s reblog. Congratulations on two months of blogging. I guess if I would not have been so absent over the past two months I would have found you earlier.
Your stats do look great, 500+views/month isn’t too bad when you are just starting out. My stats grew when I dropped the Twitter boycott 6 months in, you just set it up to automatically share your posts, link it to your blog (people will share your things more) and maybe use it to share what you liked, you’ll see 🙂
I have the feeling that you figured out the joining of events already, which are great for growing a blog. I like joining weekendcoffeeshare on well the weekend, where you share a bit more personal stuff or writing process, actually anything you like in a chatty post. And the in April there is the A to Z Chqllenge coming up, which you might have heard about, I jumped in last year when my blog was not even a month old and well it’s a great place for creativity, finding cool blogs and being discovered.
Ah I have to stop writing this comment which is turning into a post… I have two posts on my blog that list the my favourite blogging events (one for weekly the other for well less than weekly), you might want to check those out.
Have a great day, Solveig
Hi Solveig! Thais for the long comment! I loved it! Checked out the communities you mentioned, and signed up for the a-z. Although the coffee one seems more ‘relaxed’. Who’s hosting it? I couldn’t find\d where I suppose o post my entries. Re Twitter, begrudgingly, but I will probably have to het over my attitude. Sigh. You know what brought the most traffic for me so far? I wrote this silly fan fic comedy sketch https://elliemaloney.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/xena-buffy-carter-and-scully-walk-into-a-bar-humor-spec-scifi-script-skit-2/ “XENA, BUFFY, CARTER, AND SCULLY WALK INTO A BAR” and threw the link in two fan groups I’m on the Facebook: the X-Files fan group and the Stargate fan group. That post got over 100 views 🙂 Not that I want to be known for writing fanfic but it was nice to see people checking it out.
Wonderful to find out more about you, Ellie. Your state are outstanding. Bravo. Keep on keeping on. See you around #BlogBattle.
I need a nap now ’cause I’m overwhelmed by your refreshing enthusiasm.:-D
Haha you are so funny!
That should have read ‘stats’.
Am I? Can’t light a candle to Lucy. 🙂
You both are darn funny 🙂 Good company!
Hi Ellie! Thanks for the amazing mention, I only just got it. You’re right, I have just changed to planet Simon. I hope it didn’t make me hard to find!
Thank you again!! 😃😃😃
Hi! I like the Planet Simon name. Sounds cool!
Its the best name I’ve come up with yet I think! Thanks! 😃
It’s a big deal when you come up with a great title. Congratulations!
Thanks Ellie! It Soho happens to be the same as my twitter @