In .EXE's last update (7/16/19), I shared my horror novel Lunacy's Dance with readers, sharing information about the story's progression and offering a brief description for what the novel will be about. I was able to achieve my July goal for Spade and I was about 2,000 words shy of what I wanted for my novel The Chosen Two.
I was faced with a few setbacks the last couple of weeks, but I was mostly able to salvage July for a third solid month since announcing the Exercise 'N Excess challenge back in late-April. For starters, and probably, most crucially, I lost about 3,000 words between The Chosen Two and Spade in the last two weeks, respectively. If I hadn't, this month would have likely been the most successful thus far in-terms of overall word count. My storage medium had a minor hiccup that resulted in certain files not updating as frequently as I'd have liked.
Regardless, I did my best not to let that discourage me, and I was able to achieve my July goal for The Chosen Two, lifting it from the 18% it was at the start of July to 28%. This is about 2,000 words more than the original goal for July. As well as this, I was able to continue work on Spade, lifting it from 28% to 36%, besting the original goal by about 1,000 words. The only goal I was not able to reach was for The Canes III. I intended to write the fourteenth episode of The Adventures of Vulpecula and I failed. I've mapped out the idea, but have only written a couple thousands words towards its development. Part of this was because I was waiting for Scott Moore to advance forward with The Life and Crimes of Detective Barker in-order to allow proper cohesion between both stories. Instead, what we've decided is, while we buckle down further on The Chosen Two, he has written out a simple outline that I can follow so I can continue work on Canes III.
This leaves us with the first real setback of the Exercise 'N Excess. I've mapped out a lot of different goals leading up all the way to December 2020. They're ambitious goals, but they're built in a way that makes writing six novels in the next 16 months feasible. It's such a breakneck pace I knew I would likely have issues with it, but the hope is I can keep the backlog under control. Thus, that means July's goal for Canes will carry over to August, where my goal is to reach 50% for Spade and 33% for The Chosen Two.
I have a lot of ideas I want to try out, which might, at times, detriment the .EXE challenge, but I am hoping it all leads to the best product possible and ensures I stay productive. I'll update again in two weeks. Cheers.
The Chosen Two
The Canes III