An Introduction and an Explanation Okay. I'm really struggling with writing this year and I'm trying to change that. I've tried journalling to myself but I don't really commit well, so maybe doing this where other people can see it will help. First, a little about me. I'm standing right on the cusp of becoming a mid career author. I have two thirds of a fantasy trilogy published (the last book will be pubbed next year) and I have a standalone coming out this fall. I have won a writing award you might have heard of even if my books are fairly obscure. I have a deadline coming up but the story has lost its shine and I don't know how to get it back. What's worse - I have a totally different idea that is much more appealing to me. This has happened to me before - when I was trying to write book three of my trilogy I got waylaid by another book idea, and I wound up writing and selling that book to Publisher B (the one who has me on deadline right now) and then I had to scramble to write book three, but I got 'er done. And if that wasn't enough, Publisher A (the one who did my trilogy) is looking for more work from me, and so I'm trying to spruce up an old story just in case it's something they're interested in. But wait! There's MORE! I wrote a contemporary romance a few years ago, and I was ready to just chuck it into KU. I mentioned it to my agent, who said, "hold on now, let me see it." and she got back to me with revision advice, because she would like to try selling it to a publisher. Okay this is going to get confusing real quick. Project Codenames, for Your Reference Project Art Gallery - (the book I'm supposed to write for Publisher B.) An art historian uncovers the truth behind a mysterious painting that thrusts her into a power struggle between immortals. Project Libretto - (the book that I might write for Publisher B instead.) A composer and a contralto become involved in a high stakes gambit to keep the wrong man off the throne. Project Bone - (the book that's bothering me to write it right now.) A magically enhanced warrior and a rule-bound spirit psychic on opposite sides of a war unite in an effort to save the world from the rage of ancient beings. Project Gumshoe - (the story I'm sprucing up for Publisher A.) A detective uses high magic to track a serial killer for the demon who owns her soul. Project Tetris - (the contemporary romance I have to revise at some point to try and sell to a romance imprint.) A game developer and a voice actor who bonded over the phone in college finally meet while working on the same video game project. Okay. Those are my projects, all code-named. What I mean to do with this progress journal I mean to use it as public accountability to talk about what I've worked on and the progress I've made. I would like to log my progress daily, but we'll see if that's a sustainable schedule. In a typical progress journal, I'll be talking about what I did the day before. I could also use it to talk about what I hope to do today. That's the format I'm thinking of, at any rate. We'll see what happens as I go on. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments, they are welcome, and I will try to answer questions I get. I'm being vague about some things though, so I may not be able to answer some questions.