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Sprint 7: Two Week Goals are Here to Stay

It’s been a month, man. Countless social obligations, endless work around the homestead, and a three-day plague of migraines. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve been on the receiving end of some drama that left me bummed out.

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Sprint 6b: How Did 2 Week Writing Goals Go?

Since we just moved to a two-week period for setting goals, I wanted to do a quick check-in.

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45 Example Hooks from Adventure Movies

While writing a hook for our first full-length novel, Echo Chamber Heist, I decided to look at some hooks from adventure movies. I included them here, all in one place, to make it easier for you to start your own research.

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Sprint 6: Let’s Try Setting 2 Week Writing Goals

Last month, we made significant gains on a print edition for Dream Eater’s Carnival and used our first KDP promotion. Our next book, currently titled Echo Chamber Heist, advanced a little further. The new scope creep “feature” was informative, so it’s time to try something new with this month’s goals.

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4 Tips Worth Repeating from Writing Excuses, Season 7

Writing Excuses is a podcast run by four successful authors that’s unique because each episode is only fifteen minutes long. This constraint keeps the content focused. Leslie and I listen to them when we’re cleaning or working out, and if we find an especially good episode, we take notes. Here are four episodes focused on writing that I thought were worth sharing.

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DIY Document Holder

I like writing first drafts, particularly first drafts of tricky chapters, by hand. Being away from a computer helps me focus, and by writing things out, I’m less inclined to scrutinize my writing and delete it before it even has a chance at life.

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Sprint 5: Deprioritizing and Scope Creep

I’m a little late with writing this sprint article because Leslie and I have been tied up with promoting Dream Eater’s Carnival using our KDP free days. But, it’s time to talk about how we did in April and what we will strive for in May. This article is focused on deprioritizing tasks and dealing with “scope creep.”

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Comet, the Neighborhood Pig

I was drafting our Sprint 5 article and realized I had a lot to say about the things we did in April. One of our goals is to have more fun, but I didn’t want to overwhelm that article with pictures. In this article, Leslie bought me the greatest shirt ever made and we met the neighborhood pig.

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Design Thumbnails Using Imagemagick

To make the site more appealing, I started playing with imagemagick to generate eye-catching thumbnails. Our site still has a long way to go, but I prefer to make small improvements over time to holding up our site (and our writing) for a massive redesign.

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Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine

One of the core plots for our current work-in-progress, Bitlather Chronicles: Echo Chamber Heist, revolves around a mechanical computer conceived by Charles Babbage in the nineteenth century. It’s too soon to talk about our plot, but I’ve relied on two videos today to help me write realistic details into our chapter, The Mountain Engine.

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