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Sprint 20: Our First Sprint Blowup

July was swelteringly hot and chaotic, and not at all what we originally expected. We had to do a serious pivot in order to re-focus on what was most important. Two milestones we set at the beginning of the year also came into question.

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Sprint 18: Trying To Hit Our Stride

May turned out exactly as we expected: I focused on freelance work, Leslie studied hard, we made some progress in Bitlather Chronicles #2, and we planned our next story for Steampunk Fairy Tales.

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Sprint 17: When Everything Changed

April was an atypical month that diverged from our plans, but with good reason. Leslie applied to a developer boot camp, Academy Pittsburgh, and was accepted! Meanwhile, I started my first contract gig.

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Sprint 16: Beta Reader Feedback, Mexico, and Pinball

March was a whirlwind. It started with a well-timed trip to Mexico, followed by implementing feedback from nine beta readers, gardening, jury duty, releasing our short story in the Steampunk Fairy Tales collection, and lots of pinball.

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Sprint 15: Being “Funemployed”

February was the first month where both Leslie and I were “funemployed.” Thanks to the extra time, we accomplished far more than any month before.

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Sprint 14: Career Change

January was a strange month. While Leslie started and finished editing Echo Chamber Heist, I ended up looking for and finding a new job. If it weren’t for Leslie, our manuscript would have stagnated.

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Sprint 13: A New Year

It’s been a year since we started using a cork board to track and plan our writing goals. In that time, we published our first novella, redesigned our site twice, finished writing Echo Chamber Heist, were selected for #PitchSlam, and had eleven agents request our manuscript. The board is here to stay, but our process will continue to evolve as we learn.

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Coauthor Chapter Editing Board

Before our trip to Japan, I had read most of Echo Chamber Heist on my Nook and took notes. When we returned, I wasn’t sure where we had left off. I knew Leslie and I would be passing chapters back-and-forth and out-of-order at this stage of editing, so I built a board to help manage who currently “owns” a chapter.

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Sprint 12: Back to Work

Boy howdy, we crushed our November goal. We did only have the one, and it was an easy one besides, but we still graduated with honors.

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Sprint 11: Japan and the Waiting Game

October was a time of great revisions and querying agents. The end of October was so busy and exciting that I couldn’t remember what we did the first two weeks, until I reviewed the board.

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