In March I added 5848 words to Branded, a science-fiction, young adult novel. So I improved on February’s 4841 words. I averaged 188 words per day in March compared to 173 words per day for February and 155 words per day in January.
The novel is now just under 70,000 words. It has five parts and I am probably just over halfway into the forth part. It looks like the novel will be about 100,000 words, the first draft at least.
I am still very much enjoying writing it. The dysfunctional group of characters are barely getting on at the moment, but one of the causes is about to be removed.
I wrote one article for Divine in March. It was about a lack of actors with disabilities playing characters with disabilities, especially in Australian movies and television. I contacted a few people in the industry for the article and about half of them got back to me. I learnt a lot about the issue from those who did, like Australian actress Kate Hood. She has the unique perspective of being an in demand actress before she developed a disability and she is involved in an Actor’s Equity disability committee.
A lot has been written about actors without disabilities “cripping up” to play characters with disabilities. My article is an attempt to provide some factual information from people and organisations directly involved in the industry like actors, casting agencies and unions (note the producers and directors did not get back to me).
The article, Actors with Disabilities, was put up on Divine last Thursday.
I also started research on my next article on disability parking. It is about people who don’t have disabilities who feel they are entitled to park in disability parking spots.
Four posts for the month. I missed a week while researching a post on ebook piracy, which I found it to be very common. Every author I checked had pirate versions of their ebooks available on the web.
I read two books for the month and enjoyed them both. No Limits, by Australian/New Zealander Holly Childs, is a hip novella, full of hip people doing hip things while they worry about the world ending. And The Method, by Juli Zeh, is a dystopian science-fiction thriller in the tradition of 1984 and Brave New World.
I still have not critiqued anything this year.
So far this year I have written on every day.
Health permitting, I hope to greatly improve on my novel writing efforts and critique something, anything, in April.