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Closing Balance 2016


Well, late, as it seems to be the custom these last years, here is the balance to how 2016 worked out, writing-wise. The main idea was writing Shourai, Hyakki Yagyō and the Shikigami verses. That… well, did not work 100% as expected:

  • Shourai: I wrote 45560 words here, and closed the story down (with a the end and everything!) but I still need to tie down a few chapters in-between. After that, the work is taking things out. As a matter of fact I have been considering taking a whole lot out and present them as short stories within the same universe. It would considerably trim down the current 322500 words.
  • Hyakki Yagyō: there are 67945 new words here and I am not even sure how they happened? I edited the Last Yōkai War of Edo, and I wrote the Seven Yōkai Wars but I had not really realised that it was this much I had worked on this! I have plans for some more, a couple of short stories, probably, both post and pre Edo.
  • Shikigami-verse: I wrote 31129 words here, and that is a bit too few, I’d say, because I really wanted to have finished off the Shikigami of Power story, which I’ve been working on for a long time, but I got stumped on point of view.
  • Parallel: is the Nano work, which clocked in at 141756 words, and probably 40000-ish words to go, albeit I’m slowly working into the ending even now in 2017. It shall need to be cut down and trimmed to take out all the unnecessary flashbacks. Some of it has already been taken out and is in the form of short stories.
  • One Shot Kill finished a story started in the Untitled universe, with 30155 words.
  • Body and Soul is a bit of a mess that I have to go back to, but might be salvageable (48177 words).
  • The Studio is a ghost story that… probably shows that I can’t write ghost stories (16269 words).
  • Yuki Matsuri is a rewrite of an old story, and I am quite happy at how it turned out in this work through. I think it is a bit more mature than what I had written he first time, and a bit more complex (18028 words).
  • There are a few independent short stories up to 7411 words. Half of them belong to the same one Stones, which is also a rewrite. I had been wanting to go back to some of those ideas, so I ended up reaching out to them when I dried out on inspiration. If I have to be completely honest, Parallel is also an old idea, reworked.
  • And finally, there’s a whooping 61122 words on blog posts and articles, especially in the other blogs, because the devil knows that they are not about writing…

The final count is 467753 words, and here is the distrbution in different graphs:




So how about 2017? As you can see I am not exactly too good at following plans, so I’m going to try and keep it simple: Shourai, Shikigami, Parallel, with a little bit of Hyakki Yagyō on the side. And edit. Because it needs to be done.



Closing Balance 2015

As it has become a tradition, the first days of January I look back at how the previous year was, writing-wise. This is what I was working on during 2015 and the resulting wordcount.


Title Words
Blog 7350*
Short Stories 11206
Shourai 170209*
Secrets 6576
Hyakki Yagyō universe 59308*
The Vortex 27118
The SpaceShip Ghost 28591
The Lesser Evil 6846
Operation Teaspoon 10018*
"Untitled" 65863
Grey Shadows and Shades 27272
Atlantis 4545

As you can see, Shourai was the most-growing work of the year, and that makes sense as it was my November project. It is marked with an asterisk because it is not even done in a raw version, it still needs content written. I think that in general it makes my graphs look ridiculously blue.

The Hyakki Yagyō universe was project #2 of the year. Even if “Untitled” has a highest wordcount, that is a raw version, while Hyakki Yagyō has been on the revision and freshening stage – I am at the moment working on the second long story, trying to make sure that everything written is up to standards, there are no Koreans in any bedroom, and to improve the storytelling and character development. The original plan for “Untitled” changed as I wanted to get three stories out, but one did not pan out, thus leaving the 66k to be divided between two – the main one ad a short story.

I’ve written a bunch of short stories both independent and some others related or in the same verse. A couple of them might be integrated into longer writings in the future. Secrets spread from 2014 into 2015 and was finished earlier in the year, so that is good too. Furthermore, I apparently did not leave the blog as unattended as I thought I had…

I can show you in graphs, too, so you can get an idea. The final wordcount was 420,357, I am sure that hugely helped by NaNo extravaganza this November.


Do you see what I meant with “ridiculously blue”?

I also managed to write ‘daily’, most of the days a total daily count of 500 words between 00:00 and 23:59. However one day I kinda cheated as I finished at around 00:15 the next day. There, I confessed.


All in all, I finished all that I started this year, or it is still an open project (maked up on the wordcount table with an asterisk. However, this is what I said I wanted to do for this year in the corresponding post:

Now, what’s the plan for 2015? I am not completely sure, but it involves quite some more editing, mainly on the Hyakki Yagyō universe, along with finishing off the tiers and connecting short stories. Hopefully finishing the first draft of the last of the Osaka Shikigami books so I can start working on it as a whole, too. And with any luck, finishing Secrets.

Let’s see how that fared:

  1. Lots of editing in the Hyakki Yagyō universe ✓
  2. Finishing tiers and connecting short stories ✓ (partial. Some more ideas popped up)
  3. Finishing first draft of the last of the Osaka Shikigami books ✗
  4. Finishing Secrets ✓.

Not that bad… I feel bad that I did not even touch the Osaka Shikigami project though… Thus, regarding to 2016 goals, here they are:

  1. Finish rewriting the raw for The Last Yōkai war of Edo to have the full version 1
  2. Finish Shourai raw
  3. Finish the Osaka Shikigami raw (book 6 raw / first book version 2)
  4. Bugger the person I’m collaborating with to finish Operation Teaspoon

Have you noticed the pattern? XD If 2015 was the year of writing outside the box, and don’t get me wrong, it was fun, I would like 2016 to be the year where I finally write “the end” on those never-ending projects. I would also like to keep writing daily. And I know that most probably I will get bitten by a new or old plotbunny sooner or later, though, as my notebook is quite full of ideas, and so is my brain. After all, it is not an easy place to be, my mind.

And that’s all for now! Happy year of the monkey!


Closing balance 2014

Well, weren’t you glad to have skipped my yearly end of the year review spam? Tough luck, here I am again. It’s 2015 and nothing has seemed to have changed that much, my health is still quivery, my Internet is wavy and I am having a look at the progress of the previous 12 months. Let’s see what happened writing wise in 2014:


New words this year round up to 306,822 words. The clear winner with more words is Shourai, at roughly 67,000 words. The clear loser is Secrets as it is the only one which has remained unfinished, and actually got around 5,000 words cut out from it. I really hope I get around to finishing it this year, or at least fix it somewhat.

Roughly 60,000 words were annexed to the Hyakki Yagyō universe, most of it in the Last Yōkai War of Edo, but a good chunk of it in short stories and add-ons to the main project.

Summarising, the projects I worked on during 2014 were:


Process-wise, I did not write every day, and I took some serious vacations when I was in Japan in August, except for blogging about my adventures over there. The best month was (much surprise) November, as I pulled the whole Houritsu stunt (you can see the unscaled graph in a small window superimposed to the readable chart) and then worked on Shourai for the rest of the month (happy belated birthday, Tadashi, by the way!). The worst months, motivation-wise were March and April. I have not been on a serious 500 words per day streak, but still managed some consistency.


I have also done a bit of editing in the last couple of months this year (especially the 30th and 31st of December because of… reasons). Projects that have been polished include:


Now, what’s the plan for 2015? I am not completely sure, but it involves quite some more editing, mainly on the Hyakki Yagyō universe, along with finishing off the tiers and connecting short stories. Hopefully finishing the first draft of the last of the Osaka Shikigami books so I can start working on it as a whole, too. And with any luck, finishing Secrets.

Closing balance 2013

(Yes, yes, a bit late, I know XD)


Once again, it’s the season for stats. I started the graph late so January is mostly guesstimated and averaged. I managed to write almost every day, and even on that day I did not write I did some plotting, so it was not a total loss. The total wordcount for 2013 was around 332,000. It is considerably lower than the estimated for 2012 (370,000) and many of the stories have a lower quality – either that or I am still miffed about how bad Tokyo Shadows . I really want to have a look at Kuraokami again and see how it reads after letting it sit for a while though.

Let’s have a look at the writing I did this year, with the following key:
(*) Wordcount > 50,000
(+) Wordcount: 10,000 – 50,000
(^) Wordcount: 1,000 – 10,000
(@) Wordcount: 300 – 1,000
(%) Wordcount < 300


Stories started and finished in 2013:

  • Kuraokami (+)
  • Into the Light (%)
  • Alone (^)
  • Mirror (%)
  • Rain (%)
  • Chosen one (^)
  • The Garden (@)
  • Bond of the Half Blood (^)
  • The landed sea witch (%)
  • Stories in the Hyakki Yagyō universe:
    • Drabble (@)
    • Ko background (@)
    • The Yukionna’s prey (^)
  • The Shikigami of Blood (*)
  • Blood Moon (+)
  • The Gadir Gates (+)
  • The Barman (+)
  • Blood Ties (+)
  • Kokeshi, version 1 (^) & 2 (^)

Continued Stories:

  • Tokyo Shadows (collection) (+) [Started in 2012, finished in 2013]

Ongoing and unfinished stories:

  • Turn of the page (^) [This one I finished on Jan.1 2014, and rounds up to just over 10,000]
  • Shorai (+) [was the fourth revision, and might go on and on xD]

Words on Writing Echoes (Writing about writing, research, etc.): around 12,000

Edits / rewrites:

Closing Balance 2012

Here’s a short list of what I’ve been doing, writing-wise, this almost-finished year.

(*) Wordcount > 50,000
(+) Wordcount: (10,000 – 50,000)
(^) Wordcount: (1,000 – 10,000)
(@) Wordcount < 1000

Stories started and finished in 2012:

  • Victim #14 (*)
  • Walk the bottom of the ocean (@)
  • Binary (^)
  • Infatuation Trap (+)
  • Autumn Lullaby (@)
  • Lifequake (+)
  • Wren (+)
  • Yes, sir (^)
  • Hyakki Yagyō (*)
  • T (+)
  • Erika v.1 (^)
  • Erika v.2 (^)
  • Axis 95/11 (*)
  • The Last Night of Obon (A Kyoto Tale) (+)
  • Three untitled short stories about Terazuma (@)

Stories started in 2011 and finished in 2012:

  • Undeliverable (+)

Stories started in 2012 and abandoned or not finished:

  • You & I Shorai v.3
  • BloodMoon Tokyo Shadows
  • Untitled, actor focused

Stories previously written and completely rewritten/revised in 2012

  • The Shikigami of Life
  • Wagers

Not too bad a balance, considering written vs. abandoned. Then again, maybe I should work more on revisions XD

Happy upcoming 2013, everyone!

Edit: I got asked about the wordcount. I am not sure, but it might range around 370,000 words counting all the new things, the unfinished and the coming-from-2011 stories.