PVCACD 2018 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary for Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons

The blog version, for those who may prefer it.

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations.

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2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 26th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:

Entry Title: Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons
Author: Fritz Freiheit
Judge Number: 17
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

Evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding".

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge's Commentary*

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations. It poses some problems for the average reader who is not yet accustomed to the interaction of Angels and Demons. Nevertheless, the book is entertaining with its plot and unusual characters. The challenges that the lead character, Mr. Vance Coreman, faces seem overwhelming, but he survives each situation with steady, or perhaps not quite steady, fortitude. The author does an excellent job with this novel, managing unusual characters, difficult plots, demons firing machine guns, women with scarlet features, etc. Very little is left out as far as characters and plot and magic. If you are bored with your usual reading, this might be the book for you. The problem is not the writing skills, but I think the presentation could be improved. I question the need for a table of contents for the average fiction reader. That technique seems more appropriate for the writer who wants to consult certain chapters for rewrites. Also, the print could be larger and darker for easy enjoyment of this entertaining book. Toward the end. P. 231 in particular, I found several small errors, nothing serious. Congratulations on giving the readers an entertaining and unusual book.


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Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding".

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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2019 Writing log spreadsheet



Happy New Year!

As is my tradition, I am posting my writing log for the forthcoming year and wish everyone a productive year, whether or not you a writer.

Feel free to download this LibreOffice spreadsheet (link below) to track your writing productivity on a day by day, week by week, and month by month basis.



I've added a few statistical summaries to the Project page:

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Download the spreadsheet here: 2018-2019_Writing_log.ods ( or 2019_Writing_log.ods for a version that excludes the 2018 example pages. )

You will need a copy of LibreOffice to use this spreadsheet.

I've been using spreadsheets since 2005 to track my daily word output, which can be considered a form of don't break the chain. The tracking of output on a daily basis is, I believe, to be the reason I finished my first novel.

You don't need to write using LibreOffice to make use of this spreadsheet. (But if you do, or might be thinking about using LibreOffice, see Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.)

See master writing log for more detailed information and examples.


Project page

The project page summarizes your writing project status. It is broken up into five sections, four for projects in barf (that is, 1st draft) up to publication, incubator, published, and trunked.

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Customization

My approach to writing is based on barf and polish. Thus my writing phases labels are:

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You can change the labels you apply to the status of a project.

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2019 Daily Log

Track daily word deltas for 2019.

Add one row per day per project. It will automatically be summed in the weekly and monthly delta pages.


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2019 Weekly Delta

Weekly summaries for 2019.

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2019 Monthly Delta

Monthly summaries for 2019.

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Example Daily Log

Example daily word deltas for 2014.

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Example Weekly Delta

Example weekly summaries for 2014.

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Example Monthly Delta

Example monthly summaries from 2014.

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Links and Notes

A few links.


Config

Configuration fields.


Appendix

last_one2 VB Function

This spreadsheet includes a VB function for finding a project's most recent day in a given year. Ultimately, this populates the "Last Entry" column on the Projects page.


Function last_one2(searchList,target,resultList)
REM =last_one2(A1:A14;"target";B1:B14)
dim i as integer
rem last_one2 = 0
for i = lbound(searchList,1) to ubound(searchList,1)
if searchList(i,1) = target then last_one2 = resultList(i,1)
next
End function

If the "Last Entry" column is not being populated, turn on macros.

If the "Last Entry" column is still not being populated, then this function can be installed as follows:

  • Tools → Macros → Organize Macros → LibreOffice Basic...
  • In the Basic editor:
    • Expand this spreadsheet
    • Click on Standard
    • Add Module
    • Paste the contents of the pre-format box above at the end.
    • Save and close Basic editor.



Getting Writing Done

ANwL

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