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January Results / February Goals

January Results

January was a bit of an experiment with flash fiction and now slushing for an ezine, and having a house guest for nearly three weeks, but not only did I survive, I flourished. It feels good getting the writing moving again like this.

  • Short Stories Drafts: 6 Flash Fiction
  • Short Story Revisions:  5 Flash Fiction + 1 short story (still in progress)
  • Rejections:  2
  • Submissions:  2 new and 3 resubmissions
  • Critiques: 3
  • Reading: 2 (The Runelords by David Farland, Kitty Goes To Washington by Carrie Vaughn)

February Goals

I wasn’t able to work on the novel in January because I underestimated how much time a contest in my writer’s group required, plus it would have been unfair to my houseguest. That goal is moving out to February and March. It’s increasing my daily wordcount, but that’s manageable if I manage my secondary projects carefully. I do have submission deadlines, and my short story activity will be adjusted to deal with those.

 

  • Winter Warrior – Read, review outline, resume writing (1125 words daily x 6 days weekly)
  • Short Story Drafts – 2 (for Triangulation contest and anthology)
  • Short Story Revisions – 3 (for the above and the next WOTF deadline)
  • Crits (because I owe people)
  • Blogging when it suits me
  • Reading (continue Chi Running, + 2 novels)

The Craziest Year of My Life: 2012

So much happened in 2012, that looking back upon it all, I’m dizzy.  The day job, which I rarely mention publicly, has been moving in the right direction. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a little about project management and my work is improving for it. I’m looking forward to more learning and new projects in the coming year.  The family situation had some serious bumps which will not ever be forgotten. I try to hold it close and apply it to my daily life to make better decisions. The kidlets and spouse went through some of those bumps as well, but they’re back to their old selves. The Girl is excelling in school but still experiencing shyness issues, and the Boy continues to outshine me in the independence department which makes some days really interesting. The spouse continues to make me proud, and the cats, well, they’re still vomiting everywhere but I’m grateful to have them with us at the ripe old kitty age of fourteen.

And you thought all I ever talked about was my writing. Wait for it….

The writing. It’s been a tremendous year from my writing. I spent the early part of the year planning and world building a novel and characters to write Winter Warrior. I wrote 8 chapters, and revised three of them for submission to Viable Paradise. I was accepted into the 2012 class and attended the workshop in October. Being accepted was only half as exciting as actually attending.  I’ve written since the workshop: two short stories and a novella. I’ve been revising some older items that needed a clean up post workshop. I gave one of the new stories a serious overhaul, which will go into submissions very shortly. This is good, but I definitely note that this year was a “quality” year as opposed to “quantity”. I wrote some really good stories, and spent lots of time learning about my writing and figuring out how to fix what needs fixing.

I attempted Write1Sub1 for the second year in a row. Since the quantity angle didn’t quite work, I didn’t make my W1S1 goals. I’ll be trying again in 2013.

Writing Friends. Between WorldCon and Viable Paradise, I met a lot of people who were previously screen names and email addresses to me before. There were personalities behind those avatars, but there isn’t anything like meeting those people in person and seeing them for who they really are. I met a bunch of people whom I had no idea existed, who have become part of a special circle of friends. We may not talk much or see each other often, but the bond is there. I hope to try and keep these new friendships going in 2013.

Here’s the official count for 2012:

  • ·         Novel Draft: Winter Warrior – in progress 26/80k
  • ·         Short Story Drafts 6
  • ·         Novella Drafts/Conversions 1
  • ·         Short Story Revision: 11
  • ·         New Submissions: 4
  • ·         Short Story Submissions: 80
  • ·         Short Story Rejections  86
  • ·         Short Story Acceptance: 1
  • ·         Critiques: 22
  • ·         Reading: 23
  • ·         May SAD = 12 outlines
  • ·         VP 16 application work (26k written, 8k revised)
  • ·         Worldcon 8/30-9/3
  • ·         Viable Paradise 16 10/7-12
  • ·          W1S1 Monthly (faltering progress)

 

Let’s look ahead to 2013, shall we? I’ve learned a lot that I need to put to use. (Not that I haven’t, mind you, but it’s one of those use-it-or-lose-it notions.)  The novel needs to be finished and revised. I’d like to get it out to critiquers by the end of 2013 in hopes of revising it for submission in 2014. I’m also keeping up with the short fiction.

 

Monthly Writing Goals

  • Novel Writing: Winter Warrior – Jan, Feb, Mar (15k monthly/5k weekly)
  • Novel Revision: Winter Warrior – April – October
  • Short Story (Write 2 – Revise 3 – Submit 1)
  • Blog: 4-8x
  • Critique: 4
  • Read: 2-3

 

This means Write 1 Sub 1 again. This means FMWriters’ May Story-A-Day Challenge. This means getting my schedule back on track, fast. I’m getting back to my morning workouts, which will help my fitness goals. Those aren’t as complex as the writing goals, fortunately, but I’ll be evaluating them monthly as well. I’ll be training for a 5k in May, so the running needs to get back on track. I’d like to be able to run the full race course as opposed to last year’s ½ run ½ walk.  To prepare this, I need to run three times a week, and lift weights twice. The new schedule I’ve devised should help, taking away the question of “what do I do today” and having the plan ready to go. In the recent past, overworking (trying to do too much across the board) and undersleeping have made mornings difficult. The 5am alarm doesn’t wake me. Instead, I go into autopilot and turn it off. I have discovered a new trick – using the alarm in my cell phone, which has a soft chime and a light that goes on when the chime starts. Getting the fitness on track will help get everything else to line up where and when it should.

So that’s the plan.

It IS a plan. These are not resolutions. I’ll be updating on the 1st of each month with my progress, but in between those updates, I plan on blogging a bit about my fitness adventures, and also about some cooking fun. I’m no chef, but I do love food, and I’d like to share my favorite recipes and experiments with you.

Thank you all for sticking me this year, and especially to those of you who reached out in my silence. I’m grateful for this blog and the people I keep in touch with because of it, my writing communities, and the ability to connect at any given moment. The writing life can be a solitary one, but with people like you, it isn’t. I wish you the best 2013 possible and if there’s some way I can help make it better, let me know.

Dawn

Writing: October & November Results, December & Year End Goals

October was without a doubt the most volatile month of my life. I went from the high of attending Viable Paradise, to my father’s death, to the hurricane experience. If it wasn’t for my writing and the venting and rampaging via the written word, I would not have been as strong as I was.

Writing came off schedule for these two months, but my accomplishments are good enough, considering everything.

October Results

  • Short Stories:  3 written, 2 revisions
  • Rejections:  2
  • Resubmissions:  1 (after a revision)
  • Critiques: 5 (via the workshop)
  • Viable Paradise Workshop

November Results

  • Short  Stories:  1 revision (in progress), 1 novella draft (in progress)
  • Reading:
    • Discord’s Apple (Vaughn)
    • Kitty and The Midnight Hour (Vaughn)
    • Trading In Danger (Moon)
    • Critiques: 3
    • Rejections:  2

December Goals & Expectations

I’m picking and choosing what to finish this year. I won’t make all the goals I’d hoped to make, but I’ve also learned the difference between quality work with takes more revision time as opposed to quantity which means stories may not be ready if I rush the revision. With my schedule, that means I’m taking as much as two weeks for the full revision.

Year end for me in 2012 will be getting stories back into submissions, and getting my new short stories revised and critiqued. If I can get them out before 12/31, I will, but not by sacrificing a story’s revision quality to make a number.  The first novella (and yes, this one is just a novella!) needs finishing.

Blogging: my blogging will be minimal this month as I try to tie things up and prepare for 2013. I’ve been wanting to broaden my blog content by writing about cooking/baking, diet/fitness, and the occasional parenting failure lesson. I could write these up into articles and sell them, but I’m just not there time wise. I’d rather just share. More on that next month.

So, these are my December plans. What are you up to in the next few weeks? Are holidays taking over your life or have you promised yourself some quiet time with a good book?

Dawn

PS Erin Hartshorn hit me up with The Next Big Thing meme. I’ll be responding to that this week.

2011 Results / 2012 Goals

2011 Results

  • Main Goal: Intensity
  • Novel Project: first draft (Shadow of Blood) done 12/30/11
  • Short Story Writing: 16
  • Picture Book Writing: 2
  • Short Story Edits:  18
  • Picture Book Revisions: 1
  • New Submissions: 7
  • Short Story Submissions: 69
  • Crits: 20
  • Book Reading: 25
  • FM SAD Writing Challenge (May) – 3
  • Rejections: 62
  • In Submission: 12

 I’m delighted with my 2011 accomplishments. I balanced my very busy job, family life, and writing, including dealing with injury time when typing was not available to me with both hands. I achieved the intensity I desired. Even on days I didn’t write new words, I did something writing specific and productive.

The biggest thing is that I finished the novel, Shadow of Blood. It needs work, a reasonable assessment since I started it in 2005, dropped it for a pregnancy, dropped it for an injury, and then very nearly dropped it due to another injury. But I went to paper and pen for that segment and got it done. I did not want to stop and start it again. No way.

The next bit I’m happy about is the number of stories I pushed into submissions. I revised  better, so I needed fewer edit passes, and didn’t linger on stories. I even managed an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future contest, and have been shortlisted twice this year for publication. I’m seeing the results of my hard work.

I didn’t do much with my children’s stories. I need to read more chapter books before I really feel comfortable with those, but I’ll get there. I’m getting ideas and jotting them down.

I did a good job critiquing this year, but I’d like it to become more day to day in 2012. It’s helped me a lot, especially trying to analyze stories that felt stronger than mine.

Time to check out the new goals for 2012.

  •  Main Goal: Quality
  • Novel Draft: TBD
  • Novel Revision: Shadow of Blood
  • Short Story Drafts 15
  • Novella Drafts/Conversions 3
  • Short Story/Novella Edits: 26
  • Novella Revision 6
  • New Submissions: 12
  • Short Story Submissions: 75
  • Children’s Stories written: 12
  • Children’s Stories revised: 12
  • Crits: 52
  • Book Reading: 24
  • FM Writing Challenges
  • VP 16 application due June
  • W1S1 Monthly

The goal for this year is quality. I’m not rushing for quantity – I’m trying to get it right early on, using the skills I’ve been developing.

To that end, I’m going to write a new novel and revise the one I’ve just written.

Short stories are continuing with a goal of 15 short stories, 12 picture books, and 3 novellas. The novellas are already in short story form and need expansion/development into their full forms.  Revisions follow that, naturally.

I’ll be attending Chicon7, my first major speculative fiction convention. I’ll be applying to my dream workshop again, this time with the novel instead of short stories in the hopes of actually being accepted.

2012 is going to be huge for me. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish.

Good luck to you in 2012, whatever your goals and dreams may be.

 

September Results + October Goals

September Results / October Goals

September has been a busy month between work and home
life, but I produced. I have several items I’m currently in the middle, but are
promising. I’m looking forward to October, finishing the current projects and
moving onto new ones.  I made my WOTF submission early, so there wasn’t any end-of-the-month do-or-die chaos. The current story revision is requiring additional scenes, to the point it may not be a short story when I’m done. I’m riding the wave, anxiously looking for the beach I’ll land on, but enjoying the ride in the meantime. The story draft in progress is in the planning phase. It’s going to be a space opera with some rather interesting creatures in a heart wrenching situation. I’d started it for a themed contest, and though the theme appears in a clever manner, I need to cement it down better. These two projects are my main goals for October. I’m aiming for more than these, of course, but I’d really like to see these to completion. Here we go. :)

Results:

  • Novel: on the back burner until November
  • Short Story Drafts: 1 (+ 1 in progress)
  • Short Story Revisions:4  (+ 1 in progress)
  • Crits: 3 (+ 1 in progress)
  • Reading: 1 (+ 2 in progress)
  • Submissions: 1 for the 9/30 WOTF deadline (success!)
  • Rejections: 8
  • Submissions: 2 new +  8 resubs

Goals:

  • Short Stories – write 2, revise 5 (1 submission)
  • Crits – 8
  • Read – 2
  • Blogging

February Update / March Goals

Bad February, bad dog!

Murphy reared its ugly head all through February. The kids were sick the entire month, going from illness to illness, child to parent, etc, and work exploded in projects and the like. I attempted to write, and did somewhat, but nothing made it to completion. I did some reading, but mostly I did my best to say sane. And that’s okay. I’m scaling down my March goals because work isn’t letting up. Honestly, it probably won’t for a good six months, at least. Which means I need to rework my methods so I can get projects through to completion.

February Results:

  • Short stories: one partially written, one partially revised.
  • Novel: total fail.
  • Children’s stories: total fail.
  • Rejections: 3
  • Resubmissions: 2
  • Reading: The Wedding, by Nicholas Sparks + I scoured the Writers Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing

 March Goals

  • Short Story Writing: 1.5 (complete the one in progress + write a new one)
  • Short Story Revising: 2 (deadlines for WOTF and Triangulation are close)
  • Crits: No need to go overboard, but I belong to two crit groups and I’m not carrying my weight. One or two for each would be nice.

 I’m also starting a running program with a friend. I’m a firm believer in body/mind alignment, and if one is out of shape, the other isn’t far behind.  It’s time to start thinking about the girl’s next birthday and plan the big bash (she’s turning 5). So much to do.. and I’m already late getting started. Happy March!

January Results + February Goals

January started with a bang, most of this was done in the first two weeks. Third week involved the two-year-old and his health issues, and the fourth week was spent on crits. I’d like to do a better job of consistency next month, but overall, I’m pleased at my productivity. I also sent out my VP application. Hard to believe it’s only been a month since it’s out. Man, it’s going to be a long wait.

January Results

  • Novel: writing – 3.5k
  • Read – 2
  • Crits   – 2 (1 novel crit, 1 short story)
  • Stories Written: 2
  • Stories Revised: 2
  • Picture Book drafts: 2
  • Picture Book revision: 1
  • Submissions 5
  • New Subs: 2

Stories in Submissions: 6 (+2 with the VP application)

Write 1 Sub1 on course @ 2 + 2

February alas is a short month, and I feel like I’m starting it in a bad place. I hope I can turn this around. My main motivation is completion of tasks, so I broke the novel down into a different form than “daily novel writing”. I took a good look at my chapters and how they’re typically 2 – 3 scenes, so I’m aiming for 3 scenes weekly.  If I do more, that’s good, but at the very least, I’ll get a chapter done a week instead of one per month.

February Goals

  • Novel: writing – 3 scenes weekly
  • Short Story Drafts x2
  • Short Story Revision x2
  • Read x2
  • Crits x4
  • Picture Book draft x1
  • Picture Book revision x1
  • New Submissions 2 (aiming for my Triangulation story + my writers of the future story)

Goals and Results 2010/2011

 December Results (I love a productive month):

  • Short Story drafted
  • Children’s PB drafted
  • Short Stories revised – 2
  • Submissions – 9 (rejections – 8  )

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 2010 Achievements

 With a focus goal of endurance, 2010 was my strongest writing year. The results speak for themselves. 

  • Main Goal: Endurance — I wrote every single month this year; even the busy ones. The longest time that went without writing was two weeks, and those usually revolved around family issues.
  • Shadow of Blood 1st Draft — revived this, though didn’t get more than a few thousand words in.
  • Children’s Stories: 2 — these weren’t on my goals this year, but I’ve been researching and reading children’s fiction with the intent of writing it. Muse decided it was time to start writing.
  • Short Story Writing:  8 — planned for 6 but things went well, obviously. (3 came from the FMwriters Story A Day May)
  • Short Story Edits: 24 — this was the year of revising and learning how to revise short stories effectively. I planned on 15 edits and managed 24 revisions of 8 different stories. Which means: I’m revising less times – I used to revise a story 8 or 10 times before I felt it was ‘ready’.
  • Short Story Submissions: 40/20 — new policy of revolving door submissions.
  • New Submissions: 7
  • Rejections: 35
  • Critiques: 28 — combination of FMWriters, and OWW including novel crits
  • Book Reading: 17 — the most I’ve read in a year since having my kids.
  • Prep VP application — actually, 2: 2010 was not accepted; and already sent my application in for the 2011 workshop
  • Rejections: 35
  • Award: WOTF HM for Fading Light
  • Award: WOTF Semifinalist for Etherea In Her Veins
  • Stories in Submission: 7

 Vast improvements from 2009. What changed? I decided to put myself out there, and to do that, I was responsible for getting the stories done right. The revision-after-revision of this year taught me efficiency, it taught me where my problem areas were. Of course, while I’m fixing the ones I know about, others are cropping up. All in all, I’m thrilled with what I’ve done.

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 Being thrilled with what I’ve done is one thing; repeating it is another. I’m aiming to push further. I amped up my goals for 2011. I think I might have planned for too much, but as always, these are subject to change as life and writing actually occur.

2011 Goals

  • Main Goal: Intensity
  • Novel Project: revision (Forgotten Star, 115k)
  • Novel Project: first draft (37k left for Shadow of Blood)
  • Short Story Writing: 14
  • Picture Book Writing: 12
  • Short Story Edits:  14
  • Picture Book Revisions: 12
  • New Submissions: 26
  • Short Story Submissions: 50
  • Crits: 50
  • Book Reading: 24 (2 monthly)
  • FM SAD Writing Challenge (May)
  • Write1Sub1 Monthly (x2, for 26 stories)

 Let’s get to it. Happy Writing!

May Results / June Goals

May Results

 May had some mixed results, some complications including work stuff, sick baby, me being sick, me playing single-mom for a week, packing up hubby and daughter for their vacation, etc, but I still had a better May than in years where I didn’t have children to worry about. Even though these results fell short of my intentions, I consider it satisfactory.

 * Short Stories Revised — 2

* Short Stories Written (SAD) — 3 (with 3 other ideas in progress/planning)

* Shadow of Blood novel writing — under 1k, but it’s a start

* Forgotten Star revision / HTRYN lesson 1 — started, but dealing with complications

* Critiques — 5 (also joined OWW)

* Submission — 2 new submissions + 6 resubmissions

June

 Lots going on, including planning and hosting the four year old’s birthday party; family stuff; work stuff, etc. I’m planning on becoming more diligent about the writing schedule, which has been sporadic and I believe the reason it isn’t working as well as it has been.

Goals:

* Forgotten Star retype (current document nightmare to read due to document errors; this is the only way I can move forward with the revision)

* Short Story Revisions (hoping for 4, with two ready for submission)

* Shadow of Blood (2500w weekly)

* Crits – 4

 And for some nonwriting fun, I need to force the fitness routine again. 4x weekly is the goal (M, T, W, and Sat)

April Results / May Goals

April had some bumps, but it also had some highlights.

April Results

* new short story written, revised twice, and submitted for parsec contest

* shadow of blood reread and worldbuilding progressed (did not start rewriting the draft yet though)

* nighthunter’s bite revised to about 80%. needs another pass before ready for submission.

* nonwriting: managed to fit fitness back into my schedule (unfortunately at the expense of some writing time), got a new computer (yay laptop!) and spent a few days prepping for a road trip that never happened.

May Goals

* two short story revisions

* May Story A Day – I’m aiming for 10 but secretly hoping and trying for more. (maybe not so secretly then); it’s going to be tough using only lunch tme writng and afternoon writing time. we’ll just have to see.

* Shadow of Blood – start the draft already (using the AM writing sessions for this)

* Prep Forgotten Star for revision and HTRYN, which will probably be more toward month end once the short story writing/revision slows.

editing to adjust slightly: dropping to one short story revision which must be done before I do any SAD work since it’s a submission with a deadline; only going to maintain two simultaneous projects at once, that being the novel (shadow) and whatever short story needs my attention at the time), otherwise I’m too split and not getting anything done.

March Progress / April Goals

March was amazing. I figured out the writing schedule and I got my goals done. Of course, I did revamp mid-month, but that’s par for me and goals. Goals are guidelines and I tweak them in order to get stuff done. I have more deadlines in April, but they are spaced out, thankfully.

March results:

  • Viable Paradise application and submission story
  • Rise of the Tiger Princess: drafted, revised twice, submitted
  • The Lonely Orchard: revised and submitted
  • Watering the Black Violas: revised
  • Shadow of Blood: rereading novel-in-progress

April Goals:

  • Watering the Black Violas: revise and submit by 4/15
  • Nighthunter’s Bite: revise and submit by 4/30
  • Shadow of Blood: read, review world notes, complete neccessary worldbuilding, and continue the writing at 500 words daily for a weekly goal of 2,500 words. Estimated completion date is July.

February Progress / March Goals

February was a trying month, but also a huge learning experience. Black Violas has been an extension edit, and I’m covering in one long revision what would have taken me several versions as well as multiple critiques to correct. Now I’m seeing this stuff on my own.

February Results:
* Hunter’s Honor – revised and submitted
* Black Violas – revised, revised, revised
* 1 critique
* started VP letter
* story research
* market research

March is going to be insane. I’ve set myself some potentially record setting goals in regard to short story revision, but I think I can do it. Several of the stories are in cleaner versions, except for one, which I need to actually write.  I’m borrowing a method from a writer friend and working on it in small bits–250 words daily–while working on my revisions. The deadlines I have are 2 stories for my VP application (asap), trianguation anthology (3/31 via email), parsec contest (4/15 via postal mail), WotF (3/31 via postal mail). If I need to, I can drop the story for WotF, but I’d hate to waste the quarter if I can get a story in decent shape.

March Goals: (edited for submission changes)
Black Violas: revision (contest entry, will be retitled later) 4/15 deadline
Tiger Princess: draft and revision and submission 3/31 deadline
Nighthunter’s Bite: revision  5/14 deadline (aiming for 4/17 submission)
The Lonely Orchard: revision and submission 3/31 deadline
VP application
Crits — 2

Yes, I’m insane. But it’ll be a good test for deadline handling. I’ve blocked off four 45 minute writing sessions to do while I’m still at work but off the clock. I may take a personal day toward the middle/end of the month if my progress isn’t far enough along. I’m also employing a dual-project goal for my evening writing to see if it helps my brain by swapping projects when exhaustion starts setting in.

I wanted to try waking up an hour early and writing then, but I already get up at 5am for work. So, I’ll try it for a few days and see how it goes. At this point, I just want to get through all this madness. :)

January Progress / February Goals

It’s been an interesting month to say the least.  I lost the first week to family travel, and the next three weeks were struggles between being sick or taking care of the sick. I lucked out with a day off work that daycare was miraculously open, and I spent the day on a writing project that saved me two weeks worth of evening writing time.  I have decided for sure, I’m taking one personal day off from work each month and committing myself to a day of writing.  I’m pleased with my work, even though I have several “in progress”, but I did complete a story that’s been haunting me for years. 

I am disappointed I didn’t get to the novel revision, but I have four short stories that have submission deadlines of March 31st, and I’d really like to get them in the best shape I can.  The novel may have to wait until April.

January Progress:

* Nighthunters Bite – first draft written and a full revision done.  (By evening time standards, this is a good three weeks worth of work).

* Black Violas – revision in progress. (Rewrite, actually, in regard to POV).
* Hunter’s Honor – revision in progress.
* Tiger Princess – research done, outlining and worldbuilding in progress.
* Reading – still working on Federations, and rereading some of the stories that appeal to me (and have POVs that deal with my current stories).

February Goals:

* Hunter’s Honor – revise and resubmit asap
* Fading Light – minor revision to ending
* Tiger Princess – first draft
* Black Violas – revision
* Nighthunter’s Bite – revision

2008 Accomplishments / 2009 Goals

2008 In Summary

Consistency was my goal, and for a while, I did well. Life jumped aboard and broke that down, but Life required my attention and I could not divide myself between these responsibilities.

Accomplishments:

* 3 Stories Edited (multiple times)

* 4 Stories Written

* 1 New Short Story Submission

* 5 Short Story Submissions

* 6 Novels Read

* 4 Critiques Completed

2009 Goals

My 2009 goal will be Balance. With an infant and a two and a half year old, and dealing with recovery from surgery, I’ve got my hands full. I’ve got two writing classes in progress, and a few short stories in the editing-for-submission phase. I need to clean this up, reorganize, and move forward. My January goal is to get myself and my family on a schedule to allow myself some writing time. Any writing time. February through April will be to solidify that and get some editing done, with at least one new submission. May will be devoted to the Story A Day challenge. June through December will bring a return to editing and hopefully one more new submission.

2009 Goals In Summary:

* 2 New Short Story Submissions

* 5 Short Stories Edited

* 5 Short Stories Written

* 2 Writing Courses Completed (Adv Fiction / Think Sideways)

* Novel Reading – 6

* Crits – 6 to 12

Here’s to Balance. May she play nicely with my Muse.

August Results, September Goals

My primary goal this year has been of a dual nature: Consistency, and short stories. While August was not a phenomenal month, I did maintain this basis of my goal formation.

August Results

  • Short Stories Edited: 1 (Sunguard)
  • Short Stories Written: 0 (Nighthunter’s Bite is still in progress)
  • Crits: 1
  • Novels Read: 2 (Plague of Memory and Wolf Who Rules)

What I didn’t get done was based on time constraints, the physical need to not be on a computer 12 hours a day, and changes in my family. I know these things will balance out.

September Goals

  • Story Edits: 1 (Sunguard!)
  • Story Writing: 1 (‘Bite, preferably)
  • New Submission: 1 (if Sunguard is ready)
  • Adv. Fiction Class: 0/1 (low priority, I have a year to complete 5 more lessons)

July Writing Update / August Goals

Where did July go? There was a good deal of editing, some struggles to write a new story (more on that), a few days on vacation, and a few crazy days at work. I came very close to meeting my goals, and I am satisfied with my progress.

July Results:

  • New Submission: 1/1 (and submitted to a second market by month end)
  • Stories Edited: 2/2 (Sunguard and Treischan Strength, with edits in progress for Orchard, Eve, and the next draft of Sunguard).
  • Stories Written: 0/1 (too many ideas, not enough focus)
  • Adv. Fiction Class: 1/1 Lesson
  • Read: 1/1 Novel (Tinker, by Wen Spencer)
  • Crits: 2/2

August Goals:

  • New Submission: 1 (Sunguard)
  • Story Edits: 2 (Sunguard & one other)
  • Story Writing: 2-3
  • Crits: 2
  • Adv. Fiction Class: 1 Lesson
  • Read: 2 Novels

The short story writing has proven problematic in July because I’ve been in deep edit mode, and the stories I was trying to write, were not truly sincere attempts. I’ve been letting them simmer, which is fine, I like when things simmer, but I never really sat down and gave it my full attention. Once A Thief is actually 2 different stories I have to pry apart, and Stone Forest needs some more focus. However, they’re going to sit on the back burner for August. There are a few anthologies I’d like to try and submit to before the end of the year (October deadline for one, December deadline for another). I’ve got a working title of “Radio Silence” for once, but that will change, and the other is Nighthunter’s Bite, a short I started a few years ago, but lost interest in. I’m going to revamp it with the theme of the anthology in mind, and that seems to be sparking some creativity for me.

As far as editing goes, I’m aiming for Sunguard to be the next submission, so it needs one more good edit (after a few crits). Eve is on my mind, and so is Orchard, but they both need a decent amount of attention. I’ll have to pick one as I get closer.

I’m looking ahead to August, the writing should be fun, but there are time constraints I have to consider. I’m away for the first three days of the month, and then my folks are coming in town for possibly a week or an extended weekend, so I need to make sure I’m using my time right.

Celebrating 10 Years of Me

The 28th of this month marks the ten year anniversary of my adulthood. I’m not talking about legal adulthood, I’m referring to the day I left home. I left my family, left the city I’d grown up in, and moved to a strange new place where I had to fend for myself. Sure, I had people to fall back on, and I did rely on them, but this is when I truly became an adult. Let me tell you of the things I learned.

  • Proper finance handling
  • Car buying (and lemon trading)
  • Moving cross country
  • Job hunting and keeping
  • Marriage, and what it really means to have another half
  • Motherhood (one beautiful daughter, and a little boy on the way)
  • the meaning of Time
  • the importance of being me and enjoying my own activities

That last one hit me as soon as I moved out. I went from living in a house with three other siblings, two parents, a grandparent, a dog and two cats to occupying a one bedroom apartment by myself, in a town where I knew no one. I couldn’t afford cable tv, and really, this is when I learned not only that I loved writing, but that I was good at it, and the dream came alive for me. Ten years ago, I decided I wanted to be a writer. Seriously.

In that time, I’ve researched and taken classes, and read everything I could get my hands on. The results? Take a look below.

Novels

  • 3 Completed (1 of which has been edited a few times)
  • 2 in progress
  • 7 in various stages of worldbuilding and outlining
  • 35 viable ideas (with at least 1 paragraph of notes) in 5 genres

Short Stories

  • 1 published
  • 1 in submissions
  • 31 complete (2 are intended for novel conversion)
  • 6 shelved (they were learning experiences and need to die)
  • 25 awaiting edit (Yes, that’s 25 worth spending time to fix!)
  • 10 started but not completed (a project for 2009)
  • 3 in progress

Articles

  • 2 published
  • 10 ideas (being researched or in outline form)

So you see, I’ve had a busy ten years. I’ve learned much, and am continually learning. I’ve surrounded myself with positive people, and learned how and when to laugh at myself. That lesson I learned from my husband.

Tell me – either here or in your own blog – what have you accomplished? Celebrate yourself.

June Results, July Goals

I know we have one more day left in June, but there’s no time in my schedule for writing tomorrow, so my June 2008 writing is as complete as it will ever be.

All in all, the month went quite well. The writing didn’t quite go in the places I decided exactly, but the amount of writing I did balanced out very well. My goals were to edit 1 – 2, of which I edited Treischan Strength twice, and am in the progress of editing two more. I wanted to write 2 short stories, and wrote 1 (Eve), with another one moving forward (Once A Thief). I took part in FM’s Emotion’s workshop, and signed up for an online advanced fiction writing class of which I already completed (or at least, turned in) the first assignment.

I’m stepping up July goals as my system seems to be working, but keeping each goal “area” light, so I don’t overhwelm myself with one task. This’ll allow me to be flexible in what I do, and where it can be done. I tried to leave some “extra” time in there, to deal with any inspiration that tends to hit me when my muse is tied up in multiple projects. The most exciting thing is getting Treischan Strength submitted. A new submission — yeah!!

My July goals are:
* New Submission: 1 (Treischan)
* Short Story Edits: 2 (Orchard, Sunguard)
* Short Story Writing: 1 (Thief)
* Crits: 2 (these are good for me!!!!!)
* Adv Fiction Class: 1 lesson
* FM Dialogue Workshop
* Reading: Tinker

Last year, I burned myself out by piling on too much work, specifically crits. When those pile up, I get stressed out. I also tend to take on too many “big” projects when I don’t have the time or energy for it. Sticking with the small ones – short storying writing and editing – should fix that.

I intend to keep my writing active through July and push into August. I want to break the cycle of hope/failure I’ve created for myself in the past. Now is the time. I’m going to do it.

Consistency, 2008, and January Goals

I’ve been “seriously” writing since 1998, with seriously meaning intent to edit and publish. When I lived alone, I wrote a lot. When I married my husband and we lived in our little condo, I wrote a lot. When we grew our family into three, my writing become sporadic. Instead of writing being my outlet, it become a chore. Whenever stress levels rose, I avoided the writing, despite my love for it. When I needed an outlet, I turned toward other hobbies. Writing found its way onto the back burner.

In 2007, I wrote from May until mid July with an obsession. I wrote 10 short stories, edited 4 of them (twice each), started a novel edit, and outlined/researched a new novel idea. Then I burnt out.

I have to choose: (1) downgrade my writing to a hobby; this way I don’t have to stress when the writing doesn’t come, or I’m stressed out, or I’d rather read or play that video game; (2) focus on a method to get the writing done without stressing.

Since my muse is obsessed with me (she’s awfully demanding), option 1 is never going to fly. Trying it will only land me into a depression of ‘why can’t I do this?’ which is fruitless and dangerous. I have too much positive in my life to spend my time being depressed. Option 2 seems like a good idea, if I can pull it off. To do that, there are a few key items I need to consider.

First, I have to stop overplanning. Each hiatus from writing has a pattern: obsessive and productive writing over a short period of time; planning oodles of writing to be completed over the next twelve months; joining critque circles beyond my ability (in producing critiques, not the writing ability); freaking out over the number of critiques and edits that must be done; and then the dreaded avoidance of writing.

Second, I need to start enjoying the writing. I love novels, but they are a huge committment in time and energy and brain power. Short stories have come a long way for me. I’ve figured out how to write them and enjoy writing them. The edits are still tough, but the writing is usually lots of fun. More importantly, the time committment to editing a short story is more manageable than the time required for a novel edit.

Third, I need a *reasonable* plan. Small goals in the short term. So I planned out January.

Implementation: Now. Let’s look at 2007 really quick, and then move on!

2007 Writing Accomplishments
* 10 Short Stories Written (Apotheosis; The Lonely Orchard; The Knot; Storm Song; The Crossing; Knights of the Scarlet Rose; Kalila’s Veil; Treischan Strength; The Dragon’s Bard; Immenence)
* 4 Short Stories Edited (The Crossing; Treischan Strength; The Dragon’s Bard; The Lonely Orchard)
* 1 Novel Prepped: Researched and outlined (Winter Warrior)

2008 Writing Goals
* Consistency: writing should continue through each month of the year. Breaks for sickness/family issues and good stuff are acceptable, but one thing needs to be done each month.

January Goals
* Short Story Writing – 2
* Short Story Editing – 2

July Writing Update / August Goals

July Writing Accomplished:

* Forgotten Star: New Chapters – 1
* Forgotten Star: Edit Chapters – 1
* The Dragon’s Bard: Short Story Edited
* The Lonely Orchard: Short Story Edited
* Winter Warrior Worldbuilding – casual
* Critiques – 1

Not too bad considering one week I was off on vacation and I had computer problems the following week.

August Goals:
* Forgotten Star: Edit 4 Chapters
* Critiques: 8
* Winter Warrior: Worldbuilding in four phases:
–characters
–races & culture
–maps & drawings
–outline
The intent here is to be ready to start the first draft by the end of August

June Writing Update / July Goals

June was rough with teething-baby/mommy-zombie, and pet issues. Still achieved a significant amount of writing.

June Writing Completed:
* The Crossing: Edited
* Treischan Strength: Edited
* Forgotten Star New Chapters B & C: Written
* Silver Griffin Crits: 3 completed
* Winter Warrior Worldbuilding underway

July is looking busy and will be a challenge, especially considering I’m taking a week off for vacation in sunny Florida. I am optimistic however, and will do my best. The editing (shorts and the novel) are priority.

June Begun Tasks Needing Completion in July:
* Forgotten Star: Chapter D (write)
* SG Crits: EST Crit (half done)

July New Goals:
* Forgotten Star Chapter Edit A – B (0/2)
* Edit Short Story “The Dragon’s Bard”
* Edit Short Story “The Lonely Orchard”
* Silver Griffin Crits: 0/3
* Winter Warrior Worldbuilding

6/17 Update

Treischan Strength is still only half edited, it’s been a busy couple of days. I completed a crit for my group, and have been thinking a lot about Forgotten Star. I’m implementing some character changes which makes a low level support character now very important. It really is important, because it’ll explain some things about Crystal. I have to get to that this week.

That baby’s birthday was a smashing success. She had a fun time and received cute gift. She really needed new toys so the timing was perfect. :) And today is Father’s Day, so there will be little writing time…

6/09 Update

Tons of complications this week, but I still managed to get a lot done.

* June Challenge: SF story scene Midnight Rainbow done (and it’s got the potential to be a children’s story)

* Winter Warrior: decent amount of “casual” worldbuilding, this character is talking to me while I drive.

* Forgotten Star: came up with a different name for Korin’s sister, which is still holding me back from completing this chapter.

* The Crossing: two edit passes, doubled the story length; however I’m still having issues with the opening paragraph.

* Silver Griffin Crit: took a lot longer than I would have liked, but I’m almost done. I need to finish some notes and review my line edits before I can post it for Myrddin tomorrow.

Next week is going to be rough on writing, but I’ll do what I can. Baby’s birthday party is on Saturday, so I have tons of house cleaning and such to handle before then. :)

May Writing Update / June Goals

I’m pleased with my progress this month. Not only have a successfully made the leap back into writing regularly, but I’ve surpassed my Story-A-Day success. Previously, I’ve only written 6 for the challenge. Go me!

May
*Participated in the May SAD Challenge [10 stories written]
*Located and joined fantasy novel crit circle to sharpen up my analytical skills for the Forgotten Star edit [2 crits completed]

June Goals
*Edit Short Story “The Crossing”
*Edit Short Story “Treischan Strenth”
*Forgotten Star: Write new content chaps “B” and “C” as well as additional content throughout the novel;
*Silver Griffin Crits: 4 crits

2005 In Review

It’s been a crazy year, not that it’s over yet, but there isn’t too much more that I’ll be able to complete before New Year’s. I looked over my work for the year and am fairly pleased, considering the chaos that plagued my life.

My 2005 Writing Accomplishments:
* 3 New Short Stories (Lambs To The Slaughter; The Perranti Deception; Fading Light)
* 3 Short Stories Revised (Lost Tower of Corienth; For I Have Sinned; Fading Light) and several other stories in the process of being revised (For I Have Sinned, Hunter Hunted, and Comets’ Kiss)
* 1 Article written and sold to Vision (Research On-The-Go)
* 1 Story in submission (Sinned, to 3 markets)
* Participation in my writing community to the tune of 10 critques, not including the novel critique I am still working on.
* Shadow of Blood with 40,000 words; still going.

I had some personal accomplishments as well. We sold our condo, spent the summer with my husband’s parents, bought our new townhouse, welcomed a nephew into the world, and are now expecting our first child.

I realize that many of my accomplishments are due to the special people in my life. I am fortunate to have such loving family and friends and I appreciate every last one of you, even if I have not told you as much. Thank you for being you.