August + September Accomplishments — October Goals

August & September

It sure was a crazy summer. My family is growing up and doing new things. It’s wonderful but exhausting and time-consuming. I’m fighting still for my writing time, but I think I did a bang-up job of catching p with my reading.

August Results

  • Winter Warrior: Ch 7 written
  • Short Stories: 1 written & revised
  • Reading: 4
    • Down The Darkest Road (Tami Hoag)
    • So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (Douglas Adams)
    • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
    • Fuzzy Nation (John Scalzi)
  • Rejections:  6
  • Resubmissions:  5
  • Critiques: 1
  • Worldcon (8/30-9/3)

September Results

  • Short  Stories:  1 written, revised twice and submitted to WOTF
  • Reading:
    • The Lost Gate (Orson Scott Card)
    • Land of Mist & Snow (Doyle & MacDonald)
    • World War Z (Max Brooks)
  • Critiques: 2
  • Rejections: 7
  • Resubmissions: 3 + 1 new
  • Worldcon (8/30-9/3)

October Goals & Expectations

I’m leaving my goals open this month since I’m attending the workshop during the second week and I’m expecting it’s going to have some impact on my writing plans. I do know that I want to finish the novel, and that I want to revise and submit a short story for the next quarter of Writers of the Future.

Beyond that, there are a ton of short stories I need to reevaluate post-workshop. I’m not expecting miracles from the workshop, but I do expect to learn a few things, whether it’s about myself or the industry, I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to make me think before sending my stories back out. Part of me also says that if I’m going to throw a comment on my cover letters that I attended VP, I damn well better be sending them worthy of having the VP name out there.  I also suspect that I will see the brokenness of some of those stories and retire them. I’m supposed to grow as a writer, and some of these stories are old. Some of them give me a feeling that something is off (or I know what’s off) but I lack the skills currently to fix it. Maybe it’s just vision. We’ll see.

I’m also going to be launching my new blog series. Watch out for an announcement later this month. It’s called Read It & Write which I believe will be of interest to readers and writers alike. More details soon!

In the meantime, here are my October writing plans:

  • Viable Paradise
  • Winter Warrior
  • Short Story Work (WOTF Q1 deadline 12/31)
  • Read
  • Critique

Here we go!

 

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4 responses to “August + September Accomplishments — October Goals

  1. Congrats on meeting your W1S1 goals and being so productive in the midst of a crazy summer. Good luck at the workshop!

  2. Your upcoming blog series sounds interesting.

    Have fun at the workshop! It seems like a good idea to keep your plans for after it flexible. I hope it’s an inspiring time.

    • Thank you! My muse wasn’t happy with my decision and she’s been whispering in my ear all week about how to fit in writing new novels and revising them…

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