I love the feeling at the beginning of a new month. The feeling of promise and excitement. The feeling that the next batch of bills are far enough away that I don’t need to worry about them for a bit. :p
I’ve had a mad November. Quiet in terms of getting lots of different things done, but as far as achieving goals goes it’s been wonderful.
I don’t seem to have a clear list of what I wanted to achieve in November, so I can’t check back against it. But this is what I have done in the last 30 days:
- Completed NaNoWriMo (in 11 days) and the completed ‘first’ draft of this latest version of Silk Over Razor Blades (SORB) in 22 days.
- Maintained this blog with only one entry missed
- Written a short story with intent to enter it to an anthology
- Written two pieces of flash fiction with intent to enter them to competitions
- Written two blog entries for the Phoenix Writers (one for main group, one for subs group)
- Achieved more sales of ‘Vicki & Lara’ strangers as well as family and friends
- Made a good start on the next ‘Meeting Each Other’ story (about 1,000 words in)
- Completed half of fine line edits for ‘Carol, Niall & Lin’ (it will have a better title) in preparation for Jan 31 release
Phew! Considering all I wanted to do was write a novel, that makes me very happy indeed! And that’s just writing stuff, it doesn’t include other things like making meetings, networking, skating and of course, caring for my two beautiful boys. I’m so thrilled with how much I’ve managed to do this much; I just hope it’s not leading me to burn out.
Draft and post blog entry for Phoenix Writer’s Subs Club
Done. You can see it here if you’re so inclined.
Continue first draft of ‘Bill’ that I started on Saturday
Yep. Got another 500 words down.
Edit contribution to anthology and decide which direction to take the ending (darker? lighter?)
Yep. Sorted out the issue I was having with names as well. That make me feel better.
Double check edits for ‘Carol, Niall &1 Lin’ and prepare to for proofing and formatting
Half way there.
Leave SORB alone! Don’t change it, don’t mess with it, nothing!
I know it’s an odd goal, but if I don’t make a conscious effort I will start messing with it before it’s ready. So this will appear every week until editing time. And yes… successful.
Edit ‘Send In The Clowns’ – I’ve not even told you about that one, have I? – in preparation for submission to Flash 500.
Got it down to below 500 words, but still not totally happy with it. I need to read it at my group really.
This month I have a very clear idea of what I want to do. I know it’s not necessarily the right season to focus on earning money from writing (things tend to wind down a little at this time of year) but there is still some work I can do.
Goals For December
- Complete my anthology offering to a level suitable for exterior editing
- Complete my transcript project and get it out of the way
- Enter at least one short story / flash competition
- Reassess Slippers & Chains, figure out what comes next and start editing
- Complete first draft of next ‘Meeting Each Other’ story
- Leave SORB alone! Don’t change it, don’t mess with it, nothing!
- Enjoy Christmas
That last one should, theoretically be nice and easy, though it will be an interesting one. The first Christmas where the boys will really understand that cool things are happening. And being able to participate in any sort of real way. Last year was lovely of course, but this will be something new altogether. Though I suppose that can be said about every Christmas for the rest of my life. Something will be different and new about each one.
Goals For This Week
- Complete at least half a transcript
- Finish editing ‘Send In The Clowns’ or whatever I chose to call it and enter it to a competition
- Finish final line edits on ‘Carol, Niall & Lin’ ready to send for proofing
- Write another 1,000 (at least) of ‘Bill’
- Check my usual sites (daily) for some paid work
There. That should be enough to keep me busy this week.
What are your plans for December? Will you be at home for Christmas or jetting/driving/ambling off to see family? Whatever your choices I hope you have a good time in all of them and that planning is simple and easy for you.