It is that frustrating time of year, when the longest day is past and the summer feels like it has barely begun. But still, it is Midsummer and therefore time for a new goals update post.
These notes are measured against the Beltane goals. As noted on Friday, this post is late so I could include today’s progress from my writing retreat.
|Write every day||2/2||2/2||2/2||1/2||–||–||–||–|
|Run Hood To Coast||4/4||3/4||3/4||3/4||–||–||–||–|
Work on Shapes continues to make pleasing progress. It is my focus at the moment and no mistake.
1. Finish Song
The 2015 plan:
- Read second draft – read for readability and typoes.
Last action: read the draft.
Working on the Shapes so I haven’t picked this up yet.
- Apply corrections from draft read. Pending completion of step (1)
- Give it to my wife to read Pending completion of earlier steps, and depending on her interest.
- Revise that second draft Pending completion of earlier steps.
- Polish the draft Pending completion of earlier steps.
- Make submission materials – synopsis, pitch, hook, and all of that.
There were no Midsummer goals for this project.
Goals for next update: still not planning on picking up Song this next period – but again including these goals as placeholders.
- review and typo edit second draft manuscript.
- identify any significant issues with the story.
- hand it off for first read feedback from my first reader.
2. Complete Shapes
The plan for Shapes:
- complete detailed outline – done!
- play with some ideas in the outline
- complete outline
- second draft
Beltane goals for this project were:
- finish the high-level plotting – achieved. I have plots laid out for all of the sections, including those parts which were truncated in the original draft.
- populate detailed outline – achieved. The outline is fleshed out and reworked to match the plot modifications. The hole left unfilled is around actually putting the plot details for the later parts into the outline itself, but I have the outlines ready to go so still calling this done.
- re-combined outline with text – achieved. I have a draft file with all the parts of the original text to be included and the new parts of outline to be written against.
Total: a very solid green – indeed, I’ve been working on the second draft text since the beginning of June so this is 4/3. I am currently at line 1518 of 3964 outline lines, and have added almost 5000 new words net (“net” because I’ve taking words away as well).
I was also expecting to be working in Scrivener by now, but I am still using raw text files for all the reasons of precise position control that I mentioned parenthetically last time, as well as the need to excise the outline from the text before calculating word count. Moving into Scrivener will follow finishing the outline mapping.
Goals for next update: finish the plot part of the second draft –
- complete the outline consumption.
- move into Scrivener.
- write the new scenes.
- fix up the remaining plot issues.
I’m specifically talking here about the plot issues, because once those are done and I have a solid story I will still have a lot of crafting to do to improve the characterisation and writing in general.
Metric: Red for zero or one goal, yellow for two or three, and green for all three.
3. Write every day
Make words or something every day.
The writing log continues to both be a useful record, and a necessary prompt for me to keep going.
There were a lot more non-writing this period, but the period itself was longer – there was meaningful writing on 36/53 days, which is a rate of 68%.
The reasons for the loss of days are in two buckets: doing other more urgent things, and spending time with my family. And when I was writing I was productive – the days and weekends off do not seem to have had much of an impact on my productivity. So, although I would be more impressed with a higher rate of productive days, the results are good so I cannot be disappointed.
Still, calling this yellow since the goal was 72% and I did not quite reach that.
Goals for next update: the metrics for this goal remain the same – green if I maintain a daily writing log, and if I write more than five of seven days on average (72%).
4. Run Hood To Coast
The plan for my racing this year:
- Shamrock Half Marathon, 15-Mar-2015 – completed!
- Hood to Coast, 28-Aug-2015
- lose weight – failed. No actual change in weight. I’ve been working on drinking water rather than eating snacks, but it hasn’t had any noticeable effect on my weight. I do feel better though, so I am going to keep going on this approach.
- cycle more – achieved. I’ve had days and parts of weeks where cycling has not been practical (including a very frustrating flat tyre) but riding to the day job has become the default over the last few weeks.
- stay on the 10,000 steps a day – achieved. It is unusual if I do not make this.
- continue uninjured – achieved. There are niggles, but nothing persistent.
Total: 3/4 – yellow.
Goals for next update: Hood to Coast beckons, if we actually have a team.
- lose weight – lose five pounds. Well, you never know.
- cycle more often than not – the week I’ve ridden so far has helped a lot. Keep it up.
- add more running – Hood to Coast is two months away. I need to be running. Note that this supersedes the step goal, because if I’m running consistently I will not need to worry about that.
- continue uninjured.
Metric: yellow for 2-3, green for 4
A New Dawn is still going well, although it will be taking the summer off since my weekends away seem to so exactly line up with the roleplaying evenings (not planned of course, but an unfortunate coincidence).
I also kicked off a Magic the Gathering league which has, after one whole week, had a fair bit of enthusiasm attached to it. I’m still surprised and delighted by the amount of interest in Magic at the day job.