February was supposed to be the month I started blogging again, and I have written several posts but almost all in the last week. I still can’t really get my head around just how epochally bad Trump is at his job, regardless of whether I agree with him or not – which of course I do not.
Anyway, Let’s get on with this before I really start ranting.
Three Things for February
February was a month where I got a decent chunk of work done on things I want to advance, but I also lost time in slightly unexpected ways: I needed to fix a script for the Magic league, which took longer than expected but did turn out well; I was doing some work on planning our summer travel; and I came down with an obnoxious cold which I am still feeling the after-effects of even now.
Not being able to exercise properly for a couple of weeks always leaves me ruined.
- review Song
- figure out the holes – completed the typo review and correction pass, and realised that the timeline is more broken than I thought. This is purely a function of expanding the first half of the original 2011 draft into something close to a full book, but there are knowledge gaps and jumps in continuity that jar when reading. I am in the process of making a timeline [link].
- make a plan – I have an initial plan [link], but I will be adding to it on a fresh read after fixing the timeline issues.
- figure out what to do with Coppersmiht – I have not succeeded in making time to work on this. I feel like I need to focus on Song until that revision plan is in place, so this is probably on the back burner for now.
- write some blog posts – I wrote some blog posts, and I have more to come.
Overall, then, I did well at working on my projects, but I did not do well at working on all of them. I really don’t want Coppersmith to languish, but finding the mental space to work on it has proved harder than I thought.
Three Things for 2017
I’ve kept going on some important things, but how do those measure up to my annual goals, a sixth of the way through the year?
- finish Shapes of Chance A Turquoise Song – officially cutting across to work on Song instead, because that is the book I will be aiming to finish this year. And February was not bad for that: maybe not as much progress as I would have liked, but kept moving on it
- talk to some agents, aiming to obtain representation – in abeyance until Song is done.
- investigate publishing A New Dawn – no work. I’m also not feeling it for this project at all right now, but that is a separate discussion.
So, Song continues to move forward. Calling that a win.
Three Things for March
- revise Song – I’m done with the review phase and have established that Song is a book worth developing further. This is a revision goal, now. Woo!
- complete descriptive timeline – before I can fix the timeline, I need to have the current timeline fully captured.
- fix timeline – this means correcting the order of events and discovery, as well as updating the manuscript to match.
- second read – probably only get to start this, but need to go over the manuscript again to look for things to add to the revision plan.
- tax return – it’s not fun and it’s not something related to my writing, but it does stomp on my creative time so I have to plan it in. I’ve made a start, but there’s more to do.
- summer holiday planning – summer is only three months away. What are we doing?!
There is an unofficial fourth goal of getting back to exercising regularly, but that’s something I need to support everything I do – it’s almost too big to put in this list.
March looks busy, which is good because it stops me from thinking about politics which is not a profitable thing for me to think about right now.
Keep creating, people.