February Things, 2018

January is the month when I finally got treatment for my serial cold and flu symptoms. It turns out that one cold is tiring, but having a cold all the damned time just wears you out.

January has therefore also been a month of recovery. But I got some things done too.

Three Things for January

I set these goals before I got treatment and did not take account of how drained I would still be even once I was less unwell. Even now I still feel like I am not firing on all cylinders, although at least my thinking is a bit clearer now and I have been able to do some light exercise.

  1. finish a short story – I finished the first draft of a short story and started editing it. Not where I wanted to be, but at least going in the right direction. The original intent was, in fact, to complete revision of the story but I am going to give myself half a mark here.
  2. revise Song – no work.
  3. re-engage with crit group – I have been talking to my rit group again, even if I haven’t done much actual crit with them this month.

I’m calling that 1½ / 3, which isn’t good enough when I am well but I am giving myself some slack for my recovery.

Three Things for 2018

Despite that lacklustre performance in January, have I made progress on my yearlry goals?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song – I’ve done nothing to advance this yet, so the April date I floated in the goal-setting post seems optimistic. I am not going to push this back yet, though.
  2. submit my work – a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    I’ve done work towards completing more short stories, at least.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook – no work yet. My voice is still wrong.

Tiny progress.

Next month will be better.

Three Things for February

What a glorious luxury, setting goals only a few days into the month!

  1. finish a short story
  2. revise Song – specifically:
    1. complete prologue rewrite
    2. revise two more chapters
  3. get back to doing actual crit work with the crit group
  4. exercise – as noted above, I have been able to do some light exercise but I need to get back to running again. Not far at first, but something involving significant cardiovascular stress.

This has felt like a long winter, so it’s time to re-energise my work again.

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